Andrew Bogut CLE: left tibia fracture
Just a few minutes into his debut with the Cavs, Bogut injured his left leg while defending. He went to close out on a shot and had contact to his lower leg. He had to be helped off of the court and immediately went for x-rays. While Bogut will not need surgery to address his tibia fracture, he will miss the remainder of the season. Cleveland is in some trouble with Bogut out and Kevin Love still sidelined following knee surgery.
Nerlens Noel DAL: left knee soreness
Noel has missed the last two games due to soreness in his left knee and is questionable for Monday’s game against the Raptors. Noel has been a solid addition for the Mavericks since he was traded a few weeks ago. Right now, his Injury Risk is Elevated, but he’s at Peak performance according to the Inside Injuries algorithm. This indicates that he’s at an increased risk of suffering an injury right now, but when he’s on the court his knee shouldn’t affect his performance.
Kawhi Leonard SAS: concussion
Kawhi Leonard is currently High Risk because he has not passed the Optimal Recovery Time for his concussion. He took a shot to the head on Thursday and has entered the NBA’s concussion protocol. While Coach Pop hopes Leonard will be able to suit up on Monday night against the Hawks, it’s too soon. Four days is not enough time to safely get cleared following a concussion.
Derrick Favors UTA: bone contusion in left knee
Add one more injury to Derrick Favors’ long list this season. He has missed the last two games due to left knee soreness and underwent an MRI, which showed a bone contusion. It’s unclear when he will return to the court, but because of all of his injury problems, don’t expect the Jazz to rush him back. He recently made a comment that it feels like he is playing on one leg; it’s hard to be effective when that’s the case.
Tony Parker SAS: back stiffness
Parker is expected to miss his third straight game on Monday due to back problems. With a playoff spot locked up, the Spurs won’t rush him back into the lineup. Recovery from back problems can be tricky. He could be sidelined through the rest of the week if they decide to play it very safe. Patty Mills will be first in line to see a jump in minutes with Parker out, so he’s worth a look in Fantasy lineups.
Taj Gibson OKC: hip injury
Gibson left Saturday’s game with a hip issue and did not return. Since he arrived in OKC, he hasn’t really had any Fantasy value. While this isn’t considered a serious injury, it makes him an even less valuable Fantasy option. Hip injuries can lead to limited mobility and make it difficult to explode for a big man. Leave Gibson on the wire until he proves he has some value.
LaMarcus Aldridge SAS: minor heart arrhythmia
The Spurs announced over the weekend that LaMarcus Aldridge will be out for an indefinite period due to an occurrence of a minor heart arrhythmia. His health is the No. 1 priority of course, so he could end up missing the rest of the season while this gets figured out. Inside Injuries will continue to provide updates and analysis as more information is released.
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