Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will undergo surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, the team announced Monday.
A timetable for the veteran’s recovery won’t be known until after Wednesday morning’s procedure. Bryant suffered the injury in last Wednesday’s 96-80 loss at New Orleans.
Bryant could be facing a third consecutive season-ending injury. He suffered a torn Achilles tendon in April 2013 and a broken bone in his knee last season.
The 36-year-old Bryant has averaged 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists in 35 games this season.
With one of the largest snowstorms in recent history bearing down on the New York City area, the NBA has postponed the Knicks and Nets home games scheduled for Monday night.
With the National Weather Service describing this storm as a “crippling and potentially historic” blizzard, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency on Monday. Forecast projections for New York City and areas surrounding it predict that up to 20 to 30 inches of snow could hit the area over the next two days.
In the game of the night the Clippers try to beat the struggling Nuggets for the eighth time in their last nine meetings in Los Angeles.
Denver’s lack of defense was evident again in Sunday’s 117-115 overtime loss to Washington. The Nuggets allowed the Wizards to shoot 53.3 percent from the floor, and were dominated 56-36 in the paint. Ty Lawson scored 31 points with 12 assists last night after missing one game following his arrest for suspicion of driving while impaired Friday. Lawson is second in the league with 10.0 assists per game and he had 14 assists with 10 points against the Clippers last month.
Arron Afflalo will try to find a way to shoot the ball better after going 4-for-17 (1-for-7 from beyond the arc) against the Wizards. Afflalo missed 10 of 14 shots while finishing with 12 points against the Clippers in December.
The Clippers are giving up an average of 97.8 points during a 10-3 stretch after allowing 104.5 while losing six of the previous 10. Improved defensive play was vital last night, when the Clippers used a 15-0 fourth-quarter run to pull away in a 120-100 win at Phoenix to extend their winning streak to four games. Chris Paul, third in the league with 9.8 assists, has totaled 29 in two games. He dished out 12 while scoring 23 points on 7-for-11 against the Suns.
Scoring has helped the Clippers, as they average 107.4 points per game, (third in the NBA) while putting up 115.5 on 50.9 percent shooting (40.2 from long range) over the last four games.
The Clippers’ offense can determine if they can keep their winning streak going since the Nuggets are giving up 109.7 points during a six-game slide. Los Angeles has capitalized on Denver’s suspect defense at home, winning seven of eight matchups and four straight while scoring 111.0 points per game.