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First round injury report

Published by David on 22nd April - 15:00 (CET)
The Playoffs have begun which has made life so much better. Unfortunately there have been a couple of injuries to key players which could alter the outcome already in the first round.

There are probably a lot of Mormons contemplating their beliefs after Rudy Gobert went down on the very first play of Utah's game one in the first round against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Gobert collided knees with Clippers forward Luc Mbah a Moute, just 17 seconds in his first career playoff game and sustained a bone bruise.
Despite losing the Defensive Player of the Year candidate, the Jazz managed to steal the first game in Los Angeles. The absence of Gobert was obvious in game two, however, in which the Clippers had a lead the entire game and scored 60 points in the paint.

With the Jazz playoff hopes in jeopardy, all focus is on the injury status of Gobert.
A bone bruise is basically a pre-stage before a fracture occurs. The bones inner part (medullary) consists of fibrous tissue called trabeculae. Compared to a bone fracture, where all trabecaule of a part of a bone are broken, only a few trabecaue are injured in a bone bruise. This is not seen in a plain X-ray but is visible with an MRI. A bone bruise commonly affects the knee (Tibia Bone) and is caused by direct force or twisting injuries and is seen in 80% of Anterior Cruciate ligaments (ACL) injuries.

Fortunately there was no structural damage in Gobert’s case and depending on the severity of the bone bruise and the level of activity during the healing phase, the recovery could range from weeks to months.
Meanwhile in Chi-Town, Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade somehow have turned back the hands of time and have played like it's 2012 again. Rondo, who has always had a tendency to step up his game in big games, has posted 11.5 points, 10 assists and 8.5 rebounds per game and has helped the eight-seeded Bulls steal two game from the Celtics.

The Bulls and injured point guards have become a trend in recent years, and the injury curse didn't let Rondo slide either. Rondo suffered a thumb fracture in the third quarter of game two but still managed to play through the injury. Rondo got an X-ray and according to Bulls medical staff there is no need for surgery, but he has been given a cast and will be re-evaluated in 7-10 days.

A thumb fracture usually affects the first bone in the thumb (metacarpal) which is a common fracture location in the hand. The initial time-plan for re-evaluation indicates that this is either is a non-displaced fracture not involving the joint surface of the metacarpal bone, or the first phalanx of the thumb. The latter is a best-case scenario in this unfortunate event.
In the best-case scenario, Rondo could return to play after two weeks but despite Rondo’s belief that he is a fast healer, that timetable is a very optimistic one. If it is the more severe type, he might need a thumb-cast for four to six weeks.

My professional guess is that he will be out for at least three weeks and end up missing the first round and potentially more than that. Without Rondo’s stellar play this might turn the tide in this series in the Celtics' favor.

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