NBA Injury Report for Thursday, December 6
I got a few suggestions from readers to add a daily injury report with all injuries combined into a single post instead of broken down in individual posts, so I’m going to give that a try. It seems like a pretty good idea and might make a quicker read. I’ll try it for a few days and you guys let me know what you think.
Tony Allen (MEM) – Allen missed his last game with back spasms and it isn’t known how much time he’ll miss. Quincy Pondexter picked up most of Allen’s minutes and had a pretty good game going for 16 points.
Rip Hamilton (CHI) – Torn plantar fascia, out two weeks. Marco Belinelli got the last start, but did nothing. The Bulls could go with Nate Robinson at PG and Kirk Hinrich at SG in the next one.
Deron Williams (BKN) – Williams is still dealing with wrist soreness, but it shouldn’t cause him to miss any time. He logged 41 minutes Tuesday, scoring 33.
Andrei Kirilenko (MIN) – Kirilenko is dealing with back problems and will probably miss another week. Josh Howard has covered well for Kirilenko and is worth a look while Andrei is out.
Trevor Ariza (WAS) – Ariza suffered a calf injury Tuesday night. If he’s forced to miss time, look for Martell Webster to move into the starting lineup. Webster could be a nice short term add, depending on how much time Ariza is going to miss.
Pau Gasol (LAL) – Gasol missed Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s games with knee tendonitis. Antawn Jamison will get the start and is a must add if he’s somehow still on you wire.
Mario Chalmers (MIA) – Chalmers suffered an injury to his left ring finger and couldn’t finish Tuesday’s game. X-Rays were negative and it isn’t known how much time he’ll miss.
Norris Cole (MIA) – The Heat are now hurting at PG as Norris Cole also missed Tuesday’s game with a hamstring problem. No word on how long Cole will be out, but it might not be too long.
Nick Young (PHI) – Young missed Tuesday night’s game with a toe injury. He’s day to day.
Dion Waiters (CLE) – Waiters missed Wednesday with an ankle problem.
Leandro Barbosa (BOS) – Barbosa missed Wednesday with an illness.
Danny Green (SAS) – Green is suffering from a hamstring injury. Big minutes for Manu Ginobili when Green is out.
Kyle Korver (ATL) – Korver was out Wednesday with a back injury.
Al Jefferson (UTA) – Big Al left last night’s game with back spasms, check his availability for Friday’s matchup. Hopefully, Jefferson owners have Enes Kanter handcuffed on the bench.
Marvin Williams (UTA) – Williams returned from missing two games with a concussion, but only got 23 minutes. Keep him benched for another game or two if he’s somehow on your team.
Jameer Nelson (ORL) – Nelson suffered a minor head injury Wednesday, but shouldn’t miss time. Check it Friday just to be safe.
Kosta Koufos (DEN) – Missed Wednesday with the flu.
Carmelo Anthony (NYK) – Suffered a cut on his left ring finger that required six stitches. He’s a gametime decision tonight. Look for J.R. Smith to cover if Melo can’t go.
Nicolas Batum (POR) – Suffered a back injury. Not sure how serious it is and hopefully we get a report today, but definitely check it before using him in his next one.
Chauncey Billups (LAC) – Billups missed Wednesday nigh with a foot injury. Hope he didn’t rush back too soon from his achilles injury.
Linas Kleiza (TOR) – Missed Wednesday with a hip injury. Mickael Pietrus could start seeing big minutes and is worth a waiver wire add.
Mike Dunleavy (MIL) – Missed Wednesday with a knee bruise. This is how serious knee injuries always start, the famous ‘knee bruise’. Hopefully, that isn’t the case with Dunleavy.
Steve Blake (LAL) – Underwent abdominal surgery, out 6-8 weeks. Why do I get the feeling that the Lakers won’t peak until right about the time the playoffs roll around?