There are just five games on Thursday’s NBA slate and thankfully for the league’s fans, health and safety protocols are starting to become less prevalent on the daily injury report. This doesn’t mean things can’t pick back up, but it appears the tweaked rules and additional vaccination efforts from the league have had the desired effect. Here’s a look at Thursday’s injury report in the association.
NBA Injury Report: January 13
Draymond Green (calf) OUT
Klay Thompson (injury management) expected to play
Green has been ruled out for Golden State’s next two games and might be out for the whole trip. Thompson is expected to play in Thursday’s game and will likely sit Friday as part of his injury management program. Look for guys like Jonathan Kuminga, Otto Porter Jr. and Njemica Bjelica as DFS options with Green sidelined.
Jrue Holiday (ankle) OUT
Grayson Allen (conditioning) expected to play
Holiday is doubtful with his ankle injury, while Allen is expected to play after a return from the protocols. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton get a boost with Holiday out, but Jordan Nwora and Pat Connaughton have been the value plays for Milwaukee.
There are no day-to-day injuries of note at the moment for either team. The Grizzlies will re-evaluate Dillon Brooks in 3-5 weeks as he’s dealing with an ankle sprain.
Luke Kennard (protocols) OUT
Kennard has been in protocols for a shockingly long time given the updated guidelines. Let’s see if he can make a return against a favorable opponent Thursday.
James Harden (knee) Will Play
Nic Claxton (hamstring) OUT
Kyrie Irving (home game) OUT
Kevin Durant (rest) OUT
Patty Mills (rest) OUT
LaMarcus Aldridge (foot) OUT
Update — No one is playing for the Nets tonight. That was a lie, but basically the truth. KD, Mills and Claxton will rest. Aldridge has an injury. Irving can’t play at home. Harden is still questionable but you’d think he has to play. He’ll be a popular GPP play if he is ruled in. The rest of the lineup is riddled with value in a good matchup vs. OKC. It’ll be a much more competitive game with everyone sitting for the Nets.
Harden played Wednesday but might get a rest day with his knee hyperextension. Irving can’t play because it’s a home game, although there’s a report the Nets might be able to pay their way through the issue. Claxton was ruled out Wednesday and will be one to monitor for Thursday’s game.
Damian Lillard (abdominal) OUT
Norman Powell (protocols) OUT
Larry Nance Jr. (knee) OUT
Anfernee Simons (personal) OUT
Cody Zeller (knee) OUT
The Trail Blazers suffered a huge blow when Lillard was ruled out for 6-8 weeks after getting surgery for a lingering abdominal issue. Powell in the in the protocols, while Nance Jr. is dealing with a knee injury. Simons is out for a personal reason. For fantasy and DFS purposes, look for Dennis Smith Jr., Nassir Little and Robert Covington to be heavily involved Thursday.
Will Barton (toe) probable
Barton had a stint in the protocols and is now dealing with a toe issue. He’s probable for the contest and is in line to get decent minutes, making him a decent option in fantasy and DFS contests.