NBA Injury Report: Week 8
Justin Fensterman goes around the league, providing critical information on every injured player, on every team
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TIMETABLE TO RETURN
|Devin Booker||PHX||Hamstring||No Timetable||Booker's Hamstring hasn't been able to recover and he will sit out until he's 100 percent again. Jamal Crawford and Mikal Bridges will see more minutes. Elie Okobo will see more usage.|
|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 rehab is progressing but there is no official return date, but it's looking more and more like he'll return either right after Christmas or in January. Jordan Bell and Kevon Looney will continue to fill-in.|
|Victor Oladipo||IND||Knee||No Timetable||We don't know when we'll see Oladipo again. He can't practice in full and the Knee pain won't go away. Tyreke Evans , Aaron Holiday and Bojan Bogdanovic will see more minutes and usage.|
|Kevin Love||CLE||Toe||4-7 weeks||Love is looking at a January return. Larry Nance Jr. and Cedi Osman will continue to pick up more playing time. Tristan Thompson 's usage has also gone up.|
|Nikola Mirotic||NO||Illness||DAY TO DAY||Mirotic missed his previous game because he was sick and he may have to sit out a second game on Wednesday. Julius Randle will fill-in if he doesn't feel ready to play.|
|TJ Warren||PHX||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Warren has missed three straight games and if he needs to continue to sit, Josh Jackson will see his minutes and usage go up. Trevor Ariza will see a few more shots.|
|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 (when healthy) will see more minutes.|
|Draymond Green||GSW||Toe||DAY TO DAY||Green continues to miss time and he won't see the floor again until earliest next week. Kevon Looney and Jordan Bell will play more until he returns.|
|Dwight Howard||WSH||Glute||7-10 Weeks||Howard had a procedure and he will miss the next few months of action. He could barely sit without pain. Thomas Bryant , Ian Mahinmi and Jason Smith will fill in.|
|Dejounte Murray||SAS||Torn ACL||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Murray will miss the 2018-2019 regular season. Patty Mills , Lonnie Walker IV (when healthy), Derrick White and Bryn Forbes will see a ton of minutes.|
|Goran Dragic||MIA||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Dragic has missed eight straight games and does not seem close to returning. Josh Richardson will shift to PG and Rodney McGruder , Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington will see more minutes.|
|Taurean Prince||ATL||Ankle||3-4 Weeks||Prince is dealing w/ multiple injuries to his Ankle and it wouldn't be surprising to see him out through his initial three-week timetable. Kevin Huerter and DeAndre' Bembry will see more minutes.|
|Bobby Portis||CHI||Knee||1-2 Weeks||Portis is getting closer to returning. He's targeting mid-December. Jabari Parker will continue to pick up more minutes until he returns. Parker may be prioritized over Portis in the rotation.|
|Will Barton||DEN||Hip||1-2 Weeks||Barton is feeling better and it's possible that he can return in the next couple of weeks. Trey Lyles , Juancho Hernangomez and Torrey Craig will continue to see more minutes.|
|Rajon Rondo||LAL||Hand||1-2 Weeks||Rondo had surgery on his fractured Hand, but he is healing quickly. He could be back in the lineup next week as he's been able to take contact. Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart will fill in until he is ready to return.|
|Marvin Bagley III||SAC||Back||DAY TO DAY||Bagley has missed his last two games w/ a Back injury and Nemanja Bjelica will see more minutes and usage if he can't go. Harry Giles could benefit as well.|
|Joe Harris||BKN||Adductor||DAY TO DAY||Harris has missed his last three games and Spencer Dinwiddie will continue to benefit w/ more minutes and usage. DeMarre Carroll and Allen Crabbe will see more playing time as well.|
|Pau Gasol||SAS||Foot||No Timetable||Gasol's injury is apparently a stress fracture which is NOT IDEAL and it takes a while to heal. Jakob Poeltl and Davis Bertans will fill in w/ LaMarcus Aldridge 's usage remaining very high.|
|Elfrid Payton||NO||Pinky||3-4 Weeks||Payton had surgery on his fractured Pinky and will miss more time. E'Twaun Moore and Jrue Holiday and Wesley Johnson will fill in until he returns.|
|Kris Dunn||CHI||Knee||1-2 Weeks||Dunn is getting closer to returning and he'll soon be able to take contact in practice. Ryan Arcidiacono will continue to be the primary fill-in option until he returns.|
|Isaiah Thomas||DEN||Hip||No Timetable||Thomas' return to the court is getting closer. Reports (Not the Nuggets) say that December is a possibility. Jamal Murray 's minutes are safe and secure. Monte Morris will continue to see more back up minutes.|
|Dirk Nowitzki||DAL||Ankle||1-3 Weeks||There's a chance we see Dirk back on the court before the end of 2018. Dwight Powell and Maxi Kleber will see more minutes until he returns.|
|Gary Harris||DEN||Hip||DAY TO DAY||Harris is DTD for now, but he may need a few games off to recover from a Hip injury he suffered Monday. Torrey Craig and Juancho Hernangomez will get more playing time.|
