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Knicks Concerned Carmelo Anthony's Back Issue Could Be Season-Long

Carmelo Anthony is expected to miss the rest of the New York Knicks' road trip with a back injury.

The Knicks are concerned that Anthony's injury could become a season-long issue related to the disk.

Anthony injured his back landing awkwardly after a jump shot in Monday's game.

“Most injuries aren’t necessarily acute or traumatic,’’ Derek Fisher said. “Maybe there were some things that led up to it. Back spasms isn’t something you can push it or rush. Until you can actually play without actually being in spasm, there isn’t anything you can really do. Hopefully that will be soon.’’

Via Marc Berman/New York Post

David West Hopes To Make Season Debut Friday

David West hopes to return from a sprained ankle on Friday against the Orlando Magic.

"(Coach Frank Vogel) will make the call," West said after participating in practice Tuesday in San Antonio. "I'll see what he says. (But) I feel good. This last week has been good. No setbacks. The ankle is healthy which is important."

Vogel said he is hopeful West can return Friday.

West sprained his ankle Oct. 18 during a preseason game against the Dallas Mavericks.

Via Candace Buckner/Indianapolis Star

Derrick Rose Removed From Game With Hamstring Tightness

Derrick Rose was removed at halftime of the Chicago Bulls' game against the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday because of left hamstring tightness.

"Just trying to be smart, back-to-back (games), fatigue, and didn't want to take any steps back," said Rose, who scored two points. "So, take these couple of days off, head to Boston."

Rose has missed four games with the hamstring injury this season.

Via Fred Mitchell/Chicago Tribune

Randy Foye Out Three Weeks With Torn Quad

Randy Foye said he will miss three weeks with a tear in his right quad.

An MRI on Monday revealed the injury.

Foye will not undergo surgery and will rest and receive treatment.

Via Chris Dempsey/Denver Post

Aaron Gray Remaining Active With Pistons Despite Being Waived

Aaron Gray remains at the Detroit Pistons' practice facility helping put big men through drills while being sidelined after a cardiac episode over the summer.

"I had my first kind of 'shock' here," Gray said, referring to the Pistons' practice facility, "then it was kind of a rollercoaster over the next two days."

Gray does extensive cardio exercises and undergoes regular testing.

"We're just taking it one step at a time right now -- still gathering information, same old answers -- and preparing for the next step," Gray said. "What step we're on, or what step we'll get to, I don't know. Eventually, there will have to be a decision on whether I can play basketball again or not."

Gray was waived and the Pistons traded for Joel Anthony to replace his roster spot since he would not likely be cleared.

Gray stayed for his rehabilitation and remains active in the game by drilling big men for a team that released him.

"They brought me here for a service," Gray said. "Even though I've been waived, the type of guy I am, I'm still getting paid for two years. I just wouldn't feel right not contributing as much as I possibly could.

"The organization's been great. It's been great being around the bigs, giving them as much knowledge as I can, helping out as much as possible, and just being able to use the facilities during my rehab."


Via David Mayo/MLive

Thibodeau: Derrick Rose Still Not Real Comfortable With Ball Yet

Derrick Rose had 18 points, five assists and three rebounds in 25 minutes in the Chicago Bulls' 97-95 win at the Utah Jazz.

Tom Thibodeau was asked after the game if Rose looked fatigued in the second half.

"Oh I don't know. Jesus. He's got to get out there and play," Thibodeau said. "I thought he did a lot of good things. You could see he's not real comfortable with the ball yet, but that will come. When Derrick strings some games together, he's going to take off. He's got to go. That's the bottom line. He's got to go."

Rose has tried to be cautious about his future and has missed eight games overall after missing four earlier in the season because of sprained ankles.

"It's been time," Rose said. "To me, it's been time. Every injury is a setback a little bit, but as far as emotions and everything, how hard I worked, it's been consistent with how I'm feeling, being positive. And it's been a minute since I've played. This is the first one and now it's behind me and now we're on to Denver."

Via Nick Friedell/ESPN

Carmelo Anthony Leaves Game With Back Spasms

Carmelo Anthony suffered a back injury during the first half of the New York Knicks' loss on Monday to the Houston Rockets.

Anthony doubled over in obvious discomfort with less than two minutes remaining in the half.

