NBA Injury Report: January 3
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|
|Kevin Durant||BKN||Achilles||No Timetable||Durant is likely out for the season, but, depending on where the Nets end up in the standings, a return in early April could be on the table. Taurean Prince will benefit most along with Joe Harris with Durant out.|
|Stephen Curry||GSW||Hand||No Timetable||After having surgery on his Hand, Curry will miss the next few months of action. D'Angelo Russell becomes the top shooting option and reserves such as Alec Burks and Ky Bowman will see more minutes.|
|John Wall||WSH||Achilles||No Timetable||Wall is very likely out for the entire season even though he's been rehabing from a torn Achilles. Isaiah Thomas and Ish Smith will run the point for the Wizards.|
|Klay Thompson||GSW||Knee||No Timetable||It hasn't been confirmed that we won't see Thompson play this season but we won't see him until late March, early-April at the earliest. Glenn Robinson III and Alec Burks will pick up more minutes for the season.|
|DeMarcus Cousins||LAL||Knee||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Cousins tore his ACL in the offseason and we won't see him suit up this season. Dwight Howard and JaVale McGee will pick up his minutes this season.|
|Victor Oladipo||IND||Knee||No Timetable||It seems like February is more of a reality when it comes to when we'll see Oladipo take the court. Malcolm Brogdon becomes the prioritized scorer and Jeremy Lamb and Justin Holiday will fill in early on.|
|Paul George||LAC||Hamstring/Back||DAY TO DAY||George had to leave Thursday's game with a very whacky mid to lower-body injury and we'll have to see if he'll sit for his next game on Saturday. Kawhi Leonard and Landry Shamet will pick up more usage if he's out.|
|Bradley Beal||WSH||Leg||DAY TO DAY||Beal returned after missing two games on New Years Day, but, there's a chance he'll have to sit for the Wizards next game. If he's out, expect Isaiah Thomas , Troy Brown Jr. and Jordan McRae to pick up minutes and usage.|
|Karl-Anthony Towns||MIN||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Towns continues to miss time with the Knee injury. He's now missed his last nine games Gorgui Dieng and Jordan Bell will see more minutes until he's ready to return.|
|Kyrie Irving||BKN||Shoulder||No Timetable||Irving is still not ready to take contact. Spencer Dinwiddie will handle the point and Joe Harris will see additional playing time.|
|Jusuf Nurkic||POR||Leg||No Timetable||It's hard to tell when we'll see Nurkic take the court this season, but a safe guess is late February-early March but nothing has been confirmed. Hassan Whiteside will start in his place.|
|Zion Williamson||NO||Knee||No Timetable||Williamson's has started to practice and is getting closer to returning. Jahlil Okafor and Nicolo Melli will pick up more minutes until he's ready. Jaxson Hayes will also see more involvement in the rotation.|
|Pascal Siakam||TOR||Groin||No Timetable||Siakam will need more time for his Groin to heal. Serge Ibaka will see a major boost in minutes and OG Anunoby will see more shots.|
|Kemba Walker||BOS||Illness||DAY TO DAY||Walker is sick and he'll have to sit for at least Friday's game, but Saturday isn't looking good either. Marcus Smart and Carsen Edwards will see more minutes.|
|Andrew Wiggins||MIN||Illness||DAY TO DAY||Wiggins has missed his last four games and Jarrett Culver and Kelan Martin will see more minutes if Wiggins doesn't recover before Sunday's game.|
|Kristaps Porzingis||DAL||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Porzingis will sit for the third straight game on Saturday. Dorian Finney-Smith and Dwight Powell will pick up more minutes until he's ready to return. Boban Marjanovic can find himself stealing minutes.|
|Malcolm Brogdon||IND||Back||DAY TO DAY||Brogdon continues to have lingering issues with his Back and will miss his next game. Aaron Holiday and T.J. McConnell will see more playing time.|
|Thomas Bryant||WSH||Foot||DAY TO DAY||Bryant looks to be close to returning and he should be back in the next week or so but until he returns Ian Mahinmi , Davis Bertans (if healthy) and Moritz Wagner (if healthy) will see more playing time.|
