Anthony Davis F, Pelicans: bruised left shoulder
Davis injured his left shoulder just before the All Star break but was cleared to play a few minutes in the game. The Pelicans now plan to reduce his minutes throughout the rest of the season, although they won’t shut him down. While this isn’t good news for his fantasy owners, it makes sense. Davis has a very concerning injury history, hence his High Injury Risk (30%). His latest shoulder problem isn’t a long-term concern, but all of his combined injury problems could lead to another more serious injury. By limiting his minutes and giving him more rest days, he should stay fresh and healthier than he otherwise would have.
Luka Doncic F, Mavericks: right ankle soreness
Doncic missed Saturday’s game due to right ankle soreness and is considered day-to-day. If this is a soft tissue injury (nothing more than soreness), one week is enough time for his ankle to heal. If there’s a mild sprain, the Optimal Recovery Time jumps to three weeks. Doncic has been listed with a few very mild ankle injuries earlier in the season, and none of them have lead to lingering problems. We have reached that point in the season where there’s no reason to risk playing a guy like Doncic, so the Mavs are likely just being cautious here.
Giannis Antetokounmpo F, Bucks: right knee soreness
Antetokounmpo has been battling soreness in his right knee over the last week, but he has yet to miss a game. He was listed on the injury report ahead of Saturday’s game and ended up playing and posting 27 points and 10 rebounds in 33 minutes. The Bucks could choose to give him some extra rest to ensure that he is healthy down the stretch. Antetokounmpo remains High Risk (35%), but his Above Average HPF (Health Performance Factor) shows that he should continue to play well despite this slight setback.
Karl Anthony-Towns C, Timberwolves: concussion
While on the way to the airport last week, Anthony-Towns was involved in a car accident that left him with a concussion. He missed two games but is expected to return on Monday night. KAT has been incredibly healthy throughout his first four seasons in the league and had never missed a game until now. He does remain an Elevated Injury Risk as he is more susceptible to another head injury due to the recency of his concussion, but that’s his only concern going forward.
Draymond Green C, Warriors: left ankle sprain
Green isn’t expected to miss any time despite twisting his ankle on Saturday. He appeared to be in a lot of pain and was quickly taken to the locked room for evaluation and treatment. Green did made it through a full practice on Sunday and is expected to be cleared to play on Monday night. For now this should be considered a minor injury, but his Injury Risk remains High (45%). This season alone he has battled knee, foot and ankle injuries. Earlier in the season it was his right ankle, but this time he tweaked his left.
Jeff Teague PG, Timberwolves: hand and knee injuries
It’s been a bad year for Teague on the injury front, and he has two new injuries to add to the list. Teague injured his left hand during Saturday’s game and struggled the rest of the night. On top of that he is battling knee soreness. While neither injury alone is overly concerning, all of his problems are adding up. He battled an ankle injury ahead of the All Star break and has been High Risk for much of the season. Teague has played just 36 games due to foot, ankle and knee injuries. He isn’t a player that fantasy owners can trust right now, and it might take until the offseason for his body to fully recover.
James Harden F, Rockets: neck strain
After missing one game due to neck soreness, Harden is expected to return on Monday night. This is a mild injury and one that shouldn’t lead to any lingering problems. He still falls in the Peak HPF category (83%), an indication that he will play well going forward.
Lonzo Ball G, Lakers: setback with ankle injury
It’s been almost six weeks since Ball went down with a grade 3 ankle injury, and it looks like he is still weeks away from a return. In addition to ligament damage (a partial tear), he is also dealing with a bone bruise. When there is extensive ligament damage there is often an associated injury like this that needs additional time to heal. Ball’s Injury Risk remains incredibly High (42%), so our algorithm is saying he is nowhere near being ready to return to the court. On top of that his HPF is very poor at 56%. It’s important for Ball to take time now to fully recover so his ankle doesn’t continue to be a problem until the offseason. He also recently underwent knee surgery and has had durability concerns dating back to his college days. Ball just can’t be trusted for at least the next month, even if he is cleared to return sometime in March.