NBA Stories: Injury Plagued Week for NBA

Houston Rockets v Toronto Raptors

It was late in the first half of a Celtics versus Spurs showdown when Boston's Gordon Hayward collided with LaMarcus Aldridge who had stepped in with an illegal screen.

Hayward had been guarding Dejounte Murray when both accelerated towards the baseline. The Celtics' small forward immediately grabbed his hand after the hit, making his way off the court and into the locker room. An x-ray during halftime revealed the fracture in his left hand and there has been no announcement on how long Hayward will be out. The accident comes after an impressive start to the season by the 29-year-old. More updates to follow. 

With Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green stripped from the roster this summer, the Toronto Raptors were already operating at a deficit this season. But their bad luck got worse in Friday's game against the Pelicans as they lost two more vital players, with both Serge Ibaka and Kyle Lowry leaving the game early due to injury. It was later confirmed that Lowry had suffered a fractured left thumb and he will be re-evaluated in two weeks. However, Ibaka will be out indefinitely as he waits for further imaging on an ankle injury. 

Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons will miss Sunday's showdown against the Charlotte Hornets, his second straight game, due to a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder. Simmons acquired the injury in Wednesday's Utah Jazz loss when he bumped into Royce O'Neale's chest while posting up in the first quarter. He didn't play Friday in a 100-97 loss to the Denver Nuggets.

Miami Heat didn't miss out on the unfortunate events this week either as sports radio host Andy Slater reported Friday that Dion Waiters had suffered a medical emergency on the team plane to face the LA Lakers. It was later revealed by Slater on Twitter that Waiters had "overdosed" on gummies and passed out on the plane. He allegedly had a seizure once he woke up but neither Heat nor Waiters have confirmed the details. Waiters were listed as out due to illness. 

Kawhi Leonard also ended up in a grey area with regards to injury protocol in the league as the LA Clippers were slapped with a $50,000 fine from the NBA for statements made by head coach Doc Rivers claiming the team "were inconsistent" with official reports about Leonard's health. Leonard has been in the spotlight in the ongoing NBA debate about load management - where teams are resting star players to ensure they're healthy over the course of the season.  

The NBA also revealed details of Kawhi's injury in the statement: “Leonard is suffering from an ongoing injury to the patella tendon in his left knee and has been placed by the team at this time on an injury protocol for back-to-back games.”

With no apparent end to injuries so far this season, fans watch on in amazement after star players are being knocked off the rosters. 

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