NBA Injury Report: January 10
Justin Fensterman goes around the league, providing critical information on every injured player, on every team.
|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||Curry is starting heal and is able to shoot again and we could see him in the next 2 months. D'Angelo Russell is 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||2-4 Weeks||Oladipo wants to come back at the end of the month on January 29th. The Pacers will be cautious. Malcolm Brogdon remains the prioritized scorer and Jeremy Lamb and Justin Holiday will fill in.|
|Paul George||LAC||Hamstring||DAY TO DAY||George is expected to miss Friday's game with a lingering Hamstring injury. Kawhi Leonard and Landry Shamet will pick up more usage until he returns.|
|Bradley Beal||WSH||Leg||DAY TO DAY||Beal is on the verge of missing his sixth straight game on Friday, 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 should return within the next few games. Gorgui Dieng and Jordan Bell will see more minutes until he's ready to return.|
|Kyrie Irving||BKN||Shoulder||1-2 Weeks||Irving is practicing and it's looking like his return is in sight. Spencer Dinwiddie will handle the point and Joe Harris will see additional playing time until Irving returns.|
|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 is practicing 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||1-2 Weeks||Siakam will need to practice a bit more first, but his return is getting closer according to reports. Serge Ibaka will see a major boost in minutes and OG Anunoby will see more shots until he returns.|
|Anthony Davis||LAL||Tailbone||DAY TO DAY||There's a chance that Davis will have to sit on Friday with a bruised Tailbone. If he can't go, Kyle Kuzma and JaVale McGee will see more minutes and usage.|
|Joel Embiid||PHI||Hand||1-2 Weeks||Embiid will miss the next couple of weeks of action and while he's out Kyle O'Quinn will see more minutes, but, Mike Scott and Tobias Harris will see more shots.|
|Kristaps Porzingis||DAL||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Porzingis will sit for at least another two games with a sore Knee. 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, but, there's a chance he can return on Friday night. Aaron Holiday and T.J. McConnell will see more playing time if he can't go.|
|Thomas Bryant||WSH||Foot||1-3 Weeks||Bryant looks to be close to returning and he should be back in the next couple of weeks or so but until he returns Ian Mahinmi , Davis Bertans and Moritz Wagner (if healthy) will see more playing time.|
|D'Angelo Russell||GSW||Shoulder||DAY TO DAY||There's a chance that Russell could return to the court for Friday's game, but, if he continues to sit, Ky Bowman and Alec Burks will handle point guard duties.|
|Jonathan Isaac||ORL||Knee||7-9 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||Calf||DAY TO DAY||There's a chance that Gordon sits on Friday night with a sore Calf. Wes Iwundu , Terrence Ross and possibly Amile Jefferson will see more minutes.|
|Domantas Sabonis||IND||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Sabonis may have to sit with a sore Knee on Friday and Myles Turner and T.J. Warren will see more time in the post. Goga Bitadze could pick up minutes.|
|Bogdan Bogdanovic||SAC||Lower Body||DAY TO DAY||Bogdanovic will miss his fourth straight game on Friday with an Ankle injury. Harrison Barnes and Nemanja Bjelica will see more minutes.|
|Clint Capela||HOU||Heel||DAY TO DAY||There's a chance that Capela will have to sit on Saturday with a Heel injury. This isn't the first time his Heel has been sore. Isaiah Hartenstein and Tyson Chandler will see more minutes if Capela is out.|
|Blake Griffin||DET||Knee||No Timetable||Griffin had a procedure on his Knee and we don't know when we'll see him take the court again. Markieff Morris (if healthy) and Christian Wood will see more minutes.|
|Jrue Holiday||NO||Elbow/Triceps||DAY TO DAY||Holiday will miss his third straight game on Friday and Lonzo Ball , Josh Hart and E'Twaun Moore should see more minutes and shots.|
|Luke Kennard||DET||Knee||1-2 Weeks||Kennard will miss another few games (at least) with a Knee injury and Bruce Brown Jr. and Langston Galloway will see more shots.|
|Fred VanVleet||TOR||Hamstring||DAY TO DAY||VanVleet will miss his next few games after missing his previous two. Norman Powell is coming back and he'll see more minutes and Terence Davis will see more playing time.|
|Marcus Morris||NY||Neck||DAY TO DAY||Morris is looking like he'll miss his third game in a row on Friday. Kevin Knox and Reggie Bullock will pick up minutes and RJ Barrett will get to shoot more.|
|Richaun Holmes||SAC||Shoulder||DAY TO DAY||Holmes will miss his second straight game on Friday and if he needs to miss more time, Dewayne Dedmon and Nemanja Bjelica will help fill the void.|
|Wendell Carter Jr.||CHI||Ankle||4-6 Weeks||Carter's Ankle is badly sprained and Lauri Markkanen will spend a lot more time playing Center. Thaddeus Young should see more minutes and even starts. Daniel Gafford could potentially see more minutes as well.|
|Larry Nance Jr.||CLE||Knee||1-2 Weeks||Nance will miss a few more games with a sore Knee and while he's out, John Henson should see more minutes on the low block. Cedi Osman will see more shots.|
|Zach Collins||POR||Shoulder||8-10 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 hurt himself again after returning from injury in his previous game and will miss Friday's game. Tyler Herro picks up the usage and Duncan Robinson and Derrick Jones Jr. will pick up more minutes.|
|D.J. Augustin||ORL||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Augustin will sit on Friday and Markell Fultz will see more minutes and we can expect Evan Fournier to bring up the ball a bit more as well.|
