NBA Injury Report: January 31
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||Curry is starting heal and is able to shoot again and we could see him in the next 1-2 months. D'Angelo Russell is 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 likely out for the season even though he's been rehabbing 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 off season and we won't see him suit up this season. Dwight Howard and JaVale McGee will pick up his minutes this season.|
|Luka Doncic||DAL||Ankle||2-3 Weeks||Doncic is back on the shelf again with an Ankle injury and Delon Wright , Jalen Brunson and Seth Curry will see more minutes and shots until he's ready to return. Tim Hardaway Jr. picks up more shots.|
|Kawhi Leonard||LAC||Back||DAY TO DAY||Leonard apparently hurt his back while warming up on Thursday and he'll likely need a few games to recover and JaMychal Green and Landry Shamet will see more minutes and usage. Paul George will benefit as well.|
|Kemba Walker||BOS||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Walker may have to sit for the Celtics game on Saturday with a sore Knee and if he can't go, Marcus Smart will likely draw the start and Jaylen Brown will see more shots.|
|Jamal Murray||DEN||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Don't be surprised if Murray ends up missing a few more weeks of action with a sprained Ankle. While he's out, Monte Morris will see more minutes. Will Barton will bring up the ball more.|
|Jusuf Nurkic||POR||Leg||No Timetable||Nurkic is starting to practice, but a safe guess is that he'll be back on the court late February-early March but nothing has been confirmed. Hassan Whiteside will start in his place.|
|Clint Capela||HOU||Heel||DAY TO DAY||After returning from the Heel injury, Capela looked terrible and he will now sit for Friday's game and don't be surprised if he needs more time off. Isaiah Hartenstein will see more minutes.|
|LaMarcus Aldridge||SAS||Thumb||DAY TO DAY||Aldridge has missed his last two games with an injured thumb and if he can't play on Saturday, Jakob Poeltl , Trey Lyles and Rudy Gay will see more usage.|
|Al Horford||PHI||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Horford missed his last game with a sore Knee and if he needs to sit on Saturday, Matisse Thybulle and Mike Scott will see more minutes.|
|Lauri Markkanen||CHI||Hip||4-6 Weeks||Markkanen is the latest Bulls big man to get hurt and while he's out Thaddeus Young will see a lot more playing time. Chandler Hutchison (if healthy) will see more minutes.|
|Jordan McRae||WSH||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||McRae has missed his last two games and if he needs to sit for more games, Troy Brown will see more minutes and usage. Ish Smith will see more shots.|
|Kendrick Nunn||MIA||Achilles||DAY TO DAY||Nunn has missed his last three games, but he's on the verge of returning. If he needs another game off, Goran Dragic will provide relief.|
|Marc Gasol||TOR||Hamstring||DAY TO DAY||Gasol will miss his second straight game on Friday with an injured Hamstring and while he's out, Serge Ibaka will see more minutes. Chris Boucher could find himself seeing a small uptick in playing time.|
|Jonathan Isaac||ORL||Knee||No Timetable||Isaac's season may be over because of the Knee injury he suffered and Wes Iwundu will pick up minutes and Aaron Gordon will see more plays in the post and should be able to grab more boards.|
|P.J. Washington||CHA||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Washington may have to sit for Saturday's game and that could give Marvin Williams more minutes in the rotation.|
|Brandon Clarke||MEM||Hip||DAY TO DAY||Clarke may need to sit out for Friday's game and Jae Crowder will see more minutes at PF if that's the case. Kyle Anderson could be seeing more minutes as well.|
|Josh Richardson||PHI||Hamstring||1-2 Weeks||Richardson will miss the next few weeks with an injured Hamstring and Matisse Thybulle and Furkan Korkmaz will see more minutes and usage until he's ready to return to action.|
|RJ Barrett||NY||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Barrett is dealing with a sprained Ankle we'll know in the next couple of days if he has to miss more action (long-term). Allonzo Trier and Wayne Ellington will see more minutes while he's out.|
|Blake Griffin||DET||Knee||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Griffin's season is over. Markieff Morris, Sekou Doumbouya and Christian Wood will see more minutes.|
|Marvin Bagley III||SAC||Foot||3-4 Weeks||Bagley will be on the shelf for the next few weeks. Nemanja Bjelica and Dewayne Dedmon will see more minutes. Anthony Tolliver could steal a few as well.|
