NBA Injury Report: Week 16
Justin Fensterman goes around the league, providing critical information on every injured player, on every team.
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TIMETABLE TO RETURN
|Anthony Davis||NO||Hand||No Timetable||Both the trade rumors and the injured Hand could keep Davis out longer than expected. He may get deactivated if he isn't traded by the deadling. Julius Randle and Jahlil Okafor pick up minutes.|
|Victor Oladipo||IND||Knee||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Oladipo will miss the rest of the season after tearing tendons in his Knee. Tyreke Evans (when healthy) will see a lot more playing time and Cory Joseph should see some more love in the rotation.|
|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||Back||DAY TO DAY||CP3 has returned from his Hamstring injury, but now his Back is bothering him and he may need to sit for his next game. Eric Gordon will pick up minutes and shots if Paul is out.|
|Clint Capela||HOU||Thumb||2-4 Weeks||Capela will time after injuring his Thumb on an alley-oop. Nene ' and Kenneth Faried will see more playing time until he's ready to return.|
|Kristaps Porzingis||DAL||Knee||No Timetable||There is still no official timetable for Porzingis season debut even after being traded. He may still miss the rest of the season. Dirk Nowitzki and Dwight Powell will get more playing time down the stretch.|
|Luka Doncic||DAL||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Doncic missed his last game w/ a small Ankle injury and Jalen Brunson and Devin Harris will pick up more playing time if he has to sit. Harrison Barnes becomes the top scoring option.|
|Kevin Love||CLE||Toe||1-2 Weeks||Love is getting close and could possibly make his return next week.. Larry Nance Jr. , Tristan Thompson and Ante Zizic benefit if he needs more time.|
|Jusuf Nurkic||POR||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Nurkic missed his last game w/ a Knee injury and if he has to sit, Zach Collins and Meyers Leonard will pick up minutes. Al-Farouq Aminu will get more plays called for him in the post.|
|Julius Randle||NO||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Randle has missed his last four games w/ a sprained Ankle and w/ Anthony Davis also out Jahlil Okafor will pick up a lot of minutes. Darius Miller could get more involved in the rotation.|
|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 (when healthy), Shabazz Napier and Joe Harris will see more minutes.|
|Zach LaVine||CHI||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||LaVine missed his previous game w/ a Knee injury and if he needs to miss more time Antonio Blakeney will pick up more minutes and Kris Dunn and Jabari Parker will pick up shots.|
|Nikola Mirotic||NO||Calf||DAY TO DAY||Mirotic has missed his last four games w/ a Calf injury and if he needs to sit for more time, Jahlil Okafor and Darius Miller will fill in for him.|
|Steven Adams||OKC||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Adams missed his last game w/ an Ankle injury and if he needs to miss more time, Nerlens Noel will fill in.|
|Dwight Howard||WSH||Glute||4-6 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||2-4 weeks||With Dragic out, Tyler Johnson , Dwayne Wade and Josh Richardson will get a lot more playing time running the point.|
|Deandre Ayton||PHX||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Ayton has been practicing and there is a chance he'll return this weekend. Richaun Holmes will see more minutes until he's ready to return.|
|Wendell Carter Jr.||CHI||Thumb||7-11 Weeks||Carter will be out for the next couple of months and Bobby Portis will see a lot more minutes and usage. Robin Lopez and Jabari Parker should also see more playing time as well as the Bulls are looking to trade them.|
|Klay Thompson||GSW||Illness||DAY TO DAY||Thompson missed his last game because he was sick. Alfonzo McKinnie will pick up more playing time if he can't go for his next game.|
|Jamal Murray||DEN||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Murray will miss his fifth straight game on Friday w/ a sprained Ankle. Monte Morris will pick up a lot of minutes. Will Barton could see time running the point.|
|Robert Covington||MIN||Ankle||No Timetable||Covington is slowly recovering but he's not ready to return just yet. Dario Saric and Josh Okogie will continue to 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.|
