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Fantasy Basketball: Week 5 Injury Update
Fantasy Basketball: Week 5 Injury Update
Guards Steve Blake, PG (LAL)–The Lakers, who have been without the services of Steve Blake since November 11, reported over the weekend that there is a possibility that he will be able to return to action for Tuesday's game. Blake is still dealing with the effects of an abdominal strain, but it appears to be getting better considering the recent news. Chauncey Billups, SG (LAC)–The Clippers can expect to have Chauncey Billups back in game action sometime in mid-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 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. 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 still a few weeks away from returning to game action as he continues to deal with a left foot sprain he sustained in the first week of the season. He is still a week or so away from returning to practice, so don't expect him back before early December at this point. 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. Brandon Jennings, PG (MIL)--There is a chance that the Bucks will be without Brandon Jennings for Monday's game against the Bulls after he exited Saturday's game early with an ankle injury. The injury does not appear to be serious at this point, but it is something that needs to be monitored until an update is released. Steve Nash, PG (PG)–As expected, Steve Nash did not play last week and is slated to get re-evaluated on Monday. It is highly unlikely that Nash will be able to return action for the Laker's game on Tuesday, but it seems his return is getting closer as the days go by. 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)–There is a chance that Ricky Rubio will be able to return to practice by the end of the week as he is expected to visit his surgeon in the next few days. 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. Rodney Stuckey, PG (DET)--The Pistons consider Rodney Stuckey questionable for Monday's game against the Trail Blazers after he suffered a sprained ankle in Sunday's game against the Knicks. There has been no official word on the severity of the injury, but if you are a fantasy owner in a weekly lineup league, it would probably be wise to use a different option in his place. 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. Mo Williams, PG (UTA)--The Jazz consider Mo Williams questionable for Monday's game against the Nuggets after he missed Saturday's game. Williams is dealing with a foot injury, but at this point, it does not appear to be serious enough to keep him out for a significant amount of time. Forwards LaMarcus Aldridge, PF (POR)--Despite dealing with a back injury, the Trail Blazers will likely be with the services of LaMarcus Aldridge for Monday's game against the Pistons. Aldridge missed the team's last game on Sunday as a precaution, but it looks to be enough to get him back in action. 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. 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 two more weeks. Davis has been dealing with an ankle injury that has limited him last week and it doesn't appear to be getting any better. 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. 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 four straight games now, and he is considered questionable for the team's next game on Thursday. Jefferson sustained a calf injury last Sunday and has yet to be able to practice, but with four days off before the next game, he may be able to suit up for the team's next game. 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 both Leonard and Stephen Jackson out, it looks like Danny Green is going to get extended playing time. 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)–Tee 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 November 29 when the team takes on the Nuggets, 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. 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. 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.