Fantasy Basketball: Week 6 Injury Update
Guards Tony Allen, SG (MEM)--After missing the Grizzlies last two games with a groin injury, Tony Allen is considered questionable for Tuesday's game against the Suns. Until Allen returns to the lineup, expect to see Wayne Ellington take his place in the starting lineup. Steve Blake, PG (LAL)–The Lakers, who have been without the services of Steve Blake since November 11, will be out at least two more weeks with an abdominal injury. The Lakers are already without Steve Nash, so this is a big blow for the team as they continue to roll with Darius Morris as their starting point guard. Avery Bradley, PG (BOS)–The Celtics hope to have Avery Bradley participating in contract drills sometime in early December with the hopes to return to action my mid-December as he continues to recover 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. Tyreke Evans, SG (SAC)--Although Tryeke Evans hasn't played since last Tuesday, the Kings expect to have him back in the starting lineup when they take on the Raptors on Wednesday. Evans is dealing with a knee injury, but with over a week of rest, he should be ready to go for the team's next game. Raymond Felton, PG (NYK)--The Knicks are hopeful that Raymond Felton will be able to take the court on Wednesday when the team takes on the Bobcats after an MRI revealed a contusion and a bone bruise in his hand. The team will enter the game with both Felton and Jason Kidd as questionable so hopefully he will be able to play through the pain and suit up. 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. Richard Hamilton, SG (CHI)--In Saturday's game, Richard Hamilton tore the plantar fascia in his left foot and is expected to miss at least a week of action. The injury could've been worse, but the good news is that it does not require him to undergo surgery. Gerald Henderson, SG (CHA)–It appears Gerald Henderson will return to the Bobcats lineup at some point this week after the team had the weekend off. Henderson has missed most of the season with a foot injury and should play no later than Wednesday night. Kyrie Irving, PG (CLE)–The Cavaliers are trying to avoid surgery for Kyrie Irving on his bruised finger. Although Irving can play through the injury, if he injures it even worse he will need to get surgery and miss at least two months, so expect to see him back in action in a few weeks when the injury subsides. Jason Kidd, PG (NYK)--The Knicks plan to be will the services of Jason Kidd when they take on the Bobcats on Wednesday after he missed the team's last three games. Kidd is dealing with a back spams and even if he does play on Wednesday, his minutes will likely be limited. Kyle Korver, SG (ATL)--The Hawks consider Kyle Korver questionable for their game against the Nuggets on Wednesday as he continues to deal with a back injury. Korver missed the Hawks last game on Friday with the same injury, so if you are in a weekly fantast league it would be wise to go with a different option for this week. Steve Nash, PG (PG)–As expected, Steve Nash did not play last week and has yet to return to practice. It is highly unlikely that Nash will be able to return action this week and his potential return date has yet to be determined by the Lakers coaching staff. Derrick Rose, PG (CHI)–The Bulls continue to be cautious with Derrick Rose while be continues to rehab from knee surgery, but he was able to begin making cuts last week. It appears the Bulls aren’t in any rush to get him back in the lineup, which is a good thing for his fantasy owners, so expect to see him back in action sometime after the New Year. Brandon Roy, SG (MIN)–There is a chance that Brandon Roy played his last game if his career prior to knee surgery last week. The Timberwolves have set a four-week timetable for his return, but considering his degenerate knee issues, a setback could end it all for the second time. Ricky Rubio, PG (MIN)–The Timberwolves received good news on Ricky Rubio as he was able to practice in full on Sunday for the first time since he suffered the injury. This would be a big step in his recovery from knee surgery, but his timetable would likely still be mid-to-late December once he returns to practice. Dion Waiters, SG (CLE)--After suffering an ankle sprain in the Cavaliers game on Saturday, Dion Waiters is considered questionable for Monday's game against the Pistons. His availability for Monday's game will be based off of how his ankle reacts to pre-game workouts, so be sure to keep a close eye on this situation if you are an owner. 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. Nick Young, SG (PHI)--The SIxers consider Nick Young questionable for Tuesday's game against the Timberwolves as he continues to deal with a hyper-extension in his left big toe. Yong missed the team's last game on Saturday due to the injury, and will need to deal with a lot of pain if he wants to play on Tuesday. Forwards Shane Battier, SF (MIA)--The Heat consider Shane Battier questionable for Tuesday's game with the Wizards as he continues to deal with a knee injury. Battier missed the team's last game on Saturday and his status is day-to-day at this point, so plan accordingly. 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 this season, so they will have to find his production elsewhere for at least one month. Anthony Davis, PF (NO)–The Hornets received some bad news over the weekend and will be without the services of Anthony Davis for at least one more week. Davis has been dealing with an ankle injury that kept him out all of last week and it doesn’t appear to be getting any better. Mike Dunleavy, SF (MIL)--The Bucks hope to have Mike Dunleavy back in action for their next game on Monday against the Hornets after he missed the team's last game with a knee injury. Dunleavy has been a nice surprise for both fantasy owners and the Bucks this season so hopefully he can get back in action sooner than later. 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. Danny Green, SF (SA)--After leaving Saturday's game early with tightness in his left hamstring and is considered questionable for the Spurs next game against the Bucks. He will have four days to rest the injury, so there is a good chance he will be able to play on Wednesday. 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. Stephen Jackson, SF (SA)–The Spurs will be without Stephen Jackson four-to-six weeks after he suffered a fracture in his right pinkie finger last week. This is a big blow for the Spurs who are already without Kawhi Leonard, so expected Danny Green to get extended playing time. Richard Jefferson, SF (GS)–The Warriors have been without Richard Jefferson for six straight games now, and he is considered questionable for the team’s next game on Monday. Jefferson sustained a calf injury two weeks ago, and but he should be back in action some point this week. Andrei Kirilenko, SF (MIN)--The Timberwolves consider Andrei Kirilenko questionable for Tuesday night's game against the Sixers. Kirilenko is dealing with a back injury that has held him out of the team's last two games and practice on Sunday, so it doesn't look like he will take the court come Tuesday. Kawhi Leonard, SF (SA)–As expected, the Spurs are going to be without the services of Kawhi Leonard for at least three more games as he continues to deal with a knee injury. Leonard has now been out since mid-November, but he should be back some point next week. Dirk Nowitzki, PF (DAL)–The Mavericks don’t expect to have Dirk Nowitzki back in the starting lineup until December 18 as he continues to recover from off-season 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 we have grown accustomed to seeing from Nowitzki. 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 will be without the services of Tyrus Thomas after to was revealed that he will miss at least two months with a torn Plantaris muscle. Luckily for Thomas, the injury will not require surgery, but it is going to be a long and vigir0us recovery period, so to see him back in action in two months is a long shot. 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 by the middle of December, 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. Brook Lopez, C (BKN)--It looks as if Brook Lopez will miss his third straight game when the Nets take on the Thunder on Tuesday night as he continues to deal with a foot injury. He was fortunate enough to not suffer any structural damage in his foot, but the team will have to be cautious with this situation to that the injury does not escalate. To make setting your Fantasy Basketball lineup easy, be sure to utilize RotoInfo.com’s new NBA Lineup Grids. Matthew Beck is a Fantasy Sports Columnist for Rotoinfo.com. If you have any questions or comments feel free to e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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