Paul Millsap ATL: left knee tightness
Millsap could be sidelined for the next week due to left knee tightness. The Hawks have already said he will be out at least the next two games. Atlanta is in the middle of a rough patch that will be made even more difficult without Millsap in the lineup. They just need to hope it’s nothing more than “stiffness” that would sideline him for even longer.
Kyle Korver CLE: tendon inflammation in left foot
Korver is dealing with inflammation of a tendon in his left foot and hasn’t played in over a week. He said it’s an injury he’s dealt with before, but it’s taking some time to calm down. This isn’t an injury that the Cavs will want to rush him back from. Getting healthy for the playoffs is the ultimate goal. J.R. Smith, who has returned from his thumb injury, has been taking up most of his minutes and will continue to until Korver returns.
Kristaps Porzingis NYK: bruised left thigh
After injuring his thigh last Tuesday, Porzingis has made a quick recovery. He practiced Sunday and is expected to suit up Monday night. The Optimal Recovery Time is just one week for his injury, so he should be ready to go and perform at a high level.
DeMarcus Cousins NO: knee injury
Cousins underwent an MRI on his knee last week, but it came back clean. He was back in the lineup on Sunday. The Pelicans now have five days off, giving him even more time to heal. He also has a right rib contusion, but that’s not a major concern.
Tony Parker SAS: back strain
It was a great sign when Tony Parker played in back-to-back games Saturday and Sunday, but his back injury is still a concern. He missed the previous four games and is working his way back into shape. He will be on a minutes limit going forward, so he’s not a great Fantasy play for now.
Dwyane Wade CHI: right elbow fracture
The struggling Bulls will have to finish the season without their veteran star. Wade was hurt going up for a rebound and felt a pop in his elbow. An MRI showed a sprain (ligament damage) and a small fracture. The fracture is the bigger concern here and will take longer to heal. At his age and with his long list of past injuries, this could be a career-ender for Wade.
Dion Waiters MIA: left ankle sprain
Waiters has a history of ankle injuries dating back to a fracture in high school, and this one looks pretty serious. He was on crutches and says it’s worse than his last sprain. Waiters may miss the remainder of the regular season. The Optimal Recovery Time is at least three weeks, which is right when the playoffs start. Josh Richardson should see a nice bump in opportunity while Waiters is out.
Kent Bazemore ATL: right knee bone bruise
After injuring his right knee on Saturday, Bazemore underwent an MRI that showed a bone bruise. He will be re-evaluated in 7-10 days but could miss even more time. Bone bruises often take multiple weeks to heal and can be painful to play through. He could also cause more damage to the knee if he returns too soon. With Millsap and Bazemore both out, guys like Ersan Ilyasova and Tim Hardaway Jr. will get a chance to play more minutes.
Jahlil Okafor PHI: right knee injury
Okafor’s knee injury has bothered him on and off throughout the season. He left Sunday night with pain in his right knee and may be unavailable for their next game. If/when he is out, Richaun Holmes will take most of his playing time and could be worth a spot in Fantasy lineups. Okafor will be a risky Fantasy start the final three weeks of the season because his knee problems could keep him out of the game at any moment.
Jeremy Lin BKN: ankle sprain
Lin’s hamstrings have been a problem for most of the season, and now he could be facing a serious ankle sprain. He is still being evaluated. It may be time for the Nets to shut him down for the season, even if it’s just a grade one sprain. Spencer Dinwiddie will start at point guard while Lin is out, but he’s not a player that is going to post strong fantasy numbers.