NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 10/22

Oct 22nd 2022

Jay Persson

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

  • Zach LaVine (injury management) — Available

  • Jamal Murray (injury management) — In

  • Jalen Suggs (ankle) — Out

  • Al Horford (back) — Out

  • Jalen Smith (knee) — In

  • Dillon Brooks (thigh) — Out

  • Eric Gordon (injury maintenance) — Out

  • Bruno Fernando (knee) — Out

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San Antonio Spurs News

Confirmed Lineup: Tre Jones, Devin Vassell, Keldon Johnson, Jeremy Sochan, Jakob Poeltl

Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: James Harden, Tyrese Maxey, Tobias Harris, PJ Tucker, Joel Embiid

Detroit Pistons News

Confirmed Lineup: Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey, Saddiq Bey, Bojan Bogdanovic, Isaiah Stewart

  • Isaiah Livers (hip) — Available

  • Alec Burks (foot) — Injured

  • Marvin Bagley (knee) — Injured

Indiana Pacers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Haliburton, Buddy Hield, Aaron Nesmith, Jalen Smith, Isaiah Jackson

  • Daniel Theis (knee) — Out

  • Myles Turner (ankle) — Injured

  • Jalen Smith (knee) — In

  • Aaron Nesmith (foot) — In

Smith left Friday's game after taking an elbow to the face and did not return, but will be available to play Saturday. The Pacers opted to keep a three-man center rotation of Goga Bitadze, Isaiah Jackson, and James Johnson after he was out, with Bitadze starting the second half. Coach Carlisle will make a change to his starting lineup Saturday with Nesmith and Jackson starting ahead of Chris Duarte and Terry Taylor.

Boston Celtics News

Confirmed Lineup: Marcus Smart, Derrick White, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Noah Vonleh

  • Al Horford (back) — Out

  • Danilo Gallinari (ACL) — Injured

  • Robert Williams (knee) — Injured

Orlando Magic News

Confirmed Lineup: Cole Anthony, Terrence Ross, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero, Wendell Carter Jr.

  • Jalen Suggs — Out

  • Moe Wagner (ankle) — Out

  • Markelle Fultz (toe) — Injured

  • Gary Harris (knee) — Injured

  • Jonathan Isaac (ACL) — Injured

Suggs left Friday's game with a sprained right ankle and did not return. He has been ruled out Saturday. Cole Anthony returned in a bench role and looked sharp, scoring 25 points in 28 minutes.

Toronto Raptors News

Confirmed Lineup: Fred VanVleet, Gary Trent Jr., OG Anunoby, Scottie Barnes, Pascal Siakam

  • Otto Porter (hamstring) — Out

  • Chris Boucher (hamstring) — Out

Miami Heat News

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

  • Victor Oladipo (knee) — Out

  • Omar Yurtseven (ankle) — Out

Oladipo's absence thus far has created the most opportunity for Max Strus and Gabe Vincent, and they will continue to see expanded roles until he returns.

Cleveland Cavaliers News

Confirmed Lineup: Donovan Mitchell, Isaac Okoro, Caris LeVert, Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen

  • Darius Garland (eye) — Out

  • Dylan Windler (ankle) — Out

  • Ricky Rubio (ACL) — Injured

Donovan Mitchell had nine assists and Caris LeVert recorded seven with Garland playing just 13 minutes on Wednesday. Cedi Osman started the second half for Garland and recorded 17 points on 6-12 shooting but it will be Isaac Okoro who will step into the starting lineup on Saturday in Garland's absence.

Chicago Bulls News

Confirmed Lineup: Ayo Dosunmu, Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, Patrick Williams, Nikola Vucevic

  • Zach LaVine (injury management) — Available

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Injured

LaVine's season debut should mean lesser offensive roles for the Bulls' other two offensive stars as well as decreased minutes for Coby White and Goran Dragic in particular.

Houston Rockets News

Confirmed Lineup: Kevin Porter Jr., Jalen Green, KJ Martin, Jabari Smith Jr., Usman Garuba

  • Jae'Sean Tate (ankle) — Out

  • Bruno Fernando (knee) — Out

  • Eric Gordon (injury maintenance) — Out

Alperen Sengun will likely start in Fernando's absence, with the potential for some Jabari Smith Jr. center time opening up increased minutes for Tari Eason. KJ Martin and Eason will further benefit given Gordon is being held out in the second leg of a back-to-back, with Garrison Mathews and Josh Christopher set for expanded roles as well. Martin or Mathews figures to start on the wing in Gordon's place.

Milwaukee Bucks News

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

  • Khris Middleton (wrist) — Injured

  • Pat Connaughton (calf) — Injured

  • Joe Ingles (ACL) — Injured

Memphis Grizzlies News

Confirmed Lineup: Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, John Konchar, Santi Aldama, Steven Adams

  • Dillon Brooks (thigh) — Out

  • Ziaire Williams (knee) — Injured

  • Jaren Jackson Jr. (foot) — Injured

  • Danny Green (ACL) — Injured

John Konchar has exceeded 30 minutes in each of the Grizzlies' first two games and would stand to see the biggest role reduction if Brooks returns. Ja Morant will also not sustain a usage rate of 39.9% when Brooks reclaims Konchar's minutes.

Dallas Mavericks News

Confirmed Lineup: Luka Doncic, Spencer Dinwiddie, Reggie Bullock, Dorian Finney-Smith, JaVale McGee

  • Davis Bertans (knee) — Out

  • Frank Ntilikina (ankle) — Out

Oklahoma City Thunder News

Confirmed Lineup: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Lu Dort, Josh Giddey, Aleksej Pokusevski, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl

  • Jalen Williams (eye) — Injured

  • Chet Holmgren (foot) — Injured

Denver Nuggets News

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

  • Jamal Murray (injury management) — In

Los Angeles Clippers News

Confirmed Lineup: Reggie Jackson, Norman Powell, Paul George, Marcus Morris, Ivica Zubac

  • Kawhi Leonard (injury maintenance) — Out

  • John Wall (rest) — Out

These two absences should cause offensive roles to rise across the board for the Clippers, with Reggie Jackson, Paul George, and Norman Powell in particular likely to star. Wall's absence creates more minutes for Jackson and Terance Mann; Leonard's creates them for Powell, Luke Kennard, Robert Covington, and also Mann.

Sacramento Kings News

Confirmed Lineup: De'Aaron Fox, Kevin Huerter, Harrison Barnes, KZ Okpala, Domantas Sabonis

  • Keegan Murray (conditioning) — Available

Murray making his NBA debut has the potential to disrupt the minutes of everyone but De'Aaron Fox, Domantas Sabonis, and Harrison Barnes. He also potentially receives higher usage than their other rotation players as well.