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NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 11/2

Nov 2nd 2022

Connor Learn

Each day, this column will provide live updates for all NBA news. Enjoy up-to-the-minute alerts for injuries and lineup confirmations. The Key News to Watch section will highlight notable injuries to monitor for the current NBA slate.

Key NBA News to Watch

  • Jimmy Butler (hip) — Out

  • LeBron James (foot) — Available

  • Joel Embiid (illness) — Out

  • Anthony Davis (back) — In

  • Darius Garland (eye) — In

  • Terry Rozier (ankle) — Out

  • Zach LaVine (injury management) — In

  • Fred VanVleet (back) — Out

  • Jrue Holiday (illness) — Available

  • Keldon Johnson (calf) — Out

  • Christian Wood (illness) — Available

  • Desmond Bane (ankle) — Available

  • Tyler Herro (eye) — Not on injury report

  • Josh Hart (concussion) — In

  • Steven Adams (jaw) — Available

  • Herb Jones (knee) — Out

  • Jeremy Sochan (illness) — In

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Washington Wizards News

Confirmed Lineup: Monte Morris, Bradley Beal, Anthony Gill, Kyle Kuzma, Kristaps Porzingis

  • Corey Kispert (ankle) — Injured

  • Delon Wright (hamstring) — Injured

Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: James Harden, Tyrese Maxey, Matisse Thybulle, Tobias Harris, PJ Tucker

  • Joel Embiid (illness) — Out

  • De'Anthony Melton (back) — Out

  • Jaden Springer (G-League) — Out

Tyrese Maxey has recorded 31.9% usage, James Harden 25.6%, and Tobias Harris 21.5% in the two games that Embiid has sat. De'Anthony Melton started both games and took on 20.0% usage in 31.7 minutes per game.

Boston Celtics News

Confirmed Lineup: Marcus Smart, Derrick White, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford

  • Danilo Gallinari (ACL) — Injured

  • Robert Williams (knee) — Injured

Cleveland Cavaliers News

Confirmed Lineup: Darius Garland, Donovan Mitchell, Caris LeVert, Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen

  • Darius Garland (eye) — In

  • Dylan Windler (ankle) — Available

  • Raul Neto (ankle) — Out

  • Ricky Rubio (ACL) — Injured

Donovan Mitchell and Caris LeVert will be on-ball less when Garland returns. Dean Wade will also move to a bench role and lose time along with Isaac Okoro and Cedi Osman.

Sacramento Kings News

Confirmed Lineup: Davion Mitchell, Kevin Huerter, Harrison Barnes, Keegan Murray, Domantas Sabonis

  • Trey Lyles (foot) — Available

  • De'Aaron Fox (knee) — Out

Davion Mitchell started the second half for Fox on Monday and received 21.6% usage but didn't record an assist in 31 minutes. Domantas Sabonis and Kevin Huerter recorded respective assist rates of 26.9% and 20.8% in expanded distributing roles.

Miami Heat News

Confirmed Lineup: Kyle Lowry, Tyler Herro, Max Strus, Caleb Martin, Bam Adebayo

  • Jimmy Butler (hip) — Out

  • Tyler Herro (eye) — Available

  • Victor Oladipo (knee) — Out

  • Omar Yurtseven (ankle) — Out

Atlanta Hawks News

Confirmed Lineup: Trae Young, Dejounte Murray, De'Andre Hunter, John Collins, Clint Capela

  • Onyeka Okongwu (shoulder) — Available

  • Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee) — Injured

Frank Kaminsky would receive backup center minutes while Clint Capela would likely exceed his 26.4 minutes per game average if Okongwu is out. John Collins would also potentially get a greater center role, opening up time at forward.

New York Knicks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Brunson, Evan Fournier, RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, Mitchell Robinson

  • Quentin Grimes (foot) — Available

  • Cam Reddish (illness) — Available

It isn't sure that Grimes will displace Reddish from the rotation when both are available given Reddish's level of play. His 57.9% true shooting clip leads all Knicks wings.