|D'Angelo Russell||GSW||Shoulder||DAY TO DAY||Russell has missed his last two games with a Shoulder injury and if he continues to sit, Ky Bowman and Alec Burks will handle point guard duties.|
|Jonathan Isaac||ORL||Knee||8-10 Weeks||Isaac will miss a lot of time because of the Knee injury he suffered and Wes Iwundu will pick up minutes and Aaron Gordon (if healthy) will see more plays in the post and should be able to grab more boards.|
|Aaron Gordon||ORL||Achilles||DAY TO DAY||Gordon has missed his last two game with a sore Achilles and if he sits on Friday, Wes Iwundu and Amile Jefferson will see more minutes.|
|Jeff Teague||MIN||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Teague has missed his last two games with a Knee injury and if he has to continue to sit, Shabazz Napier and Jarrett Culver will see more playing time.|
|Bogdan Bogdanovic||SAC||Lower Body||DAY TO DAY||Bogdanovic hurt himself and left Thursday's game and if he needs to sit on Saturday, Harrison Barnes and Nemanja Bjelica will see more minutes.|
|Patrick Beverley||LAC||Elbow/Wrist||DAY TO DAY||Beverley has missed his last two games and if he needs to sit for more games, Lou Williams will see more minutes and Landry Shamet will indrectly benefit.|
|Blake Griffin||DET||Knee||DAY TO DAY||This is very strange as Griffin just can't shake the Knee injury. He doesn't look like himself on the court and he's missed his last two games. Christian Wood will see more minutes.|
|Caris LeVert||BKN||Thumb||Saturday?||LeVert is ready to return and reports are out that he will be activated for the Nets next game. Joe Harris and Taurean Prince will continue to see more minutes and usage if he sits for some reason.|
|Luke Kennard||DET||Knee||1-2 Weeks||Kennard will miss the next few weeks with a Knee injury and Bruce Brown Jr. and Langston Galloway will see more shots.|
|Willie Cauley-Stein||GSW||Illness||DAY TO DAY||Cauley-Stein is sick and he's missed his last two games and if he needs to miss more time, Marquese Chriss will see more minutes. Eric Paschall will benefit as well from a production standpoint.|
|Zach Collins||POR||Shoulder||9-11 Weeks||Collins will be out for multiple months and Carmelo Anthony and Anthony Tolliver will fill the void. Mario Hezonja will see more love in the rotation as well.|
|Justise Winslow||MIA||Back||DAY TO DAY||Winslow will miss game number 14 in a row with a Back injury on Friday. Tyler Herro picks up the usage and Duncan Robinson could pick up more minutes.|
|Tim Hardaway Jr.||DAL||Hamstring||DAY TO DAY||Hardaway will miss his third straight game on Saturday and Seth Curry and Delon Wright will see more minutes and usage while he's out.|
|Jabari Parker||ATL||Shoulder||DAY TO DAY||If Parker has to miss Friday's game, De'Andre Hunter should be able to get more playing time. He's looking good for a Friday return.|
|Mike Conley||UT||Hamstring||1-3 Weeks||Conley re-injured his Hamstring and he will miss the next couple of weeks. Emmanuel Mudiay , Royce O'Neale and Jordan Clarkson can help run the point.|
|Davis Bertans||WSH||Quad||DAY TO DAY||Bertans will miss his sixth straight game on Friday and if he needs to miss more time, Ian Mahinmi will continue filling in. The Wizards are already down Hachimura and Wagner.|
|Reggie Jackson||DET||Back||No Timetable||Stress reaction's are never good and are tough to recover from and this will keep Jackson on the sidelines for a while. Derrick Rose takes over in the starting lineup with Bruce Brown Jr. backing him up.|
|Gerald Green||HOU||Foot||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Green's Foot is broken to the point that we won't see him this season. Eric Gordon (when healthy), Danuel House Jr. and Austin Rivers will pick up the slack this season. House will be the biggest beneficiary.|
|Marvin Bagley III||SAC||Foot||DAY TO DAY||Bagley has missed his last four games and Nemanja Bjelica and Richaun Holmes will see more minutes until he's ready to return.|
|Rodney Hood||POR||Achilles||No Timetable||Hood's season is all but done after he had surgery on his Achilles. It's hard to believe that he'll return this season. Kent Bazemore will pick up a lot more minutes and usage.|
