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The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead: Week 2

by David Leggieri
Updated On: October 26, 2019, 6:00 pm ET

Week 2 Schedule: Games Played

4 games: CHI, CLE, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, IND, LAC, MIL, NYK, ORL, SAC, SAS, UTA

3 games: ATL, BKN, CHA, DAL, LAL, MIA, NOP, OKC, PHI, PHX, POR, TOR

2 games: BOS, MEM, MIN, WAS

NBA Streaming Schedule:

Monday (11 games): Magic @ Raptors, Blazers @ Spurs, Nuggets @ Kings, Jazz @ Suns, Bulls @ Knicks, Warriors @ Pelicans, Cavs @ Bucks, Hornets @ Clippers, Thunder @ Rockets, Pacers @ Pistons, 76ers @ Hawks

Tuesday (3 games): Hawks @ Heat, Mavs @ Nuggets, Grizzlies @ Lakers

Wednesday (11 games): Rockets @ Wizards, Clippers @ Jazz, Pistons @ Raptors, Hornets @ Kings, Wolves @ 76ers, Knicks @ Magic, Blazers @ Thunder, Suns @ Warriors, Bulls @ Cavs, Bucks @ Celtics, Pacers @ Nets

Thursday (3 games): Heat @ Hawks, Nuggets @ Pelicans, Spurs @ Clippers

Friday (8 games): Rockets @ Nets, Knicks @ Celtics, Pistons @ Bulls, Lakers @ Mavs, Spurs @ Warriors, Cavs @ Pacers, Bucks @ Magic, Jazz @ Kings

Saturday (8 games): Wolves @ Wizards, 76ers @ Blazers, Nuggets @ Magic, Pelicans @ Thunder, Raptors @ Bucks, Suns @ Grizzlies, Hornets @ Warriors, Nets @ Pistons

Sunday (6 games): Mavs @ Cavs, Bulls @ Pacers, Jazz @ Clippers, Rockets @ Heat, Kings @ Knicks, Lakers @ Spurs

Back-to-Backs:

Sunday (10/27)-Monday: Thunder, Warriors, Hornets, Blazers

Monday-Tuesday: Hawks, Nuggets

Tuesday-Wednesday: none

Wednesday-Thursday: Clippers

Thursday-Friday: Spurs

Friday-Saturday: Warriors, Magic, Nets, Bucks, Pistons

Saturday-Sunday: none

Sunday-Monday (11/4): Rockets

Three games in four nights: 

Monday-Thursday: Hawks, Clippers, Nuggets

Tuesday-Friday: none

Wednesday-Saturday: Warriors, Magic, Nets, Pistons, Bucks

Thursday-Sunday: Spurs


Injury Notes:

Kevin Huerter (knee) missed all of the preseason and was limited to just 14 minutes in the Hawks’ season opener. It’s going to be some time before he’s up to full speed, though he’s worth holding onto in 12-team and deeper leagues.

Enes Kanter (knee) was ruled out for Friday and Saturday after getting hurt in the opener. Boston doesn’t play again until Wednesday, so it’s possible he’ll be back by then.

Daniel Theis (ankle) got hurt in Friday’s game against Toronto and has been ruled out for Saturday’s game against the Knicks. Grant Williams and Robert Williams will hold down the fort at center on Saturday, though Theis and Kanter may be back by their next game on Wednesday.

Nicolas Batum (finger) is expected to miss the next 3-4 weeks. This opens up more time for guys like Dwayne Bacon, Malik Monk, PJ Washington and Devonte’ Graham.

Cody Zeller (personal) missed Friday’s game, but will be back on the court Sunday against the Lakers.

Dylan Windler (leg) remains without a concrete timetable for a return.

Dwight Powell (hamstring) missed the team’s first two games of the season and is out for Sunday’s game against the Blazers. Maxi Kleber and Dorian Finney-Smith will soak up the minutes made available by his absence. 

Blake Griffin (hamstring, knee) is expected to be out through the first week of November. The Pistons plan to be extremely cautious with him, which opens the door for Markieff Morris, Thon Maker and Christian Wood. Andre Drummond will continue to play as many minutes as he can handle, too.

