NBA Injury Report: Week 5
Justin Fensterman goes around the league, providing critical information on every injured player, on every team.
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|Russell Westbrook||OKC||Ankle||No Timetable||Westbrook has been practicing but not in full. The Thunder haven't locked down a return date yet. Dennis Schroder will continue picking up more minutes and the start.|
|Stephen Curry||GSW||Groin||1-2 Weeks||Curry isn't on the road w/ the Warriors showing that we may not see him back on the court until at minimum next week. Quinn Cook and Shaun Livingston will fill in.|
|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 will fill in.|
|DeMarcus Cousins||GSW||Achilles||No Timetable||Cousins is still not taking contact yet. There is no official return date, but it's looking more and more like he'll return in January. Damion Jones should be the primary fill-in.|
|John Collins||ATL||Ankle||1-2 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||5-7 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||2-4 Weeks||Markkanen continues to recover and could potentially be ready to go prior to December. Jabari Parker will be the primary fill-in option w/ Bobby Portis also out.|
|Nikola Mirotic||NO||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Mirotic is dealing w/ an Ankle injury that has kept him out his previous two games. Julius Randle should see more minutes if he can't play on Wednesday.|
|Caris LeVert||BKN||Foot||No Timetable||When the injury occurred, it looked like LeVert's season was over, but it was just a dislocated Foot and he should be able to return this season. Allen Crabbe and Joe Harris will see more minutes.|
|Jarrett Allen||BKN||Illness||DAY TO DAY||There's a chance Allen could miss his second straight game on Wednesday. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Ed Davis should see more playing time if Allen can't go.|
|Andrew Wiggins||MIN||Quad||DAY TO DAY||Wiggins Quad is not 100 percent healthy and even though he played on Monday, there's a chance he could miss Wednesday's game. Tyus Jones and Derrick Rose will see the court more if Wiggins is out.|
|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 until his conditioning gets better and until that happens Kelly Olynyk will get a lot of playing time. Bam Adebayo will also pick up minutes.|
|Wesley Matthews||DAL||Hamstring||DAY TO DAY||Matthews should be able to return to the court on Wednesday after missing his previous game. If he can't go J.J. Barea and Dorian Finney-Smith will see more playing time.|
|Bobby Portis||CHI||Knee||2-4 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||2-4 Weeks||Barton is feeling better and it's possible that he can make a November return. Trey Lyles , Juancho Hernangomez and Torrey Craig should see more minutes.|
|Jeff Teague||MIN||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Teague had a great first game back on Monday but his Knee is still in a bit of pain and could be held out Wednesday. Derrick Rose and Tyus Jones will see more playing time if Teague is out..|
|Cedi Osman||CLE||Back||DAY TO DAY||Osman has missed his last two games w/ Back spasms and if he can't play Wednesday, Rodney Hood and David Nwaba will see more minutes.|
|JaMychal Green||MEM||Jaw||1-2 Weeks||Green should be able to return in the next week and change. Jaren Jackson Jr. 's usage and minutes will continue to stay high.|
|Pau Gasol||SAS||Foot||DAY TO DAY||Gasol will likely have to sit out another two or three games w/ a sore Foot. Jakob Poeltl and Davis Bertans will fill in.|
|Elfrid Payton||NO||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Payton could return for Wednesday's game after missing his last 8. E'Twaun Moore and Jrue Holiday and Wesley Johnson will run the point if he can't can't return.|
|Kris Dunn||CHI||Knee||2-4 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||2-3 Weeks||The season debut is reportedly in sight and we should see Dirk take the floor before the end of the month. Dwight Powell and Maxi Kleber will see more minutes until he returns.|
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist||CHA||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||MKG has missed his previous game and it's undetermined when he'll be back in the lineup. Nicolas Batum and Miles Bridges should see more minutes.|
|George Hill||CLE||Shoulder||1-2 Weeks||Hill is dealing w/ a sprained Shoulder and Jordan Clarkson and Collin Sexton will see more minutes until he's ready to return.|
