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Understanding Blake Griffin’s Partial Quad Tear

Clippers forward Blake Griffin will miss an extended period of time after suffering a left knee injury in the first quarter of the team’s win over the Lakers on Christmas day. Late Saturday, the team announced a MRI taken on the area revealed a partial quadriceps tendon tear and Griffin would be unavailable for the […]

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Understanding Rudy Gobert’s Grade 2 MCL Sprain

The Utah Jazz will be without the services of center Rudy Gobert after he suffered a Grade II medial collateral ligament (MCL) sprain in his left knee. Utah has ruled him out indefinitely. BREAKING: @rudygobert27 out indefinitely with Grade II sprain of the MCL in his left knee: https://t.co/ND1HdXIWGQ pic.twitter.com/iVKVz4X6bk — Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) December […]

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Understanding Marcus Smart’s Tibiofibular Subluxation

NBA injury reports can be maddening. Some teams elect to carefully guard their injury information and provide the public with vague descriptions that often involve non-specific regions of the body. Others are more transparent and provide details that accurately and vividly describe an injury. Fortunately the Celtics were the latter regarding Marcus Smart’s leg injury, […]

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Understanding Jonas Valanciunas’ Broken Fourth Metacarpal

The Toronto Raptors have bounced back from last season’s postseason disappointment and once again find themselves in the early season playoff picture. Unfortunately maintaining their position in an improved Eastern Conference got significantly harder with center Jonas Valanciunas suffering a fractured hand in Friday’s win over the Lakers.

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Understanding Tony Romo’s Collarbone Fracture

One week after losing wide receiver Dez Bryant to a broken foot, the Dallas Cowboys’ injury woes continued in Week 2 with quarterback Tony Romo suffering a fractured left clavicle (collarbone). The injury occurred to his non-throwing shoulder when he was taken down by defensive end Fletcher Cox. The weight of linebacker Jordan Hicks compounded […]

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