Fantasy Basketball News: Injury Update 1/1/15
The Latest Fantasy Updates on Injured NBA Players
January 1, 2015
The calendar has officially switched over to 2015, but for fantasy basketball owners it’s just another day in the middle of the season. The NBA action is pretty thin today, so that makes it a good time to check out some of the injury situations around the league. Here’s a closer look.
Marcus Thornton of the Celtics was out of action last night against the Kings. He’s been practicing this week but hasn’t quite made the jump to being game-ready. His calf injury has him day-to-day.
Thornton’s not much of a consideration for those outside of deep leagues, however, so he doesn’t hold much value for most owners.
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The Nuggets’ Randy Foye appears to be ready to get back on the court--or at least he’s close, anyway. Foye is reportedly near a return to action after missing out on a lengthy stretch of games due to a quad injury.
The Denver coaching staff anticipates Foye will be back “shortly after the new year,” which should mean a matter of days or maybe a week or two at worst.
Once Foye is back to 100 percent, he’ll be a big contributor in fantasy terms, so keep an eye on him.
Over in Milwaukee, the Bucks’ Ersan Ilyasova and Larry Sanders were both out of last night’s road game against Cleveland. There had been some initial hope on both players (they were questionable), but it appears it’s too early for a return.
Ilyasova has a concussion and Sanders is dealing with an illness. It shouldn’t be too much longer for either player, though.
Ramon Sessions was out for the Celtics game last night. He’d previously been labeled as doubtful, so this doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Sessions has a back injury he’s dealing with.
Jerryd Bayless was out last night against the Cavaliers due to a sore knee. From most indications, this seems like a simple maintenance/rest issue, so it doesn’t seem like he’ll miss much more time if any.
Speaking of the Cavs, they were without LeBron James, Kevin Love and Shawn Marion last night. All things considered, that wasn’t much of a surprise.
Marion has an ankle injury and has been out for two games. Love, meanwhile, seems to be getting close to a return from his back spasms.
As for James, the knee injury is starting to become a concern in fantasy terms. Obviously, owners will want to monitor his status and plug him back into their lineups as soon as he’s available.
Let’s finish up by checking out a couple of Spurs players. The team expects veteran Tony Parker to be back out on the court before Kawhi Leonard is available, according to sources in San Antonio.
Neither player seems all that close to full health, however. Parker has no official timetable for a recovery, and Leonard looks like he’ll need some additional recuperation before he’s all set.
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