|Cody Zeller||CHA||Ribs||DAY TO DAY||Zeller missed his previous game and if he has to sit for another game, Willy Hernangomez and Bismack Biyombo will see more minutes.|
|Jaylen Brown||BOS||Back||DAY TO DAY||Brown is looking like he'll make his return to the court Thursday, but it's not locked in. Gordon Hayward and Marcus Smart will see more playing time if Brown needs to sit again.|
|Marvin Williams||CHA||Shoulder||1-2 Weeks||Williams is dealing w/ a strained Shoulder and he may be on the shelf for a couple of weeks. Miles Bridges will be the main fill in option and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist should also see an uptick in minutes.|
|Trey Burke||NY||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Burke has a mild MCL sprain, but it shouldn't keep him out for a long time at all. Emmanuel Mudiay and Damyean Dotson will pick up minutes and usage. Allonzo Trier will also benefit.|
|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.|
|Ersan Ilyasova||MIL||Concussion||DAY TO DAY||Ilyasova is in the NBA's Concussion Protocol and he'll miss his second straight game on Wednesday. Pat Connaughton will see more minutes.|
|Denzel Valentine||CHI||Ankle||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Valentine had season-ending Ankle surgery. Justin Holiday will benefit w/ more playing time and Zach LaVine will also pick up a few more minutes.|
|Reggie Bullock||DET||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Bullock suffered a sprained Ankle on Monday and he'll miss Wednesday's game. Stanley Johnson and Luke Kennard will see more playing time and shots until he returns.|
|Sam Dekker||CLE||Ankle||1-2 Weeks||Dekker is still unable to get back on the court. He's been out for longer than expected. Cedi Osman and Larry Nance Jr. will see more playing time until he returns.|
|Markelle Fultz||PHI||Neck/Shoulder||No Timetable||Fultz is suffering from Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and it's impacting his shooting ability. He'll be out until earliest late January. T.J. McConnell will continue to see more playing time.|
|Damian Jones||GSW||Shoulder||No Timetable||Jones season could be over as he's gearing up for surgery on a torn Pectoral Muscle. Kevon Looney , Jordan Bell and Jonas Jerebko will see more minutes w/ Cousins also on the shelf.|
|Luc Mbah a Moute||LAC||Knee||No Timetable||It's become very unclear when we'll see Mbah a Moute return to the floor. Montrezl Harrell and Danilo Gallinari will see more minutes.|
|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.|
|David Nwaba||CLE||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Nwaba will miss his 6th straight game w/ a Knee injury on Wednesday. Rodney Hood and Cedi Osman will see more usage.|
|Dillon Brooks||MEM||Knee||4-5 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.|
|Lance Thomas||NY||Knee||2-4 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||2-3 Weeks||Parsons is ALWAYS HURT! Kyle Anderson should see extended minutes. Once Parsons returns, he'll be on the shelf again soon enough. Wayne Selden and JaMychal Green will see more minutes.|
|Zhaire Smith||PHI||Foot||5-7 Weeks||Smith is dealing with a fractured foot. 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||1-2 Weeks||Powell will is getting closer and could return at some point next week. OG Anunoby , Delon Wright , Fred VanVleet and Danny Green should pick up more minutes.|
|Lonnie Walker IV||SAS||Knee||2-4 Weeks||Walker is getting closer and could return sometime in December. Derrick White , Bryn Forbes and Patty Mills will fill in until he returns.|
|Brandon Knight||HOU||Knee||No Timetable||Knight will work with the G league for the next part of his rehab, but we don't know when we'll see him 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 will see more minutes|
|John Henson||MIL||Wrist||11-15 Weeks||Henson had Wrist surgery and will be on the shelf for the next few months. Brook Lopez and Thon Maker will see more minutes.|
|Ante Zizic||CLE||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Zizic has missed his last two games w/ a Knee injury and if he needs to sit for Wednesday's game, Larry Nance Jr. will see more playing time.|
|Jerome Robinson||LAC||Foot||DAY TO DAY||Robinson is on the outside looking in to the Clippers rotation even when fully healthy.|
|Jonah Bolden||PHI||Leg||No Timetable||Bolden suffered the injury in the G-League and we're uncertain when he'll see the floor again. Bolden only played six games for the Sixers this season.|
|Alex Poythress||ATL||Ankle||1-2 Weeks||Poythress could miss a couple more weeks of acion. John Collins and DeAndre' Bembry will see more playing time.|
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Horford, despite prior reports that he was likely to stay with the Celtics, is expected to sign a four-year contract elsewhere, Steven Bulpett of the Boston Herald reports.
D. Powell - PF
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H. Whiteside - C
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Paul has demanded a trade from the Rockets, Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports reports.
H. Barnes - SF
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R. Hollis-Jefferson - SF
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