Charlotte Hornets News

Confirmed Lineup: Dennis Smith Jr., Kelly Oubre, Gordon Hayward, PJ Washington, Mason Plumlee

  • Terry Rozier (ankle) — Out

  • Cody Martin (quad) — Out

  • LaMelo Ball (ankle) — Out

  • Mark Williams (G-League) — Out

P.J. Washington received 28.2% usage in 37 minutes on Monday night and his 23.1% usage since Rozier has been out trails only Kelly Oubre's 27.0% clip.

Chicago Bulls News

Confirmed Lineup: Ayo Dosunmu, Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, Patrick Williams, Nikola Vucevic

  • Zach LaVine (injury management) — In

  • Coby White (quad) — Out

  • Andre Drummond (shoulder) — Out

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Injured

DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Vucevic have recorded respective usage rates of 32.0% and 24.1% in the three games that LaVine has missed this season. Coby White (17.9% usage) has played 28.8 minutes per game, Alex Caruso (14.7%) 28.0 minutes per game, and Goran Dragic (18.6%) 21.3 minutes per game with LaVine out as well.

Los Angeles Clippers News

Confirmed Lineup: Reggie Jackson, Luke Kennard, Paul George, Marcus Morris, Ivica Zubac

  • John Wall (injury management) — Not on injury report

  • Kawhi Leonard (injury management) — Out

  • Robert Covington (health protocols) — Out

  • Jason Preston (G-League assignment) — Out

Houston Rockets News

Confirmed Lineup: Kevin Porter Jr., Jalen Green, Eric Gordon, Jabari Smith Jr., Alperen Sengun

  • Jae'Sean Tate (ankle) — Out

  • Bruno Fernando (knee) — Injured

  • TyTy Washington (knee) — Injured

The Rockets mustered only 93 points on Monday against a Clippers team that ranks sixth in defensive rating. Kevin Porter Jr., Jabari Smith Jr., and Jalen Green all shot 38.5% or less from the field, and their improvements will be crucial as they play the Clippers again.

Detroit Pistons News

Confirmed Lineup: Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey, Saddiq Bey, Bojan Bogdanovic, Isaiah Stewart

  • Jalen Duren (ankle) — Out

  • Alec Burks (foot) — Injured

  • Marvin Bagley (knee) — Injured

Including Monday's game where he scored 23 points on 22.0% usage, Bojan Bogdanovic is averaging 20.5 points per game against the Bucks over the last four seasons. Cade Cunningham was also able to submit 23 points, six rebounds, and seven assists Monday despite the matchups against Jrue Holiday and Jevon Carter.

Milwaukee Bucks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jrue Holiday, Jevon Carter, Grayson Allen, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez

  • Jrue Holiday (illness) — Available

  • Grayson Allen (knee) — Not on injury report

  • Khris Middleton (wrist) — Injured

  • Pat Connaughton (calf) — Injured

  • Joe Ingles (ACL) — Injured

Giannis Antetokounmpo hasn't scored less than 28 points against the Pistons in the last two seasons in a five-game sample. Jrue Holiday and Brook Lopez also received respective usage rates of 23.7% and 20.9% on Monday while both shot over 45% from the field.

Toronto Raptors News

Confirmed Lineup: Scottie Barnes, Gary Trent Jr., OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam, Christian Koloko

  • Fred VanVleet (back) — Out

  • Otto Porter (personal) — Available

Pascal Siakam took on expanded 31.8% usage and 23.1 assist rates with VanVleet out on Monday. Scottie Barnes also submitted a 34.8% assist rate as a lead facilitator.

