Kevin Knox NYK: left ankle sprain
Knicks rookie Kevin Knox has been ruled out for at least the next three games with a sprained left ankle, though our algorithm shows he should miss more time than that. He had to be helped off the court by teammates and did not take the free-throws he was owed. The good new is that initial X-rays came back negative for fractures. An MRI confirmed the sprain. While he seems to have avoided the dreaded high-ankle sprain, we are still considering this a moderate, grade 2 ankle sprain. The Optimal Recovery Time hovers around 4 weeks for these types of injuries, but lower extremity injuries are more difficult for big guys like Knox. He won’t be 100% until the end of November.
JaMychal Green MEM: broken jaw
Green entered Friday’s game against the Hawks dealing with left shoulder and knee soreness, but it was a broken jaw that took him out of the game. He took a shot to the mouth, and it was immediately obvious that some dental work would be necessary. Further evaluation revealed the fracture. Green underwent stabilization surgery on Saturday and is expected to miss the next 2-6 weeks. Our Optimal Recovery Time is at the longer end of that timeline, but the good news is that Green should make a full recovery.
DeMarre Carroll BRO: right ankle surgery
DeMarre Carroll underwent arthroscopic surgery to his right ankle last Tuesday. Though the Nets haven’t released an expected recovery time, arthroscopic surgeries generally come with a quicker recovery time than other types of surgeries. The Nets also never released the exact nature of the injury but described the surgery as a “clean-up” procedure. The shortest amount of time that Carroll should miss is 6 weeks, though an 8-10 week recovery time would be optimal.
Jamal Murray DEN: left tibia contusion
Murray played through a left tibia contusion in Sunday’s game, though he was obviously hobbled by the injury. His shots weren’t falling and he received treatment on the sidelines various times throughout the game. This isn’t a major injury, but he really needs a week of rest before he’ll be back at 100%. We are considering him questionable for at least the first half of the week.
Domantas Sabonis IND: bruised right knee
Sabonis had an amazing preseason but only two games into the regular season and he’s already on the injury report. He must have sustained the bruised knee in Friday’s game, forcing him to sit out Saturday’s matchup. Sabonis is listed as questionable for Monday’s game, but he won’t be healthy if he plays. Knee bruises, depending on the severity, can require anywhere from 1-4 weeks of recovery time. At the very least Sabonis should be out through the week given his High Injury Risk.
Marc Gasol MEM: sore back
Gasol appeared to tweak his left leg during the Grizzlies’ season opener, but it was a sore back that he was listed with on the injury report. He played through the injury on Friday against the Hawks and didn’t appear hindered. The veteran is listed as probable for Monday’s matchup, and unless he aggravates the injury, that designation is a good indication of the rest of the week. Back injuries are tricky though, and because they are so highly recurrent, Gasol is a High Injury Risk.
Ben Simmons PHI: back tightness
While it’s great that Simmons isn’t dealing with an aggravation to his foot, we are still concerned about his back injury. Simmons was ruled out of Saturday’s game shortly after he exited with back tightness. He dealt with a neck injury in the preseason, and this injury is likely related. While he doesn’t appear to be dealing with something serious (i.e. a spinal fracture), this is definitely something to keep an eye on. Simmons hasn’t returned to practice yet, and we would be surprised if he returned at any point this week. Back injuries are tricky, and even a minor strain comes with a 3 week Optimal Recovery Time.