NBA Injury Report: November 28
Justin Fensterman goes around the league, providing critical information on every injured player, on every team.
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|NAME||TEAM||INJURY||TIMETABLE TO RETURN||ANALYSIS|
|Kevin Durant||BKN||Achilles||No Timetable||Durant is likely out for the season, but, depending on where the Nets end up in the standings, a return in early April could be on the table. Taurean Prince will benefit most along with Joe Harris with Durant out.|
|Stephen Curry||GSW||Hand||No Timetable||After having surgery on his Hand, Curry will miss the next few months of action. D'Angelo Russell (when healthy) becomes the top shooting option and reserves such as Alec Burks and Ky Bowman will see more minutes.|
|John Wall||WSH||Achilles||No Timetable||Wall is very likely out for the entire season even though he's been rehabing from a torn Achilles. Isaiah Thomas and Ish Smith will run the point for the Wizards.|
|Klay Thompson||GSW||Knee||No Timetable||It hasn't been confirmed that we won't see Thompson play this season but we won't see him until late March, early-April at the earliest. Glenn Robinson III and Jordan Poole will pick up more minutes for the season.|
|DeMarcus Cousins||LAL||Knee||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Cousins tore his ACL in the offseason and we won't see him suit up this season. Dwight Howard and JaVale McGee will pick up his minutes this season.|
|Victor Oladipo||IND||Knee||2-4 Weeks||The question is whether or not Oladipo makes it back to the court before the end of 2019? Malcolm Brogdon becomes the prioritized scorer and Jeremy Lamb and Justin Holiday will fill in early on.|
|Nikola Vucevic||ORL||Ankle||3-4 Weeks||With Vucevic out, Khem Birch and Mohamed Bamba will split the open minutes. Jonathan Isaac benefits indirectly especially if Aaron Gordon needs to miss time.|
|Jimmy Butler||MIA||Illness||DAY TO DAY||Butler sat for Wednesday's game because he was sick and if he needs to sit again Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson will see more playing time.|
|D'Angelo Russell||GSW||Ankle||1-2 Weeks||Russell is back on the shelf again with an Ankle injury and while he's out Alec Burks and Ky Bowman will fill in a PG with Stephen Curry still sidelined.|
|Kyrie Irving||BKN||Shoulder||DAY TO DAY||Irving is getting almost ready and could potentially return next game. Spencer Dinwiddie will be the biggest beneficiary and Joe Harris will also see more minutes with Caris LeVert also out.|
|Jusuf Nurkic||POR||Leg||No Timetable||It's hard to tell whether or not we'll see Nurkic take the court this season after suffering a terrible Leg injury. March is possible, but even the Blazers aren't ready to commit to that. Hassan Whiteside will start in his place.|
|Zion Williamson||NO||Knee||2-3 Weeks||Williamson's regular season debut could happen before the end of 2019. Jahlil Okafor and Nicolo Melli will pick up more minutes until he's ready. Brandon Ingram 's usage also goes up.|
|De'Aaron Fox||SAC||Ankle||No Timetable||We don't know when we'll see Fox again as he deals with a terribly sprained Ankle. From the minutes side, Cory Joseph should benefit the most, but this injury should also open up more shots for Bogdan Bogdanovic .|
|Marvin Bagley III||SAC||Thumb||1-2 Weeks||Bagley could be a week away and while he's out expect more minutes and usage fron Harrison Barnes and Nemanja Bjelica . Dewayne Dedmon and Harry Giles shouild see his minutes pick up as well a little bit.|
|Kyle Lowry||TOR||Thumb||DAY TO DAY||Lowry is on the verge of making a return. Fred VanVleet will fill in and spend a lot of time running the point. If the Raptors need another option, they could rely on Norman Powell to help.|
|Clint Capela||HOU||Illness||DAY TO DAY||The Concussion issues are behind Capela, but now he's sick and had to miss his previous game. Tyson Chandler will fill in if Capela needs another game off.|
