NBA Injury Report: Week 23
Justin Fensterman goes around the league, providing critical information on every injured player, on every team.
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|Anthony Davis||NO||Back||DAY TO DAY||Davis missed his last game with a Back injury and if he has to miss more time, Jahlil Okafor will get more minutes and usage. Julius Randle 's usage will also go up. The Pelicans will limit Davis as much as they can.|
|Ben Simmons||PHI||Illness||DAY TO DAY||Simmons has a stomach bug and he missed his previous game on Monday night. He has until Thursday to recover or else T.J. McConnell will see more minutes with the rest of the Sixers Big 4 seeing increased usage.|
|Jusuf Nurkic||POR||Tibia/Fibula||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Nurkic's season is over and Enes Kanter and Zach Collins will pick up the bulk of the minutes left behind for the rest of the way.|
|Victor Oladipo||IND||Knee||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Oladipo will miss the rest of the season after tearing tendons in his Knee. Tyreke Evans 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||Core||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Holiday's season is over after having surgery. Frank Jackson (when healthy), Ian Clark , E'Twaun Moore (if healthy) and Elfrid Payton will see more usage.|
|Zach LaVine||CHI||Thigh||DAY TO DAY||LaVine continues to be hindered by his Thigh injury and he's missed his last three games. Shaq Harrison and Ryan Arcidiacono will play more until he returns.|
|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||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Teague is out for the rest of the season and because Derrick Rose is also out, Tyus Jones will see more playing time. Andrew Wiggins will see more shots.|
|Mike Conley||MEM||Thigh||DAY TO DAY||Conley may have to miss his second game in a row with a Thigh injury. Expect Delon Wright to pick up a lot of minutes if he can't go.|
|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.|
|Lauri Markkanen||CHI||Illness||DAY TO DAY||Markkanen got sick on Tuesday night and it's bad timing because the Bulls have a game on Wednesday. Wayne Selden , Antonio Blakeney and Brandon Sampson will pick up minutes and usage if he's out.|
|CJ McCollum||POR||Knee||No Timetable||He could return in a couple of weeks from now but the Blazers may want to be conservative and hold him out until the Playoffs. His status is up in the air. Rodney Hood and Seth Curry will pick up minutes.|
|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.|
|Nikola Mirotic||MIL||Thumb||1-3 Weeks||There's a chance Mirotic could be done for the rest of the season. The timetable is very confusing at this point and Ersan Ilyasova and D.J. Wilson will pick up minutes and usage.|
|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. He's likely done for the season.|
|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||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Rose is out for the resr of the season. Tyus Jones walks into a ton of playing time.|
|Otto Porter Jr.||CHI||Shoulder||No Timetable||Porter has a strained Rotator Cuff and his return to the floor is not looking good with only a few weeks left in the season. More minutes are coming for Shaq Harrison.|
|Wendell Carter Jr.||CHI||Thumb||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Carter is done. Robin Lopez is the primary fill in option. Cristiano Felicio and Lauri Markkanen will also help fill the void.|
|Kyle Anderson||MEM||Shoulder||No Timetable||Anderson continues to miss games w/ a Shoulder injury and could be out for the rest of the way. Justin Holiday and Bruno Caboclo will see more minutes.|
|Cody Zeller||CHA||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Zeller has missed his last eight games w/ a sore Knee and Willy Hernangomez , Bismack Biyombo and Frank Kaminsky will see more playing time if he continues to sit out.|
|Robert Covington||MIN||Ankle||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Covington's season is over. 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.|
|Trevor Ariza||WSH||Groin||DAY TO DAY||STUPID WIZARDS! Ariza's Groin wasn't anywhere close to 100 percent and they played him and he got hurt again and he'll now likely have to miss more games because of the Wizards stupidity. Jabari Parker will see more PT.|
|Malcolm Brogdon||MIL||Foot||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Brogdon's regular season is over as he's expected to miss six to eight weeks w/ a badly injured Foot. George Hill will play more when he's healthy. Eric Bledsoe , Khris Middleton and Nikola Mirotic 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. 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 (if healthy) will also pick up a few more minutes.|
|TJ Warren||PHX||Ankle||1-2 Weeks||Warren's Ankle needs more time to heal. Josh Jackson and Mikal Bridges and 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. Jerian Grant and 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.|
