Anthony Davis suffered a non-displaced fracture of his left hand Sunday night vs. the Knicks, the Pelicans announced. The Pelicans power forward had been having an All-Star-worthy season, averaging 20 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks per game for New Orleans.
He suffered the injury in the first quarter vs. the New York Knicks. After going to the locker room, X-rays confirmed the fracture and he returned to the bench with a heavy cast on his hand.
“Non-displaced” is a bit of a silver lining, but hand injuries are serious and he could still miss some significant time.
Obviously that’ll be a blow for the Pelicans, as Davis had improved on his very good rookie season this year and is quickly developing into the franchise anchor center New Orleans envisioned him as.
With backup center Greg Stiemsma also sidelined, the Pelicans may need to make a move to shore up the frontcourt. They have rookie Jeff Withey, but he’s a project and certainly no replacement for Davis.
Without getting into too much speculation, this could have ramifications on the Omer Asik market, though it still seems unlikely an Asik-for-Ryan Anderson deal will happen, or that Houston will deal their disgruntled center to a division rival at all. Still, there’s one more potential contender in the market for help at center, so you never know.
It sticks with you like a gas station burrito, refusing to leave you alone no matter how badly you want to forget it.
Every time I turn on League Pass, I’m reminded that one of the most explosive and entertaining players of this era is gone, and his career is probably never going to be the same.
It’s pretty depressing.
Fortunately, in times like these, we’ve got the Most Improved Player Rankings to keep us going. Much like mint chocolate chip ice cream, old-school video games and Barry Manilow, the Rankings have become an international symbol of comfort. They’re here to heal.
You see, this column can be thought of as the yin to a season-ending injury’s yang, the new life that springs from sudden disappointment.
There’s plenty of fish in the sea.
Take Sixers guard Tony Wroten. He’s not really a fish, but my point will probably still make sense.
Wroten spent last season with the Grizzlies and only got off the bench when Marc Gasol’s gas station burrito returned to its natural, gaseous state. Or when somebody spilled something.
This season, Wroten is a key rotation player with the Sixers, averaging 25.6 minutes. He’s gone off for 10 double-digit scoring efforts, or nine more than he had all of last season. He had a four-game stretch last week in which he averaged 19.5 points and even posted a triple-double in a 123-117 win over the Rockets on November 13, putting up 18 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds).
Overall, the Hustlin’ Husky (as Kings broadcaster Jerry Reynolds might call him) is averaging 12.6 points, 3.4 assists and 3.2 boards.
Of course, he did go down with a back injury on Friday against the Bucks. Is love even real?!!
Hopefully, he’ll be back soon, because we don’t deserve that kind of pain.
On to the rankings.
Yeah, we’re all sick of the Pacers. I will be visiting with them tonight at Madison Square Garden when they destroy the New York Knicks in Mike Woodson’s final game, and I will close this paragraph by reminding y’all that I picked Indiana to win the NBA championship.
I even went on the BBC prior to the season and advised 120 million viewers to place a wager on them when the odds were between 7-1 and 12-1.
Something tells me Ladbroke’s has a contract out on me. And since I live in New York, a Puritan state, I am unable to gamble legally. That really sucks when you call your bookie and ask to take the Grizzlies on the money line at 4.5-to-1 against the Clippers, and the bookie says that particular bet is not available because the line (Clippers -8) was too high for the house to take ML bets. (The Grizzlies won.)
Vegas beckons, and I have the means to relocate and spend a month betting on NBA games, filing a daily diary – and more likely than not contributing to the construction of a new mega-hotel. Then again, I do have talents – and every single night there is one line that is so out of touch with reality, you have to play it.
And to be clear, I am not the first person with this idea. Mark Cuban suggested it as a hedge fund operation back when he first opened BlogMaverick, and Mr. Cuban is a pretty astute businessman.
Option B is a relocation to Venezuela, if Hugo Chavez’s successor will allow me entry. Remember, whenever there is a Miss Universe pageant, Miss Venezuela is the favorite. And it is warm there. And they have Internet, so this site can be run from a Spanish-speaking country, just as HoopsHype is.
Anyway, back to basketball.
We have a new No. 1 in this week’s MVP rankings, and Paul George is not dropping from the top spot because he did anything wrong. The fact of the matter is that his replacement was outstanding – so much that we may have to print a retraction on the hack job we posted lambasting Clay Bennett.
Then again, Kevin Durant and the Thunder will ultimately still have to get past the Spurs, who are flying under the radar as always, an idiosyncrasy that Jan Hubbard delved into in his most recent Sunday column.
On to the rankings, which expand this week from a top five (with Paul George at No. 1) to its regular top-10 format. We will be running these rankings every Wednesday this season, instead of the Sunday spot it occupied last season, as per orders from the boss. (And if you liked that main picture, here is a treat.)
As always, on to the ranks.
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Sometimes we get really excited about things after small sample sizes, and start declaring them the Greatest Thing since that last Great Thing we can’t remember anymore. It happens too often.
Take “Call Me Maybe.” Or Jeremy Lin. Or that “What does the Fox say” video that I wish I could un-watch like I took the blue pill in The Matrix.
So when Markieff Morris (twin brother of Marcus) came out of nowhere and put up 17, 23, 28 and 23 points in four games, well … Let’s just say I was exuberant. It looked as though Morris was going to have a breakout season, and I thought he’d be a fixture here in the Most Improved Player Rankings.
I’m here to say that I overreacted.