NBA Injury Report: December 27
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 Alec Burks 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.|
|LeBron James||LAL||Groin||DAY TO DAY||There's a chance James will have to sit for Saturday's game as he continues to deal with an injured Groin. If he sits, expect Kyle Kuzma , Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Avery Bradley to pick up the minutes left behind.|
|Bradley Beal||WSH||Leg||DAY TO DAY||Beal hurt his Leg on Thursday and he may need to sit for Saturday's game. If he's out, expect Isaiah Thomas , Troy Brown Jr. and Jordan McRae to pick up minutes and usage.|
|Karl-Anthony Towns||MIN||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Towns has now missed five straight games with a Knee injury. Gorgui Dieng and Jordan Bell will see more minutes until he's ready to return.|
|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 when we'll see Nurkic take the court this season, but a safe guess is late February-early March but nothing has been confirmed. Hassan Whiteside will start in his place.|
|Zion Williamson||NO||Knee||No Timetable||Williamson's regular season debut 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.|
|Pascal Siakam||TOR||Groin||No Timetable||Siakam injured his Groin on Thursday and we don't know when we'll see him back on the court again. Serge Ibaka will see a major boost in minutes and OG Anunoby will see more shots.|
|Deandre Ayton||PHX||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Ayton is looking like he'll miss his fourth straight game on Friday with an Ankle injury and Aron Baynes and Frank Kaminsky will fill in for him as they did when he was suspended.|
|Eric Bledsoe||MIL||Fibula||1-2 Weeks||With Bledsoe sidelined for a few weeks, George Hill will see a major boost in minutes and Donte DiVincenzo will also benefit.|
|Kristaps Porzingis||DAL||Foot||DAY TO DAY||Porzingis escaped a major Foot injury, but there's still a chance he'll have to sit for one or both of the Mavs weekend games. Dorian Finney-Smith and Dwight Powell will pick up more plays if he can't go.|
|Malcolm Brogdon||IND||Groin||DAY TO DAY||There's a chance that Brogdon will have to miss Friday's game with a Groin injury. If he sits, Aaron Holiday and T.J. McConnell will see more playing time.|
|Thomas Bryant||WSH||Foot||DAY TO DAY||Bryant looks to be close to returning and he should be back in the next week or so but until he returns Ian Mahinmi , Davis Bertans (if healthy) and Moritz Wagner (if healthy) will see more playing time.|
|De'Aaron Fox||SAC||Back||DAY TO DAY||Fox left Thursday's game with Back spasms and if he needs to miss additional time, Cory Joseph and Bogdan Bogdanovic will help run the point.|
|Danilo Gallinari||OKC||Ankle||1-2 Weeks||The Thunder don't have a lot of depth and with Diallo and Gallinari hurt, the Thunder will have to turn to Darius Bazley to help fill the void. Terrance Ferguson will see more time with the ball.|
|Caris LeVert||BKN||Thumb||1-2 Weeks||LeVert should be back in the next couple of weeks. Joe Harris and Taurean Prince will continue to see more minutes and usage. Spencer Dinwiddie should benefit as well indrectly.|
|Luke Kennard||DET||Knee||2-3 Weeks||Kennard will miss the next few weeks with a Knee injury and Bruce Brown Jr. and Langston Galloway will see more shots.|
|Marcus Smart||BOS||Eye||DAY TO DAY||Smart has been out with an infected Eye , but, there's a chance he makes it back for Friday's game. Carsen Edwards and Brad Wanamaker will see more minutes if he can't go.|
|Zach Collins||POR||Shoulder||10-12 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 will miss his tenth straight game with a Back injury on Friday. Tyler Herro picks up the usage and Duncan Robinson could pick up more minutes.|
|Eric Gordon||HOU||Knee||1-2 Weeks||Gordon is getting closer to returning. Austin Rivers and Danuel House Jr should get more playing time in the Rockets rotation with their second unit.|
|Jabari Parker||ATL||Shoulder||DAY TO DAY||If Parker has to miss Friday's game, De'Andre Hunter should be able to get more playing time. John Collins will also pick up a few more minutes as well.|
|Mike Conley||UT||Hamstring||2-4 Weeks||Conley re-injured his Hamstring and he will miss the next few weeks. Emmanuel Mudiay , Royce O'Neale and Jordan Clarkson can help run the point.|
|Davis Bertans||WSH||Quad||DAY TO DAY||Bertans has missed his last two games and if he needs to miss more time, Ian Mahinmi will continue filling in. The Wizards are already down Hachimura and Wagner.|
|Reggie Jackson||DET||Back||No Timetable||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 Bruce Brown Jr. 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.|
|Marvin Bagley III||SAC||Foot||DAY TO DAY||It's looking like Bagley will miss his next few games and that will benefit Nemanja Bjelica , Harrison Barnes and Richaun Holmes . Expect their minutes and production to go up.|
|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||2-3 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.|
|Marc Gasol||TOR||Hamstring||2-4 Weeks||With both Gasol and Siakam out of the lineup, Serge Ibaka is about to feast on minutes left behind. Chris Boucher has also been relied on to fill in at times and he can grab minutes.|