The Knicks described Anthony's injury as back spasms.

Via Scott Cacciola/New York Times

Xavier Henry Ruptured Left Achilles

Xavier Henry ruptured his left Achilles tendon during the Los Angeles Lakers' practice on Monday.

Henry underwent an MRI on Monday to confirm the injury.

Henry, who re-signed with the Lakers as a free agent on July 25, has appeared in nine games this season, averaging 2.2 points, 0.4 rebounds, 0.3 assists, and 0.33 steals in 9.5 minutes per game. The five-year pro averaged career-highs in points (10.0), rebounds (2.7), and assists (1.2) per game last season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Pacers 'Cool' On Possibility Of Paul George Returning This Season

The Indiana Pacers have "cooled" on the possibility of Paul George returning this season from his offseason injury, according to sources.

George had surgery in August to repair his devestating leg injury suffered in a USA Basketball Showcase.

The Pacers have a 5-8 record to begin the season.

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Eric Gordon Out Indefinitely With Torn Labrum

Eric Gordon is out indefinitely with a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

Gordon has suffered from a host of injuries since signing a new free agent deal in 2012.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Dwight Howard Undergoes PRP Treatment On Knee, No Timetable For Return

Dwight Howard was not in the Rockets' lineup on Saturday and Kevin McHale said there is no timetable for when he will return.

Westbrook, Durant Participate In Non-Contact Portion Of Practice

The Oklahoman reports that "there's a growing belief that (Russell) Westbrook and (Kevin) Durant aren't far from returning."

Kevin Martin Out Indefinitely With Fractured Right Wrist

Kevin Martin suffered the injury in the first quarter of the Wolves' win over the Knicks.

Derrick Rose Likely Out Until At Least Next Week

The Bulls are being conservative with injuries this season.

Jason Richardson Hopes To Return From Stress Fracture As Soon As December

Jason Richardson believes he will return as soon as December from a stress fracture in his right foot.

Carmelo Has Been Playing Through Knee Injury Since 2nd Game Of Season

Carmelo Anthony wouldn't say what's wrong with it or what those tests revealed, but he aggravated it on Tuesday.

C.J. McCollum Sidelined Four Weeks With Finger Fracture

C.J. McCollum will be re-evaluated in four weeks.

James Johnson Out Indefinitely With Severe Right Ankle Sprain

James Johnson has averaged 7.6 points, 3.8 rebounds in 19.4 minutes per game this season.

Cleanthony Early To Undergo Knee Surgery

Cleanthony Early will be reevaluated in one month to determine the timetable for his return.

Ryan Kelly Out At Least Six Weeks With Torn Hamstring

Ryan Kelly suffered the injury in Sunday's loss.

Aaron Gordon Out Indefinitely With Fracture In Foot

Aaron Gordon fractured the fifth metatarsal in his left foot during Saturday nightís game.

Chris Douglas-Roberts Has Partially Torn Achilles

Chris Douglas-Roberts has dealt with pain in his Achilles since training camp.

Bradley Beal Hopes To Make Season Debut Against Cavs On Friday

Bradley Beal has been out since Oct. 10 with a fractured left wrist.

Dwyane Wade Misses First Game Of Season With Hamstring Injury

Dwyane Wade missed 28 games last season, nine of which with a similar hamstring injury.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Diagnosed With Stress Reaction In Foot

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has been diagnosed with a stress reaction in his right foot.

Derrick Rose Exits Early With Hamstring Injury

Tom Thibodeau thought an MRI on the hamstring was likely for Friday, but Derrick Rose was hopeful he wouldn't have to have one.

Derrick Rose Preparing Body For Life After Basketball

Derrick Rose revealed Tuesday that he is already thinking about his future beyond basketball.

Anthony Morrow Plans To Make Season Debut Tuesday

Anthony Morrow is a virtual lock to make his season debut for the Thunder on Tuesday night in Milwaukee, league sources told RealGM.

Klay Thompson Misses First Game Of Career

Klay Thompson has a sprained right hand.

Dellavedova Out 4-6 Weeks With Sprained MCL

Matthew Dellavedova experienced a left knee injury during the fourth quarter of the Cavaliers' loss at Portland.
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