|Kelly Oubre Jr.||PHX||Thumb||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Oubre's season is over. Mikal Bridges and Josh Jackson (when healthy) will pick up minutes and usage.|
|Justise Winslow||MIA||Thigh||DAY TO DAY||Winslow has missed his last six games and James Johnson and Kelly Olynyk will pick up more minutes while Josh Richardson 's usage will go up.|
|Darren Collison||IND||Quad||DAY TO DAY||Collison is likely returning in his next game after missing the last three. Cory Joseph and Aaron Holiday will see an uptick in minutes if he needs more time out.|
|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 (if healthy) and Elfrid Payton 's usage will go up while Moore is out. He might be done!|
|Dennis Smith Jr.||NY||Back||DAY TO DAY||Smith has missed his last six games w/ an injured Back and Emmanuel Mudiay will pick up a lot of minutes while Damyean Dotson , Kevin Knox and Mario Hezonja will see their usage increase.|
|Noah Vonleh||NY||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Vonleh could be ready to return for his next game after missing his last five. If he sits, Kevin Knox and Mario Hezonja 's usage will go up. Lance Thomas will also pick up playing time.|
|Omari Spellman||ATL||Ankle||2-3 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 Mbah a Moute||LAC||Knee||1-3 Weeks||Mbah a Moute may not return this season. Montrezl Harrell , Wilson Chandler and JaMychal Green will see more minutes. His status has been hard to track and just when we thought he was close, he hasn't suited up.|
|Taj Gibson||MIN||Calf||DAY TO DAY||Gibson hasn't seen action in his last three games and Dario Saric , Anthony Tolliver and Josh Okogie will pick up more playing time. He could potentially return for his next game.|
|Jeremy Lamb||CHA||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Lamb hurt his Ankle on Tuesday night and if he has to miss time, Malik Monk and Devonte' Graham should see more minutes while Nicolas Batum (if healthy) and Miles Bridges will see an uptick in minutes.|
|Kris Dunn||CHI||Back||DAY TO DAY||Dunn missed his last game with a Back injury and if he needs more time on the shelf, Shaq Harrison and Ryan Arcidiacono will get more minutes.|
|Furkan Korkmaz||PHI||Knee||2-3 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||2-3 Weeks||Henson had Wrist surgery. Tristian Thompson, Ante Zizic and Larry Nance Jr. will see more playing time until he returns to action.|
|Tim Hardaway Jr.||DAL||Tibia||OUT FOR THE SEASON||THJ is done for the year and Jalen Brunson will pick up even more usage and they'll also rely on Justin Jackson and Maxi Kleber for scoring from beyond the paint.|
|Dillon Brooks||MEM||Toe||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Brooks will miss the rest of the season after having surgery on his Toe. Justin Holiday , Delon Wright , Avery Bradley and Kyle Anderson (when healthy) will see more playing time.|
|Miles Plumlee||ATL||Knee||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Plumlee's season is over. Dewayne Dedmon and Alex Len will see more minutes.|
|Tyler Johnson||PHX||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Johnson will miss his seventh straight game w/ a Knee injury and De'Anthony Melton has taken full advantage of the playing time that has fallen into his lap. Jamal Crawford will grab minutes.|
|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||No Timetable||Deng might be done for the year. Dario Saric , Keita Bates-Diop and Josh Okogie will benefit w/ even more playing time as the veteran may not return this season.|
|Nicolas Batum||CHA||Illness||DAY TO DAY||Batum hasn't played in three games and if he continues to be sidelined Miles Bridges will see the court more.|
|Frank Ntilikina||NY||Groin||No Timetable||Ntilikina is suffering from an injured Groin and Allonzo Trier (when healthy) and Damyean Dotson will see more minutes and usage.|
|Chandler Hutchison||CHI||Toe||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Hutchison is done for the year. Wayne Selden should will be more involved in the Bulls rotation.|
|Patrick Beverley||LAC||Hip||DAY TO DAY||Beverley injured his Hip on Tuesday and if he needs to miss games, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander , Landry Shamet (when healthy) and Lou Williams will pick up minutes.|
|Avery Bradley||MEM||Shin||DAY TO DAY||Bradley is dealing with a shin injury and he'll likely be out for another game or two and Justin Holiday and Delon Wright will pick up minutes and usage.|
|Allen Crabbe||BKN||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Crabbe has missed his last five games and if he needs more time on the shelf Joe Harris and De'Marre Carroll will pick up minutes and Caris LeVert will see his usage go up.|
|Kenneth Faried||HOU||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Faried missed his last game with a sore Knee and Danuel House and P.J. Tucker will grab more minutes if he needs more time off.|
|Rodney McGruder||MIA||Knee||DAY TO DAY||McGruder has missed five in a row and Dion Waiters and Josh Richardson will see more minutes and usage until he returns. Derrick Jones Jr. should get a little love as well.|
