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Good news: X-rays negative for Evans' jaw

Mar 20, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

The NBA world had one eye on next year’s rookies today and one eye on the probably Rookie of the Year this year. Last night we let you know about Tyreke Evans’ concussion and other head injuries sustained against the Bucks. There was rampant concern that the Kings were going to announce that Evans was out for the season with a broken jaw.

But Jimmy Spencer of NBA.com broke the news that X-Rays were negative and Evans will only miss a week with the concussion. A scary injury regardless but nothing Evans can’t bounce back from. It won’t be the last time Evans will face injury with his tough, fearless style, but still good news for the youngster. A bruised jaw (what he was diagnosed with) still hurts like hell, but a fracture would have sunk him for the year most likely.

Some would contend that the race for the Rookie of the Year has tightened with the improved play of Stephen Curry and Brandon Jennings. But it’s hard to argue with Evans’ legendary-level numbers, or that any rookie means more to their team. I suppose we’ll find out this week with Evans recovering.

  1. Matt - Mar 20, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    Good news, surely. He is far too enjoyable to watch, I hope he recovers quick.
    I think what is most impressive about his year compared to the other ROY candidates is that Tyreke IS the Kings. When teams come to town, their focus is to stop him, somehow, someway. I don’t think you can say that about Curry and Jennings. And even with that singular focus, he does what he does. Amazing.
    I’m gonna love watching this kid for years.

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