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:
Tim Hardaway Jr.: Out (foot)
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.
James Wiseman: Out (knee)
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.
Ziaire Williams: Day-to-day (eye)
Killian Tillie: Out (knee)
Santi Aldama: Out (knee)
Williams left Tuesday’s Game 5 against Minnesota with left knee soreness and is day-to-day.
Tillie has not played since March 15 due to knee soreness, but he has not yet been ruled out for the playoffs.
Jimmy Butler: Day-to-day (knee)
Kyle Lowry: Day-to-day (hamstring)
Butler and Lowry did not play in Miami’s Game 5 win against Atlanta to advance to the second round.
Khris Middleton: Out (knee)
George Hill: Out (abdominal)
Middleton suffered a sprained MCL in Game 2 against the Bulls and is expected to miss the entire second-round matchup with the Celtics, according to Shams Charania.
Zion Williamson: Out (foot)
Kira Lewis Jr.: Out (knee)
Williamson has not played this season after undergoing foot surgery in the offseason. Williamson’s stepfather told ESPN on April 5 that he expects the star to play this season, but the Pelicans have not announced his status for the play-in tournament.
Lewis underwent season-ending surgery in December after suffering a torn ACL.
Charles Bassey: Out (thumb)
While Bassey is the only player on the Sixers’ injury report, there are a couple of marquee players who are worth mentioning.
Embiid popped up on the injury report with a thumb injury following his game-winning shot in Game 3. He played in Game 4 despite a torn ligament in his thumb, though he will put off surgery until the offseason.
Matisse Thybulle will not be available for Game 6 of the Sixers’ first-round series against the Raptors due to Canada’s COVID-19 mandates. New rules went into place on Jan. 15, making it so players needed to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter the country.
Devin Booker: Out (hamstring)
Dario Saric: Out (knee)
Booker could return for Game 6 against New Orleans or, if necessary, Game 7, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Saric has not played this season after tearing his ACL in Game 1 of the 2021 NBA Finals.
Fred VanVleet: Day-to-day (hip)
VanVleet’s status is doubtful for Thursday’s Game 6 against Philadelphia.
Trent Forrest: Out (foot)
Udoka Azubuike: Out (ankle/foot)
Donovan Mitchell: Day-to-day (hamstring)
Forrest will be evaluated weekly after suffering a sprain in his left foot on April 7.
Azubuike is sidelined for the playoffs after undergoing surgery in March to repair multiple ankle and foot ligaments.
Mitchell injured his hamstring late in Monday’s Game 5 loss.