|Jonathan Isaac||ORL||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Isaac has missed his last six games but there's a chance he can return Wednesday night. His Ankles caused a ton of problems last year. Terrence Ross will pick up a lot of minutes until he's ready to return.|
|Courtney Lee||NY||Neck||No Timetable||Lee is just starting to work his way back but we're unsure when he'll take the court. Frank Ntilikina in the starting lineup in his place. Mario Hezonja , Damyean Dotson and Kevin Knox will also see more minutes.|
|Maurice Harkless||POR||Knee||No Timetable||Harkless is still not ready to return and he can't even go through five on five drills in practice yet. 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||2-3 Weeks||We won't see Kennard until after Thanksgiving and he may even need to take the rest of the month off. 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.|
|Kosta Koufos||SAC||Calf||DAY TO DAY||Koufos missed his previous game w/ a sore Calf and if he can't play on Friday, Marvin Bagley III will see more playing time. Harry Giles could also be thrown a few more minutes.|
|Sam Dekker||CLE||Ankle||1-3 Weeks||Dekker is dealing w/ a badly sprained Ankle and Cedi Osman (when healthy) and Larry Nance Jr. should see even more playing time until he returns.|
|Gerald Green||HOU||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Green has missed his last two games w/ a sprained Ankle and if he needs to miss more tiem, Eric Gordon and James Ennis III will play more.|
|Luc Mbah a Moute||LAC||Knee||No Timetable||He's missed his last 9 games w/ Knee soreness. He's close to returning as he's been getting "Questionable" tags on injury reports, Montrezl Harrell and Danilo Gallinari will see more minutes if needed.|
|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||MIN||Knee||No Timetable||Bayless still doesn't have a timetable to return to start playing for his new team. Derrick Rose and Tyus Jones will pick up playing time while Bayless is out.|
|Omri Casspi||MEM||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Casspi will miss his fifth straight game Wednesday and Jaren Jackson Jr. and Kyle Anderson should see more playing time.|
|Avery Bradley||LAC||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Bradley missed his last four games w/ a sprained Ankle. If he has to miss more time, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander , Milos Teodosic and Patrick Beverley will see more minutes.|
|Raul Neto||UT||Hamstring||1-2 Weeks||Neto continues to miss games, but is starting to practice. He's looking at a very small role once he returns. Dante Exum and Alec Burks will get more minutes.|
|Dillon Brooks||MEM||Knee||6-8 Weeks||Brooks is dealing w/ a bad MCL sprain and we will not likely see him again until January. Kyle Anderson will pick up more minutes. Wayne Selden could get more involved.|
|Nene||HOU||Calf||2-3 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.|
|Kyle Korver||CLE||Foot||DAY TO DAY||Korver missed his previous game w/ a sore Foot and if he needs to miss more time, Rodney Hood and Jordan Clarkson should see more playing time.|
|CJ Miles||TOR||Adductor||DAY TO DAY||Miles will miss Wednesday's game and he could be looking at more time on the shelf. Danny Green and OG Anunoby should see more playing time.|
|Lance Thomas||NY||Knee||4-6 Weeks||Thomas had surgery on his Knee and while he's out Noah Vonleh will continue to see more playing time. Kevin Knox should see an uptick in minutes.|
|Chandler Parsons||MEM||Knee||2-4 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||PHI||Foot||No Timetable||Patton had surgery on his foot and it is undetermined when he'll be back with his new team. Amir Johnson and Wilson Chandler will see more playing time.|
|Norman Powell||TOR||Shoulder||4-6 Weeks||Powell will miss the next month of action. OG Anunoby , Delon Wright , Fred VanVleet and Danny Green should pick up more minutes.|
|Lonnie Walker IV||SAS||Knee||4-6 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|
|Ivan Rabb||MEM||Illness||DAY TO DAY||Rabb will miss Wednesday's game and Jaren Jackson Jr. will play more minutes.|
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I. Bonga - SF
Isaac Bonga hit 3-of-10 shots and 1-of-4 3-pointers for seven points, one assist, seven rebounds, one steal, and one block with no turnovers in a loss to the Spurs.
