Mike Conley MEM: sore Achilles
Mike Conley was apparently playing through soreness in his left Achilles but he finally sat out last Wednesday due to the injury. Conley has dealt with Achilles issues dating back to 2016, and the injury was the main reason he was limited to just 56 games in the 2015-16 season. Conley only missed the one game last week and returned to play in both games in the back-to-back set over the weekend. Despite the fact that he’s back in the starting lineup, Conley is still a High Injury Risk. Achilles injuries are extremely tricky, and given that Conley has dealt with them before, this could very likely turn into a lingering issue. He needs at least a full week out before his numbers will improve.
Joe Johnson UTA: tendon instability in right wrist
Joe Johnson will miss at least the next two weeks with tendon instability in his right wrist. It’s not clear exactly when Johnson suffered the injury, but it was announced last Tuesday as a right wrist sprain. Johnson is 36 years old but has remained relatively healthy in recent years. He won’t be able to heal as quickly as a younger athlete, but it is a good sign that he has not had any injuries to his right wrist before. The Jazz are thinking Johnson will only be out for two weeks but the Inside Injuries algorithm suggests he should sit out for three.
Marc Gasol MEM: left ankle sprain
Gasol was a game-time decision for last Monday’s game after aggravating an ankle injury that he originally sustained during EuroBasket. He played through the pain in every game last week but he remains on the injury report heading into Week 4. Given that this is already a lingering issue, Gasol is at a High Risk of worsening the injury and ending up on the sidelines for an extended period of time.
Tristan Thompson CLE: left calf strain
The Cavaliers announced on Thursday that Tristan Thompson will miss 3-4 weeks with a strain in his left calf, which is in line with the Optimal Recovery Time calculated by the Inside Injuries algorithm. He suffered the injury during the second quarter of Wednesday’ matchup with the Pacers, and while he was able to get to the locker room under his own power, he did have a limp. Muscle strains are generally more complicated recoveries than bone injuries, so Thompson could end up being out longer if he experiences a setback or has lingering soreness. The good news is Thompson is a young, relatively healthy player with no history of calf injuries, so he should be able to make a full recovery.
Kristaps Porzingis NYK: sore left ankle
Porzingis sat out of practice on Saturday with a sore left ankle but was able to put up an incredible performance during Sunday’s game. His ankle didn’t appear to be bothering him at all, but any bump or bruise that Porzingis is dealing with is cause for concern. Given how many lower body injuries Porzingis has dealt with in his short professional career, he is a High Injury Risk. It would be smart to give Porzingis a few maintenance days here and there, but it is unlikely that the Knicks will be that cautious with Porzingis on fire right now.
John Wall WAS: left shoulder sprain
Wizards star point guard John Wall suffered a sprain to his left shoulder when he tried to fight through a screen set by Channing Frye late in the third quarter of Friday’s game against Cleveland. X-rays came back negative and there is reportedly no structural damage in Wall’s shoulder. The other good news is that the injury is not to Wall’s shooting shoulder. According to the Inside Injuries algorithm, Wall could still need up to three weeks of recovery time before he’s 100 percent.
Danilo Gallinari LAC: bruised left hip
Danilo Gallinari exited Sunday’s game with a bruised left hip and did not return. Gallinari has a long injury history in his eight years in the NBA but this is his first hip issue. The extent of Gallinari’s injury isn’t yet known, but given how banged up he’s been in his career, he remains a High Injury Risk. A mild tweak would only hold him out for a week but a moderate strain could keep Gallinari on the sidelines for up to five weeks. We will know more when test results are released.
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