NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 2/25

Feb 25th 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

  • Keldon Johnson (illness) — Available

  • Tre Jones (foot) — Out

  • PJ Washington (foot) — Out

  • Kelly Olynyk (ankle) — Available

  • Jeremy Sochan (quad) — Available

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Toronto Raptors News

Confirmed Lineup: Scottie Barnes, Gary Trent Jr., OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam, Jakob Poeltl

  • Fred VanVleet (personal) — Out

  • Dalano Banton (G League) — Out

  • Otto Porter (toe) — Injured

Siakam has led the Raptors with 29.0% usage and a 27.7% assist rate while Barnes' role has remained stable in games VanVleet has missed this season. Anunoby (+3.2%) and Trent Jr. (+2.6%) have logged positive usage differentials as they've been asked to score more on the wing when VanVleet has been unavailable.

Detroit Pistons News

Confirmed Lineup: Killian Hayes, Jaden Ivey, Bojan Bogdanovic, Isaiah Stewart, James Wiseman

  • Jalen Duren (ankle) — Out

  • Marvin Bagley (finger) — Available

  • Nerlens Noel (not with team) — Out

  • Cade Cunningham (shin) — Injured

Bogdanovic led the Pistons with 33 points on 10-for-18 shooting from the field and 10-for-11 from the line with OG Anunoby sidelined for Detroit's 119-118 road loss to the Raptors on February 12th. Ivey scored 18 points despite foul troubles limiting him to 27.5 minutes, while Alec Burks and Hamidou Diallo both scored at least 18 points as they played extended minutes off the bench.

Miami Heat News

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

  • Kevin Love (knee) — Available

  • Kyle Lowry (knee) — Injured

  • Nikola Jovic (back) — Injured

  • Omer Yurtseven (ankle) — Injured

Love surprisingly started in his Heat debut Friday but shot zero-for-four from the field in a blowout loss. However, contributing eight rebounds and four assists, in addition to playing 13.8 first-half minutes, was encouraging for his role moving forward. Caleb Martin played 10.2 first-half minutes as he served as Love's backup.

Charlotte Hornets News

Confirmed Lineup: LaMelo Ball, Terry Rozier, Gordon Hayward, JT Thor, Mark Williams

  • PJ Washington (foot) — Out

  • Cody Martin (knee) — Out

  • Bryce McGowens (G League) — Out

  • Kai Jones (G League) — Available

Although the Hornets managed to beat the Timberwolves by a score of 121-113 on the road Friday, Rozier and Kelly Oubre's shooting appeared to be out of rhythm as they returned from injuries to their shooting hands. Rozier shot two-for-10 from the field (zero-for-five from three), while Oubre shot zero-for-three from downtown and played 23.0 minutes after returning from a nearly two-month layoff.

Indiana Pacers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Haliburton, Andrew Nembhard, Buddy Hield, Aaron Nesmith, Myles Turner

The Magic (111.6) and Pacers (113.4) have registered two of the nine-worst offensive ratings in the league thus far. Indiana has fared better than Orlando against teams with bottom-ten offensive ratings this season, logging a winning percentage 15.8% higher than the Magic's 47.4% clip.

Orlando Magic News

Confirmed Lineup: Markelle Fultz, Gary Harris, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero, Wendell Carter Jr.

  • Jonathan Isaac (injury management) — Out

The Magic might win this matchup on the offensive boards: they've recorded the sixth-highest offensive rebound rate (30.1%) during their last 10 games, and Indiana has registered the worst defensive rebound rate (66.5%) during their previous 10 contests.

New Orleans Pelicans News

Confirmed Lineup: CJ McCollum, Josh Richardson, Herb Jones, Brandon Ingram, Jonas Valanciunas

  • Dyson Daniels (ankle) — Available

  • Zion Williamson (hamstring) — Injured

Richardson played a supporting role in his first Pelicans start Thursday, playing strong defense, dishing out three assists, and shooting four-for-eight from the field (two-for-six from three) in 28.9 minutes. Trey Murphy and Jose Alvarado played reduced time off the bench; their minutes could be further diminished if Daniels rejoins the lineup to create a ten-man rotation.

