It’s a rare loaded Sunday slate in the association with 10 games on the schedule. While all the attention will be on Klay Thompson’s return when the Golden State Warriors face the Cleveland Cavaliers, we assure you there are other games going on with meaningful injuries to monitor. Here’s a look at Sunday’s injury report in the NBA.
NBA Injury Report: January 9
Derrick White (protocols) OUT
Keldon Johnson (protocols) OUT
Devin Vassell (protocols) OUT
The Spurs have three key rotation players in protocols. Look for Dejounte Murray, Lonnie Walker and Josh Primo to be good value plays if all three players above don’t suit up.
Kyrie Irving (home game) OUT
LaMarcus Aldridge (foot) OUT
Update — LMA has been ruled out for today’s game vs. the Spurs.
Irving can’t play at home. Aldridge is dealing with a foot issue. If he can’t go, Nic Claxton and Blake Griffin will get slight bumps in value.
Clint Capela (ankle) doubtful
Jalen Johnson (ankle) probable
Capela is doubtful, so John Collins becomes the big beneficiary. Johnson is probable, so look for him to be a potential value add as Cam Reddish and Bogdan Bogdanovic could see less opportunities.
Luke Kennard (protocols) TBD
Kennard has to be close to clearing protocols at this point. The guard would be a good play if he does get cleared and suits up.
Rui Hachimura (protocols) Available
Montrezl Harrell (protocols) OUT
Davis Bertans (foot) Available
Update - Bertans is in, which could eat into some of Kuzma’s minutes as a big man who operates on the perimeter more.
Update - Hachimura is available to make his season debut Sunday, which is big news for the Wizards as they hope to stay in the playoff picture this season. Harrell has been ruled out, which means Hachimura might get some additional minutes in the frontcourt.
Hachimura and Harrell would get minutes in the frontcourt, while Bertans has value as a three-point shooter. If these guys can’t play, Kyle Kuzma and Daniel Gafford are the DFS guys to target.
Cole Anthony (ankle) questionable
Franz Wagner (ankle) questionable
Wendell Carter Jr. (hamstring) OUT
Update - Carter Jr. has been ruled out for Sunday’s game.
Anthony and Wagner played Saturday, so they might rest in the second game of a back-to-back set. Carter Jr. didn’t suit up Saturday and has a history with leg injuries, so the Magic could be cautious here and sit him again.
Josh Hart (unspecified) OUT
Hart isn’t listed with the team, so he’s likely out barring an unexpected change.
Patrick Beverley (groin) OUT
Update - Beverley, who was unlikely to play, has been ruled out for Sunday’s game.
Beverley is questionable and if he doesn’t play, back D’Angelo Russell to deliver some additional production.
Alperen Sengun (ankle) TBD
Sengun appears unlikely to play, as the Rockets haven’t released an update on the big man. The team is probably going to take the cautious approach with the rookie center.
Tre Mann (conditioning) TBD
Darius Bazley (conditioning) TBD
The Thunder want to evaluate Mann and Bazley as much as possible for the future. Both need to get back as soon as possible for that process to occur.
Alex Caruso (protocols) OUT
Caruso remains in protocols and likely won’t play even if cleared as he’s dealing with a foot injury also.
Luka Doncic (ankle) Available
Kristaps Porzingis (protocols) OUT
Update - Doncic will play Sunday.
Update - Doncic is officially a game-time decision Sunday.
Doncic is questionable after missing Friday’s game. Porzingis remains in protocols and is likely out, meaning Dwight Powell and Maxi Kleber are potential value plays.
Stephen Curry (quad) Available
Draymond Green (hip) Active; not expected to play
Klay Thompson (Achilles) Expected to start in 2021-22 debut
Update - Green will start to honor Thompson, but then he will sit due to a calf issue.
Warriors say Draymond Green will be on the court for the opening tip vs. Cavaliers to honor Klay Thompson, but will not participate in the remainder of the game due to left calf tightness he experienced during pregame warmup.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 10, 2022
Update - Green is good to go. Previous reports of him being out were not accurate.
Update - Green is listed as a starter on Golden State’s official release. We’ll just have to wait until the starters actually take the floor at this point.
Status alert: Warriors just released their lineup sheet Sunday, Draymond is listed as a starter. Will continue to update. pic.twitter.com/947pgFXiDl— Underdog NBA (@Underdog__NBA) January 10, 2022
Update - That Big 3 reunion on the court will have to wait as Green is out for Sunday’s game.
The Big 3 is taking the floor together for the first time since Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals. This is going to be an electric moment for Warriors fans.
De’Aaron Fox (shoulder) Available
Update - Fox is playing and will start Sunday’s game.
Update - Fox is officially a game-time decision against Portland.
Fox, a trade target, is questionable for Sunday’s game. The Kings are in total disarray this season, so the point guard might be on the way out soon.
Damian Lillard (injury management) TBD
Lillard’s injury has been a lingering issue for Portland. The Trail Blazers are slipping in the West and time is starting to run out. If Lillard sits, look for Anfernee Simons to be the starter at point guard.
Ja Morant (thigh) Available
Kyle Anderson (back) Available
Dillon Brooks (ankle) OUT
Desmond Bane (quad) Available
Update - All 3 Grizzlies players in question are suiting up for Sunday’s game against the Lakers.
Update - Morant, Bane and Anderson are all game-time decisions for the Grizzlies.
Update - Morant and Anderson are officially questionable, while Brooks is still out due to his ankle injury from Saturday’s game. Bane is questionable but this is likely a load management deal after he played Saturday.
Morant missed Saturday’s game and probably is trending towards missing Sunday’s contest as well. Brooks suffered an ankle injury Saturday, so his status is unknown. Desmond Bane and Jaren Jackson Jr. are the players to back for Memphis, although Ziaire Williams could be a value play as he got minutes when Brooks went out.
LeBron James (abdominal) Available
Update - As expected, James is good to go Sunday.
James has been listed on the injury report as a formality for a long time now. While he’s not at 100 percent, he’s certainly good enough to take the floor and be the best player on it. The Lakers star will play.