2022 NBA Injury Report Week 15: Joel Embiid, Kristaps Porzingis, and DeAndre Ayton Injury Updates
Published: Jan 27, 2023
Updated: Jan 27, 2023
There’s a difference between players being ruled out of NBA games due to having an actual injury, versus players being ruled out to “manage injuries” or basketball players being out for personal reasons. Only players who are recovering from actual injuries will be spotlighted in the NBA injury report. “Injury management” is another phrase for “rest” and Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr and Boston Celtics guard Malcolm Brogdon are two players who are out for personal reasons. Here are some of the latest actual NBA injuries for the 2022-2023 fantasy basketball season in which players are either looking at missed time or returning from being out for multiple games.
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NBA Point Guard Injury News
Marcus Smart, PG Boston Celtics (Ankle)
After sitting for a couple of games with an ankle injury, reports are out that Smart may not be back on the floor for a few weeks and while he recovers, Malcolm Brogdon, Derrick White and Payton Pritchard will spend more time bringing up the ball. Brogdon has been out for personal reasons and if he doesn't suit up, White will run the point more with Pritchard back him up. Expect Jaylen Brown to spend more time with the rock as well.
Killian Hayes, PG Detroit Pistons (Shoulder)
Hayes missed the Pistons' last game with an injured shoulder and if he needs another game to recover, Jaden Ivey and Alec Burks will take more shots and help run the offense a bit more. Cory Joseph could pick up a few reserve minutes as well. His shoulder injury doesn’t seem serious, and Hayes should return to the court in the next day or two. He’s done a good job of running the offense since Cade Cunningham got hurt.
Immanuel Quickley, PG New York Knicks (Knee)
Quickley may need to sit for another game with a knee injury and he’s been a good spark-scorer off the bench for the Knicks all season and if he needs to sit, Quentin Grimes will take more shots and Miles McBride will see more action on the court with the Knicks second unit. The Knicks haven’t been utilizing Derrick Rose at all who is another option they can turn to to run the point behind Jalen Brunson.
Cameron Payne, PG Phoenix Suns (Foot)
Payne will need a few more games to recover before the team determines if he’s ready to return and luckily for the Suns, Chris Paul is healthier, and Duane Washington Jr and Saben Lee will continue to help him run the point. Damion Lee will indirectly benefit by seeing a slight uptick in shots especially with Landry Shamet still hurt. Payne should be back on the court in the next couple of weeks to back up Paul.
Goran Dragic, PG Chicago Bulls (Illness)
Dragic has been sick and has missed the Bulls last three games. There's a good chance he returns for the Bulls next game this weekend and that could take minutes away from Coby White in the backcourt. The Bulls have a lot of players that can bring up the ball that they rotate in and out of the lineup.
Luka Doncic PG Dallas Mavericks (Ankle)
Doncic is day-to-day after spraining his ankle in the Mavericks last game and it wouldn't be surprising to see him sit for a game or two even though the reports are saying that the sprain isn't severe. Spencer Dinwiddie will spend a lot more time running the offense as the main point guard and Tim Hardaway Jr will bring up the ball a decent amount as well.
Monte Morris PG Washington Wizards (Hamstring)
It's not a good time for Morris to be hurt because his minutes are being threatened by the emergence of Delon Wright and when Morris is healthy, we can see the minutes split evenly between the two guards. Let's also not forget that new acquisition Kendrick Nunn is likely going to draw minutes toggling between point guard and shooting guard which poses another threat to Morris' minutes.
NBA Shooting Guard Injury News
Donovan Mitchell, SG Cleveland Cavaliers (Groin)
After missing the Cavs' last few games with an injured groin, Mitchell is set to make his return to the court Tuesday night and shouldn’t be under any kind of minutes restriction and Caris LeVert and Lamar Stevens production ceilings will lower a bit and Darius Garland won’t take as many shots.
Brandon Ingram, SG New Orleans Pelicans (Toe)
After missing nearly two months of action with an injured toe, Ingram is slated to make his return to action Wednesday night, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him on a minutes limit for a game or two. Ingram being active will take the ball out of Herbert Jones and Naji Marshall's hands a bit and Trey Murphy III will lose out on playing time. Zion Williamson still being out gives Marshall and Jones another avenue to pick up minutes.
Lonnie Walker IV, SG Los Angeles Lakers (Knee)
Walker is getting closer to returning to the court, but the Lakers continue to rule him out of games but it wouldn’t be surprising to see him return in a few games from now as he’s been dealing with a sore knee. Once he comes back, Troy Brown Jr won’t see as much time with the ball and Walker will be in a timeshare split with Patrick Beverley at shooting guard, but he could shift up to small forward at times. We’ll have to see what the Lakers' lineup looks like when new acquisition Rui Hachimura is ready to play and Anthony Davis returns. They could move LeBron James to small forward thus limiting Walker’s avenues toward getting more playing time.
