NBA injury report: Latest updates on C.J. McCollum, Klay Thompson and more


Over the past couple seasons, the NBA injury report has been filled with big-name players. Now that COVID-19 is part of the league’s lexicon, this has been taken to a whole new level. Recently, LeBron James had a short stint on the list.

Several weeks into the 2021-22 season, we’re seeing this take hold again. Just recently, stars such as Bam Adebayo, Damian Lillard and Devin Booker have gone down to injury. Bookmark. Save. Do your thing. We’ll be updating this NBA injury report on a daily basis between now and the end of the NBA Finals in the summer of 2022. Scroll down to the bottom for latest updates on the NBA COVID-19 list, too.

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C.J. McCollum out indefinitely with collapsed lung
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The hits keep on coming for a struggling Portland Trail Blazers squad. Earlier in the week, it was reported that McCollum is out indefinitely after he suffered a collapsed right lung . There’s obviously no timeline for his return to the court.

With Damian Lillard still sidelined, this is some horrendous news for Portland. McCollum, 30, is averaging 20.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.5 assists on 39% shooting from distance on the season.

Charlotte Hornets hit hard with LaMelo Ball, Terry Rozier, two others in COVID protocols
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Like many others throughout the league, the Charlotte Hornets are being overridden with illness. Right now they have four players going through the league’s COVID-19 healthy and safety protocols, including LaMelo Ball and Terry Rozier. The Hornets have recalled Kai Jones, Vernon Carey Jr., and James Bouknight from the G-League to help fill in while they recover.

Jimmy Butler also out for Heat
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Star guard Jimmy Butler took a hard fall landing on his tailbone during a recent win over the Bulls. He missed four games before returning Monday agianst the Grizzlies, but is once again sidelined due to the same injury.

Bam Adebayo to miss 4-6 weeks
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One of the game’s best centers will miss the next four-to-six weeks with surgery looming on his right thumb after he suffered a torn UCL. To say this is a massive injury for the Miami Heat would be an understatement. Adebayo, 24, is averaging 18.7 points and 10.2 rebounds on 52% shooting from the field on the season.

With Bam out, expect veteran center Dewayne Dedmon to get some play. He could actually be an under-the-radar daily fantasy basketball option. Dedmon is averaging a healthy 5.3 points and 4.9 rebounds in a mere 14 minutes of action per game.

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NBA injury report: Devin Booker out a few games
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Despite his Phoenix Suns winning a 17th consecutive game over the previously NBA-best Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, Booker suffered a hamstring injury in the first half. He was ruled out almost immediately.

That’s why it’s somewhat shocking that the sharpshooter is expected to miss just a few games with what’s being described as a “minor injury.” We’ll have furhter updates on Booker’s injury when they become available.

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Damian Lillard suffers abdominal injury
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That bad 2021-22 season for Lillard took another hit recently with news that he is dealing with a lower abdominal tendinopathy and was ruled out for at least 10 days . These injuries have a way of lingering and could potentially force him out of action for longer. We’ll get an update on his status Friday and he could return over the weekend.

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NBA injury report: Counting the days until Klay Thompson returns
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This three-time NBA champion last played in an NBA game all the way back on July 13, 2019. It will be well over two years between appearances after he suffered both a torn ACL and torn Achilles . The good news? We’re now days away from seeing Thompson return to the mix.

Golden State just sent him down the G-League to get more reps. Thompson has been partaking in full practices down in Santa Cruz. The expectation is that he’ll make his season debut either December 20 against the Sacramento Kings or December 23 against the Memphis Grizzlies. With Thompson returning, look for Jordan Poole to be relegated to bench duties. The young guard is averaging a robust 18.5 points on the season.

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Denver Nuggets injury updates
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There’s still no timeline for Jamal Murray’s return after he suffered a torn ACL during the second half of the 2020-21 season. Normally, ACL tears take a full year to recover. This would put Murray on pace to return some time in April — in time for a potential playoff push.

As for star forward Michael Porter Jr., recently underwent back surgery and is expected to miss the remainder of the season . Porter’s back was seen as a problem once he entered the NBA from Missouri back in 2018. There’s obviously a lot of concern here after Denver signed him to a lucrative long-term deal during the summer.

NBA injury report: No timeline for Kawhi Leonard’s return
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There’s a decent chance that Leonard could return for Los Angeles’ after undergoing surgery for a partially torn ACL earlier this year . He’s said to be ahead of schedule in his rehab. However, expect the Clippers to take it slow with him.

With Leonard sidelined, Paul George has morphed into a legit NBA MVP candidate for the Clippers. He’s obviously a must play in pretty much every fantasy basketball format. Also Read:
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Ja Morant could return soon
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Update: Morant has entered the NBA COVID-19 protocols

Late last month, Morant suffered what appeared to be a serious knee injury. However, he shockingly avoided that dreaded tag and will now likely return at some point this season. The initial expectation is it will be a couple weeks before he can return to NBA action. However, Morant resumed non-contact activity, as of Dec. 3.

Expected to be a major blow for Memphis, they’ve gone 3-0 in his absence. Morant entered the NBA MVP conversation earlier in the season and was averaging 24.8 points and 6.8 assists on 48% shooting at the time of the injury.

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Zion Williamson nearing return
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After undergoing foot surgery earlier this year, there’s a decent chance we’ll see Zion Williamson on the court before the calendar flips to January. Yet the process has hit a snag. After returning to practice, Zion suffered a slight setback, which will delay his rehab at least a week.

For a Pelicans team riding somewhat of a hot streak, the eventual return of their star has to be seen as great news. Williamson, 21, remains a dynamic force when on the court. He’s averaging 25.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists on 60% shooting from the field in 85 career games.

NBA COVID-19 list

Player Position Team
Ja Morant Guard Memphis Grizzlies
LaMelo Ball Guard Charlotte Hornets
Demar DeRozan Guard Chicago Bulls
Terry Rozier Guard Charlotte Hornets
Ish Smith Guard Charlotte Hornets
Mason Plumlee Center Charlotte Hornets
Jalen McDaniels Forward Charlotte Hornets
Coby White Guard Chicago Bulls
JaVonte Green Forward Chicago Bulls
Bol Bol Center Denver Nuggets
Austin Rivers Guard Denver Nuggets
Nah’Shon Hyland Forward Denver Nuggets
Justin Holiday Guard Indiana Pacers
Matt Thomas Forward Chicago Bulls

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