NBA Injury Report: Week 21
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|
|Kevin Durant||GSW||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Durant missed his last game because of an Ankle injury. If he has to miss more time Andre Iguodala will fill the avoid and even Alfonzo McKinnie will see more love in the rotation.|
|Victor Oladipo||IND||Knee||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Oladipo will miss the rest of the season after tearing tendons in his Knee. Tyreke Evans (if active) will see a lot more playing time and Cory Joseph and Aaron Holiday 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.|
|Jrue Holiday||NO||Abs||1-2 Weeks||Holiday could be out longer than the next couple of weeks and Frank Jackson has picked up the ball and produced. Elfrid Payton will see more usage.|
|Zach LaVine||CHI||Knee||DAY TO DAY||LaVine has missed his last two games w/ an injured Knee and if he has to miss anymore games, Shaq Harrison and Ryan Arcidiacono will play more.|
|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.|
|Jeff Teague||MIN||Foot||DAY TO DAY||Teague missed his previous game w/ a Foot injury and if he misses more time Derrick Rose (if healthy) will be the primary fill in option and he'll pick up a ton of shots. Tyus Jones will see more playing time.|
|Larry Nance Jr.||CLE||Ribs||DAY TO DAY||Nance will miss his third straight game on Thursday and Ante Zizic and Kevin Love will see extended minutes. Cedi Osman will be getting more plays called for him.|
|Brandon Ingram||LAL||Arm||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Ingram's season is over. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Josh Hart will see more playing time. LeBron James usage goes up even more even though his minutes will be taken down a notch.|
|Marvin Bagley III||SAC||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Bagley has missed his las five games but there's a chance he can return for Thursday's game. Nemanja Bjelica will see more action and Harrison Barnes will see more usage if Bagley has to sit.|
|Fred VanVleet||TOR||Finger||1-2 Weeks||VanVleet is starting to practice and could return within two 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.|
|Andrew Wiggins||MIN||Quad||DAY TO DAY||Wiggins missed his last three games w/ a Quad injury and he could potentiall miss his fourth in a row on Thursday. Due to other injuries, Keita Bates-Diop has been able to sneak into the Timberwolves rotation.|
|Dwight Howard||WSH||Glute/Hamstring||No Timetable||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.|
|Derrick Rose||MIN||Elbow||DAY TO DAY||Rose missed his last game w/ an Elbow injury and if he has to miss more time, Jeff Teague will see more minutes if he can stay healthy. If both are out, Tyus Jones walks into a ton of playing time.|
|Nicolas Batum||CHA||Eye||DAY TO DAY||Batum should be ready to go for his next game but if he needs to sit out another game, Jeremy Lamb and Miles Bridges will see more minutes.|
|Wendell Carter Jr.||CHI||Thumb||3-6 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||1-2 Weeks||Anderson continues to miss games w/ a Shoulder injury and could be out for another few weeks. Justin Holiday and Bruno Caboclo will see more minutes.|
|Cody Zeller||CHA||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Zeller missed his last game w/ a minor Knee injury and if he needs to to sit out for another game, Willy Hernangomez and Frank Kaminsky will see more playing time.|
|Robert Covington||MIN||Ankle||No Timetable||Covington ia not healing and doesn't seem close to returning to action. He continues to sit out of practice. 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||No Timetable||Thompson will miss at least another few weeks of action. Ante Zizic will see more minutes. Kevin Love and Larry Nance Jr. (if healthy) will see more usage.|
|Trey Lyles||DEN||Hamstring||DAY TO DAY||Lyles could return for the Nuggets game on Thursday. Juancho Hernangomez and Mason Plumlee will see more minutes if he can't go.|
|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 continue to fill in.|
|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||2-3 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||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Ball's season is over. Rajon Rondo will run the point. Josh Hart will pick up a lot of minutes for the rest of the way.|
|Marcus Smart||BOS||Illness||DAY TO DAY||Smart may have to sit out of Thursday's game because he's sick. Terry Rozier and Gordon Hayward will help fill the void if Smart can't go.|
|DeMarre Carroll||BKN||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Expect this DTD tag to get lengthened in the next few days because hyper-extended Knee's take to heal. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Rodions Kurucs will see more playing time unti Carroll's ready to go.|
|Markieff Morris||OKC||Neck||DAY TO DAY||Morris could be looking at a multiple games on the shelf if his Neck is still not healed up. He's been having issues with it all season. Jerami Grant will pick up even more playing time if he has to sit for more games.|
|E'Twaun Moore||NO||Quad||1-2 Weeks||Moore can't shake this Quad injury that has hindered him this season. Ian Clark could pick up more minutes and Frank Jackson and Elfrid Payton 's usage will go up while Moore is out.|
