NBA Injury Report: Week 20
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|
|Joel Embiid||PHI||Knee||DAY TO DAY||There's a chance Embiid makes his return from injury on Friday. Amir Johnson and Jonah Bolden should see more minutes w/ Boban Marjanovic also injured. Ben Simmons usage goes up.|
|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||Thigh||DAY TO DAY||Irving shouldn't miss extended time, but w/ how deep the Celtics are, they may rest him a bit on back to back games. Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart are perfectly capable of filling in.|
|Domantas Sabonis||IND||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Sabonis will miss his fifth in a row on Thursday but he is getting closer to returning. . Myles Turner will be the main beneficiary and Kyle O'Quinn should see an uptick in minutes.|
|Kristaps Porzingis||DAL||Knee||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Mark Cuban says Porzingis will not play this season. Dirk Nowitzki and Dwight Powell will get more playing time down the stretch.|
|Klay Thompson||GSW||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Thompson has missed his last two games w/ a Knee injury and if he doesn't return to action on Friday, Alfonzo McKinnie and Andre Iguodala will see more minutes.|
|Kyle Kuzma||LAL||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Kuzma missed his previous game w/ an Ankle injury and it wouldn't be surprising to see him miss another game or two. Mike Muscala and JaVale McGee could see more usage.|
|Brandon Ingram||LAL||Shoulder||DAY TO DAY||Ingram has missed his last two games w/ an injured Shoulder and if he has to miss more time, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Josh Hart will see more playing time. LeBron James usage goes up even more.|
|Marvin Bagley III||SAC||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Bagley may need to miss another three to four games before being ready to return. Nemanja Bjelica will see more action and Harrison Barnes will see more usage.|
|Fred VanVleet||TOR||Finger||2-3 Weeks||VanVleet had surgery on his Finger and will miss a few weeks. Kyle Lowry will see extended run and Jeremy Lin should see a good amount of minutes until he returns.|
|Jaren Jackson Jr.||MEM||Quad||No Timetable||Deep bruises take a long time to heal and we don't know when we'll see Jackson back on the court again. Ivan Rabb and Joakim Noah will continue to benefit by seeing more minutes and usage.|
|Goran Dragic||MIA||Calf||DAY TO DAY||Dragic can’t shake the injuries this season and he's now missed his last three games and if he needs more time on the shelf Dwayne Wade, Josh Richardson and even Justise Winslow will help run the point.|
|Dwight Howard||WSH||Glute/Hamstring||3-5 Weeks||Howard is now dealing w/ multiple injuries and his return track has been lengthened a bit. Thomas Bryant and Bobby Portis will see more minutes.|
|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.|
|Terrence Ross||ORL||Achilles||DAY TO DAY||Ross missed his last game w/ a sore Achilles and if he needs more time on the shelf, Evan Fournier and Jonathan Isaac 's usage will go up.|
|Wilson Chandler||LAC||Quad||DAY TO DAY||Chandler could be ready to return for Friday's game. Montrezl Harrell and JaMychal Green will see more minutes if he can't go. Danilo Gallinari will see more usage until he returns.|
|Wendell Carter Jr.||CHI||Thumb||3-7 Weeks||Carter is not close to returning and Robin Lopez will be the primary fill in option. Lauri Markkanen will also help fill the void.|
|Kyle Anderson||MEM||Shoulder||2-3 Weeks||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.|
|Dewayne Dedmon||ATL||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Dedmon missed his last game w/ a minor Knee injury and if he needs more time on the shelf, Alex Len will help fill the void and he'll see a major boost in minutes.|
|Robert Covington||MIN||Ankle||3-4 Weeks||Covington ia not healing and doesn't seem close to returning to action so we backed up his target return date. 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.|
|Tristan Thompson||CLE||Foot||2-3 Weeks||Thompson will miss another few weeks of action. Kevin Love and Larry Nance Jr. will see more usage. Ante Zizic will benefit once he's healthy again.|
