NBA Injury Report: February 23
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||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Durant is not coming back this season despite videos circulating of him being able to shoot with a full range of motion. Taurean Prince will benefit most along with Joe Harris with Durant out.|
|Stephen Curry||GSW||Hand||2-4 Weeks||Curry is apparently getting closer to returning but he'll still need a few weeks. Andrew Wiggins is the top shooting option and reserves such as Damion Lee and Ky Bowman will see more minutes.|
|John Wall||WSH||Achilles||OUT FOR THE SEASON||We were told a couple of weeks ago that he wasn't close and he's starting to run out of time and the Wizards aren't contending. Shabazz Napier and Ish Smith will run the point for the Wizards.|
|Klay Thompson||GSW||Knee||OUT FOR THE SEASON||We won't see Thompson on the court this season. Andrew Wiggins , Eric Paschall and Damion Lee will pick up more minutes for the rest of 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. Cousins is about to be waived by the Lakers.|
|Luka Doncic||DAL||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Doncic is still feeling the pain in his Ankle and missed his last game. Delon Wright , Jalen Brunson (if healthy) and Seth Curry will see more minutes and shots until he's ready to return. Tim Hardaway Jr. picks up more shots.|
|Kyrie Irving||BKN||Shoulder||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Irving's season is over after having Shoulder surgery. Spencer Dinwiddie will see more time running the point and Joe Harris and Caris LeVert 's usage will go up.|
|Karl-Anthony Towns||MIN||Wrist||2-3 Weeks||Don't be surprised if this timetable gets backed up a bit, but Towns will miss at least the next few weeks with a fractured Wrist. Naz Reid will be the main fill in option. Juancho Hernangomez and James Johnson will benefit.|
|Damian Lillard||POR||Groin||1-2 Weeks||Lillard can potentially beat a two-week timetable if he doesn't have a set back but Groin injuries can be tricky. CJ McCollum becomes the top scoring option and Anfernee Simons and Gary Trent Jr. will run the point more.|
|Jusuf Nurkic||POR||Legs||4-7 Weeks||Nurkic recently had a set-back and it's now looking like he won't come back until the tail end of the season, if at all. Hassan Whiteside will start in his place and Caleb Swanigan will pick up minutes.|
|Clint Capela||ATL||Heel||1-3 Weeks||Capela is still dealing with a sore Heel and we won't see him make his Hawks debut for at least a few more games. Dewayne Dedmon and Damian Jones will see more minutes.|
|Ben Simmons||PHI||Back||No Timetable||We are awaiting MRI results but Simmons could be looking at a few weeks on the shelf at least and Shake Milton and Alec Burks will see a bump in minutes. Tobias Harris should be able to slash more to the rim.|
|Paul George||LAC||Hamstring||DAY TO DAY||George missed his last game with an inuured Hamstring and his status for Monday's game is uncertain at this point but this Hamstring pain just continues to follow him around. Marcus Morris will see more shots and minutes.|
|Lauri Markkanen||CHI||Hip||1-3 Weeks||Markkanen is recovering and could make it back to the court in a few weeks and while he's out Thaddeus Young will see a lot more playing time. Shaq Harrison will indirectly see more minutes.|
|Kevin Love||CLE||Achilles||DAY TO DAY||Love sat his last game because his Achilles pain continues to linger. If he needs more games out, Larry Nance Jr. and Tristan Thompson will benefit. Cedi Osman will see more shots.|
|Kemba Walker||BOS||Knee||DAY TO DAY||The swelling in Walker's Knee won't go away and while he's out Marcus Smart will help run the point and Jaylen Brown , Gordon Hayward and Jayson Tatum will see more time with the ball.|
|Victor Oladipo||IND||Back||DAY TO DAY||Oladipo is dealing with a sore Back and if he has to miss any action, Jeremy Lamb and TJ Warren will see more minutes and shots. Justin Holiday will see a bump in minutes as well.|
|Marc Gasol||TOR||Hamstring||No Timetable||Gasol continues to miss games and nothing has been confirmed regarding when we'll see him return. While he's out, Serge Ibaka will see more minutes. Chris Boucher could find himself seeing a small uptick in playing time.|
|Jonathan Isaac||ORL||Knee||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Isaac's season is over because of the Knee injury he suffered and Wes Iwundu will pick up minutes and Aaron Gordon will see more plays in the post and should be able to grab more boards.|
