2022-23 NBA Injury Report Week 25: Trae Young, Dillon Brooks, and Kristaps Porzingis Injury Updates
Published: Apr 07, 2023
Updated: Apr 07, 2023
For the final week of the 2022-2023 fantasy basketball season, make sure that you are checking for injury updates for your players multiple times a day. This is the week in which star players that have no hope of making the postseason will be benched so they don’t injure themselves. The Dallas Mavericks are considering shutting down both Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving for the week. This week along with the previous two are the toughest for fantasy basketball players because NBA players get ruled out with very little advanced notice. Here are the latest NBA injuries for week 25 of the fantasy basketball season.
2023 NBA Injury Report Fantasy Basketball Week 25
Updated: April 7
Point Guard Injury News:
Trae Young PG Atlanta Hawks (Illness)
Back in action.
Kyle Lowry PG Miami Heat (Knee)
Lowry has been banged up all year and may sit for the Heat’s next game. He’s missed a couple of games recently and after a strong start to the season, his age and the wear and tear on his body have limited him. He’s even been coming in off the bench and if he needs to sit out, Gabe Vincent and Victor Oladipo will run the point.
Monte Morris PG Washington Wizards (Ankle)
Morris will sit for the third time in five games for the Wizards next game along with most of the other starters. Delon Wright will handle the playmaking while he’s out and he was written up in my waiver wire article to grab with Washington having a full slate of games. Deni Avdija will serve as a point forward and his assist potential will be boosted.
Dennis Smith Jr PG Charlotte Hornets (Toe)
After missing the Hornets last three games with a toe injury, there’s a chance that he suits up for Charlotte’s next game. If he can’t make it back to the court Theo Maledon will continue setting up the offense and Svi Mykhailiuk will be heavily involved in the Hornets offense.
Collin Sexton PG Utah Jazz (Hamstring)
Sexton has been sidelined with an injured hamstring for the last month and a half, but, there’s a chance that he returns to action for the Jazz next game and if he is able to make it back to the court, Talen Horton-Tucker’s production ceiling drops a little, Ochai Agbaji will be fighting for minutes and shots and Kris Dunn could potentially lose playing time or even time with the ball. Regarding Dunn, he doesn’t need a lot of minutes to put up production so he might not be hit as hard with the potential return of Sexton. Jordan Clarkson remains injured which leaves backcourt minutes open.
Jamal Murray PG Denver Nuggets (Thumb)
Murray has been dealing with an injured thumb and missed his last game and it wouldn't be surprising seeing the Nuggets hold him out for the final couple of games of the season. Reggie Jackson and Bruce Brown will benefit by seeing more time with the ball. Be mindful that the Nuggets could opt to sit their starters this weekend as they've clinched the top seed out west.
Tyrese Maxey PG Philadelphia 76ers (Neck)
Maxey has a sore neck and missed his previous game and it wouldn't be surprising to see him inactive for both of his final two games with the Sixers not having anything to play for. James Harden and Shake Milton will run the point if Maxey doesn't make it back. James Harden will likely get rested, but it's not official yet.
Marcus Smart PG Boston Celtics (Neck)
Smart is experiencing pain in his neck and he's been able to play through the pain. The Celtics may deactivate a number of players for the final couple of games, so we'll have to see which guards they will play. Sam Hauser could be a prioritized scorer for their final few games.
T.J. McConnell PG Indiana Pacers (Hip)
McConnell has a sore hip and might need to sit for the Pacers next game and if he can't make it on the court, Andrew Nembhard and George Hill will be the main playmakers for Indiana and we should see Jordan Nwora take more shots.
Devonte' Graham PG San Antonio Spurs (Thigh)
A strained adductor puts Graham's playing time in jeopardy for the Spurs final few games of the year. With Graham likely done, Malaki Branham will help Tre Jones run the point and Blake Wesley should see his minutes boosted.
Shooting Guard Injury News:
Gary Trent Jr SG Toronto Raptors (Elbow)
After missing his last six games with an elbow injury, there’s a chance Trent returns to the Raptors rotation for their next outing and if he returns he’ll reassume his sixth-man role and he’ll take double-digit shots coming in off the bench.
Malik Monk SG Sacramento Kings (Leg)
Monk has been coming in the game off the bench to provide spark scoring for the Kings but he missed the Kings last game and if he has to sit out again, Terence Davis will see more action on the court and Kevin Huerter will be asked to take more shots.
Grayson Allen SG Milwaukee Bucks (Ankle)
Allen won’t play in the Bucks next game because he’s dealing with an injured ankle and we should see Pat Connaughton and Joe Ingles play a bit more on the floor. Wesley Matthews could possibly pick up more reserve minutes especially if the Bucks plan on holding out Khris Middleton for the first leg of their back-to-back.
Derrick White SG Boston Celtics (Ankle)
White has a sore ankle and the Celtics may have him sit out for their final couple of games to preserve his health and if he doesn't play, Sam Hauser and Malcolm Brogdon will spend more time with the ball and Hauser will see a boost in shots.
De'Anthony Melton SG Philadelphia 76ers (Calf)
Melton has a sore calf and the Sixers will likely have him sit for their final two games. With Melton likely sidelined for Friday and Sunday, Shake Milton and Furkan Korkmaz will see more action on the floor.