|George Hill||MIL||Groin||1-2 Weeks||Hill continues to miss time w/ the injured Groin and Malcolm Brogdon will benefit and Donte DiVincenzo will steal some minutes.|
|Josh Hart||LAL||Knee||DAY TO DAY||There's a chance Hart has to sit for Thursday's game and if that's the case, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Alex Caruso will see more minutes. Rajon Rondo 's usage will go up.|
|Omari Spellman||ATL||Ankle||3-4 Weeks||Spellman has a badly sprained Ankle and his season could be over 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||1-4 Weeks||Mbah a Moute may not return this season. Montrezl Harrell , Wilson Chandler and JaMychal Green will see more minutes.|
|Mario Hezonja||NY||Leg||No Timetable||Hezonja has now missed the last month of action. Damyean Dotson and Allonzo Trier will benefit.|
|Rodney Hood||POR||Hip||DAY TO DAY||Hood's Hip is injured and Evan Turner and Maurice Harkless will see more minutes and usage. Jake Layman has earned his keep in the rotation and he could also benefit.|
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist||CHA||Knee||DAY TO DAY||MKG has missed his last two games and he hasn't been practicing. Miles Bridges will pick up more playing time while he's out.|
|Furkan Korkmaz||PHI||Knee||3-4 Weeks||Korkmaz just went through a Knee procedure and will need to miss the next few 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 and Larry Nance Jr. (when healthy) will see more playing time until he returns to action.|
|Lance Stephenson||LAL||Toe||DAY TO DAY||That Toe is still bothering Stephenson and if he has to miss more time, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Josh Hart (if healthy) will see more 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 , Bruno Caboclo Garrett Temple and Kyle Anderson (when healthy) will see more playing time.|
|Miles Plumlee||ATL||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Plumlee should be able to return in the next couple of games. Dewayne Dedmon and Alex Len will see more minutes even when he is able to return. He's on the outside looking into the 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 will miss his eigth straight game on Thursday. Dario Saric , Keita Bates-Diop and Josh Okogie will benefit w/ even more playing time.|
|Sterling Brown||MIL||Wrist||DAY TO DAY||Brown continues to miss 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||1-2 Weeks||Ntilikina is suffering from an injured Groin and Allonzo Trier and Damyean Dotson will see more minutes and usage.|
|Chandler Hutchison||CHI||Foot||1-2 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.|
|Shabazz Napier||BKN||Hamstring||DAY TO DAY||Napier has a sore Hamstring and Allen Crabbe and Caris LeVert will pick up more minutes until he's ready to return.|
|Daniel Theis||BOS||Illness||DAY TO DAY||Theis is Sick and may have to sit for a game and if that's the case Aron Baynes will see more minutes in the Celtics rotation.|
|Treveon Graham||BKN||Back||DAY TO DAY||Graham has missed his last five games w/ a Back injury and if he needs to miss more time, DeMarre Carroll (if healthy), Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Rodions Kurucs will see more minutes.|
|Torrey Craig||DEN||Shoulder||DAY TO DAY||Craig hurt his Shoulder earlier in the week and if he has to sit, Gary Harris and Will Barton will see more action on the court. Malik Beasley could benefit as well.|
|Sam Dekker||WSH||Back||DAY TO DAY||Dekker missed his last two games w/ a Back injury and if he needs more time off, Jabari Parker , Troy Brown Jr. and Jeff Green will see more minutes.|
|Alex Poythress||ATL||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Poythress has missed his last three games w/ a sprained Ankle 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 could make his return for Thursday's game, but, he's been getting inconsistent minutes in the Lakers rotation. Mike Muscala benefits a bit if he's out.|
|Matthew Dellavedova||CLE||Concussion||DAY TO DAY||Delly will miss his fourth straight game on Thursday meaning more minutes to go around for Collin Sexton , Jordan Clarkson and Brandon Knight could get into the mix.|
|Wes Iwundu||ORL||Toe||DAY TO DAY||Iwundu is dealing w/ a Toe injury and if he has to sit, Jonathan Isaac will see more playing time. Aaron Gordon could benefit as well although he has a huge role already.|
|Isaiah Briscoe||ORL||Knee||No Timetable||Briscoe just had a procedure on his Knee, but he hasn't been ruled out for the rest of the season yet. D.J. Augustin remains the starter and Jerian Grant will pick up minutes behind him.|
|Terrence Jones||HOU||Illness||DAY TO DAY||Jones is on the outside of the Rockets rotation looking in and he could be cut once his second 10-day contract expires. He's behind Kenneth Faried on the depth chart.|
|Alize Johnson||IND||Foot||No Timetable||Johnson barely plays and he's certainly on the outside of the Pacers rotation.|
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A. Iguodala - SG
Iguodala tallied 11 points (5-7 FG, 1-3 3Pt) three rebounds, one assist and two steals across 22 minutes in the Warriors' 112-89 win over the Pacers on Thursday.
