The Brooklyn Nets just lost their prioritized scorer Kevin Durant for next handful of weeks because of a sprained MCL, and it’ll take multiple Nets players to help fill the massive scoring void left behind. Speaking of scoring voids, Chicago may have a big one to fill after DeMar DeRozan left Monday’s game and didn’t return to the court. The Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat continue to be two of the most frustrating teams to analyze because both teams have frequent player designations and then on nights like tonight, half of the team is out for various reasons. Here are some of the latest basketball injuries from around the NBA. 


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NBA Point Guard Injury News

Stephen Curry, PG Golden State Warriors (Shoulder)

We haven’t seen Curry take the court since the middle of December and he is set to make his return to action on Tuesday meaning Donte DiVincenzo and Jordan Poole’s fantasy production ceilings will lower with the shot-happy Curry back in the mix. Poole is more likely to maintain a consistent reserve role than DiVincenzo.

Chris Paul, PG Phoenix Suns (Hip)

Paul is experiencing hip pain and he’ll need to sit for at least one more game and with Cameron Payne hurt, Duane Washington Jr will have to bring up the ball more and Damion Lee can help him in the backcourt. Landry Shamet has also been a bit banged up recently, but he can provide assistance running the point as well.

Kyle Lowry, PG Miami Heat (Knee)

Lowry continues to experience knee pain and Victor Oladipo, who has been more productive lately, will have more time with the ball to set up the Heat’s offense. Jimmy Butler will be needed to bring up the ball as well with Tyler Herro also hurt. Max Strus will benefit by seeing a few more shots. Expect Gabe Vincent to play around 20 minutes per game until Lowry is healthier.

Marcus Smart, PG Boston Celtics (Knee)

It was a bit surprising to see Macolm Brogdon not start in the Celtics last game in which Smart sat for. If Smart needs to miss more time with a sore knee, Derrick White and Brogdon will be the primary ball-handlers with White playing around 30 minutes. White plays better defense than Brogdon which is why the Celtics chose to start White. 

Cameron Payne, PG Phoenix Suns (Foot)

Payne is looking at a late January return as he can’t escape the foot pain and with Chris Paul’s hip hurting, the Suns will need Duane Washington Jr, Landry Shamet and Damion Lee to serve as the Suns playmakers. Paul shouldn’t be looking at any kind of extended absence. Devin Booker is still hurt and Mikal Bridges is looking at even more shots. 

Patrick Beverley, PG Los Angeles Lakers (Hip)

Beverley hurt his hip in the Lakers last game and we’re waiting to see if he’s going to need a certain amount of time off, but until he returns to action, Russell Westbrook and Dennis Schroder will bring up the ball. Westbrook will continue to come off the bench and he’s been very successful as the Lakers sixth man and Schroder will get the starting nod. The Lakers are missing a few back and mid-court options.

Tyrese Haliburton, PG Indiana Pacers (Elbow, Knee)

Update: 1/13/2023 8:30 AM 

Haliburton is dealing with multiple injuries and he'll be sidelined for at least the next couple of weeks. This is a major blow to the Pacers offense and while he recovers, T.J. McConnell will help bring up the ball and Bennedict Mathurin sees a five percent usage increase with Haliburton off the floor. Buddy Hield and Andrew Nembhard will take more shots. Chris Duarte should see a slight uptick in minutes. 

Kevin Porter Jr., PG Houston Rockets (Foot)

Update: 1/13/2023 8:30 AM 

Porter injured his foot in his previous game and he'll miss at least one game and the Rockets have options they can turn to including running a bigger backcourt in which Jae'Sean Tate brings up the ball a bit. They could also turn to Eric Gordon and Jalen Green to bring up the ball. Garrison Mathews can indirectly benefit by seeing more playing time. 

NBA Shooting Guard Injury News

Paul George, SG Los Angeles Clippers (Hamstring)

George has missed a few games with a sore hamstring and with the Clippers mid-court hurting with Luke Kennard out, they’ll have to turn to Terance Mann and Nicolas Batum for more production especially from the arc. John Wall should see a small uptick in minutes until George is ready to return to the court.

Tyler Herro, SG Miami Heat (Achilles)

Herro is working through a sore achilles and if he needs to sit for a game or two, Max Strus and Gabe Vincent should see more playing time. Jimmy Butler will certainly be needed to take more shots with what seems to be half of the Heat injured (been the case all season). Kyle Lowry is hurt and it’s led to Victor Oladipo getting more shots and overall usage and we know Oladipo can cover both guard spots if needed. 