|Jaren Jackson Jr.||MEM||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Jackson had to leave his previous game with a sore Knee and if he needs to miss more time, Josh Jackson , Kyle Anderson and Brandon Clarke should see more minutes and usage.|
|Draymond Green||GSW||Pelvis||DAY TO DAY||Green is always banged up and is out for Sunday's game. Eric Paschall 's should see a lot more time with the ball. Expect Kevon Looney to play deeper into games as well.|
|Marquese Chriss||GSW||Calf||DAY TO DAY||Chriss is dealing with a sore Calf and if he has to miss games, Kevon Looney and Alen Smailagic will see more minutes.|
|Norman Powell||TOR||Finger||No Timetable||While Powell is out again, OG Anunoby and Terence Davis will see more minutes and usage. We haven't been given much information regarding when we can expect Powell back.|
|Blake Griffin||DET||Knee||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Griffin's season is over. Thon Maker , John Henson , Sekou Doumbouya and Christian Wood will see more minutes.|
|Marvin Bagley III||SAC||Foot||No Timetable||Bagley will be on the shelf for at least the next few weeks. Nemanja Bjelica and Richaun Holmes (if healthy) will see more minutes. Anthony Tolliver and Alex Len could steal a few as well.|
|Luke Kennard||DET||Knee||2-4 Weeks||Kennard needs more time to recover and we backed up his timetable because of the Knee injury and Bruce Brown Jr. and Langston Galloway will see more shots.|
|Elfrid Payton||NY||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Payton has a sore Ankle and he may need to sit for the second straight game on Monday and if he cant go Dennis Smith Jr. and Frank Ntilikina (if healthy) will see more minutes.|
|Dwight Powell||DAL||Achilles||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Powell is done for the season and Maxi Kleber and Willie Cauley-Stein will fill in for the rest of the way.|
|Richaun Holmes||SAC||Shoulder||1-2 Weeks||Holmes is getting closer to returning, but this Shoulder pain hasn't gone away and just when we think he's ready to come back, a set back occurs. Harrison Barnes and Nemanja Bjelica will help fill the void.|
|Wendell Carter Jr.||CHI||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Carter is getting closer to returning but he continues to get ruled out of games. Thaddeus Young and Daniel Gafford will see more minutes as well.|
|Patrick Beverley||LAC||Groin||DAY TO DAY||Beverley missed his last five games with a sore Groin and if he has to miss more time, Lou Williams , Reggie Jackson and Landry Shamet will see more minutes.|
|Zach Collins||POR||Shoulder||2-4 Weeks||Collins timetable has him returning in mid-March. We haven't been given too many details. Carmelo Anthony and Trevor Ariza will fill the void. Nassir Little will see more love in the rotation as well.|
|Justise Winslow||MEM||Back||No Timetable||Winslow is still bothered by his Back and we don't know when we'll see him debut with the Grizzlies. De'Anthony Melton and Kyle Anderson will see more minutes.|
|Tyler Herro||MIA||Ankle||No Timetable||Herro doesn't have a timetable to return at the moment and until he returns Duncan Robinson , Jae Crowder and Derrick Jones Jr. will see a bump in minutes.|
|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. Trevor Ariza will pick up a lot more minutes and usage.|
|Otto Porter Jr.||CHI||Foot||1-2 Weeks||Porter is getting through more practices and we can see him back soon. Thaddeus Young and Shaq Harrison will see an increase in playing time with Kris Dunn out.|
|Kris Dunn||CHI||Knee||4-6 Weeks||While Dunn is out, Shaq Harrison and Denzel Valentine (if healthy) and Ryan Arcidiacono could see a minor bump in minutes as well.|
|Jalen Brunson||DAL||Shoulder||DAY TO DAY||We have to wait and see MRI results for Brunson's injured Shoulder, but if he has to miss multiple games, Seth Curry , Delon Wright and J.J. Barea will see more minutes.|
|Chandler Hutchison||CHI||Shoulder||No Timetable||Hutchison is injury-prone and we don't know when we'll see him take the court again and Shaq Harrison will see more minutes. The Bulls are so desperate they've needed Ryan Arcidiacono to fill in at SF.|
|Robert Williams||BOS||Hip||1-2 Weeks||Williams is dealing with an injured Hip and he'll miss another week or two. Daniel Theis and Enes Kanter will help fill the void.|
