Friday’s Injury Updates
UPDATE: Dwyane Wade is a game-time decision due to his knees.
Rajon Rondo (ACL) remains on pace to make his season debut on Friday. He'll start at PG but will play a maximum of 18-20 minutes. UPDATE: Rondo is officially ready to make his season debut (!)
Avery Bradley (hand) sat out Thursday's practice but it was believed to be a precaution, and he should be starting alongside Rondo on Friday.
Keith Bogans remains out for personal reasons. As far as I've heard, he complained enough about his lack of playing time that the Celtics sent him away from the team.
Devin Harris (foot/toes) won't play at Phoenix on Friday, but he'll address the media on Saturday and could return for the Mavs' home game vs. the Trail Blazers.
Darrell Arthur (groin) and Anthony Randolph (ankle) are both questionable for Denver on Friday. Andre Miller could also return to the lineup after sitting out while the Nuggets tried (unsuccessfully) to find an appropriate trade.
Jermaine O'Neal (wrist) could return in 2-3 weeks.
Nick Young won't play on Friday as he serves a one-game suspension for shoving Alex Len and quasi-punching Goran Dragic. The rest of the Lakers' injury report reads as usual, with Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Steve Blake, Jordan Farmar and Xavier Henry all on the sidelines. Henry is the closest to returning of the bunch, and he may play next week. L.A. signed SG Manny Harris to a 10-day contract for depth.
Updates have been scarce for Tony Allen (hand), who remains questionable for Friday's home game vs. the Kings. Courtney Lee has played well as the starting SG in his absence. UPDATE: Allen has been ruled out for Friday's game.
Greg Oden (knee) made it through his season debut unscathed, but he'll be listed as day-to-day for the foreseeable future. With Chris Andersen (soreness) possibly returning on Friday, it wouldn't be surprising to see Oden rested. Mario Chalmers (Achilles) looked fine during Thursday's practice, but he too remains questionable. UPDATE: Andersen is out, but Chalmers said that he'll play.
Amare Stoudemire (ankle), Kenyon Martin (ankle), Pablo Prigioni (toe) and Metta World Peace(knee) are all out vs. the visiting Clippers on Friday.
UPDATE: Amare and Kenyon are both out two weeks with ankle injuries.
Arron Afflalo (strained foot) is expected to return to action vs. the Bobcats. Jameer Nelson is a bit iffy after battling cramps during a 54-minute performance on Wednesday, but he should be fine. Nikola Vucevic(concussion) remains without a return date. UPDATE: Afflalo will start at SG, likely sending Victor Oladipo back to the bench despite his career-high 35-point game on Wednesday. Also, backup PG Ronnie Price won't play after hurting his foot during practice.
Lavoy Allen (calf) and Arnett Moultrie (ankle) are both questionable vs. the Heat on Friday. Jason Richardson (knee) is out, though he reiterated this week that he will play at some point this season. UPDATE: Allen won't play.
Leandro Barbosa (shoulder) didn't practice Thursday but he's hopeful to return for Friday's matchup with the Mavs. He should get solid playing time in the Suns' backcourt until Eric Bledsoe returns from knee surgery. UPDATE: Barbosa is doubtful.
Danny Green (hand) and Tiago Splitter (shoulder) are both out for the Spurs.
Ben McLemore (ankle) will be ready to go on Friday, but Carl Landry (hip) still isn't ready to make his season debut.
Tyler Hansbrough (ankle) is questionable to return on Friday. He's missed seven straight games, during which time Patrick Patterson may have supplanted him in the rotation.
UPDATE: Tony Parker (leg) is expected to play Friday.
Gordon Hayward, who has missed the past three games with a hip injury, remains questionable for Friday's road game in Detroit. Consider him a game-time decision.
And finally, Trevor Ariza is questionable for Friday after battling a fever and illness for the past few days. Glen Rice Jr. (wrist) has been cleared to shoot and he's getting "closer" but he won't play on Friday. Neither will Al Harrington (knee). UPDATE: Ariza participated in shootaround.