Devin Booker SG Phoenix Suns (Groin)
The Suns are going to have to be careful about bringing Booker back. He re-aggravated his previous groin injury the last time he came back and if the Suns staff is smart, they'd keep him out through the all-star break and that is a possibility. By this time next week, we should know when to expect Booker back on the floor. Damion Lee will continue to see more action on the court with Landry Shamet still hurt. Mikal Bridges will continue taking a good amount of shots.
Dyson Daniels SG New Orleans Pelicans (Ankle)
Brandon Ingram being back in the lineup limits Daniels production ceiling and puts him in a major timeshare with Herbert Jones, Naji Marshall and Trey Murphy III. Daniels could be looking at an extended absence with a badly sprained ankle and that will keep Murphy's minutes up because Marshall can still shift up to power forward to fill in for Zion Williamson who is still out.
John Konchar SG Memphis Grizzlies (Concussion)
The Grizzlies are dealing with a few injuries and Konchar is out with a concussion and while he's recovering, Ziaire Williams should see an uptick in playing time behind Dillon Brooks at small forward. Konchar's next chance to return to action will be on Sunday when the Grizzlies host the Pacers and Konchar has played 23 minutes per game this season.
NBA Small Forward Injury News
OG Anunoby, SF Toronto Raptors (Ankle)
After missing just one game, Anunoby will return to the court for the Raptors' next game on Wednesday and this will likely cause Precious Achiuwa’s production to take a bit of a hit despite playing a different position from Anunoby. Gary Trent Jr could lose out on some shots as well with Anunoby back in action.
Naji Marshall, SF New Orleans Pelicans (Toe)
Marshall missed his last two games with an injured toe but there’s a chance he could end up playing on Tuesday and if he needs to sit Herbert Jones and Trey Murphy III will help fill in for him. Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram remain out.
De'Andre Hunter SF Atlanta Hawks (Illness)
Hunter has been having trouble breathing and needed to sit for the Hawks last matchup and if he needs another game to recover from being sick, Bogdan Bogdanovic will take more shots and Atlanta can also turn to AJ Griffin who’s played at least 20 minutes in 5 of his last 6 outings. The Hawks next game is Wednesday.
Austin Reaves, SF Los Angeles Lakers (Hamstring)
We should know more information about Reaves recovery in the next few days and upon returning, Troy Brown Jr’s minutes will drop, and Reaves can shift between shooting guard and small forward. Prior to getting hurt Reaves was scoring nearly 11 points per game and grabbing over 3 rebounds per outing and he’ll be resume being a reliable long-range scoring threat for the Lakers. He plays around 29 minutes per game.
Isaiah Livers, SF Detroit Pistons (Foot)
Livers, who was on the shelf for a bit recently, injured his foot in the Pistons last game and with Isaiah Stewart also a bit banged up, it’ll be up to Saddiq Bey and Bojan Bogdanovic to handle a lot of the forward minutes. The Pistons could shift up Hamidou Diallo up to small forward if needed as well. They also have Kevin Knox but they should avoid playing him due to how inconsistent and soft he is, especially on the defensive end.
Taurean Prince, SF Minnesota Timberwolves (Ankle)
Prince’s ongoing health issues have given Kyle Anderson more run and shots in the Timberwolves lineup and with Karl-Anthony Towns also out, Jaden McDaniels has had to play more as well. Jaylen Nowell and Austin Rivers also benefit indirectly by seeing a slight uptick in shots with Prince hurt. His ankle injury doesn’t seem long-term at all. Prince plays 21 minutes per game when he’s on the floor and he serves mainly as a bailout shooter.
Josh Hart SF Portland Trail Blazers (Hamstring)
Hart hurt his hamstring in the Blazers last game and we're unsure how long he'll be out for (if at all). If he needs time to recover, Nassir Little will be the primary fill-in option as Justise Winslow is also still hurt. Shaedon Sharpe should see additional playing time as well if Hart has to sit. Hart is very versatile and can rotate to multiple positions on the floor and he even gets time to bring up the ball.
Luguentz Dort SF Oklahoma City Thunder (Hamstring)
The reports on Dort's hamstring aren't signaling that he has a badly strained hamstring, but he'll need to sit for a game or two and plenty of shots and minutes will open up for Kenrich Williams. Aaron Wiggins and Isaiah Joe could pick up extra playing time and shift up to small forward because Jalen Williams has to fill in for the injured Aleksej Pokusevski.
