NBA Injury Report: Week 18
Justin Fensterman goes around the league, providing critical information on every injured player, on every team.
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|Anthony Davis||NO||Shoulder||DAY TO DAY||Davis hurt his Shoulder on Thursday night and he had to leave the game and it's uncertain whether or not he'll have to miss time after the All-Star game. If Jahlil Okafor is 100 percent after the break he will see more 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.|
|Kyrie Irving||BOS||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Irving missed his last two games w/ a strained Knee and while it is unlikely that he'll have to miss time after the break. If he does, Terry Rozier (if healthy) will pick up minutes.|
|Clint Capela||HOU||Thumb||DAY TO DAY||Capela is looking like he'll make it back to the Rockets lineup right after the break. If he needs to miss more time, Kenneth Faried and Nene will fill in.|
|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.|
|Kawhi Leonard||TOR||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Leonard missed his previous game w/ a Knee injury, but should be all good to go once the All-Star break is over. Norman Powell will fill in if needed.|
|Andrew Wiggins||MIN||Illness||DAY TO DAY||Wiggins has been sick and he's missed his last couple of games because of it. Luckily for him, the break is here and he has a week to get healthy and he should be ready to go when the break ends.|
|Kris Dunn||CHI||Tailbone||DAY TO DAY||Dunn missed his last game because he's dealing w/ a bruised Tailbone, but all reports say he should be good to go when the break ends. Ryan Arcidiacono will fill in if needed.|
|Jerami Grant||OKC||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Grant missed his last game w/ an Ankle injury and if he needs to miss time coming out of the break, new addition Markieff Morris and Patrick Patterson will fill the void.|
|Fred VanVleet||TOR||Finger||5-6 Weeks||VanVleet is having surgery on his Finger and will miss a bunch of weeks. Kyle Lowry will see extended run and Jeremy Lin should see a good amount of minutes until he returns.|
|Nikola Mirotic||MIL||Calf||DAY TO DAY||Mirotic is getting closer to returning and could come back right after the break. Ersan Ilyasova and D.J. Wilson will fill in if he needs more time off.|
|Terry Rozier||BOS||Illness||DAY TO DAY||Rozier has a week to feel better and he should be ready to return once the All-Star break is over.|
|Dwight Howard||WSH||Glute||3-5 Weeks||Howard is feeling better and isn't feeling as much lower body pain. He'll still be out for a while. Thomas Bryant and Ian Mahinmi 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||1-2 Weeks||There's a chance that Dragic can return a couple of games after the break. If he needs more time, Josh Richardson , Dwayne Wade and Justise Winslow will fill in at PG.|
|Wilson Chandler||LAC||Quad||1-2 Weeks||Chandler has a week to heal up before play resumes, but he may need a few more games to recover once the break is over. Montrezl Harrell will see more minutes. Danilo Gallinari will see more usage until he returns.|
|Wendell Carter Jr.||CHI||Thumb||5-9 Weeks||Carter will still need more time on the shelf after the break and Robin Lopez will be the primary fill in option. Lauri Markkanen and Cristiano Felicio will help fill the void.|
|Kyle Anderson||MEM||Shoulder||DAY TO DAY||Anderson continues to miss games w/ a Shoulder injury and if he has to miss more time, Justin Holiday and Bruno Caboclo will see more minutes.|
|Austin Rivers||HOU||Elbow||DAY TO DAY||Rivers missed his last game w/ an Elbow injury and if he has to miss more time after the break, Eric Gordon and Gerald Green will pick up minutes.|
|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.|
|Markieff Morris||OKC||Neck||1-3 Weeks||Morris is signing w/ the Thunder and once he's ready to return to action, he'll be battling Jerami Grant and Nerlens Noel for playing time down the stretch.|
|Spencer Dinwiddie||BKN||Thumb||No Timetable||Dinwiddie had Thumb surgery and still needs more time. Caris LeVert , Joe Harris and Shabazz Napier will see more minutes and usage.|
|Tristan Thompson||CLE||Foot||2-3 Weeks||Thompson will miss another few weeks of action. Ante Zizic will see more minutes and usage and Kevin Love and Larry Nance Jr. will see more usage.|
|Tyus Jones||MIN||Ankle||1-2 Weeks||Jones injured his Ankle and high Ankle sprain's take longer to heal. Derrick Rose will see more minutes. Jeff Teague will see more usage.|
|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 and Terrance Ferguson will pick up playing time.|
|Denzel Valentine||CHI||Ankle||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Valentine had season-ending Ankle surgery. Chandler Hutchison (when healthy) and Wayne Selden will benefit w/ more playing time and Zach LaVine will also pick up a few more minutes.|
|TJ Warren||PHX||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Warren should be ready to go after the break. Josh Jackson Kelly Oubre Jr. will see an increase in minutes and involvement in the offense if he needs more time off.|
|Markelle Fultz||ORL||Neck/Shoulder||No Timetable||Fultz is suffering from Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and it's impacting his shooting ability. D.J. Augustin will continue to see more playing time.|