Klay Thompson, SG Golden State Warriors (Knee)

After missing his last game with a sore knee, Thompson has been practicing and reports are out that he should be all set to play on Tuesday along with his “Splash Bro” teammate Stephen Curry. With Curry back, Thompson’s shots are likely to dip just a little bit because of the heavy volume of shots Curry takes. 

Lonnie Walker, SG Los Angeles Lakers (Knee)

Walker will miss at least another week of action with a sore knee and with other back and mid-court options hurt for the Lakers, they’ve had to turn to Kendrick Nunn to provide the Lakers with extra scoring. Max Christie and Sterling Brown will see a bump in minutes and shots until Walker, Austin Reaves and Troy Brown Jr are ready to return to action.

Austin Reaves, SG Los Angeles Lakers (Hamstring)

Reaves is on a similar timetable as Walker and the same players will benefit by seeing more minutes and shots such as Kendrick Nunn, Max Christie and Sterling Brown. We’ll have to see what comes of Patrick Beverley’s injured hip and if they are down another player, Cole Swindler may have to help fill in at small forward. 

Luke Kennard, SG Los Angeles Clippers (Calf)

Kennard has a sore calf and the Clippers can really use him because Paul George is also hurt, but until he comes back, Terance Mann and John Wall will benefit by seeing more playing time. Kawhi Leonard will need to take more shots as well and Marcus Morris can help stretch the floor a bit more as well.

Jaylen Brown, SG Boston Celtics (Adductor)

Update: 1/13/2023 8:30 AM 

Brown missed his last game and he's day-to-day and while he recovers, Derrick White will have more time with the ball and we should see Malcolm Brogdon play more minutes. Brogdon played 20 minutes off the bench with Marcus Smart healthy and he can provide instant offense for the Celtics. He's more of a liability on defense. If Brown continues to sit, Jayson Tatum and Al Horford will be locked into more shots.

Kevin Huerter, SG Sacramento Kings (Illness)

Update: 1/13/2023 8:30 AM 

Huerter is sick and sat out for his previous matchup and if he needs another game to recover further, Malik Monk and Terence Davis will play more and Keegan Murray will take more shots as he did against Houston last time out. Davion Mitchell will see a little more reserve run as well if Huerter has to miss another game. 

Grayson Allen, SG Milwaukee Bucks (Ankle)

Update: 1/13/2023 8:30 AM 

Allen is dealing with an ankle injury and he joins Khris Middleton on the sidelines but the injury doesn't seem serious and until he returns to the floor, Pat Connaughton and MarJon Beauchamp should see more minutes and shots. The Bucks will also shift Jevon Carter to shooting guard at times to help fill the void and Carter can play both on and off the ball.

Landry Shamet, SG Phoenix Suns (Hip)

Update: 1/13/2023 8:30 AM 

The Suns continue to be hampered by injuries and with Shamet's hip hurting, they'll have to rely on Damion Lee to help Duane Washington Jr in the backcourt with Chris Paul, Devin Booker and Cameron Payne still hurt. The Suns will utilize Josh Okogie a bit more and give him a few more minutes to play with their second unit.

NBA Small Forward Injury News

DeMar DeRozan, SF Chicago Bulls (Quad)

We’re being told there’s a chance DeRozan can suit up for Wednesday’s game indicating that the quad injury he suffered Monday night wasn’t too serious or even strained. If he needs to miss time, Patrick Williams and Derrick Jones Jr will see more playing time and shots with Javonte Green still banged up. Zach LaVine will see a sizable usage bump as well and even Ayo Dosunmu will see more time with the ball.

Devin Vassell, SF San Antonio Spurs (Knee)

The Spurs coaching staff told reporters that we shouldn’t expect to see Vassell until after the all-star break meaning he will miss at least another month of action. Tre Jones will certainly take more shots and drive the lane more often, but Josh Richardson is the biggest beneficiary and we’ve seen his production rise over the last few games, scoring in double figures more consistently. 

Caleb Martin, SF Miami Heat (Quad)

Martin has had to sit for a couple of games with a sore quad and if he continues missing time, Max Strus will see more playing time and we could see Haywood Highsmith play a bit more if Jimmy Butler needs to shift down to small forward. Martin plays more than 30 minutes per game this season. The injury doesn’t seem serious, and we’ll take it game-by-game.

Herbert Jones, SF New Orleans Pelicans (Back)

Jones hurt his back on Monday and the Pelicans have been no stranger to injuries this season and if Jones needs a couple of games to recover, Trey Murphy III and Naji Marshall will benefit by playing more. Murphy will see his shots rise and Marshall has already been seeing an increase in his production with Zion Williamson still out of the Pelicans lineup. The Pelicans play next on Wednesday and it wouldn’t be surprising seeing him ruled out. 

