NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 2/24

Feb 24th 2023

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

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (wrist) — In

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (ankle) — Out

  • Bradley Beal (knee) — Available

  • Terry Rozier (hand) — Available

  • Kelly Oubre (hand) — Available

  • Draymond Green (knee) — Out

  • Pat Connaughton (calf) — Out

  • Mitchell Robinson (thumb) — Available

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New York Knicks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Brunson, Quentin Grimes, RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, Mitchell Robinson

  • Mitchell Robinson (thumb) — Available

  • Evan Fournier (illness) — Out

The Knicks have registered the seventh-worst defensive rating (118.6) league-wide during Robinson's absence, and their defense should recover when he rejoins the lineup. Jericho Sims and Isaiah Hartenstein will play decreased time in that event, though a three-center rotation is possible if Robinson faces a stringent restriction.

Washington Wizards News

Confirmed Lineup: Monte Morris, Bradley Beal, Kyle Kuzma, Kristaps Porzingis, Daniel Gafford

  • Bradley Beal (knee) — Available

Corey Kispert will likely be given the starting nod if Beal is ruled out, though Deni Avdija, Kendrick Nunn, and Delon Wright could also play increased time. Porzingis (32.5%), Kuzma (30.8%), and Nunn (23.8%) have led the Wizards in usage with Beal, Rui Hachimura, and Will Barton off the floor this season.

Cleveland Cavaliers News

Confirmed Lineup: Darius Garland, Donovan Mitchell, Isaac Okoro, Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen

  • Ricky Rubio (injury management) — Not on injury report

  • Cedi Osman (back) — Available

Atlanta Hawks News

Confirmed Lineup: Trae Young, Dejounte Murray, De'Andre Hunter, Saddiq Bey, Clint Capela

  • Trae Young (personal) — Not on injury report

  • John Collins (concussion) — Out

Bey should absorb most of Collins' opportunities, though Collins' size could be missed against a larger Cavs frontline. Bogdan Bogdanovic (+5.4%) and Hunter (+4.7%) have recorded the highest usage differentials on the Hawks in games Collins has missed this season. However, their roles might expand less with Bey's addition creating a different dynamic.

Miami Heat News

Confirmed Lineup: Gabe Vincent, Tyler Herro, Jimmy Butler, Kevin Love, Bam Adebayo

  • Tyler Herro (knee) — In

  • Victor Oladipo (ankle) — Not on injury report

  • Kevin Love (signed) — In

  • Cody Zeller (signed) — Available

  • Kyle Lowry (knee) — Injured

  • Nikola Jovic (back) — Injured

  • Omer Yurtseven (ankle) — Injured

Love playing next to Adebayo and cutting into forward minutes is possible, but Love is more likely to be utilized as the backup center in his team debut before his role potentially expands over time. Max Strus should be demoted to the bench while Vincent, Butler, and Adebayo carry less of the offense in Herro and Oladipo's returns.

Milwaukee Bucks News

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

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (wrist) — In

  • Khris Middleton (knee) — Not on injury report

  • Bobby Portis (knee) — Not on injury report

  • Pat Connaughton (calf) — Out

  • Jae Crowder (conditioning) — Available

  • Wesley Matthews (calf) — Out

  • Meyers Leonard (signed) — TBD

Portis, Middleton, and Crowder will likely face minute restrictions, though that hasn't officially been confirmed. Middleton (37.7%), Holiday (31.8%), Portis (23.8%), and Lopez (21.2%) have led the Bucks in usage, while Holiday's +10.6% assist rate differential has led the team with Antetokounmpo off the court this season.

Charlotte Hornets News

Confirmed Lineup: LaMelo Ball, Terry Rozier, Gordon Hayward, PJ Washington, Mark Williams

  • Terry Rozier (hand) — Available

  • Kelly Oubre (hand) — Available

  • Cody Martin (knee) — Out

  • Bryce McGowens (G League) — Out

  • James Bouknight (G League) — Out

Dennis Smith Jr. could be limited to backup point guard duties as Rozier and Oubre are expected to return from injuries to their shooting hands. Oubre is likely limited for conditioning concerns after missing nearly two months and isn't likely to match his season-long 26.0% usage rate with Ball and Rozier both active. However, Oubre still likely serves as a sixth man, reducing the starters' offensive burden in the process.