|Jabari Parker||ATL||Shoulder||2-3 Weeks||Parker will miss the next few weeks after having a procedure done to his Shoulder. De'Andre Hunter should be able to get more playing time.|
|Mike Conley||UT||Hamstring||1-2 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.|
|Paul Millsap||DEN||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Millsap missed his previous game with a Knee injury and if he needs to sit again, Jerami Grant and Michael Porter Jr. will see more minutes.|
|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 seven games and Nemanja Bjelica and Richaun Holmes will see more minutes until he's ready to return. There's a chance he can return Friday.|
|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||3-5 Weeks||Porter will need additional time away from the court and his timetable has been backed up. Chandler Hutchison 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.|
|Ersan Ilyasova||MIL||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Ilyasova may have to sit for Friday's game and D.J. Wilson will pick up minutes if he can't go.|
|Norman Powell||TOR||Shoulder||Sunday?||Powell is set to return this weekend, but, if he can't OG Anunoby , Patrick McCaw and Terence Davis will see more minutes.|
|Rui Hachimura||WSH||Groin||1-2 Weeks||Hachimura is dealing with a Groin injury and Davis Bertans will benefit by seeing more minutes. Troy Brown Jr. and Jordan McRae should have more time with the ball.|
|Moritz Wagner||WSH||Ankle||1-2 Weeks||Wagner will miss more time with his Ankle injured. Davis Bertans and Ian Mahinmi will be primary fill in options.|
|Markieff Morris||DET||Foot||DAY TO DAY||Morris has missed his last seven 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||3-4 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||4-5 Weeks||Labissiere will be shelved for the next bunch of weeks until he's ready to return, Anthony Toliver and Mario Hezonja (if healthy) will see more minutes.|
|Nerlens Noel||OKC||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Noel has missed his last three games with an Ankle injury and if he needs to sit, Steven Adams and Mike Muscala will see more playing time.|
|Frank Kaminsky||PHX||Knee||3-4 Weeks||Kaminsky will miss at least the next few weeks of action 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 and Terrance Ferguson will pick up minutes at SG/SF.|
|Garrett Temple||BKN||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Temple may have to sit on Friday with a lingering Knee injury. Joe Harris should be able to steal more minutes if he can't play.|
|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||12-13 Weeks||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.|
|Eric Gordon||HOU||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Gordon missed his last game and there's a chance he'll have to sit on Saturday and if he's out Danuel House Jr. will see more minutes.|
|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||No Timetable||MCW has not played since December 20th because of a Shoulder injury and Markelle Fultz and D.J. Augustin (if healthy) 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.|
|Garrison Matthews||WSH||Ankle||No Timetable||With Matthews sidelined for at least the next few weeks, Jordan McRae and Troy Brown Jr. should see more minutes and shots.|
|Wilson Chandler||BKN||Hamstring||DAY TO DAY||Chandler may have to sit on Friday and if he's out, Joe Harris and Taurean Prince should see more minutes. Rodions Kurucs should benefit as well.|
|Dennis Smith Jr.||NY||Oblique||DAY TO DAY||Smith with miss his eigth straight game with an Oblique injury on Friday. Frank Ntilikina and Elfrid Payton will see more minutes at PG.|
|Kevon Looney||GSW||Abs||DAY TO DAY||Looney continues to miss games and that will benefit Willie Cauley-Stein and Omari Spellman from a playing time standpoint. They also just cut Marquese Chriss .|
|Kevin Porter Jr.||CLE||Knee||4-6 Weeks||With Porter sidelined, Dante Exum (when healthy) should see more minutes in the Cavs rotation and Cedi Osman will benefit by seeing more shots from the arc.|
|Nene Hilario||HOU||Adductor||No Timetable||We're unsure when we'll see Nene ' take the floor this season. Tyson Chandler will back up Clint Capela this season.|
|Kenrich Williams||NO||Back||DAY TO DAY||Williams will miss his second game in a row on Friday and E'Twaun Moore should be able to steal a few minutes because of the injury.|
|Marvin Williams||CHA||Nose||DAY TO DAY||Williams has missed his last two games since breaking his nose and his status is up in the air for Friday. If Williams sits, it benefits PJ Washington and Bismack Biyombo .|
|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||1-3 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.|
|Avery Bradley||LAL||Illness||DAY TO DAY||Bradley is sick and may need to sit on Friday. Alex Caruso and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will see more minutes if he can't go.|
|Dante Exum||CLE||Illness||DAY TO DAY||Exum is sick and missed his last two games and if he needs to miss more time, Darius Garland and Matthew Dellavedova will will fill in. Brandon Knight should steal minutes as well.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Romeo Langford||BOS||Illness||DAY TO DAY||Langford is on the outside looking into the Celtics rotation. He barely plays.|
|Ryan Broekhoff||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.|
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Clippers forward Marcus Morris (knee) was not listed on Monday's injury report, meaning barring any setbacks, he will be active for Tuesday's Game 2 against the Suns.
