NBA Injury Report: Week 4
Justin Fensterman goes around the league, providing critical information on every injured player, on every team.
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|NAME||TEAM||INJURY||TIMETABLE TO RETURN||ANALYSIS|
|Russell Westbrook||OKC||Ankle||No Timetable||Luckily all Westbrook owners can exhale because the fall he took looked awful and he suffered just a sprained Ankle and not a fracture. Dennis Schroder will pick up more minutes and the start.|
|Kristaps Porzingis||NY||Knee||No Timetable||This is a tricky one b/c if the Knicks are competing by January-February, they will bring Porzingis back, but he could be held out for the entire season. Noah Vonleh and Kevin Knox (If Healthy) will fill in.|
|DeMarcus Cousins||GSW||Achilles||No Timetable||Cousins is still recovering after having surgery on his Achilles. It has been said that he'll be out at least the first 2 months of the season and won't be rushed. Damion Jones should be the primary fill-in.|
|John Collins||ATL||Ankle||1-3 Weeks||Collins still needs more time but is getting closer to a return. and Omari Spellman and DeAndre' Bembry will continue to fill in.|
|Kevin Love||CLE||Toe||6-8 weeks||Love could be looking at missing a good amount of November and possibly part of December w/ this Toe injury. Larry Nance Jr. and Cedi Osman will pick up more playing time and usage.|
|Lauri Markkanen||CHI||Elbow||1-3 Weeks||Markkanen continues to recover and could be ready to go prior to December. Jabari Parker will be the primary fill-in option w/ Bobby Portis also out.|
|Kawhi Leonard||TOR||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Leonard has missed his last two games w/ a sore Ankle and OG Anunoby should continue to see more minutes until he returns. It is possible for him to return TONIGHT.|
|Hassan Whiteside||MIA||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Whiteside avoided a serious Knee injury and there's a chance he can return TONIGHT. If he can't go, Bam Adebayo and Kelly Olynyk will pick up minutes.|
|Draymond Green||GSW||Foot||DAY TO DAY||Green has been banged up all year and if he needs to miss games, Kevon Looney and Jordan Bell will pick up more playing time.|
|Donovan Mitchell||UT||Ankle||TONIGHT?||Mitchell is dealing w/ an Ankle injury, but there's a strong chance he can return TONIGHT after missing just one game as expected.|
|Dejounte Murray||SAS||Torn ACL||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Murray will miss the 2018-2019 regular season. Patty Mills will see a ton of minutes along with Bryn Forbes .|
|James Johnson||MIA||Hernia||No Timetable||Johnson is not ready to return and until he does Kelly Olynyk will get a lot of playing time. Bam Adebayo will also pick up minutes.|
|Rudy Gay||SAS||Heel||DAY TO DAY||Gay is battling Heel soreness again. We saw him bothered by that a bit last season and he's going to miss his second straight game. Davis Bertans should see more minutes and Marco Belinelli will see more shots.|
|Bobby Portis||CHI||Knee||3-4 Weeks||Portis is dealing w/ a sprained MCL and Jabari Parker will pick up a lot of playing time until he returns.|
|Will Barton||DEN||Hip||5-6 Weeks||With Barton on the shelf after having Hip surgery, Trey Lyles , Juancho Hernangomez and Torrey Craig should see more minutes.|
|Jeff Teague||MIN||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Teague's DTD tag could change to being out for weeks. He won't play TONIGHT and that will be his fifth straight game he'll miss b/c of the bruised Knee. Derrick Rose and Tyus Jones will see more playing time.|
|Robert Covington||PHI||Back||DAY TO DAY||Covington has a sore Back and if he has to miss time Wilson Chandler who recently returned will pick up more minutes. Dario Saric should see more usage if Covington is out.|
|JaMychal Green||MEM||Jaw||3-4 Weeks||With Green out for a while, Jaren Jackson Jr. 's usage and minutes will go up a ton until he returns.|
|Bogdan Bogdanovic||SAC||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Bogdanovic could make his season debut before the week is over. Yogi Ferrell , Buddy Hield and Frank Mason should fill in if he needs more time.|
|Elfrid Payton||NO||Ankle||TONIGHT?||Payton could return for tonight's game after missing his last 5. E'Twaun Moore and Jrue Holiday will run the point if he can't can't return.|