|Otto Porter Jr.||CHI||Foot||4-6 Weeks||Porter will need additional time away from the court and his timetable has been backed up. Chandler Hutchison (if healthy) will see more minutes. Thaddeus Young and Shaq Harrison could see minutes as well.|
|Marc Gasol||TOR||Hamstring||1-3 Weeks||With both Gasol and Siakam out of the lineup, Serge Ibaka is about to feast on minutes left behind. Chris Boucher has also been relied on to fill in at times and he can grab minutes.|
|Wesley Matthews||MIL||Thigh||DAY TO DAY||Matthews has missed his last two games and if he needs more time to recover Donte DiVincenzo and George Hill will see more minutes. Sterling Brown could get more involved as well.|
|Norman Powell||TOR||Shoulder||No Timetable||With Powell out of the lineup for an undetermined amount of time, Fred VanVleet and OG Anunoby will benefit by getting more shots in the Raptors offense.|
|Rui Hachimura||WSH||Groin||2-3 Weeks||Hachimura is dealing with a Groin injury and Davis Bertans (if healthy) will benefit by seeing more minutes. Troy Brown Jr. and Jordan McRae should have more time with the ball.|
|Moritz Wagner||WSH||Ankle||2-3 Weeks||Wagner will miss more time with his Ankle injured. Davis Bertans (if healthy) and Ian Mahinmi will be primary fill in options.|
|Markieff Morris||DET||Foot||DAY TO DAY||Morris has missed his last three games with a sprained Foot and Christian Wood will see more minutes until he's ready to return. Blake Griffin is also currently injured and Thon Maker could see more minutes.|
|Robert Williams||BOS||Hip||1-3 Weeks||Williams is dealing with an injured Hip and he'll miss the next few weeks of action. Daniel Theis and Enes Kanter will help fill the void.|
|Skal Labissiere||POR||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Labissiere missed his last three games and his Knee continues to swell up and until he's ready to return, Anthony Toliver and Mario Hezonja (if healthy) will see more minutes.|
|Noah Vonleh||MIN||Glute||DAY TO DAY||Vonleh has missed his last three games and Jordan Bell should see more minutes until he's ready to return.|
|Frank Kaminsky||PHX||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Kaminsky has missed his last two games and it's looking like he'll miss his third in a row on Friday and Aron Baynes will see more minutes behind Deandre Ayton until Kaminsky is ready to return. Dario Saric also benefits.|
|Andre Roberson||OKC||Knee||No Timetable||New year, same story! Roberson has to be cleared in order to play and Hamidou Diallo (when healthy) and Terrance Ferguson (when healthy) will pick up minutes at SG/SF.|
|Garrett Temple||BKN||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Temple missed his last game with a Knee injury and timing couldn't be worse for him because with Caris LeVert coming back to the lineup, Temple won't be able to be 100 percent in auditioning to keep his rotation spot.|
|Jake Layman||MIN||Toe||No Timetable||Layman continues to miss time with a Toe injury and Jordan Bell will get a big minutes boost and Gorgui Dieng to pick up more playing time.|
|Al-Farouq Aminu||ORL||Knee||No Timetable||With Aminu sidelined for awhile, Khem Birch and Mohamed Bamba should be able to pick up minutes. Aaron Gordon will see more playing time as well.|
|Chandler Hutchison||CHI||Shoulder||DAY TO DAY||Hutchison is apparently getting real close to returning but he keeps getting ruled out. Thaddeus Young will be getting more PT at SF. Shaq Harrison will benefit as well.|
|C.J Miles||WSH||Wrist||No Timetable||Miles had surgery on his Wrist and we don't know when we'll see him take the court again (if at all). Jordan McRae and Troy Brown Jr. will see more minutes.|
|Michael Carter-Williams||ORL||Shoulder||DAY TO DAY||MCW has not played since December 20th because of a Shoulder injury and Markelle Fultz and D.J. Augustin should see more playing time.|
|Darius Miller||NO||Achilles||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Miller injured his Achilles back in August and we shouldn't expect him to play this season.|
