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Rockets’ Chris Paul, Warriors’ Draymond Green Top Long List of NBA Injuries

Special from InsideInjuries.com October 23, 2017 2:37PM EST


We have a long list of NBA injuries after just one week of play and at least two players won’t return to action this season. Inside Injuries tells you what you need to know if your drafted these players for your Fantasy Basketball teams.

Jeremy Lin BRO: ruptured patellar tendon

The Nets announced that Lin underwent successful surgery to repair the ruptured patellar tendon in his right knee and will be out for the remainder of the season. Lin suffered the injury during the Nets’ season-opener on Wednesday when he landed awkwardly after going up for a layup. Lin dealt with multiple injuries last season including a lingering hamstring strain that kept him out for a total of 45 games. His injury history does give us some concerns about his ability to recover completely, but he’s 29 years old and hasn’t had any knee issues so far in his career, so we are hopeful about a full return for next season.

Chris Paul HOU: bruised left knee

Chris Paul’s bone bruise could keep him off the court until November. AP Photo/Michael Wyke

Chris Paul went into the start of the regular season with a left knee bruise and a right shoulder contusion, but it’s the knee injury that could keep him sidelined for up to a month. He originally suffered the injury on October 11 during a preseason game, but the injury was aggravated during Tuesday’s regular-season opener. Paul didn’t look close to 100 percent and coach Mike D’Antoni said Paul was “playing on one leg” in the matchup with the Warriors. We haven’t heard anything about additional scans or an updated diagnosis, so we believe he is dealing with a severe bone bruise. Injuries of this type generally come with a three to five-week ORT (Optimal Recovery Time), so it could be well into November before he gets back on the court.

Draymond Green GS: knee injury

Golden State fans and Fantasy owners breathed a sigh of relief on Friday when Draymond Green returned against the Pelicans and looked like his same ornery self, unaffected by his knee injury. Green knocked his left knee during Tuesday’s season-opener and went to the locker room after taking his free throws. He was ruled as doubtful for Friday’s game against the Pelicans, but after a clean MRI on Wednesday and a few days of rest, Green was able to get back on the court. He’s still an Elevated Injury Risk and likely will be for the next week or so, but he has returned to an Above Average Health Performance Factor, so he should be back in all Fantasy lineups.

JaMychal Green MEM: ankle sprain

JaMychal Green rolled his left ankle during Wednesday’s opener when he stepped on Dante Cunningham’s foot. Two trainers had to help him to the locker room. The good news is that an MRI on his ankle came back clean, but he is still in danger of missing several weeks. Even a mild, grade 1 ankle sprain requires a three-week ORT.

Jason Smith WAS: right shoulder sprain

Jason Smith was filling in for Markieff Morris (hernia) on Wednesday when he sustained a right shoulder sprain. He missed Friday’s matchup and was unable to practice on Saturday, so the Inside Injuries algorithm is calculating a grade 1 sprain, an injury that comes with a three-week ORT. Smith shouldn’t be trusted as a Fantasy option until the November 7 matchup with the Mavericks.

Gordon Hayward BOS: dislocated ankle and left tibia fracture

Gordon Hayward has been all but officially ruled out for the season after suffering a dislocated ankle and left tibia fracture less than five minutes into Tuesday’s opening matchup. He underwent successful bony and ligamentous stabilization surgery on Wednesday and there is no timetable for his return. We hope he can make a full recovery, but extensive ligament damage is hard to recover from.

Dion Waiters MIA: left ankle tweak

A serious left ankle sprain bothered Waiters towards the end of last season but he declined surgery as a recovery option. It looks like that may have been a mistake, and lingering weaknesses that could have been corrected by surgery have caused stability problems for Waiters. He rolled his ankle three times on Wednesday. While he was limited in practice on Friday, Waiters was able to play in Saturday’s matchup without any problems. Unfortunately for Fantasy owners, we don’t think this ankle problem is going away anytime soon. Waiters is an Elevated Injury Risk and with lingering instability in his ankle, he is bound to miss time with a tweak or roll.

Dennis Schroder ATL: left foot/ankle injury

Dennis Schroder rolled his left ankle during Sunday’s game and was unable to put any weight on his left foot as he was helped back to the locker room. He was in obvious pain as he exited the court and is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday. He is doubtful for Monday’s matchup with the Heat but the Hawks seem to be optimistic that he will return for Thursday’s game against the Bulls.

Cody Zeller CHA: right knee bone bruise

Cody Zeller put up a solid performance in Wednesday’s season-opener, but he also picked up a bone bruise in his right knee. He was ruled out of games on both Friday and Monday, so this could turn into a multi-week absence. A grade 1 bone bruise comes with a three-week ORT, and Zeller is currently a High Injury Risk.

Marquese Chriss PHO: rolled right ankle

Chriss rolled his right ankle in the third quarter of Saturday’s matchup with the Clippers and did not return. It looked like Chriss sustained the injury when he stepped on Blake Griffin’s foot and he was in obvious pain as the medical staff was checking him out on the sidelines. A minor tweak requires just one week of recovery time, but anything more serious (grade 1 or 2 sprain) could keep him out for up to a month.

Hassan Whiteside MIA: bone bruise in knee

Hassan Whiteside was ruled out of both Saturday and Monday’s game with a bone bruise in his knee. He bumped knees with Nikola Vucevic during Wednesday’s season-opener, but it didn’t stop him from having a monster game. It’s not clear when the Heat are expecting Whiteside to return, but the Inside Injuries algorithm is calculating a two or three-week ORT. Whiteside has a long injury history and is a High Injury Risk, so Fantasy owners can expect him to miss time to injuries at various points throughout the season.

Milos Teodosic LAC: left foot plantar fascia injury

The Clippers will be without Milos Teodosic for the foreseeable future as he recovers from a plantar fascia injury in his left foot. This is an extremely tricky injury and resting is really the only way to shake it. Teodosic isn’t a must-hold player but could be a good candidate for an IR spot.

Jonas Valanciunas TOR: left ankle sprain

Jonas Valanciunas is traveling with the Raptors for their six-game road trip, though he won’t play on Monday against San Antonio. An MRI confirmed that Valanciunas suffered a sprained left ankle on Saturday when he landed on Dario Saric’s foot. He was able to walk to the locker room without much of a limp, which leads us to believe this is a mild, grade 1 sprain, an injury that comes with a three-week ORT.

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