NBA Injury Report: March 1
Justin Fensterman goes around the league, providing critical information on every injured player, on every team.
|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||1-2 Weeks||There was speculation he'd return Sunday, but it didn't work out. We'll see him in 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.|
|Anthony Davis||LAL||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Daivs is dealing with a sore Knee and if he has to miss any action, Kyle Kuzma and Dwight Howard will see more minutes.|
|Luka Doncic||DAL||Thumb||DAY TO DAY||Doncic missed a game with an injured Thumb. 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||1-3 Weeks||Don't be surprised if this timetable gets backed up a bit, but Towns will miss at least another week with a fractured Wrist. Naz Reid will be the main fill in option. Juancho Hernangomez and James Johnson will benefit.|
|Damian Lillard||POR||Groin||DAY TO DAY||Lillard can potentially beat a two-week timetable, but Groin injuries can be tricky. CJ McCollum becomes the top scoring option and Anfernee Simons (if healthy) and Gary Trent Jr. will run the point more.|
|Jusuf Nurkic||POR||Legs||No Timetable||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 (if healthy) and Damian Jones will see more minutes.|
|Ben Simmons||PHI||Back||No Timetable||Simmons will probably be out at least another few weeks. Shake Milton and Alec Burks will see a bump in minutes. Tobias Harris should be able to slash more to the rim.|
|Joel Embiid||PHI||Shoulder||1-2 Weeks||Embiid will miss at least another three games and while he's out, Al Horford and Tobias Harris will play more in the post and Mike Scott will see more minutes and shots from the arc.|
|Lauri Markkanen||CHI||Pelvis||1-2 Weeks||Markkanen is recovering and could make it back to the court soon. Thaddeus Young will see a lot more playing time. Shaq Harrison will indirectly see more minutes.|
|Khris Middleton||MIL||Neck||DAY TO DAY||Middleton has missed his last two games with a sore Neck and if he needs to miss more action, Donte DiVincenzo will see more minutes and Eric Bledsoe and Brook Lopez will see more shots.|
|Kemba Walker||BOS||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Walker has missed his last five games 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.|
|LaMarcus Aldridge||SAS||Shoulder||DAY TO DAY||Aldridge has missed his last two games with an injured Shoulder and if he needs to miss more time, Trey Lyles will see more minutes and Rudy Gay will see more usage.|
|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 (when healthy) will see more minutes. Chris Boucher will see more minutes|
|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||1-2 Weeks||Jackson will need at least another week to recover and don't be surprised if he's still out longer. Josh Jackson , Kyle Anderson and Brandon Clarke (if healthy) should see more minutes and usage.|
|Draymond Green||GSW||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Green is always banged up. Eric Paschall 's should see a lot more time with the ball if he needs more time off. Expect Kevon Looney to play deeper into games as well.|
|Fred VanVleet||TOR||Shoulder||DAY TO DAY||VanVleet missed his last two games with a Shoulder injury and while he's out, Norman Powell and Terence Davis will see more minutes.|
|Kelly Oubre Jr.||PHX||Knee||No Timetable||It's possible that Oubre's season could be over but he's looking at other options before going under the knife. While he's out Mikal Bridges and Cam Johnson (if healthy) will benefit.|
|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||2-3 Weeks||Bagley will be on the shelf for at least another couple of 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||DAY TO DAY||Kennard is getting very close to returning to action and could make it back in the next few games. Bruce Brown (if healthy) and Langston Galloway will see more shots and minutes.|
|Josh Richardson||PHI||Concussion||No Timetable||Richardson is in the Concussion protocol and while he's out Shake Milton , Furkan Korkmaz and Alec Burks should see more minutes. Is this Glenn Robinson III's way into the rotation?|
|Brandon Clarke||MEM||Quad||1-2 Weeks||While Clarke is out, Jonas Valanciunas will play deeper into games and Gorgui Dieng and Josh Jackson will see more playing time.|
|JJ Redick||NO||Hamstring||2-3 Weeks||Redick has an injured Hamstring and while he's out, Josh Hart should be able to play more minutes and Lonzo Ball will see his usage increase. Jrue Holiday benefits a bit as well.|
|Jeremy Lamb||IND||Torn ACL||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Lamb's season is over and TJ Warren will see more shots and Victor Oladipo will see less competition for playing time for the rest of the way. Justin Holiday will see more minutes as well.|
|Danilo Gallinari||OKC||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Gallinari missed his last game with a sore Ankle and if he needs to miss anymore action, Terrance Ferguson and Hamidou Diallo will get more playing time.|
|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||No Timetable||It continues to be very uncertain when we'll see Holmes back in action. Harrison Barnes , Alex Len and Nemanja Bjelica will help fill the void.|
|Tristan Thompson||CLE||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Thompson will miss his second game in a row on Monday with a Knee injury. Ante Zizic will see back up minutes behind Andre Drummond . Larry Nance Jr. should benefit as well.|