|Skal Labissiere||ATL||Knee||2-3 Weeks||Labissiere will be shelved for another few weeks and Damian Jones , Dewayne Dedmon and Bruno Fernando will cover more ground while he's out.|
|Frank Ntilikina||NY||Groin||DAY TO DAY||Ntilikina may have to sit for Monday's game and if he's out, Dennis Smith Jr. and Elfrid Payton (if healthy) will see more playing time.|
|Frank Kaminsky||PHX||Knee||No Timetable||Kaminsky doesn't have a timetable to return 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.|
|Meyers Leonard||MIA||Ankle||No Timetable||While Leonard is out, Kelly Olynyk and Jae Crowder will help fill the void. Andre Iguodala could play a few minutes at PF as well.|
|Jake Layman||MIN||Toe||2-3 Weeks||Layman will be able to practice moving forward and is getting closer to returning. and Juancho Hernangomez and James Johnson will see more minutes while he's out.|
|Al-Farouq Aminu||ORL||Knee||6-7 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.|
|Patrick McCaw||TOR||Illness||DAY TO DAY||McCaw is sick and it has cost him a couple of games and Terence Davis will continue to back up Fred VanVleet with Norman Powell still out.|
|Kyle Korver||MIL||Back||DAY TO DAY||Korver, for now, should only miss a few games with the sore Back and if he needs more time off the floor, Wes Matthews and Donte DiVincenzo will pick up the slack.|
|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.|
|Luke Kornet||CHI||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Kornet sprained his Ankle and he will miss a couple of games because of the injury. More playing time ahead for Thaddeus Young and Daniel Gafford .|
|DeAndre' Bembry||ATL||Abs||No Timetable||Bembry continues to miss time with multiple injuries and we haven't seen him on the court in over a month. De'Andre Hunter and Vince Carter will continue to benefit.|
|Darius Bazley||OKC||Knee||2-5 Weeks||Bazley will miss at least another few weeks with a bruised Knee and Danilo Gallinari and Hamidou Diallo will see more minutes.|
|Denzel Valentine||CHI||Hamstring||DAY TO DAY||Valentine continues to miss games with a Hamstring injury and Shaq Harrison will see more playing time.|
|Kenrich Williams||NO||Back||1-2 Weeks||Williams continues to miss games with the bad Back and Josh Hart and E'Twaun Moore should be able to steal a few minutes because of the injury.|
|Mario Hezonja||POR||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Hezonja has missed his last four games with an injured Ankle and that will bump up Trevor Ariza and Carmelo Anthony 's stock a bit more.|
|Dylan Windler||CLE||Leg||No Timetable||It's not looking like we'll see Windler active at all this season as he may need surgery and won't recover in time befor the season ends. Cedi Osman and Kevin Porter Jr. will benefit.|
|Grayson Allen||MEM||Hip||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Allen is dealing with an injured Hip and Coach K (even though he's not on the Memphis staff) says he's done for the season! De'Anthony Melton and Tyus Jones will see more minutes moving forward.|
|Edmond Sumner||IND||Hip||DAY TO DAY||Sumner has missed a few games lately with a sore Hip and if he needs to miss more time, it won't impact the rotation too much because he doesn't get too many minutes. Justin Holiday would see a few more minutes.|
|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.|
|Alfonzo McKinnie||CLE||Foot||DAY TO DAY||Expect this status to change in the next few days as McKinne will likely need more time off the floor to recover. Larry Nance Jr. will steal more minutes with him off the floor.|
|Max Strus||CHI||Torn ACL||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Strus season is over and Denzel Valentine (if healthy) will find himself getting more playing time. Shaq Harrison could benefit as well.|
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D. Schroder - PG
Dennis Schroder played through his foot infection on Thursday vs. Boston, scoring eight points (3-of-8 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs) with eight assists, one rebound and one triple in 28 minutes.
Schroder went from doubtful to starting after struggling to put pressure on his foot in warmups. He didn't look comfortable out there by any means, but credit to him for playing through the pain. Schroder was also in the news for another reason, as Ian Begley reported that the Knicks are expected to inquire about him in free agency this summer -- Schroder recently turned down a 4-year, $80M extension from the Lakers.
