The free-falling St. Louis Blues will be without defenseman Jay Bouwmeester for the rest of the season with a left hip injury.
General manager Doug Armstrong said Bouwmeester will be sidelined four to six months and that forward Scottie Upshall will be re-evaluated in four weeks after suffering a knee injury.
St. Louis has lost eight of its past 10 games to fall out of the top three in the Central Division and out of a playoff position entirely in the Western Conference.
That won’t change between now and next week’s trade deadline. Pelicans general manager Dell Demps won’t trade Davis, and the only way he will go is if Demps is replaced after the year is over. Multiple teams have attempted to engage the Pelicans in trade talks concerning Davis in the past year, but according to one league executive, “The conversations end quickly, as I understand.”
But Davis still could loom over this year’s trade deadline nonetheless, and this is where things get interesting for the future of the franchise. Demps and coach Alvin Gentry have been on the hot seat all season, under pressure to make the playoffs in order to keep their jobs. And things shaped up nicely, with the team on a 12-5 run heading into the weekend — until Friday’s win, in which star center DeMarcus Cousins blew out his Achilles tendon and ended his season.
James – speaking prior to Cleveland’s 125-114 loss to the Pistons – shared his thoughts on the harsh criticism players receive when they choose to leave a franchise, compared to when teams opt to trade those same men away.
“He spent his last nine years there,” James said Tuesday. “He signed a multi-year deal there this summer, so that’s unfortunate. But that’s the business side of it. It’s both sides. It works both sides, though. It’s the business.”
But the number that has doomed him in recent years is the most important in sports: games played. And Van Gundy has just banked the future of his team on a player who has missed one-third of his team’s games since the 2013-14 season.
Griffin has suffered a wide variety of ailments in that span. He had a hand injury that stemmed from a fight with a team employee. He had a persistent quad injury. He has had minor surgery on his right knee.