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NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 11/20

Nov 20th 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

  • LeBron James (foot) — Out

  • Anthony Davis (back) — In

  • Kyrie Irving (suspension) — In

  • Bam Adebayo (knee) — In

  • Kevin Porter Jr. (back) — Available

  • Devin Vassell (ankle) — Available

  • Jakob Poeltl (knee) — Out

  • Alperen Sengun (groin) — Available

  • Bones Hyland (hip) — Available

  • Aaron Gordon (illness) — Out

  • Saddiq Bey (ankle) — Out

  • Mitchell Robinson (knee) — Available

  • Keegan Murray (back) — Available

  • Monte Morris (ankle) — Out

  • Dennis Smith Jr. (ankle) — Available

  • Cam Reddish (groin) — Out

  • Gabe Vincent (knee) — Out

  • Reggie Bullock (neck) — Available

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New York Knicks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Brunson, Quentin Grimes, RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, Isaiah Hartenstein

  • Mitchell Robinson (knee) — Available

  • Cam Reddish (groin) — Out

Immanuel Quickley played 26.7 minutes Friday as Quentin Grimes didn't enter the game until the benches were cleared and Evan Fournier didn't play at all. Quickley isn't assured a start if Reddish is ruled out, but he could play more than whoever does get the nod.

Phoenix Suns News

Confirmed Lineup: Cam Payne, Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, Torrey Craig, Deandre Ayton

  • Chris Paul (heel) — Out

  • Landry Shamet (concussion) — Out

  • Cam Johnson (knee) — Injured

Ayton has received 18.5% usage with Paul out for the last five games. He had 25.3% usage prior to Paul getting injured.

Charlotte Hornets News

Confirmed Lineup: Terry Rozier, Kelly Oubre, Gordon Hayward, PJ Washington, Mason Plumlee

  • Dennis Smith Jr. (ankle) — Available

  • LaMelo Ball (ankle) — Out

  • Mark Williams (ankle) — Available

  • Cody Martin (knee) — Injured

Oubre could potentially be displaced from the starting lineup if Smith Jr. returns. Hayward (25.0%) and Rozier (19.2%) led starters in assist rate Friday.

Washington Wizards News

Confirmed Lineup: Bradley Beal, Corey Kispert, Deni Avdija, Kyle Kuzma, Kristaps Porzingis

  • Deni Avdija (finger) — Not on injury report

  • Rui Hachimura (ankle) — Out

  • Monte Morris (ankle) — Out

  • Jordan Goodwin (knee) — Available

  • Delon Wright (hamstring) — Injured

Beal and Kuzma would likely move into larger facilitating roles if Morris is ruled out. Corey Kispert or Hachimura could start in that event.

Detroit Pistons News

Confirmed Lineup: Killian Hayes, Jaden Ivey, Isaiah Livers, Bojan Bogdanovic, Marvin Bagley

  • Hamidou Diallo (tooth) — Not on injury report

  • Cory Joseph (hip) — Available

  • Saddiq Bey (ankle) — Out

  • Isaiah Stewart (toe) — Injured

  • Cade Cunningham (shin) — Injured

Diallo, Alec Burks, and Isaiah Livers are all options to start with Bey out. All three should receive increased minutes.

Sacramento Kings News

Confirmed Lineup: De'Aaron Fox, Kevin Huerter, Harrison Barnes, Keegan Murray, Domantas Sabonis

  • Keegan Murray (back) — Available

  • Malik Monk (dental procedure) — Available

The Kings have scored 127.8 points per 100 possessions during their current five-game winning streak. That is the best mark in the league for any team's last five games by 5.4 points.

Memphis Grizzlies News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyus Jones, John Konchar, Dillon Brooks, Santi Aldama, Steven Adams

  • Jaren Jackson Jr. (injury management) — Out

  • Ja Morant (ankle) — Injured

  • Desmond Bane (toe) — Injured

  • Ziaire Williams (knee) — Injured

  • Danny Green (ACL) — Injured

The Grizzlies lost to the Wizards 102-92 on the road in their one game without Morant, Bane, and Jackson Jr. this season. Brooks had 36.1% usage in that game and Adams had a 28.6% assist rate. Tyus Jones recorded 23.1% usage and a 23.8% assist rate.