|Trey Lyles||DEN||Hamstring||1-3 Weeks||It's unclear when we'll see Lyles take the court again and that leaves room in the rotation for Juancho Hernangomez and Mason Plumlee . Paul Millsap will see more minutes and 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.|
|T.J. Warren||PHX||Ankle||1-2 Weeks||Warren's Ankle needs more time to heal. Josh Jackson , Mikal Bridges and Kelly Oubre Jr. will see an increase in minutes and involvement in the offense.|
|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. Fultz season could be done.|
|Lonzo Ball||LAL||Ankle||2-3 Weeks||Ball has a badly sprained Ankle and will miss a few more weeks. Rajon Rondo will run the point. Josh Hart will pick up minutes too.|
|Kenneth Faried||HOU||Hip||DAY TO DAY||Faried has missed his last three games w/ a sore Hip. P.J. Tucker and Nene will see more playing time.|
|Iman Shumpert||HOU||Calf||DAY TO DAY||Shumpert has missed his last three games w/ a Calf injury and if he has to continue to sit, Gerald Green and Austin Rivers will see more minutes.|
|Kevon Looney||GSW||Hip||DAY TO DAY||Looney has missed his last two games w/ a Hip injury, but, he is praciticing and he should be ready to go for Friday's game. Jordan Bell will be the primary beneficiary if Looney needs more time.|
|Maxi Kleber||DAL||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Kleber missed his last game w/ a Knee injury and if he isn't ready for his next game, Dirk Nowitzki , Dwight Powell and even Dorian Finney-Smith will see more minutes.|
|George Hill||MIL||Groin||1-2 Weeks||Hill is dealing w/ a Groin injury and will miss his sixth straight game on Thursday and Malcolm Brogdon will benefit and Isaiah Canaan might steal some minutes.|
|Boban Marjanovic||PHI||Knee||1-2 Weeks||Marjanovic currently has two minor Knee injuries that are keeping him down and w/ Joel Embiid also hurt, Jonah Bolden and Mike Scott could be in line for more playing time.|
|Omari Spellman||ATL||Ankle||3-4 Weeks||Spellman has a badly sprained Ankle and he'll miss the next few weeks of action meaning that John Collins usage will go up and DeAndre Bembry, Vince Carter and Alex Len will see more minutes.|
|Damian Jones||GSW||Shoulder||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Recent reports have said that if Jones were to return, it wouldn't be until the Playoffs at the earliest. He's out for the rest of the season until told otherwise. DeMarcus Cousins and Kevon Looney will see more minutes.|
|Luc Richard Mbah a Moute||LAC||Knee||1-3 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 has missed his last eight games w/ a bruised Leg and should be re-evaluated in the next couple of days. Damyean Dotson and Allonzo Trier will benefit if he needs to sit out for more games.|
|Zhaire Smith||PHI||Foot||No Timetable||It's not looking good for Smith to make his NBA debut this season. The Sixers coaches are not optimistic he will play w/ the team before the end of the season. T.J. McConnell will pick up more playing time.|
|Ante Zizic||CLE||Concussion||No Timetable||Zizic is still not 100 percent after suffering a Concussion about a week ago and he's missed his last three games. Larry Nance Jr. will see more minutes and Kevin Love will see more usage.|
|Furkan Korkmaz||PHI||Knee||3-4 Weeks||Korkmaz just went through a Knee procedure and will need to miss at least the next four weeks. Jonathon Simmons will be the biggest beneficiary of Korkmaz being out and Jimmy Butler will pick up more 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.|
|John Henson||CLE||Wrist||3-7 Weeks||Henson had Wrist surgery. Tristian Thompson (when healthy), Ante Zizic (when healthy) and Larry Nance Jr. will see more playing time until he returns to action.|
|Dante Exum||UT||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Exum could potentially return in the next couple of games. Ricky Rubio and Raul Neto (when healthy) 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||1-3 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||1-3 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.|
|Luol Deng||MIN||Achilles||DAY TO DAY||Deng has missed his last four games and it's uncertain when we'll see him return. Dario Saric and Josh Okogie will benefit w/ even more playing time.|
|Sterling Brown||MIL||Wrist||DAY TO DAY||Brown has missed his last five games w/ a sore Wrist and Khris Middleton and Pat Connaughton will see more minutes and usage if he needs more time out.|
