NBA Injury Report: Week 14
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|
|LeBron James||LAL||Groin||No Timetable||The good news for James is that he should begin practicing soon. He may need to miss a couple more weeks because he won't rush his return. Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart will continue to benefit until he returns.|
|John Wall||WSH||Achilles||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Wall had surgery to fix his Achilles and he'll miss the rest of the 2018 season. Bradley Beal becomes the Wizards top usage option and Tomas Satoransky will see a ton of minutes for the rest of the way.|
|Chris Paul||HOU||Hamstring||1-3 Weeks||CP3 needs a few more weeks to recover. Eric Gordon 's will benefit w/ more minutes and Austin Rivers and Danuel House will continue to get more love in the rotation.|
|Clint Capela||HOU||Thumb||4-6 Weeks||Capela will miss bunch of weeks after injuring his Thumb on an alley-oop. Nene ', Marquese Chriss and Isaiah Hartenstein will see more playing time until he's ready to return.|
|Kristaps Porzingis||NY||Knee||No Timetable||There is still no official timetable for Porzingis season debut. He could end up sitting out the full season. Noah Vonleh , Luke Kornet and Kevin Knox will fill in. Reports say the Knicks want to activate him this season.|
|DeMarcus Cousins||GSW||Achilles||DAY TO DAY||All signs are pointing to Cousins making his season debut on Friday. It's uncertain what kind of minutes restrictions he'll be under if any at all. Jordan Bell and Kevon Looney will continue to fill-in when needed.|
|Kevin Love||CLE||Toe||3-5 weeks||Love could be out for another month as his Toe isn't healing quickly. Larry Nance Jr. (when healthy), Cedi Osman , Tristan Thompson and Ante Zizic benefit.|
|Tim Hardaway Jr.||NY||Hamstring||DAY TO DAY||THJ missed his previous game and he may have to sit for the Knicks-Wizards game in London. If he's out, Damyean Dotson will see more minutes and Kevin Knox becomes the priority scorer.|
|Larry Nance Jr.||CLE||Knee||2-3 Weeks||Nance will miss the next few weeks w/ a sprained MCL. Cedi Osman , Tristan Thompson and Ante Zizic will see more minutes and usage.|
|Caris LeVert||BKN||Foot||No Timetable||LeVert is starting to take shots pre-game but there is still no timetable for his return from a dislocated Foot. Spencer Dinwiddie and Joe Harris will continue to see more minutes.|
|Ricky Rubio||UT||Hamstring||1-2 Weeks||Rubio will need to sit for the next couple of weeks after injuring his Hamstring and since Dante Exum and Raul Neto are also hurt, Royce O'Neale will get more playing time and Donovan Mitchell 's usage will be higher.|
|Dwight Howard||WSH||Glute||3-6 Weeks||Howard is feeling better and isn't feeling as much lower body pain. He'll still be out for a while. Thomas Bryant , Ian Mahinmi and Markieff Morris (when healthy) will fill in.|
|Dejounte Murray||SAS||Torn ACL||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Murray is out for the 2018-2019 regular season. Patty Mills , Derrick White and Bryn Forbes will see a ton of minutes.|
|Goran Dragic||MIA||Knee||4-5 weeks||With Dragic out for a bunch of weeks, Tyler Johnson , Dwayne Wade and Josh Richardson will get a lot more playing time for the next month and change.|
|Dewayne Dedmon||ATL||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Dedmon has missed his last two games w/ an Ankle injury. His Ankles are weak. Alex Len will see more minutes until he returns.|
|Wendell Carter Jr.||CHI||Thumb/Knee||DAY TO DAY||Carter will miss Thursday's game because he's dealing w/ multiple injuries. The Bulls are going to take it game by game, but he could be looking at multiple games on the shelf.|
|Kyle Anderson||MEM||Ankle||2-4 Weeks||Anderson has a badly sprained Ankle and he'll need a few weeks to recover. Justin Holiday will be the biggest beneficiary of minutes.|
|Rajon Rondo||LAL||Hand||2-3 Weeks||Rondo can start putting pressure on his Hand and can start to rehab it in practice. Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart will fill in until he is ready to return.|
