NBA injury report: Chronology of returns, updates, impact for LeBron James, DeMarcus Cousins, Chris Paul, other injured stars

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LeBron James and DeMarcus Cousins ​​will be back in your life soon. James has been away since Christmas Day, while Cousins ​​has been recovering from an Achilles operation for almost a year. However, the two stars are getting closer to their return and could play against each other in a week and a half.

The Houston Rockets, meanwhile, continue to roll despite the absence of Chris Paul and Eric Gordon, who should remain on the sidelines for the moment. What a strange season they had!

All NBA injuries are listed here and regularly updated to tell you who goes in or out every night and beyond. But this page will examine the most important injuries in the NBA and their impact on teams and players.

The most serious injuries of the NBA

January 11 updateJames will not return until next Thursday's game in Oklahoma City, the Lakers announced, but he "was allowed to increase the number of basketball moves on the field," which seems positive. According to ESPN, he has not done much basketball outside shooting stopped since Christmas. Los Angeles got a 3-5 record in that stretch without James and dropped to eighth in the West, but the hope is that additional short-term responsibilities could help his young players overall. Kyle Kuzma scored Wednesday a career-high 41 points in three quarters against Detroit. The timing of James 'return will be interesting though – the Lakers' opponents after the game against the Thunder are highly publicized: Houston and Golden State.

Steve Kerr said Thursday that Cousins ​​would be in the starting lineup when he will debut at the Warriors. The plan is that this will happen next Friday against the Los Angeles Clippers. Once on the field, the entire league will be attentive to its evolution, its condition and its compatibility with its new teammates. Golden State has never had a center like it and Achilles injuries are not a joke, so it might take a while.

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said Thursday he would "pay attention to him" and keep him in place two or three weeks later. Fortunately for Houston, however, James Harden has lost his mind lately and the absence of Paul has strengthened Harden's MVP business.

Gordon said Monday that he had not yet been able to run because of knee swelling, according to the Houston Chronicleand he has now missed the last five games of the Rockets. After leaving Paul and him, the minutes of Austin Rivers have regularly reached the peak of 30 or 40 years. Houston obviously needs Paul and Gordon to be at their peak at the time of the playoffs, but one of the reasons Rivers found his pace so quickly was that he was given such an important role.

Barton has been on the sidelines since October and the Nuggets are first in the West anyway. Coach Mike Malone said Monday that the guard would be back "in the coming weeks" by BSN Denverbut there is no official schedule for his return. Upon his return, Torrey Craig is likely to return to a bench.

Valanciunas will wear a splint in his left thumb for four weeks, Raptors reported on Wednesday. He said Thursday that he was missing "kicks in the ass". He began to participate in some parts of the practice, but is still kept out. which involves a contact. Meanwhile, Greg Monroe handled the majority of the relief center's minutes, although Pascal Siakam and Chris Boucher had a few minutes to five here and there.

The Jazz announced Tuesday that Rubio had an MRI and will be re-evaluated in a week; Athletic Shams Charania reported he will be away for about two weeks. The depth of the Utah guard is being tested as Dante Exum suffers from an ankle injury – Raul Neto replaces the coach at the moment, Donovan Mitchell sliding to the fore when Neto is on the bench .

Brooks' season is over after just 18 games. He suffered a right ligament fracture at the right big toe on Saturday in San Antonio and underwent surgery to end the season. This is obviously a disappointing development for a player who has had an encouraging rookie season and just could not stay on the ground this year.

Update of January 7th: Love backed down from its goal of returning to action in mid-January, per Joe Vardon of L & # 39; Athletic. Love does not have a clear schedule and the Cavs have no reason to send it back in a hurry, but the team issued an update on Friday saying it was ready to start "organizing selected basketball. Cleveland is booming, but that would still be the case. It's nice to see the love come back and give the offense a kind of structure. Of course, the second he will be in the field, commercial rumors will start again.

