Fantasy Basketball: Week 4 Injury Update
Guards Jose Juan Barea, PG (MIN)–The Timberwolves were without Jose Juan Barea on Saturday against the Bulls as he continued to deal with a foot injury, but hopes to play against the Mavericks Monday night. His fantasy value is very limited at this point, even when healthy, considering Ricky Rubio is slated to return to the team sometime in late December. Steve Blake, PG (LAL)--The Lakers will likely be without Steve Blake for the second straight game on Tuesday as he continues to deal with a abdominal injury he sustained last week. The injury does not appear to be serious, but he may miss more than Tuesday's game, so monitor his status throughtout the week to determine if he is a play next week in weekly leagues. Chauncey Billups, SG (LAC)–The Clippers can expect to have Chauncey Billups back in game action sometime in December as he continues to recover from an Achilles’ injury that he suffered last season. He is expected to become the Clippers starting shooting guard once he returns to the lineup and should be someone to keep a close eye on as his return draws near. Avery Bradley, PG (BOS)–The Celtics hope to have Avery Bradley back in practice by the end of November with the hopes he will return to the team in early December after recovering from shoulder surgery. When Bradley was given playing time last season he took full advantage of the opportunity and should get a chance again this season once healthy. Carlos Delfino, SG (HOU)--After sustaining a groin injury in Friday's game against the Trail Blazers, Carlos Delfino is now expected to miss his second staright game on Monday. Those who expected to use him in weekly leagues may want to find a differnt option as it appears he is not ready to return any time soon. Daniel Gibson, PG (CLE)--The Cavaliers are considering Daniel Gibson as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Sixers after missing his previous game due to the same injury. He sustained the injury in Saturday's game against the Mavericks and should be considered day-to-day until the severity of the injury is released. Eric Gordon, SG (NOR)–As expected, Eric Gordon will undergo a strict rehab to accelerate his recovery from a knee injury so that he can rejoin the Hornet starting lineup at some point in December. Gordon experienced a setback prior to the start of the season which has forced his to miss additional time, but it appears he is now back on track in his rehab. Gerald Henderson, SG (CHA)–It appears Gerald Henderson is 1-3 weeks away from returning to the Bobcats lineup after suffering a mid-foot sprain in the team’s November 3rd loss to the Mavericks. Henderson is expended to log a lot of minutes this season, so both the Bobcats and his fantasy owners will be patiently waiting for his return by late November. Kyle Lowry, PG (TOR)–The Raptors expect to have their point guard, Kyle Lowry, back in aciton sometime next week as he continues to deal with an ankle injury that forced him to miss all of last week. Barring any setbacks, fantasy owners should be able to insert him into thier lineups sometimes next week. Steve Nash, PG (PG)–As expected, Steve Nash did not play Friday against the Suns and then missed Sunday's game agains the Rockets. It looks like Nash may be back before the end of the month, but at this point there has been no time table set for his return, so be sure to keep monitoring his status throughot the next two weeks. Gary Neal, PG (SA)--The Spurs consider Gary Neal to be questionable for Monday's game against the Grizzlies as he continues to deal with a finger injury. Neal missed the Spurs last game with the same injury but overall the injury does not appear to be serious enough to force him to miss an extended period of time. J.J. Redick, SG (ORL)--Despite missing Sunday's game with an illness, the Magic expect to have J.J. Redick back in their lineup for Monday's game against the Hawks. The illness does not appear to be serious, so even if he doesn't play on Monday expect him back in the team's next game. Derrick Rose, PG (CHI)–The Bulls continue to be cautious with Derrick Rose while be continues to rehab from knee surgery and has yet to start running at full speed and making cuts. It appears the Bulls aren’t in any rush to get him back in the lineup, which is a good thing, so expect to see him back in action sometime after the New Year. Brandon Roy, SG (MIN)--The Timberwolves received bad news in regards to Brandon Roy's knee injury, and he is now out indefinitely after being told he will undergo surgery on his right knee. Knee injuries forced Roy to retire once already, so this really puts him in a bad place, but hopefully for him he can recover quickly and get back in action sooner than later. Ricky Rubio, PG (MIN)–There is a good chance that Ricky Rubio will be able to rejoin the Timberwolves sometime in late December as he continues to recover from knee surgery. Rubio has yet to start cutting and running full speed, which is the next step in his rehab, so until then it is hard to determine if his timetable is accurate, so be sure to monitor his progression. Dwyane Wade, SG (MIA)--After missing his second game in a row on Saturday with a foot injury, Dwyane Wade is now considered questionable for Wednesday's game against the Bucks. With three days in between games, Wade should be able to work out the injury in practice this week and return to the Heat lineup, but be sure to