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Unbreakable: A Retrospective Look at the Injury History of Dirk Nowitzki

“He’s soft.” That’s the verbal criticism that always stung with the most potent venom.  Sadly for any Dallas Mavericks fan set on defending Dirk Nowitzki, it’s also the one his critics seemed to resort to first.  It was hard to argue against Nowitzki’s shooting stroke or offensive prowess that was a nightmare for opposing coaches. Instead, […]

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Understanding Brandon Ingram’s Deep Vein Thrombosis

A frustrating season for the Los Angeles Lakers took a turn for the worse over the weekend when it was revealed forward Brandon Ingram will miss the remainder of the season after developing a blood clot in his ailing shoulder. The official diagnosis from the Lakers was a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in his sore […]

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Understanding Victor Oladipo’s Quadriceps Tendon Tear

The Indiana Pacers had emerged as one of the top would-be contenders in a suddenly wide open Eastern Conference. Fueling the Pacers’ ascension was good health as the team lost just 27 total games to injury through the first half of the regular season, the fourth best mark in the NBA. Unfortunately, that changed quickly […]

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Understanding Anthony Davis’ Volar Plate Injury

New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis was expected to miss one-to-two weeks with a sprained left index finger. However, the Athletics’ Shams Charnia revealed that Davis is slated to visit with a hand specialist to rule out a very specific injury known as a volar plate avulsion fracture. The volar plate, or plantar plate, […]

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Understanding Clint Capela’s Thumb Surgery

The Houston Rockets are in the midst of a rollercoaster season. The team struggled out of the gate losing 14 of their first 25 games, capped by a stunning loss at the hands of Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic. However, the team rebounded winning 12 of their next 13 games and currently sits at 5th in a […]

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