Nikola Jokic DEN: left hip flexor strain
Jokic is day-to-day with a left hip flexor strain and could return to the lineup sometime in the middle of this week. He was originally injured last Thursday when his left leg got tangled up under the basket, and he left in a lot of pain. X-rays were negative and an MRI revealed the hip flexor strain. The Inside Injuries algorithm lists this as a grade 1 strain, but the optimal recovery time is still three weeks. That means that even if Jokic plays this week, he will be at a greater risk of re-injury and his mobility will suffer.
Hassan Whiteside MIA: ankle sprain
A nagging ankle injury (grade 1 sprain) forced Whiteside to miss just one game, but his return to the court was premature. He said himself that the injury was still a problem, and his ankle was clearly impacting his movement on the court. As the game went on his mobility improved, but this ankle sprain will still be a problem over the next few weeKevin Love is sidelined with back problems again. Photo Credit: Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal/TNSks.
DeMar DeRozan TOR: ankle sprain
DeRozan missed three games after injuring his ankle but returned to action on Sunday night. He is on an impressive streak of 17 straight games with 20 plus points, and his run continued last night. He appeared to be fully recovered from the ankle injury, so expect to see more of the same dominance from DeRozan moving forward.
Thabo Sefolosha ATL: groin strain
After a rough outing on Friday, the Hawks decided to sit Sefolosha on Sunday against the Knicks due to his groin injury. Playing through the injury clearly wasn’t working, so he needs the time to rest and recover. He has dropped to the elevated injury risk category as the optimal recovery time for a groin strain is three weeks. It’s tough to be effective on the court when playing through a groin problem because all lower body movements are affected. His Basketball Quickness Score also falls into the “slow” category, so his ability to accelerate and cut has taken a hit.
Derrick Rose NYK: ankle sprain
Surprise, surprise. Rose is sidelined again due to an injury. Rose was seen in a walking boot on Sunday and didn’t play against the Hawks. Right now he is not expected to play through at least Wednesday, and if history has taught us anything it’s that he needs a lot more time off. His injury risk is elevated and his Health Performance Factor is “below average,” so he wouldn’t be very effective if he did try to play through the ankle sprain. Brandon Jennings should take his place and is a solid add in most leagues. He will get the start while Rose is sidelined.
Kevin Love CLE: back spasms
When Love previously went down with a back injury, we said this would be a problem that would pop up again. Sure enough just two weeks later Love is out with back spasms. Back injuries often recur, and they are especially tough on big men like Love. He is scheduled to undergo an MRI and won’t play in the Cavs next game. The wise move is to keep him out for at least a week even if the MRI is clean and he starts to feel better. Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye should see a nice bump in minutes, and Tristan Thompson has a higher value as their best forward while Love is out.
Andrew Bogut DAL: hamstring strain
Bogut can’t seem to get rid of his hamstring injury. In his first game back following a lengthy absence due to a hamstring strain, he left and didn’t return. We have seen hamstring injuries recut time and time again this season. Inside Injuries lists his injury as a grade 2 strain. This comes with an optimal recovery time of five weeks, and he returned after just two. He wasn’t ready to return to live action, and he paid the price. These injuries are often more severe the second time around, so we could see an extended absence for Bogut. While he is sidelined, Justin Anderson could see more time on the wing while Dorian Finney-Smith may see a bump in minutes at forward.