New York Knicks News

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

  • Evan Fournier (illness) — Available

Barrett (30.0) and Grimes (26.5) have averaged decreased time since Josh Hart made his team debut four games ago. Barrett and Grimes both averaged over 34.0 minutes in 2023 until Hart was added to the rotation.

Denver Nuggets News

Confirmed Lineup: Jamal Murray, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Michael Porter Jr., Vlatko Cancar, Nikola Jokic

  • Aaron Gordon (rib) — Out

  • Zeke Nnaji (shoulder) — Out

Cancar primarily adds shooting offensively and is a more one-dimensional player than Gordon. The remaining Nuggets starters will continue to carry more of the offensive burden sans Gordon, and all four are standout shooters. The Grizzlies have allowed the third-most made threes per game (13.8) with Steven Adams (knee) unavailable for their last 12 games.

Memphis Grizzlies News

Confirmed Lineup: Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, Dillon Brooks, Jaren Jackson Jr., Xavier Tillman

  • Luke Kennard (illness) — Not on injury report

  • Steven Adams (knee) — Injured

Morant, Bane, and Jackson Jr. likely need to continue to shoulder more of the offense. Brooks' slump has continued as he's averaged 8.9 points on 15.6% usage and a 40.5 eFG% during the last eight games. Additionally, he's averaged 12.6 points in 11 career starts against the Nuggets, including scoring 12 points or less in each of his previous three matches against Denver.

Boston Celtics News

Confirmed Lineup: Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, Robert Williams

  • Danilo Gallinari (ACL) — Injured

Brown showed no ill effects of his facial injury or the need to wear a mask in his return Thursday, scoring 30 points on 11-for-24 shooting while playing a team-leading 42.5 minutes in an overtime win. Tatum has averaged 11.3 rebounds in six matches against Philadelphia during the last two seasons, which is 3.0 more boards than his two-season average.

Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: James Harden, De'Anthony Melton, Tobias Harris, PJ Tucker, Joel Embiid

  • Dewayne Dedmon (hip) — Out

The 76ers have a 2-4 record against the Celtics during the last two seasons, and three of those four losses have come by seven points or more. Their offense has been the main culprit for their lack of success as they scored below 100 points in three of their losses, including when Embiid and Harden were the only 76ers to score over 12 points in their 106-99 loss to Boston earlier in the month.

San Antonio Spurs News

Confirmed Lineup: Malaki Branham, Keldon Johnson, Keita Bates-Diop, Jeremy Sochan, Zach Collins

  • Keldon Johnson (illness) — Available

  • Tre Jones (foot) — Out

  • Jeremy Sochan (quad) — Available

  • Romeo Langford (adductor) — Out

  • Isaiah Roby (ankle) — Out

  • Devin Vassell (knee) — Injured

  • Khem Birch (knee) — Injured

Devonte' Graham played with less aggression when he was given the starting nod in Jones' stead Thursday, shooting two-for-six from the field and being one of three Spurs, along with Johnson and Branham, to finish with between five and seven assists. Graham, Johnson, and Branham's on-ball reps should decline in Sochan's expected return, and they will sink further if Jones rejoins the lineup.

Utah Jazz News

Confirmed Lineup: Talen Horton-Tucker, Jordan Clarkson, Lauri Markkanen, Kelly Olynyk, Walker Kessler

  • Kelly Olynyk (ankle) — Available

  • Collin Sexton (hamstring) — Out

  • Rudy Gay (nose) — Available

Horton-Tucker shot two-for-11 from the field in 35.0 minutes as he and Clarkson led the Jazz with six assists in their 120-119 overtime win Thursday. Both players should continue to be given similar opportunities until Sexton rejoins the lineup. Ochai Agbaji likely starts while Gay, Juan Toscano-Anderson, and Simone Fontecchio fill out the forward rotation if Olynyk is ruled out.