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SBC Sports Betting News – NBA Injuries Grab The Headlines

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SBC Sports Betting News – NBA Injuries Grab The Headlines

Postby Freddy Wills » Mon Nov 05, 2012 7:48 pm

An overview of the main game-related sports headlines this week tells you that the Indiana Pacers and the Los Angeles Lakers should be downgraded against quality opponents.

Pacers' Foremost Scorer Doesn't Know When He Will Return

You know that outlets are not going to devote too much attention to professional basketball – not while the NFL hits the midway point of its season and college football nears the home stretch. However, even the most casual basketball fans – those who wait until April to get really interested in the NBA – are probably aware of two injury situations that are making two franchises quite nervous.

Indiana Pacer forward Danny Granger missed his team's season opener on Wednesday in Toronto, and team officials don't yet know when he'll be back on the court. Head coach Frank Vogel was unable to express a lot of confidence in the notion that Granger could make a speedy return to the hardwood.

"It's a limiting type of pain," Vogel told Curt Cavin of the Indianapolis Star in a story published this past Tuesday, Oct. 30. "He can run and jump and play, but he's limping and a little gimpy. He lacks explosiveness."

Granger has been Indiana's leading scorer the past five seasons, averaging 18.7 points in the truncated yet compressed 2011-2012 campaign. He made a legitimate attempt to play in the team's last two preseason games on the calendar, but he came up limping in last week's home loss to Chicago and had to shut himself down.

This is certainly something that a is going to pay attention to, and when Granger eventually returns, one must see if Granger is as explosive as he normally is. If he's not, he won't be of much use to Indiana.

Nash Gets Nicked Up As Lakers' Season Gets Off To A Decidedly Rocky Start

Various across the country are definitely aware of what happened to Los Angeles Laker point guard Steve Nash on Wednesday night in Portland against the Trail Blazers. A lower leg contusion has injected a fresh dose of fear into the Laker organization – not necessarily about Nash's ability to take the court in November, but certainly his ability to hold up under the strain of a full season.

Here's the basic account of what happened, provided by reporter Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles: "Nash, 38, collided with Portland rookie Damian Lillard and left with 2:26 remaining in the second quarter. He tried to play again after halftime, but lasted just more than a minute on the court before Steve Blake subbed in for him. Nash spent the rest of the game icing his leg and getting treatment in the locker room.

"'It was sore but I went out to try and play and then I planted on it and it just kind of gave out on me,' Nash said. 'It was sore and functionally I couldn't plant on it, or push off on it, or accelerate.'"

One event that will naturally shift the calculus in the Western Conference is if Nash suffers a more severe injury for a longer period of time. The Lakers need Nash orchestrating the offense if they want to get past Oklahoma City and San Antonio in the West.

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