Tuesday was a rough night on Charlotte Bobcats guard Jason Richardson's body.
First, he needed five stitches to close a gash above his right eye, after catching an elbow from Denver Nuggets center Nene. Then he woke up in the middle of the night with swelling and pain in his right knee.
Though doctors found no structural damage, Richardson will miss Friday's home game against the Utah Jazz and is doubtful for Sunday's home game against the Orlando Magic.
“They did an MRI and didn't see any structural damage, but just to be safe, Dr. (Glenn) Perry wanted a scope (exploratory surgery) to see if they missed something, and I don't think they missed something,” coach Larry Brown said following an optional practice Wednesday.
“He won't play Friday, and we'll see what happens after that.”
Richardson wasn't available for comment, but team officials don't believe Richardson did anything specific against the Nuggets to aggravate his knee. He has experienced some inflammation in that joint since training camp.
Richardson is the Bobcats' leading scorer at 17.6 points a game, and averages over 42 minutes per game. It sounds like no one player will absorb most of those minutes.
“The way I always look at it, if somebody gets hurt, it gives other guys a chance. Hopefully it's not a long thing, because you know how good we feel J-Rich is and how much he means,” Brown said.
“But maybe this will give Shannon (Brown) a chance, or give Adam (Morrison) a little more time or Matt (Carroll). We'll just see.”
Brown said he hasn't decided who should start at shooting guard in Richardson's absence. That might be determined by who would best match up against the Jazz's lineup.
May's new diet
Sean May was activated against the Nuggets, the first time in six games after starting the season-opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
May says he's addressing the conditioning issues that sidetracked his return from knee surgery. May said he weighs 274 pounds, with a goal of getting down to 266. He recently consulted with a nutritionist, who switched his diet from high-protein/no-carb to including whole grains.
“When you go on a high-protein diet, for an athlete it's tough, because you're basically putting your body on starvation mode. It's holding on to every carb you have, whether it's good or bad,” May said he was advised. “I didn't have a lot of energy – I was dead in training camp – because the main thing I was worried about was getting my weight down.”
The nutritionist added back “good” carbs – whole grains – to May's diet, while eliminating any processed foods.
“The main thing is I stay away from sugar and white flour,” May said, “because with my body type, I'll just hold on to it.”