|Gordon Hayward||BOS||Hand||4-5 Weeks||Hayward had to have surgery on his Hand and he'll miss multiple weeks. Jaylen Brown 's usage will rise and Marcus Smart will see more minutes and more shots until Hayward returns.|
|Lonzo Ball||NO||Illness||DAY TO DAY||Ball missed his previous game because he was sick and if he needs to miss another game Frank Jackson and Josh Hart will help fill the void.|
|Aaron Gordon||ORL||Ankle||No Timetable||We're unsure when Gordon will return, but it's likely that he will be out for at least a few more games. Jonathan Isaac 's usage goes up and Wes Iwundu should see more minutes.|
|DeAndre Jordan||BKN||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Jordan has missed his last two games with an Ankle injury and Jarrett Allen will continue to see his minutes go up if Jordan continues to sit.|
|Caris LeVert||BKN||Thumb||2-4 Weeks||With LeVert out and having surgery on his Thumb, expect more minutes and production from Joe Harris and Taurean Prince . Spencer Dinwiddie should benefit as well indrectly.|
|Serge Ibaka||TOR||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Ibaka is getting closer to making a return but he's still not pain free. Marc Gasol and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will see more minutes.|
|Aron Baynes||PHX||Hip||DAY TO DAY||Baynes has missed his last five games with a Hip injury and if he needs more time off, Frank Kaminsky and Dario Saric will fill in.|
|Zach Collins||POR||Shoulder||14-16 Weeks||Collins will be out for multiple months and Carmelo Anthony and Anthony Tolliver will fill the void. They do have Mario Hezonja , but he can't match up against low-post players.|
|Cody Zeller||CHA||Hip||DAY TO DAY||Zeller missed his previous game with a Hip injury and if he needs to sit for another game Bismack Biyombo will fill in.|
|Eric Gordon||HOU||Knee||4-5 Weeks||Gordon will be out for multiple weeks after having Knee surgery. With Danuel House also injured, Austin Rivers should get more playing time in the Rockets rotation with their second unit.|
|Ed Davis||UT||Fibula||1-3 Weeks||Davis' Fibula is fractured and he'll need time to recover. Jeff Green and Tony Bradley will pick up minutes until he returns.|
|Kevon Looney||GSW||Hamstring||DAY TO DAY||Looney is getting close to returning and adding much-needed depth to the Warriors frontcourt. Willie Cauley-Stein and Eric Paschall will be in a minutes battle once he returns.|
|Reggie Jackson||DET||Back||3-5 Weeks||Stress reaction's are never good and are tough to recover from and this will keep Jackson on the sidelines for a while. Derrick Rose takes over in the starting lineup with Tim Frazier backing him up.|
|Gerald Green||HOU||Foot||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Green's Foot is broken to the point that we won't see him this season. Eric Gordon (when healthy), Danuel House Jr. and Austin Rivers will pick up the slack this season. House will be the biggest beneficiary.|
|George Hill||MIL||Back||DAY TO DAY||Hill missed his last two games with a Back injury and if he needs to sit, Eric Bledsoe will see more minutes and Donte DiVincenzo will also benefit.|
|Josh Richardson||PHI||Hamstring||DAY TO DAY||Richardson hurt his Hamstring Wednesday and it's uncertain whether or not he'll miss time. It will benefit Mike Scott when it comes to production and Furkan Korkmaz will see more minutes.|
|Otto Porter Jr.||CHI||Foot||2-3 Weeks||Porter will be shelved for the next few weeks with a bone bruise (not ideal). Chandler Hutchison (if healthy) will see more minutes. Thaddeus Young and Shaq Harrison could see minutes as well.|
|Derrick Favors||NO||Back||DAY TO DAY||Favors has missed his last six games and he could be looking at a few more games out and that will benefit Nicolo Melli and Jaxson Hayes .|
