NBA Injury Report: December 6
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 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||2-4 Weeks||With Vucevic out, Khem Birch and Mohamed Bamba will split the open minutes. Jonathan Isaac benefits indirectly and he'll get more plays called for him in the post. Aaron Gordon also gets more shots.|
|Kevin Love||CLE||Illness||DAY TO DAY||There's a chance that Love has to miss Friday's game because he's sick. If he's out, Larry Nance Jr. could pick up more minutes. John Henson could also see a minutes uptick as well.|
|Kyrie Irving||BKN||Shoulder||No Timetable||Irving is still not ready to come back and could be looking at a 2020 return. Spencer Dinwiddie will handle the point 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||No Timetable||Williamson's regular season debut likely won't happen until 2020. Jahlil Okafor and Nicolo Melli will pick up more minutes until he's ready. Jaxson Hayes will also see more involvement in the rotation.|
|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 (if healthy) should benefit and Yogi Ferrell should get a little love in the rotation.|
|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 . Richaun Holmes should see his minutes pick up as well a little bit.|
|Andrew Wiggins||MIN||Thumb||DAY TO DAY||Wiggins Thumb is slightly sprained and if he needs to sit for a game or two Treveon Graham and Josh Okogie will see more minutes and usage.|
|LaMarcus Aldridge||SAS||Thigh||DAY TO DAY||Aldridge has missed his last two games and there's a chance he'll have to sit for a third straight game on Friday meaning Rudy Gay and Jakob Poeltl will see more minutes.|
|Gordon Hayward||BOS||Hand||3-4 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.|
|Thomas Bryant||WSH||Foot||3-4 Weeks||As I always say, stress reactions are never good because the timetable is always uncertain and with Bryant out for at least the next few weeks Davis Bertans and Moritz Wagner will see more playing time.|
|Ja Morant||MEM||Back||1-3 Weeks||When you're strong driving guard is dealing with Back spasms, it could be a couple of weeks until he returns. Tyus Jones will see more minutes and Dillon Brooks will certainly see more time with the ball.|
|Goran Dragic||MIA||Groin||DAY TO DAY||Dragic will miss his third straight game on Friday with a Groin injury and Kendrick Nunn and Justise Winslow (if healthy) will see more time running the point. Jimmy Butler and Tyler Herro can also bring up the ball if needed.|
|Caris LeVert||BKN||Thumb||2-3 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.|
|Bogdan Bogdanovic||SAC||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Bogdanovic missed his last game with a Knee injury and if he needs to sit, Nemanja Bjelica will see more shots and even if Trevor Ariza gets more minutes, he's not as reliable on offense.|
|Aron Baynes||PHX||Calf||DAY TO DAY||Baynes returned from the Hip injury only to injure his Calf and he's missed his last 3 games and if he needs more time off, Frank Kaminsky and Dario Saric will fill in.|
|Zach Collins||POR||Shoulder||13-15 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.|
|Justise Winslow||MIA||Back||DAY TO DAY||Winslow may need to sit for a game or two with an injured Back and if he's out, Tyler Herro picks up the usage and Duncan Robinson could pick up more minutes.|
|Eric Gordon||HOU||Knee||3-4 Weeks||Gordon will be out for multiple weeks after having Knee surgery. Austin Rivers should get more playing time in the Rockets rotation with their second unit.|
|Mike Conley||UT||Hamstring||DAY TO DAY||Conley is dealing with a tight Hamstring and he had to miss his last game. Emmanuel Mudiay , Royce O'Neale and Donovan Mitchell can help run the point if Conley needs to sit for more games.|
|Brandon Clarke||MEM||Oblique||1-2 Weeks||Clarke has missed his last two games and he could miss a handful more. Jaren Jackson Jr. and Jonas Valanciunas will have to play deeper into games and Bruno Caboclo will likely see more minutes.|
|Reggie Jackson||DET||Back||2-4 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.|
|JaMychal Green||LAC||Tailbone||DAY TO DAY||Green may have to sit for a second game in a row on Friday and the Clippers will use Paul George and Kawhi Leonard to help fill the void. Montrezl Harrell can shift down to PF from time to time.|
|Josh Richardson||PHI||Hamstring||DAY TO DAY||Richardson has missed his last 4 games. It will benefit Mike Scott when it comes to production and Furkan Korkmaz and Mattisse Thybulle will see more minutes.|
|Otto Porter Jr.||CHI||Foot||2-4 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.|
|Isaiah Thomas||WSH||Calf||DAY TO DAY||Thomas is dealing with a strained Calf and if he needs to miss more time, Ish Smith will benefit by getting a ton more minutes and Bradley Beal will also bring up the ball.|
|De'Andre Hunter||ATL||Finger||DAY TO DAY||Hunter's Finger is dislocated which is brutal because with Kevin Huerter back in the lineup, Hunter loses his momentum and will be in a minutes battle with Huerter and DeAndre' Bembry .|
