NBA Injury Report: February 23
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||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Durant is not coming back this season despite videos circulating of him being able to shoot with a full range of motion. Taurean Prince will benefit most along with Joe Harris with Durant out.|
|Stephen Curry||GSW||Hand||2-4 Weeks||Curry is apparently getting closer to returning but he'll still need a few weeks. Andrew Wiggins is the top shooting option and reserves such as Damion Lee and Ky Bowman will see more minutes.|
|John Wall||WSH||Achilles||OUT FOR THE SEASON||We were told a couple of weeks ago that he wasn't close and he's starting to run out of time and the Wizards aren't contending. Shabazz Napier and Ish Smith will run the point for the Wizards.|
|Klay Thompson||GSW||Knee||OUT FOR THE SEASON||We won't see Thompson on the court this season. Andrew Wiggins , Eric Paschall and Damion Lee will pick up more minutes for the rest of 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. Cousins is about to be waived by the Lakers.|
|Luka Doncic||DAL||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Doncic is still feeling the pain in his Ankle and missed his last game. Delon Wright , Jalen Brunson (if healthy) and Seth Curry will see more minutes and shots until he's ready to return. Tim Hardaway Jr. picks up more shots.|
|Kyrie Irving||BKN||Shoulder||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Irving's season is over after having Shoulder surgery. Spencer Dinwiddie will see more time running the point and Joe Harris and Caris LeVert 's usage will go up.|
|Karl-Anthony Towns||MIN||Wrist||2-3 Weeks||Don't be surprised if this timetable gets backed up a bit, but Towns will miss at least the next few weeks with a fractured Wrist. Naz Reid will be the main fill in option. Juancho Hernangomez and James Johnson will benefit.|
|Damian Lillard||POR||Groin||1-2 Weeks||Lillard can potentially beat a two-week timetable if he doesn't have a set back but Groin injuries can be tricky. CJ McCollum becomes the top scoring option and Anfernee Simons and Gary Trent Jr. will run the point more.|
|Jusuf Nurkic||POR||Legs||4-7 Weeks||Nurkic recently had a set-back and it's now looking like he won't come back until the tail end of the season, if at all. Hassan Whiteside will start in his place and Caleb Swanigan will pick up minutes.|
|Clint Capela||ATL||Heel||1-3 Weeks||Capela is still dealing with a sore Heel and we won't see him make his Hawks debut for at least a few more games. Dewayne Dedmon and Damian Jones will see more minutes.|
|Ben Simmons||PHI||Back||No Timetable||We are awaiting MRI results but Simmons could be looking at a few weeks on the shelf at least and Shake Milton and Alec Burks will see a bump in minutes. Tobias Harris should be able to slash more to the rim.|
|Paul George||LAC||Hamstring||DAY TO DAY||George missed his last game with an inuured Hamstring and his status for Monday's game is uncertain at this point but this Hamstring pain just continues to follow him around. Marcus Morris will see more shots and minutes.|
|Lauri Markkanen||CHI||Hip||1-3 Weeks||Markkanen is recovering and could make it back to the court in a few weeks and while he's out Thaddeus Young will see a lot more playing time. Shaq Harrison will indirectly see more minutes.|
|Kevin Love||CLE||Achilles||DAY TO DAY||Love sat his last game because his Achilles pain continues to linger. If he needs more games out, Larry Nance Jr. and Tristan Thompson will benefit. Cedi Osman will see more shots.|
|Kemba Walker||BOS||Knee||DAY TO DAY||The swelling in Walker's Knee won't go away and while he's out Marcus Smart will help run the point and Jaylen Brown , Gordon Hayward and Jayson Tatum will see more time with the ball.|
|Victor Oladipo||IND||Back||DAY TO DAY||Oladipo is dealing with a sore Back and if he has to miss any action, Jeremy Lamb and TJ Warren will see more minutes and shots. Justin Holiday will see a bump in minutes as well.|
|Marc Gasol||TOR||Hamstring||No Timetable||Gasol continues to miss games and nothing has been confirmed regarding when we'll see him return. 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||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Isaac's season is 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.|
