Week 16 NBA Injury Report: Injured Like Mike Conley

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Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley injured his ankle during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Week 16 brings with it the NBA All-Star weekend. As a result, your fantasy hoops matchups – if you’re in a league with weekly head-to-heads – will undergo a doubling of numbers. You’ll have twice as many spots for acquisitions which means that you’ll be doubly responsible for managing injuries.  If a mid-tier pickup goes down with a serious predicament, it might make sense to drop them until after the All-Star break as they’ll have time to recover and you’ll have more wiggle room to work with.

Mike Conley (ankle) – One of the fantasy elite, Conley is thankfully recovering faster than expected from a serious ankle sprain. Memphis, and surely fantasy owners, need him as back as possible but today won’t be that day. He’s out Tuesday.

Anderson Varejao (back) – The bouncy-haired big man has admitted that he’s hurting with a variety of injuries. That’s not a good long-term outlook as his career has been marred with many. The latest will force him out of today’s game. Think about selling high on Varejao if his woes keep up.

Ty Lawson (rib) - Point guards just can’t seem to stay healthy this year and Lawson has been one of the more afflicted of them. He’s currently dealing with a rib injury that could see him miss time through the All-Star break.

J.J. Redick (hip) - Consider the sharpshooter out for Wednesday’s affair with the Blazers.

Larry Sanders (orbital bone) – The 2013-14 season has been an ugly one for Bucks fans and it’s surely tied to Larry Sanders’ equally horrendous year. He’s showing some moments of brilliance while nursing all kinds of injuries which is what makes him a worthy prospect even with the missed time. The latest hangup, a fractured orbital bone, could put him out for as much as six weeks. Depending on what doctors say, Sanders might just be worth giving up on at this point.

John Henson (ankle) – With Sanders out, Henson’s stock could see a rise except that the big man has also had injury issues of his own. He’ll miss today’s game and is day-to-day until further reported.

Trey Burke (back) – Utah’s young point has been bothered by a sore back but is expected for tonight’s showdown with the ailing Lakers (who deserve their own line on this report).

Carlos Boozer (calf) – A calf injury has had the offensively minded forward for a handful of games now. He’s somewhat doubtful for today’s game.

Avery Bradley (ankle) – Dealing with an ankle sprain and bone bruise simultaneously has not been fun for the Boston guard. Bradley’s a nice mid-range option on some leagues but only when fully healthy. He’s very doubtful for tomorrow and should be given time on the waiver wire to rest.

Bogar Alonso is a dedicated student of the hardwood, soccer pitch, boxing ring, and tennis court. He is a regular NBA contributor to XN Sports. His work, involving more than just sports, has appeared on The Creators Project, A&E Networks, XXL Magazine, and others. Follow Bogar on Twitter @blacktiles
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