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Understanding LeBron James and His Cramping Episode In Game 1

After San Antonio’s Game 1 victory in the NBA Finals, the topic of conversation isn’t Tim Duncan’s 90 percent shooting from the field or Manu Ginobili’s first quarter barrage. Instead the focus is on the heat and I don’t mean the team in the red jerseys. With the air conditioning in the AT&T Center malfunctioning, […]

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Understanding Tony Parker’s Facet Sprain and Estimating His Postseason Status

It may be possible that a team on pace to win 60+ games and enter the postseason as the top overall seed may not be getting enough credit for their success but what the San Antonio Spurs have done this year is nothing short of remarkable. If the team had taken a step backward this […]

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Meniscus Injuries in the NBA and Why Patrick Beverley Is An Exception

Meniscus injuries have always been a problem in the NBA but they’ve gained notoriety this year thanks to Russell Westbrook and Derrick Rose. This year Rose, Westbrook, and 11 other players have missed time following or recovering from a publicly reported meniscus injury or surgery with two additional players undergoing surgery in the offseason. This […]

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Understanding the Financial Cost of Kobe Bryant’s Season Ending Injury

The Lakers announced today that Kobe Bryant will not play for the remainder of the 2013-14 season. Bryant, who suffered a fractured tibia plateau in just his sixth game of the season, simply ran out of time. The injury has not surprisingly been slow to heal and after a recent examination Wednesday the team officially […]

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Understanding Microfracture Surgery: Why Derek Holland Isn’t Amar’e Stoudemire

The words “microfracture surgery” rank among the scariest in sports medicine ever since Dr. Richard Steadman began performing the procedure several decades ago. Microfracture surgery has altered the careers of multiple professional athletes, particularly in the NBA. The most infamous example of microfracture occurred in 2005 when All-Star forward Amar’e Stoudemire underwent the procedure while […]

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