NBA Injury Report: December 12
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||No Timetable||It's not looking like we'll see Oladipo return before 2020. Malcolm Brogdon becomes the prioritized scorer and Jeremy Lamb and Justin Holiday will fill in early on.|
|Nikola Vucevic||ORL||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||With Vucevic out, Khem Birch and Mohamed Bamba will split the open minutes. Vucevic is getting closer to returning to the lineup and could be back in the next couple of games.|
|Giannis Antetokounmpo||MIL||Quad||DAY TO DAY||Antetokounmpo had to sit out the Bucks previous game and if he needs more time off Ersan Ilyasova will pick up minutes and shots. Khris Middleton becomes the prioritized scorer.|
|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||2-4 Weeks||Fox is getting closer but he's still not ready to return to the lineup. From the minutes side, Cory Joseph should benefit and Yogi Ferrell should get a little love in the rotation.|
|Jamal Murray||DEN||Backside||DAY TO DAY||Murray hurt himself in the Nuggets previous game and he may need to sit for another game. If that's the case, Monte Morris and Will Barton will help run the point.|
|Paul Millsap||DEN||Foot||DAY TO DAY||Millsap may have to sit with an injured Foot for Thursday's game and that would give Jerami Grant more playing time.|
|Fred VanVleet||TOR||Knee||DAY TO DAY||VanVleet has missed his last two games with a Knee injury and if he needs more time off, Norman Powell will pick up minutes while OG Anunoby will pick up more shots.|
|Gordon Hayward||BOS||Nose||DAY TO DAY||Hayward got hit in the face and hurt his Nose and he may have to sit for Thursday's game versus the Sixers. If he's out, Marcus Smart (if healthy) and Carsen Edwards will pick up more minutes.|
|Thomas Bryant||WSH||Foot||2-4 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.|
|Rajon Rondo||LAL||Hamstring||DAY TO DAY||Rondo has missed his last two games with a strained Hamstring and if he has to miss more time LeBron James will run the point more and Alex Caruso should pick up more playing time.|
|Goran Dragic||MIA||Groin||DAY TO DAY||Dragic has missed his last five games because of 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.|
|Patrick Beverley||LAC||Concussion||No Timetable||Whenever a player suffers a Concussion, they have to pass tests in order to get cleared and it sometimes takes multiple days to get that clearence. If Beverley needs to miss time, Lou Williams will start in his place.|
|Marcus Smart||BOS||Eye||DAY TO DAY||Smart has an infected Eye and he's sat for his last two games and if needs to miss Thursday's game, Carsen Edwards and Brad Wanamaker will see more minutes.|
|Zach Collins||POR||Shoulder||12-14 Weeks||Collins will be out for multiple months and Carmelo Anthony and Anthony Tolliver will fill the void. Mario Hezonja will see more love in the rotation as well.|
|Justise Winslow||MIA||Back||DAY TO DAY||Winslow has missed his last three games with a Back injury. Tyler Herro picks up the usage and Duncan Robinson could pick up more minutes.|
|Eric Gordon||HOU||Knee||2-3 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.|
|Kyle Kuzma||LAL||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Kuzma missed his last game due to an Ankle injury and if he needs more time on the sidelines, Avery Bradley and Jared Dudley will see more minutes.|
|Mike Conley||UT||Hamstring||DAY TO DAY||Conley is dealing with a tight Hamstring and he's sat four games thus far. Emmanuel Mudiay , Royce O'Neale and Donovan Mitchell can help run the point if needed.|
|Markelle Fultz||ORL||Illness||DAY TO DAY||Fultz had to sit with an illness for the Magic's previous game and if he needs more time off, D.J. Augustin and Michael Carter-Williams will fill the void.|
|Reggie Jackson||DET||Back||2-3 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 hasn't been able to shake the Tailbone injury and tried returning with no success 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.|
|Rodney Hood||POR||Achilles||No Timetable||Hood's season is all but done after he had surgery on his Achilles. It's hard to believe that he'll return this season. Kent Bazemore will pick up a lot more minutes and usage.|
|Otto Porter Jr.||CHI||Foot||4-5 Weeks||Porter will need additional time away from the court and his timetable has been backed up. Chandler Hutchison (if healthy) will see more minutes. Thaddeus Young and Shaq Harrison could see minutes as well.|
|Isaiah Thomas||WSH||Calf||1-2 Weeks||Thomas is dealing with a strained Calf and will miss at least a few more games. Ish Smith will benefit by getting a ton more minutes and Bradley Beal will also bring up the ball.|
|Delon Wright||DAL||Adductor||DAY TO DAY||Wright has missed his last two games and is on the verge of missing three in a row due to injury. Seth Curry should be able to pick up minutes with Luka Doncic running the point. J.J. Barea is also in play to pick up minutes.|