|Jaren Jackson Jr.||MEM||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Jackson had to leave his previous game with a sore Knee and if he needs to miss more time, Josh Jackson , Kyle Anderson and Brandon Clarke should see more minutes and usage.|
|Draymond Green||GSW||Pelvis||DAY TO DAY||Green is always banged up and is out for Sunday's game. Eric Paschall 's should see a lot more time with the ball. Expect Kevon Looney to play deeper into games as well.|
|Marquese Chriss||GSW||Calf||DAY TO DAY||Chriss is dealing with a sore Calf and if he has to miss games, Kevon Looney and Alen Smailagic will see more minutes.|
|Norman Powell||TOR||Finger||No Timetable||While Powell is out again, OG Anunoby and Terence Davis will see more minutes and usage. We haven't been given much information regarding when we can expect Powell back.|
|Blake Griffin||DET||Knee||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Griffin's season is over. Thon Maker , John Henson , Sekou Doumbouya and Christian Wood will see more minutes.|
|Marvin Bagley III||SAC||Foot||No Timetable||Bagley will be on the shelf for at least the next few weeks. Nemanja Bjelica and Richaun Holmes (if healthy) will see more minutes. Anthony Tolliver and Alex Len 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.|
|Elfrid Payton||NY||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Payton has a sore Ankle and he may need to sit for the second straight game on Monday and if he cant go Dennis Smith Jr. and Frank Ntilikina (if healthy) will see more minutes.|
|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||1-2 Weeks||Holmes is getting closer to returning, but this Shoulder pain hasn't gone away and just when we think he's ready to come back, a set back occurs. Harrison Barnes and Nemanja Bjelica will help fill the void.|
|Wendell Carter Jr.||CHI||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Carter is getting closer to returning but he continues to get ruled out of games. Thaddeus Young and Daniel Gafford will see more minutes as well.|
|Patrick Beverley||LAC||Groin||DAY TO DAY||Beverley missed his last five games with a sore Groin and if he has to miss more time, Lou Williams , Reggie Jackson and Landry Shamet will see more minutes.|
|Zach Collins||POR||Shoulder||2-4 Weeks||Collins timetable has him returning in mid-March. We haven't been given too many details. Carmelo Anthony and Trevor Ariza will fill the void. Nassir Little will see more love in the rotation as well.|
|Justise Winslow||MEM||Back||No Timetable||Winslow is still bothered by his Back and we don't know when we'll see him debut with the Grizzlies. De'Anthony Melton and Kyle Anderson will see more minutes.|
|Tyler Herro||MIA||Ankle||No Timetable||Herro doesn't have a timetable to return at the moment and until he returns Duncan Robinson , Jae Crowder and Derrick Jones Jr. will see a bump in minutes.|
|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||1-2 Weeks||Porter is getting through more practices and we can see him back soon. Thaddeus Young and Shaq Harrison will see an increase in playing time with Kris Dunn out.|
|Kris Dunn||CHI||Knee||4-6 Weeks||While Dunn is out, Shaq Harrison and Denzel Valentine (if healthy) and Ryan Arcidiacono could see a minor bump in minutes as well.|
|Jalen Brunson||DAL||Shoulder||DAY TO DAY||We have to wait and see MRI results for Brunson's injured Shoulder, but if he has to miss multiple games, Seth Curry , Delon Wright and J.J. Barea will see more minutes.|
|Chandler Hutchison||CHI||Shoulder||No Timetable||Hutchison is injury-prone and we don't know when we'll see him take the court again and Shaq Harrison will see more minutes. The Bulls are so desperate they've needed Ryan Arcidiacono to fill in at SF.|
|Robert Williams||BOS||Hip||1-2 Weeks||Williams is dealing with an injured Hip and he'll miss another week or two. Daniel Theis and Enes Kanter will help fill the void.|
|Skal Labissiere||ATL||Knee||2-3 Weeks||Labissiere will be shelved for another few weeks and Damian Jones , Dewayne Dedmon and Bruno Fernando will cover more ground while he's out.|
