NBA Injury Report: Playoffs Week 2
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 playing through pain and he'll continue to do so with his minutes being watched carefully. Jonah Bolden and Boban Marjanovic could be in line for more PT.|
|DeMarcus Cousins||GSW||Quad||5-6 Weeks||Cousins may or may not make it back for the 2019 NBA Playoffs, but, he avoided surgery and until (if) he returns, Kevon Looney , Andrew Bogut and Jordan Bell should see more minutes.|
|Blake Griffin||DET||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Griffin has now missed both of his first round games and it's uncertain whether or not he'll make it back for the round at all. Thon Maker will see more minutes if he can't go.|
|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.|
|Marcus Smart||BOS||Oblique||3-5 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.|
|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||1-3 Weeks||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.|
|OG Anunoby||TOR||Appendectomy||No Timetable||It normally takes a little under a month to get back in gear after having an Appendectomy and Norman Powell will see more playing time until he returns to action.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Hamidou Diallo||OKC||Elbow||4-5 Weeks||Diallo just had surgery on his Elbow and his playoff return seems unlikely and that will give the Thunder more reasons to keep Terrence Ferguson on the court.|
|Patrick McCaw||TOR||Thumb||DAY TO DAY||McCaw may return in game three of his series. If he can't go Norman Powell will pick up even more playing time. Fred VanVleet should see an increase in usage and Jodie Meeks should get minutes as well.|
|Tony Snell||MIL||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Snell continues to miss games even though he is practicing a bit. Pat Connaughton and Sterling Brown will see more minutes and usage.|
|Svi Mykhailiuk||DET||Finger||3-5 Weeks||Mykhailiuk had surgery on his Finger and he likely won't return even if the Pistons went on the greatest playoff run ever at this point. He was on the outside looking into the rotation. Ish Smith is the back up guard.|
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C. Wood - PF
Wood was waived by the Pelicans on Monday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
J. Smith - SG
Smith was waived by Cleveland on Monday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
M. Oni - SG
Oni signed a contract with the Jazz on Monday, Andy Larsen of the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
J. Okogie - SG
Okogie's (lower leg) status for Monday's Las Vegas Summer League title game is unclear, Darren Wolfson of Skor North reports.
B. Simmons - PG
Simmons agreed to a five-year, $170 million max contract with the Sixers on Monday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
The two sides have reportedly been working on the deal for several weeks, and the Sixers now have another core piece locked up for the foreseeable future. While Simmons has faced heavy criticism for his lack of a jumpshot, the soon-to-be-23-year-old remains one of the better all-around young players in the league, with his size and physicality presenting matchup issues for opponents. A first-time-All-Star last season, Simmons appeared in 79 games and posted averages of 16.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, 7.7 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.8 blocks per contest.
Added Yesterday 1:44 pm (EST)
A. Iguodala - SG
Both the Rockets and Clippers have demonstrated interest in trading for Iguodala, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
D. Robinson - SF
The Heat have fully guaranteed Robinson's contract for the 2019-20 season, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reports.
H. Ellenson - PF
Ellenson agreed Monday with the Nets on a two-way contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.