Injury Updates: LeBron in Protocols, Adebayo gets Thumb Surgery

Injury Updates: LeBron in Protocols, Adebayo gets Thumb Surgery

A string of significant injuries has cut through the NBA lately. That's left fantasy managers scrambling, wondering who to add amidst all the chaos. Some situations have more obvious solutions than others, and many players don't have definitive timetables for a return, making things more confusing. Let's sort through some of the uncertainty.

LeBron enters protocols

The King can't catch a break. He's appeared in just 11 games this season, missing a significant chunk of time due to an abdominal injury that he recently recovered from. He was on a dominant three-game stretch as well, where he averaged 34.0 points, 8.7 assists, 5.7 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.0 blocks.

But he entered COVID-19 protocols Tuesday night. The details aren't immediately clear, but fantasy managers should expect James to be sidelined for at least 10 days. Assuming he has the virus, it could certainly be longer, depending on how he recovers. The primary beneficiaries from a fantasy perspective should be Talen Horton-Tucker and Malik Monk. Horton-Tucker failed to capitalize in Tuesday's blowout win over the Kings, but he looked great earlier in the season, so there's reason to be optimistic. Monk popped off for 22 points, four rebounds and four assists.

Adebayo needs thumb surgery

Word got out Wednesday morning that Adebayo tore the UCL in his right thumb and will undergo surgery. A timetable for a return isn't immediately available, but it seems reasonable to expect him to be out at least a month, if not more. Adebayo is

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Alex is RotoWire's NBA Assistant Editor. He writes articles about daily fantasy, year-long fantasy and sports betting. You can hear him on the RotoWire NBA Podcast, Sirius XM, DraftKings Live and other platforms. Vince Carter and Alex both first dunked during their respective sophomore years of high school.
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