NBA Injury Report: March 8
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||DAY TO DAY||Curry returned to action on March 5th, but now he's sick and he missed his last game. If he sits, Andrew Wiggins will be 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 (if healthy) 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.|
|Giannis Antetokounmpo||MIL||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Antetokounmpo is looking like he may need to sit on Sunday with a sore Knee and if he's out Khris Middleton becomes the top option and Brook Lopez and Eric Bledsoe pick up more shots. Marvin Williams will see more minutes.|
|Andre Drummond||CLE||Calf||DAY TO DAY||Drummond had been dealing with an injured Calf and it's looking like he will return to action on Sunday. If he sits again Tristan Thompson and Larry Nance Jr. will pick up more playing time.|
|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||Towns needs another few weeks to recover, but he could be held out for the rest of the season. Naz Reid will be the main fill in option. Juancho Hernangomez and James Johnson will benefit.|
|Deandre Ayton||PHX||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Ayton will miss his second game in a row on Sunday and Aron Baynes will see more minutes and usage until he returns.|
|Jusuf Nurkic||POR||Legs||1 Week||Nurkic is expected to return to the Blazers lineup next Sunday versus Houston. Hassan Whiteside will be in more of a timeshare as Nurkic shakes the rust. Caleb Swanigan 's minutes will drop.|
|Clint Capela||ATL||Heel||1-3 Weeks||Capela is still dealing with a sore Achilles and we won't see him make his Hawks debut for at least another week. Dewayne Dedmon 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 and Josh Richardson (if healthy) should be able to slash more to the rim.|
|Joel Embiid||PHI||Shoulder||DAY TO DAY||Embiid could potentially return to the lineup this week. Al Horford and Tobias Harris will play more in the post and Mike Scott will see more minutes and shots from the arc if he needs more time off.|
|Zach LaVine||CHI||Quad||DAY TO DAY||LaVine may need another game to recover and if he can't return Denzel Valentine will see more minutes and Lauri Markkanen and Otto Porter will see more shots.|
|Malcolm Brogdon||IND||Quad||1-2 Weeks||Brogdon will miss at least a week of action and T.J. McConnell and Aaron Holiday should benefit. Victor Oladipo (if healthy) will see more shots.|
|Evan Fournier||ORL||Elbow||No Timetable||Forunier could miss the next few weeks, but there's no exact date we can expect him to return. D.J. Augustin and Wes Iwundu will see more minutes. Terrence Ross has a much safer floor.|
|Jaylen Brown||BOS||Hamstring||DAY TO DAY||Brown may need one or two more games off and Marcus Smart will see more minutes. Gordon Hayward (if healthy), Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker will see more shots.|
|Gordon Hayward||BOS||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Hayward is looking like he's returning to action on Sunday. With Jaylen Brown still hurt, he will see more shots.|
|LaMarcus Aldridge||SAS||Shoulder||DAY TO DAY||Aldridge has missed the last few weeks of action and it's uncertain when we'll see him take the court again. Trey Lyles and Rudy Gay will see the bulk of the minutes up front.|
|Marc Gasol||TOR||Hamstring||DAY TO DAY||Gasol is getting closer to returning and could be back in the next couple of games. While he's out, Serge Ibaka and 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||DAY TO DAY||Jackson is getting closer to returning and could be back in the next couple of games. 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. Jordan Poole and Dragan Bender will also see more minutes.|
|Fred VanVleet||TOR||Shoulder||DAY TO DAY||VanVleet could return in the next couple of games. If he continues to sit, Norman Powell and Terence Davis will see more minutes.|
|Kelly Oubre Jr.||PHX||Knee||3-4 Weeks||Oubre had a little procedure on his Knee and he'll miss at least another three weeks. His season could be over. 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||1-3 Weeks||Bagley will be on the shelf for at least another couple of weeks. Nemanja Bjelica and Richaun Holmes will see more minutes. 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 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?|
|Victor Oladipo||IND||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Oladipo may need to sit for Sunday's game and if he can't go, T.J. Warren (if healthy) will see more shots and Justin and Aaron Holiday will see more minutes.|
