Dust off the Drudge Report siren gif - we have breaking news. The Pelicans just announced that Greg Stiemsma suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain in his left knee when Jrue Holiday (I believe) ran into it running off a pick and roll in Tuesday's game against the Lakers. That means he'll be out 6-8 weeks, so we probably won't be treated to his offensive stylings until 2014 rolls around.
For those of you that aren't orthopedic surgeons and would like to know what a Grade 2 MCL sprain is, here's a helpful guide to the grading system. It appears that Stiemsma has some internal instability in the knee that makes it wobbly when he tries to put weight on it, which can't be fun at all.
Obviously, for Stiemsma, it's a huge blow in a rough year for him. Projected to come in and start, he was so awful during the Pelicans' preseason that he lost the job to Jason Smith, who was injured for the first part of training camp. He was mediocre at best in the season, basically only rebounding well. And now he'll have to miss the next 20 or so games.
For the Pelicans, it means that they'll have to lean more heavily on rookie Jeff Withey, something that I think the commentariat of The Bird Writes will welcome with open arms. Now Withey has the playing time that we've all been clamoring for, it's up to him to make it clear that he should be in the rotation when Stiemsma returns