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NBA injury tracker: What's next for sidelined stars and their teams?

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Which NBA stars have been sidelined so far during the 2021-22 season, and how are their teams dealing with the players' long-term injuries?

While the first half of the season has been largely defined by player absences due to the league's COVID-19 health and safety protocols, there have been some big names to hit the injury list, including Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (knee), Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo (thumb) and, most recently, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (abdomen).

While the injuries are not expected to sideline those three All-Stars for the remainder of the season, two point guards for the surprising Cleveland Cavaliers -- Collin Sexton and Ricky Rubio -- saw their campaigns end early due to knee injuries.

Throughout the 2021-22 season, we're breaking down what lies ahead for injured stars and their short-handed teams, including the impact on the playoff and play-in races, draft lottery odds, trade season and free agency.

Jan. 16: Nets' Kevin Durant out with MCL sprain in left knee