monitor his status throughout the early portion of this week. John Wall, PG (WAS)–The timetable for John Wall’s return in slated for late November after the team received good news from his Doctor’s visit. He has yet to be cleared to resume full-court drills, which is the next step in his recovery from a knee injury, but it doesn’t appear to be too far away. Earl Watson, PG (UTA)--The Jazz may be without Earl Watson for Monday's game against the Rockets as he deals with a knee injury. The injury does not appear to be serious, but he hasn't played in the team's last two games so it could be more serious than originally expected. Nick Young, SG (PHI)--After exiting Sunday's game early due to feeling light-headed, the Sixers consider Nick Young questionable for Tuesday's game against the Raptors. The extent of the injury has yet to be determined, so at this point conisder young to be day-to-day until things become more clear. Forwards Chase Budinger, SF (MIN)–The Timberwolves received bad news on Sunday when it was announced that Chase Budinger will be out until at least early December with a torn meniscus in his left knee. This is a big blow for the Timberwolves as Budinger has been a nice offensive surprise with Kevin Love out, so they will have to find his production elsewhere for at least one month. Danny Granger, SF (IND)–Things aren’t looking good for Danny Granger and his fantasy owners, as he is expected to miss three months after suffering a knee injury. Originally, Granger expected to play through the pain, but the injury is more serious than expected so now we have to wait and see how he comes along in his rehab before setting a timetable for his return. Grant Hill, SF (LAC)–The Clippers have yet to determine a timetable for Gran Hill’s return to game action as he continues to deal with a bone bruise in his right knee. His role will be limited once he returns to the team, but he has shown in the past that he can do a lot with the least amount of opportunities. Richard Jefferson, SF (GS)--The Bucks are considering RIchard Jefferson as day-to-day after suffering a starined calf in the first half of Sunday's game against the Thunder. He is listed as questionable for Monday's game ainst the Mavericks and may miss additional time, so those in weekly leagues may want to find another option for this week. Kawhi Leonard, SF (SA)--As expected, the Spurs are going to be without the services of Kawhi Leonard until at the earliest November 28 as he continues to deal with a knee injury. WIth Leonard out for an extended period of time, expect to see an increase in playing time for both Danny Green and Stephen Jackson until he returns. Kevin Love, PF (MIN)–Kevin Love is expected to visit a hand specialist at some point next week to reevaluate his broken right hand. Once the Timberwolves receive the results from the visit it will be easier to determine just how much longer he will be out, so be sure to monitor his situation closely in the upcoming weeks. Dirk Nowitzki, PF (DAL)–The Mavericks expect to have Dirk Nowitzki back in the starting lineup as early as the first week of December as he should be fully recovered from his preseason knee surgery. It appears the Mavericks don’t want to rush him back too soon to avoid a setback, but once he returns expect the same fantasy production from Nowitzki that we have become accustomed to seeing from him. Amare Stoudemire, PF (NYK)–The Knicks are hoping to have Amare Stoudemire back in game action by mid-December, but there has really been no sign that he is on the right track to becoming healthy. He is getting treatment on his knee every day and at this point there is still a chance he could end up getting knee surgery, so continue to keep an eye on this situation if you are a fantasy owner of Stoudemire. Tyrus Thomas, PF (CHA)--The Bobcats are not sure if they will be with the services of Tyrus Thomas for Monday's game against the Bucks after suffering a calf injury. He sustained the injury in Saturday's loss to the Grizzlies early in the game and did not return, so consider him day-to-day at this time. Centers Andrew Bogut, C (GS)–The Warriors decided to shut down Andrew Bogut last week as he continues to deal with the aftermath of ankle surgery. The earliest he will return to the Warriors starting lineup would be November 16th when the team takes on the Timberwolves, but at this point that does not appear to be likely. Andrew Bynum, C (PHI)–It doesn’t look like the Sixers will have Andrew Bynum back on the court any time soon as the team announced Monday that they are being cautious with releasing a return date from his right knee bruise. The injury originally didn’t appear to be serious, but it doesn’t appear he is getting any better and could be out until after the New Year. Nene Hilario, C (WAS)–Nene Hilario visited a doctor last week and it was determined that he will be out at least three more weeks as he continues to deal with a foot injury. At this point don’t expect to see Hilario back until December at the earliest, but once he returns he should generate his normal level of fantasy production. Nikola Pekovic, C (MIN)--The Timberwolves are considering Nikola Pekovic questionable for Wednesday's game against the Nuggets as he continues to deal with an ankle injury. He was able to practice on Sunday, so it appears his questionable tag looking more liek probable barring any setbacks. 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