NBA Injury Report: Week 2
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|
|Kristaps Porzingis||NY||Knee||No Timetable||This is a tricky one because if the Knicks are competing by January-February, they will bring Porzingis back, but he could be held out for the entire season. Lance Thomas and Noah Vonleh will fill in.|
|DeMarcus Cousins||GSW||Achilles||No Timetable||Cousins is lightly practicing after having surgery on his Achilles. It has been said that he'll be out at least the first 2 months of the season and won't be rushed. Damion Jones should be the primary fill-in.|
|John Collins||ATL||Ankle||3-4 Weeks||Collins will miss at least a few weeks of action and Omari Spellman will pick up minutes a lot of minutes. Miles Plumlee could be seeing more minutes early on.|
|Ben Simmons||PHI||Back||DAY TO DAY||Simmons has been sealing with soreness in his Back and Neck since the start f the season. If he can't play Wednesday, Markelle Fultz , T.J. McConnell and JJ Redick pick up more minutes.|
|Harrison Barnes||DAL||Hamstring||DAY TO DAY||Barnes could be cleared by the end of the week, but this situation has been a head scratcher b/c it looked like he was just about ready but he hasn't played yet this season. Dwight Powell will fill in.|
|Lauri Markkanen||CHI||Elbow||3-5 Weeks||Markkanen will miss the first month and change of the season and while he is out Bobby Portis will be the primary fill-in option with Jabari Parker playing minutes at PF as well.|
|Dejounte Murray||SAS||Torn ACL||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Murray will miss the 2018-2019 regular season. Patty Mills will see a ton of minutes along with Bryn Forbes .|
|James Johnson||MIA||Hernia||DAY TO DAY||Johnson is close to returning and until he does Kelly Olynyk will get a lot of playing time. Bam Adebayo will pick up minutes.|
|Dwight Howard||WSH||Back||No Timetable||Howard continues to have back issues. If the soreness doesn't go away Ian Mahinmi (when healthy) and/or Jason Smith will likely start in his place.|
|Hassan Whiteside||MIA||Groin||DAY TO DAY||There's a chance that Whiteside will have to miss Wednesday's game with a minor groin injury. Expect Kelly Olynyk and Bam Adebayo to pick up minutes if he can't go.|
|Will Barton||DEN||Hip||6-8 Weeks||With Barton on the shelf for potentially the next couple of months after having Hip surgery, Trey Lyles , Juancho Hernangomez and Torrey Craig should see more minutes.|
|Andrew Wiggins||MIN||Thigh||DAY TO DAY||There's a chance that Wiggins will miss Wednesday's game and Derrick Rose and Josh Okogie will see the court more if he can't play.|
|JaMychal Green||MEM||Jaw||3-6 Weeks||Green will be out for a bit after having surgery on his Jaw and Jaren Jackson Jr. 's usage and minutes will go up a ton until Green returns.|
|Bogdan Bogdanovic||SAC||Knee||2-3 Weeks||Bogdanovic will miss another couple of weeks. Yogi Ferrell , Buddy Hield and Frank Mason should see more playing time while he's out.|
|Kris Dunn||CHI||Knee||4-6 Weeks||Dunn is dealing with an MCL Sprain and Cameron Payne should see a lot more playing time. Tyler Ulis should see some extra minutes.|
|Isaiah Thomas||DEN||Hip||No Timetable||Thomas return to the court is not close. Jamal Murray 's (when healthy) minutes are safe and secure. Monte Morris could see some back up PG minutes.|
|Dirk Nowitzki||DAL||Ankle||2-3 Weeks||Nowitzki's Ankle isn't healing. Dwight Powell and Maxi Kleber will see more minutes.|
|Derrick White||SAS||Heel||2-5 Weeks||With White out for a bit w/ a tough injury to come up with an exact timetable for, Patty Mills and Bryn Forbes will be seeing a lot of playing time early on.|
|Wayne Ellington||MIA||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Ellington is getting there but not fully ready to return. Dwayne Wade and Tyler Johnson will pick up more minutes.|
|Delon Wright||TOR||Adductor Strain||TONIGHT?||There's a chance that Wright could be activated for Wednesday's game. If he can't go, Fred VanVleet will pick up playing time.|
