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Facial Fractures In the NBA: Breaking Down the Injuries of JR Smith and Larry Sanders

As the league prepares for All-Star weekend in New Orleans, two players known for their nightlife antics will spend the break recovering from facial injuries rather than partying in the bayou. Within the last week both Milwaukee’s Larry Sanders and New York’s JR Smith suffered facial fractures after colliding with opponents. Sanders suffered a fractured […]

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Breaking Down Nick Young’s Knee Injury

The Lakers backcourt has been in shambles as the team had played 22 straight games without Steve Blake, Kobe Bryant, and Steve Nash and an additional 16 games without Jordan Farmar and Xavier Henry. However Blake, Nash, and Farmar all returned to the active roster early in the week with the latter two remaining on […]

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Understanding Nikola Pekovic’s Ankle Injury and How An Improved Medical Team Factors In

The Minnesota Timberwolves have had a bounce back year in terms of health. After losing a league-worst 346 games to injury last season, the team made several changes to the sports medicine team. The team hired Koichi Sato as the Director of Sports Performance and Mark Kyger as Director of Athletic Therapy. The two report […]

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Breaking Down Andrea Bargnani’s Elbow Woes

The Knicks continue to be ravaged by injury as offseason acquisition Andrea Bargnani joins Kenyon Martin, Metta World Peace, and Amar’e Stoudemire on the sidelines. Bargnani suffered a torn ligament in his left elbow on his now infamous failed dunk attempt. According to Knicks reporter Scott Cacciola, the injury occurred to his ulnar collateral ligament […]

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Breaking Down Kawhi Leonard’s Injury

The Spurs have been one of the more healthy teams of the 2013-14 season. That’s not to say they’ve been impervious to injury but the ability of their medical staff to minimize the impact of Tim Duncan’s chest contusion or Tony Parker’s shin contusion has allowed them to remain in the upper echelon of the […]

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