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Kareem Rush has right knee surgery

Kareem Rush has right knee surgery

Los Angeles Clippers’ guard Kareem Rush underwent successful surgery on his right knee today to repair the torn ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) and partially torn lateral meniscus he suffered at New Orleans on November 17th. In addition, a microfracture procedure was also performed on the knee.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache and was assisted by Clippers’ team physician Dr. Steven Shimoyama. No timetable has been set for Rush’s return.

In seven games played this season, Rush averaged 1.3 points in 8.3 minutes per game.

Is Gerald Wallace an All-Star?

Charlotte Bobcats small forward Gerald Wallace is averaging 16.1 points, a league-leading 12.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.65 steals per game. He’s not shooting especially well (42.9% and just 29.4% three-pointers) but is still having a terrific season.

Is he worthy of making the East All-Star team?

Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports (via blog):

I figure there are three forwards — Cleveland’s LeBron James, Boston’s Kevin Garnett and Toronto’s Bosh — who are locks to be chosen. As I said above, Bosh could potentially count as the backup center (behind Orlando’s Dwight Howard) since he’s certainly the next-best big man. And Bosh is so good Toronto’s record won’t kill his candidacy.

That would leave Wallace in a mix with the following: Boston’s Paul Pierce, Atlanta’s Josh Smith, Indiana’s Danny Granger and Philadelphia’s Andre Iguodala.

I’m thinking Wallace won’t make it. But that he’s even potentially in the discussion is a nice positive for the Bobcats.

Nets get first road win of season

The New Jersey Nets went 0-18 before getting their first win of the season, a home victory against the Charlotte Bobcats.

Tuesday in Chicago, the Nets beat the Bulls to earn their first road win.

The AP reports:

Brook Lopez scored 25 points and Devin Harris hit to the go-ahead basket with 14.9 seconds left Tuesday night as the New Jersey Nets got their second win of the season and first on the road, beating the Chicago Bulls 103-101.

The Nets, who got off the worst start in NBA history at 0-18 before beating Charlotte and then losing to the Knicks, are now 2-19 — including 1-12 away from home.

Chris Douglas-Roberts added 20 points and Harris had 17 for New Jersey.

The Newark Star-Ledger reports:

“It’s huge. Huge because — I mean, we only have two wins — but this was the first one we really had to gut out,” Chris Douglas-Roberts said. “This was a gut check. Throughout the NBA season there are a lot of these, and it was great to see how we reacted to the pressure. We reacted great to a lot of different runs. This was a great win and a good sign. This shows that we can play like this. So it was great.”

Tony Battie: “We showed some mental toughness, and we never got rattled when things didn’t go our way. We persevered. We couldn’t stiff-arm them and get it under control, but we got a good road win.”

Next up for the Nets is a home game Wednesday against the struggling Golden State Warriors, a road game Friday against the beatable Indiana Pacers (who are now without injured star Danny Granger), and then tough games in Atlanta and Cleveland.

Marquis Daniels has left thumb surgery

Marquis Daniels has left thumb surgery

The Boston Celtics announced today that guard Marquis Daniels underwent successful surgery this morning at New England Baptist Hospital to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb.  The procedure was performed by Celtics Team Physician, Dr. Brian McKeon and Dr. Drew Terrono.  No time table has been set for his return.

The Boston Herald reports Daniels will be out 6-8 weeks.

Daniels has appeared in 19 games for the Celtics averaging 5.7 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. The former Auburn Tiger posted a season-high 10 points against Utah on November 11.

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