|Lonzo Ball||LAL||Ankle||2-4 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 when he's fully healthy.|
|Rodions Kurucs||BKN||Elbow||DAY TO DAY||Kurucs missed his last game w/ an Elbow injury and if he has to miss more time, Allen Crabbe and DeMarre Carroll will see more minutes.|
|Derrick White||SAS||Foot||DAY TO DAY||White doesn't need to sit long-term which is good news and should be back after the break. Bryn Forbes and Patty Mills will see more minutes and usage if needed.|
|Elfrid Payton||NO||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Payton continues to miss games but his health is improving and could be ready to go right after the break. 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 will need to sit for another game or two and Malik Beasley and Will Barton will see more usage. Juancho Hernangomez can indirectly benefit.|
|Emmanuel Mudiay||NY||Shoulder||1-2 Weeks||Mudiay has a strained Shoulder and while he's out Dennis Smith Jr. and Kadeem Allen will see more minutes.|
|Tyson Chandler||LAL||Toe||DAY TO DAY||Chandler missed his last game w/ a Toe injury and if he has to miss more time after the break, Mike Muscala will see more minutes. JaVale McGee will pick up minutes and usage if Chandler is out.|
|Jared Dudley||BKN||Hamstring||2-4 Weeks||Dudley will be sidelined for at least another couple of weeks w/ a strained Hamstring. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson , Rodions Kurucs (when healthy) 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||1-2 Weeks||Mbah a Moute is getting closer to returning to the floor and could make it back in a couple of weeks. Montrezl Harrell and JaMychal Green will see more minutes.|
|Mario Hezonja||NY||Leg||DAY TO DAY||Hezonja missed his last game w/ a bruised Leg and if he needs to miss more time after the break, Damyean Dotson and Allonzo Trier will benefit.|
|Zhaire Smith||PHI||Foot||No Timetable||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 Mike Scott will see more playing time.|
|Josh Hart||LAL||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Hart will rest through the break and could return to action next week when play resumes. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Brandon Ingram will see more minutes if needed.|
|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||3-7 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||1-2 Weeks||Exum will be out for at least another week or two. Ricky Rubio and Raul Neto will see more action on the court until he returns.|
|Dillon Brooks||MEM||Toe||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Brooks will miss the rest of the season after having surgery on his Toe. Justin Holiday , Bruno Caboclo Garrett Temple and Kyle Anderson (when healthy) will see more playing time.|
|Miles Plumlee||ATL||Knee||2-3 Weeks||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||1-2 Weeks||Bradley's injury doesn't impact the rotation much because he barely gets any playing time in it.|
|Mohamed Bamba||ORL||Leg||No Timetable||Bamba will miss a lot of time as he's dealing w/ a stress fracture in his Leg. Khem Birch will see a ton of back up minutes until he returns.|
|Derrick Jones Jr.||MIA||Knee||4-5 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.|
|De'Anthony Melton||PHX||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Melton could return right after the break and Elie Okobo and Tyler Johnson will see more usage behind Devin Booker if he continues to sit.|
|Tony Parker||CHA||Back||DAY TO DAY||Parker should be ready to return after the break, but he's old thus taking longer to heal. Shelvin Mack and 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/ Allonzo Trier and Damyean Dotson will see more minutes and usage.|
|Chandler Hutchison||CHI||Foot||1-3 Weeks||Wayne Selden should will be more involved in the Bulls rotation until Hutchison is ready to return. Otto Porter Jr. will see extended minutes.|
|Aron Baynes||BOS||Foot||2-3 Weeks||Baynes has a very sore Foot and will need to miss the next few weeks of action. Expect Daniel Theis to pick up more playing time until he returns.|
|Patrick McCaw||TOR||Shoulder||DAY TO DAY||McCaw missed his last game w/ a sore Shoulder and if he needs to miss more time after the break, Norman Powell will pick up more minutes.|
|Troy Brown Jr.||WSH||Ankle||1-2 Weeks||It's looking like Brown will miss a couple of games after the All-Star break and if he can't go, Trevor Ariza and Jordan McRae will see more minutes.|
|Donte DiVincenzo||MIL||Heel||No Timetable||DiVincenzo hasn't played in over a month and we don't know when he'll be back in action. Tony Snell and D.J. Wilson will pick up more playing time until he returns.|
|Robert Williams III||BOS||Illness||DAY TO DAY||Williams is sick, but luckily for him, he has the break to rest up and Daniel Theis will fill in until Williams is ready to return.|
|Shake Milton||PHI||Finger||2-3 Weeks||Milton is on the outside looking into the Sixers rotation and he will be out for a few weeks after having surgery on his Finger.|
|Jaylen Adams||ATL||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Adams is on the outside looking into the Hawks rotation. He doesn't get much playing time even when he's healthy.|
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R. Barrett - SG
RJ Barrett dropped in a new career-high 28 points in Thursday's blowout win over the Warriors, adding two rebounds, five assists, two 3-pointers and two turnovers in 37 minutes.
