NBA Injury Report: March 1
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||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||1-2 Weeks||There was speculation he'd return Sunday, but it didn't work out. We'll see him in 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.|
|Anthony Davis||LAL||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Daivs is dealing with a sore Knee and if he has to miss any action, Kyle Kuzma and Dwight Howard will see more minutes.|
|Luka Doncic||DAL||Thumb||DAY TO DAY||Doncic missed a game with an injured Thumb. 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||1-3 Weeks||Don't be surprised if this timetable gets backed up a bit, but Towns will miss at least another week with a fractured Wrist. Naz Reid will be the main fill in option. Juancho Hernangomez and James Johnson will benefit.|
|Damian Lillard||POR||Groin||DAY TO DAY||Lillard can potentially beat a two-week timetable, but Groin injuries can be tricky. CJ McCollum becomes the top scoring option and Anfernee Simons (if healthy) and Gary Trent Jr. will run the point more.|
|Jusuf Nurkic||POR||Legs||No Timetable||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 (if healthy) and Damian Jones will see more minutes.|
|Ben Simmons||PHI||Back||No Timetable||Simmons will probably be out at least another few weeks. Shake Milton and Alec Burks will see a bump in minutes. Tobias Harris should be able to slash more to the rim.|
|Joel Embiid||PHI||Shoulder||1-2 Weeks||Embiid will miss at least another three games and while he's out, Al Horford and Tobias Harris will play more in the post and Mike Scott will see more minutes and shots from the arc.|
|Lauri Markkanen||CHI||Pelvis||1-2 Weeks||Markkanen is recovering and could make it back to the court soon. Thaddeus Young will see a lot more playing time. Shaq Harrison will indirectly see more minutes.|
|Khris Middleton||MIL||Neck||DAY TO DAY||Middleton has missed his last two games with a sore Neck and if he needs to miss more action, Donte DiVincenzo will see more minutes and Eric Bledsoe and Brook Lopez will see more shots.|
|Kemba Walker||BOS||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Walker has missed his last five games 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.|
|LaMarcus Aldridge||SAS||Shoulder||DAY TO DAY||Aldridge has missed his last two games with an injured Shoulder and if he needs to miss more time, Trey Lyles will see more minutes and Rudy Gay will see more usage.|
|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 (when healthy) will see more minutes. Chris Boucher will see more minutes|
|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||1-2 Weeks||Jackson will need at least another week to recover and don't be surprised if he's still out longer. Josh Jackson , Kyle Anderson and Brandon Clarke (if healthy) should see more minutes and usage.|
|Draymond Green||GSW||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Green is always banged up. Eric Paschall 's should see a lot more time with the ball if he needs more time off. Expect Kevon Looney to play deeper into games as well.|
|Fred VanVleet||TOR||Shoulder||DAY TO DAY||VanVleet missed his last two games with a Shoulder injury and while he's out, Norman Powell and Terence Davis will see more minutes.|
|Kelly Oubre Jr.||PHX||Knee||No Timetable||It's possible that Oubre's season could be over but he's looking at other options before going under the knife. While he's out Mikal Bridges and Cam Johnson (if healthy) will benefit.|
|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||2-3 Weeks||Bagley will be on the shelf for at least another couple of 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||DAY TO DAY||Kennard is getting very close to returning to action and could make it back in the next few games. Bruce Brown (if healthy) and Langston Galloway will see more shots and minutes.|
|Josh Richardson||PHI||Concussion||No Timetable||Richardson is in the Concussion protocol and while he's out Shake Milton , Furkan Korkmaz and Alec Burks should see more minutes. Is this Glenn Robinson III's way into the rotation?|
|Brandon Clarke||MEM||Quad||1-2 Weeks||While Clarke is out, Jonas Valanciunas will play deeper into games and Gorgui Dieng and Josh Jackson will see more playing time.|
|JJ Redick||NO||Hamstring||2-3 Weeks||Redick has an injured Hamstring and while he's out, Josh Hart should be able to play more minutes and Lonzo Ball will see his usage increase. Jrue Holiday benefits a bit as well.|
|Jeremy Lamb||IND||Torn ACL||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Lamb's season is over and TJ Warren will see more shots and Victor Oladipo will see less competition for playing time for the rest of the way. Justin Holiday will see more minutes as well.|
|Danilo Gallinari||OKC||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Gallinari missed his last game with a sore Ankle and if he needs to miss anymore action, Terrance Ferguson and Hamidou Diallo will get more playing time.|
|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||No Timetable||It continues to be very uncertain when we'll see Holmes back in action. Harrison Barnes , Alex Len and Nemanja Bjelica will help fill the void.|
|Tristan Thompson||CLE||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Thompson will miss his second game in a row on Monday with a Knee injury. Ante Zizic will see back up minutes behind Andre Drummond . Larry Nance Jr. should benefit as well.|
|Serge Ibaka||TOR||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Ibaka has missed his last two games with a sore Knee and if he needs more time off, Chris Boucher and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will see more minutes.|
