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Terry Rozier, Michael Porter Jr., Scottie Barnes headline NBA injury report for Wednesday, October 26

We take a look at the NBA injury report for Wednesday, October 26 and break down all the latest news for fantasy basketball.

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Michael Porter Jr. of the Denver Nuggets looks to pass the ball during the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on October 22, 2022 at the Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado.
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We’ve got a loaded Wednesday slate in the NBA with 10 games on tap and that typically means a lengthy injury report. Even though we are only a week into the season, the injuries have already started to pile up a bit. Here’s a look at Wednesday’s injury report in the NBA.

NBA Injury Report: October 26

Orlando Magic vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

Darius Garland (eye) - OUT

Garland was going to be re-evaluated over the weekend and he’s still not ready to return from his eye injury. He isn’t going to need surgery but likely won’t play until later in the week.

Atlanta Hawks vs. Detroit Pistons

Jaden Ivey (illness) - OUT

Ivey is feeling a bit under the weather and the Pistons will rule him out on the second night of a back-to-back set. This will further boost Atlanta’s guards in DFS lineups tonight.

Charlotte Hornets vs. New York Knicks

Terry Rozier (ankle) - OUT
LaMelo Ball (ankle) - OUT
Cody Martin (quad) - OUT

Update — Scary Terry and Martin have been ruled out, per Steve Clifford.

The Hornets have been hit bad with the injury bug. Two of their top players are out and James Bouknight has a legal situation off the court to deal with. Look for Dennis Smith Jr. to continue being the lead point guard for Charlotte until Rozier or Ball get back on the floor.

Quentin Grimes (foot) - OUT

Grimes was expected to be in a bigger role this season for the Knicks but this foot injury has sidelined him for the beginning of the season. Evan Fournier likely gets more minutes as a result of Grimes being out.

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Toronto Raptors

De’Anthony Melton (groin) - available

Update - Melton is available for tonight’s game after going through the shootaround this morning. He might have a minutes limit but remains a nice filler play in DFS contests.

Melton was a decent pickup for the Sixers in the offseason. He’s dealing with a groin issue and if he doesn’t play, that likely means more opportunities for Georges Niang off the bench.

Scottie Barnes (ankle) - available
Otto Porter Jr. (hamstring) - OUT

Update - Barnes is in, which is great news for the Raptors. He’s likely going to start but could see a minutes reduction as Toronto doesn’t want to aggravate this ankle injury.

Update - Porter Jr. is officially out, likely opening up more minutes for Boucher.

Barnes suffered multiple injuries over the weekend and it’s the ankle which has become more concerning. Porter Jr. is slowly recovering but likely won’t play. This means more playing time for OG Anunoby, Christian Koloko and Chris Boucher.

Brooklyn Nets vs. Milwaukee Bucks

Seth Curry (ankle) out at least 2 more games

Curry was already ruled out for Wednesday, but he’s also been ruled out for Thursday’s game against the Mavericks.

Indiana Pacers vs. Chicago Bulls

Myles Turner (ankle) - available
Daniel Theis (knee) - OUT

Update - After a lot of unnecessary shifting, the Pacers have finally declared Turner available to play. He’ll likely take minutes away from Jackson, as Jalen Smith plays at power forward more.

Turner suffered this injury stepping on a ball boy ahead of the team’s season opener. If he doesn’t suit up for this game, Isaiah Jackson and Jalen Smith should keep seeing big minutes in the interior.

San Antonio Spurs vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

Devin Vassell (knee) - OUT
Josh Primo (undisclosed) - OUT

Update - So much for Primo getting minutes tonight. He’s been ruled out, which elevates Richardson and might give the rookie guards some playing time.

Update - Vassell was already doubtful, so him being ruled out early is not unexpected. The Spurs likely roll with Josh Richardson and Josh Primo in Vassell’s spot.

Vassell is one of the Spurs’ best players and they’re going to be cautious with him any time he has an injury. It also gives San Antonio a chance to be strategic with the lineup. Blake Wesley and Malachi Branham haven’t gotten much time early this year but this could be their chance with Vassell unlikely to play.

Austin Rivers (hip) - available
Kyle Anderson (back) - OUT

Update - Rivers is in for the Timberwolves Wednesday.

Update - Rivers has been upgraded to questionable, so there’s a chance he suits up. His three-point shooting ability makes him a potential value add in DFS contests.

Rivers is unlikely to play and Anderson remains out. This bodes well for those looking at Jordan McLaughlin and Taurean Prince as value adds in DFS lineups.

Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz

Alperen Sengun (illness) - OUT
Jae’Sean Tate (ankle) - available

Update - Tate is in for the Rockets Wednesday and is a fringe value add in DFS lineups given the potentially high-scoring contest this could be.

Sengun being out continues to hurt Houston from an evaluation standpoint. If Tate plays, he’ll likely take some minutes away from Kevin Porter Jr. and Jalen Green in the backcourt.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets

Russell Westbrook (hamstring) - OUT
LeBron James (foot) - available
Anthony Davis (back) - available

Update - As expected, James and Davis are in for the Lakers tonight.

Update - Westbrook has been formally ruled out, and it looks like Reaves will start in his place with Beverley likely moving over as the lead point guard. We’ll see if this look pays any dividends for LA.

It seems like Westbrook won’t play, which means Patrick Beverley likely starts at point guard with either Lonnie Walker or Austin Reaves taking Beverley’s original spot in the starting lineup. This is LA’s first chance to see what they can be without Westbrook on the floor.

Michael Porter Jr. (injury management) - OUT
Jeff Green (finger) - available

Update - As expected, Green is in for the Nuggets and could get extended run with Porter Jr. out.

Update — MPJ has been ruled out to manage his lumbar injury. With Porter out, that means we could see more Bruce Brown, who should start at SF. We also could see plenty of Green off the bench or even as a starter.

We’ve seen this earlier with Jamal Murray, who could also pop up on the report. The Nuggets are being cautious with their two peripheral stars, as they know they need these guys in the playoffs so defenses cannot crowd Nikola Jokic. If Porter Jr. doesn’t play, Bruce Brown and Aaron Gordon could get more shots as a result.

Miami Heat vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Victo Oladipo (knee) - OUT

Oladipo continues to be out with a knee injury. The Heat have found their rotation but haven’t found any wins. It’ll continue to be Tyler Herro and Max Strus at the shooting guard spot with some occasional Duncan Robinson sightings.

Justise Winslow (ankle) - available

Update - Winslow is in for the Trail Blazers.

Winslow has actually been heavily involved in Portland’s rotation. The Blazers are hot to start the season and have found a winning formula at the moment, so this would be a small setback. Josh Hart and Nassir Little are in line for more minutes if Winslow sits.