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NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 3/5

Mar 5th 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

  • Anthony Davis (foot) — Available

  • Stephen Curry (leg) — Available

  • Tyrese Haliburton (calf) — In

  • Jalen Brunson (foot) — Out

  • Kyle Kuzma (knee) — Out

  • Deandre Ayton (knee) — Available

  • Keldon Johnson (foot) — Not on injury report

  • Wendell Carter Jr. (hip) — Out

  • Franz Wagner (ankle) — Available

  • Ivica Zubac (calf) — In

  • Khris Middleton (injury management) — Out

  • Devin Vassell (injury management) — Not on injury report

  • Jeremy Sochan (knee) — Out

  • Zach Collins (ankle) — Out

  • PJ Washington (foot) — Available

Recent NBA News

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Phoenix Suns News

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

  • Deandre Ayton (knee) — Available

  • Terrence Ross (toe) — Available

  • Landry Shamet (foot) — Injured

Ayton said postgame Friday that he expects to play, but he didn't participate in Saturday's practice. Bismack Biyombo would likely start if Ayton is sidelined, and Biyombo has posted a usage rate 10.4% lower than Ayton's 23.7% clip.

Dallas Mavericks News

Confirmed Lineup: Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, Josh Green, Reggie Bullock, Dwight Powell

  • Maxi Kleber (hamstring) — Out

  • Davis Bertans (calf) — Available

Indiana Pacers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Haliburton, Andrew Nembhard, Buddy Hield, Jordan Nwora, Myles Turner

  • Tyrese Haliburton (calf) — In

  • Aaron Nesmith (hip) — Out

Jordan Nwora played slightly more than the 22.3 minutes Nesmith averaged during the last four games, likely positioning Nwora to start if Nesmith is ruled out. Though opportunities will decline across the lineup if Haliburton returns, TJ McConnell and Chris Duarte's roles would diminish most sharply.

Chicago Bulls News

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

  • Javonte Green (knee) — Injured

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Injured

Vucevic has averaged only 7.3 rebounds in three games against Indiana this season due partially to primarily defending Turner, a shooting center. LaVine averaged 6.7 rebounds across the three contests to help balance Chicago's rebounding effort. Vucevic has averaged 11.3 rebounds this season, and LaVine has averaged 4.7.

Golden State Warriors News

Confirmed Lineup: Stephen Curry, Donte DiVincenzo, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney

  • Stephen Curry (leg) — Available

  • Andre Iguodala (hip) — Available

  • Patrick Baldwin Jr. (ankle) — Available

  • Ty Jerome (two-way) — Inactive

  • Andrew Wiggins (personal) — Out

  • Gary Payton II (adductor) — Injured

Though Curry could face a minute restriction in his expected return, Donte DiVincenzo should be demoted to the bench as Jordan Poole and Klay Thompson shoulder less of the offense. Poole has recorded a -9.0% usage differential when sharing the court with Curry this season.

Los Angeles Lakers News

Confirmed Lineup: Dennis Schroder, Malik Beasley, Troy Brown Jr., Jarred Vanderbilt, Anthony Davis

  • Anthony Davis (foot) — Available

  • D'Angelo Russell (ankle) — Out

  • LeBron James (foot) — Injured

Schroder (41.2%) and Austin Reaves (32.6%) have posted the highest assist rates on the team by a wide margin with Russell and James sidelined for the last three games. Davis has averaged 20.2 points on 44.7% shooting and 26.2% usage across five games against the Warriors in the last two seasons, including 12.5 points on 33.3% shooting during two matchups last month.

Charlotte Hornets News

Confirmed Lineup: Terry Rozier, Kelly Oubre, Gordon Hayward, PJ Washington, Mark Williams

  • PJ Washington (foot) — Available

  • Cody Martin (knee) — Out

  • Theo Maledon (G League) — Out

  • James Bouknight (G League) — Out

  • LaMelo Ball (ankle) — Injured

JT Thor logged a usage rate 12.2% lower than Washington's season-long clip of 20.5% during the last four games, so there should be reduced offensive opportunities available for the remaining starters in Washington's expected return.

Brooklyn Nets News

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

  • Yuta Watanabe (back) — Available

  • Edmond Sumner (personal) — Out

  • Nerlens Noel (signee) — Out

  • Ben Simmons (knee) — Injured

The Nets match up with the Hornets poorly: Charlotte allowed the fourth-most points in the paint per game (56.4) and the eighth-fewest threes per game (11.3) during their last 10 contests. Since Bridges and Johnson debuted eight matches ago, Brooklyn has scored the fewest points in the paint per game (37.3) league-wide.

Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Damian Lillard, Matisse Thybulle, Cam Reddish, Jerami Grant, Drew Eubanks

  • Anfernee Simons (ankle) — Out

  • Ryan Arcidiacono (back) — Out

  • Ibou Badji (knee) — Out

  • Jusuf Nurkic (calf) — Injured

  • Justise Winslow (ankle) — Injured

Reddish played his best game as a Trail Blazer on Friday, scoring 25 points on nine-for-17 shooting (four-for-nine from three) in 32.7 minutes. His performance might be an outlier considering he logged 18.8% usage during the previous five games. However, Reddish's contributions could be increasingly valued against a Magic team that remains more vulnerable to shooting than interior scoring.

Orlando Magic News

Confirmed Lineup: Markelle Fultz, Jalen Suggs, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero, Moe Wagner

  • Wendell Carter Jr. (hip) — Out

  • Franz Wagner (ankle) — Available

  • Gary Harris (adductor) — Out

  • Caleb Houstan (G League) — Available

  • Jonathan Isaac (hamstring, adductor) — Injured

Jalen Suggs could start while Cole Anthony plays a more significant sixth role if Harris or Wagner are sidelined, though Houstan could also be positioned for a spot start. Banchero has led the team with a +2.9% usage differential with Wagner off the floor this season.

San Antonio Spurs News

Confirmed Lineup: Malaki Branham, Devin Vassell, Keldon Johnson, Keita Bates-Diop, Charles Bassey

  • Keldon Johnson (foot) — Not on injury report

  • Devin Vassell (injury management) — Not on injury report

  • Jeremy Sochan (knee) — Out

  • Zach Collins (ankle) — Out

  • Tre Jones (injury management) — Out

  • Malaki Branham (back) — Not on injury report

  • Doug McDermott (thumb) — Out

  • Romeo Langford (adductor) — Out

  • Khem Birch (knee) — Injured

Whichever of Vassell and Branham don't start could be central to the offensive effort on bench units. Vassell scored 18 points on eight-for-15 shooting in 22.5 minutes off the bench during his return Thursday. Graham shot seven-for-12 from three against Houston on Saturday; his and Vassell's shooting should take on similarly heightened importance in a rematch with the Rockets.

Houston Rockets News

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

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

Green scored 12 points on six-for-13 shooting, and Porter Jr. scored 11 points on four-for-10 shooting in 29.5 minutes as Houston's offense was very balanced in their 122-110 road win over the Spurs on Saturday. Tari Eason led the Rockets with 20 points on seven-for-11 shooting as he exceeded 22.0 minutes off the bench for a fifth straight game.

Utah Jazz News

Confirmed Lineup: Talen Horton-Tucker, Jordan Clarkson, Ochai Agbaji, Kelly Olynyk, Walker Kessler

  • Lauri Markkanen (back) — Out

  • Jordan Clarkson (thumb) — Not on injury report

  • Collin Sexton (hamstring) — Injured

Though the rotation should remain relatively stable if Agbaji starts in Markkanen's stead, Clarkson should reclaim some of the additional facilitating responsibilities Horton-Tucker and Kris Dunn assumed during Clarkson's absence. Clarkson (33.8%), Dunn (29.7%), and Horton-Tucker (25.7%) have led the Jazz in usage with Markkanen, Sexton, and Mike Conley off the floor this season.

Oklahoma City Thunder News

Confirmed Lineup: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Lu Dort, Josh Giddey, Jalen Williams, Jaylin Williams

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (abdominal, health protocols) — Not on injury report

  • Lindy Waters (G League) — Available

  • Kenrich Williams (wrist) — Injured

  • Aleksej Pokusevski (leg) — Injured

  • Chet Holmgren (foot) — Injured

Though Gilgeous-Alexander could play restricted time in his return, opportunities will decline across the lineup. Isaiah Joe, Aaron Wiggins, and Ousmane Dieng will primarily play decreased minutes. Additionally, Josh Giddey, Lu Dort, and Jalen Williams' offensive roles should diminish most.