|Kris Dunn||CHI||Knee||3-4 Weeks||Dunn is dealing with an MCL Sprain and Cameron Payne should see a lot more playing time. Shaquille Harrison should see some extra minutes.|
|Isaiah Thomas||DEN||Hip||No Timetable||Thomas' return to the court is not close. Jamal Murray 's minutes are safe and secure. Monte Morris could see some back up PG minutes.|
|Dirk Nowitzki||DAL||Ankle||No Timetable||Nowitzki's Ankle isn't healing. Dwight Powell and Maxi Kleber will see more minutes.|
|Derrick White||SAS||Heel||TONIGHT?||White is likely to make his season debut TONIGHT. It will be interesting to see how the Spurs mix White in w/ Bryn Forbes and Patty Mills .|
|Joe Ingles||UT||Finger||DAY TO DAY||Ingles hurt a Finger on his non-shooting Hand on Monday and it's uncertain when we'll see him take the floor again. Alec Burks and Royce O'Neale will see more minutes if Ingles has to miss time.|
|Taurean Prince||ATL||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Prince is dealing w/ a sprained Ankle and he missed his previous game. If he can't go DeAndre' Bembry and Vince Carter will see more minutes.|
|Courtney Lee||NY||Neck||No Timetable||Lee is suffering from Neck pain and is not ready to play. Frank Ntilikina in the starting lineup in his place. Mario Hezonja , Damyean Dotson and Kevin Knox will also see more minutes.|
|Eric Gordon||HOU||Adductor||DAY TO DAY||Gordon has missed his last two games w/ an Adductor strain. Michael Carter-Williams , James Ennis III and Gerald Green should see an uptick in minutes.|
|DeMarre Carroll||BKN||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Carroll is getting closer and could return in the next couple of games. Joe Harris and Jared Dudley will likely see a minutes reduction when Carroll is 100 percent.|
|Pau Gasol||SAS||Foot||DAY TO DAY||Gasol will miss TONIGHT's game and then he'll have a couple of days before his next game. Jakob Poeltl and Davis Bertans will fill in.|
|Jonathan Isaac||ORL||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Isaac will miss his third straight game TONIGHT and this is not his first rodeo w/ Ankle injuries. His Ankles caused a ton of problems last year. Terrence Ross will pick up a lot of minutes until he's ready to return.|
|Mike Muscala||PHI||Eye||DAY TO DAY||Muscala will likely have to sit TONIGHT w/ an Eye injury. Amir Johnson could pick up more playing time.|
|Reggie Bullock||DET||Ankle||TONIGHT?||Bullock has missed his last three games, but there's a chance he can return TONIGHT. Stanley Johnson and Bruce Brown will play more if Bullock needs to sit again.|
|Maurice Harkless||POR||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Harkless has missed his last six games w/ this lingering Knee issue and if he needs to miss more time, Jake Layman , Evan Turner and even Zach Collins will see more minutes.|
|Dion Waiters||MIA||Ankle||No Timetable||Waiters is coming back from surgery and he doesn't seem close to coming back. Wayne Ellington , Dwayne Wade, Derrick Jones Jr. , and Rodney McGruder will see more minutes.|
|Andre Roberson||OKC||Knee||No Timetable||Roberson is not recovering and we don't know when we'll see him on the court again. Dennis Schroder , Alex Abrines and Terrance Ferguson will pick up playing time.|
|Luke Kennard||DET||Shoulder||2-4 Weeks||While there are expectations for Kennard to return in the next month, he may be looking at more time out. Stanley Johnson and Reggie Bullock will see more playing time.|
|Denzel Valentine||CHI||Ankle||No Timetable||With Valentine still out, Justin Holiday will benefit w/ more playing time and Zach LaVine also benefits as he can shift to both guard spots.|
|Daniel Theis||BOS||Plantar Fascia||2-4 Weeks||Theis is out of his boot he was in to protect his foot and could return quicker than expected. While he's out Marcus Morris will see more playing time and Arron Baynes will see the court more.|
|Sam Dekker||CLE||Ankle||2-4 Weeks||Dekker is dealing w/ a badly sprained Ankle and Cedi Osman and Larry Nance Jr. should see even more playing time until he returns.|
|Shaun Livingston||GSW||Foot||1-2 Weeks||Livingston will need to miss a few more games w/ a sore foot. Quinn Cook will pick up more playing time.|
