NBA Injury Report – Today’s Action
There are some big injuries listed on the NBA injury report today. These include Porter’s left foot, Iguodala’s neck injury, and Green’s knee. Here is a breakdown of the injuries and the likely timetable for the players to return to the court.
Porter’s left foot injury
Golden State Warriors forward Otto Porter Jr. may miss Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday due to a left foot injury. Porter exited Game 3 against the Dallas Mavericks with left foot soreness. Postgame X-rays were negative, but Porter is rated as questionable for Game 2. According to Warriors coach Steve Kerr, Porter was not feeling bad at the time of the injury.
Porter’s left foot injury has been a long-term problem. He injured it during the Warriors’ last series against the Memphis Grizzlies, but returned for Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. The extent of the injury is unclear, but the Warriors will need Porter to make an impact in the Finals.
Iguodala’s neck injury
Andre Iguodala has a neck injury that is bothering him. Luckily for the Warriors, he will have a week off to rest and re-evaluate his status. Although he did not start a single game during the regular season, he hopes to make an impact during the team’s run to the Western Conference Finals. He previously spent six seasons with the Warriors before coming to the Miami Heat for a second stint.
The Warriors have been missing Andre Iguodala the entire playoffs, but he could make a huge difference if he can play again. Despite not being a top two pick in high school, Iguodala has taken on a role on the team that many younger players do not have. He has mentored and developed young players, including Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody, and he has become a great mentor to younger players.
Paul’s thumb fracture
After missing 15 games with a thumb fracture this season, Chris Paul is on the road to recovery. The point guard is expected to be out for six to eight weeks. He is expected to reevaluate his status in the next few weeks. The thumb fracture is not the first injury to plague Chris Paul. He has suffered four surgeries on his hands and wrists throughout his career.
Though he’ll miss the rest of the season, he’s likely to return for the playoffs. He’ll be rested for at least six to eight weeks, and the Phoenix Suns will reevaluate his status after that time. Paul is 36 years old, so his conditioning will be an important factor in determining when he will be ready to return.
Green’s knee injury
The Philadelphia 76ers are a bit worried about their veteran wing Jeff Green, whose knee injury is listed on the NBA injury report today. Green is due to make $10 million next season and has three championship rings. However, his contract with the Sixers is not guaranteed after the current season. This will leave the team with a difficult decision if they want to keep Green next season.
The team is assessing the extent of the injury. The MRI is expected to reveal that Green has a knee injury. The injury is a serious one, and he will most likely be out for the majority of the season. The Sixers will likely replace Green with another player.
On Monday, the Lakers announced that Anthony Davis is expected to return to action on Tuesday against the Golden State Warriors. Davis had been out since Dec. 17, and a return would be a huge boost for the team’s struggling defense. During his last time on the court, Davis had a defensive rating of 108.0, and it’s expected that he’ll be in the starting lineup before tip-off on Tuesday.
In the best case scenario, the Lakers’ injury report on Davis’ return to action states that he could miss just 11 games. If Davis is out for longer than that, the Lakers could have some issues. After all, they’re still in the Play-In Tournament, and any more time could spell trouble for them.
Grizzlies’ backup guard spot
The Grizzlies’ backup guard spot is open after a pair of out-of-season injuries. Jamal Murray is on the sidelines with a left knee injury, and Vlatko Cancar has undergone surgery on his right foot. Meanwhile, Michael Porter Jr. had lumbar spine surgery in December. As a result, Grizzlies fans are likely to see more backup guards on the injury report.
Ja Morant is expected to be the Grizzlies’ backup guard on Monday. The rookie finished his 2021-22 season as a first-time All-Star, made the All-NBA Second Team, and won the league’s Most Improved Player award. His success off the court has been a huge plus for the Grizzlies. However, he only played in 57 games last season. Regardless of the status of Ja Morant’s health, the Grizzlies have a number of players who can step in to fill the spot.