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LeBron James, Malcolm Brogdon, RJ Barrett headline NBA injury report for Friday, February 25

We take a look at the NBA injury report for Friday, February 25 and break down all the latest news for fantasy basketball.

2022 NBA All-Star Game
LeBron James of Team LeBron talks to the media after the 71st NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, February 20, 2022 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio.
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There are nine games in Friday’s NBA slate, including ESPN’s doubleheader with Heat-Knicks and Clippers-Lakers. This is the next batch of games after the All-Star break and will feature more teams, which means a lengthier injury report. The health protocols have essentially disappeared at this point, which is great news for the league. Here’s Friday’s injury report in the NBA.

NBA Injury Report: February 25

Toronto Raptors vs. Charlotte Hornets

Fred VanVleet (knee) available
OG Anunoby (finger) OUT

Update - VanVleet is good to go, and Khem Birch is set to start in Anunoby’s place so he becomes a nice add in fantasy/DFS formats.

Update - Anunoby has a fractured finger, so he’s out Friday and will likely be out for much longer. Trent Jr. and Scottie Barnes will see bigger offensive roles going forward, and both are worth adding in fantasy/DFS formats.

VanVleet played through All-Star weekend, so he’s good to go despite having the injury designation. His presence on the court will cap Gary Trent Jr.’s ceiling in fantasy/DFS lineups.

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Indiana Pacers

Josh Giddey (hip) OUT

Giddey has been ruled out for Friday’s game, meaning Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Tre Mann become great fantasy/DFS options on Oklahoma City.

Malcolm Brogdon (Achilles) available
Isaiah Jackson (ankle) available
Chris Duarte (toe) OUT
Goga Bitadze (foot) available

Update - Duarte has been ruled out, opening up more minutes for Hield on the wing.

Update - Brogdon, Jackson and Bitadze are in. This is great for Indiana, who will finally be able to see how the guard rotation fits together. Jackson is a strong play at center as he’s the lone wolf there until Myles Turner comes back. Haliburton and Hield still remain value plays, although the latter is the more likely option to get heavy minutes.

Brogdon, Jackson and Bitadze are probable, which is great news for Indiana. The Pacers can finally see some of their rotation fit together, With Duarte questionable, Buddy Hield and Tyrese Haliburton continue to have great value in fantasy/DFS lineups.

Houston Rockets vs. Orlando Magic

Kevin Porter Jr. (illness) available
Eric Gordon (groin) available

Both of Houston’s best scorers should be available and are likely going to be available for cheap in DFS contests.

Mo Wagner (rib) OUT

The elder Wagner is out, elevating Wendell Carter Jr. and Mo Bamba in terms of fantasy ceiling.

San Antonio Spurs vs. Washington Wizards

Josh Primo (wrist) OUT
Romeo Langford (groin) OUT

Update - Both Primo and Langford have been ruled out. Josh Richardson is also out. That means Johnson and Walker should see extended minutes, with Devin Vassell also being in the mix as a fantasy/DFS value play.

With Primo and Langford both questionable, look for the Spurs to potentially lean more on Keldon Johnson and Lonnie Walker. The former is still a strong play even if Primo and Langford are both in.

Kristaps Porzingis (knee) OUT
Thomas Bryant (ankle) available

Update - Bryant is available to play and could be a value add, although Hachimura and Gafford are likely to be getting most of the frontcourt minutes in Washington Friday.

Porzingis remains out, while Bryant is questionable. Look for Rui Hachimura and Daniel Gafford to be the primary players in the frontcourt for Washington in this game.

Miami Heat vs. New York Knicks

Tyler Herro (knee) available

Herro is a great fantasy/DFS play and will take some minutes away from Duncan Robinson and Gabe Vincent. The sixth man is the frontrunner for 6MOY, but he’s become a vital part of Miami’s championship aspirations this season. Herro is going to be on the floor in the team’s biggest moments.

RJ Barrett (ankle) available
Nerlens Noel (foot) available
Derrick Rose (ankle) OUT, ankle surgery

Update - Barrett and Noel are both in for New York, which is a nice boost for the Knicks. Barrett is the most important player for this team going forward, so his production and development will be paramount in what is an otherwise down season.

Update - Rose has decided to undergo ankle surgery and is out indefinitely. This makes Burks a go-to play in fantasy/DFS formats, as he’s going to take over as the starting point guard for the Knicks.

Barrett is questionable, which is a great sign for Knicks fans after he had missed several games with the ankle issue. Rose is also close to coming back, which is big with Kemba Walker likely done for the season. Obi Toppin and Alec Burks remain the best fantasy/DFS plays for this team, unless Barrett does play.

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

James Harden (hamstring) available

Harden is expected to make his 76ers debut and should be considered a star producer in fantasy/DFS formats.

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Phoenix Suns

Aaron Holiday (ankle) OUT
Cameron Payne (wrist) OUT

With both Holiday and Payne out, the Suns are likely to roll with Devin Booker at the point guard position with Mikal Bridges taking on some extra ball-handling duties. Look for Elfrid Payton to get some run as well as Phoenix tries to overcome the injury bug during this final stretch of the regular season.

Dallas Mavericks vs. Utah Jazz

Reggie Bullock (hip) available
Trey Burke (shoulder) available

Update - Bullock and Burke are both in, and their upside as shooters makes them decent flier options in fantasy/DFS formats. Bullock might be the better play as he’s likely to see more time.

If both backcourt players don’t go, fantasy/DFS participants can rely on Dorian Finney-Smith and Jalen Brunson to pick up those minutes.

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Avery Bradley (knee) OUT
Carmelo Anthony (hamstring) available
LeBron James (knee) available

Update - After some gamesmanship, James is officially good to go and will start for the Lakers Friday against the Clippers.

Update - Anthony will play, which means James is the big mystery for the Lakers. The King did go through shootaround so it bodes well for his availability but we don’t know for sure yet.

Anthony coming back is huge for the Lakers, who need a big run here with Anthony Davis sidelined for about a month. James should play despite officially being listed as questionable. With Anthony back in the lineup, look for Trevor Ariza’s role to disappear. Austin Reaves and Malik Monk will absorb most of Bradley’s minutes, with Talen Horton-Tucker also being a part of that.