San Antonio Spurs News

Confirmed Lineup: Tre Jones, Romeo Langford, Keita Bates-Diop, Jeremy Sochan, Jakob Poeltl

  • Josh Richardson (back) — Not on injury report

  • Keldon Johnson (calf) — Out

  • Jeremy Sochan (illness) — In

  • Isaiah Roby (illness) — Out

  • Devin Vassell (knee) — Out

  • Blake Wesley (knee) — Injured

Johnson has recorded 28.0% usage and a 21.7% assist rate with Vassell out for the last three games. A couple of members of the Spurs' rotation could be pushed to career-high usage rates if Johnson joins Vassell on the inactive list.

Utah Jazz News

Confirmed Lineup: Mike Conley, Jordan Clarkson, Lauri Markkanen, Jarred Vanderbilt, Kelly Olynyk

  • Walker Kessler (illness) — Not on injury report

  • Rudy Gay (health protocols) — Not on injury report

  • Simone Fontecchio (health protocols) — Out

  • Leandro Bolmaro (health protocols) — Out

The returns of Kessler and Gay should reduce the extra minutes that Ochai Agbaji, Talen Horton-Tucker, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, and Malik Beasley have received of late.

Dallas Mavericks News

Confirmed Lineup: Luka Doncic, Spencer Dinwiddie, Reggie Bullock, Dorian Finney-Smith, JaVale McGee

  • Christian Wood (illness) — Available

  • Frank Ntilikina (ankle) — Out

  • Davis Bertans (knee) — Injured

Usage would rise across the rotation with additional minutes being available for Dorian Finney-Smith, Maxi Kleber, JaVale McGee, Josh Green, and potentially Dwight Powell if Wood sits.

Memphis Grizzlies News

Confirmed Lineup: Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, Dillon Brooks, Santi Aldama, Steven Adams

  • Desmond Bane (ankle) — Available

  • Steven Adams (jaw) — Available

  • Jake LaRavia (illness) — Available

  • Ziaire Williams (knee) — Injured

  • Jaren Jackson Jr. (foot) — Injured

  • Danny Green (ACL) — Injured

Brandon Clarke projects as the likely starting center with Xavier Tillman backing him up if Adams is out. John Konchar, David Roddy, Tyus Jones, Kennedy Chandler, and potentially Tillman stand to lose minutes if Bane and LaRavia can make their returns.

Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Anfernee Simons, Shaedon Sharpe, Josh Hart, Jerami Grant, Jusuf Nurkic

  • Josh Hart (concussion) — In

  • Gary Payton II (core) — Injured

  • Damian Lillard (calf)— Injured

  • Trendon Watford (hip) — Injured

Keldon Johnson, Nassir Little, and Justise Winslow would be in line for expanded roles on the wing if Hart is ruled out, though it isn't clear which of them would start.

New Orleans Pelicans News

Confirmed Lineup: CJ McCollum, Naji Marshall, Trey Murphy, Zion Williamson, Jonas Valanciunas

  • Herb Jones (knee) — Out

  • Dyson Daniels (ankle) — In

  • Brandon Ingram (concussion) — Out

  • Kira Lewis (ACL) — Injured

Jones would be more likely to displace Naji Marshall from the starting lineup than Trey Murphy. Murphy, Marshall, Devonte' Graham, Garrett Temple, and potentially Larry Nance Jr. stand to lose time if Jones returns.

Los Angeles Lakers News

Confirmed Lineup: LeBron James, Patrick Beverley, Troy Brown Jr., Lonnie Walker, Anthony Davis

  • LeBron James (foot) — Available

  • Anthony Davis (back) — In

  • Juan Toscano-Anderson (ankle) — Available

  • Dennis Schroder (thumb) — Injured

  • Thomas Bryant (thumb) — Injured

On injury report before playing:

LeBron: 6-for-6 AD: 5-for-6

Damian Jones projects as the most likely starter if Davis is out with Wenyen Gabriel and Juan Toscano-Anderson also likely for expanded roles. Jones received 24 minutes and Gabriel 21 when Davis was out last Friday, though Toscano-Anderson was also unavailable.