NBA playoffs injury tracker: Which players are out? originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea:
Postseason basketball is underway, but not every team is at full strength.
Marquee players across the NBA dealt with injuries to end the regular season. Some have already been ruled out for their teams’ playoff runs, while others are in line to return on the big stage. In some cases, the player’s injury status remains up in the air.
Which players are dealing with injuries, and how long will they be out for?
Here’s a team-by-team guide to injuries for the teams that are still standing:
Clint Capela: Out (knee)
Lou Williams: Out (back)
Capela exited during the Hawks’ final play-in game against the Cavaliers with a right knee injury. An MRI revealed no structural damage and he’ll be reevaluated in a week, according to: ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski:. Hawks GM Travis Schlenk said Capela will be reevaluated on Friday.
Williams did not play in the Hawks’ last three regular season games due to low back discomfort and has not taken the floor since.
Robert Williams III: Day-to-day (knee)
Williams tore his meniscus at the end of March, sidelining him for Boston’s final seven regular season games. He was given a four-to-six week timetable to return. The team listed Williams as questionable for Game 3, and: ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski: reported that he is likely to play on a minutes restriction in Game 3 before playing more in Game 4.
Ben Simmons: Out (back)
Joe Harris: Out (ankle)
Simmons could potentially make his Nets debut during the playoffs. There reportedly is “optimism” that he could take the floor in the first round as he continues to rehab a lower back injury. He was already ruled out for the play-in tournament, but Brooklyn advanced after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers. Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Game 4 against the Celtics is a “realistic” target for Simmons.
Harris, on the other hand, is out for the playoffs after undergoing surgery to repair a ligament in his left ankle in March.
Lonzo Ball: Out (knee)
Matt Thomas: Out (leg)
The Bulls will be without Ball in the playoffs. The team ruled the guard out for the remainder of the season on April 6 for a left knee injury he suffered at the end of January.
Luka Doncic: Day-to-day (ankle)
Tim Hardaway Jr .: Out (foot)
Frank Ntilikina: Out (illness recovery)
Doncic exited Dallas’ regular-season finale with a strained left calf. Two days later, the team announced that the star has started treatment and that there is no timetable for a return. Doncic did not play in Game 3, but he is likely to return for Game 4, according to: Marc Stein:.
Hardaway underwent surgery on Feb. 1 after breaking the fifth metatarsal in his left foot. In March, Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd said he did not expect to have Hardaway available during the playoffs.
Jamal Murray: Out (knee)
Michael Porter Jr .: Out (back)
The Nuggets are without two of their three best players, just like they were for most of the regular season. Murray has yet to play this season after tearing his ACL last April. Porter, on the other hand, played in the affair first nine regular season games but has not played since Nov. 6 due to a back injury.
Golden State Warriors:
James Wiseman: Out (knee)
Wiseman was shut down for the season on March 25. The No. 2 pick of the 2020 NBA Draft did not play for Golden State at all this year after tearing his meniscus last April.
Killian Tillie: Out (knee)
Tillie has not played since March 15 due to knee soreness, but he has not yet been ruled out for the playoffs.
Kyle Lowry: Day-to-day (leg)
Lowry left in the third quarter of Miami’s Game 3 matchup against the Hawks with a left leg injury and was ruled out for the game.
Khris Middleton: Out (knee)
George Hill: Out (abdominal)
Middleton suffered a sprained MCL in Game 2 against the Bulls and will be re-evaluated in two weeks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski:. Hill missed Game 2 due to an abdominal strain.
Zion Williamson: Out (foot)
Kira Lewis Jr .: Out (knee)
Williamson has not played this season after undergoing foot surgery in the offseason. Williamson’s stepfather told ESPN on April 5 that he expects the star to play this season, but the Pelicans have not announced his status for the play-in tournament.
Lewis underwent season-ending surgery in December after suffering a torn ACL.
Matisse Thybulle: Out (ineligible)
Joel Embiid: Day-to-day (thumb)
Matisse Thybulle will not be available for Games 3, 4 or 6 (if necessary) of the Sixers’ first-round series against the Raptors due to Canada’s COVID-19 mandates. New rules went into place on Jan. 15, making it so players needed to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter the country. While Philadelphia has home court for Games 1, 2, 5 and 7 of the series, the other three contests will be played in Toronto, meaning Thybulle is unable to play.
Embiid popped up on the injury report with a thumb injury following his game-winning shot in Game 3. According to: The Athletic’s Shams Charania:, there is “significant concern” that Embiid has a torn ligament in his right thumb. The All-Star center plans to play through the injury.
Devin Booker: Out (hamstring)
Dario Saric: Out (knee)
After receiving an MRI after Game 2 against the Pelicans, Booker was diagnosed with a Grade 1 right hamstring strain, sources told ESPN’s Brian Windhorst on Thursday. The All-Star guard could miss two-to-three weeks, according to: Adrian Wojnarowski:.
Saric has not played this season after tearing his ACL in Game 1 of the 2021 NBA Finals.
Scottie Barnes: Day-to-day (foot)
Barnes did not play in Toronto’s Game 2 and 3 losses to the 76ers after getting injured during Game 1.
Trent Forrest: Out (foot)
Udoka Azubuike: Out (ankle / foot)
Forrest will be evaluated weekly after suffering a sprain in his left foot on April 7.
Azubuike is sidelined for the playoffs after undergoing surgery in March to repair multiple ankle and foot ligaments.