Kobe Bryant says he’ll make his 2013 NBA debut on Sunday. That’s one interesting player injury update for this week. But what about the here and now? There are nine games tonight (18 teams), starting at 7:00 pm Eastern and going all the way to 10:00 pm Eastern.
That many teams means lots of injuries. Obviously most weekly lineups have been set for a while – either earlier in the day or all the way back on Monday. But for leagues that still allow changes, or for daily fantasy basketball games, you need to be updated on all of the latest injuries.
Note: This article won’t necessarily be updated by the minute leading into action, so be sure to keep tabs on any questionable players before finalizing your starting lineups.
Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Philadelphia 76ers
MCW is a stud and should continue to be once healthy, but he’s also turned out to be fairly fragile in his rookie season. He’s got a sore knee that has reportedly been swollen. He missed last night’s game and is not expected to play tonight. In fact, he could miss even more time. Consider him unusable for Saturday night’s action, while Tony Wroten (who went off last night) is a stud fill-in option and can be had at a solid value over at Draft Street.
Ty Lawson, PG, Denver Nuggets
Lawson is dealing with a hamstring strain. However, no one knows how severe it is or whether or not it’s a serious threat to keep him out of tonight’s game. He’s at least iffy, though, so you may want to steer away from him on Saturday. If he sits out, Andre Miller would get the start and Nate Robinson would see a major increase in floor time. Both would be solid value buys in daily fantasy games.
Luol Deng, SF, Chicago Bulls
Deng has been a monster ever since Derrick Rose went down, as he’s assumed a major scoring role in addition to his “do it all” game and solid defense. Perhaps taking on the extra workload contributed to his stiff calf. It wouldn’t be a shock to see him sit with a big stretch of games on the horizon. If it does, it would mean extra time on the court for Michael Dunleavy and Tony Snell would see a minute increase, while the Bulls could also go big and put Taj Gibson on the floor even more than usual to get added scoring.
Deron Williams, PG, Brooklyn Nets
D-Will will miss his eight game with his forever bothersome ankle. He’s trying to get back to full health, which is all fantasy owners/gamers can ask for if it’s something he can actually do. Tyshawn Taylor and Shaun Livingston continue to share court time at the point, but neither is a consistent enough option to trust.
Dwyane Wade, SG, Miami Heat
Wade has missed the last few games due to injury and illness, but was at shoot around on Saturday and appears to be ready for a return tonight. He seems safe to use, but you’ll definitely want to stay on top of his status leading to tip off. If he sits, Michael Beasley would be a stud value play once again.
Marvin Williams, SF, Utah Jazz
Williams has a heel injury that flared up and it looks like he’ll sit out Saturday night’s game versus the Kings. If he sits out we could see more time from Jeremy Evans and Mike Harris, but we should also see more time from veteran swing man Richard Jefferson.