|Courtney Lee||NY||Neck||No Timetable||Lee is suffering from Neck pain and is not ready to play. Frank Ntilikina in the starting lineup in his place. Mario Hezonja and Kevin Knox (when healthy) will also see more minutes.|
|Derrick Jones Jr.||MIA||Foot||DAY TO DAY||Jones may have to miss Wednesday's game and if he does, the returning Justise Winslow and Rodney McGruder should see more playing time.|
|DeMarre Carroll||BKN||Ankle||No Timetable||Carroll went through a procedure on his leg and we don't know when we'll see him on the court again. Caris LeVert and Joe Harris will pick up minutes.|
|James Ennis III||HOU||Hamstring||1-2 Weeks||With Ennis sidelined for the next few games, Eric Gordon should see more playing time and Michael Carter-Williams minutes increase b/c of Ennis injury.|
|Justise Winslow||MIA||Hamstring||TONIGHT?||Winslow is on track to play Wednesday night. Rodney McGruder and Derrick Jones Jr. will see fewer minutes if he ends up playing.|
|Wilson Chandler||PHI||Hamstring||No Timetable||Chandler will be out for at least the next few weeks. Robert Covington , JJ Redick and Markelle Fultz will see more playing time.|
|Kevin Knox||NY||Ankle||2-4 Weeks||Knox sprained his Ankle and could beat his timetable to get back on the floor. While he's out Noah Vonleh , Mario Hezonja and Allonzo Trier will see more playing time.|
|Marquese Chriss||HOU||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Chriss is currently questionable to return for Wednesday's game. P.J. Tucker and Nene could see more playing time early with one of them likely to draw the start if he can't play.|
|Dion Waiters||MIA||Ankle||No Timetable||Waiters is coming back from surgery and he doesn't seem close to coming back. Wayne Ellington (if healthy) Dwayne Wade, Derrick Jones Jr. (when healthy) and Rodney McGruder will see more minutes.|
|Andre Roberson||OKC||Knee||No Timetable||Roberson is not recovering and we don't know when we'll see him on the court again. Dennis Schroder , Alex Abrines and Terrance Ferguson will pick up playing time.|
|JR Smith||CLE||Elbow||DAY TO DAY||Smith is still dealing with Elbow issues, but there is a chance he could play on Wednesday. Jordan Clarkson and Rodney Hood will continue to see more playing time if he can't go.|
|Denzel Valentine||CHI||Ankle||2-3 Weeks||With Valentine out for at least another few weeks Justin Holiday will see more back up minutes early and Zach LaVine will play even more minutes.|
|Kosta Koufos||SAC||Hamstring||DAY TO DAY||Koufos is still dealing w/ the Hamstring issue and he's not looking at many minutes once he returns. Harry Giles and Nemanja Bjelica will play more minutes.|
|Aron Baynes||BOS||Hamstring||DAY TO DAY||Baynes missed his previous game and it is uncertain whether or not he'll be ready for Thursday's game. Daniel Theis will pick up playing time if Baynes isn't ready.|
|Shaun Livingston||GSW||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Livingston has missed his last two games and there's a chance he'll miss his third in a row on Wednesday. If he can't go, Quinn Cook will pick up more playing time.|
|Alex Abrines||OKC||Eye||DAY TO DAY||No Concussion for Abrines, but he's still dealing w/ facial injuries and he may have to miss Thursday's game. Dennis Schroder will pick up more playing time if he can't go.|
|Justin Anderson||ATL||Tibia||No Timetable||Anderson has been cleared to practice lightly, but is not ready to return to action. DeAndre Bembry could see more playing time.|
|Jerryd Bayless||PHI||Knee||No Timetable||Bayless will miss at least the next few weeks and T.J. McConnell will pick up more backup minutes. Markelle Fultz will also pick up more playing time with Bayless out.|
|Rodions Kurucs||BKN||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Kurucs sprained his Ankle and he'll miss the Nets game on Wednesday. Jared Dudley should see more playing time. Ed Davis will be in the mix as well.|
|Emmanuel Mudiay||NY||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Mudiay could return for Wednesday's game. If he doesn't end up being cleared Trey Burke , Ron Baker and Frank Ntilikina will pick up the slack.|
