NBA Injury Report: Playoffs Week 5
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|
|Kevin Durant||GSW||Calf||No Timetable||Durant escaped a major Achilles injury with a strained Calf and the Warriors will take it week by week in regards to when he'll return. He'll miss the rest of the series versus Houston. Andre Iguodala will get more minutes.|
|DeMarcus Cousins||GSW||Quad||No Timetable||Cousins WANTS to come back for 2019 NBA Playoffs but it's not looking good. He avoided surgery and until (if) he returns, Kevon Looney , Andrew Bogut and Jordan Bell should see more minutes.|
|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.|
|D.J. Wilson||MIL||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Wilson is dealing with a sprained Ankle but he'll have a few more days to rest it and if he needs to miss Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Ersan Ilyasova and Nikola Mirotic will see more minutes.|
|Kenneth Faried||HOU||Personal Reasons||DAY TO DAY||Faried was ruled out for game 5 of the second round and if needs to miss more time, Nene ' may pick up a few minutes. P.J. Tucker will be the biggest beneficiary.|
|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||No Timetable||We're saying there's a chance! Jones will start taking light contact in a few days and he may be able to return if the Warriors make the NBA Finals. Kevon Looney and Jordan Bell will see more minutes until he or Cousins returns.|
|Pau Gasol||MIL||Ankle||No Timetable||Gasol battled major health issues this season and he is still far away from returning to action meaning more playing time for Brook Lopez , D.J. Wilson (If Healthy) and Ersan Ilyasova .|
|Donte DiVincenzo||MIL||Heel||OUT FOR THE PLAYOFFS||DiVincenzo's season is over. Tony Snell will get more minutes and George Hill will also pick up minutes.|
|Chris Boucher||TOR||Back||DAY TO DAY||Boucher continues to get ruled out of games. His Back may not be as injured as we think but regardless, he's still not getting any love in the Raptors rotation.|
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A. Horford - PF
Horford has a sprained left hand and is questionable for Monday's game at Brooklyn, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
M. Brown - C
Brown was recalled by the Trail Blazers on Sunday, Jamie Goldberg of The Oregonian reports.
N. Bjelica - PF
Bjelica (ankle) scored 10 points (3-4 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT) to go with three rebounds, one assist and one steal in 33 minutes Saturday in the Kings' 123-101 loss to the Jazz.
S. Adams - C
Adams (knee) put up five points (1-7 FG, 3-4 FT) to go with nine rebounds and three assists in 24 minutes Saturday in the Thunder's 119-106 win over the Trail Blazers.
R. Rondo - PG
The Lakers list Rondo (finger) as questionable for Monday's game against the Celtics, Mike Trudell of the Lakers' official site reports.
A. Davis - PF
Davis (back) is questionable for Monday's game at Boston, Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com reports.
Davis has missed the last five contests due to a bruised glute muscle, though he's been listed as questionable for each game. According to Mike Trudell of the Lakers' official site, Davis didn't participate in the team's workout Sunday morning, which seemingly doesn't offer much hope that he'll put an end to his string of absences Monday. Kyle Kuzma would draw another start at power forward if Davis can't go.
Added 3:47 pm (EST)
D. Carroll - SF
Carroll (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Heat, Paul Garcia of ProjectSpurs.com reports.
K. Porzingis - PF
Porzingis (knee) practiced fully Sunday and hopes to play Tuesday against the Clippers, Mike Peasley of the Dallas Mavericks Radio Network reports.
The 24-year-old appeared set to return last Wednesday before being a late scratch, and his absence due to the knee injury currently sits at 10 straight games. The fact Porzingis practiced fully is a positive sign about his potential status for Tuesday's contest, but it's worth remaining somewhat skeptical given how recently he had a late change in his availability. More information should be available Monday when the Mavericks release their official injury report.
Added 2:35 pm (EST)