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Fantasy Basketball: Injury updates for the second half of the 2020-21 NBA season

The start of the second half of the 2020-21 NBA season is coming up.

You know what that means? We're nearing the injury re-evaluation point for all of the times you've read "Player X will be out until after the All-Star break."

Below, you can find the latest injury updates for key fantasy players, broken down into two sections - "likely rostered" and "check the waiver wire" - to help you get prepared for the final few weeks and playoff push of the fantasy basketball season.

Fantasy Basketball Injury Updates

Likely rostered

Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers (calf/Achilles): On Feb. 19, Lakers head coach Frank Vogel told the media that Davis would be "out for four weeks" with a right calf strain and re-aggravation of right Achilles tendinosis. Davis did begin some light shooting in practice prior to the All-Star break, but Vogel said that "we're still on track for the four-week plan." If everything remains on par with that four-week plan, Davis would only miss the first four games of the second half of the season.

Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets (hamstring): Brooklyn's press release from Feb. 19 is still the latest update on Durant's left hamstring strain. It stated that the All-Star forward will be out "through the All-Star break" and that he will be re-evaluated "following the break."

Caris LeVert, Indiana Pacers (kidney): A cancerous mass in LeVert's left kidney has prevented him from taking the floor as a member of the Pacers, but the rising star is nearing his debut. According to Scott Agness of Fieldhouse Files, LeVert is expected to return "at some point" following the All-Star break. The 26-year-old forward also hinted at his return on his Instagram this past weekend.

C.J. McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers (foot): McCollum has been out since Jan. 16 with a hairline fracture in his left foot, but he was cleared for contact practice the week leading up to the All-Star break. He is set to be re-evaluated this week.

D'Angelo Russell, Minnesota Timberwolves (knee): On Feb. 16, the Timberwolves announced that Russell would be out "four-to-six weeks" as he recovers from arthroscopic surgery to remove a loose body in his left knee. It has been three weeks since then, so Russell could miss up to the first three weeks of the second half of the season.

Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics (calf): Smart has been out since Feb. 2 with a left calf strain but the team has announced that he was feeling "really good" after playing 5-on-5 over the All-Star break and is now expected to make his return in the Celtics' first game back against the Brooklyn Nets.

Christian Wood, Houston Rockets (ankle): Prior to the All-Star break, Wood himself said that his ankle was at 80%. According to ESPN's Tim MacMahon, Wood has resumed basketball activities and while he'll be out for the first game back after the break, his return is on the horizon.

Check the waiver wire

Jaren Jackson Jr., Memphis Grizzlies (knee): The Grizzlies have been quiet about Jackson's return timeline, but ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that his return "is likely to happen shortly after the All-Star break."

Aaron Gordon, Orlando Magic (ankle): Gordon suffered an ankle injury on Feb. 1 and the timetable for his return was set at four-to-six weeks, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania. While there has been no further update on the situation, it has been five weeks since that original report, so Gordon's return could come as early as the third week of the second half of the season.

De'Andre Hunter, Atlanta Hawks (knee): Hunter underwent right knee surgery on Feb. 8 but the Hawks announced this past week that he has "increased his rehabilitation activities to include unrestricted weight room work and progressive court reloading." The release stated that Hunter will be reviewed on March 19 and his status will be updated as appropriate.

Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers (calf): While Love returned to practice two weeks back, Cleveland.com's Chris Fedor reported that after back-to-back practices on the week of Feb. 20, Love felt soreness in his calf. As a result, the Cavaliers elected to hold off on his return until after the All-Star break, giving the former All-Star an extra two weeks of rehabilitation.

Larry Nance Jr., Cleveland Cavaliers (finger): Cleveland.com's Fedor also reported that the Cavaliers are expecting Nance to return in the first game after the All-Star break. He has been out since Feb. 6 after receiving surgery on a fractured finger on his left hand.

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