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KAT, LeBron, Jayson Tatum headline NBA injury report for Sunday, Jan. 2

We take a look at the NBA injury report for Sunday, January 2 and break down all the latest news for fantasy basketball.

Dallas Mavericks v Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves looks on during the game against the Dallas Mavericks on December 19, 2021 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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There are seven games on Sunday’s NBA slate, with the Indiana Pacers and Cleveland Cavaliers taking part in the only nationally televised contest for the day. The league is still struggling to navigate through the recent spike in COVID cases, although the protocols have changed and players are coming back sooner. Here’s a look at Sunday’s injury report in the association.

NBA injury report, January 2

New York Knicks vs. Toronto Raptors

Julius Randle (protocols) OUT
Kemba Walker (knee) OUT
Mitchell Robinson (protocols) OUT
Evan Fournier (ankle) questionable

The Knicks could be without a good chunk of their primary rotation, especially if Fournier is ruled out. Look for guys like Miles McBride, Quentin Grimes and Obi Toppin to fill in and be strong value plays Sunday.

Scottie Barnes (knee) probable

Barnes, the final piece of Toronto’s core, is expected to play through his knee issue Sunday.

Orlando Magic vs. Boston Celtics

Cole Anthony (ankle) OUT
Mo Bamba (conditioning) questionable
Markelle Fultz (protocols) OUT

Anthony and Fultz are out, leaving Orlando thin in the backcourt. Bamba could return depending on his fitness, so he’s the name to watch.

Jayson Tatum (protocols) OUT
Robert Williams (toe) OUT

Update - Both Tatum and Williams have been ruled out for Sunday’s game.

Update - Tatum and Williams are both game-time calls for the Celtics.

Both Tatum and Williams are questionable in this game. Jaylen Brown’s value could jump if Tatum ultimately misses out.

Indiana Pacers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

Malcolm Brogdon (protocols) OUT
Chris Duarte (protocols) OUT

The Pacers still have their two backcourt players in the protocols. Caris LeVert and Justin Holiday are good value plays if both Brogdon and Duarte don’t play.

Darius Garland (protocols) OUT

The Cavaliers have a lot of issues and point guard, and there’s no telling who would be the right play if Garland doesn’t clear protocols.

Phoenix Suns vs. Charlotte Hornets

Deandre Ayton (protocols) OUT

Ayton is still in protocols, which means JaVale McGee and Jalen Smith are the natural beneficiaries if the star big man isn’t available.

Miles Bridges (conditioning) AVAILABLE
PJ Washington (conditioning) OUT

Update - Bridges is available to play in Sunday’s game.

Update - Washington has been ruled out for Sunday’s contest.

It’ll come down to fitness for both of Charlotte’s key wing players. Look for Terry Rozier and James Bouknight to see additional minutes if both Bridges and Washington sit out.

Miami Heat vs. Sacramento Kings

Duncan Robinson (protocols) TBD
KZ Okpala (wrist) OUT

Robinson remains in the protocols, while Okpala has been ruled out. Jimmy Butler’s status is also worth monitoring as the team has been cautious with its star.

Dallas Mavericks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

Kristaps Porzingis (rest) OUT
Luka Doncic (conditioning) AVAILABLE

Update - Porzingis has been ruled out, as expected. Doncic and Tim Hardaway Jr. are good to go for Sunday’s game.

Porzingis has played through a toe issue, so he will need some rest. The Mavericks also get Luka Doncic back from the protocols, but conditioning will be key.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (protocols) OUT
Lu Dort (knee) OUT

Update - Dort has been ruled out with a knee issue, while Josh Giddey has officially been cleared from the protocols and will start.

Gilgeous-Alexander started the new year by going into the protocols, and he’s out for this game.

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Karl-Anthony Towns (protocols) OUT
D’Angelo Russell (protocols) OUT
Anthony Edwards (conditioning) AVAILABLE

Update - Edwards is suiting up for Minnesota Sunday against the Lakers.

Towns and Russell are still in the protocols, but Edwards appears to be on his way back if his conditioning checks out.

LeBron James (abdominal) AVAILABLE

Update - As expected, James is going to play in Sunday’s game.

James stays on the injury report in pure gamesmanship fashion, as everyone knows he’s going to suit up for this game.