NBA playoffs injury tracker: Which players are out? originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
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:
Robert Williams: Day-to-day (knee)
Sam Hausser: Day-to-day (shoulder)
Williams was a late scratch on Monday. He missed Game 4 due to soreness in the same knee he had surgery on just weeks before the regular season ended. He is listed as questionable for Game 5.
Tim Hardaway Jr.: Day-to-day (mouth)
Hardaway underwent surgery on Feb. 1 after breaking the fifth metatarsal in his left foot. In March, Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd said he didn’t expect to have Hardaway available during the playoffs.
Gary PaytonII: Out (elbow)
James Wisemann: Out (knee)
Andrew Iguodala: Out (neck)
Payton left Game 2 early after Dillon Brooks’ Flagrant 2 fouled on him left him with an injured elbow. The Warriors announced Thursday that Payton would be reevaluated in two weeks after suffering a fractured left elbow, in addition to ligament and muscle damage.
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.
Iguodala will be out at least one more week.
Ja Morant: Out (knee)
Killian Tillie: Out (knee)
Santiago Aldama: Out (knee)
The Grizzlies announced on Tuesday that Morant has a bone bruise in his right knee after leaving the floor early in Game 3. Morant will be doubtful for the remainder of the postseason.
Kyle Lowry: Out (hamstring)
Lowry missed Game 5 on Tuesday at home against Philadelphia due to an ongoing hamstring injury.
Chris Middleton: Out (knee)
George Hill: Day-to-day (abdomen)
Middleton has not played in the first four games so far against the Celtics. There is still no word on when – or if – he might make his debut. Hill is questionable for Wednesday’s Game 5 in Boston.
Joel Embid: Day-to-day (orbital fracture, concussion)
Embiid played in Game 5 against Miami but took a hit when the ball pushed against his face after Dewayne Dedmon tried going for the rebound. He stayed on the floor for a few minutes but ultimately returned.
Darius Sarric: Out (knee)
Saric has not played this season after tearing his ACL in Game 1 of the 2021 NBA Finals.
Jae Crowder also hurt his shoulder late in Game 5 against Dallas. I have left to the locker room but does not have an official update yet.