Know Your NBA Week 3 Injuries
(originally written 11/12/14)
When you view the ESPN ticker and see a "top" team struggling at 3-6, you'll want answers. Often times, a team isn't firing on all cylinders because it's missing certain parts. TSR has all the strains, bruises, tears and breaks keeping the NBA's talent on the sidelines—adjust your fantasy team accordingly.
Not included on this list: injured rookies not expected to contribute much even when healthy, suspended players, players on personal leave or injured veteran free agents. HNP = has not played yet this season
G DeMarre Carroll (groin pull, 11/10) is day-to-day. F Mike Scott (back pain from a fall, 11/10) is set to return 11/13.
G Rajon Rondo is playing through a sore hand. G Marcus Smart (sprained ankle/bone bruise, 11/7) is out at least two more weeks. G Marcus Thornton (ankle sprain) C Vitor Faverani (left knee surgery; HNP) targets a late November return.
F Marvin Williams (knee tendinitis) is doubtful for 11/14.
G Dion Waiters (back) took a hard fall 11/7, and is day-to-day. G Matt Dellavedova sprained his MCL; the 4-6 week recovery timetable estimates a December return.
G Raymond Felton (right ankle sprain 10/10; HNP) is week-to-week, and must serve a four-game suspension upon returning. G Jameer Nelson (hamstring, 11/10) is day-to-day but doesn't expect to miss any time.
G Jodie Meeks (stress reaction in back; HNP) is out for at least five more weeks. F Luigi Datome (hamstring, HNP) is out indefinitely. F Cartier Martin (plantar fasciitis) is day-to-day.
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
F David Lee (hamstring, 10/19) re-aggravated the injury last week and will be out for two more weeks.
G Patrick Beverley (left hamstring 10/29) aggravated the injury 11/4 and is out til mid-November. Terrence Jones (nerve contusion, 11/4) is also out until mid-November.
F Paul George (broken leg, 8/1; HNP) is likely to miss the entire season. F David West (sprained right ankle, 10/18; HNP) targets an 11/15 return. G C.J. Watson (right foot bruise, 10/27; HNP) hopes to return 11/17. G George Hill (left knee contusion, 10/22; HNP) targets a December return. G Rodney Stuckey (left foot tendon) has been plagued all season and is, in effect, game-by-game.
LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
LOS ANGELES LAKERS
G Steve Nash (back, HNP) declared himself out for the season 10/12 and will likely retire. F Julius Randle (broken right leg, 10/28; HNP) is out for the season. F Nick Young (torn right thumb ligament, 10/2; HNP) targets a late November return. F Ryan Kelly (right hamstring) re-aggravated the injury 11/4 and has been limited all season.
F Danny Granger (hamstring/hip flexor, 10/28) is day-to-day. C Justin Hamilton (groin, 11/7) is day-to day.
F Khris Middleton (sore right knee) is day-to-day. F Damien Inglis (foot, HNP) has been shut down for six weeks. C Johnny O'Bryant (MCL sprain; HNP) is out indefinitely.
G Ricky Rubio (left ankle sprain) will miss at least six more weeks.
NEW ORLEANS PELICANS
NEW YORK KNICKS
G Jose Calderon (right calf strain, HNP) hopes to return late November. C Andrea Bargnani (hamstring, 10/11; HNP) is out indefinitely.
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER
F Kevin Durant (fractured foot, 10/12; HNP) hopes to return in December. G Russell Westbrook (broken right hand 10/30; HNP) aims for a mid-December return. G Perry Jones (knee bruise 11/4) is day-to-day. G Andre Roberson (foot sprain 11/3) is out until mid-November. C Mitch McGary (foot fracture, 10/9; HNP) is out until mid-November at least.
G Victor Oladipo (face; HNP) is game-to-game. C Kyle O'Quinn (ankle, 10/29) is game-to game.
G Jason Richardson (right foot stress fracture; HNP) is out indefinitely. G Michael Carter-Williams (off-season right shoulder surgery) returned 11/13. Alexey Shved (sore lower back) is day-to day. C Nerlens Noel (ankle sprain, 11/4) is day-to-day.
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
F Nic Batum (bruised right knee, 11/9) targets an 11/17 return.
G Darren Collison (stiff left shoulder) is day-to-day.
SAN ANTONIO SPURS
C Tiago Splitter (calf, plagued since training camp) targets a late November return. G Patty Mills (right rotator cuff surgery, 7/21; HNP) aims to return in January. G Marco Belinelli (groin, 11/5) targets an 11/14 return.
F Rodney Hood (plantar fasciitis) is out indefinitely.
G Bradley Beal (broken left wrist) is out until late November. F Martell Webster (June back surgery) is out indefinitely. F/C Nene (shoulder, 11/12) will be re-evaluated 11/13.