|David Nwaba||BKN||Achilles||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Nwaba is having surgery on his Achilles and we're not going to see him take the court again. This leaves room for more playing time for Joe Harris and Rodions Kurucs . This could also save Garrett Temple 's rotation spot.|
|Matisse Thybulle||PHI||Knee||1-3 Weeks||With Thybulle out for the next few weeks, the Sixers will have to rely on Mike Scott to hit long-range shots. Josh Richardson should see a few more shots as well.|
|Dennis Smith Jr.||NY||Oblique||DAY TO DAY||Smith missed his previous three games with an Oblique injury and if he needs more time on the shelf, Frank Ntilikina and Elfrid Payton (if active) will see more minutes at PG. Smith could return Friday.|
|Kevon Looney||GSW||Abs||DAY TO DAY||Looney has missed his last five games and that will benefit Willie Cauley-Stein (if healthy) and Marquese Chriss if he has to continue to sit.|
|Alex Caruso||LAL||Calf||DAY TO DAY||Caruso will sit for Friday's game with a Calf injury and Rajon Rondo and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope should see a few more minutes.|
|Nene Hilario||HOU||Adductor||No Timetable||We're unsure when we'll see Nene ' take the floor this season. Tyson Chandler (when healthy) will back up Clint Capela this season.|
|James Ennis III||PHI||Illness||DAY TO DAY||Ennis is sick and will miss Friday's game and Furkan Korkmaz will see more back up minutes until he's recovered.|
|Mario Hezonja||POR||Back||DAY TO DAY||Hezonja has missed his last six games with an injured Back and Anthony Tolliver and Carmelo Anthony will see more minutes if he needs more time off. Hezonja could return Friday.|
|Dylan Windler||CLE||Leg||No Timetable||The Cavs are very much looking to their youth to see what they can build around in their system and Windler could come up later in the season and grab a few minutes in the Cavs rotation.|
|Khyri Thomas||DET||Foot||1-2 Weeks||Thomas isn't a meaningful part of the Pistons rotation, but with other players hurt, he was able to steal a few minutes. Those minutes will now go to Bruce Brown Jr. and Langston Galloway|
|Vincent Poirer||BOS||Finger||2-4 Weeks||Poirer just had surgery on his Pinky and he'll miss weeks of action because of it meaning Enes Kanter and Daniel Theis will be plenty busy. Robert Williams is also injured.|
|Matt Thomas||TOR||Finger||No Timetable||Thomas broke his Finger and we don't know when we'll see him back in action. Norman Powell (if healthy) and OG Anunoby will continue to see more minutes.|
|Nicolas Claxton||BKN||Hamstring||No Timetable||Claxton hasn't played in over a month and he's very much on the outside looking into the Nets rotation until Jarrett Allen and DeAndre Jordan get injured.|
|Dewan Hernandez||TOR||Foot||No Timetable||Hernandez has a Foot injury and the Raptors are currently out a lot of big men so it's hard to tell when we'll see Hernandez get any action on court with this injury.|
|Jordan Bone||DET||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Bone is very much on the outside looking into the Pistons rotation. No real impact here. He barely plays.|
|Treveon Graham||MIN||Illness||DAY TO DAY||Graham has missed his last three games and if he needs to miss more time, Keita Bates-Diop will see more minutes. Jarrett Culver and Josh Okogie benefit as well.|
|Naz Mitrou-Long||IND||Ankle||No Timetable||Mitrou-Long is on the outside looking into the Pacers rotation and we don't know when we'll see him return to the court.|
|Edmond Sumner||IND||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Sumner may need to sit for a second straight game on Saturday and if he can't go, Justin Holiday will see more playing time.|
|Ryan Brokehoff||DAL||Fibula||No Timetable||Brokehoff gets very few minutes in the Mavs rotation and Seth Curry and Dorian Finney-Smith will see a minor bump in minutes.|
|Javonte Green||BOS||Hip||DAY TO DAY||Green may have to sit for Friday's game and if he does Carsen Edwards will pick up more playing time.|
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D. Waiters - SG
Dion Waiters didn't play in Tuesday's Game 3 against the Nuggets due to a groin injury.
