NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 1/22

Jan 22nd 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

  • Nikola Jokic (hamstring) — Out

  • LeBron James (ankle) — In

  • Deandre Ayton (illness) — Out

  • Jamal Murray (hip) — Available

  • Fred VanVleet (rib) — In

  • Chris Paul (hip) — In

  • OG Anunoby (ankle) — Out

  • Michael Porter Jr. (personal) — Out

  • Naji Marshall (toe) — Out

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Los Angeles Clippers News

Confirmed Lineup: Terance Mann, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Marcus Morris, Ivica Zubac

  • Luke Kennard (calf) — Out

  • Moses Brown (G League) — Out

  • John Wall (abdominal) — Injured

George and Leonard's minutes have been increasingly staggered to ensure they can generate more of the offense in the two games they've played with Wall out. Leonard (30.8%) and Norman Powell (27.9%) led the Clippers in usage during those matches. George posted reduced 23.5% usage during those contests but has seen increased facilitating opportunities and led the team with 12 assists Friday.

Dallas Mavericks News

Confirmed Lineup: Luka Doncic, Spencer Dinwiddie, Tim Hardaway Jr., Dorian Finney-Smith, Dwight Powell

  • McKinley Wright (foot) — Questionable

  • Christian Wood (thumb) — Injured

  • Maxi Kleber (hamstring) — Injured

Doncic's success against the Clippers will be tested with Paul George and Kawhi Leonard available. Doncic has averaged 41.0 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 8.2 assists on 40.6% usage in his last six regular season games against the Clippers. However, George played three of those matches, and Leonard played two.

New Orleans Pelicans News

Confirmed Lineup: CJ McCollum, Dyson Daniels, Herb Jones, Trey Murphy, Jonas Valanciunas

  • Naji Marshall (toe) — Out

  • Zion Williamson (hamstring) — Injured

  • Brandon Ingram (toe) — Injured

Marshall had logged heightened 21.4% usage with Williamson and Ingram sidelined for his last eight games. McCollum (34.1%), Valanciunas (29.9%), and Jose Alvarado (23.6%) logged increased usage rates as the Pelicans were missing Marshall's scoring Friday.

Miami Heat News

Confirmed Lineup: Kyle Lowry, Tyler Herro, Jimmy Butler, Caleb Martin, Bam Adebayo

  • Udonis Haslem (Achilles) — Available

  • Duncan Robinson (finger) — Injured

  • Nikola Jovic (back) — Injured

  • Omer Yurtseven (ankle) — Injured

Adebayo led Miami with 26 points on 11-for-16 shooting, and five Heat players scored 14 points or more in their 124-98 road win over the Pelicans on Wednesday. They forced 18 turnovers, scored 64 points in the paint, and led by 19 at halftime.

New York Knicks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Brunson, Quentin Grimes, RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, Jericho Sims

  • Immanuel Quickley (knee) — Out

  • Mitchell Robinson (thumb) — Injured

Robinson has logged 9.5% usage, a 15.8% rebound rate, and averaged 26.9 minutes per game this season. Sims effectively assumed Robinson's role Friday, posting 11.1% usage and a 17.0% rebound rate in 28.3 minutes.

Toronto Raptors News

Confirmed Lineup: Fred VanVleet, Gary Trent Jr., Scottie Barnes, Pascal Siakam, Precious Achiuwa

  • Fred VanVleet (rib) — In

  • OG Anunoby (ankle) — Out

  • Dalano Banton (hip) — Out

  • Otto Porter (toe) — Injured

Precious Achiuwa scored 17 points on seven-for-15 shooting in 37.3 minutes as Anunoby departed Saturday's game in the third quarter and VanVleet was sidelined. Achiuwa could assume a similar role if VanVleet or Anunoby miss additional time.

