NBA playoffs injury tracker: Which players are out? originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
The NBA playoffs are more than halfway done, 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:
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Al Horford: Day-to-day (health & safety protocols)
Marcus Smart: Day-to-day (mid-foot sprain)
Sam Hauser: Out (shoulder)
Horford, Smart and Hauser were all inactive in the Celtics’ Game 1 loss to the Heat. Ahead of Thursday’s Game 2, Boston listed Smart as probable and Horford as doubtful, leaving the door open for both to potentially return. Hauser remains out.
Celtics head coach Ime Udoka didn’t speak to the media on Wednesday due to a non-COVID illness, but he is expected to coach in Game 2.
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.
Golden State Warriors
Gary Payton II: Out (elbow)
James Wiseman: Out (knee)
Andre Iguodala: Out (neck)
Otto Porter Jr.: Day-to-day (foot)
Porter missed Friday’s Game 6 win against Memphis that sent Golden State to the Western Conference finals, but head coach Steve Kerr said he is “hopeful” Porter will be back on the floor in Game 1 against the Mavs.
Payton left Game 2 of the second round early after Dillon Brooks’ Flagrant 2 foul 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.
Kyle Lowry: Out (hamstring)
Max Strus: Day-to-day (hamstring)
Gabe Vincent: Day-to-day (hamstring)
Lowry did not play in Miami’s Game 1 contest against the Celtics on Tuesday, and he won’t return for Game 2 after being ruled out on Wednesday.
Strus and Vincent both played in Game 1 but were listed as questionable for Game 2 with hamstring injuries.