Fantasy Basketball: Week 12 Injury Update
Guards Lance Stephenson, SG (IND)--The Pacers are considering Lance Stephenson questionable for Tuesday's game with the Bobcats are injuring his foot. Stephenson suffered the injury in Sunday's game against the Nets and played only six minutes before exiting, so this could linger over the next few days. Iman Shumpert, PG (NY)--The Knicks expect to have Iman Shumpert available off the bench on Thursday against the Pistons. This will be Shumpert's first game of the season and will add depth to the guard positions, which have taken a hit lately. Thabo Sefolosha, SG (OKC)--The Thunder consider Thabo Sefolosha questionable for Monday's game against the Suns after suffering a neck injury. Sefolosha missed Sunday's game with the injury, so it appears the Thunder are being rather optimistic about his availability. Manu Ginobili, SG (SA)--After being forced out of Sunday's game with a strained hamstring, Manu Ginobili is considered questionable for Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies. The injury does not appear to be too serious, but owners should use caution when inserting him into starting lineups this week. Jordan Crawford, SG (WAS)--The Wizards consider Jordan Crawford questionable for Monday's game against the Magic as he continues to battle an ankle injury. Crawford has now missed two games in a row and with the return of John Wall, the Wizards may be extra cautious with his health moving forward. Raymond Felton, PG (NYK)–The Knicks received bad news late last week after they were informed Raymond Felton will be out until at least February. Felton fractured his pinkie finger and has opted to go without surgery, so it will take a lot of rest to get to the point where he can deal with the pain. Steve Blake, PG (LAL)–The Lakers expect to have backup point guard Steve Blake back in action sometime in January after undergoing successful surgery to repair a torn abdominal muscle. With the return of Steve Nash, the Lakers will likely not rush Blake back to action, so his recovery may take longer than expected. Chauncey Billups, PG (LAC)–The Clippers have yet to set a timetable for Chauncey Billups’ return to action after he sustained a foot injury three weeks ago. The injury is considered peroneal tendinitis, which will require therapy, so in weekly leagues it would be wise to avoid him until more news is released on the extent of the injury. Mo Williams, PG (UTA)–After suffering a thumb injury, the Jazz don’t expect to have Mo Williams back in their lineup until mid-February. The injury has become more serious than originally expected, and now that Williams will be out for at least one more month, Jamaal Tinsley’s fantasy value has now increased. Derrick Rose, PG (CHI)–The Bulls continue to be cautious with Derrick Rose while be continues to rehab from knee surgery, but they expect to have him back for the second half of the season. Late January is probably a good guess for when he will return to action, so those in daily lineup leagues should consider stashing him now if he is available. Brandon Roy, SG (MIN)–The Timberwolves had Brandon Roy back in practice the last few weeks, but have yet to determine a return to action. Roy underwent knee surgery back in November and will need to go through a vigorous rehab to return to action. Forwards Gerald Wallace, SF (BKN)--The Nets consider Gerald Wallace questionable for there matchup with the Raptors on Tuesday due to a rib injury. Wallace was removed from Friday's game after a hard foul and missed Sunday's game due to the pain, so unless the injury subsides, there is a good chance he misses more time. Pau Gasol, PF (LAL)--The Lakers have yet to release a timetable for Pau Gasol's as he has yet to pass the NBA's concussion protocol. Gasol has now missed four games due to the injury and doesn't look like he will be ready to play in the Lakers next game on Tuesday. Shane Battier, SF (MIA)--After missing the last two games with a hamstring injury, the Heat are considering Shane Battier questionable for Monday's game against the Jazz. The Heat will play three games this week, and could use the help Battier provides, but it doesn't appear he will play anytime soon. Serge Ibaka, PF (OKC)--After missing Sunday's game with a chest injury, the Thunder consider Serge Ibaka questionable for Monday's game against the Suns. Tee injury does not appear to be serious, and with the Thunder playing four games this week, Ibaka is still worth starting in weekly roster lineups. Hedo Turkoglu, SF (ORL)--The Magic consider Hedo Turkoglu questionable for Monday's game against the Wizards as he continues to deal with a hand injury. Turkoglu has missed the team's last two games with the injury, but prior to missing time, he wasn't much of a fantasy contributor. Jared Dudley, SF (PHO)--A right wrist strain forced Jared Dudley out of the Suns lineup on Saturday and the team is now considering him questionable for Monday's game against the Thunder. Dudley has been a bright spot for the Suns, so it would be unfortunate for him to miss an extended period of time. Kevin Love, PF (MIN)–The Timberwolves may be without Kevin Love for an extended period of times after an MRI revealed he re-fractured abone in his right hand. Love missed the start of the season with the same injury, which is never a good thing when deal hand injuries. Glen Davis, PF (ORL)–The Magic consider Glen Davis a game-time decision for Monday's game after being able to workout with the team during Sunday's practice. Davis started off the season on a high note, but has missed the last few weeks with a shoulder injury, so hopefully he will be able to pick up where he left off. Andrea Bargnani, PF (TOR)–After suffering a torn elbow ligament, the Raptors don’t expect to have Andrea Bargnani back in action until late January. Although that timetable may be a bit loose, more information will have to surface before giving any advice on his availability. Danny Granger, SF (IND)–It appears that Danny Granger will be back in action for the Pacers by early February after missing the first half of the season with a knee injury. The Pacers are playing well without him, so it will be interesting to see just how he fits back into the rotation once healthy. Centers Anderson Varejao, C (CLE)–The Cavaliers expect to have Anderson Varajao back in their lineup at some point in March once he fully recovers from knee surgery. The team announced Thursday that the surgery was successful and that he is expected to miss 6-8 weeks. Jonas Valanciunas, C (TOR)–The Raptors will be without the services of Jonas Valanciunas until at least mid-January after suffering a finger injury. He has shown flashes of fantasy value in his rookie season, so hopefully this injury will not set him back too much once he returns. Andrew Bogut, C (GS)–The Warriors expect to have Andrew Bgut back on the court relatively soon, considering he the team stated he is “coming along really well.” Bogut has yet to pay this season after suffering ankle injury and will have a big role int he Warriors offense once he returns to action. 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 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. Byron Mullens, C (CHA)–After suffering an ankle injury three weeks ago, the team is now considering Bryon Mullens out until at least mid-January. Mullens has taken a step forward in is progression as a starting center, so hopeful this injury will not set him back once he returns. 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 email@example.com. Also follow him on Twitter @MatthewRBeck for up-to-date Q&A and fantasy information. And, to make setting your Fantasy Basketball lineup easy, be sure to utilize RotoInfo.com’s new NBA Lineup Grids.
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