Update of January 4thThe Wolves were among the top five defensive teams with Covington on the field, limiting their opponents to 105.5 points per 100 possessions. They are 20th in the season's defensive rankings, however, and they were not stingy defeats against Atlanta, New Orleans and Boston last week. That's why it's so hard to know that a bone bruise will hold it for a long time. Covington is one of the best defensemen in the league and, although I like to watch Josh Okogie play, place the rookie at the start. the range is a significant downgrade.

Fultz has missed the last 20 games of the Sixers and will be re-evaluated next week, according to the Philadelphia InquirerKeith Pompey. Mid-January will mark six weeks since it was announced that he would be away between 3 and 6 weeks. Philadelphia needs healthy bodies, but if he is unable to shoot, it's hard to see how he can help the offensive team. Would not it be an incredible story if he came back and started shooting down?

Zeller had a terrible New Year's Eve, breaking his hand against Magic and needing surgery a few days later. The Hornets have announced that it should miss 4 to 6 weeks, a blow for a team that is trying to keep a playoff spot. Without him (and Jeremy Lamb, who hugged Orlando) on Wednesday, they started Willy Hernangomez in the middle and brought Bismack Biyombo and Frank Kaminsky to the bench against Dallas. They also lost 42 points in the first quarter and lost 122 to 84.

Bazemore has an ankle injury on December 29 against Cleveland and will be away for at least two weeks. That pushed Daniel Hamilton into the starting lineup, with Vince Carter and DeAndre 'Bembry (and, to a lesser extent, Tyler Dorsey and Justin Anderson), occupying the rest of the wing minutes, at least until the return of Prince Taurean.

On Wednesday, it was the first time I saw the term "bruised fat pad" used in a sentence. This sentence, taken from Crabbe's official update on Nets injury: "After further evaluation, it was determined that the bruised fat pad, which was causing knee pain right, would require an extra payback period. "Crabbe will be re-evaluated in a week or two, and when he comes back, he may be forced to leave the bench, I'm not sure coach Kenny Atkinson is in a hurry to take Jared Dudley or Rodions Kurucs among the top five.

As if the wizards needed more bad news, they announced Thursday that Morris would be missing six weeks after the diagnosis of transient cervical neuropathy – this means his neck and back are stiff. Morris was initially injured on Dec. 16 against the Lakers and worsened the injury 10 days later in Detroit.

Update of December 29th: The Wizards have not had the most success with the injury front this season. Dwight Howard played in nine games due to a back injury. Now, Wall has a left heel injury that has been bothering him for a while. He would have leaning towards end-of-season surgery. The star visited a specialist on Saturday to determine the severity of the injury.

Prince has been sidelined since he's injured his left ankle late in the defeat against the Hawks Warriors on Dec. 3, and coach Lloyd Pierce said on Wednesday that the attacker had only made clear shots and that he would probably not return until January, according to the release. Atlanta Journal ConstitutionChris Vivlamore. The injury resulted in a return to the starting lineup for Kent Bazemore, who tied a career-high 32 points on 14 out of 25 shots in a loss to the Pacers on Wednesday.

Mbah a Moute's painful left knee was not seen as a big deal when he started to annoy him two months ago, but he ended up derailing his season. He tweeted on Monday that he will be back "soon", but the Clippers have not yet officially updated his status. When he returns, their team will be even more versatile than it already is, but coach Doc Rivers will have even more trouble trying to balance his rotation.

Update of December 21st: The Knicks announced Friday that Porzingis would be reassessed in mid-February, one year after surgery to repair his ACL. According to the team, his knee "heals well" (!) And he has "made good progress in rehabilitation" (!!) and will work in the field with his teammates once he has reached "the remaining rehabilitation criteria (!!!) Reminder: November 13 GQ published an article quoting Porzingis claiming that his rehab was "coming to an end" and that his return was so close that he "could taste it". Anyway, I do not know any New York fan who desperately wants to see him come back as soon as possible – they are all too focused on Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett

Dragic had a knee surgery Wednesday after just two games in the last month. This will save him two more months, which is bad news, but at least eliminates ambiguity about when he could come back and save the day. During the season, the Heat are 22nd in the standings, but have outscored their opponents by 3.5 points for 100 possessions with Dragic on the field. The good news, however, is that they have won their last three games without him. Their defense is good enough for them to return this season.