T.J. Warren SF Brooklyn Nets (Knee)
Warren hurt his knee in the Nets last game and he's been hurt a lot over the last few years and the Nets will want to be careful how they utilize him once he's healthy. While he's out, Joe Harris will play more and spend more time on the ball. The Nets will likely give Yuta Watanabe more minutes as well to add some size to their frontcourt because Kevin Durant is still hurt and Ben Simmons also injured his knee in the Nets last game. Consider Warren day-to-day for now, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him out of the Nets lineup for a couple of games to make sure his knee recovers smoothly.
NBA Power Forward Injury News
Kevin Durant, PF Brooklyn Nets (Knee)
Reports are out that Durant needs at least another two weeks for his injured knee to recover and we don’t know if he’ll make it back prior to the NBA All-Star break and with how well the Nets are playing, they may want to play it safe with him and keep out for an extra week and a half to preserve his health. Kyrie Irving will continue being the prioritized scorer and Ben Simmons and T.J. Warren will see more time with the ball and more shots (drives for Simmons). Seth Curry will continue taking a few more shots tonight and Joe Harris can also toggle between shooting guard and small forward.
Karl-Anthony Towns, PF Minnesota Timberwolves (Calf)
A few days ago we got an update that Towns still doesn’t have a timetable to return. He’s missed nearly two months with a severe calf strain and until he’s ready to return, Kyle Anderson will draw starts and Jaden McDaniels and Taurean Prince (when healthy) will play more minutes and have time with the ball or at least enough time to take a few more shots. The Timberwolves could opt to shift Naz Reid down to power forward at times to get more size in their lineup.
Al Horford, C Boston Celtics (Back)
Horford will miss at least one game with a sore back and while he’s recovering Grant Williams and Blake Griffin will have to help Robert Williams and Jayson Tatum in the frontcourt. Tatum is used to playing heavy minutes, but Williams needs preservation and Griffin will play around 20 minutes backing up Williams until Horford is ready to play. His injury doesn’t seem like it will keep him out for an extended period of time, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see Horford miss an additional game or two.
Isaiah Stewart, PF Detroit Pistons (Shoulder)
Stewart missed his last game with an injured shoulder and with Jalen Duren healthier, the Pistons don’t need as much coverage at center but while he and Isaiah Livers recover, Nerlens Noel can pick up reserve run behind Duren while Saddiq Bey plays a bit more power forward. Consider Stewart day-to-day.
Ben Simmons PF Brooklyn Nets (Knee)
Simmons experienced knee pain during his previous game and the Nets will look to be careful regarding his health (the same precautions they'll take with T.J. Warren). Yuta Watanabe and Joe Harris will see more action on the court and time with the ball and Seth Curry and even Patty Mills can relieve Kyrie Irving to run the point a bit for Brooklyn. Simmons is day-to-day but the Nets will likely hold him out for their next game or even two.
Marcus Morris Sr PF Los Angeles Clippers (Ribs)
Morris took a shot to the ribs earlier this week and he may need a few games to recover and while he's out, Nicolas Batum and Robert Covington will help Kawhi Leonard and Ivica Zubac guard the post. Both will take more shots because Morris helps the Clippers stretch the floor when he's out there so the Clippers won't have to alter plays too much.
Jeremy Sochan PF San Antonio Spurs (Quad)
With Devin Vassell still hurt, we were seeing Sochan take more shots, but after missing his last game with a quad injury, we'll have to see if he misses his next game this weekend. If Sochan sits, Doug McDermott and Keita Bates-Diop will take more shots and we've seen Bates-Diop play at least 25 minutes in both of his last 2 games.
NBA Center Injury News
Joel Embiid, C Philadelphia 76ers (Foot)
Is his foot hurt or not? The reporting on Embiid is a little bit confusing because when a player rests, it’s normally for one game most of the time unless it is Kawhi Leonard, who rests a lot, but if Embiid has to miss the Sixers next game, it does raise the question whether or not Embiid can looking at even more time off? Montrezl Harrell will start in his place if he needs to sit again. Embiid is day-to-day for now and Wednesday will be very telling in regard to his foot’s pain tolerance.
Kristaps Porzingis, C Washington Wizards (Ankle)
Porzingis is week-to-week with an ankle injury and with Rui Hachimura off the team, Daniel Gafford and Taj Gibson will have to fill in upfront for the Wizards next few games and Kyle Kuzma will likely have to play more power forward until Porzingis is ready to return to the floor. Corey Kispert and even Deni Avdija could benefit by seeing more minutes at small and power forward. Gafford will continue to draw starts and should play closer to 30 minutes per game.