Shaedon Sharpe SG Portland Trail Blazers (Knee)
Sharpe missed the Blazers last game with an injured knee and it's hard to tell if he's legitimately injured or if the Blazers want to potentially throw the final two games of the season to better position themselves in the NBA lottery. Skylar Mays will see even more time with the ball and he could be the team's prioritized scorer. Kevin Knox and Shaq Harrison will also take more shots.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope SG Denver Nuggets (Illness)
Caldwell-Pope has been sick and he missed his last game and if he can't make it back to the court, Bruce Brown and Christian Braun will see more time on the court.
Small Forward Injury News:
RJ Barrett SF New York Knicks (Illness)
Barrett is sick and he missed the Knicks last game and he still has a little time to rest and recover, but if he can’t make it back to the court, Josh Hart will see more minutes and Quentin Grimes will be prioritized even more and see a major boost in shots. Immanuel Quickley will play more as well and rotate to multiple positions on the floor if Barrett has to miss another game.
Dillon Brooks SF Memphis Grizzlies (Hip)
Back in action.
Nassir Little SF Portland Trail Blazers (Ankle)
Little will miss the Blazers next game and Trendon Watford and Drew Eubanks in the post will have to help Shaedon Sharpe produce offensively because the Blazers are running out of players with Matisse Thybulle, Cam Reddish and Kevin Knox banged up. Skylar Mays has hit the 30-minute mark in both games he’s played in and scored 13 points or more in both and he’ll continue being pretty involved in the Blazers offense.
Khris Middleton SF Milwaukee Bucks (Knee)
Middleton tweaked his knee last game and the Bucks won't take any chances and we already know he won't play Friday and he's probably out for Sunday as well. Joe Ingles and Wesley Matthews will play more minutes with one of them likely starting with Pat Connaughton also hurting.
Talen Horton-Tucker SF Utah Jazz (Ankle)
If Horton-Tucker doesn't play this weekend, Ochai Agbaji will take more shots and Kris Dunn will spend more time running the offense and even Simone Fontecchio will play more minutes.
Pat Connaughton SF Milwaukee Bucks (Ankle)
Connaughton's regular season is likely over as he's dealing with a sprained ankle and the Bucks will want him 100 percent healthy for the start of the playoffs and Joe Ingles and Wesley Matthews will play more minutes with Connaughton and Middleton off the floor.
Isaiah Livers SF Detroit Pistons (Ankle)
Livers may need to sit for another game with an ankle injury and if he can't play, R.J. Hampton and Eugene Omoruyi (if healthy and active) will see a boost in minutes.
Power Forward Injury News:
P.J. Washington PF Charlotte Hornets (Ankle)
Washington sprained his ankle last week and he won’t play for the second straight game as the Hornets are dealing with a multitude of injuries and with Washington sidelined, JT Thor will draw the start and Svi Mykhailiuk and Bryce McGowens will need to shoot more.
Marvin Bagley III PF Detroit Pistons (Concussion)
Bagley suffered a concussion in the Pistons last game and he’ll be sidelined for at least one contest and with him out of action, Isaiah Livers and Eugene Omoruyi will see a bump in minutes and shots while Jalen Duren continues to back up James Wiseman at center.
Aaron Gordon PF Denver Nuggets (Shoulder)
Gordon's shoulder is sore and may even have some swelling and there's no point in Denver taking any chances playing him until the playoffs and he's likely going to sit for the final two games and Jeff Green will see a boost in playing time and Bruce Brown will see even more time with the ball. Peyton Watson is also probably looking at more minutes after playing 26 last game.
Keegan Murray PF Sacramento Kings (Foot)
Murray is nursing a minor foot injury and there's a chance he sits for the Kings next game and if he's out, Trey Lyles and Kessler Edwards will see a boost in minutes and Harrison Barnes will take more shots.
Marvin Bagley III PF Detroit Pistons (Concussion)
Bagley should be set to return for the Pistons next game and that will likely send Jalen Duren back to the bench to come in behind Bagley and James Wiseman.
Santi Aldama PF Memphis Grizzlies (Elbow)
Aldama is likely out for the Grizzlies next game with an injured elbow and David Roddy will be the primary back up to Jaren Jackson Jr and when Jackson shifts up to center, he'll benefit by getting more power forward minutes.
Doug McDermott PF San Antonio Spurs (Ankle)
McDermott injured his ankle earlier in the week and we don't know if we'll see him take the court again this season. Keita Bates-Diop and Romeo Langford will see more minutes with McDermott joining many other Spurs players on the sidelines.
Center Injury News:
Kristaps Porzingis C Washington Wizards (Illness)
Porzingis has sat out for the Wizards last two games and he’ll miss another game when the Wizards next take the court and with him out, Deni Avdija and Corey Kispert will certainly take more shots and Washington could set up more plays in the post for Daniel Gafford. Taj Gibson will see additional playing time as well.
Walker Kessler C Utah Jazz (Concussion)
Kessler is in the league’s concussion protocol and his rookie campaign might be over and Kelly Olynyk will shift up to center as Kessler will miss Utah's next game, and we’ll see Juan Toscano-Anderson, Simone Fontecchio and Udoka Azubuike play more minutes.
Jarrett Allen C Cleveland Cavaliers (Groin)
Allen's groin pain won't go away and with the Cavaliers playoff spot solidified, they will likely hold him out for the final game of the season and Lamar Stevens and Dean Wade will see more minutes with Allen out.
Jalen Smith C Indiana Pacers (Ankle)
Smith has a sore knee and if he has to sit for the Pacers next game, Isaiah Jackson will see more playing time and Jordan Nwora will need to play in the post a bit more.
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