Baynes was part of the Celtics starting lineup for Horford when he broke his left hand two minutes after Wednesday's loss to Phoenix. Boston is extremely deep, but its depth is being tested. Baynes will miss four to six weeks and coach Brad Stevens will have to rely on Daniel Theis and Robert Williams until Horford is back.

The backup man sprained his ankle in the Brooks' 96-93 defeat against Brooklyn on Wednesday, and the team announced he would be out for two to four weeks. Portis has only played nine games this season, which is certainly not what Chicago and he did not have in mind after being so good at the training camp and getting 20 points and 11 rebounds at the opening night. If the money is good for the Bulls fans, it is that the team must still bail out and that the rookie Chandler Hutchison could see a slight increase in play time.

The reporters watched Roberson's work after the tests on November 29 and left impressed. Thunder coach Billy Donovan said he was "on a very good track". L & # 39; OklahomanErik Horne. A day later, the team announced that it had suffered a setback in its recovery, as an MRI revealed an avulsion fracture and would be re-evaluated in six weeks. Oklahoma City deserves all the congratulations for having the best defense of the entire league without Roberson, who is a year – long defense player in good health.

Jones was operated on Wednesday and may be out for the rest of the season. The Warriors announced that it would "begin the re-education process" six weeks after the operation. Jones started in 22 of 24 games this season, but averaged 17.4 minutes. Golden State tackles the peloton position in the center. If he finished for the year, Golden State will rely on Kevon Looney and Jordan Bell, in addition to Cousins, still marginalized, as traditional 5. Of course, his best playoff look will likely be Green playing "center" with Kevin Durant next to him in the front yard.

Update of November 29: There's never a good time for an ugly leg injury, but it's especially awful when you play for the first time at an elite level. LeVert had not even become a starter before training everyone in the scrums a few months ago, but he was so phenomenal at the beginning of the season that the Nets thought big. He could have been a star player this season and led them to the playoffs. Since it fell to the ground, Brooklyn has gone from 2 to 6, but that does not tell the whole story: the attack is extremely dependent on Spencer Dinwiddie and D'Angelo Russell, and the fourth quarter run was a major problem. LeVert is obviously missing, but at least the damage is not as serious as it seemed to be live.

Howard now needs a back operation on two disks, Shams Charania stadiumand the optimistic calendar is set at eight weeks. It is tempting to say that the Wizards, a terrible defensive and bouncy team, could use Howard in training. That does not take into account, however, that they have been worse on both sides with Howard on the field this season. If he's going to help Washington, it will be because he's worried about the injuries that plague him all season. Rather than accompany the team to New Orleans on Wednesday, he went to Los Angeles to see a nerve specialist.

Thomas does not officially have a schedule, but ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski announced in early November that he should be back in December. We should all hope that this time he is in perfect health and able to do what he did a few years ago. The tricky part of this situation, however, is that the Monte Morris standby guard was far too good for the Nuggets to dismiss him. The minutes will be hard to find.

The mysterious Porter continues to go out indefinitely despite the fact that it was painless in the summer. The 20-year-old was only available to the Nuggets because he had two Back surgery, so it should be considered a long-term game, high risk and rising. There is no meaningful analysis to be done here, but Denver would like to look brilliant to take him to 14th in the repechage if he is in good health.

That's so scary for him and the Spurs – Murray is their best defenseman and they are ranked 23rd on the defensive. He was supposed to make the jump this season, but it happened through the window when he collapsed on the ground during a preseason game. In attack, San Antonio relied even more on DeMar DeRozan's game creation and Bryn Forbes played a leading role as leader. We will soon know if Lonnie Walker can also play a role in the rotation.

The Bulls were hit by injuries early in the season, from Markkanen's knee to Bobby Portis' knee to Kris Dunn's knee. Valentine is on this list as he finished the year after undergoing what the team called an "Ankle Stabilization Procedure" on Tuesday. His injury was initially described as a moderate ankle sprain in September.