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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T. Haliburton - PG
Tyrese Haliburton bounced back during Friday's win vs. New York, making 7-of-13 shots with two 3-pointers for 16 points, five rebounds, four blocks, two assists and two steals.
Yes, four blocks. Haliburton has been a bright spot in an otherwise dreary start to the season for Sacramento, and fantasy GMs have reveled in unexpected mid-round production. His playmaking has been sharp, with 5.1 dimes vs. 1.4 turnovers, and his efficiency (50.0% FGs, 81.8% FTs) can't be faulted -- particularly for a rookie. This performance busts him out of a mini-slump, as he came in shooting 7-of-21 (33.3%) over his previous three games. After tonight's victory, the Kings enjoy a rare four-day break in the schedule prior to Wednesday's game in Orlando.
Added 1:14 am (EST)
R. Holmes - C
Richaun Holmes tied his career high with six blocks during Friday's win vs. the Knicks, adding 10 points and 14 rebounds in his third double-double of the season.
Holmes also blocked six shots just a few weeks ago vs. the Pacers. He continues to play at a career-best clip, even logging 37 minutes without any turnovers tonight. He didn't have any assists or steals, either, but fantasy managers won't complain. He's outperforming expectations as a top-50 guy in most formats, and Hassan Whiteside (hip) doesn't pose a real threat at this point.
Added 1:13 am (EST)
Harrison Barnes had 21 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, two 3-pointers and one steal in a 103-94 win vs. the Knicks on Friday.
Barnes shot 5-of-13 from the field but that was the only mark against him. He was a perfect 9-of-9 at the charity stripe and didn't commit a single turnover, which has been a plus for him throughout his nine-year career (1.2 turnovers in 31.3 minutes per game). His field goal percentage (48.5%), rebounds (6.3) and assists (3.1) are all at career-best levels, as he's embracing a more central offensive role than he's had in the past. That role has yielded top-100 value in almost any format, and shows no signs of abating.
Added 1:12 am (EST)
Obi Toppin had six points, five rebounds and one assist in 12 minutes vs. the Kings on Friday.
Since returning from a strained right calf, Toppin has averaged 4.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.3 steals and 0.5 blocks in six games. He's yet to play more than 17 minutes during that span, so deep-league managers will need plenty of patience -- and should keep him on the bench until his role increases.
Added 1:12 am (EST)
J. Randle - PF
The Knicks lost the second half of their back-to-back set on Friday, despite Julius Randle's 26 points, 15 rebounds and four assists.
Randle shot 8-of-17 from the field, but the surprise came at the free throw line, where he shot 10-of-11. That raises him to a career-best 91-of-114 (79.8%) from the stripe, a number that's helped propel him to early-round value in 8-cat and 9-cat. Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau also loves him, which is perhaps as important as anything else Randle is doing. "He's always been a great worker, so that sets a great tone for how we're going to go about our business," Thibodeau said. There's no reason Randle can't maintain his production as a focal point of New York's attack.
Added 1:11 am (EST)
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T. Gibson - PF
Taj Gibson was a healthy DNP-CD on Friday.
The Knicks seem to have added Gibson for locker room and veteran-leadership purposes, rather than anything he can do on the court. That won't change while Mitchell Robinson and Nerlens Noel are healthy.
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N. Jokic - C
Nikola Jokic collected 31 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in an overtime road win on Friday, making 15-of-27 FGs with one 3-pointer in 40 minutes.
Jokic added three steals including a clincher late in OT, and yet again flirted with a triple-double. "It's just like watching a surgeon pick somebody apart," coach Michael Malone said. "Nikola is a first-ballot Hall of Famer. He is the best center in the world." Opposing coach Monty Williams seems to agree, saying before the Suns' tough loss, "Some of the stuff you see on tape with [Jokic], you just rewind it because you're trying to see what he saw before he made the pass. You don't see it in real time." He's an early MVP candidate in both reality and fantasy, where he leads everyone in 8-cat, 9-cat and points league scoring. Simply amazing.
Added 1:02 am (EST)
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M. Morris - PG
Monte Morris scored 17 points during Friday's overtime win in Phoenix, making 6-of-10 field goals and 4-of-4 free throws in 32 minutes.
Morris also had three dimes, three rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer, satisfying all but the most demanding fantasy managers. He keyed an impressive third quarter for the Nuggets and remains the engine of the second unit, though he could get increased competition if Will Barton gets bumped to the bench by Michael Porter Jr., who returned on Friday.
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