|Danilo Gallinari||LAC||Back||DAY TO DAY||Gallinari has missed his last seven games and if he needs to sit for more games, Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell 's usage will go up and Mike Scott and Jonathan Motley will pick up minutes. Expect him back in a few games.|
|Derrick Rose||MIN||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Rose has missed his last three games and if he needs to miss more time, Isaiah Canaan and Jerryd Bayless will pick up more playing time w/ Teague and Jones both hurt.|
|Isaiah Thomas||DEN||Hip||No Timetable||It is still uncertain when we will see Thomas get in the mix in Denver. There are conflicting reports about when and if we will see him in FEB. Jamal Murray 's minutes are safe and secure and Monte Morris will see a lot of PT.|
|Spencer Dinwiddie||BKN||Thumb||3-6 Weeks||Dinwiddie had Thumb surgery and he'll be out for the next bunch of weeks. Joe Harris and Shabazz Napier will see more minutes and usage until he or Caris LeVert returns to the lineup.|
|Markieff Morris||WSH||Neck||2-4 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. (when healthy) will see more usage.|
|Cody Zeller||CHA||Hand||DAY TO DAY||Zeller should return in the next few games. Willy Hernangomez and Bismack Biyombo will split the minutes until Zeller is back in full force.|
|Tristan Thompson||CLE||Foot||1-2 Weeks||Thompson will miss another week or two of action. Ante Zizic will see more minutes and usage and Channing Frye should see the floor more as well. Larry Nance Jr. will see more usage.|
|Jonas Valanciunas||TOR||Thumb||1-2 Weeks||Valanciunas is practicing 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||1-2 Weeks||Jones injured his Ankle in his last game and high Ankle sprain's take longer to heal so he could be on the shelf for another week. Derrick Rose (if healthy) will see more minutes. Isaiah Canaan will get in the mix.|
|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.|
|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.|
|TJ Warren||PHX||Ankle||1-2 Weeks||Warren will miss the next couple of weeks. Josh Jackson Kelly Oubre Jr. will see an increase in minutes and involvement in the offense.|
|Markelle Fultz||PHI||Neck/Shoulder||No Timetable||Fultz is suffering from Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and it's impacting his shooting ability. T.J. McConnell will continue to see more playing time.|
|Lonzo Ball||LAL||Ankle||3-5 Weeks||Ball has a badly sprained Ankle and will miss a few weeks. Rajon Rondo will run the point. Josh Hart will pick up minutes too.|
|Jeff Teague||MIN||Foot||DAY TO DAY||Teague has missed his last five games.. Derrick Rose (if healthy) will pick up a lot more playing time w/ Tyus Jones out. Isaiah Canaan and Jerryd Bayless should pick up playing time too.|
|Otto Porter Jr.||WSH||Toe||DAY TO DAY||Porter hurt his Toe in his last game and he may need to miss a few games. Trevor Ariza will be the primary fill in option and Jeff Green will see more minutes.|
|Elfrid Payton||NO||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Payton has missed his last two games w/ a sprained Ankle and if he needs to sit out for more games, Tim Frazier and Frank Jackson will see more minutes.|
|Gary Harris||DEN||Groin||DAY TO DAY||This Groin injury just won't go away! Harris may need to sit for his next game and that would give Malik Beasley more playing time and more usage for Will Barton . Juancho Hernangomez can indirectly benefit.|
|Emmanuel Mudiay||NY||Shoulder||2-3 Weeks||Mudiay has a strained Shoulder and while he's out Allonzo Trier and Kadeem Allen will see more minutes until Dennis Smith Jr. is familiar w/ how the Knicks offense is run.|
|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||1-3 Weeks||Dudley will be sidelined for at least another two weeks w/ a strained Hamstring. 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. DeMarcus Cousins and Kevon Looney will see more minutes.|
|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 (when healthy) will see more minutes.|
|Allen Crabbe||BKN||Knee||No Timetable||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||2-3 Weeks||Smith is dealing with a fractured foot. T.J. McConnell will pick up more playing time. The Sixers will not rush Smith back, but he is getting closer to making his debut.|
