You can put all the concerns about giving up leads or the faltering defense on hold. Carmelo Anthony likely has suffered a “nondisplaced fracture on the third right metacarpal of his right hand.” The Nuggets will not know anything more until tomorrow, but when discussing the recovery time George Karl said, “I would think it’s in the weeks area.’’
I guess it is time to use the internet for more than watching the Chinese feed of the Nuggets game or destroying the newspaper industry. The third metacarpal is the bone that runs from your wrist to your middle finger. Based on information found on the Continuum Health Partners website a nondisplaced fracture is a condition where the “bone cracks with the broken pieces still in alignment.” To me the real question is whether or not the fracture will require pins to set it.
According to the Mayo Clinic website, which states under “Risk Factors” that hand and wrist fractures can occur in “contact sports such as basketball,” the primary instances where “internal fixation devices” such as pins would be required include instances where there are “multiple fractures, an unstable or displaced fracture, loose bone fragments that could enter a joint, damage to the surrounding ligaments, fractures that extend into a joint, open skin related to the fracture or a fracture that is the result of a crushing accident.” The difference between the fracture being able to heal via immobilization and the requirement for the insertion of pins is would appear to be about four weeks, but taking the factors that typically require pins into account I would suspect that Melo should not need surgery. To me this all sounds like the Nuggets will be without Melo for at the very least three weeks, but hopefully not much longer than that.
(How do you like that? Most of the time I cannot predict the outcome of a basketball game and here I am projecting how long Carmelo Anthony will be out based on a couple of quotes from a basketball coach and a few minutes of surfing the internet. Who needs medical school anyway?)
Anyway, let’s all give the internet a hand for being so helpful for us this evening. Thanks internet, I will get in touch with you right after I get to work tomorrow.
By the way, the game did not end when Melo was so violently struck by Jeff Foster. The Nuggets once again built a big lead, lost it and then pulled out the win although unlike against the Hornets, the game was in hand for most of the fourth quarter.
However, as I wrote in the game thread, I think any pretense of the Nuggets being a defense first team has slowly gone by the wayside. I think they will have to pay a little more attention to the defensive end with Melo injured.
Additional Game 36 Nuggets
“An avid Texas football fan, the Nuggets forward [Carmelo] ran out of the locker room briefly wearing just a towel while cheering the Fiesta Bowl win over Ohio State.”
Let me get this straight. He ran out of the locker room briefly or he only wore the towel briefly? I hope the towel stayed in place.
Mind Blowing Game Stats
Pace Factor – 106.5 – the second fastest game of the season.
Defensive Efficiency – 108.0 – That is their lowest defensive rating since the Philly game and only the third time they have been under 110 in their last 12 games. Their field goal defense was pretty solid as they held Indy to 43.6% shooting, effective field goal percentage of 48.9% and a true shooting percent of 53.9%. All are the second lowest percentages over their last 12 games.
Offensive Efficiency – 126.8 – The Nuggets are knocking on the door of becoming a top five offensive team, but things may change with Melo likely to miss some time.
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