Next Man Up: Daily NBA Injury Report – November 15
November 15, 2016 | Matt Terelle
Welcome to Next Man Up, where we will take a look at injury situations around the NBA and which players stand to benefit from those injuries. To be clear, the focus here will not be on compiling an exhaustive list of injuries, but instead attempting to decipher which players stand to benefit as a result of injured players. Please note, some games on each night’s slate will be omitted if there are no injury situations worth monitoring. As you know, a player’s injury status can change rapidly, so be sure to check for news before lineups lock.
Raptors at Cavaliers
Questionable: J.R. Smith.
Probable: DeMarre Carroll.
Fantasy Spin: DeMarre Carroll sat out on Saturday, presumably to rest on the tail end of a back-to-back set. He should be in uniform to do battle against LeBron James tonight. The Cavaliers had J.R. Smith rest on Sunday as Smith has been dealing with a sore ankle. Mike Dunleavy earned the start at shooting guard in his place, but played just 16 minutes. Iman Shumpert was the primary beneficiary of Smith’s absence on Sunday, logging 32 minutes and scoring 15 points, both season highs. He would be the best value option out of Cleveland if Smith were forced to miss another game, although keep in mind Cleveland’s backups played for most of the fourth quarter alongside LeBron because they were playing so well together. Don’t expect that to be the case often in the future.
Hawks at Heat
Out: Wayne Ellington.
Questionable: Goran Dragic, Tim Hardaway, Jr.
Fantasy Spin: Dragic’s status was updated from out yesterday to questionable today. Dragic was able to shed his walking boot on Monday and appears to be trending in the right direction. He can be considered a game-time decision for tonight’s showdown against Atlanta, although don’t be surprised if he sits again. If he is out, look for Josh Richardson to remain in the starting lineup for Miami. Richardson is averaging 30.5 minutes, 10.0 points, and 4.0 assists over the past two games with Dragic out. In a non-injury related note, Derrick Williams was a surprise starter last night as head coach Erik Spoelstra benched the ineffective Luke Babbitt in favor of Williams. Williams only played 16 minutes, but he bears watching in case his playing time increases going forward.
Hornets at Timberwolves
Out: Jeremy Lamb.
Questionable: Zach LaVine, Brandon Rush, Shabazz Muhammad.
Fantasy Spin: The Timberwolves went without starting two guard Zach LeVine in their last game. LaVine is dealing with a sore knee, which may have led to Andrew Wiggins posting a career-high 47 points on Sunday. Wiggins’ great performance overshadowed the fact that Nemanja Bjelica also put up a fantastic game with 24 points in 41 minutes of action. Bjelica, at $4,000 or less on DraftKings and FanDuel, would be a fantastic value play tonight if LaVine is out again. If Muhammad is out, it would also lead to some extra time for Bjelica.
Bulls at Trailblazers
Out: Doug McDermott.
Probable: Rajon Rondo, Isaiah Canaan.
Fantasy Spin: The Bulls lost Doug McDermott to a concussion, his second such injury of the season. McDermott has operated as a reserve forward this season. With McDermott out we will likely see a bit more Nikola Mirotic tonight. It appears that Rajon Rondo and Isaiah Canaan will both be able to play tonight after they both popped up on the injury report.
Nets at Lakers
Out: Jeremy Lin.
Questionable: Isaiah Whitehead.
Probable: Brook Lopez.
Fantasy Spin: Isaiah Whitehead was listed as active on Monday, but he did not play. It appears Brooklyn is playing it safe with the young guard following his concussion. If Whitehead is out again tonight, Sean Kilpatrick would likely remain in the starting lineup. Kilpatrick is an interesting option in all formats if he remains in the starting lineup. It appears starting point guard Jeremy Lin may be nearing a return from a hamstring injury suffered a few weeks back, but he’s still listed as out tonight. Brook Lopez should be fine tonight after he sat out on Monday to rest.