NBA Injury Report: Playoffs
Justin Fensterman goes around the league, providing critical information on every injured player, on every playoff team.
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|NAME||TEAM||INJURY||TIMETABLE TO RETURN||ANALYSIS|
|Joel Embiid||PHI||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Embiid is dealing w/ a sore Knee and he's missed his previous two games and there's a chance he'll have to miss game 1 of the first round. Jonah Bolden (if healthy), Amir Johnson and Boban Marjanovic could be in line for more PT.|
|Stephen Curry||GSW||Foot||DAY TO DAY||Curry is dealing w/ a small sprain in his Foot, but, it shouldn't hold him out of game 1 of the playoffs. If for some reason he's out, Quinn Cook and Shaun Livingston (if healthy) could see more minutes.|
|Blake Griffin||DET||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Griffin should not have to miss game 1 but the pain in his Knee won't go away. Thon Maker will see more minutes if he can't go.|
|Paul George||OKC||Shoulder||DAY TO DAY||George is dealing w/ a bit of a nagging pain in his Shoulder, but he shouldn't have to miss the first game of the playoffs.|
|Jusuf Nurkic||POR||Tibia/Fibula||OUT FOR THE PLAYOFFS||Nurkic is done 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 PLAYOFFS||Oladipo will miss the playoffs 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.|
|Al Horford||BOS||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Horford has been dealing w/ a sore Knee and it may limit him a bit early in the playoffs. If for some reason he's out, Aron Baynes (if healthy), Daniel Theis and Robert Williams could see more minutes.|
|JJ Redick||PHI||Back||DAY TO DAY||Redick missed his last two games but there hasn't been any reports of him being expected to miss game 1. Shake Milton and T.J. McConnell will see more minutes if he has to sit.|
|Ricky Rubio||UT||Quad||DAY TO DAY||Rubio missed his last three games with an injured Quad and if he can't make it back for game one, Donovan Mitchell , Royce O'Neale and Grayson Allen will help run the point.|
|Jimmy Butler||PHI||Back||DAY TO DAY||Butler is dealing w/ a sore Back and sat for his last game of the season. He should be active for game 1 but if for some reason he isn't, T.J. McConnell and James Ennis III will see more minutes and usage.|
|Joe Harris||BKN||Foot||DAY TO DAY||Harris missed his last game w/ a sore Foot and if for some reason he has to miss game 1, Caris LeVert and DeMarre Carroll will see more minutes.|
|Nikola Mirotic||MIL||Thumb||DAY TO DAY||There's a chance that Mirotic could be activated for game 1. He may be on a minutes restriction for the first game of the series. Ersan Ilyasova and D.J. Wilson will pick up minutes and usage if he can't go.|
|Marcus Smart||BOS||Oblique||4-6 Weeks||Smart will need to miss time w/ a torn Oblique and Terry Rozier and Jaylen Brown will pick up minutes and usage. The Celtics will have to make it to the Eastern Conference Finals for any shot to see Smart again.|
|Jonathan Isaac||ORL||Concussion||No Timetable||He's in the protocol and is hoping to get cleared for game 1. Aaron Gordon and Wes Iwundu will see more minutes if Isaac isn't cleared.|
|Dejounte Murray||SAS||Torn ACL||OUT FOR THE PLAYOFFS||Murray is out for the 2018-2019 playoffs. Patty Mills , Derrick White and Bryn Forbes will see a ton of minutes.|
|Malcolm Brogdon||MIL||Foot||2-3 Weels||Brogdon will miss at least the first round of the playoffs. It's not a lock that he makes it back at the start of the second round. George Hill will play more and Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton 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.|
|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 is unlikely to play in the playoffs.|
|Aron Baynes||BOS||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Baynes has been a bit hobbled w/ a sore Ankle and if he has to miss game 1 of the playoffs, Robert Williams will see more playing time.|
|James Ennis III||PHI||Quad||1-3 Weeks||Ennis will likely have to sit for most of the first round of the playoffs clearing space for Jonathon Simmons to get more minutes. T.J. McConnell should also benefit.|