|Zach Collins||POR||Shoulder||1-3 Weeks||Collins timetable has him returning in mid-March and he's working out. 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||DAY TO DAY||Porter could potentially return to the lineup on Monday. Thaddeus Young and Shaq Harrison will see an increase in playing time with Kris Dunn out.|
|Kris Dunn||CHI||Knee||3-5 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||No Timetable||Brunson has a torn Labrum and we don't know if we'll see him again this season. 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.|
|Paul Millsap||DEN||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Millsap missed his last game with an Ankle injury and while he's out Jerami Grant and Michael Porter Jr. will see more action.|
|Skal Labissiere||ATL||Knee||1-2 Weeks||Labissiere will be shelved for another couple of weeks and Damian Jones , Dewayne Dedmon (if healthy) and Bruno Fernando will cover more ground while he's out.|
|Bruce Brown||DET||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Brown missed his last three games with a Knee injury and if he needs more time on the sidelines, Langston Galloway and Brandon Knight will see more playing time.|
|Jakob Poeltl||SAS||Knee||2-4 Weeks||Poeltl has a sprained MCL and it's looking like he will miss the next few weeks of action. Rudy Gay and Trey Lyles will see more minutes and usage until LaMarcus Aldridge returns.|
|Cam Reddish||ATL||Back||DAY TO DAY||Reddish may have to sit for Monday's game with a Back injury and if he can't go, De'Andre Hunter and Kevin Huerter will see more shots.|
|Dewayne Dedmon||ATL||Elbow||DAY TO DAY||Dedmon had a procedure on his Elbow and may need to sit for another few games. While he's out Bruno Fernando and Damian Jones will see a lot more minutes.|
|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.|
|Ky Bowman||GSW||Ankle||1-2 Weeks||Bowman will miss at least his next few games with a sprained Ankle and while he's out, Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole will help run the point. Damion Lee will assist too.|
|Al-Farouq Aminu||ORL||Knee||5-6 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.|
|Reggie Bullock||NY||Illness||DAY TO DAY||Bullock may need to sit out for another game because he's sick and Damyean Dotson and Wayne Ellington could see more minutes if he sits.|
|Kyle Korver||MIL||Back||DAY TO DAY||Korver will miss games until Wednesday 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 is out for the season. Kenrich Williams (if healthy) and E'Twaun Moore pick up more minutes.|
|Kevon Looney||GSW||Hip||DAY TO DAY||If Looney needs to miss any action with the Hip injury, Marquese Chriis, Dragan Bender and Eric Paschall could see more playing time.|
|Luke Kornet||CHI||Ankle/Foot||6-8 Weeks||Kornet may miss the rest of the season with a horribly sprained Ankle and a Foot 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||2-4 Weeks||Bazley will miss at least another few weeks with a bruised Knee and Danilo Gallinari and Hamidou Diallo will see more minutes.|
|Anfernee Simons||POR||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Simons may have to sit for Monday's game and if he can't give it a go, expect Gary Trent Jr. to spend more time running the point.|
|Kenrich Williams||NO||Back||DAY TO DAY||Williams continues to miss games with the bad Back, but is getting closer to returning and Josh Hart and E'Twaun Moore should be able to steal a few minutes because of the injury.|
|Dennis Smith Jr.||NY||Concussion||No Timetable||Smith has a Concussion and we don't know when exactly we will see him again and Elfrid Payton and Frank Ntilikina will get more PG minutes.|
|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.|
|Thon Maker||DET||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Maker missed his last game with an Ankle injury and if he needs more time out, Christian Wood and John Henson will fill the void.|
|Noah Vonleh||DEN||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Vonleh has missed his last two games with an injured Ankle and while he's out, Mason Plumlee will see a minor boost in playing time, but Vonleh gets inconsistent minutes.|
|Dante Exum||CLE||Ankle||No Timetable||We don’t know when we'll see Exum take the court again and Kevin Porter Jr. and Darius Garland will benefit with him off the floor.|
|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||McKinnie has missed his last six games and it's uncertain when we'll see him return to action. 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 will find himself getting more playing time. Shaq Harrison could benefit as well.|
|Alen Smailagic||GSW||Quad||DAY TO DAY||Smailagic has missed his last few games with a quad injury and Marquese Chriss , Kevon Looney (if healthy) and Dragan Bender will see more playing time if he can't play on Tuesday.|
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R. Hachimura - PF
Rui Hachimura hit 6-of-18 shots, 3-of-9 3-pointers and 5-of-6 free throws for a team-high 20 points, five rebounds and one assist in Tuesday's 126-113 loss to the Bucks.
Rui didn't shoot it well or do much outside of scoring and hitting threes, but he came through if you started him tonight. Ish Smith came off the bench to score 19 with five dimes, Jerome Robinson started and scored 15, Thomas Bryant had 13 points, eight boards and a block, and Isaac Bonga and Anzejs Pasecniks each scored 10. The Wiz will wrap up their lost season on Thursday against the Celtics and it wouldn't be surprising to see Hachimura and his bench brigade try to go out with a bang in a meaningless finale. They also interestingly started Troy Brown Jr. at point guard and he finished with nine points, six rebounds, three assists and a 3-pointer on 3-of-15 shooting. Ouch.
