Keep watching where teams are in the standings in relation to the play-in tournament. It’s hard to tell whether teams like the Portland Trail Blazers and Oklahoma City Thunder want to fight for spots in the play-in tournament. Why is Shai Gilgeous-Alexander not playing in back-to-back games this late in the season? It makes no sense! The Indiana Pacers are starting to raise a lot of questions about how injured their players truly are. The Detroit Pistons continue to mess with their lineup. They are in fact dealing with a ton of injuries, but don’t be surprised if we don’t see much of Bojan Bogdanovic for the rest of the way. Here are the latest NBA injuries for week 22 of the fantasy basketball season.
2023 NBA Injury Report Fantasy Basketball Week 22
NBA Point Guard Injury News:
Tyrese Haliburton PG Indiana Pacers (Knee)
Haliburton will be sidelined for another few games due to an ankle injury and while he's out, Buddy Hield will be the prioritized scorer and George Hill and T.J. McConnell will split time running the offense.
Collin Sexton PG Utah Jazz (Hamstring)
Devonte' Graham PF San Antonio Spurs (Quad)
With the return of Tre Jones, Graham's role in the Spurs offense will be a little more limited and Graham will miss the Spurs next game with a sore quad. Devin Vassell will take even more shots with Graham out.
NBA Shooting Guard Injury News:
Kyrie Irving SG Dallas Mavericks (Foot)
There's a chance that Irving could return for Friday's game after missing his last three contests. If he needs more time on the shelf, Jaden Hardy will run the point (Luka Doncic is also still out) and Josh Green will see more usage and shots.
Kevin Huerter SG Sacramento Kings (Hamstring)
We're waiting on MRI results for Huerter after he injured his hamstring on Thursday. If he needs to miss time, Malik Monk could end up seeing a boost in playing time and he can draw starts. Harrison Barnes will see a slight uptick in shots if Huerter is out of the lineup.
Tim Hardaway Jr SG Dallas Mavericks (Calf)
Hardaway could potentially return for the Mavericks next game, but if he needs more time off, Josh Green will take more shots along with Maxi Kleber and Justin Holiday should play a few more reserve minutes.
Grayson Allen SG Milwaukee Bucks (Foot)
Chris Duarte SG Indiana Pacers (Ankle)
Duarte injured his foot earlier in the week and we'll have to see if he's healthy enough to suit up on Saturday after missing the Pacers last game. Andrew Nembhard will see more time with the ball with Duarte sidelined.
NBA Small Forward Injury News:
Jayson Tatum SF Boston Celtics (Hip)
It's hard to tell if the hip pain is real or if the Celtics want to rest him on a first leg of a back-to-back on Friday. If he sits, Grant Williams will play more minutes and Malcolm Brogdon will be asked to score more and Jaylen Brown will be the prioritized scorer for the Celtics.
Jalen McDaniels SF Philadelphia 76ers (Hip)
McDaniels has a sore hip and if he has to miss the 76ers game on Friday, Danuel House Jr will see more run with the reserves.
Jae Crowder SF Milwaukee Bucks (Calf)
Isaiah Livers SF Detroit Pistons (Hip)
Livers has missed his last couple of games with a sore hip and if he needs to continue to sit, Rodney McGruder and Eugene Omorruyi will see a bump in playing time.
NBA Power Forward Injury News:
Jerami Grant PF Portland Trail Blazers (Quad)
Marvin Bagley III PF Detroit Pistons (Ankle)
Bagley will need a week and potentially longer to heal up after suffering an ankle injury. With Bagley out, Isaiah Livers and Eugene Omoruyi will play more and possibly start, especially if Bojan Bogdanovic continues to not be in the mix.
Keita Bates-Diop PF San Antonio Spurs (Achilles)
Bates-Diop was out of action for the Spurs last game and if he needs to sit again, Doug McDermott will take more shots. Jeremy Sochan being back in the lineup limits Bates-Diop's chances of getting a bigger role.
NBA Center Injury News:
Jarrett Allen C Cleveland Cavaliers (Eye)
Allen was out for the Cavaliers last game with an injured eye and if he can’t make it back to the floor on Tuesday, Evan Mobley will shift up to center and Lamar Stevens will get the start at power forward. If Mobley gets in foul trouble again if Allen is out, Robin Lopez could see a few more minutes.
Brook Lopez C Milwaukee Bucks (Ankle)
Lopez sat out last game due to a sore ankle and if he needs more time for his ankle to heal up, Bobby Portis will fill in and he'll have more plays called for him in the post and Meyers Leonard can help stretch the floor.
Robert Williams C Boston Celtics (Hamstring)
Recent reports have indicated that Williams will be back within the next couple of weeks. He could even potentially return next week and once he does, Al Horford will shift back down to PF and Blake Griffin will back up Williams.
Charles Bassey C San Antonio Spurs (Leg)
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