|Frank Ntilikina||NY||Groin||No Timetable||Ntilikina is suffering from an injured Groin and w/ Allonzo Trier and Damyean Dotson will see more minutes and usage. It's uncertain when we'll see Ntilikina back on the court.|
|Chandler Hutchison||CHI||Foot||No Timetable||Wayne Selden should will be more involved in the Bulls rotation until Hutchison is ready to return. Otto Porter Jr. will see extended minutes.|
|Jakob Poeltl||SAS||Hamstring||DAY TO DAY||Poeltl missed his previous game w/ a Hamstring injury and if he needs to miss more time, Davis Bertans and LaMarcus Aldridge will pick up more minutes and usage.|
|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.|
|Treveon Graham||BKN||Back||DAY TO DAY||Graham has missedhis last two games w/ a Back injury and if he needs to miss more time, DeMarre Carroll and Rodions Kurucs will see more minutes.|
|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.|
|Zaza Pachulia||DET||Achilles||DAY TO DAY||This injury could keep Pachulia out for longer than expected and Jon Leuer (when healthy) will be the primary beneficiary if he needs more time off. Andre Drummond will have to play more minutes.|
|Alex Poythress||ATL||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Poythress hurt his Ankle on Wednesday and if he needs more games off, DeAndre Bembry and Alex Len will see more playing time.|
|Tyson Chandler||LAL||Neck||DAY TO DAY||Chandler has missed his last two games w/ a Neck injury and he's been getting inconsistent minutes in the Lakers rotation. Mike Muscala benefits a bit if he's out.|
|Raul Neto||UT||Hamstring||DAY TO DAY||Neto has missed his last four games w/ a Hamstring injury and Ricky Rubio will need to play extended minutes and Royce O'Neale will back him up w/ Dante Exum hurt as well.|
|Shaun Livingston||GSW||Neck||DAY TO DAY||Livingston missed his previous game w/ a Neck injury and if he can't make it back for Friday's game, Quinn Cook will see an uptick in minutes.|
|Jon Leuer||DET||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Leuer has missed his last five games w/ a Knee injury and w/ the Pistons decimated w/ injured big men, Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin will have to play extended minutes.|
|Ekpe Udoh||UT||Back||No Timetable||Udoh hasn't played in almost a month and he's dealing w/ Back spasms. He's on the outside looking into the Jazz rotation once he's healthy.|
|Alize Johnson||IND||Foot||No Timetable||Johnson barely plays and he's certainly on the outside of the Pacers rotation.|
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L. Ball - PG
Lonzo Ball hit 6-of-15 shots for 14 points, five assists, one rebound, two 3-pointers and three turnovers across 27 minutes in Thursday's loss to Utah.
Ball went 3-of-10 from the field and 0-of-6 from distance his last time out, so this qualifies as a bounce-back game, although some defensive stats would have been nice. He's currently shooting a career-worst 28.6% from 3-point range, after connecting on a career-high 37.5% of his long-balls last season, so we'd expect that shot to start falling sooner rather than later and it's encouraging that he's attempting a career-high 7.0 triples a night. Also, while he's struggling from beyond the arc, he's been drilling a career-best 84.2% of his shots at the rim, and all these numbers suggest that a surge is coming. We still view him as a solid buy-low target.
Added 1:29 am (EST)
N. Noel - C
Nerlens Noel had one of his best games in a Knickerbockers jersey on Thursday, tallying six points, 11 rebounds, one assist, one steal, four swats and one turnover in 20 minutes off the bench.
The boards accounted for a season-high, and this was a nice bounce-back game for Noel following his scoreless performance on MLK Day. He got some added run tonight with Mitchell Robinson in foul trouble, but he has been heating up in the shot blocking department over the past four games with 3.5 swats a night, so he's on the radar as a potential shot-blocking specialist in deep leagues. Despite the foul trouble, Robinson still managed to finish with 18 points (8-of-11 FG, 2-of-2 FT), eight rebounds, one assist, one steal, two blocks and zero turnovers in 27 minutes.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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