Grizzlies’ Mike Conley & Thunder’s Andre Roberson Out for the Season
DeMarcus Cousins NO: ruptured left Achilles
With only eight seconds left in the fourth quarter of Friday’s game, DeMarcus Cousins went down with a left Achilles injury. He planted his left foot, putting a lot of stress on his heel and was not able to put any weight on his left leg as he was helped to the locker room. An MRI confirmed that Cousins suffered a ruptured left Achilles and would need to undergo season-ending surgery as soon as possible. Rehabbing from a ruptured Achilles can take up to nine months, making him questionable for the start of the 2018-19 season.
Boogie Cousins' injury shouldn't come as a huge surprise. This can certainly fall into the overuse category, and he has a long history of lower body injuries. He previously had tendinitis in both feet, has multiple ankle sprains in the last few seasons, and last year had tendinitis in his right Achilles. Yes, this is the other leg, but overcompensation can lead to an Achilles tear to the opposite side.
Andre Roberson OKC: ruptured patellar tendon
Andre Roberson is also out for the remainder of the season after sustaining a ruptured patellar tendon on Saturday. It was a non-contact injury that occurred when Roberson cut to the basket. His leg buckled on the way up, and it was immediately obvious that this was a serious injury. Roberson will undergo surgery to repair the torn tendon and faces a seven to nine month recovery time. Like Cousins, Roberson will be questionable for the start of the 2018-19 season
Kristaps Porzingis NYK: knee injury
Kristaps Porzingis tweaked his knee at practice last Monday and missed Tuesday’s game. The Knicks are generally cautious with The Unicorn, so it looks like Tuesday’s absence was just a precaution. He was back in the lineup on Thursday and hasn’t had any problems since. The concern here is that minor injuries have started to add up for Porzingis. He has already missed seven games this season due to various bumps and bruises, and he’ll likely miss more going forward. Keeping an eye out for last-minute game status updates will be the key to playing Porzingis in daily and season-long Fantasy leagues.
While his Health Performance Factor (a predictor of performance) has been Above Average for most of the season, his Injury Risk has fluctuated between Elevated and High. Our analytics show that he has been and will continue to be an increased risk for the remainder of the season. He can play well when he is starting, but he could go down at any moment with a new injury or aggravation of an existing injury.
Malcolm Brogdon MIL: right calf soreness
Malcolm Brogdon has missed the past two games with right calf soreness, but he isn’t expected to miss much more time according to the Inside Injuries algorithm. He has a one-week Optimal Recovery Time, which means he could miss Monday’s matchup but should be back out there later on this week. He was seen jumping rope before Sunday’s game, suggesting he’s nearing in on 100 percent. By the end of the week, he could be a solid streaming option.
Mike Conley MEM: left heel surgery
Mike Conley has been out with a left Achilles injury since November 13, but the team announced on Saturday that Conley will undergo season-ending surgery to “smooth a small bone protrusion” in his left heel. GM Chris Wallace said that Conley had tried many different approaches to help alleviate the pain, but that it was eventually decided surgery was the best option. Conley is looking at about a six-month recovery time, barring any setbacks.
In the last 12 hours both DeMarcus Cousins and Mike Conley were declared out for the season. Brutal. pic.twitter.com/973OQMS7qs
— Hoops Provider (@HoopsProvider) January 27, 2018
Trevor Ariza HOU: left hamstring
Trevor Ariza was fouled by Marquese Chriss in the opening minutes of Sunday’s game, injuring his left hamstring. He was able to walk off the court under his own power, but he did not return to the game. Ariza will undergo tests on Monday to determine the extent of the injury. A mild, grade 1 strain requires a two-to-three week Optimal Recovery Time, while a moderate grade 2 strain could hold him out for up to five weeks.
Avery Bradley DET: right groin injury and sore right hamstring
Avery Bradley has dealt with a nagging groin injury for the past few weeks, but he is now also dealing with a sore right hamstring. Given this is the same leg as the lingering groin injury, it’s a concern. He missed Sunday’s game and could miss two-to-three weeks according to the Inside Injuries algorithm. Bradley has been a mess this year and a source of major disappointment for Fantasy owners. There is also talk of the Pistons trading him, so there is no way he’s worth a look in DFS right now.
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Mike Conley Photo Credit: AP Photo/Aaron Gash
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