Daily Fantasy Basketball Injury Report: Friday 1/20/17
It's almost as if the DFS gods are sparing us tonight. The injury report is surprisingly short for a nine-game Friday night in mid-January.
However, there are bound to still be surprises, so make sure you know about some of the bigger injury news coming into tonight before locking in your lineups.
Rudy Gay was almost surely going to be traded before the deadline, but now that seems unlikely. The veteran swingman suffered a ruptured Achilles and will miss the remainder of the season for the Sacramento Kings.
It's a tough blow for the Kings, too, who are now almost certainly a lottery team once again. The Kings will probably turn to Matt Barnes in the starting lineup, but Garrett Temple and Arron Afflalo should get some more run.
Los Angeles Lakers
Luol Deng skipped the contact portion of shootaround this morning, and after missing Wednesday's game, he is questionable tonight. If he misses again, Brandon Ingram should get another shot at starting in his place.
There is also the possibility we could see Larry Nance Jr. back tonight. He has practiced with the team for two straight days, but we are yet to hear an update on his status tonight. If he plays, the Los Angeles Lakers will likely bring him along slowly, but keep an eye out for updates on him because he could return to close full minutes if Deng misses.
George Hill, Utah Jazz
Evan Fournier, Orlando Magic
Not only will the Orlando Magic be without Evan Fournier on Friday night, but they will also miss Jodie Meeks for the next four to six weeks as well. Elfrid Payton is going to need to step up, while C.J. Watson and maybe even Mario Hezonja will see some expanded roles until Fournier's return.
Ryan Anderson, Houston Rockets
Ryan Anderson has missed the last few games for the Houston Rockets, but with the Golden State Warriors coming to town, Anderson participated in shootaround this morning. He is still officially questionable, but it appears he is trending towards playing tonight.
Taj Gibson, Chicago Bulls
The Toronto Raptors could be a little light tonight in their frontcourt. DeMarre Carroll will play tonight, but Lucas Nogueira and Patrick Patterson both look like they'll be out. If that's the case, Pascal Siakam should see some more minutes. However, it's more likely they go small with Norman Powell and Terrence Ross getting a few more minutes.
Jeremy Lamb, Charlotte Hornets
Ed Davis, Portland Trail Blazers
David West, Golden State Warriors
David West has a fractured thumb, and he'll be out for at least the next few weeks. The Golden State Warriors don't need West right now anyway, so look for them to give some extra run to Kevon Looney while West recovers.