|Frank Ntilikina||NY||Groin||DAY TO DAY||Ntilikina may have to sit for Monday's game and if he's out, Dennis Smith Jr. and Elfrid Payton (if healthy) will see more playing time.|
|Frank Kaminsky||PHX||Knee||No Timetable||Kaminsky doesn't have a timetable to return and Aron Baynes 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.|
|Meyers Leonard||MIA||Ankle||No Timetable||While Leonard is out, Kelly Olynyk and Jae Crowder will help fill the void. Andre Iguodala could play a few minutes at PF as well.|
|Jake Layman||MIN||Toe||2-3 Weeks||Layman will be able to practice moving forward and is getting closer to returning. and Juancho Hernangomez and James Johnson will see more minutes while he's out.|
|Al-Farouq Aminu||ORL||Knee||6-7 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.|
|Patrick McCaw||TOR||Illness||DAY TO DAY||McCaw is sick and it has cost him a couple of games and Terence Davis will continue to back up Fred VanVleet with Norman Powell still out.|
|Kyle Korver||MIL||Back||DAY TO DAY||Korver, for now, should only miss a few games with the sore Back and if he needs more time off the floor, Wes Matthews and Donte DiVincenzo will pick up the slack.|
|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.|
|Luke Kornet||CHI||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Kornet sprained his Ankle and he will miss a couple of games because of the injury. More playing time ahead for Thaddeus Young and Daniel Gafford .|
|DeAndre' Bembry||ATL||Abs||No Timetable||Bembry continues to miss time with multiple injuries and we haven't seen him on the court in over a month. De'Andre Hunter and Vince Carter will continue to benefit.|
|Darius Bazley||OKC||Knee||2-5 Weeks||Bazley will miss at least another few weeks with a bruised Knee and Danilo Gallinari and Hamidou Diallo will see more minutes.|
|Denzel Valentine||CHI||Hamstring||DAY TO DAY||Valentine continues to miss games with a Hamstring injury and Shaq Harrison will see more playing time.|
|Kenrich Williams||NO||Back||1-2 Weeks||Williams continues to miss games with the bad Back and Josh Hart and E'Twaun Moore should be able to steal a few minutes because of the injury.|
|Mario Hezonja||POR||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Hezonja has missed his last four games with an injured Ankle and that will bump up Trevor Ariza and Carmelo Anthony 's stock a bit more.|
|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 befor the season ends. Cedi Osman and Kevin Porter Jr. will benefit.|
|Grayson Allen||MEM||Hip||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Allen is dealing with an injured Hip and Coach K (even though he's not on the Memphis staff) says he's done for the season! De'Anthony Melton and Tyus Jones will see more minutes moving forward.|
|Edmond Sumner||IND||Hip||DAY TO DAY||Sumner has missed a few games lately with a sore Hip and if he needs to miss more time, it won't impact the rotation too much because he doesn't get too many minutes. Justin Holiday would see a few more minutes.|
|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.|
|Alfonzo McKinnie||CLE||Foot||DAY TO DAY||Expect this status to change in the next few days as McKinne will likely need more time off the floor to recover. Larry Nance Jr. will steal more minutes with him off the floor.|
|Max Strus||CHI||Torn ACL||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Strus season is over and Denzel Valentine (if healthy) will find himself getting more playing time. Shaq Harrison could benefit 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.
Added Yesterday 11:59 pm (EST)
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.
Added Yesterday 11:59 pm (EST)
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.
Added Yesterday 11:57 pm (EST)
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.
Added Yesterday 11:56 pm (EST)
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.
Added Yesterday 11:54 pm (EST)
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.
Added Yesterday 11:53 pm (EST)
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.
Added Yesterday 11:52 pm (EST)
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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