NBA Injury Report: Week 24
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 continues to be held out of games because of a "Back" injury. 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.|
|LeBron James||LAL||Groin||OUT FOR THE SEASON||The Lakers have nothing to play for and James is done. Kyle Kuzma (when healthy) becomes the top scoring option and Kentavious-Caldwell Pope and Lance Stephenson will pick up minutes for the rest of the way.|
|Blake Griffin||DET||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Griffin could make his return to the court on Wednesday after missing his last two games. Thon Maker will see more minutes if he can't go.|
|Luka Doncic||DAL||Thigh||DAY TO DAY||There's a chance that Doncic can return on Wednesday after missing his last two games. Trey Burke will see more minutes and usage if he can't go. Dorian Finney-Smith and Jalen Brunson will be relied on more.|
|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'll miss his seventh straight game on Wednesday. Shaq Harrison and Ryan Arcidiacono will play more until he returns.|
|Kevin Love||CLE||Shoulder||DAY TO DAY||Love missed his last two games w/ a sore Shoulder and if he has to miss more time, Larry Nance Jr. , Ante Zizic , Cedi Osman and Tristan Thompson will see an uptick in usage.|
|Jimmy Butler||PHI||Back||DAY TO DAY||Butler is dealing w/ a sore Back and if he has to miss Wednesday's game, T.J. McConnell and James Ennis III will see more minutes and usage.|
|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.|
|Deandre Ayton||PHX||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Ayton will miss his second straight game on Wednesday and Richaun Holmes will see a lot of minutes. Dragan Bender should get some love in the rotation too.|
|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||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Conley will likely have to miss his second game in a row with an Ankle 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 Alex Caruso will see more minutes.|
|Lauri Markkanen||CHI||Chest||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Markkanen went through testing regarding his Heart rate and he's being held out for the rest of the way. Wayne Selden , Antonio Blakeney and Brandon Sampson will pick up minutes and usage.|
|CJ McCollum||POR||Knee||No Timetable||McCollum will miss his ninth game in a row on Wednesday. The Blazers may want to be conservative and hold him out until the Playoffs. Rodney Hood and Seth Curry will pick up minutes.|
|Khris Middleton||MIL||Groin||DAY TO DAY||Middleton missed his last two games w/ a Groin injury and if he has to sit for more games, Ersan Ilyasova (If healthy) and Pat Connaughton will see more minutes.|
|Jaren Jackson Jr.||MEM||Quad||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Jackson's season is over. Ivan Rabb and Chandler Parsons will continue to benefit by seeing more minutes and usage.|
|Nikola Mirotic||MIL||Thumb||No Timetable||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 (If healthy) 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 season appears to be over. Thomas Bryant and Bobby Portis will see more minutes.|
|Jonas Valanciunas||MEM||Ankle||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Valanciunas is done for the season and Ivan Rabb will see a lot of minutes for the rest of the way and Joakim Noah (when healthy) will pick up minutes.|
|Kyle Kuzma||LAL||Foot||DAY TO DAY||Kuzma has missed his last two games with an injured Foot and if he needs more time off, Mike Muscala will see more. Mo Wagner should see a major uptick in minutes as well.|
|Josh Richardson||MIA||Heel||DAY TO DAY||Richardson has missed his last three games and if he has to miss more time, Derrick Jones Jr. (if healthy), Dion Waiters and Dwayne Wade will see more playing time.|
|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 week left in the season. More minutes are coming for Shaq Harrison and Wayne Selden .|
|Wendell Carter Jr.||CHI||Thumb||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Carter is done. Robin Lopez is the primary fill in option. Cristiano Felicio will also help fill the void.|
|Kyle Anderson||MEM||Shoulder||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Anderson is done for the rest of the way. Justin Holiday and Bruno Caboclo will see more minutes.|
|Cody Zeller||CHA||Knee||No Timetable||Zeller has miss games and practices 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||No Timetable||Trevor Ariza 's return is not looking good and Jabari Parker , Jeff Green and Troy Brown Jr. will see more PT.|
|Malcolm Brogdon||MIL||Foot||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Brogdon's regular season is over. George Hill will play more and Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton (when healthy) 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. 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||No Timetable||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. Alex Caruso will pick up more minutes.|
|Kelly Oubre Jr.||PHX||Thumb||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Oubre's season is over. Mikal Bridges and Josh Jackson will pick up minutes and usage.|
|Justise Winslow||MIA||Thigh||DAY TO DAY||Winslow may return on Wednesday. James Johnson and Kelly Olynyk will pick up more minutes if he can’t go.|
