Cleveland’s center has been out for the past three games after sustaining a sprained right thumb on Tuesday’s win over the Magic. The original X-ray came back negative but an MRI confirmed the sprain, keeping him out of Cleveland’s win over Boston, and back to back losses to Atlanta. There is a chance that Thompson returns to the court on Monday against Miami, but he might continue to rest up before the playoffs.
Steph Curry GS: left knee soreness
Curry banged his knee during Wednesday’s win over the Suns but played through the pain for the rest of the game. However, he did not participate in practice on Friday and was ruled doubtful for Saturday’s matchup shortly after practice concluded. Since the Warriors have secured their No. 1 seed, it is unlikely that they are going to risk their star in the final two games of the regular season. It is unlikely that the knee issue will affect Curry going into the playoffs.
Anthony Davis NO: left knee soreness
On Friday night, head coach Alvin Gentry hinted that Davis might not play in Saturday’s game against the Warriors after suffering from soreness in his left knee. Since the Pelicans have already been ruled out of the playoffs, it’s a safe bet that the injury is minor and they are just playing it safe with The Brow. Davis has had issues with his left knee in the past, so the oft-injured athlete would benefit from a little time off at the end of the season.
Kristaps Porzingis NY: back spasms
Porzingis has been out for the past four games suffering from back spasms and it is unlikely that he will play in the Knick’s final games of the season. The back injury isn’t serious, but Porzingis admits that it wouldn’t be “smart” to “force it” when the Knicks have already been eliminated from the playoffs. Porzingis has had a rough season, suffering from Achilles, thigh, and ankle issues that kept him out for a total of 15 games so far. The back injury is a new one for Porzingis, but luckily it came at the end of the season, allowing him plenty of time to heal in the offseason.
Rajon Rondo CHI: sprained right wrist
Rondo sprained his shooting wrist on Wednesday and has missed the past two games to the injury. An X-ray confirmed that there was no structural damage but an MRI confirmed that the injury was in fact a sprain, meaning Rondo will likely continue to be sidelined. He is still reporting stiffness in his wrist and received further treatment on his wrist on Sunday. There is currently no timeline for the point guard’s return, but with the Bulls fighting for a spot in the playoffs, there is a chance he makes it back this week.
Kemba Walker CHA: left knee soreness
This could be a “phantom injury” considering the Hornets were eliminated from the playoffs on Saturday, but Walker is supposedly suffering from soreness in his left knee. However, we have reason to believe this injury is real because this is the same knee that Walker has had surgery on twice. There is no reason to risk his health for the last game of the season so he likely won’t play in the Hornet’s final games of the season.
Kenneth Faried DEN: back soreness
Faried exited Tuesday’s game against the Pelicans with a back issue and did not return to the court. It’s no secret that Faried has a bad back, he’s missed nine straight games earlier this season to the same issue and it appears to have been aggravated. He played through the pain on Wednesday and Friday, though it was obvious that his back was bothering him, as his performance and minutes suffered in both games. He’s was then ruled out of Sunday’s game, suggesting the forward is still suffering from lingering symptoms.
Derrick Favors UTA: right knee contusion
After missing 14 straight games to right and left knee issues, Favors finally returned to the court for both Friday and Saturday’s games. However, his left knee flared up on him after the back-to-back set and he has been ruled out of Monday’s game against the Warriors. Favors likely shouldn’t have played in back-to-back games after returning from such a long absence and his knee suffered from the over-exertion. He needs to rest for the rest of the regular season if the Jazz want him to be at peak performance for the first round of the playoffs.
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