The veteran had returned from a one-game absence on Tuesday versus the Timberwolves and posted a modest two points, along with six rebounds, five assists and one steal across 21 minutes. However, Thursday's scoring tally was his best since Feb. 12, the Warriors' last game before the All-Star break. Iguodala's minutes are virtually locked into the 20s each night, but his shot attempts continue to typically be capped in the single digits.
Added 9:10 am (EST)
D. Green - PF
Green turned in 10 points (4-5 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 1-1 FT), seven rebounds and five assists across 29 minutes in the Warriors' 112-89 win over the Pacers on Thursday.
With his quartet of prolific first-unit mates doing most of the heavy lifting on offense, Green turned in a prototypical solid complementary line. The veteran's most reliable contributions continue to come in non-scoring categories, although he's now managed a pair of 10-point tallies in the last three contests. However, as long as the rest of the starting five is healthy, Green's offensive involvement is is likely to be capped at single-digit shot attempts down the stretch.
Added 9:04 am (EST)
K. Thompson - SG
Thompson generated 18 points (7-18 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT), eight rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block across 29 minutes in the Warriors' 112-89 win over the Pacers on Thursday.
Thompson's night began rather abysmally, as he failed to find the net on his first seven attempts, five of them three-point tries. The veteran guard then found his stroke, going 7-for-11 the rest of the way. However, most of his success came from in front of the arc, as Thompson's success rate of 16.7 percent from distance was his worst since failing on all four shots from behind the arc versus the Clippers on Jan. 18. Despite the uneven night Thursday, Thompson remains heavily involved heading into the fantasy postseason, as he's taken no fewer than 18 attempts in any of the last 10 games.
Added 8:58 am (EST)
K. Durant - SF
Durant delivered 15 points (6-9 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six assists, three rebounds, three blocks and one steal across 28 minutes in the Warriors' 112-89 win over the Pacers on Thursday.
Durant contributed an efficient, well-balanced line in the wake of the shooting death of a childhood friend earlier in the day. The veteran played particularly inspired on the defensive end, posting only his second multi-block game of March. The 30-year-old also continued his red-hot shooting streak, one that's seen him drain at least 50.0 percent of his shots in five straight contests, a sample that now includes two tallies of 66.7 percent shooting. Durant's shot attempts usually fall somewhere under 20 when all five members of the starting five are healthy, but that volume has still helped lead to four tallies of more than 20 points, including one over 30, thus far this month.
Added 8:52 am (EST)
S. Curry - PG
Curry furnished 15 points (5-15 FG, 5-12 3Pt), seven assists, four rebounds and one steal across 29 minutes in the Warriors' 112-89 win over the Pacers on Thursday.
Curry's scoring contributions came exclusively from distance in what was a rather unusual statistical night for the sharpshooter. To begin with, all but three of Curry's points came in the third quarter. Additionally, the perennial All-Star failed to visit the free-throw line for the first time since a Jan. 28 contest against this same Pacers squad. Although he had a solid night from behind the arc, it was Curry's second sub-40-percent shooting night in the last three games, and his fourth of March overall. Even as he's occasionally scuffled, Curry is enjoying a productive month, eclipsing 20 points on six occasions, including a pair of tallies over 30.
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D. Cousins - C
Cousins (ankle) provided 19 points (8-12 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-5 FT), 11 rebounds, four assists and two blocks across 26 minutes in the Warriors' 112-89 win over the Pacers on Thursday.
Cousins returned from a two-game absence in fine fashion, posting his first double-double of March in the process. The veteran big man also eclipsed the 60.0 percent mark from the field for the second time in three games by taking all but one of his attempts from higher-percentage areas of the floor. Cousins' minutes have exceeded the 30-mark only once across seven contests during the current month, but his typical allotment of minutes in the high 20s is usually enough for him to churn out a strong return across the stat sheet.
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S. Mejri - C
Mejri produced two points, three rebounds, and three blocks in nine minutes during Thursday's 116-100 loss to Sacramento.
Mejri had three blocks in nine minutes Thursday but added just two points and three rebounds. As long as both Dwight Powell and Maxi Kleber are healthy, Mejri is going to find it difficult to see enough playing time to have value, even in the deepest of leagues. If you are desperate for blocks, he could be worth taking a flier on but there are likely going to be more reliable options available.
Added 5:31 am (EST)
M. Kleber - PF
Kleber compiled five points, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block in 33 minutes during Thursday's 116-100 loss to the Kings.
Kleber was back in the lineup after missing just one game with a wrist injury. He played 33 minutes and did not appear hampered by the injury. He ended with just five points but was able to contribute across the board, highlighting his ability to have value even without scoring. Kleber is going to play big minutes as long as he is healthy and should be considered for streaming purposes as opposed to a regular rotational spot.
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