|Raul Neto||UT||Hamstring||1-3 Weeks||Neto continues to miss games and he's looking at a very small role once he returns. Dante Exum and Alec Burks will get more minutes.|
|Nene||HOU||Calf||DAY TO DAY||Nene's pain in his Calf continues to keep him on the shelf. Clint Capela will play even more w/ the Rockets front court banged up.|
|Chandler Parsons||MEM||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Parsons is ALWAYS HURT! With him out of the lineup on Wednesday, Kyle Anderson should see extended minutes.|
|Zhou Qi||HOU||Knee||No Timetable||We don't know when we'll see Qi suit up. Marquese Chriss and Nene (when healthy) will be seeing heavy back up minutes early on. Clint Capela will continue to see heavy minutes.|
|Zhaire Smith||PHI||Foot||2-3 Months||Smith is dealing with a fractured foot and with him out for a couple of months, T.J. McConnell will pick up more playing time.|
|Justin Patton||MIN||Foot||No Timetable||Patton had surgery on his foot and it is undetermined when he'll be back. Gorgui Dieng has less competition for playing time because Patton is out.|
|Ian Mahinmi||WSH||Back||DAY TO DAY||Mahinmi is questionable to play on Wednesday and if he can't go, Jason Smith will pick up a lot of minutes w/ Dwight Howard still on the sidelines.|
|Alex Caruso||LAL||Hip||DAY TO DAY||Caruso is on the outside looking into the Lakers rotation once he returns. If he has to miss the Lakers opening game, it could lead to a few more minutes for Josh Hart .|
|Lonnie Walker IV||SAS||Knee||5-8 Weeks||After having surgery on his Knee, we won't be seeing Walker for awhile and Bryn Forbes and Patty Mills will play a ton of minutes early on in the season.|
|Alan Williams||BKN||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||With Williams out, Jared Dudley will be picking up more playing time. Jarrett Allen should also see extended run.|
|Brandon Knight||HOU||Knee||No Timetable||We don't know when we'll see Knight take the court again and Eric Gordon should pick up even more playing time.|
|TJ Leaf||IND||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Leaf will have a very small role, if any at all, once he returns. Thad Young will pick up more playing time.|
|Dillon Brooks||MEM||Foot||DAY TO DAY||Brooks is looking like he'll miss Wednesday's game and w/ Chandler Parsons hurt, Kyle Anderson should see 30-plus minutes and get plenty of shot opportunities.|
|Treveon Graham||BKN||Hamstring||No Timetable||Graham has a strained Hamstring and we don't know when we'll see him take the court again. The Nets mid-court is dealing w/ a ton of injuries. Allen Crabbe and Joe Harris should see more minutes|
|Devin Harris||DAL||Hamstring||DAY TO DAY||Harris has missed his previous two games and he's not looking good for Wednesday's game. J.J. Barea should see more playing time and usage.|
|Daniel Hamilton||ATL||Shoulder||DAY TO DAY||Hamilton is practicing, but he's on the outside looking into the Hawks rotation once he returns.|
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G. Robinson - SG
Robinson is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Magic due to a right ankle sprain.
J. Evans - SG
Evans (concussion) won't play Saturday against the Magic.
D. Green - PF
Green won't play Saturday against Orlando due to a sprained left finger.
R. Jackson - PG
Jackson (back) is out for Saturday's game against the Hawks.
D. Lillard - PG
Lillard (illness) said that he's playing Friday against Dallas, Jamie Goldberg of The Oregonian reports.
Lillard was handed a questionable designation just hours before tipoff due to illness, but he's evidently feeling well enough to give it a go. He figures to start Friday's contest.
Added 8:20 pm (EST)
McRae (ankle) has been ruled out for the remainder of Friday's game against Toronto.
M. Hezonja - SF
Hezonja (back) will play in Friday's matchup with the Mavericks, NBC Sports Northwest reports.
McRae is questionable to return to Friday's game against Toronto due to a sprained left ankle.