|Darren Collison||IND||Groin||DAY TO DAY||Collison will miss his second straight game on Wednesday. Cory Joseph , Tyreke Evans and Aaron Holiday will see an uptick in minutes.|
|E'Twaun Moore||NO||Quad||No Timetable||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's Backwon't heal and he will likely have to miss his second straight game 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 is set to be re-evaluated in the next day or two. 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||No Timetable||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||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Mbah a Moute is done. Montrezl Harrell , Wilson Chandler and JaMychal Green will see more minutes.|
|Taj Gibson||MIN||Calf||DAY TO DAY||Gibson may not return this season as this Calf injury is lingering and Dario Saric , Anthony Tolliver and Josh Okogie will pick up more playing time.|
|Dewayne Dedmon||ATL||Ankle||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Dedmon's season is over and Alex Len will see a lot of minutes in the final week of action. John Collins picks up usage as well.|
|Derrick Favors||UT||Back||DAY TO DAY||Favors will miss his second straight game on Wednesday and Jae Crowder will see more minutes while Joe Ingles will see more usage. Royce O'Neale might be able to steal a few minutes as well.|
|Marcus Morris||BOS||Knee||DAY TO DAY||If Morris has to miss action because of a sore Knee, Daniel Theis and Arron Baynes should see more minutes in the rotation. Robert Williams could find himself playing a bigger role.|
|Taurean Prince||ATL||Foot||DAY TO DAY||Prince has missed his last three games with an injured Foot and if he has to miss more time, Kevin Huerter and DeAndre Bembry will see more minutes and Kent Bazemore will pick up more usage.|
|Marvin Williams||CHA||Foot||DAY TO DAY||Williams is likely out on Wednesday meaning Miles Bridges and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist should see more minutes.|
|Jaylen Brown||BOS||Back||DAY TO DAY||There's a good chance that Brown will have to miss his second game in a row on Wednesday and Gordon Hayward and Marcus Smart should see more action.|
|Kris Dunn||CHI||Back||DAY TO DAY||Dunn will likely miss his fifth straight game on Wednesday with a Back injury. Shaq Harrison and Ryan Arcidiacono will get more minutes.|
|Furkan Korkmaz||PHI||Knee||No Timetable||It's uncertain when we'll see Korkmaz again. 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||No Timetable||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 and Avery Bradley will see more playing time.|
|Miles Plumlee||ATL||Knee||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Plumlee's season is over. Alex Len will see more minutes.|
|Tyler Johnson||PHX||Knee||No Timetable||Johnson may be done for the rest of the way 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 continue to miss 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.|
|Wesley Matthews||IND||Hamstring||DAY TO DAY||Matthews will miss his second straight game on Wednesday and Aaron Holiday and Tyreke Evans should see more minutes and usage until he returns.|
|Frank Ntilikina||NY||Groin||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Ntilikina is done and Emmanuel Mudiay , 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 may have to sit for Wednesday's game. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander , Landry Shamet and Lou Williams will pick up minutes.|
|Avery Bradley||MEM||Shin||No Timetable||Bradley is dealing with a shin injury and he might be done for the year. Justin Holiday and Delon Wright will pick up minutes and usage.|
|Allen Crabbe||BKN||Knee||No Timetable||Crabbe needs more time on the shelf. Joe Harris and DeMarre Carroll will pick up minutes and Caris LeVert will see his usage go up.|
|Luke Kennard||DET||Foot||DAY TO DAY||It’s looking like Kennard will have to miss his second straight game with a sore Foot and Wayne Ellington will see more shots and even Reggie Jackson and Langston Galloway should see more usage.|
|Rodney McGruder||MIA||Knee||DAY TO DAY||McGruder may be able to make it back for Wednesday's game. Dion Waiters and Derrick Jones Jr. (If healthy) will see more minutes if he can't go.|
|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.|
|Darius Miller||NO||Groin||No Timetable||It's uncertain whether or not we'll see Miller return this season especially with the Pelicans having nothing to play for. Ian Clark , Elfrid Payton and Christian Wood will see more minutes and usage.|
|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.|
|Derrick Jones Jr.||MIA||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Jones has had a couple of Knee injuries this season and he'll miss Wednesday's game and Dion Waiters will be the biggest beneficiary. Dwayne Wade will see more shots.|
|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.|
|Ersan Ilyasova||MIL||Back||DAY TO DAY||Ilyasova missed his last game with a Back injury and if needs to miss more time, D.J. Wilson and Pat Connaughton will see more minutes.|
|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 (if healthy)|
|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 (when healthy) will get more minutes and George Hill will also pick up minutes.|