|Elfrid Payton||NY||Hamstring||No Timetable||Payton continues to miss games with an injured Hamstring. Dennis Smith Jr. and Frank Ntilikina will fill in at PG until he returns. Allonzo Trier will see more minutes as well.|
|Patrick McCaw||TOR||Knee||No Timetable||Expect McCaw to be out for at least a few more weeks. The Raptors have the point covered with Kyle Lowry (when healthy) and Fred VanVleet .|
|Kevin Huerter||ATL||Shoulder||2-3 Weeks||Huerter's Rotator Cuff is strained and he'll miss a few more weeks. Cam Reddish and DeAndre Bembry should see more minutes. Chandler Parsons could get into the mix as well.|
|Damion Lee||GSW||Hand||1-3 Weeks||Lee fractured his Hand and while he sits, Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III will see more minutes and usage.|
|Landry Shamet||LAC||Ankle||No Timetable||It's uncertain when we'll see Shamet back on the floor and this opens up back up minutes for Maurice Harkless and Rodney McGruder (when healthy) to get more involved.|
|Kyle Anderson||MEM||Heel||DAY TO DAY||Anderson has had trouble producing and staying healthy consistently and if he needs to miss multiple games because of his injured Heel, Jae Crowder and Grayson Allen will benefit.|
|Derrick Jones Jr.||MIA||Hip||DAY TO DAY||Jones is could sit for another couple of games. Tyler Herro will pick up more minutes and Jimmy Butler , Goran Dragic and Kendrick Nunn will also benefit by getting more shots.|
|Avery Bradley||LAL||Leg||DAY TO DAY||If Bradley continues to sit with his Leg injury and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Alex Caruso will pick up more minutes.|
|Rodney McGruder||LAC||Leg||DAY TO DAY||McGruder could be looking at some games off as he hurt his Leg on Wednesday. Maurice Harkless should be looking at a minutes boost with Landry Shamet also out.|
|Hamidou Diallo||OKC||Elbow||4-6 Weeks||While Diallo is out, Terrance Ferguson will pick up more minutes. Abdel Nader should also benefit with less SF competition.|
|Shabazz Napier||MIN||Hamstring||DAY TO DAY||Napier continues to sit and that will mean more of a workload for Jeff Teague . Rookie Jarrett Culver will pick up minutes. Josh Okogie benefits indirectly.|
|Andre Roberson||OKC||Knee||No Timetable||New year, same story! Roberson has to be cleared in order to play and Hamidou Diallo (when healthy) and Terrence Ferguson will pick up minutes at SG/SF.|
|Reggie Bullock||NY||Neck||No Timetable||Bullock is looking like he's on his way back, but the Knicks won't rush him. Wayne Ellington and Allonzo Trier will see more minutes until he's ready to suit up.|
|Jake Layman||MIN||Toe||DAY TO DAY||Layman has missed his last four games with a Toe injury and this injury could allow Jordan Bell to pick up more playing time.|
|Treveon Graham||MIN||Arm||DAY TO DAY||Graham is certainly not 100 percent and is dealing with an Arm injury and if he needs to miss a game or two, Josh Okogie will see more minutes and usage.|
|Chandler Hutchison||CHI||Shoulder||DAY TO DAY||Hutchison is dealing with another injury as he hurt his Shoulder on Wednesday. Thaddeus Young will be getting more PT at SF. Shaq Harrison will benefit as well.|
|C.J Miles||WSH||Wrist||DAY TO DAY||Miles will likely need a few weeks off for his Wrist to heal up and Jordan McRae has been able to stay healthy and he will likely see a minutes boost.|
|Edmond Sumner||IND||Hand||1-2 Weeks||Sumner is dealing with an injured Hand and until he returns, Aaron Holiday will pick up a good amount of back up minutes.|
|Darius Miller||NO||Achilles||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Miller injured his Achilles back in August and we shouldn't expect him to play this season.|
|Jacob Evans III||GSW||Adductor||1-2 Weeks||The Warriors are very much in need of Evans to return because of all of the other injuries they are facing. Glenn Robinson III and Alec Burks will pick up playing time until he's ready to return.|