|Alex Poythress||ATL||Ankle||No Timetable||Poythress season could very well be over w/ a badly sprained Ankle. DeAndre Bembry and Alex Len will see more playing time.|
|Reggie Bullock||LAL||Foot||DAY TO DAY||Bullock has missed his last two games with a Foot injury and if he can't play in his next game, Alex Caruso and Kentavious-Caldwell Pope will see a minutes boost.|
|Matthew Dellavedova||CLE||Concussion||No Timetable||Delly is likely done for the season. Collin Sexton and Jordan Clarkson will play more and Brandon Knight will get into the mix.|
|Josh Jackson||PHX||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||There's a chance Jackson can return to action for Wednesday's game after missing his last two. If he has to sit, Mikal Bridges will pick up more PT.|
|Isaiah Briscoe||ORL||Knee||No Timetable||Briscoe 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.|
|Kevin Knox||NY||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Knox is dealing w an Ankle injury and if he needs to sit, Lance Thomas and Noah Vonleh will fill the void while Emmanuel Mudiay and Damyean Dotson will pick up usage.|
|Pau Gasol||MIL||Ankle||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Gasol is out for the rest of the regular season meaning more playing time for Brook Lopez , D.J. Wilson and Ersan Ilyasova .|
|CJ Miles||MEM||Foot||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Miles is dealing w/ a stress reaction in his Foot and we won't see him play again this season. Justin Holiday , Delon Wright and Avery Bradley (If healthy) will see more minutes for the rest of the season.|
|Dante Exum||UT||Knee||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Exum's Knee is partially torn and even though he hasn't been OFFICIALLY ruled out for the rest of the season, I can't see him returning this season. He might be able to return in the playoffs.|
|Donte DiVincenzo||MIL||Heel||OUT FOR THE SEASON||DiVincenzo's season is over. Tony Snell will get more minutes and George Hill will also pick up minutes.|
|Robert Williams III||BOS||Back||DAY TO DAY||Williams was sick last week and now he's dealing with a Back injury and he's missed his last two game. Daniel Theis will be the priority when it comes to back up minutes.|
|Joakim Noah||MEM||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Noah missed his last game with a sore Knee and if he needs to sit for more games, Jonas Valanciunas and Ivan Rabb will see more playing time.|
|Josh Hart||LAL||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Hart has missed his last three games with an injured Knee and Alex Caruso and Lance Stephenson will fill-in until he's ready to return.|
|Allonzo Trier||NY||Calf||DAY TO DAY||Trier missed his last three games with a Calf injury and if he needs to miss more time, Emmanuel Mudiay and Damyean Dotson will pick up more usage.|
|Gerald Green||HOU||Adductor||1-2 Weeks||While Green is out, expect Iman Shumpert to pick up minutes and with other options shifting around, it'll also benefit Eric Gordon and Austin Rivers .|
|Mike Muscala||LAL||Leg||DAY TO DAY||Muscala has missed his last three games with an injured Leg and if he has to miss more time, JaVale McGee and Tyson Chandler (If Healthy) will play more minutes. Kyle Kuzma may shift up to Center.|
|Landry Shamet||LAC||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Shamet missed his last game with an Ankle injury and if he needs to miss more time Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Garrett Temple will fill in for him.|
|James Ennis III||PHI||Quad||DAY TO DAY||Ennis missed his last game w/ a bruised Quad and that will translate to more T.J. McConnell and Jimmy Butler minutes if he has to miss more time.|
|Harry Giles III||SAC||Thigh||DAY TO DAY||Giles has missed his last three games and if he has to miss more time, Marvin Bagley III and Nemanja Bjelica will see more minutes.|
|OG Anunoby||TOR||Concussion||No Timetable||Anunoby is in the protocol and it's uncertain whether or not he'll be ready for his next game and if he has to sit, Danny Green and Norman Powell 's minutes and usage will increase.|
|Tyson Chandler||LAL||Illness||DAY TO DAY||Chandler is sick and missed his last game and with Mike Muscala also banged up, JaVale McGee will play more and Kyle Kuzma will have to handle center minutes if neither can play in their next game.|
|Mike Scott||PHI||Back||DAY TO DAY||Scott is dealing with Back tightness and if he has to miss any time, Jonah Bolden and Amir Johnson will play more minutes.|
|Frank Jackson||NO||Concussion||No Timetable||Jackson is in the protocol and if he has to miss games, Ian Clark will see more minutes. Elfrid Payton 's usage will go up even more.|
|Tony Snell||MIL||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Snell missed his last game with an Ankle injury and if he can't suit up for his next game, Pat Connaughton and Ersan Ilyasova will see more minutes and usage.|
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A. Johnson - SF
The Raptors have reached a deal with forward Alize Johnson.
