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Sunday November 12, 2006 11:07 am

Injury Lowdown: Is there a Podiatrist in the House?

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Holy Crap! What is up with all the foot injuries?!

Utah Jazz Forward Andrei Kirilenko left the game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday. According to the Associated Press, it appeared that Andrei rolled his right ankle while attempting to grab a loose ball. He could not put any pressure on his right leg and had to be helped back to the Utah locker room. There was no immediate word on the extent of the injury. Keep Andrei reserved for this week at least. Peep this article later for an update once news has been released on how long AK-47 will be out. Side Note: Michael Redd dropped 57 points during this game?!?!

Portland Trailblazer G Brandon Roy will be out 1-2 weeks and will wear an orthopedic boot to treat his injured left heel. Doctors will determine the best course of action after the boot has been removed. If the pain does not go away, Brandon Roy will consider surgery. Yikes?!  There is no timetable for Roy’s return.

New Jersey Nets SF Richard Jefferson left Friday’s game against the Miami Heat after he sprained his ankle when he landed on Shaquillle O’Neal’s foot in the third quarter. X-rays on the ankle were negative. The Nets said that Jefferson would be out indefinitely.

It was reported on Friday November 10 that Milwaukee Bucks SG/SF Bobby Simmons will be out for 3-4 weeks. Simmons is recovering from a stress reaction in his right heel and has been since October 14.

Los Angeles Lakers Center Mihm will undergo surgery on Monday to repair a ligament and tendon in his right ankle. Mihm will be out 5-8 months. Mihm is pretty much done for this season.

Fantasy Lowdown:

Wow! Andrei Kirilenko is hurt… again. It is not known how long AK-47 will be out, but Matt Harpring will be getting the starts in Kirilenko’s absence.  On Saturday, Matt pounded out 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists.  Harpring should average 12 points and 6 rebounds and Carlos Boozer will continue his 20-10 ways while AK is out.

Rookie of the Year favorite Brandon Roy might need surgery?!?! This puts a huge damper on Roy owners. We know for sure that he will be out 1-2 weeks. Martell Webster and Juan Dixon will get a split of Roy’s minutes. Fellow DD writer Sarge has been trumpeting Martell’s cometh to fantasy relevance. Keep an eye out for him.

Antoine Wright will get some burn while Richard Jefferson is recovering from his sprained ankle. In the last two games, Wright has averaged 15 points with two 3-pointers with a lofty 60 FG%. Wright should average 14 points with a couple of threes and FG% in the mid 40’s while RJ is out. If Vince Carter leaves the Nets in the off-season, Wright will be a nice sleeper pick next year. 

Ruben Patterson will continue to start in place of Bobby Simmons. This season, Ruben Patterson is averaging 9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.3 steals with a 52 FG%.

The potential logjam at center for the Lakers has been cleared up a bit with Chris Mihm out for this season. It will leave a mix of Andrew Bynum, Kwame Brown and a sprinkle of Ronny Turiaf vying for minutes for the 5 spot. Kwame should be returning soon from a bruised rotator cuff and will need some time to get his timing back. It is not clear how Coach Jackson will use Bynum and Brown, however both players should help fantasy rosters with modest points, rebounds and blocks. 

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