With Rui Hachimura, Deni Avdija and Davis Bertans all still sidelined due to protocol, Bonga got the start on Sunday, and put together an OK game. He ran 33 minutes, and saw 10 shots from the field, though he only made three. Bonga might be an OK DFS option until the rest of the Wizards' group returns.
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R. Westbrook - PG
Russell Westbrook hit just 3-of-11 shots, 1-of-3 3-pointers, and 2-of-4 free throws for nine points, six assists, eight rebounds, and four turnovers in a loss to the Spurs.
Westbrook hadn't played since January 8th because of a quad injury, and because Wizards games have been postponed the last two weeks. Maybe that's why he had such a poor showing on Sunday. Despite a 20-minute restriction, Westbrook played 25 minutes, and never found his rhythm in a 20-point blowout loss. It's been a tough run for Westbrook and the Wizards thus far. He ranks no. 136 of all players in 9-cat leagues.
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K. Walker - PG
Kemba Walker won't play on Monday against the Bulls as he rests the knee he had offseason surgery on.
Walker's looked great since returning from injury, but Boston needs to be careful with his minutes. Taking Monday off was always the expectation, but fantasy managers should be thrilled with how he's played in limited game-time so far.
Added 10:11 pm (EST)
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T. Prince - PF
Taurean Prince hit 3-of-9 shots and 2-of-5 3-pointers for nine points, five assists, one rebound, three steals, one block, and one turnover in a loss to the Celtics on Sunday.
Prince provided a decent line in this lopsided game, logging a season-best three steals. Adding a block and two 3-pointers was nice, too. Prince ranks No. 162 of all players in 9-cat leagues.
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D. Garland - PG
Darius Garland hit just 1-of-9 shots, 0-of-5 3-pointers, and 1-of-1 free throws for four points, five assists, two rebounds, and one block with two turnovers in a loss to the Celtics.
Garland's second game back from a shoulder injury went just as poorly as his first. He made just one out of nine shots from the field and logged four points in 23 minutes. He came off the bench again, and never found his rhythm. Fantasy managers should be excited that Garland's back on the floor, but so far he hasn't looked the same.
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R. Rondo - PG
Rajon Rondo dished out six dimes in a spot-start on Sunday, adding seven points, four rebounds, one steal and two turnovers in 30 minutes.
Rondo did okay in a spot-start tonight, but Trae Young only missed today's game with a back issue, so Rondo could be returning to his reserve role on Tuesday vs. the Clippers. At best, he's nothing more than a low-end assist-specialist in 16-team leagues.
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C. Sexton - SG
Collin Sexton hit 3-of-8 shots, 0-of-1 3-pointers, and 7-of-7 free throws for 13 points, two assists, two rebounds, and six turnovers in a loss to the Celtics.
Sexton only played 16 minutes in this blowout of a game for Cleveland. After a stretch where he scored 67 points in two games, he only scored 13 on three made shots on Sunday. This was Sexton's worse game of the season, and the only one he logged less than 20 points in. Fantasy managers have no reason to worry. This game is an outlier for the Alabama guard.
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C. Anthony - PG
Cole Anthony scored 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting Sunday to go with six assists, five rebounds, two 3-pointers, one steal, one block and two turnovers in 33 minutes.
Anthony took a while to get going when he was abruptly inserted into the starting lineup following Markelle Fultz season-ending knee injury, but he’s been in a nice groove over the past three games, connecting on 52% of his shots to go with averages of 12.0 points, 2.0 triples, 5.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 0.7 steals, 1.0 block and 1.5 turnovers per game. If he was recently cut in your league, go ahead and pick him back up.
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