“I think you want to protect the player a little bit. Players in the league will target certain parts of the body,” he said.
But Hitchcock refuted that notion. “The players don’t go out and say: ‘He has a broken left pinkie and we’re going to go after that ‘pinkie.’ Nobody thinks like that,” he said.
The NHL’s policy is in stark contrast with that of another contact sport, the National Football League. The NFL “requires that teams provide credible, accurate and specific information about injured players to the league office, their opponents, local and national media, and the league’s broadcast partners each week during the regular season and postseason.”
Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks blasted the NFL’s injury disclosure policy in September, saying it was specifically tailored to benefit those gambling on games.
The All-Star point guard took some contact during a rigorous workout at the team’s morning shootaround. Thomas has been ramping up his activity, running harder and appears to be ahead of schedule to make his debut with Cleveland. Originally, the Cavs forecast he would be playing in games by the end of December but there’s a sense it could be sooner.
“We know he’s making progress every day, which is good for us,” Lue said. “We’re excited about that. We want to make sure we do what’s best for him health-wise, not coming back too soon.”
Ben Simmons had a career-high 27 points and 10 rebounds, a fired-up Embiid added 15 points and 11 rebounds despite a sore knee, and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the cold-shooting Utah Jazz 107-86 on Monday night.
The injury-prone Embiid skipped the morning shootaround because of pain his surgically-repaired left knee. But he posted his seventh double-double and got under Utah’s skin at a decisive time in the fourth quarter.