Sunday, February 3, 2013

Returning Duncan hurt in Spurs win over Wizards

By AFP

San Antonio

Tim Duncan’s return to NBA action on Saturday didn’t last long as the San Antonio Spurs star departed in the second quarter of a 96-86 victory over the Washington Wizards.

Duncan (left), who had missed four games with a sore left knee, sprained his right ankle and left knee in the second quarter when Washington forward Martell Webster ran into the back of Duncan’s legs fighting for a rebound.

Left lying down

Duncan was left lying on the court clutching his troublesome left knee to the dismay of San Antonio fans.

He was helped off the court by two teammates then walked under his own power to the locker room. The severity of the injuries was not immediately known.

Tony Parker had a double-double with 19 points and 12 assists for San Antonio, who will begin an 18-day, nine-game road trip on Wednesday.

Charlotte Bobcats forward Michael Kidd- Gilchrist was also stretchered off the court with a concussion after a scary collision with a teammate during game against the Houston Rockets.

Kidd-Gilchrist, 19, was hurt early in the fourth quarter while attempting to block a fastbreak layup by Toney Douglas.

Teammate Jeff Taylor — also trying to block Douglas — appeared to catch him in the back of the head with either his hip or knee.

Kidd-Gilchrist, who was taken second overall in the 2012 draft, remained on the floor for several minutes. With teammates gathered round him, he was fitted with a neck brace, then he was carried from the court on a stretcher and later taken by ambulance to hospital for X-rays.

Some time after the game ended, the Bobcats issued a statement saying Kidd-Gilchrist was alert and had movement in all extremities before leaving the arena.

The team said he had a concussion and would remain in hospital overnight, but X-rays were negative for further head or neck injuries.

The Rockets, fuelled by James Harden’s first career triple-double, won the game 109-95.

Harden finished with 21 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds.