NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 3/1

Mar 1st 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

  • Joel Embiid (foot) — Out

  • Anthony Davis (foot) — Out

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (abdominal, health protocols) — Out

  • Jonas Valanciunas (calf) — Out

  • Kevin Porter Jr. (foot) — Available

  • Bojan Bogdanovic (Achilles) — Available

  • D'Angelo Russell (ankle) — Out

  • Anfernee Simons (ankle) — Available

  • PJ Washington (foot) — Out

  • Cam Johnson (injury management) — Available

  • Khris Middleton (injury management) — Out

  • Josh Richardson (quad) — In

  • Kevin Love (knee) — Available

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Phoenix Suns News

Confirmed Lineup: Chris Paul, Devin Booker, Josh Okogie, Kevin Durant, Deandre Ayton

  • Kevin Durant (knee) — In

  • Terrence Ross (toe) — Out

  • Landry Shamet (foot) — Injured

Coach Williams confirmed Durant will play limited minutes, but it's promising that Durant said he hasn't experienced pain in his knee for a few weeks. Although minutes should be staggered between Paul, Booker, Durant, and Ayton, the remaining starters will handle decreased offensive responsibilities as Durant claims a central offensive role.

Charlotte Hornets News

Confirmed Lineup: Terry Rozier, Kelly Oubre, Gordon Hayward, JT Thor, Mark Williams

  • PJ Washington (foot) — Out

  • Cody Martin (knee) — Out

  • Theo Maledon (G League) — Out

  • James Bouknight (G League) — Out

  • LaMelo Ball (ankle) — Injured

Smith Jr. has posted 17.6% usage and a 31.0% assist rate while averaging 27.9 minutes in games Ball has missed this season. Rozier and Hayward would play expanded facilitating roles if Kelly Oubre joins the starting lineup instead of Smith Jr. Rozier (33.3%), Oubre (31.1%), and Hayward (23.4%) have led the Hornets in usage, while Smith Jr. (29.5%), Rozier (27.3%), and Hayward (25.0%) have posted the highest assist rates on the team with Ball, Washington, and Mason Plumlee off the court this season.

Chicago Bulls News

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

  • Patrick Williams (ankle) — Available

  • Javonte Green (knee) — Injured

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Injured

  • Goran Dragic (waived) — Out

Detroit Pistons News

Confirmed Lineup: Killian Hayes, Jaden Ivey, Rodney McGruder, Bojan Bogdanovic, James Wiseman

  • Bojan Bogdanovic (Achilles) — Available

  • Jaden Ivey (personal) — Not on injury report

  • Jalen Duren (ankles) — Out

  • Isaiah Stewart (hip) — Out

  • Isaiah Livers (ankle) — Out

  • Cade Cunningham (shin) — Injured

  • Nerlens Noel (waived) — Out

Coach Casey was largely unwilling to play Wiseman and Marvin Bagley together despite the Pistons being extremely shorthanded Monday. A matchup with a Bulls team that has utilized DeMar DeRozan at the four lately could make two-big lineups even less likely. As a result, Hamidou Diallo, McGruder, and the reserve guards should absorb most of Stewart and Livers' time.

Cleveland Cavaliers News

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

Boston's defense has been uncharacteristically vulnerable to shooting lately, allowing the sixth-most made threes per game (14.4) during their last five contests. Garland has averaged 24.0 points on 26.3% usage in four matchups with Boston in the previous two seasons, including when he led the Cavs with 29 points and 12 assists in his only game against the Celtics this season.

Boston Celtics News

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

  • Jaylen Brown (personal) — In

  • Mike Muscala (knee) — Available

  • Danilo Gallinari (ACL) — Injured

Tatum logged a heightened 28.6% assist rate but shot 24.1% from downtown in three games following the All-Star break, and his frustration boiled over into his first career ejection Monday. He's averaged 24.0 points on 31.7% usage in five matchups against Cleveland during the last two seasons but shot 39.6% from the field (25.0% from three) during those contests.

Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: James Harden, Tyrese Maxey, De'Anthony Melton, Tobias Harris, PJ Tucker

  • Joel Embiid (foot) — Out

  • Dewayne Dedmon (hip) — Injured

Embiid contributed 27 points and 12 rebounds on 10-for-17 shooting as the 76ers and Heat combined for 207 points or less for the eighth time in 11 matchups Monday. Maxey scored 23 points on eight-for-16 shooting while Harden contributed 20 points and 12 assists, but no other 76er exceeded eight points in a two-point loss.

Miami Heat News

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

  • Kyle Lowry (knee) — Out

  • Kevin Love (knee) — Available

  • Max Strus (ankle) — Available

  • Nikola Jovic (back) — Injured

  • Omer Yurtseven (ankle) — Injured

Miami's offensive production was remarkably balanced in their 101-99 road win over Philadelphia on Monday: no Heat player exceeded 14 field goal attempts, and Butler was the only one to exceed 14 points. Love finished with just 21.0 minutes as Caleb Martin shot one-for-two from the field in 30.6 minutes off the bench.

Brooklyn Nets News

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

  • Cam Johnson (injury management) — Available

  • Edmond Sumner (personal) — Out

  • Yuta Watanabe (back) — Available

  • Ben Simmons (knee) — Injured

This is Johnson's first back-to-back set as a Net, and he hasn't played on consecutive days since returning from a knee injury. Royce O'Neale would start, but Joe Harris and Seth Curry would likely absorb most of Johnson's minutes if he's ruled out.

New York Knicks News

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

Memphis Grizzlies News

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

  • Jake LaRavia (back) — Available

  • Steven Adams (knee) — Injured

Houston Rockets News

Confirmed Lineup: Kevin Porter Jr., Jalen Green, KJ Martin, Jabari Smith Jr., Alperen Sengun

  • Kevin Porter Jr. (foot) — Available

  • Jae'Sean Tate (injury maintenance) — Not on injury report

Coach Silas said he's confident that Porter Jr. will return from a 20-game absence to suit up Wednesday. Daishen Nix, TyTy Washington, and Josh Christopher will play reduced time while Sengun's facilitating role diminishes if Porter Jr. and Tate rejoin the lineup.

Orlando Magic News

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

  • Jonathan Isaac (hamstring) — Out

Milwaukee has registered the best defensive rating (109.4) league-wide, and Orlando has scored the fourth-fewest points per 100 possessions (108.9) against teams with top-ten defensive ratings this season. However, the Magic have posted a competitive 10-12 record during those contests because they've allowed the fifth-fewest points per 100 possessions (111.0) and created low-scoring matches.

Milwaukee Bucks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jrue Holiday, Grayson Allen, Pat Connaughton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez

  • Khris Middleton (injury management) — Out

  • Joe Ingles — Not on injury report

  • Sandro Mamukelashvili (waived) — Out

  • Wesley Matthews (calf) — Injured

The Bucks haven't missed a beat when playing on zero days of rest this season, posting a 6-1 record and allowing the fewest points per 100 possessions (104.8) during those contests. Antetokounmpo's time appeared to be slightly limited as he logged 14.2 first-half minutes during Tuesday's comfortable 118-104 win.

Los Angeles Lakers News

Confirmed Lineup: Dennis Schroder, Malik Beasley, Troy Brown Jr., Jarred Vanderbilt, Mo Bamba

  • Anthony Davis (foot) — Out

  • D'Angelo Russell (ankle) — Out

  • LeBron James (foot) — Injured

Schroder and Austin Reaves led the Lakers with 10 and seven assists, respectively, as they assumed a majority of the facilitating responsibilities in James and Russell's absences Tuesday. Schroder and Beasley should assume even more prominent roles, and the scoring of Rui Hachimura and Lonnie Walker off the bench will take on heightened importance.

Oklahoma City Thunder News

Confirmed Lineup: Josh Giddey, Lu Dort, Jalen Williams, Jaylin Williams, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (abdominal, health protocols) — Out

  • Kenrich Williams (wrist) — Out

  • Ousmane Dieng (G League) — Out

  • Aleksej Pokusevski (leg) — Injured

  • Chet Holmgren (foot) — Injured

New Orleans Pelicans News

Confirmed Lineup: CJ McCollum, Josh Richardson, Herb Jones, Brandon Ingram, Jaxson Hayes

  • Jonas Valanciunas (calf) — Out

  • Josh Richardson (quad) — In

  • Dareon Seabron (G League) — Out

  • Larry Nance Jr. (ankle) — Injured

  • Jose Alvarado (leg) — Injured

  • Zion Williamson (hamstring) — Injured

Trey Murphy will likely rejoin the starting lineup, and Naji Marshall should play a significant sixth-man role if Richardson is ruled out. Jaxson Hayes was deployed as the backup center instead of Willy Hernangomez with Nance Jr. sidelined Monday, potentially positioning Hayes to start if Valanciunas is ruled out. McCollum (+5.6%) and Ingram (+4.0%) have posted the highest usage differentials on the Pelicans with Williamson and Valanciunas off the court this season.

Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Damian Lillard, Anfernee Simons, Matisse Thybulle, Jerami Grant, Drew Eubanks

  • Ryan Arcidiacono (back) — Out

  • Ibou Badji (knee) — Out

  • Anfernee Simons (ankle) — Available

  • Jusuf Nurkic (calf) — Injured

  • Justise Winslow (ankle) — Injured

Portland's offense was more balanced Tuesday following Lillard's 71-point barrage: Grant finished with 24 points on five-for-17 shooting from the field and 13-for-15 from the line, nearly matching Lillard's 25 points. Reddish and Shaedon Sharpe recorded double-digit points and field goal attempts as secondary scoring options.