Brooklyn Nets News

Confirmed Lineup: Kyrie Irving, Joe Harris, Royce O'Neale, Kevin Durant, Ben Simmons

  • Kyrie Irving (suspension) — In

  • Nic Claxton (personal) — Out

  • TJ Warren (foot) — Injured

Edmond Sumner would move to a bench role and lose minutes along with Yuta Watanabe, Cam Thomas, and Patty Mills if Irving is activated. Kevin Durant and Royce O'Neale would play lesser facilitating roles as well.

Miami Heat News

Confirmed Lineup: Kyle Lowry, Max Strus, Caleb Martin, Nikola Jovic, Bam Adebayo

  • Bam Adebayo (knee) — In

  • Dewayne Dedmon (illness) — Available

  • Gabe Vincent (knee) — Out

  • Duncan Robinson (hand) — Available

  • Udonis Haslem (personal) — Out

  • Tyler Herro (ankle) — Out

  • Jimmy Butler (knee) — Out

  • Victor Oladipo (knee) — Injured

  • Omar Yurtseven (ankle) — Injured

The Heat had only a 19-year-old rookie, two two-way players, three former two-way players, and Kyle Lowry available Friday and still took the Wizards to overtime. Rotations would remain thin and everyone involved would still play an elevated role, but Adebayo and Vincent can provide much-needed relief if they can return.

Cleveland Cavaliers News

Confirmed Lineup: Darius Garland, Donovan Mitchell, Lamar Stevens, Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen

  • Kevin Love (thumb) — Out

  • Dean Wade (knee) — Out

  • Dylan Windler (ankle) — Injured

  • Ricky Rubio (ACL) — Injured

Garland (35.5%) and Mitchell (31.6%) both claimed increased usage in the first game featuring Stevens starting ahead of Caris LeVert on the wing.

Golden State Warriors News

Confirmed Lineup: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney

  • Andre Iguodala (injury management) — Out

Houston Rockets News

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

  • Alperen Sengun (groin) — Available

  • Kevin Porter Jr. (back) — Available

  • Jae'Sean Tate (ankle) — Injured

  • Bruno Fernando (knee) — Injured

Green recorded a 31.3% assist rate with Porter Jr. out Friday. Gordon led the Rockets in minutes (36.2) and field goal attempts (17). Smith Jr. could log increased time at center against the Warriors if Sengun is ruled out, opening up minutes at forward.

Denver Nuggets News

Confirmed Lineup: Bruce Brown, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Michael Porter Jr., Jeff Green, DeAndre Jordan

  • Bones Hyland (hip) — Available

  • Aaron Gordon (illness) — Out

  • Ish Smith (calf) — Out

  • Jamal Murray (health protocols) — Out

  • Nikola Jokic (health protocols) — Out

Bones Hyland (35.6%) and Porter Jr. (25.8%) led the Nuggets in usage in the first game without both Jokic and Murray. Hyland (42.9%) and Brown (35.0%) led in assist rate. Their roles could be reduced if Gordon can return to claim an elevated role.

Dallas Mavericks News

Confirmed Lineup: Luka Doncic, Spencer Dinwiddie, Reggie Bullock, Dorian Finney-Smith, Dwight Powell

  • Reggie Bullock (neck) — Available

  • Maxi Kleber (back) — Out

Eight out of nine rotation players recorded an eFG% of 54.5% or greater as the Mavs beat the shorthanded Nuggets by 28 on Friday. Doncic scored 33 points while recording a triple-double and Christian Wood had 28 points and eight rebounds in 26.2 minutes.

San Antonio Spurs News

Confirmed Lineup: Tre Jones, Devin Vassell, Keldon Johnson, Jeremy Sochan, Gorgui Dieng

  • Devin Vassell (ankle) — Available

  • Jakob Poeltl (knee) — Out

  • Romeo Langford (health protocols) — Out

  • Zach Collins (leg) — Injured

  • Blake Wesley (knee) — Injured

The Spurs will be on the back end of a back-to-back and three starters were on the injury report for Saturday's game. Vassell could return, but coach Popovich might opt to give a different player or two a night off as they deal with nagging injuries.

Los Angeles Lakers News

Confirmed Lineup: Patrick Beverley, Austin Reaves, Troy Brown Jr., Lonnie Walker, Anthony Davis

  • Anthony Davis (back) — In

  • LeBron James (adductor) — Out

  • Juan Toscano-Anderson (back) — Out

  • Max Christie (health protocols) — Out

Listed "Probable" or "Questionable" before playing:

LeBron: 10-for-12 AD: 13-for-14

Davis (33.6%) and Russell Westbrook (28.4%) have led the Lakers in usage with James out for the last three games. Westbrook has also posted a 48.6% assist rate.