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NBA Podcast: Season 2-Episode 15

F Scott Feil, DPT







FSF- Spencer Dinwiddie- Brooklyn Nets- Dinwiddie has reportedly suffered torn ligaments in his right thumb, and is evaluating the need for surgery. Dinwiddie could miss 4-6 weeks. Dinwiddie’s fantasy owners should sit tight while we await further details about the injury from the Nets, but a lengthy absence is almost inevitable. As long as he’s out, Shabazz Napier instantly gets a boost in the rotation, and Joe Harris should get nearly unlimited minutes.


BOB- Chris Paul- Houston Rockets-Update-1/23/19: Last week, Mike D’Antoni said it will be around 2-3 weeks before Chris Paul (hamstring) will be cleared to return. It is beginning to look like we may see the star point guard next week sometime after he goes through a full practice with the team on friday. Austin Rivers has been the main beneficiary of his absence. So it will be interesting to see what he does with fewer minutes off the bench.


FSF- Lonzo Ball- Los Angeles Lakers- Lonzo Ball will miss 4-6 weeks with a Grade-3 left ankle sprain. Now we know that Grade 3 ankle sprains are the most severe of the three grades we have. When we are looking at a grade 3 ankle sprain. With this sprain, the ligament has been torn completely. Symptoms include: Severe swelling, Severe pain,Instability of the joint,Extreme loss of motion,Walking can be quite painful.This explains why he was carried off the court when it initially happened and rushed to the hospital. He probably will be in short leg cast or cast-brace for 2 to 3 weeks. The hope for the Lakers is he misses the maximum 6 weeks but we have seen some grade 3 ankle sprains take up to 9-12 weeks. With Ball out look for Rondo who should be coming back to play significant minutes down the stretch with Josh Hart coming off the bench.


BOB- Rajon Rondo- Los Angeles Lakers- Rajon Rondo (finger) said he would be a game-time decision for Thursday’s game vs. Minnesota. With Lonzo Ball (ankle) out, Rondo would likely be looking at minutes in the low 30s once he’s fully healthy, so he is worth an add in most leagues.


FSF- Jeff Teague- Minnesota Timberwolves-  Teague is suffering a foot/ ankle injury and is questionable for Thursday against the Lakers. He said he was unable to run on Tuesday, so presumably he is not going to be able to play. It is also being reported his back up Derek Rose is banged up. So there will be some minutes for Josh Okogie and Jerryd Bayless while Teague is out.


BOB- Damian Lillard- Portland Trail Blazers-Damian Lillard has a right hand contusion and is questionable for Thursday’s game against the Suns. Lillard has been playing through the hand issue over the past few games, and while he tends to play through his injuries, it wouldn’t be shocking to see him take the night off against the worst team out West. Owners can expect to get another update by Thursday afternoon.played, had 24


FSF- De’aaron Fox- Sacramento Kings- He is dealing with left big toe soreness that held him out of tuesday contest .Iman Shumpert (rest) was also out, so Bogdan Bogdanovic got the start and Fox can’t go again look for him to start on friday as well.He’ll see a sizeable uptick in usage with Fox off the floor.




BOB- Kent Bazemore-Atlanta Hawks Update 1/22/19: Hawks GM Travis Schlenk said on Tuesday that Atlanta might get Kent Bazemore (ankle) back “in a couple of weeks.” Bazemore was able to do some individual shooting drills by himself on Tuesday, but is still a ways away from being cleared for game action. The only incentive the rebuilding Hawks might have to rush him back into the lineup would be to show he’s healthy in order to trade him before the February 7th trade deadline.  Kevin Huerter and DeAndre Bembry will continue to pick up the slack in his absence.