Added 12:49 am (EST)
M. Gasol - C
Marc Gasol moved into the starting lineup on Thursday vs. Boston, scoring 18 points with four rebounds, three assists and four triples in 21 minutes.
Andre Drummond tweaked his toe vs. Brooklyn and was ineffective in his previous two games, so the Lakers opted to hold him out this evening. Gasol has been frustrated with his role but did well the last time he got extended run with 9.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.3 dimes, 1.7 blocks and 1.7 triples in three games from April 2nd to April 6th. Anthony Davis is scheduled to return on April 22nd though, and Gasol is unlikely to pick up much steam with Drummond said to be day-to-day.
Added 12:47 am (EST)
T. Thompson - PF
Tristan Thompson moved into the starting lineup on Thursday vs. the Lakers, scoring 14 points with six rebounds, five assists and one block in 25 minutes.
Robert Williams was out with a sore left knee and is said to be day-to-day. Thompson hasn’t exactly been inspiring this season as he ranks outside the top-250 in standard leagues in 22 minutes, so he’s only worth a deep-league stream when Williams is unavailable.
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J. Tatum - SF
Jayson Tatum finally cooled off vs. the Lakers on Thursday with 14 points (6-of-14 FGs), five rebounds, five dimes and two triples in 28 minutes.
The reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Week, Tatum has helped the Celtics win their fifth straight and seven of their last eight games, putting home court advantage in reach. "We know it's been an up-and-down season," Tatum said. "We've had to battle a lot of things with Covid, and guys being injured. We're just trying to build momentum. We're trying to get where we want to be. Wherever we fall in the playoff seeding, we'll be fine. We'll be ready.” Tatum has been unfair in fantasy lately, coming into tonight averaging 34.5 points, 9.8 rebounds, 4.0 dimes and 3.8 triples in his previous four games. He took a backseat to Jaylen Brown (40 points) in this one, but should feast against the Warriors on Saturday.
Added 12:41 am (EST)
J. Brown - SG
Jaylen Brown went off for 40 points in Thursday's 121-113 win vs. the Lakers, shooting 17-of-20 from the field with nine rebounds, three assists, one steal and three triples.
Coach Brad Stevens said he was "unreal" and fantasy managers would agree. “Tonight he was really dialed in scoring the ball," Stevens added. "He’s had a great year and he continues to get better.” Brown has been one of the hottest players in the East, posting top-30 numbers in his previous four games with 25.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.8 dimes, 1.3 steals, 1.3 blocks and 3.5 triples on 49% shooting. With matchups coming up vs. the Warriors and Bulls, the Celtics will like their chances of extending their winning streak to seven games.
Added 12:37 am (EST)
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D. Fox - PG
De'Aaron Fox scored 27 points in Thursday's loss to the Suns, hitting 11-of-21 shots and 5-of-7 free throws with eight assists, three rebounds and one steal in 40 minutes.
This was Sacramento’s 9th straight loss which ties their worst streak of the season. The Kings are fading fast despite De’Aaron Fox’s best efforts, and you have to wonder if they will soon start to dial him back with the playoffs being out of the question. In his previous five games, he was playing at a first-round valuation with 32.0 points, 7.2 assists, 5.6 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 2.4 triples.
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H. Whiteside - C
Hassan Whiteside started the second half of Thursday's loss to the Suns, finishing with a double-double of 11 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and one block in 24 minutes.
Whiteside had 12 points, nine boards, two assists, a steal and four blocks in 23 minutes on Wednesday and has been getting extended run with Richaun Holmes (hamstring) out. Holmes will miss at least one more game and possibly more with hamstring injuries being so tricky, so hopefully you were able to scoop Whiteside off the waiver wire even if he’s only a short-term solution. He’s had a rough season for the most part due to some uneven play and injury concerns, but his per-minute production is in line with previous years which is all fantasy managers should care about.
Added 12:33 am (EST)
C. Johnson - PF
Cameron Johnson cooled off vs. the Kings on Thursday with six points, three assists and two rebounds in 22 minutes, missing all five of his 3-point attempts.
Johnson had been trending up in category leagues with at least three triples in five of his previous seven games, averaging top-80 numbers of 12.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.7 dimes, 1.0 steals and 2.7 triples in 23 minutes. The low workload makes him a volatile fantasy option for off shooting nights like these though, making him more of a fringe standard league player.
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