|Luke Kennard||DET||Knee||2-4 Weeks||Kennard needs more time to recover and we backed up his timetable because of the Knee injury and Bruce Brown Jr. and Langston Galloway will see more shots.|
|Aron Baynes||PHX||Hip||DAY TO DAY||Baynes has missed his last five games with a sore Hip and Dario Saric will see even more playing time. Deandre Ayton will see a few extra minutes as well.|
|Dwight Powell||DAL||Achilles||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Powell is done for the season and Maxi Kleber and Willie Cauley-Stein will fill in for the rest of the way.|
|Richaun Holmes||SAC||Shoulder||DAY TO DAY||Holmes is getting closer to returning. Dewayne Dedmon and Nemanja Bjelica will help fill the void.|
|Wendell Carter Jr.||CHI||Ankle||1-3 Weeks||Carter's Ankle is badly sprained. Thaddeus Young and Cristiano Felicio will see more minutes. Daniel Gafford (When healthy) will see more minutes as well.|
|Enes Kanter||BOS||Hip||DAY TO DAY||Kanter has missed his last four games and Daniel Theis will see a bump in minutes until he's ready to return.|
|Zach Collins||POR||Shoulder||5-7 Weeks||Collins still has over a month until he should be cleared and Carmelo Anthony and Trevor Ariza will fill the void. Mario Hezonja will see more love in the rotation as well.|
|Justise Winslow||MIA||Back||No Timetable||Winslow is still bothered by his Back and we don't know when we'll see him again. Tyler Herro picks up the usage and Duncan Robinson and Derrick Jones Jr. will pick up more minutes.|
|D.J. Augustin||ORL||Knee||1-2 Weeks||Augustin will miss time with a Knee injury and Markelle Fultz will see more minutes and we can expect Evan Fournier to bring up the ball a bit more as well.|
|Jabari Parker||ATL||Shoulder||1-2 Weeks||Parker will miss the next few weeks after having a procedure done to his Shoulder. De'Andre Hunter should be able to get more playing time.|
|Paul Millsap||DEN||Knee||No Timetable||Millsap continues to miss time with a Knee injury. Jerami Grant and Michael Porter Jr. will see more minutes.|
|Mason Plumlee||DEN||Foot||1-3 Weeks||Plumlee will be out for the next few weeks and Jerami Grant will see even more playing time. Nikola Jokic should see a few extra minutes as well.|
|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 , Danuel House Jr. and Austin Rivers will pick up the slack this season. House will be the biggest beneficiary.|
|Tim Hardaway Jr.||DAL||Back||DAY TO DAY||Hardaway was feeling pain in his Back but it's looking like he will try to give it a go for Friday's game. If he for some reason has to miss the game, Delon Wright and Seth Curry will see more shots.|
|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. Trevor Ariza will pick up a lot more minutes and usage.|
|Otto Porter Jr.||CHI||Foot||No Timetable||Porter is slowly progressing but isn't that close to returning. Kris Dunn will see more minutes and starts. Thaddeus Young and Shaq Harrison will see an increase in playing time.|
|Donte DiVincenzo||MIL||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||DiVincenzo may need to sit on Friday and that would give Wesley Matthews and Pat Connaughton more minutes and shots.|
|Rui Hachimura||WSH||Groin||DAY TO DAY||Hachimura is dealing with a Groin injury and Davis Bertans will benefit by seeing more minutes, but he is close to returning. Troy Brown Jr. should have more time with the ball.|
|Moritz Wagner||WSH||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Wagner could be on his way back to the court in the next couple of games. Davis Bertans and Ian Mahinmi will be primary fill in options until he's ready. Thomas Bryant benefits as well.|
|George Hill||MIL||Hamstring||DAY TO DAY||Hill will sit for Friday's game and Eric Bledsoe will play deeper into the game and Wesley Matthews should see more minutes running the point.|
|Robert Williams||BOS||Hip||1-2 Weeks||Williams is dealing with an injured Hip and he'll miss the next few weeks of action. Daniel Theis and Enes Kanter (if healthy) will help fill the void.|
|Skal Labissiere||POR||Knee||1-2 Weeks||Labissiere will be shelved for the next bunch of weeks until he's ready to return, Carmelo Anthony and Mario Hezonja will see more minutes.|
|Alex Len||ATL||Hip||1-2 Weeks||While Len is out, Damian Jones and Bruno Fernando (if healthy) will fill in at Center.|
|Frank Kaminsky||PHX||Knee||1-2 Weeks||Kaminsky will miss at least the next few weeks of action and Aron Baynes (if healthy) will see more minutes behind Deandre Ayton until Kaminsky is ready to return. Dario Saric also benefits.|
|Andre Roberson||OKC||Knee||No Timetable||New year, same story! Roberson has to be cleared in order to play and Hamidou Diallo and Terrance Ferguson will pick up minutes at SG/SF.|
|MEM||Hand||DAY TO DAY||Melton has missed his last few games with a sore Hand and if he needs to sit on Friday, Tyus Jones will see more back up minutes.|