|Larry Nance Jr.||CLE||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Nance missed his last game and if he needs to sit for another game, Cedi Osman and John Henson should see their minutes rise.|
|Norman Powell||TOR||Shoulder||No Timetable||With Powell out of the lineup for an undetermined amount of time, Fred VanVleet and OG Anunoby will benefit by getting more shots in the Raptors offense.|
|Rui Hachimura||WSH||Groin||DAY TO DAY||Hachimura is dealing with a Groin injury and Davis Bertans (if healthy) will benefit by seeing more minutes. Troy Brown Jr. and Jordan McRae should have more time with the ball.|
|Moritz Wagner||WSH||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Wagner will miss at least another game or two and Davis Bertans (if healthy) and Ian Mahinmi will be primary fill in options.|
|Eric Paschall||GSW||Hip||DAY TO DAY||This Hip injury just won't go away for Paschall and if he needs to sit on Friday, Draymond Green and Damion Lee (indirectly) will benefit. Omari Spellman should see more minutes as well.|
|Robert Williams||BOS||Hip||2-3 Weeks||Williams is dealing with an injured Hip and he'll miss the next few weeks of action. Daniel Theis and Enes Kanter will help fill the void.|
|Alex Len||ATL||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||There's a chance that Len will have to sit for Friday's game and that should completely benefit Damian Jones . Expect a minutes and production boost.|
|Mohamed Bamba||ORL||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Bamba will sit for Friday's game and Khem Birch will be the primary back up option to Nikola Vucevic .|
|Hamidou Diallo||OKC||Elbow||1-2 Weeks||While Diallo is out, Terrance Ferguson will pick up more minutes. Abdel Nader should also benefit with less SF competition.|
|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||2-4 Weeks||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||No Timetable||Layman continues to miss time with a Toe injury and Jordan 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||No Timetable||It's hard to tell when we'll see Hutchison play again. . 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). Jordan McRae and Troy Brown Jr. will see more minutes.|
|Michael Carter-Williams||ORL||Shoulder||DAY TO DAY||MCW will miss his second consecutive game on Friday with a Shoulder injury and Markelle Fultz and D.J. Augustin should see more playing time.|
|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.|
|David Nwaba||BKN||Achilles||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Nwaba is having surgery on his Achilles and we're not going to see him take the court again. This leaves room for more playing time for Joe Harris and Rodions Kurucs . This could also save Garrett Temple 's rotation spot.|
|Matisse Thybulle||PHI||Knee||2-4 Weeks||With Thybulle out for the next few weeks, the Sixers will have to rely on Mike Scott to hit long-range shots. Josh Richardson should see a few more shots as well.|
|Dennis Smith Jr.||NY||Oblique||DAY TO DAY||Smith missed his previous game with an Oblique injury and if he needs more time on the shelf, Frank Ntilikina and Elfrid Payton will see more minutes at PG.|
|Kevon Looney||GSW||Abs||DAY TO DAY||Looney will sit for the Warriors next couple of games and that will benefit Willie Cauley-Stein and Marquese Chriss . Eric Paschall (if healthy) will also pick up minutes.|
|Thabo Sefolosha||HOU||Illness||DAY TO DAY||Sefolosha is on the outside looking into the Rockets rotation. He's been out of the lineup for three of the Rockets last four games.|
|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.|
|Wayne Ellington||NY||Achilles||DAY TO DAY||Ellington is dealing with a sore Achilles but could return in the next game or two. Damyean Dotson will pick up more minutes and shots. Allonzo Trier could find himself sneaking in a few minutes as well.|
|Mario Hezonja||POR||Back||DAY TO DAY||Hezonja has missed his last three games with an injured Back and Anthony Tolliver and Carmelo Anthony will see more minutes if he needs more time off.|
|Dylan Windler||CLE||Leg||2-3 Weeks||The Cavs are very much looking to their youth to see what they can build around in their system and Windler could come up early-mid January and grab a few minutes in the Cavs rotation.|
|Khyri Thomas||DET||Foot||1-2 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|
|Vincent Poirer||BOS||Finger||3-5 Weeks||Poirer just had surgery on his Pinky and he'll miss weeks of action because of it meaning Enes Kanter and Daniel Theis will be plenty busy. Robert Williams is also injured.|
|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 (if healthy) and OG Anunoby will continue to see more minutes.|
|Nicolas Claxton||BKN||Hamstring||DAY TO DAY||Claxton hasn't played all month and he's very much on the outside looking into the Nets rotation until Jarrett Allen and DeAndre Jordan get injured.|
|Dewan Hernandez||TOR||Foot||No Timetable||Hernandez has a Foot injury and the Raptors are currently out a lot of big men so it's hard to tell when we'll see Hernandez get any action on court with this injury.|
|Jordan Bone||DET||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Bone is very much on the outside looking into the Pistons rotation. No real impact here. He barely plays.|
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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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