NBA Roundtable

Anthony Randolph Injured

In General NBA on January 9, 2010 at 9:07 pm

The Oakland Tribune reports

Warriors forward Anthony Randolph might miss a significant amount of time after injuring his left ankle on the final play of the first quarter in Friday’s 108-101 win over Sacramento.

After the game, the team announced that X-rays showed Randolph suffered a sprain and a possible fracture. Team sources said the preliminary diagnosis is a fracture and he’d be out four to six weeks. Randolph will have a CT scan today to confirm the initial diagnosis.

Randolph was trying to contest a shot by Sacramento forward Jason Thompson when he landed awkwardly on his ankle. He was down for a couple minutes before being helped off the court and into the locker room.

Golden State is now even more short-handed up front. They’re having bad luck with injuries this season.

An unfortunate injury for Anthony Randolph. I wonder how much, if at all, this will effect the number of teams that are interested in acquiring his services.

Update

ESPN reports the following

Golden State forward Anthony Randolph will be sidelined perhaps two months or more with a serious ankle injury.Randolph, a second-year pro averaging 11.6 points and a team-leading 6.5 rebounds in 22.7 minutes per game this season, underwent an MRI exam Monday on his injured left ankle that revealed a tear of two outside ligaments in the ankle and a sprain in another ligament. He also has an avulsion fracture where the muscle pulled away from a piece of bone, which had prior damage from a previous sprain.

The Warriors said Randolph will wear a walking boot for three weeks and then be re-evaluated.

Not quite season ending … but close to it.

Update

Now it’s almost a certainty that Anthony Randolph is done for the season

The Warriors will likely be without forward Anthony Randolph for the remainder of the season.Golden State announced on Friday that Randolph will have his injured left ankle in a protective boot for an additional 30 days.

Randolph tore two outside ligaments in his ankle and endured an avulsion fracture on the inside Jan. 8 against the Kings.

“It’s a shame, because he was putting up big-time numbers in the minutes he was getting,” guard Stephen Curry said. “It feels like we were a better team when he was on the court, so you just hope that he comes back next year with the same effort and potential that he showed this year. I think it’s wise to let it heal properly and not rush to come back this season.”

We’ll have to wait until next season to see Randolph develop further.

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