The Brooklyn Nets defeated the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday by the
score of 103-94. The win extended the Nets' winning streak to four
games and improved their record to 30-29, second in the Atlantic
Division. The Nets played their third straight game without power
forward Kevin Garnett, who is out with a back injury.
Washington Nationals right-hander Ross Ohlendorf left last night's spring training loss to the Atlanta Braves because of back spasms, according to Dan Kolko of MASNsports.com. Kolko tweeted that the team will evaluate the pitcher again on Friday morning.
The Chicago Bulls defeated the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday by the score
of 105-94. The win was the Bulls' tenth in their last twelve games to
improve their record to 34-27, second in the Central Division. Joakim Noah
had a triple-double in the win, scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds and 11
assists. Noah has an injured thumb, but the way he's been playing,
nobody would know. It appears his injury is minor and shouldn't affect
him moving forward.
Dane De La Rosa of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim was forced to leave camp on Thursday afternoon to undergo an MRI on his forearm. De La Rosa left Thursday's Cactus League matchup against the Los Angeles Dodgers with what the team called 'forearm tightness'.
The Atlanta Braves have four key pitchers all out with injuries. That is the bad news. The good news is that all four -- Mike Minor, Gavin Floyd, Jonny Venters, and Luis Vasquez -- have taken major steps in returning to game action. Floyd and Venters still have a long way to go, but Minor and Vasquez are much closer to joining the active roster.
The Baltimore Orioles have had their share of injuries during the past offseason and current Spring Training. Some key players -- as well as top prospects -- are currently down, but the near future looks bright for each one. Here is the latest update on some of these playersvia Brittany Ghiroli, Orioles beat writer for MLB.com.
The Phoenix Suns, who have surprised the league with their strong play in a tough Western Conference, are expecting to have point guard Eric Bledsoe back within the next week. Bledsoe went down on December 30th with a knee injury and then underwent arthroscopic surgery on January 10th.
The NFL Combine is a nerve-racking moment for young and talented NFL hopefuls -- just ask University of Alabama offensive linemen Cyrus Kouandjio. Kouandjio was expected to be one of the first offensive linemen off the board in May's NFL Draft, but with rumors of his surgically repaired knee surfacing -- coupled with his subpar showing at the NFL Combine -- Kuandjio's stock is dropping faster than the President's approval rating.
Cornerback Champ Bailey is about to experience something he has not yet been a part of in his 15-year NFL career; the free agent market. The Denver Broncos released Bailey earlier Thursday, ending his 10-year stay in the Mile High City.
The Detroit Red Wings' top line has taken some big hits this season -
hell, it seems the entire roster has been on their injured reserved
list at one point or another - but the latest, and cruelest, hit of all
could end Detroit's run of 22 consecutive playoff appearances.
Datsyuk, he of the wounded knee that caused an Olympic-sized soap opera
when he skated on it in the Sochi games as captain of the Russian team,
has been shut down by team physicians for a period of three weeks -
similar to when he was on the IR in January, but this time the team
wants him to just stay off of the limb.
So the Boston Bruins do have to deal with an Olympic injury after all.
Bruins' forward Loui Eriksson missed Tuesday night's blowout of the
Florida Panthers, speculation ran rampant that either he was on the
trading block, or that his replacement on the third line, rookie Jordan
Caron, was being showcased for the same reason.
Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley received some good news as his MRI came back negative. Initially, Bradley's ankle was diagnosed to have been sprained. An MRI later revealed that it was just a bone bruise.
The Seattle Mariners had to shut down pitcher Taijuan Walker for a week on February 28 with shoulder inflammation. After seven days of sitting on the sideline, he took his first step toward getting back on the mound.
The Winnipeg Jets have come out of nowhere to within one point of the
Dallas Stars for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff seed,
but if they're going to get over the hump and make the post-season
tournament, it's going to have to be without second-line centerman Mark
Scheifele collided with New York Islanders'
defenseman Calvin de Hann midway through the Jets' loss to the Isles on
Tuesday night, and coach Paul Maurice, who has been the architect of the
Jets 11-3-2 record since assuming the reigns from Claude Noel in
mid-January is forthcoming with information, though he seems to be just
as much in the dark about a return timetable as anyone else.
With free agency less than a week away, teams are starting to put their plan into action as to what direction they are heading. Many players that were injured in 2013 are becoming casualties, and Indianapolis Colts linebacker Pat Angerer just became another number to add to that list. Despite being left off the Colts roster, Angerer is not ready to throw in the towel.