|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.|
|Luke Kornet||NY||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Kornet should return to the lineup for the Knicks next game. Enes Kanter and Mitchell Robinson will help fill the void until he returns.|
|Ish Smith||DET||Groin||DAY TO DAY||Smith re-injured his Groin and he's missed his last six games. Jose Calderon and Langston Galloway will pick up more playing time.|
|Garrett Temple||MEM||Shoulder||1-2 Weeks||Temple has a sprained Shoulder and Kyle Anderson and Justin Holiday will fill in for him until he returns to the lineup.|
|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.|
|John Henson||CLE||Wrist||4-8 Weeks||Henson had Wrist surgery. Tristian Thompson (when healthy), Ante Zizic and Larry Nance Jr. will see more playing time until he returns to action.|
|Dante Exum||UT||Ankle||2-3 Weeks||Exum will be out for at least another few weeks. Ricky Rubio and Royce O'Neale will see more action on the court until he returns.|
|Raul Neto||UT||Groin||1-2 Weeks||Neto could potentially return next week. Ricky Rubio 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 (when healthy) and Kyle Anderson will see more playing time.|
|Thabo Sefolosha||UT||Hamstring||1-2 Weeks||Sefolosha will need to sit for another week or two w/ an injured Hamstring. Kyle Korver will see more minutes and shots. Royce O'Neale will also see more minutes.|
|Miles Plumlee||ATL||Knee||No Timetable||It's uncertain when we'll see Plumlee back on the court. Dewayne Dedmon and Alex Len will see more minutes. Plumlee was on the outside of the Hawks rotation.|
|Tony Bradley||UT||Knee||2-4 Weeks||Bradley's injury doesn't impact the rotation much because he barely gets any playing time in it. He'll miss the next few weeks of action|
|Tyreke Evans||IND||Back||DAY TO DAY||Evans has missed his last three games w/ an injured Back. Cory Joseph and Aaron Holiday will see more minutes if he needs to sit for more games. Bojan Bogdanovic and Darren Collison will pick up more shots.|
|Derrick Jones Jr.||MIA||Knee||6-7 Weeks||Jones is dealing w/ multiple bone bruises in his Knee and he'll be out for awhile. Dion Waiters and Rodney McGruder will see more playing time. Tyler Johnson will benefit w/ more shots.|
|De'Anthony Melton||PHX||Ankle||2-3 Weeks||Melton will need to miss a couple of weeks and Elie Okobo and Jamal Crawford will see more usage behind Devin Booker .|
|Tony Parker||CHA||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Parker should return for the Hornets next game. He's an old man so if he is sore Devonte' Graham will be ready to fill in w/ back up minutes.|
|Frank Ntilikina||NY||Groin||1-2 Weeks||Ntilikina is suffering from an injured Groin and w/ other Knicks guards out and traded, Allonzo Trier and Damyean Dotson will see more minutes and usage.|
|Omri Casspi||MEM||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Casspi has missed his last three games and Kyle Anderson and JaMychal Green will indirectly benefit if he has to miss more time.|
|Jonathon Simmons||ORL||Abs||DAY TO DAY||Simmons missed his last game w/ an ab-strain. Terrence Ross will pick up more minutes if he has to miss more time. Evan Fournier will see more time w/ the ball.|
|Chandler Hutchison||CHI||Foot||2-4 Weeks||Jabari Parker will pick up a lot more playing time w/ Hutchison out. Wayne Selden should also be more involved in the Bulls rotation over the next few weeks.|
|Terrance Ferguson||OKC||Back||DAY TO DAY||Ferguson should be able to return for his next game, but if he needs to sit for one more game, Hamidou Diallo will benefit as he did last game.|
|Nik Stauskas||POR||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Stauskas re-injured his Knee and he may be on the shelf for more time. Seth Curry and Evan Turner would pick up more minutes if he's out.|
|Doug McDermott||IND||Ribs||DAY TO DAY||McDermott left his previous game and it doesn't see too serious. Bojan Bogdanovic will pick up more shots if he has to sit.|
|Tyler Dorsey||ATL||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Dorsey should return to the court for the Hawks next game. He doesn't get many minutes and is clearly on the outside looking into the Hawks rotation.|
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V. Oladipo - SG
Jared Weiss of The Athletic is reporting that Victor Oladipo is "looking to move on" from the Pacers this offseason.