He missed his sixth straight game and it's unclear when he'll return to action, not that it matters in fantasy.
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L. James - SF
LeBron James hit 14-of-23 shots for a 30-10-11 triple-double in Tuesday's Game 3 loss to the Nuggets.
LeBron did what he could tonight and Anthony Davis added 27 points, but just two rebounds and not much else as the Lakers fell to the Nuggets 114-106 to maintain a 2-1 lead over Denver. LeBron and AD both played well, but they got very little support from their teammates. They also had their fewest rebounds since 2006, finishing the game with just 25 of them, while the Nuggets had 44 boards. Davis' rebounding was shoddy, at best, but LeBron did it all tonight. It's hard to figure out which Lakers superstar is going to go off from night to night, but when those two don't get help from their mates, the Lakers struggle.
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J. Grant - SF
Jerami Grant hit 7-of-11 shots, 2-of-5 3-pointers and 10-of-12 free throws for a playoff career-high 26 points, three rebounds, one assist and two steals in Tuesday's Game 3 win over the Lakers.
Grant went off, despite Paul Millsap playing 31 minutes, and has been the much better player for the Nuggets for most of the season. Millsap hit just 2-of-8 shots for six points and eight rebounds, but this may be the best game we see from Grant for the rest of the playoffs.
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J. Murray - PG
Jamal Murray Hit 10-of-17 shots, 4-of-8 3-pointers and 4-of-7 free throws for a team-high 28 points, eight rebounds, 12 assists and two steals in 44 minutes of Tuesday's Game 3 win over the Lakers to pull to within a 2-1 deficit.
Murray was great and was joined by Nikola Jokic (22 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer) and Jerami Grant, who went off for a career playoff-high of 26 points on 7-of-11 shooting. The Nuggets still have their backs up against the wall, but got it done tonight. The Nuggets were up by about 20 at the start of the fourth quarter, and while the Lakers fought their way back into the game, Murray hit a big 3-pointer to put Denver up 106-99 with 2:10 left, and then did it again with 53.7 seconds left to give the Nuggets a 111-99 lead and seal the win. Game 4 is Thursday at 9 p.m.
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G. Vincent - PG
Gabe Vincent (shoulder) is being listed as questionable for Game 4 against the Celtics on Wednesday.
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R. Langford - SG
Romeo Langford underwent surgery to repair the scapholunate ligament in his right wrist on Tuesday and he will miss the remainder of the playoffs.
The Celtics didn't offer a timetable, but with the next season not expected to start until January at the earliest, he has plenty of time to rehab. His absence from the active roster will have no bearing in fantasy hoops.
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T. Thompson - C
There's reportedly mutual interest between the Cavs and unrestricted free agent Tristan Thompson.
Thompson is comfortable in Cleveland, but it might not make much sense to retain him if Andre Drummond picks up his player option (which is expected) and the Cavs take another big man with the No. 5 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. Traditional big men have had trouble finding big-money offers on the open market lately, so Thompson is probably looking at the mid-level exception in a best-case scenario. If he re-signs in Cleveland with Drummond, he'll be a non-factor in fantasy hoops.
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J. Redick - SG
J.J. Redick said his goal is to play another four years in the league.
"I realized this year I want to keep playing as long as possible. My goal is to play four more years. Year 18. That’s my goal," said Redick. "I’ll play to 39. Then my offseason, I’ll turn 40 and then I can walk away at that point. That’s my goal. We’ll see. The body has to hold up. But we’ll see." Redick was effective in his age-35 season, churning out averages of 15.3 points, 3.0 triples and 2.0 assists per contest on 45.3% shooting from the field and 89.2% from the stripe, and he'll be in the final year of his current contract next season. He may be past his prime, but with a shooting stroke like his, it's not unreasonable to think he could play another four years.
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