|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 and Fred VanVleet .|
|Dwight Powell||DAL||Arm||DAY TO DAY||Powell may need to sit for a couple of games and Kristaps Porzingis , Maxi Kleber and Boban Marjanovic will pick up more minutes.|
|Damion Lee||GSW||Hand||1-2 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 missed his last three games and until he's ready to return Jae Crowder , Dillon Brooks and Grayson Allen will benefit.|
|Jordan McRae||WSH||Finger||2-3 Weeks||McRae had Finger surgery and the Wizards are running out of mid-court depth with C.J. Miles already out. Troy Brown Jr. is the next man up in the Wizards rotation. Davis Bertans will pick up more long-range shots as well.|
|Avery Bradley||LAL||Leg||DAY TO DAY||If Bradley continues to sit with his Leg injury, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Alex Caruso will pick up more minutes. Bradley is slowly recovering but may need a few more games on the sidelines.|
|Rodney McGruder||LAC||Leg||DAY TO DAY||McGruder will miss his fourth straight game on Friday. Maurice Harkless should be looking at a minutes boost with Landry Shamet also out.|
|Hamidou Diallo||OKC||Elbow||3-5 Weeks||While Diallo is out, Terrance Ferguson (if healthy) will pick up more minutes. Abdel Nader should also benefit with less SF competition.|
|Cory Joseph||SAC||Back||DAY TO DAY||Joseph may have to sit for a game with an injured Back and if he's out, Yogi Ferrell will have to be the next man up with De'Aaron Fox and Bogdan Bogdanovic banged up.|
|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 Terrance Ferguson (when healthy) 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 will miss his seventh game in a row Friday with a Toe injury and this injury could allow Jordan Bell and Gorgui Dieng to pick up more playing time.|
|Al-Farouq Aminu||ORL||Knee||No Timetable||With Aminu sidelined for awhile, Mohamed Bamba should be able to pick up minutes. Khem Birch is also in the mix, but, he's already filling in for Nikola Vucevic .|
|Chandler Hutchison||CHI||Shoulder||DAY TO DAY||Hutchison will miss his fourth straight game on Friday. Thaddeus Young will be getting more PT at SF. Shaq Harrison will benefit as well.|
|C.J. Miles||WSH||Wrist||No Timetable||Miles had surgery on his Wrist and will be out for at least the next few weeks. With Jordan McRae also out, Troy Brown Jr. will likely see more minutes.|
|Terrance Ferguson||OKC||Hip||DAY TO DAY||Ferguson will miss Friday's game with a Hip injury and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Abdel Nader will need to log more minutes while he's out. Dennis Schroder will need to take more shots with the second unit.|
|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||DAY TO DAY||Evans is getting closer to returning but he still isn't ready to take the court. Glenn Robinson III and Alec Burks will pick up playing time until he's ready to return.|
|Damyean Dotson||NY||Finger||DAY TO DAY||If Dotson needs to miss time with an injured pinky, Wayne Ellington will see more minutes and shots. Allonzo Trier will benefit as well.|
|Chandler Parsons||ATL||Illness||DAY TO DAY||Parsons has missed his last two games. He can never stay healthy and we haven't seen much of him this season. DeAndre Bembry benefits by seeing a few more minutes if Parsons has to miss more time.|
|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 this season.|
|Allen Crabbe||ATL||Knee||No Timetable||Crabbe has been bothered by Knee injuries all season and he may need a few weeks to recover from his latest injury. DeAndre' Bembry and De'Andre Hunter (if healthy) will see more minutes.|
|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||Nose||DAY TO DAY||MCW could see the court on Friday as he's suffering from a Nose injury that kept him out his previous game. 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.|
|Dylan Windler||CLE||Leg||1-2 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 and grab a few minutes in the Cavs rotation.|
|Khyri Thomas||DET||Foot||3-4 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 is on the verge of missing his ninth straught game, but, 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.|
|Chimezie Metu||SAS||Foot||DAY TO DAY||Metu barely gets any love in the Spurs rotation so there's very little impact here with him injured.|
|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 five games and that could only benefit Kent Bazemore 's playing time if he needs to sit for more time. Rodney Hood will also have more time with the ball with the Blazers second unit.|
|Juwan Morgan||UT||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Morgan hasn't played in his last four games, but he doesn't even get much playing time in the Jazz rotation anyway.|
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J. Crowder - SF
Jae Crowder shot 0-of-6 from three in Friday’s loss to the Celtics, finishing with 14 points (5-of-12 FGs, 4-of-6 FTs), six rebounds, three assists and one block in 33 minutes.