|Luc Mbah a Moute||LAC||Knee||No Timetable||He's missed his last 6 games w/ Knee soreness and we don't know when we'll see him back on the court. If he needs more time, Montrezl Harrell and Danilo Gallinari will see more minutes.|
|Justin Anderson||ATL||Tibia||No Timetable||Anderson has been cleared to practice lightly, but is not ready to return to action. DeAndre' Bembry will pick up more playing time w/ John Collins also out.|
|Jerryd Bayless||PHI||Knee||No Timetable||Bayless will miss at least the next few weeks and T.J. McConnell will pick up more backup minutes. Markelle Fultz will also pick up more playing time with Bayless out.|
|Omri Casspi||MEM||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Casspi will miss his second straight game TONIGHT and Jaren Jackson Jr. , Kyle Anderson and Dillon Brooks should see more playing time.|
|Avery Bradley||LAC||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Bradley missed his previous game w/ a sprained Ankle. If he has to miss more time Shai Gilgeous-Alexander , Milos Teodosic and Patrick Beverley should see more minutes.|
|Raul Neto||UT||Hamstring||2-3 Weeks||Neto continues to miss games and he's looking at a very small role once he returns. Dante Exum and Alec Burks will get more minutes.|
|Nene||HOU||Calf||1-3 Weeks||Nene's pain in his Calf continues to keep him on the shelf. Clint Capela will play even more w/ the Rockets front court banged up. Marquese Chriss will get more run.|
|Chandler Parsons||MEM||Knee||1-2 Weeks||Parsons is ALWAYS HURT! Kyle Anderson should see extended minutes. Once Parsons returns, he'll be on the shelf again soon enough.|
|Zhaire Smith||PHI||Foot||8-10 Weeks||Smith is dealing with a fractured foot and with him out for a couple of months, T.J. McConnell will pick up more playing time.|
|Justin Patton||MIN||Foot||No Timetable||Patton had surgery on his foot and it is undetermined when he'll be back. Gorgui Dieng has less competition for playing time because Patton is out.|
|Norman Powell||TOR||Shoulder||No Timetable||Powell will miss his second straight game on Wednesday and being that he dislocated his Shoulder he could be looking at more time out. OG Anunoby should pick up more minutes along w/ Danny Green .|
|Lonnie Walker IV||SAS||Knee||4-7 Weeks||After having surgery on his Knee, we won't be seeing Walker for awhile and Derrick White , Bryn Forbes and Patty Mills will play a ton of minutes.|
|Brandon Knight||HOU||Knee||No Timetable||We don't know when we'll see Knight take the court again and Eric Gordon should pick up even more playing time.|
|Timofey Mozgov||ORL||Knee||No Timetable||Mozgov hasn't played all year and it's uncertain whether or not he'll even be in the rotation this season. Khem Birch will play more minutes than him.|
|Treveon Graham||BKN||Hamstring||No Timetable||Graham has a strained Hamstring and we don't know when we'll see him take the court again. Allen Crabbe and Joe Harris should see more minutes|
|Devin Harris||DAL||Hamstring||1-2 Weeks||Harris could make his way back within the next week of action. J.J. Barea should see plenty of playing time and usage even when Harris is 100 percent.|
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E. Bledsoe - SG
Eric Bledsoe shot 3-of-9 from the field in Tuesday’s loss to the Jazz, posting a line of nine points, four rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes.
Bledsoe remained in the starting lineup Tuesday night, with Nickeil Alexander-Walker moving to the bench in order to free up a spot for Lonzo Ball. Neither Ball nor Bledsoe had good nights, but at least the latter was able to knock down a couple 3-pointers. Bledsoe, who had a Yahoo ADP of 78, still sits outside of the top-100 in both 8- and 9-cat formats. He’s worth hanging onto for the time being due to his being a starter, but Alexander-Walker has outplayed Bledsoe. It wouldn’t be all that surprising if Stan Van Gundy made a change to his starting five at some point.
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N. Alexander-Walker - SG
Nickeil Alexander-Walker played 31 minutes off the bench in Tuesday’s loss to the Jazz, finishing with nine points (4-of-13 FGs), five rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer.