|Jonah Bolden||PHI||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Bolden is dealing with a minor Knee injury and if he has to sit for game 1, Amir Johnson and Boban Marjanovic will see more minutes.|
|Raul Neto||UT||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Neto has missed his last four games with an Ankle injury and if he needs to miss more time, Royce O'Neale and Grayson Allen will see more minutes.|
|Shaun Livingston||GSW||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Livingston has been dealing with an nagging Knee injury and if he has to sit for game 1, Quinn Cook will see more minutes.|
|Damian Jones||GSW||Shoulder||OUT FOR THE PLAYOFFS||He's out for the playoffs until we're told otherwise. There's been no indication that he's close to returning. DeMarcus Cousins and Kevon Looney will see more minutes.|
|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.|
|Timofey Mozgov||ORL||Knee||OUT FOR THE PLAYOFFS||Mozgov will be listed as out for the playoffs until we're told differently. He's been on this injury report all season. Khem Birch has a shot to grab a few minutes because of this situation.|
|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.|
|Dante Cunningham||SAS||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Cunningham doesn't get a lot of love in the rotation and if he has to sit for game 1, Davis Bertans will see more minutes.|
|Wesley Matthews||IND||Toe||DAY TO DAY||Matthews is dealing w/ an injured Toe and it wouldn't be surprising to see him inactive or on a minutes restriction for game 1. Aaron Holiday and Tyreke Evans should see more minutes and usage until he returns.|
|Allen Crabbe||BKN||Knee||No Timetable||Crabbe needs more time on the shelf after having a Knee procedure. He'll likely miss the playoffs. Joe Harris and DeMarre Carroll will pick up minutes and Caris LeVert will see his usage go up.|
|Pau Gasol||MIL||Ankle||OUT FOR THE PLAYOFFS||Gasol battled major health issues this season and can't see him being active for the playoffs meaning more playing time for Brook Lopez , D.J. Wilson and Ersan Ilyasova .|
|Dante Exum||UT||Knee||No Timetable||Exum's Knee is partially torn and even though he hasn't been OFFICIALLY ruled out for the playoffs, it'll be hard to see him come back and have a legit role on this team. Ricky Rubio , Royce O'Neale and Raul Neto benefit.|
|Donte DiVincenzo||MIL||Heel||OUT FOR THE PLAYOFFS||DiVincenzo's season is over. Tony Snell (when healthy) will get more minutes and George Hill will also pick up minutes.|
|Kyle Korver||UT||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Korver keeps missing games with a sore Knee and Jae Crowder and Royce O'Neale should see more minutes and usage.|
|Patrick McCaw||TOR||Thumb||No Timetable||McCaw's is in jeopardy of missing the playoffs 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?|
|Tony Snell||MIL||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Snell has missed all of April thus far with an Ankle injury and if he can't suit up for game 1, Pat Connaughton and Ersan Ilyasova will see more minutes and usage.|
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J. Lamb - SG
Lamb (ankle) is out for Saturday's game against the Bucks.
S. Napier - PG
Napier (hamstring) is out Friday against Washington, Danny Cunningham of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities reports.
J. Bell - C
Bell (shoulder) is available for Friday's game against Washington, Chris Hine of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
C. Anthony - SF
Anthony (coach's decision) isn't expected to make his Portland debut until Tuesday against the Pelicans at the earliest, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
K. Irving - PG
Irving is questionable for Saturday's game against the Bulls due to a shoulder injury, Anthony Puccio of NetsDaily.com reports.
B. Griffin - PF
Griffin will start Friday's game against the Hornets, Keith Langlois of the Pistons' official site reports.
T. Snell - SG
Snell (hip) is starting Friday's game against the Hornets, Keith Langlois of the Pistons' official site reports.
J. Teague - PG
Teague (illness) is starting Friday's game against Washington, Dane Moore of ZoneCoverage.com reports.