|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||1-2 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 (if healthy) will see less competition for playing time for the rest of the way. Justin Holiday will see more minutes as well.|
|Derrick Rose||DET||Ankle||3-4 Weeks||Rose will miss at least the next few weeks with an injured Ankle and Bruce Brown and Jordan McRae will see more minutes and usage.|
|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.|
|T.J. Warren||IND||Leg||DAY TO DAY||Warren may have to sit for another game with an injured Leg and if he can't go, Justin Holiday will see more minutes and usage.|
|Jae Crowder||MIA||Concussion||No Timetable||Crowder is in the league's Concussion protocol and while he's out Derrick Jones Jr. and Duncan Robinson will see more minutes. Kelly Olynyk will help out as well.|
|Tim Hardaway Jr.||DAL||Illness||DAY TO DAY||Hardaway is sick and he may need to sit for Sunday's game. If he can't go, Delon Wright and J.J. Barea could see more shots.|
|Zach Collins||POR||Shoulder||1-2 Weeks||Collins should be getting closer to returning. 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 (if healthy) 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.|
|Ish Smith||WSH||Hamstring||1-2 Weeks||With Smith out of action, Shabazz Napier will see more time with the ball and we should expect Bradley Beal to run the point a bit more as well.|
|Kris Dunn||CHI||Knee||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Dunn is DONE! (Pun intended). Shaq Harrison and Denzel Valentine and Ryan Arcidiacono could see a minor bump in minutes. Otto Porter will handle a lot of SF responsibilities.|
|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 (if healthy), 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 Otto Porter and Shaq Harrison will see more minutes. Ryan Arcidiacono could fill in as well if he's healthy.|
|Dorian Finney-Amith||DAL||Hip||DAY TO DAY||If Finney-Smith has to miss another game, expect Maxi Kleber to get more minutes and Willie Cauley-Stein should be more involved.|
|Skal Labissiere||ATL||Knee||1-2 Weeks||Labissiere will be shelved for another week or two and Damian Jones , Dewayne Dedmon and Bruno Fernando will cover more ground while he's out.|
|Seth Curry||DAL||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Curry's Ankle is injured and will miss Sunday's game. While he's out, Delon Wright and J.J. Barea should see more minutes and shots.|
|Jakob Poeltl||SAS||Knee||1-3 Weeks||Poeltl has a sprained MCL and it's looking like he will miss another week or two. Rudy Gay and Trey Lyles will see more minutes and usage until LaMarcus Aldridge returns.|
|Cam Reddish||ATL||Leg||DAY TO DAY||Reddish is dealing with a sore Leg and if he can't return to action on Monday, De'Andre Hunter and Kevin Huerter will see more shots.|
|Garrett Temple||BKN||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Temple will miss another game of action on Sunday and Taurean Prince and Joe Harris should see more shots.|
|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||DAY TO DAY||Bowman will miss at least one more game 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||4-5 Weeks||With Aminu sidelined, Khem Birch and Mohamed Bamba should be able to pick up a few minutes. Aaron Gordon will see more playing time as well.|
|Eric Gordon||HOU||Knee||DAY TO DAY||If Gordon needs more time for his Knee to recover, expect Austin Rivers and Danuel House Jr. to pick up more action on the court.|
|George Hill||MIL||Groin||DAY TO DAY||If Hill needs to sit for another game with an injured Groin, Donte DiVincenzo and Wes Matthews will see more time with the ball.|
|Darius Garland||CLE||Groin||DAY TO DAY||Garland has missed his last few games with an injured Groin and if he needs more time off, Collin Sexton will see more shots and Kevin Porter Jr. (if healthy) and Alfonzo McKinnie will see more action.|
|Kevin Porter Jr.||CLE||Concussion||No Timetable||He's in the protocol and will need to miss another game and Alfonzo McKinnie should see more minutes. Collin Sexton better be ready to play deep into games until the Cavs Guards get healthy.|
|Ryan Arcidiacono||CHI||Achilles||DAY TO DAY||Arcidiacono has a sore Achilles and he may need to sit for another game and if he does, Shaq Harrison and Denzel Valentine should see more playing time.|
|Darius Miller||NO||Achilles||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Miller injured his Achilles back in August and is out for the season. Kenrich Williams and E'Twaun Moore pick up more minutes.|
