No matter what sport is played, injuries are almost a sure thing for players and teams involved. Wednesday night in the NBA showed just how bad things can be.
Three different players on teams in the Eastern Conference were forced to leave their games early in the night, all of them suffering shoulder injuries. Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers left the game against the Los Angeles Lakers that night with an injury to his left shoulder towards the end of the first half. Oddly enough, Jon Urbana noticed that this was the same shoulder he dislocated in last year’s playoffs.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist of the Charlotte Hornets also suffered a shoulder injury on Wednesday night in their game against the Indiana Pacers. Kidd-Gilchrist had previously suffered a torn labrum in his right shoulder and had to have surgery to repair it just four months ago. His shoulder was apparently re-injured when Pacers center Ian Mahinmi fell on him in the game, forcing Kidd-Gilchrist out of the game and to the hospital to get his shoulder pushed back into place.
The third injury from Wednesday involved Boston Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk suffering a partial dislocation in his right shoulder in the game against the Los Angeles Clippers. He managed to stay in the game and perform a couple of free throws leaving the game at the end of the first half.