|John Henson||CLE||Groin||DAY TO DAY||We haven't seen Henson since the first game of the regular season but he's starting to practice. Larry Nance Jr., Tristan Thompson and Kevin Love will handle the PF/C minutes in Cleveland.|
|Ian Mahinmi||WSH||Achilles||1-2 Weeks||Mahinmi is starting to practice and is inching closer to returning and Davis Bertans and Mo Wagner could see their minutes drop once he's ready to return.|
|Nene Hilario||HOU||Adductor||No Timetable||We're unsure when we'll see Nene ' take the floor this season. Tyson Chandler will back up Clint Capela (when healthy) this season.|
|Kyle O'Quinn||PHI||Calf||DAY TO DAY||O'Quinn has missed his last two games with a Calf injury and Mike Scott will see a few more minutes in the Sixers rotation.|
|Romeo Langford||BOS||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Still waiting to see what this guy can do if he's ever given the playing time but that hasn't been the case this season.|
|Michael Carter-Williams||ORL||Hip||No Timetable||We're uncertain how long MCW will be out for but Markelle Fultz and D.J. Augustin will see even more minutes while he's out.|
|Stanley Johnson||TOR||Groin||1-3 Weeks||Johnson is very much on the outside looking into the Raptors rotation. Norman Powell will continue to see more minutes with Kyle Lowry out as well.|
|Dylan Windler||CLE||Leg||3-5 Weels||The Cavs are very much looking to their youth to see what they can build around in their system and Windler could come up late-December, early-January and grab a few minutes in the Cavs rotation.|
|Khyri Thomas||DET||Foot||4-5 Weeks||Thomas isn't a meaningful part of the Pistons rotation, but with other players hurt, he was able to steal a few minutes. Those minutes will now go to Bruce Brown Jr. and Langston Galloway|
|JaKarr Sampson||IND||Back||DAY TO DAY||Sampson has missed his last four games and he's on the outside looking in when it comes to the Pacers rotation.|
|Matt Thomas||TOR||Finger||No Timetable||Thomas broke his Finger and we don't know when we'll see him back in action. Norman Powell will continue to see more minutes with Kyle Lowry also out.|
|Shake Milton||PHI||Illness||DAY TO DAY||Milton missed his last game because he's sick and Trey Burke will get more minutes if Milton needs to sit again.|
|KZ Okpala||MIA||Achilles||No Timetable||Okpala is a very small part of the rotation and with it being an Achilles injury that he suffered, it will take a while to heal even though it's not torn.|
|Gary Trent Jr.||POR||Hamstring||DAY TO DAY||Trent has missed his last two games and that could only benefit Kent Bazemore 's playing time. Rodney Hood will also have more time with the ball with the Blazers second unit.|
|Alen Smailagic||GSW||Ankle||1-2 Weeks||The Warriors could use as much help as they can get at this point. Willie Cauley-Stein will start at Center and Kevon Looney (when healthy) will back him up and Eric Paschall will benefit with more minutes too.|
|Thanasis Antetokounmpo||MIL||Illness||DAY TO DAY||He doesn't get many minutes even though he's the Greek Freak's brother, but he has been ill and missed his last game because he was sick.|
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M. Turner - C
Myles Turner (right hand) could return as soon as Friday's game vs. the Magic.
As we suspected, the issue right now is all about pain tolerance. “There’s really not much you can do for it to heal,” Turner said on Thursday. “No surgery. No time off. It’s just one of those things you’ve got to get used to.” Turner added that he knows his team needs him to return as soon as possible, so if he doesn't play Friday we would expect him to return shortly after.
Added 11:12 am (EST)
Added 11:12 am (EST)
K. Durant - SF
Kevin Durant (Achilles injury recovery) is questionable for Friday vs. the Cavaliers.