Minnesota Timberwolves News

Confirmed Lineup: Mike Conley, Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniels, Kyle Anderson, Rudy Gobert

  • Taurean Prince (personal) — Out

  • Wendell Moore Jr. (G League) — Out

  • Josh Minott (G League) — Available

  • Karl-Anthony Towns (calf) — Injured

Brooklyn Nets News

Confirmed Lineup: Spencer Dinwiddie, Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson, Dorian Finney-Smith, Nic Claxton

  • Ben Simmons (knee) — Injured

The second unit will run increasingly through Seth Curry, Cam Thomas, and Royce O'Neale if Simmons is ruled out, though there won't be a substantial amount of additional time available if Day'Ron Sharpe re-enters the rotation in that event.

Chicago Bulls News

Confirmed Lineup: Patrick Beverley, Alex Caruso, Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, Nikola Vucevic

  • DeMar DeRozan (quad) — Not on injury report

  • Alex Caruso (foot) — Not on injury report

  • Derrick Jones Jr. (adductor) — Not on injury report

  • Patrick Beverley (signed) — Available

  • Goran Dragic (knee) — Out

  • Javonte Green (knee) — Injured

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Injured

Though DeRozan is likely healthier than he was for Chicago's 116-105 loss to Brooklyn on February 9th, it's notable that he was limited to 14 points on five-for-13 shooting during that contest. While DeRozan had an off-night, LaVine carried the team—finishing with 38 points on 16-for-25 shooting—but the Nets didn't have Mikal Bridges available yet. The Bulls could continue to struggle against a Nets team with a surplus of standout wing defenders.

Oklahoma City Thunder News

Confirmed Lineup: Josh Giddey, Isaiah Joe, Lu Dort, Jalen Williams, Jaylin Williams

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (ankle, hip) — Out

  • Ousmane Dieng (G League) — Out

  • Aleksej Pokusevski (leg) — Injured

  • Chet Holmgren (foot) — Injured

In games Gilgeous-Alexander has missed this season, Dort (26.5%), Giddey (25.6%), Isaiah Joe (23.2%), and Tre Mann (23.1%) have posted elevated usage rates, while Giddey has led the team with a 25.0% assist rate.

Phoenix Suns News

Confirmed Lineup: Chris Paul, Devin Booker, Josh Okogie, Torrey Craig, Deandre Ayton

  • Cam Payne (foot) — Available

  • Kevin Durant (knee) — Injured

  • Landry Shamet (foot) — Injured

Terrence Ross was more aggressive than anyone could have expected in his team debut before the break, finishing with 16 points on seven-for-17 shooting (one-for-eight from three) in 25.1 minutes. Ross isn't likely to replicate that same production, but he and Josh Okogie could continue to be given extended time on the wing until Durant is activated.

Houston Rockets News

Confirmed Lineup: TyTy Washington, Jae'Sean Tate, KJ Martin, Jabari Smith Jr., Alperen Sengun

  • Jalen Green (groin) — Out

  • Kevin Porter Jr. (foot) — Out

Nix hasn't proven capable of impacting games at the NBA level, so the remaining starters' roles should be further heightened if Nix gets the starting nod instead of TyTy Washington, Josh Christopher, or any of the alternatives. Sengun (27.4%), Christopher (27.4%), and Tari Eason (26.0%) have registered the highest usage rates on the team with Green, Porter Jr., and Eric Gordon off the floor this season.

Golden State Warriors News

Confirmed Lineup: Jordan Poole, Donte DiVincenzo, Klay Thompson, Jonathan Kuminga, Kevon Looney

  • Draymond Green (knee) — Out

  • Andrew Wiggins (personal) — Out

  • Andre Iguodala (hip) — Out

  • Gary Payton II (adductor) — Injured

  • Stephen Curry (leg) — Injured

Coach Kerr recently said that he expects Thompson to continue playing back-to-backs and that Wiggins is without a timetable for return. Golden State could be more well-rested than they typically would be on zero days of rest because their starters weren't needed in the fourth quarter of Thursday's blowout loss. Jonathan Kuminga was given the starting nod over Looney during that match, and the remaining four starters would play increased roles if Looney is re-inserted into the starting lineup.

Sacramento Kings News

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

  • KZ Okpala (knee) — Out

Ivica Zubac (calf) being ruled out gives Sabonis another chance to suit up with Mason Plumlee acting as his primary defender. Sabonis averaged 19.0 rebounds in his last three games against the Hornets when Plumlee was the opposing starting center.

Los Angeles Clippers News

Confirmed Lineup: Russell Westbrook, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Marcus Morris, Mason Plumlee

  • Russell Westbrook (signed) — In

  • Ivica Zubac (calf) — Out

  • Norman Powell (injury management) — Not on injury report

Mann and Eric Gordon's on-ball opportunities could decline most in Westbrook's debut, but Leonard and George should also play diminished facilitating roles. Usage could also decrease across the board if Westbrook seeks his shots aggressively, as coach Lue has publicly encouraged.