NBA playoffs injury tracker: Which players are out? originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
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:
Clint Capela: Out (knee)
Lou Williams: Out (back)
Capela exited during the Hawks’ final play-in game against the Cavaliers with a right knee injury. An MRI revealed no structural damage and he’ll be reevaluated in a week, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Hawks GM Travis Schlenk said Capela will be reevaluated on Friday.
Williams did not play in the Hawks’ last three regular season games due to low back discomfort and has not taken the floor since.
Robert Williams III: Day-to-day (knee)
Williams tore his meniscus at the end of March, sidelining him for Boston’s final seven regular season games. He was given a four-to-six week timetable to return. The team listed Williams as questionable for Game 3, and ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that he is likely to play on a minutes restriction in Game 3 before playing more in Game 4.
Ben Simmons: Out (back)
Joe Harris: Out (ankle)
Simmons could potentially make his Nets debut during the playoffs. There reportedly is “optimism” that he could take the floor in the first round as he continues to rehab a lower back injury. He was already ruled out for the play-in tournament, but Brooklyn advanced after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers. Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Game 4 against the Celtics is a “realistic” target for Simmons.
Harris, on the other hand, is out for the playoffs after undergoing surgery to repair a ligament in his left ankle in March.
Lonzo Ball: Out (knee)
Matt Thomas: Out (leg)
The Bulls will be without Ball in the playoffs. The team ruled the…