FSF- Victor Oladipo- Indiana Pacers- Victor Oladipo has been diagnosed with a ruptured quad tendon in his right knee which will require season-ending surgery. Complete vs partial tears.  Partial Tears: Many tears do not completely disrupt the soft tissue. This is similar to a rope stretched so far that some of the fibers are frayed, but the rope is still in one piece.Complete Tears: A complete tear will split the soft tissue into two pieces. When the quadriceps tendon completely tears, the muscle is no longer anchored to the kneecap. Without this attachment, the knee cannot straighten when the quadriceps muscles contract. Oladipo in this case suffered a complete tear. Complete recovery takes at least 4 months, but most repairs are almost completely healed within 6 months.  The first two weeks of his recovery will be with his Brace locked in full extension for 6 weeks,  Partial weight bearing for 2 weeks, Ice and modalities to reduce pain and inflammation, Aggressive patella mobility drills, Range of motion – 0° to 30°knee flexion, Begin submaximal quadriceps setting.  Tyreke Evans and Cory Joseph figure to see a boost here, with Evans being the guy you’d want to grab.  


BOB- Jimmy Butler- Philadelphia 76ers- Jimmy Butler is dealing with a wrist injury he had an MRI on Monday, but the results didn’t reveal anything concerning. So owners of Jimmy Butler should just sit tight and see if he gives it a go next game. Corey Brewer will get another start and should get minutes in the 30s while T.J. McConnell and Landry Shamet could see more time.




FSF- Kevin Huerter- Atlanta Hawks- He has miss 2 straight games with a neck injury.  Huerter was starting to blossom as a starting wing, and perhaps his strong play is why the Hawks reportedly want to trade Taurean Prince or Kent Bazemore.


BOB- Rondae Hollis- Jefferson- Brooklyn Nets- RHJ is suffering from a left shoulder sprain injury and is questionable to play vs. the Knicks on Friday. RHJ exited Wednesday’s game with the injury and just can’t seem to stay healthy this season. If you have a Grade II sprain, your discomfort should lessen within two weeks, but it may take as long as six to eight weeks before you can return to your usual athletic activities.   In Grades I or II sprains, the injured shoulder is treated with rest, ice and a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin and others) to relieve pain and swelling. The arm is placed in a sling for one to three weeks. For most Grade III sprains, the sling is worn for four weeks. Some Grade III sprains may require surgery, particularly in very young people, in adults who work at jobs that require heavy lifting, or in people whose collarbone is displaced more than 2 centimeters (about 1 inch) out of its normal position. Brooklyn could really use Hollis-Jefferson to fill out the rotation, given their existing injuries and the prospect of Spencer Dinwiddie (thumb) missing extended time.


FSF- Danilo Gallinari- Los Angeles Clippers-Danilo is suffering from (lower back spasms)  and has been ruled out for Friday’s game vs. the Bulls. Patrick Beverley has been a surprise winner in his absence, and should continue playing heavy minutes in a starting role until Gallo is healthy.


BOB- Lebron James- Los Angeles Lakers-Update 1/24/19: He is sitting out thursday against the Wolves. Good thing is he has a chance to play sunday against the Suns at home.


FSF- T.J. Warren- Phoenix Suns- Coach Igor Kokoskov said the team is shutting down basketball activities for T.J. Warren for 2-3 weeks due to the right ankle soreness. Most of his owners may want to stash him, and at least he’ll have the All-Star break coming up. Josh Jackson, Kelly Oubre and Mikal Bridges should be owned in most leagues




BOB- Nikola Mirotic- New Orleans Pelicans-  Mirotic suffering from a Calf strain will be re-evaluated in one week.An MRI confirmed he has a strained right calf, and it’s possible he needs more than the week to get back in action. typical grade I calf strain will heal in 7 to 10 days, a grade II injury within about 4 to 6 weeks, and a grade III calf strain within about 3 months. The most common injury is a grade II calf strain that takes about 6 weeks for complete healing. Mirotic bad ankle was also on his right leg, so that may also keep him off the court until around the All-Star break. Jahlil Okafor should be owned in most leagues with Mirotic out.


FSF- Anthony Davis- New Orleans Pelicans- Davis is dealing with a Volar plate avulsion fracture on his left index finger and he will be re-evaluated on Friday.Davis won’t play on Wednesday or Thursday, and he should be considered doubtful for Saturday’s game against San Antonio, but it sounds like there’s a chance he’ll be back out there for either Tuesday’s game in Houston or next Wednesday’s matchup with the Nuggets. Again Jahil Okafor should be owned with NOLAs big men injured.