New York Knicks News

Confirmed Lineup: Immanuel Quickley, Quentin Grimes, RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, Mitchell Robinson

  • Jalen Brunson (foot) — Out

Immanuel Quickley hasn't been lost in the shuffle following the acquisition of Josh Hart, averaging 25.8 minutes while registering 20.9% usage and a 67.6 eFG% during New York's eight-game winning streak. That includes when he tied Randle for the team lead as he scored 23 points on 21.7% usage and shot four-for-seven from three in 30.6 minutes during the Knicks' 109-94 win over the Celtics on Monday.

Boston Celtics News

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

  • Robert Williams (hamstring) — Out

  • Malcolm Brogdon (ankle) — Out

  • Danilo Gallinari (ACL) — Injured

Though Griffin is the most likely starter, Mike Muscala, Luke Kornet, and Grant Williams could also assume some of Robert Williams' time. Derrick White (+2.7%) and Smart (+1.8%) have logged positive usage differentials, while White (+6.9%) and Brown (+4.9%) have recorded the highest assist rate differentials on the team in games Brogdon has missed this season.

Milwaukee Bucks News

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

  • Khris Middleton (injury management) — Out

  • Goran Dragic (signed) — TBD

  • Wesley Matthews (calf) — Injured

Middleton has consistently played a heavy-usage bench role since returning from a lengthy absence on January 23rd, though he missed three contests since then. Joe Ingles (+5.4%), Holiday (+4.2%), and Lopez (+3.9%) logged the highest usage differentials on the team, while Holiday posted a +13.5% assist rate differential during the three games Middleton missed compared to the first 13 games Middleton played during that time.

Washington Wizards News

Confirmed Lineup: Delon Wright, Bradley Beal, Anthony Gill, Kristaps Porzingis, Daniel Gafford

  • Kyle Kuzma (knee) — Out

  • Daniel Gafford (ankle) — Not on injury report

  • Deni Avdija (illness) — Available

  • Xavier Cooks (signee) — Out

  • Monte Morris (back) — Injured

Corey Kispert, Kendrick Nunn, Anthony Gill, and Taj Gibson could be vaulted into more prominent roles for the second game of a back-to-back set with three key rotation players potentially sidelined. Beal (+5.3%), Kispert (+2.3%), and Porzingis (+2.1%) have logged the highest usage differentials among active Wizards with Kuzma, Rui Hachimura, and Will Barton off the court this season.

Memphis Grizzlies News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyus Jones, Desmond Bane, David Roddy, Jaren Jackson Jr., Xavier Tillman

  • Ja Morant (not with team) — Out

  • Dillon Brooks (suspension) — Out

  • Brandon Clarke (Achilles) — Injured

  • Steven Adams (knee) — Injured

Konchar, Luke Kennard, and Ziaire Williams are contending for available wing minutes in Brooks' absence. While several reserves could play increased time in the frontcourt until Adams returns, Santi Aldama is the leading candidate for extended minutes. Jackson Jr. (29.4%) and Bane (29.1%) have led the Grizzlies in usage, while Jones (28.7%) and Bane (28.2%) have recorded nearly equal assist rates with Morant and Brooks off the floor this season.

Los Angeles Clippers News

Confirmed Lineup: Russell Westbrook, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Marcus Morris, Ivica Zubac

  • Kawhi Leonard (injury management) — Not on injury report

  • Ivica Zubac (calf) — In

  • Marcus Morris (elbow) — Not on injury report

  • Norman Powell (shoulder) — Injured

Eric Gordon's scoring off the bench will take on heightened importance as his role will likely expand most until Powell rejoins the lineup. Mason Plumlee should continue to start if Zubac is ruled out. However, Morris, Nicolas Batum, and Robert Covington could also absorb Zubac's time if coach Lue opts for a smaller look against a Grizzlies team without their top two centers.