|Marvin Williams||CHA||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Williams missed his last three games with a Knee injury and if he needs more time off Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will see more playing time.|
|Nicolas Batum||CHA||Hand||DAY TO DAY||Batum missed his last game with an injured Hand and if he needs more time off Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Dwayne Bacon should see more minutes in the Hornets rotation.|
|Malik Monk||CHA||Finger||DAY TO DAY||Monk missed his last game with a Finger injury and if he needs to continue to sit Cody Martin will pick up minutes with other Hornets mid-court players hurt.|
|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.|
|Robert Williams||BOS||Hip||DAY TO DAY||Williams is dealing with an injured Hip and if he needs to continue to sit Daniel Theis and Enes Kanter will help fill the void.|
|Jordan McRae||WSH||Finger||1-2 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.|
|Grayson Allen||MEM||Ankle||1-2 Weeks||Allen will need to miss the next few games with an injured Ankle and while he's out Dillon Brooks will get even more usage and De'Anthony Melton will also pick up minutes and shots off the bench.|
|Rodney McGruder||LAC||Leg||DAY TO DAY||McGruder is getting closer to returning to action. Maurice Harkless should be looking at a minutes boost with Landry Shamet also out if McGruder needs more time off.|
|Hamidou Diallo||OKC||Elbow||2-4 Weeks||While Diallo is out, Terrance Ferguson (if healthy) will pick up more minutes. Abdel Nader should also benefit with less SF competition.|
|Austin Rivers||HOU||Illness||DAY TO DAY||Rivers has sat his last two games because he's sick and if he needs to continue to sit, Ben McLemore will see more minutes and time with the ball.|
|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 has missed his last 10 games with a Toe injury andJordan Bell will get a big minutes boost 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 has missed his last seven games. 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 we don't know when we'll see him take the court again (if at all). With Jordan McRae also out, Troy Brown Jr. will likely see more minutes.|
|Terrance Ferguson||OKC||Hip||DAY TO DAY||Ferguson has missed his last four games 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.|
|Keita Bates-Diop||MIN||Illness||DAY TO DAY||Bates-Diop is sick and had to miss his last game and if he has to continue to sit, Treveon Graham will pick up more minutes off the bench. It will also benefit Jarrett Culver and Josh Okogie .|
|Dragan Bender||MIL||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Bender has missed his last four games withva sprained Ankle and even though he doesn't log many minutes, it will open up the rotation a bit for Robin Lopez and D.J. Wilson .|
|Tyson Chandler||HOU||Illness||DAY TO DAY||Chandler hasn't played in his last four games and Isaiah Hartenstein could see a few back up minutes until Chandler is ready to return, but, the Rockets will first look to extend Clint Capela 's minutes.|
|Nene Hilario||HOU||Adductor||No Timetable||We're unsure when we'll see Nene ' take the floor this season. Tyson Chandler (when healthy) will back up Clint Capela this season.|
|Jonah Bolden||PHI||Achilles||No Timetable||Bolden hasn't seen action on the court in a month and he's very much on the outside looking into the Sixers rotation.|
|Wayne Ellington||NY||Achilles||DAY TO DAY||Ellington is dealing with a sore Achilles and if he needs more time off, Damyean Dotson will pick up more minutes and shots. Allonzo Trier could find himself sneaking in a few minutes as well.|
|Dennis Smith Jr.||NY||Illness||DAY TO DAY||Smith is sick and had to miss his last game and if he needs more time off, Elfrid Payton , Frank Ntilikina and Damyean Dotson will pick up more minutes.|
|Stanley Johnson||TOR||Groin||1-3 Weeks||Johnson is very much on the outside looking into the Raptors rotation and we don't know when exactly we'll see him take the court. OG Anunoby and Norman Powell will continue to see more minutes.|
|Dylan Windler||CLE||Leg||DAY TO DAY||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||2-3 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 continues to miss time with an injured Back, 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.|
|Nicolas Claxton||BKN||Hamstring||DAY TO DAY||Claxton hasn't played in six games and he's very much on the outside looking into the Nets rotation until Jarrett Allen and DeAndre Jordan get injured.|
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S. Labissiere - PF
Lloyd Pierce said that Skal Labissiere "looked really good" at Wednesday's practice and that he's "been healthy a long time."