BOB- Nermanja Bjelica-  (namanya bialitza) Sacramento Kings- Is Dealing with a back injury and did not play tuesday. The Kings play again on Friday in Memphis, and for now, we’ll be considering Bjelica questionable for that one.Harry Giles, Marvin Bagley and Justin Jackson will be more involved in the rotation



FSF– Tristan Thompson- Cleveland Cavaliers Update 1/24/19- Thompson is dealing with left foot soreness. That will rule him out the next couple games. The Cavs likely will rest him till he is 100%. Zizic again is the guy we like with Thompson out.


BOB- Deandre Ayton- Phoenix Suns- He is suffering from an ankle injury he will miss thursday’s game and possibly fridays but we won’t know until around tip. Dragon Bender has been the main beneficiary of his absence. With post two back to back double double nights.


Picks for the week:


Dr. Pagnani:

  1. Thaddeus Young-PF for the Pacers, with a devastating injury to Oladipo I think Indiana is going to have to depend on the big man for points.  Even with Oladipo in the lineup Young showed glimpses of being able to take over a game. He came out on top of a battle the other night against Serge Ibaca where he finished with 23 and 15, he put up 27 on the sixers earlier and now more than ever the Pacers will look for Young to step up and contribute more
  2. Here is a guy for you Scotty, Allonzo Trier (Tree-er), rookie shooting guard for the knicks is really starting to put a nice run together. Averaging 20 points a game over the last 3 games, put up 31 on Houston and the game before that had 13 against OKC where he went 10/10 from the charity stripe.  20 minutes a game and lets face it, he plays for the Knicks, he will get some looks!
  3. Doubling up for you Scotty, former Demon Deacon John Collins, 2nd year guy for the Hawks is really becoming a mainstay in Atlanta, he is listed as a power forward but remember this guy is 6’10, he averages a double double of 20 and 10, i would take that any day, he shoots about 60% from the field because he plays his game,stays close to the rim and cleans up. He takes advantage of lesser teams, put 35 on Chicago which is a bully move but also stepped up and scored 26 against a physical OKC team. He gets over 30 minutes a game so any amount of opportunities


Dr. Feil:

  • Bogdan Bogdanovic has taken over the starting PG position for the Sacramento Kings while De’aaron Fox. He been more than a Serviceable replacement for FOX Tuesday vs. the Raptors and played well, finishing with 16 points, nine assists, eight rebounds, three steals and one triple in 36 minutes.



  • Kelly Oubre Power forward of the Phoenix suns has taken advantage of the starting Suns big men being banged up. Kelly Oubre had 18 points, eight rebounds, four 3-pointers and two steals in 29 minutes on Sunday.  he’s averaging 20.3 points, 2.4 triples, 1.7 steals and 0.9 blocks in his past seven games, shooting 49.5% in that span.He’s obviously found his groove as a go-to scorer with the Suns’ second unit, and it looks like he’ll continue to be turned loose.



  • Nikola Vucevic Center of the Orlando Magic Vooch has reached double figures in the scoring department in all but one game for the Magic this season. He has been the bright spot for the Magic.He is on the trade block and that is no secret. For fantasy owners hope he stays with the magic instead of being traded to a contender where he will be more of a supporting piece. So we might see even better stat lines in the horizon for him and the Magic.    


F Scott Feil, PT, DPT, CKTP, known by many of his patients as "Dr Feilgood" is a physical therapist who has practiced in outpatient and orthopedic rehabilitation for the last 10 years. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as well as the Sports, Orthopedic, Education, and Private Practice sections. A graduate of Wake Forest University where he earned a BA in English, he went on to get his Masters in Physical Therapy at East Carolina University, his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at University of St Augustine where he is also pursuing his Doctorate in Education. "Dr Feilgood" enjoys golfing, fishing, craft beers, and enjoys all things Fantasy Football Injury related (including his own Fantasy Football Draft Weekend injury...true story) He is a lifelong tortured Mets, Knicks, Islanders, and Giants fan (all hail NY sports mediocrity). F Scott is married and he and his wife are raising two wonderfully exhausting children. Dr Feil is the owner and founder of, a blog aimed at improving healthcare literacy.

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