Reggie Jackson (back) has been bothered by tightness in his lower back, limiting him through his first two outings and causing him to miss Saturday’s game. Tim Frazier will enter the rotation and start with Jackson out, while Derrick Rose and Luke Kennard would see added minutes.

Kevon Looney (hamstring) left Thursday’s game after injuring his hamstring for the third time in the past month. He’s always been an injury risk and will be hard to trust moving forward. Eric Paschall will be the biggest beneficiary in his absence. 

Gerald Green (broken foot) is out indefinitely.

Jeremy Lamb (hip) missed practice on Thursday and was limited on Friday, leaving him questionable for Saturday. He’s day-to-day and his injury doesn’t appear to be serious.

T.J. Warren (bruised hip) took a fall in the season opener, but isn’t listed on the injury report for Saturday’s game.

Victor Oladipo (quad) has been slowly ramping up his activity level, making 5-on-5 a regular part of his daily regime. He still has another month before he’s re-evaluated, though.

Rajon Rondo (calf) missed the Lakers’ first two games and is questionable for Sunday’s game. It’s possible he enters the starting lineup when he’s able to play.

Kyle Kuzma (foot) is reportedly progressing in his recovery, though he’s still not quite ready to return. He has yet to play full-contact 5-on-5 basketball, which will be his final hurdle. He’s expected to miss all of October.

Jrue Holiday (knee) got hurt in Friday’s game and has been ruled out of Saturday’s game against the Rockets. He’s been off to a rough start, so hopefully this doesn’t cause him to miss too much time. Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, J.J. Redick, Frank Jackson and Nickeil Alexander-Walker will soak up his minutes while he’s out.

Zion Williamson (knee) remains out, though he’s reportedly making great progress. The Pelicans will take it very slow with the No. 1 pick.

Joel Embiid (ankle) picked up an injury in the season opener against Boston and has been ruled out of Saturday’s game against the Pistons. The 76ers will take extreme caution with their superstar, especially with their offseason additions Al Horford and Kyle O’Quinn. We’ll call him questionable for Monday’s game against Atlanta.

Ricky Rubio (knee) got hurt on the same play where he fouled out in Friday’s overtime game against the Nuggets. He didn’t seem concerned following the game, so it’s possible it’s just the back-to-back set that’s keeping him out. Tyler Johnson and Jevon Carter will see more minutes in his stead.

Deandre Ayton (suspension) will miss the next 25 games. Frank Kaminsky and Aron Baynes will see the bulk of the center minutes with him out.

Marvin Bagley (thumb) will miss the next 4-6 weeks. Nemanja Bjelica started the first game in his absence and Harrison Barnes, Trevor Ariza and Richaun Holmes will see added time while he’s out.

Bojan Bogdanovic (ankle) got hurt and returned in the opener, but was forced to miss Friday’s game against the Lakers and is day-to-day. Joe Ingles, Jeff Green and Georges Niang will see added minutes until he returns.

Dante Exum (knee) is out indefinitely as he works his way back to full strength.

Isaiah Thomas (thumb) will make his return on Saturday against the Spurs.

Jordan McRae (finger) will undergo surgery and is expected to be given a timetable for a return within the next week.

Potential Waiver Adds (under 50% owned in Yahoo! leagues):

De’Andre Hunter (44%)

Darius Garland (42%)

P.J. Tucker (40%)

Josh Hart (39%)

Devonte' Graham (35%)

Jerami Grant (35%)

Kendrick Nunn (34%)

Elfrid Payton (34%)

Cedi Osman (33%)

Luke Kennard (31%)

Dwayne Bacon (27%)

Isaiah Thomas (24%)

Markelle Fultz (24%)

Jae Crowder (18%)

Frank Kaminsky (18%)

Matisse Thybulle (16%)

Nickeil Alexander-Walker (15%)

Bryn Forbes (11%)

Wesley Matthews (9%)

Kris Dunn (9%)

Robert Williams (6%)

Eric Paschall (5%)

Nicolo Melli (5%)

Josh Okogie (4%)

Moritz Wagner (3%)

Richaun Holmes (3%)

Jalen Brunson (2%)

Read Mike Gallagher and Jonas Nader as they go in-depth on these players and more.