Labissiere went down with a knee injury in December and never made it back to the court, but he's now had plenty of time to recover and was a full participant in Wednesday's practice. He'll be good to go for the 2020-21 season, but it'll be tough for him to find meaningful minutes while John Collins and Clint Capela are healthy.
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C. Capela - C
Clint Capela (foot) does not have any restrictions at Atlanta's minicamp.
Capela went through some halfcourt stuff at Wednesday's light practice, and Lloyd Pierce said that he's been working out "for a long time" now and he looked to be in great shape. It's safe to say that Capela is over the plantar fasciitis issue, so he'll be ready to hit the 2020-21 season running after having ample time off. Plantar fasciitis doesn't tend to be a re-occurring issue once it's cured, and Capela's been relatively healthy over his career, so we're not worried about drafting him.
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D. Waiters - SG
Dion Waiters (left groin) is doubtful to play in Game 4 against the Nuggets on Thursday.
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D. Green - SG
Danny Green (left ring finger) is probable to play in Game 4 against the Nuggets on Thursday.
Green tweaked the ring finger on his non-shooting hand, but this isn't something that will keep him off the court. We'll get official confirmation on his status closer to Thursday's tip.
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A. Caruso - PG
Alex Caruso (right wrist) is probable to play on Thursday against the Nuggets.
Caruso felt a little stiff after Tuesday's Game 3 loss and he'll get a precautionary MRI today, but this is an issue we're expecting him to play through. Check back for official word on his status closer to tomorrow's tip.
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B. Hield - SG
Monte McNair singled out Buddy Hield for praise on Wednesday, making it clear that Hield is an important piece to McNair's vision.
Hield had a rocky year in his first season with Luke Walton, and while he had some more success running with the second unit over the second half, he didn't seem all that content operating in a reserve role. McNair said that Hield is an "elite shooter" and his spacing is important for the team, so maybe he'll convince Walton to bring him back into the first unit. McNair also made it clear that he wants Sacramento to up the pace next year, which is something Walton talked about last season but was never able to accomplish.
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B. Bogdanovic - SG
Kings' new GM, Monte McNair, made it a point during Wednesday's presser to say that he values financial flexibility.
Sacramento currently has about $97 million in guaranteed salaries for next season, so they won't have a ton of cap room during free agency, which could make re-signing Bogdan Bogdanovic a little complicated. They do own his Bird Rights, so they'll be able to go over the cap to sign him to a contract, but it's tough to justify dipping into the luxury tax for a team that has yet to make the playoffs. Former GM, Vlade Divac, was adamant about retaining Bogdanovic, but McNair might not be too attached.
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D. Bender - PF
Dragan Bender has signed a deal with Maccabi Tel Aviv.
It's reportedly a 3-month deal with an option to extend it for the full season. This means it's a possibility that an NBA team scoops him up at some point next season. The former No. 4 pick back in 2016, Bender had unsuccessful stints with the Suns and Bucks but did have some decent moments with the Warriors, averaging 9.0 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.2 triples in 21.7 minutes.
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