|Robert Covington||MIN||Ankle||No Timetable||Covington's Ankle injury could keep him out the next few weeks at least. Dario Saric and Josh Okogie will see more playing time.|
|J.J. Barea||DAL||Achilles||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Barea tore his Achilles and will miss the rest of the season. Jalen Brunson and Devin Harris will see more back up minutes for the rest of the season.|
|Jeremy Lin||ATL||Illness||DAY TO DAY||Lin missed his previous game because he was sick. His next chance to return is Saturday. Kevin Huerter will see more minutes if he's not recovered.|
|Gary Harris||DEN||Hamstring||DAY TO DAY||Harris has missed his last five games, but there is a chance he can return on Thursday. Malik Beasley and Monte Morris will see a minutes boost if he is still sidelined.|
|Isaiah Thomas||DEN||Hip||No Timetable||It is still uncertain when we will see Thomas get in the mix in Denver. Jamal Murray 's minutes are safe and secure. Monte Morris will continue to see more back up minutes.|
|Kent Bazemore||ATL||Ankle||No Timetable||Bazemore is still dealing w/ an Ankle injury and Jeremy Lin , DeAndre' Bembry and Kevin Huerter will pick up more minutes. Trae Young will pick up more shots.|
|Markieff Morris||WSH||Neck||4-6 Weeks||Morris could be out until late February-early March w/ this Neck injury. Jeff Green and Sam Dekker will see more minutes until he returns. Otto Porter Jr. will see more usage.|
|Cody Zeller||CHA||Hand||2-4 Weeks||Zeller is recovering from Hand surgery. Willy Hernangomez and Bismack Biyombo will split the minutes left behind and Frank Kaminsky could see more time in the rotation.|
|Mohamed Bamba||ORL||Foot||DAY TO DAY||Bamba has missed his last four games w/ an injured Foot. Nikola Vucevic will see more usage and Khem Birch will see more action on the floor until Bamba returns.|
|Jonas Valanciunas||TOR||Thumb||1-2 Weeks||Valanciunas is practticing but not in full and he may need a few more weeks on the shelf. Serge Ibaka , Pascal Siakam and Greg Monroe will fill in until he returns.|
|Tyus Jones||MIN||Ankle||2-3 Weeks||Jones injured his Ankle in his last game and high Ankle sprain's take longer to heal than low Ankle sprains so he could be on the shelf for the next few weeks. Derrick Rose 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 (when active) and Terrance Ferguson will pick up playing time.|
|Denzel Valentine||CHI||Ankle||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Valentine had season-ending Ankle surgery. Chandler Hutchison and Wayne Selden will benefit w/ more playing time and Zach LaVine will also pick up a few more minutes.|
|Dennis Smith Jr.||DAL||Illness||DAY TO DAY||Smith had to miss his previous game because he was sick. His next chance to return is Saturday, Jalen Brunson and Devin Harris will pick up playing time if he can't go.|
|Markelle Fultz||PHI||Neck/Shoulder||No Timetable||Fultz is suffering from Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and it's impacting his shooting ability. He's getting re-evaluated soon. T.J. McConnell will continue to see more playing time.|
|James Ennis III||HOU||Calf||DAY TO DAY||Ennis missed his previous game w/ a Calf injury and if he needs to miss more time, Gerald Green , Danuel House (when healthy), and Gary Clark will see more playing time.|
|David Nwaba||CLE||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Nwaba ia getting closer to returning and can possibly return to action in the next few games. Cedi Osman and Alec Burks will see more minutes until he returns.|
|Jared Dudley||BKN||Hamstring||DAY TO DAY||Dudley has missed his last three games and he could be sidelined for a few more games. If he has to sit, Rodions Kurucs and Treveon Graham will see more minutes.|
|Damian Jones||GSW||Shoulder||No Timetable||There's a good chance Jones will have to miss the rest of the season after having surgery on a torn Pectoral Muscle. Kevon Looney , Jordan Bell and Jonas Jerebko will see more minutes.|
|Luc Richard 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.|
|Allen Crabbe||BKN||Knee||2-3 Weeks||We haven't gotten many updates regarding Crabbe and we have to back up his timetable to return. Rodions Kurucs and DeMarre Carroll will see more minutes and usage.|