|Kadeem Allen||NY||Concussion||No Timetable||Allen is in the protocol and Emmanuel Mudiay and Damyean Dotson will see more minutes until he is ready to return.|
|Joakim Noah||MEM||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Noah may return for Wednesday's game and if he needs to sit for more games, Chandler Parsons and Ivan Rabb will see more playing time.|
|Josh Hart||LAL||Knee||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Hart is done and Alex Caruso and Lance Stephenson will fill-in for the rest of the way.|
|Allonzo Trier||NY||Calf||DAY TO DAY||Trier may return on Wednesday, but, if he needs to miss more time, Emmanuel Mudiay and Damyean Dotson will pick up more usage.|
|Gerald Green||HOU||Groin||No Timetable||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 .|
|Kyle Korver||UT||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Korver will miss his second straight game on Wednesday with a sore Knee and Jae Crowder and Royce O'Neale should see more minutes and usage.|
|Patrick McCaw||TOR||Thumb||OUT FOR THE SEASON||McCaw's season is done and Norman Powell will pick up even more playing time. Fred VanVleet should see a usage increase and could Jodie Meeks even get a little action?|
|Harry Giles III||SAC||Thigh||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Giles is done and Marvin Bagley III , Harrison Barnes and Nemanja Bjelica will see more minutes.|
|OG Anunoby||TOR||Concussion||No Timetable||Anunoby is in the protocol and it's uncertain when we'll see him back on the court. Danny Green and Norman Powell 's minutes and usage will increase.|
|Tyson Chandler||LAL||Illness||DAY TO DAY||Chandler has the Flu and it's kept him out for his last five games. JaVale McGee and Mike Muscala will play more.|
|Frank Jackson||NO||Concussion||No Timetable||Jackson is in the protocol and he may not return this season. 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 four games with an Ankle injury and if he can't suit up for his next game, Pat Connaughton and Ersan Ilyasova (If Healthy) will see more minutes and usage.|
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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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A. Iguodala - SG
Andre Iguodala shot 5-of-5 from the field in Sunday's series-clinching win, hitting four 3-pointers to score a season-high 15 points with three rebounds, two steals, one assist and zero turnovers in 28 minutes.
The Celtics dared Iguodala to shoot and he made them pay for their disrespect. He hadn't scored double-digit points since August 8, so fantasy managers could be forgiven for not anticipating this outbreak. It's a good reminder that the versatile 36-year-old can still light it up in the right situation. Expect him to play a key role in the Finals.
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M. Smart - SG
Marcus Smart scored 20 points during the Celtics' 125-113 Game 6 defeat on Sunday.
Smart opened the game 4-of-5 from deep, then went ice cold with zero makes on his final eight attempts from deep. His defensive impact is unimpeachable, but he'll need to be a more consistent scoring threat to push Boston to the next level in 2020-21. He hit 2.3 triples this year, so there's hope, but he also shot 38.0% from the field overall.
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J. Brown - SG
Jaylen Brown tweaked his left ankle on Sunday, but kept playing to finish with a team-high 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting, three 3-pointers, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals in 40 minutes.
Brown was undercut by Jimmy Butler on a layup attempt. No foul was called, but it was an obvious violation -- the good news is that Brown looked OK despite the collision. He's an emerging star who will cost fantasy managers a pick in the 30-40 range next season. Given that the Celtics are off until the start of 2020-21, there's no need to put Brown on the injury report.
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J. Tatum - PF
Jayson Tatum struggled in 44 minutes during the Celtics' season-ending loss on Sunday, scoring 24 points on 9-of-26 shooting with 11 assists, seven rebounds, two steals and one block.
The dimes were a career high for Tatum, so it's not as though he face-planted in this loss. His shots just weren't falling against an excellent defense. He's proven himself as an emerging superstar all season, and at 22 years of age he's only trending up. Fantasy managers are unlikely to get him after the first round.
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M. Beasley - SG
Updating an earlier post, Malik Beasley has been released from jail and no official charges have been filed at this time according to The Athletic.
Sunday morning it was reported by The Athletic that Beasley was arrested on charges of marijuana possession and receiving and concealing stolen property (weapons), and he was being held in Hennepin County Jail without bail. Since then the Timberwolves guard has been released from jail, and no official charges have been filed at this time. "At the time of the incident, multiple individuals were present at the residence," Steven Haney, Beasley's attorney, told The Athletic in a statement. "The allegations against Malik will be defended vigorously."
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