|Kevon Looney||GSW||Hip||3-4 Weeks||Looney will miss the next few weeks of action and Marquese Chriss , Dragan Bender and Eric Paschall will see more playing time.|
|Luke Kornet||CHI||Ankle/Foot||5-7 Weeks||Kornet may miss the rest of the season with a horribly sprained Ankle and a Foot injury. More playing time ahead for Wendell Carter Jr., 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 for a couple of months. De'Andre Hunter and Vince Carter will continue to benefit.|
|Darius Bazley||OKC||Knee||1-3 Weeks||Bazley will miss at least another few weeks with a bruised Knee and Danilo Gallinari and Hamidou Diallo will see more minutes.|
|Nickeil Alexander-Walker||NO||Wrist||No Timetable||Alexander-Walker has an injured Wrist and we don't know when we will see him take the court again. Josh Hart and E'Twaun Moore should see a few more minutes.|
|Lonnie Walker IV||SAS||Shin||DAY TO DAY||Walker is out for Sunday's game and Derrick White and Patty Mills could see more playing time. Bryn Forbes could see a few more shots.|
|Dennis Smith Jr.||NY||Concussion||No Timetable||Smith has a Concussion it's unconfirmed when we will see him active and Elfrid Payton and Frank Ntilikina will get more PG minutes. There's a small chance he returns on Sunday.|
|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. (if healthy) 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.|
|Doug McDermott||IND||Toe||DAY TO DAY||McDermott may need to sit for another game with a sore Toe and if he sits, Justin and Aaron Holiday will see more action.|
|Cameron Johnson||PHX||Illness||DAY TO DAY||With Johnson and Oubre out, Mika Bridges will see even more minutes and Elie Okobo will see more action on the court as well.|
|Dante Exum||CLE||Ankle||No Timetable||We don’t know when we'll see Exum take the court again and Kevin Porter Jr. (if healthy) and Darius Garland (if healthy) will benefit with him off the floor. Collin Sexton will see more usage.|
|Dewan Hernandez||TOR||Foot||No Timetable||Hernandez is still out with an Ankle injury and Serge Ibaka , Chris Boucher and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will see more minutes.|
|Kelan Martin||MIN||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||If Martin has to sit for Sunday's game, Josh Okogie and Jarrett Culver will see a slight uptick in minutes.|
|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 missed his seventh game in a row with a Quad injury and Marquese Chriss and Dragan Bender will see more playing time if he can't play on Tuesday.|
|Marco Belinelli||SAS||Illness||DAY TO DAY||Belinelli will sit again on Sunday because he's sick and more shots will be available for Patty Mills and Derrick White .|
|Jerome Robinson||WSH||Achilles||DAY TO DAY||Robinson may need to sit for Sunday's game and if he does, Shabazz Napier will be seeing a ton of minutes with Ish Smith already out.|
|D.J. Wilson||MIL||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Wilson is looking like he'll have to sit for another game on Sunday and Ersan Ilyasova should pick up more minutes along with Marvin Williams .|
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While Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray received the majority of the headlines in Denver's run to the Western Conference Finals, Grant was also an important piece due to his versatility on both ends of the floor. Grant will likely command more than $9.4 million on the open market, so the question for the Nuggets will likely be how much are they willing to pay in order to keep him.
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K. Walker - PG
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One of the concerns across the NBA when the season resumed in Orlando was how players' bodies would adjust after not playing for more than four months and having limited (or no) access to team facilities the hiatus. Walker has been dealing with knee soreness since his college years, and he was unable to get back into the rhythm that he was in prior to the stoppage due to that issue. Boston hopes to get Walker back to full strength this offseason, with Ainge also saying that they do not believe that the All-Star point guard will need to undergo surgery to address the issue.
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J. Tatum - PF
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J. Butler - SF
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