|Zhaire Smith||PHI||Foot||3-5 Weeks||Smith is dealing with a fractured foot. T.J. McConnell will pick up more playing time. The Sixers will not rush Smith back.|
|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.|
|Jamal Crawford||PHX||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Crawford has missed his last three games w/ a Knee injury, but, there's a chance he can return to the lineup on Thursday night. If he has to sit, De'Anthony Melton will see more playing time.|
|Mitchell Robinson||NY||Ankle/Groin||DAY TO DAY||Robinson is very close to returning and could be in the lineup for Thursday's game in London. Luke Kornet will definitely see more minutes and if Robinson misses more time, we'll see about Enes Kanter .|
|Henry Ellenson||DET||Ankle||2-3 Weeks||Ellenson is not healing and Blake Griffin will continue to play heavy minutes. Reggie Bullock will also see more minutes and usage.|
|Timofey Mozgov||ORL||Knee||No Timetable||Mozgov had Knee surgery and we don't when or IF we'll see him take the court for the rest of the season.. Khem Birch has a shot to grab a few minutes because of this situation.|
|Nerlens Noel||OKC||Head/Face||No Timetable||Noel's fall was one of the scariest of the season and after smacking his head on the hardwood, but he's lightly practicing. Steven Adams will be extended a bit more and even Patrick Patterson should see minutes.|
|John Henson||CLE||Wrist||6-10 Weeks||Henson had Wrist surgery and will be on the shelf for the next few months. Tristian Thompson, Ante Zizic and Larry Nance Jr. (when healthy) will see more playing time until he returns to action.|
|Maurice Harkless||POR||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Harkless has now missed five straight games w/ a sore Knee. Evan Turner and Jake Layman should see an uptick in minutes until he returns.|
|Dante Exum||UT||Ankle||2-3 Weeks||Exum will be out for the next couple of weeks and w/ Ricky Rubio and Raul Neto already on the shelf, Royce O'Neale will see more action on the court until one of the three returns.|
|Raul Neto||UT||Groin||1-2 Weeks||Neto, Rubio and Exum are all out. Neto could potentially return next week. Donovan Mitchell will be running the point a good amount and Royce O'Neale will pick up minutes.|
|Dillon Brooks||MEM||Toe||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Brooks will miss the rest of the season after having surgery on his Toe. Justin Holiday , Garrett Temple and Kyle Anderson (when healthy) will see more playing time.|
|C.J. Miles||TOR||Hip||DAY TO DAY||Miles missed has last two games w/ a Hip injury and he's barely involved in the Raptors rotation when he's healthy.|
|Thabo Sefolosha||UT||Hamstring||1-2 Weeks||Sefolosha will need to sit for another week or two k w/ an injured Hamstring. Kyle Korver will see more minutes and shots. Royce O'Neale will also see more minutes.|
|Miles Plumlee||ATL||Knee||1-2 Weeks||Plumlee just had a procedure on his Knee and while he's out Dewayne Dedmon (when healthy) and Alex Len will see more minutes. Plumlee was on the outside of the Hawks rotation.|
|Tony Bradley||UT||Knee||4-5 Weeks||Bradley's injury doesn't impact the rotation much because he barely gets any playing time in it. He'll miss potentially the next month of action.|
|Khyri Thomas||DET||Back||DAY TO DAY||Thomas missed his last game w/ a sore Back. He's on the outside looking in when it comes to the Pistons rotation.|
|Brandon Knight||HOU||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Knight hasn't seen any action for the last three games because his Knee is sore. Eric Gordon 's minutes are even more protected and Gerald Green could see a few more minutes if Knight misses more time.|
|Dzanan Musa||BKN||Shoulder||2-3 Weeks||Musa won't see much playing time unless the Nets front court is completely decimated.|
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A. Aminu - PF
Al-Farouq Aminu (right knee surgery) practiced non-contact on Tuesday but he's doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the Wolves.