Crowder had a good night inside of the arc, making five of his six attempts, but he was ice-cold from deep. After going 5-of-9 from deep in Game 1 he’s struggled, shooting a combined 6-of-33 in the four games since (1-of-13 in Games 4 and 5). Crowder is capable of being a solid points and 3-pointers option, but he’s in a bit of a funk right now.
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K. Nunn - SG
Kendrick Nunn and Meyers Leonard did not play at all in Friday's Game 5 loss to the Celtics.
Nunn, who joined the team in the bubble late after coming down with COVID-19 and had to leave during the postseason to attend to a personal matter, has not been much of a factor in Orlando. While he was a finalist for Rookie of the Year, the time away from the team has resulted in Nunn being passed by fellow rookie Tyler Herro in the Heat's perimeter pecking order. As for Leonard, he's pretty much been out of the rotation since the team arrived in Orlando, so his picking up another DNP-CD comes as no surprise.
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R. Williams - C
Robert Williams did not see any action during Friday's win over the Heat.
Williams, who jumped Enes Kanter in the rotation during the second-round series against Toronto, has not played at all after getting a total of 23 minutes in the first two games against Miami. Kanter, who has taken back the backup center role from Williams, contributed eight points and four rebounds in 10 minutes off the bench Friday night.
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J. Butler - SF
Jimmy Butler accounted for 17 points (5-of-11 FGs, 7-of-8 FTs), eight rebounds, eight assists, one steal and one blocked shot in 36 minutes Friday vs. the Celtics.
Butler was a bit more aggressive offensively at the start of Game 5 than he’s been in prior games this series, but he went quiet at the wrong time as Boston turned things around in the third quarter. During that period Miami’s leader shot 1-of-4 from the field, and as a team the Heat were outscored by a 41-25 margin in the frame. Butler likes to pick his spots from a scoring standpoint, but he may need to be aggressive throughout the entire game if the Heat are to close out the Celtics on Sunday.
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D. Robinson - SF
Duncan Robinson shot 3-of-11 from three in Friday’s loss to Boston, putting up 20 points (7-of-15 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), two rebounds and one steal in 37 minutes.
Robinson got off to a good start Friday, scoring 12 points in the first quarter with two 3-pointers. But he was largely quiet for the remainder of the night, as Boston did a better job of challenging the Heat sharpshooter’s attempts. It’s worth noting that the 11 3-point attempts are just one less than Robinson’s total in the prior two games combined. The 20 points represent a series-high for Robinson, who scored 18 on 6-of-12 shooting from three in Game 2.
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D. Theis - C
Daniel Theis posted his first double-double fo the Eastern Conference Finals Friday, finishing the Game 5 win over Miami with 15 points (6-of-10 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), 13 rebounds, one assist and three blocks in 35 minutes.
Theis was impactful on both ends of the floor in a game the Celtics had to win in order to keep their season alive, chipping in where needed offensively while also taking care of business as a rebounder and shot-blocker. Game 5 was the first in this series in which Theis hit double digits in both points and rebounds, and the Celtics will need a similar effort from him in Game 6. Enes Kanter added eight points, four rebounds and two assists in 10 minutes off the bench, as those two handled the majority of the minutes at the center position.
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J. Brown - SG
Jaylen Brown played 39 minutes in Friday’s win over the Heat, tallying 28 points (12-of-23 FGs), eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.
After being limited to 17 points in Boston’s Game 1 loss, Brown has now scored 21 or more in each of the last four. He’s been arguably the Celtics’ most consistent scorer in this series, and that’s one reason why they remain alive. Looking ahead to next season Brown may not be a first-round pick in standard formats, but he shouldn’t be far off that status.
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G. Dragic - PG
Goran Dragic finished Friday’s loss to the Celtics with 23 points (8-of-17 FGs, 6-of-7 FTs), four rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.
Dragic’s night came to a premature end when he was called for what some viewed to be a questionable offensive foul with just under four minutes remaining. While the point and assist totals were solid, he shot just 1-of-7 from beyond the arc and also turned the ball over four times. Dragic has now scored 23 points or more in three of the five games this series, so he should be good to at least threaten the 20-point mark in Sunday’s Game 6.
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