Updated! MRI looming for BG’s hammy


Chicago’s shot-making superhero is scheduled to undergo an MRI today. The reason: He strained his left hamstring in the first half of yesterday’s double-overtime thriller against the Celtics. Said Gordon: “I was driving and I heard something pop. It’s sore; hopefully it’s not too serious. I’m going to do what I need to do.”

I couldn’t make this out from my 300 level seats, but apparently Ben was riding a stationary bike (ala Dennis Rodman) when he wasn’t playing in the second half, and he had his leg connected to an electrical stimulation device as he left the United Center in Chicago last night. As Gordon explained: “It’s really sore. I’ll continue to treat it throughout the day and all the way up until next game. I got a shot to relieve the pain. But a game like that, you have to play through it.”

I’m not going to panic just yet, not until a little more is known about the extent of this injury. But it goes without saying that whatever chance the Bulls have in this series would blow away like dust in the wind without a reasonably healthy and mobile Ben Gordon.

Update! The MRI results are in: It’s just a sprained hammy. “An MRI exam on Monday showed Chicago Bulls guard Ben Gordon has only a strained left hamstring rather than a more severe injury, giving him a chance to play on Tuesday against Boston in the NBA playoffs. While his status for game five on Tuesday in Boston is in doubt, Gordon says he will play against the defending NBA champions even though he is listed as day-to-day.”

I’d be really shocked if he didn’t play.

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2 Responses to Updated! MRI looming for BG’s hammy

  1. davidpaulroosa@yahoo.com'
    AK Dave April 27, 2009 at 10:36 pm #

    Ben has been awesome, but I think even if he is in a diminished role he can give some good minutes and Rose can pick up the slack like he did in game 1.

    He’ll play. I’m sure he’ll be all cortizoned up and might need rehab/a new hamstring after the postseason because of it, but he’ll play.

    By the way- how the hell do these guys do it? Rondo sprained an ankle and didn’t miss a freakin’ beat. I sprained my ankle in college playing basketball and I was out of the game for 6 goddamned weeks and it was AGONIZING- my ankle swelled to the size of a small cantaloupe and wasn’t 100% for a few months. What kind of horse-tranquilizers are they giving these pro athletes that they come back so fast from sprained knees and pulled groins and things that hobble us mortal men for weeks and weeks?? Am I the only one who wonders about this?

  2. noorhammad@hotmail.com'
    Noor Hammad April 28, 2009 at 1:08 am #

    I bet you didnt have 24 hr rehab, icing, phsysio, ultrasound and electrical stimulation when you sprained your ankle though Dave?

    The medical staff of NBA teams really dont get anywhere near the recognition they deserve for getting these athelets back on their feet as quickly as they do.

    The fact that most NBA players are finely tuned machines with awesome physical fitness doesnt hurt either.

    Lets do our part and keep our fingers crossed for the return of a fully strength BG.


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