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Williamson Out for 6-8 Weeks with Torn Meniscus

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Things have gone from bad to worse in the Zion Williamson knee saga.

The injury is a tough break for the New Orleans Pelicans rookie, as Williamson reportedly had ‘knee soreness’ earlier last week.

The top pick of the 2019 NBA Draft is the projected Rookie of the Year for this upcoming season. Williamson has had a history of knee issues dating back to his college days, where Zion suffered a mild right knee sprain while playing for Duke.

Williamson has been thought to be an injury risk due to his 285lbs weight listing, second heaviest in the league. There has been fear that his weight may cause additional wear-and-tear on his body, and most specifically, his knees.

With the NBA season kicking off tomorrow, the Pelicans will most likely turn to 28-year-old Italian rookie Nicolo Melli to fill in his minutes.

Here’s to wishing Zion a speedy recovery.

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Hornets’ Guard Malik Monk Suspended Indefinitely for Violating Anti-Drug Policy

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Malik Monk was in the middle of his pivotal third season in the NBA and was just hitting his stride with a recent hot streak.

Unfortunately that string of good play now comes to the end due to his conduct off the court, as Monk has been suspended indefinitely by the NBA for violating their anti-drug policy.

There is no indication what Monk has failed the test for, but he will need to follow the NBA’s program to be reinstated into the league.

Monk was the 11th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, after being the SEC Player of the Year in his lone season at Kentucky.

Since entering the league, Monk has struggled to find his footing and that same level of success, but he was just recently on a great run of scoring.

The suspension paired with his better play has led some to question whether it was performance-enhancing drugs that he was suspended for, although we don’t know that at this time.

When Deandre Ayton and John Collins were suspended this season, each received 25-game bans and were then able to return to the floor.

The substances they were suspended for were also announced to the public at the time of their suspensions.

The fact that we don’t know what he was suspended for, or how long of a suspension he will receive is certainly an interesting distinction when it comes to Monk.

It will be interesting to see what information comes out about Monk’s suspension in the coming days and if an actual timetable is put on his return.

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Stephen Curry to Return to the Lineup on Sunday Against the Washington Wizards

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The Golden State Warriors season essentially ended on October 30th, when an awkward fall resulted in a broken hand for Stephen Curry.

Curry has since been sidelined for four months and in his absence, the Warriors have gone 11-43 and sit with the wowarst record in the NBA.

Luckily things are about to get a lot better for Warriors fans, as Curry is set to return to lineup for Golden State on Sunday.

Adding a six-time All-Star, three-time champion and two-time MVP back into the starting lineup is sure to help the Warriors win a few more games down the stretch.

In the four games Curry played this year he shot 24% from three-point range, which is something he will look to clean up over the final games of this season.

Golden State has their eyes toward the future, looking to land a top lottery pick to their roster and incumbent Big Three of Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

The Warriors have 25 games left this season and are four games behind the closest team for the worst record in the NBA.

As long as Golden State finishes with one of the three worst records in the NBA, they will have the best possible odds of winning the lottery. So Curry’s arrival should not hurt their position in that regard.

Instead Curry will bring some excitement to an ailing fan base, while building some chemistry with Andrew Wiggins and the other young Warriors that may be on the roster next season.

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Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons Out Indefinitely with Back Injury

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The Philadelphia 76ers were dealt a big blow on Saturday when Ben Simmons left their game against the Milwaukee Bucks with a back injury.

Since the injury, Simmons has been resting but it was clear that the injury was significant enough that he would miss a few games at least.

Now the injury has been diagnosed as nerve impingement in his lower back, sidelining him for at least two weeks.

If Simmons is meeting with the doctors in two weeks, that will keep him out of the Sixers lineup until March 10th at least. During that time Philadelphia will play at least six games without him.

While everyone is different, back injuries are always difficult to predict timelines for and there is a great chance that Simmons will miss more than two weeks. He will likely need to rehab after being cleared by the doctors.

The Sixers have struggled with chemistry and continuity all year and were hoping to build some over the final stretch of the season. Now they are just hoping to get Simmons 100% for the playoffs.

Philadelphia’s final 24 games of the season are very important to their success in the playoffs, as they are currently in a dog fight in the standings with five teams jockeying for playoff positioning.

The Milwaukee Bucks have really pulled away from the pack as the East’s top team, with the Toronto Raptors following a similar path behind them for the two-seed.

The Sixers currently sit 14 games behind the Bucks, six behind Toronto and are four games behind the Boston Celtics.

Now that Simmons is hurt, Philadelphia really should have their eyes set on the Miami Heat, with a single loss separating the two teams.

The Indiana Pacers need not be forgotten in this race, as they sit two games behind Philadelphia in the standings.

Still, it appears that Philadelphia and Miami are on a collision course for a four-five matchup in the first round of the playoffs. Home court will be a critical advantage to secure.

The Sixers have the best home record in the NBA at 27-2. Meanwhile the Heat are not too far behind with a 23-3 record in Miami.

Phialdelphia also has the worst road record of any playoff team at 9-20, so they desperately need to find a way to win that advantage over the final stretch of the season.

Losing Ben Simmons for a significant period of time could very well cost the Sixers the playoff position they need to make a deep run in the East.

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