This is the front end of a back-to-back and KD just played a whopping 50 minutes back on Wednesday. We're expecting him to rest this evening so that he can be a full go vs. the Heat on Saturday. If he does end up sitting, look for Jeff Green and Joe Harris to gain some short-term value.
Added 10:22 am (EST)
Added 10:22 am (EST)
A. Len - C
Free agent center Alex Len has agreed to a one-year deal with the Wizards.
Len had multiple suitors according to Shams Charania but chose the Wizards because of the potential for decent minutes with Thomas Bryant (knee) out for the season. With only Robin Lopez and Moritz Wagner to compete with, Len is worth monitoring in deeper leagues in case he carves out a sizable role.
Added 10:19 am (EST)
Added 10:19 am (EST)
J. Hart - SF
Josh Hart scored seven points on 2-of-4 shooting (2-of-2 FT) Thursday, to go with eight rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer, two steals and one block across 25 turnover-less minutes.
The Pelicans have the best defensive rebounding percentage in the league (77), and it's Hart who leads the team in defensive rebounds per game at 6.7 a night. He's a superb rebounder for a guard who is capable of chipping in a little bit of everything without hurting you anywhere, but the reserve role and his inconsistency as a scorer limits his value to 14-team leagues.
Added 1:57 am (EST)
J. Redick - SG
J.J. Redick came off the bench for 11 points (3-of-6 FG, 3-of-3 FT), two 3-pointers, three assists, one steal and two turnovers across 19 minutes in Thursday's loss to Utah.
This was a nice bounce-back performance from J.J. after he was held to just six points in Tuesday's blowout loss, and if you ignore that one bad game, he's been decent over the past six with multiple triples and double-digit scoring. His upside is fairly low because he rarely brings anything to the box score outside of points and triples, but if you're in a deep league and have a need in those categories, Redick could be someone to consider grabbing.
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S. Adams - C
Steven Adams hauled in a career-high-tying 16 rebounds on Thursday, to go with eight points, three assists, one steal, one block and five turnovers in 30 minutes.
Adams was held to just six points and nine boards his last time out, but he was a lot more active on both ends of the floor in this one, and he finished 4-of-9 from the field. He had failed to block a single shot in his previous three games, but the swat-less streak ended tonight, and this was his second straight game with a steal. He’s an okay low-end center to roster, but there’s very little upside here.
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B. Ingram - SF
Brandon Ingram produced 23 points, four 3-pointers, one rebound, two assists, one steal and one turnover across 33 minutes in Thursday's loss to the Jazz.
Ingram failed to hit a 3-pointer in Tuesday’s blowout loss, but he drilled his first trey-bomb just six minutes into today’s game and then proceeded to go back-to-back-to-back from beyond the arc. He started the game by hitting his first six shots and ended his evening on 8-of-14 shooting from the field and 3-of-4 from the stripe, but ultimately, it was not enough for the Pelicans to pull out the win. Zion Williamson was again the Pels leading scorer tonight, and he finished with 27 points (9-of-14 FG, 8-of-10 FT), three rebounds, one 3-pointer, two assists and one turnover in 34 minutes.
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L. Ball - PG
Lonzo Ball hit 6-of-15 shots for 14 points, five assists, one rebound, two 3-pointers and three turnovers across 27 minutes in Thursday's loss to Utah.
Ball went 3-of-10 from the field and 0-of-6 from distance his last time out, so this qualifies as a bounce-back game, although some defensive stats would have been nice. He's currently shooting a career-worst 28.6% from 3-point range, after connecting on a career-high 37.5% of his long-balls last season, so we'd expect that shot to start falling sooner rather than later and it's encouraging that he's attempting a career-high 7.0 triples a night. Also, while he's struggling from beyond the arc, he's been drilling a career-best 84.2% of his shots at the rim, and all these numbers suggest that a surge is coming. We still view him as a solid buy-low target.
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