|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||9-10 Weeks||With Aminu sidelined for awhile, Khem Birch and Mohamed Bamba should be able to pick up minutes. Aaron Gordon will see more playing time as well.|
|Markieff Morris||DET||Illness||DAY TO DAY||If Morris needs to sit on Friday, Christian Wood and Thon Maker will see more playing time. Sekou Doumbouya will see more playing as well.|
|Rondae Hollis-Jefferson||TOR||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Hollis-Jefferson will miss his third straight game on Friday and Chris Boucher and OG Anunoby will see a frw more 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.|
|Garrison Mathews||WSH||Ankle||No Timetable||With Matthews sidelined for at least the next few weeks, Jordan McRae (if healthy) and Troy Brown Jr. should see more minutes and shots.|
|Cameron Johnson||PHX||Quad||DAY TO DAY||Johnson continues to miss games and if he needs to miss more time Mikal Bridges and Tyler Johnson will see a bump in minutes.|
|DeAndre' Bembry||ATL||Hand||DAY TO DAY||Bembry has missed his last five games and if he needs to miss more time De'Andre Hunter and Vince Carter will continue to benefit.|
|Kevon Looney||GSW||Abs||1-2 Weeks||Looney is getting closer to returning, but it could be another couple of weeks and that will benefit Marquese Chriss and Omari Spellman from a playing time standpoint.|
|Alex Caruso||LAL||Neck||DAY TO DAY||Caruso has a sore Neck and if he needs to sit for Friday's game, Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley will see more time with the ball.|
|Nene Hilario||HOU||Adductor||No Timetable||We're unsure when we'll see Nene ' take the floor this season. Isaiah Hartenstein will back up Clint Capela .|
|Kenrich Williams||NO||Back||DAY TO DAY||Williams continues to miss games with the bad Back and E'Twaun Moore should be able to steal a few minutes because of the injury.|
|Daniel Gafford||CHI||Thumb||DAY TO DAY||Gafford could return in the next week but until he's back, Luke Kornet and Cristiano Felicio will see more minutes and Thaddeus Young will indirectly benefit and he'll see more time at PF.|
|Dylan Windler||CLE||Leg||No Timetable||It's not looking like we'll see Windler active at all this season as he may need surgery and won't recover in time before the season ends. Cedi Osman and Kevin Porter Jr. (when healthy) will benefit.|
|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 and Langston Galloway .|
|Grayson Allen||MEM||Hip||No Timetable||Allen is dealing with an injured Hip and we don't know when we'll see him return to the court. De'Anthony Melton (if healthy) and Tyus Jones will see more minutes moving forward.|
|Brandon Knight||CLE||Knee||1-2 Weeks||Knight is dealing with a sore Knee and Dante Exum will pick up more playing time until Knight is ready to return to action.|
|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.|
|Ante Zizic||CLE||Illness||No Timetable||Zizic will miss some time as he's recovering from an Illness. John Henson and Larry Nance Jr. will see a boost in minutes.|
|Bruno Caboclo||MEM||Knee||2-4 Weeks||Caboclo doesn't get too much time in the Grizzlies rotation and was actually down in the G-League when the injury occurred. Kyle Anderson should see a few more minutes.|
|Tony Bradley||UT||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Bradley missed his last game with an injured Knee and if he needs to sit for more games, Ed Davis will see more minutes.|
|Allen Crabbe||MIN||Knee||No Timetable||Crabbe is dealing with an injured Knee and until he is ready to return to the court, Josh Okogie and Jarrett Culver will see more minutes.|
|Chandler Parsons||ATL||Concussion||No Timetable||Parsons was involved in a car accident earlier this week and he suffered a Concussion. He doesn't get much playing time in the Hawks rotation and doesn't impact other Hawks Forward's minutes.|
|Frank Mason III||MIL||Oblique||DAY TO DAY||Mason is on the outside looking into the Bucks rotation and could return in the next game or two. It doesn't impact playing time for other Bucks guards. He hasn't played since 2019.|
|Max Strus||CHI||Torn ACL||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Strus season is over and Denzel Valentine will find himself getting more playing time.|
|Bruno Fernando||ATL||Calf||DAY TO DAY||Fernando missed his last two games and if he needs to miss more time Damian Jones and John Collins will see more minutes with Alex Len injured as well.|
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M. Smart - SG
Marcus Smart made a fill-in start on Wednesday, posting 12 points (2-of-4 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs), five rebounds and five assists with two 3-pointers in 31 minutes vs. the Nets.