With Lonzo Ball back in the starting lineup following his return from knee tendinitis, Alexander-Walker returned to the second unit. But he still surpassed the 30-minute mark, which is good news when it comes to his fantasy value in the short-term. It’s worth noting that Ball was on a minutes restriction, which meant that Alexander-Walker wasn’t going to lose much in the way of playing time Tuesday night. Rostered in 22% of Yahoo leagues, Alexander-Walker has provided sixth-round value in both 8- and 9-cat formats over the last week. He stands to lose some minutes as Ball is cleared to play more, but NAW may be in the rotation to stay.
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L. Ball - PG
Lonzo Ball played 23 minutes in Tuesday’s loss to the Jazz, finishing with seven points (3-of-10 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs), one rebound, four assists, three steals and one blocked shot.
Ball, who was on an unspecified minutes restriction, played in 5-to-6 minute stretches Tuesday night. Before the game, coach Stan Van Gundy said that his fourth quarter minutes would be based in part on how Ball was feeling. He didn’t appear to show any ill effects, which is good news for the point guard moving forward. New Orleans will play Utah again on Thursday, so we’ll have to wait and see if Ball’s limit is increased. He shot 0-of-6 from three Tuesday, a step back for a player who entered the game making just over two per game.
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R. Gobert - C
Rudy Gobert posted a line of 13 points (6-of-8 FGs, 1-of-6 FTs), 18 rebounds, one assist, one steal and three blocked shots in 30 minutes Tuesday vs. the Pelicans.
Gobert dominated his matchup with Steven Adams, and he finished the game one rebound shy of his season-high (January 10 vs. Detroit). The negative for Gobert, both in Tuesday’s game and the season as a whole, has been his free throw shooting. He was 1-of-6 from the stripe on Tuesday, and for the season he’s making just 46.7% of his attempts. Fantasy managers who have Gobert rostered will either need to punt free throws, as he’s averaging just over five attempts per game, or hope that other players on their rosters will pick up the slack.
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J. Clarkson - SG
Jordan Clarkson played 29 minutes in Tuesday’s win over the Pelicans, tallying 18 points (6-of-15 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), six rebounds, six assists and four 3-pointers.
The return of Joe Ingles didn’t have much of an impact on Clarkson’s opportunities; he’s going to get his looks no matter who’s on the court with him. He has now scored 16 points or more in seven of ten games this month, and over the last two weeks Clarkson has rested safely within the top-50 in both 8- and 9-cat formats. Yet he’s rostered in 73% of Yahoo leagues. If he is somehow available in your league, do not hesitate to pick him up.
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J. Ingles - SF
In his first game back from a sore right Achilles, Joe Ingles played 19 minutes and finished with 15 points (5-of-6 FGs), three rebounds, two assists, one block and five 3-pointers.
All six of Ingles’ field goal attempts were 3-pointers, and he managed to make a season-high five on the night. In six games this month he’s shooting 15-of-31 from three, and Ingles has scored 11 points or more in four of those outings. "We’ve been pretty open in saying it's the way we always want to play,” Ingles said when asked about his and Utah’s 3-point shooting (the Jazz made 21 3-pointers) on Tuesday. “… It was fun to be back out there, and I'm just glad we won, to be honest.” Rostered in 27% of Yahoo leagues, Ingles isn’t a great fantasy option, but he can change that with more performances like the one he put forth Tuesday night.
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I. Roby - PF
Isaiah Roby had a decent showing on Tuesday, posting 10 points, nine rebounds, three assists and four steals in 26 minutes.
Roby had a decent game despite shooting 3-of-9, but Nikola Jokic was feasting on him and head coach Mark Daigneault commented on the matchup after the game, "It's just another really good experience for him. Obviously, it's a tough cover right now, but I don't think it's a long-term tough cover for him... I was pleased with how he played." The nine rebounds matched a season-high for Roby and the four steals were the most he's had through 13 games as he filled in nicely for Al Horford (personal) who was out again.
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D. Mitchell - SG
Donovan Mitchell led the Jazz past the Pelicans with a line of 28 points (9-of-15 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs), seven rebounds, four assists and four 3-pointers in 33 minutes.
The only negative for Mitchell on this night was the turnover count, as he was responsible for a team-high five. And turnovers are what have held him back in fantasy hoops, with Spida sitting just inside the top-75 in 9-cat. In 8-cat formats he’s threatening top-50 status, which still doesn’t hit his Yahoo ADP (25). If Mitchell is to be the top-25 player that fantasy managers expect him to be, he will need to be a more efficient player. Tuesday’s 9-of-15 effort from the field was good, but the five turnovers negated that.
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