Brooklyn Nets forward Gerald Wallace suffered bruised ribs in the team's 99-79 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night. X-rays came back negative, but it is currently unclear whether Wallace will have to miss any time.
Wallace injured his ribs after the Suns' P.J. Tucker fouled him hard while attempting a fast break dunk in the first quarter. Wallace landed awkwardly on the floor and remained on the court for several moments before being helped to the locker room. He did not return to the game.
The Nets' forward has already missed eight games this season due to injury. Wallace injured his ankle in the season opener and proceeded to miss the team's next six games. He has also missed time with a knee injury.
For the season, Wallace is averaging 9.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists. However, his impact often goes beyond the box score, as his seemingly limitless heart and hustle helps bring energy to the Nets. There's a reason his nickname is "Crash."