Morris's health is a huge concern for the Clippers who are already shorthanded due to the absence of Kawhi Leonard. In the four wins to close out Utah in the second round, Morris averaged 15.5 points per game on 56.4 percent shooting from the floor and 56.2 percent from the three-point line. In the two losses to Utah and one against Phoenix, those numbers drop to 7.6 points per game on 30.5 percent shooting from the floor and 5% shooting from the three-point line. So needless to say, when Morris plays well, the Clippers play well and when he does not, the Clippers' chances to win drop significantly. Having Morris in the lineup for Game 2 will be critical as the Clippers look to even the series at one game apiece.
Added Yesterday 9:03 pm (EST)
Suns guard Chris Paul (health and safety protocols) has officially been ruled out for Tuesday's Game 2 against the Clippers.
It has been looking like Paul would miss Tuesday's Game 2 and we now can officially confirm that he is out. Paul reportedly has been symptom-free since testing positive for the virus on the 16th, but he still remains in the league's covid protocol and will do so until stringing together multiple negative tests in a row. It is still unclear when Paul could return to the lineup, but it is believed that if things continue to go well, it could be sooner rather than later, and possibly even as soon as Thursday's Game 3. As long as CP3 should remain out, expect Cameron Payne to continue to start in his absence, and for Devin Booker to continue to assume more ball-handling responsibilities. Phoenix will look to take a commanding 2-0 lead in Paul's absence as they host the Clippers on Tuesday evening.
Added Yesterday 8:45 pm (EST)
Added Yesterday 8:45 pm (EST)
S. Curry - PG
Stephen Curry and Donovan Mitchell have reportedly declined to participate in the Summer Olympics for Team USA.
Curry just recently turned 33 years old, and Mitchell is likely still devastated from Utah's Round 2 loss and still recovering from the ankle issue, so neither of these announcements are particularly surprising. Curry figures to be an easy top-5 pick next year, while Mitchell should be a safe, early-round target.
Added Yesterday 6:54 pm (EST)
Added Yesterday 6:54 pm (EST)
B. Adebayo - C
Bam Adebayo has committed to join the 12-man Team USA roster for the 2021 Summer Olympics.
Adebayo is still only 23 years old, so being surrounded by other superstars at the Olympics this summer should only help further blossom his game. He was a top-20 stud on a per-game basis this past season, and with the offseason tutelage from the NBA's top stars, he should take another leap next year.
Added Yesterday 6:49 pm (EST)
Added Yesterday 6:49 pm (EST)
J. Harden - SG
James Harden and Kevin Durant have committed to playing for Team USA at the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
Harden didn't look right when he returned from the hamstring injury, so he'll look to redeem himself at the Summer Olympics. KD also signing up for an extended summer workload is relevant, as this is his first healthy offseason since the Achilles tear, so it's great that he feels confident enough to get out there and represent Team USA. It should be a joy to watch these two light up the international competition over the summer.
Added Yesterday 6:05 pm (EST)
Tyronn Lue said that he's uncertain on Marcus Morris' (left knee) status for Game 2 vs. the Suns on Tuesday.
Lue did say that Morris has been getting treatment around the clock, but he's "still experiencing soreness" after exiting Game 1 with the left knee issue. Hopefully, we'll get another update following tomorrow's shootaround, but Morris is likely headed for a game-time decision. If he's unable to give it a go, we might see Ivica Zubac or Luke Kennard slide into the starting lineup. Stay tuned.
Added Yesterday 6:01 pm (EST)
Added Yesterday 6:01 pm (EST)
K. Leonard - SF
Kawhi Leonard (right knee) will not suit up for Game 2 vs. the Suns on Tuesday.
The lack of clarity on Leonard's knee injury is quite concerning, and if Shams Charania's reporting from last week that the Clippers' feared that Leonard may have suffered an ACL injury, then he's likely done for the remainder of the postseason. The good news is that the Clippers haven't yet made that announcement, but it's also tough to be optimistic given how murky the reporting has been. Expect another start for Terance Mann tomorrow night.
Added Yesterday 5:06 pm (EST)
Added Yesterday 5:06 pm (EST)
Chris Paul has been symptoms-free since testing positive for COVID-19 on June 16th.
Paul is currently quarantining in Los Angeles but the Suns are hopeful to have him back soon. “It’s just a day-to-day thing with him right now,” coach Monty Williams said after Game 1. “I probably drive the people here crazy with that, but that’s the way it is. We’re hopeful that any day now we hear he can ramp up and get back with us. But right now, he’s in the protocol.” He'll need to register several negative tests before getting clearance, but it sounds like we could see him sooner rather than later.
Added Yesterday 10:01 am (EST)
Added Yesterday 10:01 am (EST)