Barrett was hot from the jump in this one, hitting his first four shots while going 2-of-2 from distance, and he finished the game on 10-of-17 shooting from the field and 6-of-8 from the line. He's had some really bad shooting nights, but over the past five games he's been connecting on 51.4% of his shot attempts to go with averages of 21.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.6 dimes, 1.4 triples and 2.6 turnovers per game, which has him flirting with top-60 value in 9-cat leagues.
Added 1:18 am (EST)
K. Knox - SF
Kevin Knox hit 1-of-4 shots for one 3-pointer, one rebound and nothing else in 11 minutes off the bench on Thursday.
Alec Burks (ankle) is back, so it's going to be tough for Knox to find consistent minutes in the rotation moving forward. This was his fourth straight single-digit scoring performance, and when he's not scoring, he's really not doing anything for you in fantasy hoops. Leave him on the wire.
Added 1:16 am (EST)
I. Quickley - PG
Immanuel Quickley saw just 11 minutes off the bench in Thursday's easy win over the Warriors, and he finished with five points (1-of-5 FG, 2-of-2 FT), three rebounds, one assist, one 3-pointer and one turnover.
Quickley saw just 15 minutes off the bench in the previous game, but with Alec Burks (ankle) making his return tonight, the rug was ripped out from under Quickley as he was just the 10th man in the rotation. This is how it tends to go for rookies playing under Tom Thibodeau, so he's going to be an incredibly frustrating guy to roster this season if he's not able to earn any minutes alongside Elfrid Payton. Payton finished with 15 points (5-of-11 FG, 4-of-6 FT), two rebounds, five assists, one 3-pointer, one steal and three turnovers in 38 minutes, and there's not much incentive for Thibs to switch things up with New York currently sitting on a winning record.
Added 1:09 am (EST)
A. Burks - SG
Alec Burks (left ankle) scored 11 points off the bench in his return from a 12-game absence on Thursday, adding five rebounds, one 3-pointer, one assist, one block and one turnover in 31 minutes off the bench.
Burks looked a little rusty in his first game back, going 2-of-7 from the field, but he did a nice job of drawing fouls on his drives and finished 6-of-8 from the charity stripe. It was also impressive to see him log so many minutes after the lengthy absence, but that tends to be Tom Thibodeau's MO. If you need a cheap source of scoring and triples, Burks is worth a look.
Added 1:04 am (EST)
R. O'Neale - SF
Royce O'Neale finished Thursday's game vs. the Pelicans with five points, six rebounds, one assist, one block and one triple in 33 minutes.
He’s actually flirting with top-100 numbers in 9-cat on the season, but his value has gone downhill quite fast in recent games. He contributes to every category with very few turnovers, but we’d rather stream his roster spot in a standard league because there’s not much upside here.
Added 12:55 am (EST)
J. Randle - PF
Julius Randle posted a 16-point, 17-rebound double-double in Thursday's 119-104 win over the Warriors.
Randle just missed a triple-double in this one, as he added nine dimes in his 36 minutes of action to go with one 3-pointer, one steal and two turnovers, and he continues to play like an All-Star for Tom Thibodeau. He was coming off a 5-of-19 shooting performance, and while he still struggled with his shot a bit in this one, going 4-of-11 from the field — he was also a perfect 7-of-7 from the charity stripe. He's knocking down a respectable 78.6% of his freebies this season, which is a career-high and part of the reason why he's flirting with top-40 value on the year.
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J. Ingles - SF
Joe Ingles dished out a season-high nine assists on Thursday vs. the Pelicans to go with eight points, one rebound, one steal and two triples in 20 minutes.
He was coming off a 15-point game in just 19 minutes, hitting five triples with a pair of dimes and a block. The workload is worrisome, but perhaps the Jazz are just being cautious after he recently returned from Achilles soreness. If Mike Conley or Donovan Mitchell ever pick up a knock and need to miss time then Ingles will become a mid-rounder, but until then he's more of a late-rounder as Jordan Clarkson does most of the damage for the second unit.
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E. Paschall - PF
Eric Paschall hit 5-of-10 shots for 12 points, four rebounds and one turnover across 19 minutes in Thursday's loss to the Knicks.
Paschall also hit both of his freebies, and he started the second half with Draymond Green getting ejected. He's an effective scorer, but he doesn't do much outside that, nor does he get enough minutes to make a consistent impact in fantasy hoops. Leave him on the wire.
Added 12:52 am (EST)