Oklahoma City Thunder News

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

  • Ousmane Dieng (G League) — Available

  • Eugene Omoruyi (G League) — Out

  • Aleksej Pokusevski (leg) — Injured

  • Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (ankle) — Injured

  • Chet Holmgren (foot) — Injured

Isaiah Joe shot 7-for-12 from three in both of his last two games, averaging 25.7 minutes. Those have been his standout performances this month, and he averaged 19.9 minutes and shot 38.2% from three on 4.9 three-point attempts per game in the seven games he previously played in January.

Denver Nuggets News

Confirmed Lineup: Jamal Murray, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Bruce Brown, Aaron Gordon, Zeke Nnaji

  • Nikola Jokic (hamstring) — Out

  • Jamal Murray (hip) — Available

  • Michael Porter Jr. (personal) — Out

  • Bones Hyland (finger) — Available

  • Vlatko Cancar (illness) — Available

  • Peyton Watson (adductor) — Injured

Murray led Denver with 14 assists, while Gordon (31.4%) and Bruce Brown (20.6%) posted elevated usage rates in Jokic's absence Friday. Brown recorded 23.8% usage and registered a 12.5% assist rate in the last two matches he started in Murray's stead.

Memphis Grizzlies News

Confirmed Lineup: Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, Dillon Brooks, Jaren Jackson Jr., Steven Adams

  • Danny Green (ACL) — Injured

Morant led the Grizzlies with 29 points on 11-for-20 shooting, and Bane scored 28 points on 10-for-12 shooting in Memphis' 136-106 home win over Phoenix on Monday. The Grizzlies led by 19 after three quarters, and none of their starters exceeded 27.2 minutes in the blowout victory.

Phoenix Suns News

Confirmed Lineup: Chris Paul, Mikal Bridges, Torrey Craig, Cam Johnson, Bismack Biyombo

  • Chris Paul (hip) — In

  • Deandre Ayton (illness) — Out

  • Cam Johnson (injury management) — Available

  • Landry Shamet (foot) — Out

  • Cam Payne (foot) — Injured

  • Devin Booker (groin) — Injured

Coach Williams said Friday, "I played (Johnson) a couple more minutes than I wanted to" after Johnson played 21.8 minutes in his return from a torn meniscus during Thursday's game. Bridges' usage (24.0%) and assist rate (28.6%) have further increased as he's averaged 37.5 minutes with Paul remaining out for the last four games.

Brooklyn Nets News

Confirmed Lineup: Ben Simmons, Kyrie Irving, Joe Harris, Royce O'Neale, Nic Claxton

  • TJ Warren (knee) — Available

  • Kevin Durant (knee) — Injured

Golden State Warriors News

Confirmed Lineup: Stephen Curry, Jordan Poole, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green

  • Stephen Curry (hip) — Not on injury report

  • Klay Thompson (injury management)— Not on injury report

  • Andrew Wiggins (foot) — Not on injury report

  • Draymond Green (toe) — Not on injury report

  • Anthony Lamb (two way) — Out

  • Andre Iguodala (hip) — Out

  • James Wiseman (ankle) — Out

In the 108 minutes Curry, Poole, Thompson, Wiggins, and Green have shared the floor this season, Poole (-12.3%), Thompson (-5.0%), and Wiggins (-4.3%) have logged significant negative usage differentials.

Los Angeles Lakers News

Confirmed Lineup: Dennis Schroder, Patrick Beverley, Troy Brown Jr., LeBron James, Thomas Bryant

  • LeBron James (ankle) — In

  • Austin Reaves (hamstring) — Injured

  • Lonnie Walker (knee) — Injured

  • Anthony Davis (foot) — Injured

James was questionable for the last three matches before playing, averaging 34.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 8.0 assists, and 36.3 minutes on 33.6% usage. He's averaged similar numbers—34.9 points, 9.4 rebounds, 8.3 assists, and 37.8 minutes—while logging 34.6% usage in the nine games he's played since his 38th birthday.

Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Damian Lillard, Anfernee Simons, Josh Hart, Jerami Grant, Jusuf Nurkic

  • Gary Payton II (calf) — In

  • Justise Winslow (ankle) — Injured