|Serge Ibaka||TOR||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Ibaka has missed his last two games with a sore Knee and if he needs more time off, Chris Boucher and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will see more minutes.|
|Zach Collins||POR||Shoulder||1-3 Weeks||Collins timetable has him returning in mid-March and he's working out. 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||DAY TO DAY||Porter could potentially return to the lineup on Monday. Thaddeus Young and Shaq Harrison will see an increase in playing time with Kris Dunn out.|
|Kris Dunn||CHI||Knee||3-5 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||No Timetable||Brunson has a torn Labrum and we don't know if we'll see him again this season. 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.|
|Paul Millsap||DEN||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Millsap missed his last game with an Ankle injury and while he's out Jerami Grant and Michael Porter Jr. will see more action.|
|Skal Labissiere||ATL||Knee||1-2 Weeks||Labissiere will be shelved for another couple of weeks and Damian Jones , Dewayne Dedmon (if healthy) and Bruno Fernando will cover more ground while he's out.|
|Bruce Brown||DET||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Brown missed his last three games with a Knee injury and if he needs more time on the sidelines, Langston Galloway and Brandon Knight will see more playing time.|
|Jakob Poeltl||SAS||Knee||2-4 Weeks||Poeltl has a sprained MCL and it's looking like he will miss the next few weeks of action. Rudy Gay and Trey Lyles will see more minutes and usage until LaMarcus Aldridge returns.|
|Cam Reddish||ATL||Back||DAY TO DAY||Reddish may have to sit for Monday's game with a Back injury and if he can't go, De'Andre Hunter and Kevin Huerter will see more shots.|
|Dewayne Dedmon||ATL||Elbow||DAY TO DAY||Dedmon had a procedure on his Elbow and may need to sit for another few games. While he's out Bruno Fernando and Damian Jones will see a lot more minutes.|
|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.|
|Ky Bowman||GSW||Ankle||1-2 Weeks||Bowman will miss at least his next few games with a sprained Ankle and while he's out, Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole will help run the point. Damion Lee will assist too.|
|Al-Farouq Aminu||ORL||Knee||5-6 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.|
|Reggie Bullock||NY||Illness||DAY TO DAY||Bullock may need to sit out for another game because he's sick and Damyean Dotson and Wayne Ellington could see more minutes if he sits.|
|Kyle Korver||MIL||Back||DAY TO DAY||Korver will miss games until Wednesday 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 is out for the season. Kenrich Williams (if healthy) and E'Twaun Moore pick up more minutes.|
|Kevon Looney||GSW||Hip||DAY TO DAY||If Looney needs to miss any action with the Hip injury, Marquese Chriis, Dragan Bender and Eric Paschall could see more playing time.|
|Luke Kornet||CHI||Ankle/Foot||6-8 Weeks||Kornet may miss the rest of the season with a horribly sprained Ankle and a Foot 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||2-4 Weeks||Bazley will miss at least another few weeks with a bruised Knee and Danilo Gallinari and Hamidou Diallo will see more minutes.|
|Anfernee Simons||POR||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Simons may have to sit for Monday's game and if he can't give it a go, expect Gary Trent Jr. to spend more time running the point.|
|Kenrich Williams||NO||Back||DAY TO DAY||Williams continues to miss games with the bad Back, but is getting closer to returning and Josh Hart and E'Twaun Moore should be able to steal a few minutes because of the injury.|
|Dennis Smith Jr.||NY||Concussion||No Timetable||Smith has a Concussion and we don't know when exactly we will see him again and Elfrid Payton and Frank Ntilikina will get more PG minutes.|
|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.|
|Thon Maker||DET||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Maker missed his last game with an Ankle injury and if he needs more time out, Christian Wood and John Henson will fill the void.|
|Noah Vonleh||DEN||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Vonleh has missed his last two games with an injured Ankle and while he's out, Mason Plumlee will see a minor boost in playing time, but Vonleh gets inconsistent minutes.|
|Dante Exum||CLE||Ankle||No Timetable||We don’t know when we'll see Exum take the court again and Kevin Porter Jr. and Darius Garland will benefit with him off the floor.|
|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||McKinnie has missed his last six games and it's uncertain when we'll see him return to action. 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 will find himself getting more playing time. Shaq Harrison could benefit as well.|
|Alen Smailagic||GSW||Quad||DAY TO DAY||Smailagic has missed his last few games with a quad injury and Marquese Chriss , Kevon Looney (if healthy) and Dragan Bender will see more playing time if he can't play on Tuesday.|
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L. James - SF
The Lakers snapped a four-game losing streak on Friday, led by LeBron James' 28 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, four steals and three blocks.