Even non-contact work is a major milestone for Aminu as he recovers from a second knee surgery he had performed in early December. He hasn't played in over a year and has no obvious path to fantasy relevance.
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M. Carter-Williams - SG
Michael Carter-Williams (left foot) is doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the Wolves.
The good news is that MCW is one step closer to playing, having gone through a non-contact practice on Tuesday. He's never been a strong per-minute fantasy option, so he's only a speculative add in deep leagues as a backup to rookie starter Cole Anthony.
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A. Len - C
The Raptors waived center Alex Len on Wednesday.
Len was recently added to the league's health and safety protocols list, but that's unlikely to have been Toronto's motivation for parting ways. He averaged just 10.9 minutes in seven games this season, including two starts, and never made a lasting impression in coach Nick Nurse's rotation. In a league increasingly emphasizing small-ball lineups and centers who can shoot and/or switch defensively, Len doesn't exactly fit the mold.
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E. Fournier - SG
Evan Fournier (back spasms) is doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the Wolves.
Fournier did go through a non-contact practice, at least, so it doesn't sound like he's too far away from playing. His return would be welcome news for an Orlando team struggling without Markelle Fultz (knee), and he'll likely have more ball-handling duties than usual upon his return.
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K. Oubre - SF
Kelly Oubre played more with the second unit during Monday's comeback win vs. the Lakers, and coach Steve Kerr intends to continue that approach.
Kerr wanted to shake Oubre out of his early-season slump, as he's currently 36.6% from the field but made critical plays at both ends of the court to pull out Monday's victory. "Maybe activate him, get him more aggressive, get him more involved," Kerr said. Getting the ball in Oubre's hands more often should pay dividends for fantasy managers, so this qualifies as great news.
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G. Whittington - SF
Nuggets rookie Greg Whittington had left knee surgery on Tuesday and will be re-evaluated in 4-6 weeks.
It was relatively minor arthroscopic surgery, so hopefully Whittington will be back to full strength within a few months. He's not in the Nuggets' rotation anyway, so they can afford to be extremely thorough with his recovery.
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D. Gallinari - PF
Danilo Gallinari (right ankle sprain) is "moving well and moving better," but he remains without a target return date.
That quote is from coach Lloyd Pierce, echoing his comments from the weekend. Gallo has begun contact work, so the next step should be progressing to 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 work. When he does return, expect his minutes to be limited while his conditioning improves after an extended absence.
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M. Turner - C
Myles Turner (fractured right hand) is day-to-day and won't require surgery, according to Yahoo's Chris Haynes.
Turner even practiced on Tuesday, and coach Nate Bjorkgren remarked, "There’s nothing that’s going to stop him." Disaster has been averted and anyone who speculatively added Goga Bitadze can look elsewhere for deep-league value. Turner suffered an avulsion fracture, which involves a bit of bone being pulled away by a tendon or ligament, but the injury is "stable" and it doesn't sound like he can make it worse by playing. He wore a protective brace while practicing on Tuesday and will presumably wear it when he returns to action. It remains to be seen whether the injury will impact his shooting (he's right-handed) or his aggressiveness hunting down blocks (currently a league-leading 4.1 per game). Regardless, the fact that he's questionable to play vs. the Mavs on Wednesday is incredible for a guy we just learned has a fractured hand.
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