The terms of the deal are not yet known. Johnson, a 24-year-old forward, spent the last two seasons with the Pacers where he made a combined 31 appearances. He's facing an uphill battle for playing time in Toronto.
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N. Mannion - PG
The Warriors have signed Nico Mannion to a two-way contract.
The Warriors signed Brad Wanamaker to be Stephen Curry's backup at PG, so Mannion will look to develop his skills in the G League. He's completely off the fantasy radar in re-draft formats.
Added 11:54 am (EST)
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T. Johnson - SG
The Nets have signed Tyler Johnson.
The deal is expected to be for the minimum. The Nets are rewarding Johnson for his strong showing in the bubble but he will head into camp on the outside of Brooklyn's stacked rotation.
Added 10:36 am (EST)
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J. Barea - PG
J.J. Barea will sign a one-year, $2.6M deal to return to Dallas.
The Mavs were always expected to bring back the veteran and Shams Charania of The Athletic notes that it is a guaranteed deal. Barea has lost a step and may not be a consistent part of the rotation as the Mavs have Jalen Brunson, Tyrell Terry and Trey Burke behind Luka Doncic.
Added 10:29 am (EST)
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F. Kaminsky - C
Frank Kaminsky has agreed to a one-year deal with the Kings.
Kaminsky will provide some emergency depth for Sacramento, but when the team is at full strength, he'll likely be collecting DNP-CDs.
Added Yesterday 4:28 pm (EST)
Added Yesterday 4:28 pm (EST)
K. Oubre - SF
Kelly Oubre said he did not feel mentally prepared to play in The Bubble coming off of knee surgery.
"My knee, obviously after I had surgery last season, COVID hit. I couldn’t go to rehab any more at the facility; I had to rehab from home," said Oubre. "I didn’t have anybody check on my knee. I didn’t get any MRIs after, like, the first three weeks of checkup time. It was just a lot of uncertainty... I just didn’t feel comfortable coming back from that injury when I didn’t have any time to really get my mind around how I was feeling." Oubre underwent the surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee in early-March, so while he wasn't mentally ready to play in The Bubble in August, he should be fine for this year's December 22 start date. He should be even better in his age-25 season, so he's looking like an excellent target in the 50-range.
Added Yesterday 3:29 pm (EST)
Added Yesterday 3:29 pm (EST)
C. Boucher - PF
Chris Boucher said that management made it clear to him that they want him to establish himself as an "everyday contributor" for the Raptors.
“I’ve been putting in work. I’ve been trying my best to just realize the game, slow the game down and kind of understand what I’m good at and what I’ve got to get better at,” Boucher said. “I’ve been in Toronto the whole summer just to make sure that I was working on my stuff and learning the game as much as I can. So it’s about the next step, and they always told me that and it’s to be an everyday contributor." Aron Baynes is likely going to start for the Raptors this upcoming season, but if Boucher can earn a Serge Ibaka-like role where he's seeing minutes in the upper-20s, he could be an elite fantasy asset. He just needs to beat out Alex Len for the reserve minutes.
Added Yesterday 3:18 pm (EST)
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D. Jeffries - SG
DaQuan Jeffries has reportedly agreed to a two-year, $3 million deal with the Kings.
Jeffries will help backup Harrison Barnes at the three-spot, but it's unlikely he'll earn enough minutes to impact fantasy hoops while the team is healthy. The first year of his contract is fully guaranteed, but Year-2 will be a team option for Sacramento.
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