The King wouldn't be denied tonight, hitting 11-of-21 shots with a pair of 3-pointers in 36 minutes. He got some much-needed help from Dennis Schroder (22 points) in addition to strong bench play led by Montrezl Harrell (17 points). Any concerns about LBJ resting have been alleviated early in the season, as he's yet to miss a game while averaging 34.8 minutes per game. We're watching greatness personified.
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M. Harrell - C
Montrezl Harrell scored 17 points vs. the Blazers on Friday, sinking 7-of-12 field goals and 3-of-4 free throws with nine boards and a pair of assists.
It was a great overall performance from the Lakers' sixth-man extraordinaire, who also blocked a shot without any turnovers in 30 minutes. All but one of his makes were in the restricted area and all seven of them were assisted. He continues to thrive at the rim and is top-20 in the league in points off paint touches, despite playing the second-fewest minutes of anyone in that group (Ivica Zubac). His role fluctuates based on matchups and even Anthony Davis' absence hasn't bumped him up too high, so it might take an injury to Marc Gasol to really set him loose.
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D. Schroder - PG
Dennis Schroder returned from a four-game absence on Friday, scoring 22 points on 6-of-14 field goals and 9-of-9 free throws in 32 minutes vs. the Blazers.
The Lakers lost all four games without Schroder and Anthony Davis (calf), but turned this game around in the second half thanks largely to Schroder's play at both ends of the court. He made a 3-pointer and added three rebounds, two assists and one steal with two turnovers, and should enjoy an elevated role offensively with AD ruled out through the All-Star break. His nine free throw attempts tonight were one shy of his season high, and that's a great sign for fantasy purposes since he's connecting on 82.0% of his attempts.
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K. Kuzma - SF
Kyle Kuzma grabbed 11 boards off the bench on Friday, but shot just 1-of-5 from the field to score four points with two dimes and two turnovers in 22 minutes.
Head coach Frank Vogel isn't shy about reconfiguring his rotations on the fly, and tonight marked Kuzma's lowest playing time since Feb. 8. Markieff Morris once again got the start at power forward, but he also struggled with four points on 2-of-8 shooting, four rebounds, one assist and one steal in 22 minutes. Kuzma is still worth deploying without Anthony Davis (calf) and he'll be better most nights, especially since he's provided a trickle of defensive stats in recent weeks.
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D. Jones - C
Damian Jones was available but didn't play vs. the Blazers on Friday.
Jones just joined the team after driving from Phoenix to L.A., and coach Frank Vogel said before the game that it was "unlikely" he'd play. Even if he does crack the rotation while Anthony Davis (calf) is out of commission, though, he's unlikely to earn many minutes while Montrezl Harrell, Marc Gasol and Markieff Morris are active.
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E. Kanter - C
Enes Kanter notched another double-double on Friday with 11 points, 17 rebounds, three assists and just one turnover in 35 minutes.
The Blazers have dropped four straight games, but still have an 18-14 record to sit No. 6 in the West. Kanter is giving them all he can and he's reached double-digit boards in all but two games in February. As usual, though, his fantasy appeal is limited to three categories, or four if you include his limited turnovers -- he's committed only one in the past five games, a span of 165 minutes. Fantasy managers shouldn't get overly comfortable, though, since his value hinges on the health of Jusuf Nurkic (fractured right wrist), who is due to be re-evaluated on Mar. 2.
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R. Covington - PF
Robert Covington scored only four points in 40 minutes of action on Friday, going 1-of-8 from the field with 10 rebounds and one steal.
Covington was 0-of-5 from the field and he's now a combined 0-of-9 in his past two games after a scoreless performance vs. Denver on Tuesday. His marginal offensive role is a drag, but he's been surging in February with enough rebounds (7.5) and defensive stats (1.7 blocks, 1.5 steals) to maintain mid-round value. He should benefit from Portland's next matchup on Monday vs. the Hornets, who are allowing the second-most 3-pointers of any team in the league behind only New Orleans.
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D. Lillard - PG
Damian Lillard scored 35 points in a losing effort on Friday, finishing 11-of-24 from the field and 8-of-8 from the line with seven dimes, three rebounds and one block in 42 minutes.
Dame was held to 11 points after halftime and he only attempted one shot the entire third quarter, during which the Lakers took a decisive lead. Lillard's heroics have kept the Blazers comfortably above .500, but they've lost four straight and the cracks are starting to widen. Gary Trent Jr. (19 points on 8-of-20 shooting) was the only other Blazer to score more than 11 points, and Lillard can really use some help with C.J. McCollum (left foot) and Jusuf Nurkic (right wrist) out of commission. Not that fantasy managers are complaining.
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