Part two of Week 16 is upon us, and it brings as much excitement in the world of injuries as there was during this weekend’s All-Star extravaganza.
As always, there’s gloom – DeMarcus Cousins had to get an MRI done on his hip – but there’s an overriding amount of cheer on the NBA injury report as Mike Conley, Jrue Holiday, and Kawhi Leonard will be back this week.
Mike Conley (ankle) – The Grizz get Conley back today AND get to keep a somewhat healthy Gasol on their roster. Good things are ahead for them and their fantasy owners.
DeMarcus Cousins (hip) – No word yet on Cousins’ MRI. The premature prognosis is that his hip injury isn’t serious and that he’ll be back sometime later in the week but there’s always some uncertainty in the air with these kind of things.
Marc Gasol (knee) – With the way injury news has been going this year, it’s a major relief that Gasol’s aggravation of his knee injury won’t force any missed games on him. He’s personally expressed that he’s suiting up tonight.
Jrue Holiday (tibia) – Flock (like a Pelican) to your waiver wires! News has Holiday returning in about a week’s time and he’s still available in about half of your leagues out there.
Kawhi Leonard (hand) – Leonard didn’t practice yesterday but it wasn’t due to a setback in his recovery; the Spurs had a mechanical problem with their plane, so their whole team went without practice. So Leonard might try to fit in one practice before his return but it should be in the next day or so. Scoop him off of the waiver wire.
Randy Foye (personal & various injuries) – FG% aside, Foye has been a very nice mid-tier option at the shooting guard and point guard positions. He missed practice for personal reasons, and has been dealing with a laundry list of injuries, but he’s expected back for today’s uptempo game with the Suns.
DeMarre Carroll (hamstring) – The workhorse forward has been playing exceptional two-way ball the past few weeks. Still, he’s had a hard time remaining healthy throughout and is a game-time call against the Pacers today.