It's not surprising to see a report like this as Oladipo and the Pacers were far apart in contract extension talks before the start of the 2019-20 season -- Ian Begley of SNY reported that Oladipo turned down a 4-year, $80M offer. Oladipo clearly feels like he deserves more but he simply hasn't looked the same since his devastating quad injury. In the playoffs, Oladipo averaged just 17.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists on 39% shooting. He does have one year left on his deal, so if his intention is to leave the Pacers will obviously look to deal him rather than let him walk for nothing.
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Z. LaVine - SG
Zach LaVine is excited to get to work with new head coach Billy Donovan.
“I was extremely happy,” LaVine said of the hire. “Somebody with his track record not just in the NBA but in college as well, a whole ton of players who are proven saying how great of a guy he is and how good of a coach he is. People like me, when you want to be great, you want to be coached extremely well." LaVine is one of several Bulls who will get an inevitable bump with former coach Jim Boylen exiled, and with how open the bottom of the East is we could see Chicago making it to the playoffs if some of their young guys like Wendell Carter Jr. and Coby White make a leap. LaVine was a top-40 player in 9-cat on a per-game basis and is a safe bet to have another strong campaign in his age-25 season.
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J. Tatum - PF
The Celtics are expected to offer Jayson Tatum a max contract extension this offseason.
This is obviously a no-brainer with Tatum establishing himself as a superstar at the young age of 22. The Celtics also have to be encouraged how much he stepped up in the postseason with averages of 25.7 points, 10.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.2 blocks, 1.0 steals and 2.8 triples. He's just scratching the surface and will be coming off the board in the first round of competitive fantasy drafts next season.
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G. Hayward - SF
Gordon Hayward is expected to pick up his player option for next season.
His player option is worth $34M, a number that he wouldn't come close to on the open market. Hayward's time in Boston has been a disappointment but injuries have obviously contributed. And while he was invisible in Sunday's Game 6 defeat to Miami, this was definitely his best season with the Celtics with averages of 17.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.6 triples. His ADP should be suppressed again next season which may make him a nice value late in drafts.
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M. Monk - SG
In his first interview since his February suspension, Malik Monk said he's solid now, both mentally and physically.
“I’m in a great place with my mind and my body," Monk said. "The responsibility now is even bigger for me to stay like this, instead of swerving off a little bit.” Monk was having the best stretch of his career before the suspension, and it's well known that GM Mitch Kupchak is a fan -- he has repeatedly called Monk Charlotte's most talented player. Monk put on some muscle which helped him get to the rim more often, so if has some positive regression with his 3-point shooting he could make some noise in the final year of his rookie contract.
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J. Collins - PF
John Collins made 100 consecutive free throws at the end of Sunday's practice.
Collins' free-throw percentage has improved each year in the NBA. He hit 71.5% as a rookie, 76.3% in his second season, and 80.0% in 2019-20. He's already exceptional from a FG% perspective, and ramped up his contributing stats last year with 1.4 triples (on 40.1% from deep), 1.6 blocks and 0.8 steals. He's a fantasy star in the making.
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B. Adebayo - PF
Bam Adebayo was exceptional during Miami's series-clinching win on Sunday, scoring a game-high 32 points on 11-of-15 FGs and 10-of-11 FTs.
Miami is headed to the NBA Finals after dispatching the Pacers, Bucks and Celtics. Adebayo also grabbed 14 rebounds with five assists, one steal and just two turnovers in 39 minutes of action. He's an incredible player whose versatility gives the Heat a variety of ways to play small-ball -- it helps him for fantasy purposes, but really hurts other bigs on the roster like Kelly Olynyk (DNP-CD) and Meyers Leonard (DNP-CD).
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T. Herro - SG
Tyler Herro posted 19 points, seven assists and five rebounds in 35 minutes off Miami's bench on Sunday.
Herro shot 8-of-13 from the floor and he simply doesn't look like a rookie. The lack of crowd animosity in the Orlando bubble might help, but any 20-year-old guard who can drop 19/7/5 in a closeout game, off the bench, has nerves of steel. He wasn't a terrific fantasy option this year but should push into the middle rounds of drafts based on his playoff performance.
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