Deandre Ayton, C Phoenix Suns (Illness)
Ayton has been sick over the last few days and has had to miss time and originally it seemed like he was definitely going to sit for a third straight game, but Ayton was upgraded slightly on Tuesday as the Suns get ready to take on the Hornets and there’s a chance that Ayton could end up suiting up, but if he doesn’t, his next chance to play is Thursday and Bismack Biyombo and Jock Landale will see more minutes and Dario Saric can shift up to center if needed as well.
Bobby Portis, C Milwaukee Bucks (Knee)
Portis is dealing with a sprained MCL, and he could be looking at a few weeks on the shelf. Giannis Antetokounmpo can always shift up to center if needed. Brook Lopez starts and plays over 30 minutes per game and is responsible for a decent amount of the Bucks offensive production. If Antetokounmpo doesn't shift up to center in the lineup, they can always turn to Sandro Mamukelashvili to clog the lane for a few minutes.
Kelly Olynyk, C Utah Jazz (Ankle)
Olynyk is practicing a bit, but he’ll need to miss at least a few more games and while he continues to recover, Walker Kessler will continue to start and play a lot of minutes and he’s looked good lately and deserves to keep his starting spot even when Olynyk returns. Jarred Vanderbilt can also shift up to center for a few minutes if needed to back up Kessler.
Onyeka Okongwu, C Atlanta Hawks (Hamstring)
He missed his last game with a hamstring injury and the timing works out as Clint Capela recently returned to the court and if Okongwu needs more time to recover, John Collins will shift up to center backing up Okongwu and Frank Kaminsky can see some reserve run as well and can help the Hawks stretch the floor. Kaminsky hasn’t played more than four minutes in a game for two weeks.
Anthony Davis C Los Angeles Lakers (Foot)
Davis hasn't played since the middle of December and reports are out that he could make his return to action for the Lakers on Wednesday and if he does return, he will be limited for at least the first game back. If Davis doesn't play on Wednesday, his next chance to hit the court will be Saturday as the Lakers start an east coast road trip against Boston. Davis' return will likely send Thomas Bryant to the bench and Wenyen Gabriel will lose out on reserve minutes unless the Lakers decide to go big and start both Davis and Bryant in the frontcourt moving LeBron James down to small forward.
Steven Adams C Memphis Grizzlies (Knee)
Adams could be looking at a month off the floor or even longer after injuring his knee. The Grizzlies will likely experiment with multiple frontcourt lineups over the next few games to figure out which suits them best. Xavier Tillman, Brandon Clarke and Santi Aldama can all be tested to start at center. Tillman brings more toughness to the middle of the paint that Aldama so the playing time will likely be divided between Tillman and Clarke with Aldama backing up Jaren Jackson Jr. The Grizzlies could shift Jackson up as well for a few minutes. Adams could be out until early March.
Christian Wood C Dallas Mavericks (Thumb)
After it seemed that Wood was day-to-day since injuring his thumb, it turns out that he'll miss the Mavericks next two to three games at least and while he's out, Dwight Powell will continue to see a good amount of minutes and Davis Bertans could help back him up since Maxi Kleber is still hurt. Dallas can also turn to JaVale McGee if needed, but they barely play him.
Jusuf Nurkic C Portland Trail Blazers (Calf)
Nurkic hurt his calf in the Blazers last game and if he needs to sit for a few games, Drew Eubanks will start and play 25-30 minutes with Trendon Watford backing him up. Eubanks has played 24-plus minutes in 3 of his last 4 outings. They'll need Jerami Grant to take more shots from the elbow and bang in the post a bit more too.
Mitchell Robinson C New York Knicks (Thumb)
Robinson's timetable for his fractured thumb was thought to be three weeks, but it's looking like it will be more like five to six weeks until we see him take the floor again all together and he hurt his thumb a little over a week ago. Isaiah Hartenstein and Jericho Sims will continue filling in primarily at center and the Knicks can also shift up Julius Randle and Obi Toppin if needed. Hartenstein is more of a floor stretcher while Sims will bang on the low block more and he's an inside-specific center on offense.
Kevin Love C Cleveland Cavaliers (Back)
Love missed his last game with back pain and if he needs another game or two to recover, Evan Mobley will shift up to center at times to relieve Jarrett Allen. Dean Wade who recently returned from injury will benefit indirectly by playing at power forward if Mobley needs to play center for a few minutes. Wade has played over 22 minutes per game this season.
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