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B. Lopez - C
Brook Lopez led the Bucks with 24 points, three rebounds and hit 9-of-11 shots and 5-of-5 3-pointers in Tuesday's 126-113 win over the Wizards.
Giannis Antetokounmpo (12 points) was tossed after head butting Moe Wagner in the second quarter, Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe were resting, and Sterling Brown (23 points), Frank Mason (19 points), D.J. Wilson (11 points) and Pat Connaughton (10 points) were the other players to hit double digits in scoring tonight. The Bucks have nothing left to prove or play for so we could see the bench players excel again on Thursday against the Grizzlies. If the Bucks feel like playing spoiler they may be motivated to try to stop Memphis from reaching the playoffs, but we're guessing Giannis will be suspended and most of the other starters could be rested in that one.
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H. Barnes - PF
Harrison Barnes started for a resting Kings team and hit 9-of-19 shots and three 3-pointers on his way to 25 points, eight boards, two assists and two blocks in Tuesday's 112-106 win over the Pelicans.
Both teams started a makeshift lineup tonight and Branes took advantage of his opportunity. The Kings will get the Lakers in a meaningless game on Thursday so they could start their bench players again. Bogdan Bogdanovic, starting for a resting J.J. Redick, had 16 points, six rebounds, seven dimes, two steals and a 3-pointer on 7-of-10 shooting, Nemanja Bjelica added 13 points, two 3-pointers, five rebounds, two steals and a block, Jabari Parker and Harry Giles (11 rebounds) each scored 12, and Buddy Hield had 11 points and three 3-pointers off the bench.
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F. Jackson - PG
Frank Jackson came off the bench and hit 8-of-11 shots and a 3-pointer for 18 points, four assists and a steal in Tuesday's 112-106 loss to the Kings.
Jackson was nearly humiliated by shooting a technical foul shot that barely caught the front of the rim late, but he played really well tonight. Other Pelicans in double digits included Jahlil Okafor with 21, Lonzo Ball with 16 and starter E'Twaun Moore with 14 points. The Pelicans' season is essentially over, but they'll play one more time on Thursday against the Magic. If the regulars sit again, the aforementioned players will all be worth keeping an eye on in DFS leagues.
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J. Okafor - C
Jahlil Okafor came off the bench for a depleted Pelicans team on Tuesday and caught fire, hitting 9-of-11 shots and 3-of-4 free throws for a team-high 21 points, four rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 25 minutes of action.
We hadn't even blurbed Okafor since way back in January, when he fell out of the rotation. We are in the new version of the NBA's silly season and the Pelicans have nothing to play for. The focus tonight for many DFS players was starter Jaxson Hayes, who had a decent night, but Okafor's line outshined it despite the lack of rebounds and he'll be an interesting option for Thursday's finale against Orlando if the regulars all sit again. Hayes hit all four of his shots for nine points, five boards, a steal and a block in the start.
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C. McCollum - SG
Dwight Jaynes is reporting that C.J. McCollum has been playing with a fracture in his lower back since Thursday.
The official definition of his injury is a L3 vertebral transverse process fracture (non-displaced), which might explain why he hasn't exactly been lighting it up in the bubble recently. The Blazers have a huge game on Thursday against the Nets and since McCollum's been playing through the injury since last Thursday, it would make sense for him to be out there in the finale. And it probably also helps explain why he hit just 2-of-14 shots on Tuesday night against Dallas. He did hit two incredibly clutch free throws in that game to help secure the win and hopefully he can keep playing through it.
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D. Finney-Smith - PF
Dorian Finney-Smith hit 6-of-8 shots and three 3-pointers for 15 points, four rebounds and one assist in Tuesday's 134-131 loss to the Blazers.
He was iffy with a hip injury but played through it. The Mavs will get the Clippers in Round 1 of the playoffs and Thursday's finale against the Suns is now meaningless after this loss. It would not be surprising to see DFS, Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis sit on Thursday, or they may get limited minutes if they do play.
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L. Doncic - PG
Luka Doncic hit 8-of-19 shots, 2-of-8 3-pointers and 7-of-9 free throws for 25 points, eight rebounds, 10 assists, a block and six turnovers in Tuesday's 134-131 loss to the Blazers.
Luka's not going to average a triple-double on the season, but he flirted with it. The Mavs badly wanted to win this game in an effort to avoid the Clippers in Round 1 and instead face the Nuggets, but that is not going to happen now. If Luka and the Mavs are going to shock the world and win it all they're going to have to get past the Clippers in Round 1, and we're guessing Patrick Beverley and Kawhi Leonard are licking their chops at getting a shot at Luka. Whether he plays in Thursday's finale against the Suns remains to be seen, but our guess is Rick Carlisle will rest his studs in a meaningless game.
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