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January 28, 2009

Augustin to miss another week to 10 days

The injury situation just got a bit worse: After saying he doesn’t expect Gerald Wallace back “anytime soon,’’ coach Larry Brown added pre-game that point guard D.J. Augustin is no longer viable to return Friday versus the Denver Nuggets.

          A specialist in Los Angeles examined Augustin and advised that he rest the injury another week to 10 days. Augustin will miss his eighth straight game with the injury tonight when the Bobcats play the Portland Trail Blazers.

          The previous plan was for Augustin to test the injury in practice in Denver Thursday, and if that went well, for him to be activated versus the Nuggets.

          Augustin being out means continued minutes for rookie point guard Sean Singletary, who hasn’t played particularly well of late. Brown said Boris Diaw might play point occasionally, Brown said, but Diaw will already be spreading himself around. With Wallace (broken rib, collapsed lung) out, Diaw will be playing minutes at both power and small forward.

Posted by Observer Sports on January 28, 2009 at 08:38 PM | Permalink

Comments

Any word on what the starting line up for tonight might be Rick?

Posted by: ???? | Jan 28, 2009 8:58:07 PM

For **** sake!!!

I'm travelling around New Zealand and I checked the score last night and I jumped through the roof of the hostel when I found out we beat LA again.

I've been a supporter since day one and this team hasn't excited me as much as the last few weeks and now Crash gets clubbed by Bynum and is out again, man I feel for him. And DJ is out for longer, mannnn...

Stay positive I suppose, go Bobcats!!!

(Sorry about this heart bled post, had to get it out).

Posted by: Nick | Jan 28, 2009 9:33:44 PM

That is great news for the "Keep Raymond on the Team" front. There is no way the Bobcats would move him before the trade deadline. Assuming DJ gets back in 10 days, that would only leave another 10-12 days prior to the trade deadline, not enough to be sure that he's 100%.

Posted by: BlockParty | Jan 28, 2009 10:29:13 PM

BlockParty -

That would depend on what they receive in return. If a rotation PG like Earl Watson was in the deal, Felton could still be moved. The Cats may even be more inclined to move him after the Wallace injury because they may be (although hopefully not) writing off the playoffs and planning ahead for next year. BTW, there’s no way Wallace is back before the All-Star break with this injury, as the ribs are one of the slower bones in the body to heal.

Posted by: Cats_Fan | Jan 29, 2009 10:00:15 AM

BlockParty -

That would depend on what they receive in return. If a rotation PG like Earl Watson was in the deal, Felton could still be moved. The Cats may even be more inclined to move him after the Wallace injury because they may be (although hopefully not) writing off the playoffs and planning ahead for next year. BTW, there’s no way Wallace is back before the All-Star break with this injury, as the ribs are one of the slower bones in the body to heal.

Posted by: Cats_Fan | Jan 29, 2009 10:00:15 AM

I am disappointed in Singletary's performance in the last few games. He has done very little to warrant more playing time. He seems very confident in his abilities when he talks to reporters. Unfortunately, that confidence hasn't led to any meaningful play on the court.

Shannon Brown stepped up against the Lakers and I think he can be a solid bench contributor. He just needs to play under control. The Bobcats cannot trade Felton at this point. Augustin may not be built to last for 82 games. He is a very good player, but he is missing entirely too much time.

Posted by: Token | Jan 29, 2009 10:41:33 AM

Yeah, an Earl Watson and DJ PG rotation is far superior to Felton/DJ...

Posted by: A Fan | Jan 29, 2009 11:31:22 AM

I think whats Cats Fan was saying is that a solid PG like Watson involved would still make the deal feasible..true he wont give u big numbers but he wont turn the ball over and cost you games either..

If we can still fulfill our needs (Bigs) with a trade for Felton I'm sure it will still be looked at

Posted by: Bobcat Terry | Jan 29, 2009 11:44:56 AM

Are you guys serious? Earl Watson? Six points, five assists per game Earl Watson? Combine him with DJ who weighs a buck seventy, maybe and proving to not be durable as your two PGs? You guys must not have watched the games the Cats have been winning lately or even the ones they have barely lost to not realize that Felton has been running the team at a great level. The kid is only in his fourth year and he is showing you that with a quality NBA coach he is getting it. Trade him now and you regret it in two years. I promise you that.

Posted by: Thad | Jan 29, 2009 12:14:19 PM

Bobcat Terry is correct, I'm saying inclusion of a "rotation quality" PG would make a deal feasible (from a logical GM's perspective) depending on what was offered in return. I didn't say anything about what is the "best" lineup for the Cats.

I have seen Felton's recent play (in person vs. Celts and Suns and on TV for the others) and agree that it has improved from earlier in the year, especially as it relates to decision-making. But, he's still not untouchable, and the Cats are obviously very agressive on the trade front this year. Just sayin'.....

Posted by: Cats_Fan | Jan 29, 2009 12:50:41 PM

Earl Watson's not durable? The guy's played in 77+ games in five of the last six years, and in the sixth, he played 70. Further, when not playing limited minutes behind a guy like Russell Westbrook, whom the Thunder are wont to play because of his draft status, he's able to put up much better numbers than 6-6. Just last season, he was 11-7, and on a per minute basis, he's been a better player in terms of assists, steals, blocks, rebounding, and he's a better shooter, which would lead to less of the empty possessions that we get when Felton dribbles around like a chicken with his head cut off only to jack up a jumper that comes nowhere near the basket. Would Watson be an upgrade as a player over Felton? Perhaps not, but he might be as a play-making distributor at the PG position. And if we can upgrade our second unit (which is currently pretty awful) while also aquiring a replacement for Felton who's affordable and at least serviceable, we'll have made a good deal considering that we're likely to either lose Felton for nothing or have to overpay for him.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jan 29, 2009 7:12:18 PM

I'm not sure we'll have to overpay Felton. There aren't too many teams in a position to offer him that much money, most of them have young PGs and he isn't likely to hold out for a certain amount like Emeka either. We definitely need an insurance policy for DJ. He didn't play well through his minor ankle injury and he's taking twice as long to heal as he was supposed to with this strain injury. If he can't play through pain and takes a long time to heal he may indeed not be built for an 82 game season. Trading Felton now is too risky. We aren't likely to get a starter quality PG in return along with something else we need and we don't know if DJ is going to be a healthy enough player to be our starting PG of the future. It's better to just lose felton and keep the cap space if need be. It's worth it to monitor DJ and keep our options open.

Posted by: Eddie | Jan 29, 2009 10:50:35 PM

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