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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.