Otto Porter, SF Toronto Raptors (Foot)

Porter’s season is over after having surgery on his foot. The Raptors run a tight rotation regardless of if Porter is in or out and with him out, Chris Boucher and Juancho Hernangomez could see a few more reserve minutes behind OG Anunoby and Scottie Barnes.

Khris Middleton, SF Milwaukee Bucks (Knee)

Update: 1/13/2023 8:30 AM 

The Bucks have sent Middleton to the G-League to continue rehabbing his knee which is a good sign that he's getting closer to returning to the floor. He was out a bunch at the start of the season recovering from off-season wrist surgery and then shortly after he came back, his knee started bothering him. Pat Connaughton will continue playing more until he's ready to return to action. Jrue Holiday will continue being the second prioritized scorer behind Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Justise Winslow, SF Portland Trail Blazers (Ankle)

Update: 1/13/2023 8:30 AM 

Winslow is still recovering from an ankle injury and new reports indicate that he'll need a few more weeks to recover and while he's out Keon Johnson and Shaedon Sharpe will help back up Josh Hart. We'll have to see how having Gary Payton II in the lineup shakes up Portland's rotation, but if they play Damian Lillard, Anfernee Simons and Payton on the floor at the same time, they run the risk of trotting out too small of a lineup. 

Javonte Green, SF Chicago Bulls (Knee)

Update: 1/13/2023 8:30 AM 

Green just had a knee operation and he's looking at a month to recover and while he's out Patrick Williams should take a few more shots and Derrick Jones Jr. can rotate to multiple positions and can help back up DeMar DeRozan (when healthy). If the Bulls want to go small, they can always have Zach LaVine shift up to small forward and have Alex Caruso and Ayo Dosunmu operate out of the backcourt. 

NBA Power Forward Injury News

Kevin Durant, PF Brooklyn Nets (Knee)

The most recent reports have Durant missing a month of action with a sprained MCL and while he’s out, expect T.J. Warren to take more shots and Seth Curry’s usage will rise and he should have more time with the ball. Kyrie Irving becomes the prioritized scorer and even Royce O’Neale and Nicolas Claxton (starters) should see their usage rise a bit as well. Claxton should get more plays called for him in the post and O’Neale should bring up the rock more.

Keldon Johnson, PF San Antonio Spurs (Hamstring)

Johnson has a sore hamstring and he’s missed the Spurs last few games and with Johnson joining Devin Vassell on the sidelines, Tre Jones and Jakob Poeltl become the prioritized scorers and Josh Richardson and Romeo Langford will see more playing time. The Spurs can also opt to play Zach Collins a bit at power forward if they need extra size in the post. 

Bojan Bogdanovic, PF Detroit Pistons (Calf)

Bogdanovic is dealing with a sore calf and with him sidelined for at least one game, there are plenty of shots to go around and Alec Burks and Jaden Ivey will be the biggest beneficiaries while Saddiq Bey will also see more playing time and he’ll need to shift up to power forward. With Jalen Duren a bit banged up, Isaiah Stewart will need to play center until he’s healthy enough to return. 

Brandon Clarke, PF Memphis Grizzlies (Hip)

Clarke will likely need to miss a few more games with hip pain and while he’s out, Santi Aldama should see additional playing time behind Jaren Jackson Jr and Jake LaRavia could see a few extra reserve minutes if Aldama needs to relieve Steven Adams at center. Clarke had been playing fewer than 20 minutes per outing. 

Giannis Antetokounmpo, PF Milwaukee Bucks (Knee)

Update: 1/13/2023 8:30 AM 

Antetokounmpo's knee pain won't subside and if he needs another game to recover, Bobby Portis will see more minutes and he and Brook Lopez can share the floor and he'll draw starts as he did for the Bucks last game. Jordan Nwora could see more minutes off the bench as well and Brook Lopez will see a small increase in shot attempts. Antetokounmpo is considered day-to-day and the Bucks next game is on Saturday.

Isaiah Stewart, PF Detroit Pistons (Shoulder)

Update: 1/13/2023 8:30 AM 

Stewart has missed his last couple of games with a sore shoulder and if can't return in the Pistons next game, Saddiq Bey and Isaiah Livers will help fill in the open forward minutes. Stewart also plays center and with Jalen Duren also banged up, Detroit may have to turn to Nerlens Noel again to give them size up front. Hamidou Diallo will indirectly benefit by getting more run at small forward. 

