NBA Injury Report: Paolo Banchero questionable, Chris Paul questionable and more updates on Pascal Siakam and Trae Young | November 9, 2022

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The first pick of the 2022 NBA Draft could miss his first NBA game against the Dallas Mavericks.

Paolo Banchero, the No. 1 pick of the 2022 NBA Draft, could miss his first game of the season for the Orlando Magic. He has been off to a sensational start, justifying the Magic’s decision to get him over every other aspirant of the aforementioned draft.

Orlando is struggling yet again, but if there’s any consolation this early in the NBA season, it has to be Banchero’s spectacular play. He is averaging 23.5 points, which leads the team, on 46.1% shooting. Banchero has added a team second-best 8.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 11 games so far.

Paolo Banchero (ankle) listed questionable for Wednesday.

As good as the former Duke superstar has been, he looked like he was starting to get more rhythm to his offense. He had a career-high 33 points against the Sacramento Kings before following it up with 30 points versus the Houston Rockets.

The Orlando Magic, however, have officially listed him as questionable due to an ankle sprain. He most likely suffered the injury in their loss to the Rockets. Orlando now has several players on their NBA injury report, including Cole Anthony, Markelle Fultz, Gary Harris and Moritz Wagner.

They are likely going to have a tough time against the Luka Doncic-led Dallas Mavericks in their next game.

Meanwhile, Chris Paul played just 14 minutes in the Phoenix Suns’ loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. “CP3” just had two points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals before exiting the game.

Paul collided with an undetermined Philly player in the second quarter of that game and did not return. The Suns have officially listed him as questionable due to right heel soreness.

After the game, the 12x All-Star merely shrugged off the injury as nothing more than the Phoenix Suns being extremely cautious. They are already without two significant players from last season’s team, Jae Crowder and Cam Johnson, but will not risk the 37-year-old point guard.

Chris Paul said if he could've played, he would have, but doesn't see the sore right heel as a prolonged thing."I'm not that worried about it." When asked if this was just a matter of being cautious, Paul said, "Yep." #Suns #76ers

Chris Paul is averaging 9.5 points and 9.4 assists in 10 games this season. The Suns will undoubtedly miss his playmaking and leadership. Cameron Payne and Landry Shamet could see more minutes at point guard without “CP3.”

Pascal Siakam: Right adductor strain; Injured since November 4, 2022

Former NBA All-Star Pascal Siakam of the Toronto Raptors will be out for at least two weeks.
Former NBA All-Star Pascal Siakam of the Toronto Raptors will be out for at least two weeks.

Former NBA All-Star Pascal Siakam has strained his right adductor and will be re-evaluated in two weeks. He suffered the injury in the Toronto Raptors’ heartbreaking loss to the Dallas Mavericks. Siakam was removed from the game in the third quarter and didn’t return.

Siakam has played at an All-Star level this season, averaging career-high numbers in scoring (24.8), rebounding (9.3) and assists (7.7). He has never played this well, not even during his lone All-Star selection during the 2019-20 season.

Raptors say Pascal Siakam has been diagnosed with a right adductor muscle strain and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

The Raptors will give an update after he is re-evaluated.

Trae Young: Right shin soreness; Injured since November 5, 2022

Trae Young watched from the sidelines as the Atlanta Hawks beat the Milwaukee Bucks in their last game.
Trae Young watched from the sidelines as the Atlanta Hawks beat the Milwaukee Bucks in their last game.

NBA All-Star Trae Young has been playing through pain over the last few games. He was poked in the eye by the New York Knicks' Julius Randle but eventually returned with protective wear. The following game, he injured his shin against the New Orleans Pelicans, but still returned to play.

The Atlanta Hawks finally decided to keep Young out against two-time NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks. Impressively enough, the Hawks still managed to beat the previously unbeaten Bucks without “Ice Trae.”

An @emoryhealthcare injury report for tomorrow’s game vs. Utah: Trae Young (right shin soreness): QuestionableBogdan Bogdanovic (right knee injury recovery): Out

Atlanta has listed him as questionable yet again, but could still play after spending a few days off resting his sore shin.

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