Kemba Walker was out tonight for maintenance reasons related to his knees. He's expected to play vs. Toronto on Friday, though, so Smart's starting job will be a one-off situation. This gives some insight into coach Brad Stevens' thinking, though, which will prove useful if Walker misses extended time. Smart is already a viable DFS player and his positional versatility means he'll gain value if any guard or wing player misses time.
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E. Kanter - C
Enes Kanter had seven points and no other stats to his credit in five minutes of action on Wednesday.
Robert Williams III was terrific tonight and the Celtics led by 21 points at halftime, so there was no real need to press key guys. That said, Kanter was clearly shunted aside in favor of Williams, who was on fire and finished with 18 points on perfect 7-of-7 shooting. Tonight's dud makes Kanter riskier going forward, since it looks like a healthy RW3 could displace him at a moment's notice depending upon matchups and the flow of a single game.
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R. Williams - C
Robert Williams III racked up 18 points, five rebounds, three blocks, two assists and one steal in a mere 19 minutes of action on Wednesday.
He made 7-of-7 FGs and 4-of-4 FTs, showing the efficiency and penchant for rebounding and rim-protection that led Boston to draft him No. 27 overall in 2018. Injuries and long stints in the G League have limited his exposure to NBA competition, and he's still a dubious target in DFS since tonight's outburst was largely due to garbage time.
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J. Crawford - SG
Jamal Crawford (strained hamstring) will miss at least "a few games," according to Nets coach Jacque Vaughn.
The veteran's comeback with the Nets isn't over quite yet, since Brooklyn is basically locked into a playoff spot. Hamstring injuries tend to linger, though, and at 40 years old Crawford may not heal in time to help on the court. On the plus side, he can still be a veteran presence in the locker room, which is largely why the Nets signed him in the first place.
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J. Allen - C
Jarrett Allen returned on Wednesday with 11 points, eight rebounds, four assists and one steal in 28 minutes during a 149-115 loss vs. the Celtics.
Allen sat out the first half of a back-to-back set on Tuesday, with the Nets listing him out due to "unusual circumstances." It was simply a night off during a busy stretch of Brooklyn's schedule, and they're leaning on Allen more than ever with DeAndre Jordan unavailable for the re-start in Orlando. The Celtics dominated this game in the first half and never let up, so the fourth quarter was mostly garbage time. Allen should fare better Friday vs. Richaun Holmes and the Kings.
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J. Harris - SF
Joe Harris (hamstring, back) started Wednesday's game and put in 14 points on 6-of-14 shooting with one 3-pointer, six rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Harris is dealing with right hamstring and lower back tightness, but both are minor ailments and his absence on Tuesday was just a precaution. He played 25 minutes tonight but that would have been higher were it not for garbage time. Harris has played a bigger role in the offense since the re-start in Orlando, and remains a solid bet to hit DFS value.
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C. LeVert - SG
Caris LeVert (thigh contusion) returned on Wednesday with 13 points, five rebounds, two steals, two blocks and one assist in 27 minutes vs. the Celtics.
LeVert sat out Tuesday's borderline-miraculous win vs. the Bucks -- they were 19-point underdogs on betting sites, but still pulled out a 119-116 victory. They were blown out tonight vs. a Boston team hungry to establish themselves as the top team in the East, so the fact that Brooklyn beat Milwaukee on Tuesday was likely an eye-opener for the Celtics. LeVert is still a potential DFS stud, so this shouldn't dissuade GMs from using him in a favorable matchup vs. the Kings on Friday.
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J. Ennis - SF
James Ennis played through a dislocated finger on Wednesday, posting eight points on 4-of-12 shooting, six rebounds, two assists and one steal.
Ennis shot 0-of-6 from deep and didn't get to the free-throw line, so it wasn't a great performance from a True Shooting perspective. He acquitted himself well on defense, as usual, and it looks like he'll be a reliable part of the rotation, especially if Aaron Gordon misses time after suffering hamstring tightness tonight.
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