April 21, 2018, 5:47 pm
The Wolves announced that 2017 first round pick Justin Patton underwent a successful surgery on his foot that he broke last summer.
— Timberwolves PR (@Twolves_PR) April 19, 2018
This is the second surgery Patton has now had on his left foot since being drafted less than a year ago. He broke his foot in early July and missed six months, returning to the court on December 8 with the Iowa Wolves, Minnesota’s G-League affiliate. He appeared in 38 games for Iowa, and was recalled a number of times by Minnesota to sit with the main team.
He made his NBA debut on April 1, nearly 10 months after the initial break, playing four minutes.
Patton was allegedly practicing without pain but doctors noticed something with the screw in place, so they recommended a second operation to help the healing process.
Thibs said doctors saw something in Justin Patton's checkups to merit a second surgery intended to heal his foot better, said he'll miss summer-league again. Thibs: "Whatever your circumstances are, you have to make the best of it. He’ll be able to lift and do things like that."
— Jerry Zgoda (@JerryZgoda) April 21, 2018
Foot surgeries are typically a harrowing sign for any NBA player, and especially big men. It’s tough to gauge Patton’s issue, though. The Wolves are typically as vague as possible with regards to player injuries, and Patton’s case is no different.
It’s known that Patton has a fracture in his fifth metatarsal (his pinky toe) in his left foot, which is connected to the infamous ‘Jones fracture,’ but it’s unknown where specifically that fracture occurred.
For what it’s worth, Jones fracture patients typically see full recovery and face no ill-affects if the bone fully heals. Kevin Durant, Ben Simmons and C.J. McCollum have all suffered this fracture and play at a high level to this day.
The major problems in the past, in relation to the Jones fracture, have been related to recurring injuries in the healing process.
The fact that Patton has had a follow up procedure is not encouraging, but it’s not the end of the world… yet. Given the secrecy of the injury we can’t make certain conclusions, and Patton was without pain in his foot which is a good sign.
The Wolves need every young, controllable player going forward to contribute with the cap situation tightening up. It’s a situation to monitor going forward, but Patton’s career is certainly not off to a good start. He will sit out of all on-court summer activities.
December 13, 2019, 1:13 amNikola JokicC, Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets to a 114-99 win on Thursday with 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting with 11 rebounds, six assists and two 3-pointers.
Jokic hasn't gone into full Joker mode yet, but tonight is about what you'd expect and want from him. There might still be some impatient owners looking for those juicy triple-doubles and high scoring numbers so a buy-low may be in the cards still.
December 13, 2019, 1:09 amJamal MurrayPG, Denver Nuggets
Jamal Murray logged 28 minutes on Thursday, scoring 12 points on 4-of-11 shooting while adding six rebounds, three assists, a steal and two 3-pointers.
Murray was dealing with the funnily named "trunk contusion" but came back and delivered against the Blazers tonight. Deploy him in all of your lineups. Will Barton logged 35 minutes, scoring 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting while adding 11 rebounds, four assists, a steal and two 3-pointers and continues to be one of the most consistent scorers on the Nuggets.
December 13, 2019, 1:07 amPaul MillsapPF, Denver Nuggets
Paul Millsap scored six points 3-of-7 shooting while adding five rebounds and a block on Thursday.
Millsap was dealing with a foot injury and Jerami Grant (20 points, five rebounds, two steals and five triples in 31 minutes) was having a great game so Millsap took extra rest.
December 13, 2019, 1:03 amGary HarrisSG, Denver Nuggets
Gary Harris scored 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting with one rebound, two assists and three triples on Thursday.
Harris is starting to heat up, but we've seen this before this year so there's some skepticism about his season-long value. Feel free to ride him out while he's hot though.
December 13, 2019, 1:02 amHassan WhitesideC, Portland Trail Blazers
Hassan Whiteside hosted another block party, swatting four shots to go with his 33 points on 15-of-21 shooting with 11 boards, two assists and a triple on Thursday.
Whiteside continues to throw up some huge numbers and the situation is just perfect for him. He'll continue to post huge numbers as long as he's healthy and his 12.5 boards and 2.4 blocks a game are propelling him inside the top-10 on the year.
December 13, 2019, 1:00 amDamian LillardPG, Portland Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard struggled shooting in Thursday's outing vs. the Nuggets, scoring 13 points on 5-of-16 shooting while adding two rebounds, 11 assists, one steal and two triples.
Lillard only scored five points in the first half, but had a game-high in assists. Teams continue to send doubles and play over on screens against Lillard as he's one of the few threats on offense for the Blazers. He's still a first-round value play.
December 13, 2019, 12:57 amKent BazemoreSG, Portland Trail Blazers
Kent Bazemore scored nine points on 3-of-7 shooting with three boards, two assists and a 3-pointer on Thursday.
Bazemore won't be the sexiest play, but the Blazers are really hurting and they need him to play big minutes. Anfernee Simons (22 minutes, nine points, one assist and one steal) will also get some extended run with Rodney Hood out for the rest of the season with a torn Achilles.
December 13, 2019, 12:57 amCJ McCollumSG, Portland Trail Blazers
C.J. McCollum scored 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting with two rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers on Thursday.
McCollum had an off night, but ran into a tough opponent on the road. He'll be better in the next one.
December 13, 2019, 12:53 amCarmelo AnthonyPF, Portland Trail Blazers
Carmelo Anthony had a full line on Thursday, scoring 20 points on 8-of-16 shooting with nine boards, one assist, two steals, two blocks and two treys.
Anthony continues to put up numbers and should be rostered in most leagues due to the the fact that someone has to produce on this Blazers team.
December 13, 2019, 12:19 amCory JosephPG, Sacramento Kings
Cory Joseph is probable for Friday's game against the Knicks despite some lower back soreness.
Joseph has been dealing with this lower back issue for a couple weeks but has generally played through it and will continue to be a deep-league streaming option until De'Aaron Fox returns.
Source: NBA Injury Report