Kyle Anderson, PF Minnesota Timberwolves (Illness)

Update: 1/13/2023 8:30 AM 

Anderson is day-to-day with an illness and if he can't make it back for the Timberwolves next game, Jaden McDaniels will shift up to power forward. Karl-Anthony Towns is still hurt and with McDaniels shifting to power forward, Austin Rivers will get more minutes and he'll likely start as they continue to deal with a banged-up frontcourt.

NBA Center Injury News

Joel Embiid, C Philadelphia 76ers (Foot)

Embiid has sat for the Sixers last few games, but after going through shootaround earlier, Embiid could make his return to the court on Tuesday versus the Pistons but it also wouldn’t be surprising to see the team hold out Embiid for another battle being that the Sixers have another game against the Pistons, who they beat a couple of days ago without Embiid. If Embiid does sit on Tuesday, expect him back Thursday versus the Thunder. The Sixers go on the road starting Saturday.

Bam Adebayo, C Miami Heat (Wrist)

Adebayo has been dealing with pain in his wrist for a bit and we don’t know if he’ll have to recover for a certain period after injuring it again in the Heat’s last game. If Adebayo sits, the Heat could turn to Dewayne Dedmon who has frequently been on and off the court and Orlando Robinson should certainly see more playing time as well. The Heat don’t have as much depth and have suffered a lot of injuries throughout the season.

Deandre Ayton, C Phoenix Suns (Ankle)

Ayton tweaked his ankle in the Suns last game and he’ll miss the Suns next game and we’re unsure whether or not he’ll have to sit for their game on Wednesday versus the Nuggets and until Ayton returns, Bismack Biyombo will draw starts and Dario Saric will back him up off the bench. He was able to play despite hurting his ankle a couple of days ago. The swelling impacted his status for Tuesday’s game and for now, Ayton is day-to-day. 

Kelly Olynyk, C Utah Jazz (Ankle)

Olynyk is dealing with a sprained ankle and he’ll be out for at least one game and if needs to miss more time, Walker Kessler will play more and Jarred Vanderbilt may have to shift up to play small center at times but Olynyk shouldn’t be out for long. Lauri Markkanen will take even more shots until Olynyk returns.

Jalen Duren, C Detroit Pistons (Ankle)

Duren will miss another game after spraining his ankle and the Pistons are down some of their frontcourt depth and Isaiah Stewart will need to shift up to center until Duren comes back. Isaiah Livers is recovered and could provide relief in the post as well. The Pistons could also turn a bit more to Nerlens Noel. He’s healthy for now. 

Daniel Gafford, C Washington Wizards (Ankle)

Gafford’s ankle is in pain, but he may not have to miss a game after leaving the Wizards previous one, but, if he does have to miss time, Rui Hachimura and Taj Gibson will see their minutes increase. The Wizards have been putting out bigger lineups lately and it wouldn’t be surprising seeing one of them start alongside Kristaps Porzingis. Porzingis himself is dealing with a bit of pain in his abdomen.

Kristaps Porzingis, C Washington Wizards (Ribs)

Update: 1/13/2023 8:30 AM 

Porzingis and Daniel Gafford are not 100 percent and Porzingis sat out the last game for the Wizards and if he continues to sit, Taj Gibson and Rui Hachimura will get more frontcourt minutes. Kyle Kuzma will be forced to take even more shots with Bradley Beal still hurt and we could see Anthony Gill get a little more reserve run. Washington may need Deni Avdija to start if Kyle Kuzma has to shift up and play power forward. The Wizards have been starting a bigger lineup lately with both Porzingis and Gafford in the starting lineup.

Myles Turner, C Indiana Pacers (Back)

Update: 1/13/2023 8:30 AM 

Turner was a late scratch last game with a sore back and if he can't return for Indiana's next game, Jalen Smith and Isaiah Jackson will fill the void at center, and with Tyrese Haliburton out, the Pacers will have to figure out a way to generate offense both in the post and at the arc. Consider Turner day-to-day for now, but it wouldn't be surprising seeing him sit for another game because back soreness can drag out a bit. 

Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, C Oklahoma City Thunder (Ankle)

Update: 1/13/2023 8:30 AM 

Robinson-Earl still doesn't have a timetable to return to the court, but recent reports indicate that we could have an update soon regarding Robinson-Earl's ankle. He's with the team, but can't take full contact and the Thunder have a very damaged frontcourt and until Robinson-Earl and Aleksej Pokusevski recover, Jaylin Williams and Mike Muscala will see more action.


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