NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 10/27

Oct 27th 2022

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

  • Paul George (illness) — In

  • Ben Simmons (back) — In

  • Tim Hardaway Jr. (foot) — In

  • John Konchar (shoulder) — Out

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Dallas Mavericks News

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

  • Frank Ntilikina (ankle) — Out

  • Davis Bertans (knee) — Injured

  • Tim Hardaway Jr. (foot) — In

With Hardaway Jr. out on Tuesday, Facundo Campazzo was the lone addition to the rotation in his team debut as he spelled Luka Doncic for 13 minutes. Josh Green didn't get increased time as the Mavs opted to play four of their starters, Christian Wood, and Maxi Kleber for extended minutes during a close game.

Brooklyn Nets News

Confirmed Lineup: Ben Simmons, Kyrie Irving, Royce O'Neale, Kevin Durant, Nic Claxton

  • Seth Curry (ankle) — Out

  • TJ Warren (foot) — Injured

  • Markieff Morris (personal) — Out

  • Ben Simmons (back) — In

  • Joe Harris (injury management) — Out

Day'Ron Sharpe is solidified as the backup center if Morris remains out. Kevin Durant has been limited to 22.3 points per game on 39.7% (25-of-63) shooting in three games against the Mavericks over the previous two seasons as Dorian Finney-Smith and the rest of their defense managed to keep him in check.

Los Angeles Clippers News

Confirmed Lineup: Reggie Jackson, Norman Powell, Paul George, Terance Mann, Ivica Zubac

  • Paul George (illness) — In

  • Kawhi Leonard (injury management) — Out

  • Marcus Morris (personal) — Out

  • Jason Preston (G-League assignment) — Out

George's return from a one-game absence will displace Nic Batum from the starting lineup and decrease his minutes along with Amir Coffey's and Luke Kennard's. The usage rates from the first Thunder matchup of John Wall (30.6%) and Kennard (21.9%) should decline in addition to both the usage and assist rates of Reggie Jackson (29.0%, 40.0%).

Oklahoma City Thunder News

Confirmed Lineup: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Tre Mann, Lu Dort, Aaron Wiggins, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl

  • Josh Giddey (ankle) — Out

  • Jalen Williams (eye) — Injured

  • Chet Holmgren (foot) — Injured

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander posted usage and assist rates of 27.5% and 33.3%, respectively, with Tre Mann also receiving 27.1% usage with Giddey out against the Clippers on Tuesday. Aaron Wiggins also started on the wing and took on 20.8% usage with a rebounding rate of 14.7% in 28 minutes of playing time during the Thunder's win.

Miami Heat News

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

  • Victor Oladipo (knee) — Out

  • Omar Yurtseven (ankle) — Out

  • Dewayne Dedmon (foot) — Questionable

The Heat rank 25th in the league in pace at 98.0 possessions per 48 minutes. The Warriors are leading the NBA in pace at a blistering 108.63 possessions/48, and Miami will attempt to control the pace in their matchup.

Golden State Warriors News

Confirmed Lineup: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney

  • Donte DiVincenzo (hamstring) — Injured

  • Andre Iguodala (injury management) — Out

The standout strength of the Heat has been their second-ranked paint defense, which has allowed only 40.0 points per game so far. The rate at which the Warriors score points in the paint is 26th league-wide, and they are better suited to play Miami than most teams as a result.

Memphis Grizzlies News

Confirmed Lineup: Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, Dillon Brooks, Santi Aldama, Steven Adams

  • Ziaire Williams (knee) — Injured

  • Jaren Jackson Jr. (foot) — Injured

  • Danny Green (ACL) — Injured

  • John Konchar (shoulder) — Out

Dillon Brooks played 24 minutes and received 25.9% usage despite shooting 15.4% from the field in his return to play on Monday. He could be pressed into more time with David Roddy, Jake LaRavia, and potentially Xavier Tillman receiving more minutes with Konchar out.

Sacramento Kings News

Confirmed Lineup: De'Aaron Fox, Kevin Huerter, Harrison Barnes, Keegan Murray, Domantas Sabonis

Coach Brown said that Keegan Murray will be moved into the starting lineup, displacing KZ Okpala. Murray has recorded usage and rebounding rates of 16.7% and 6.8% in 35.5 minutes per game through two career games with a standout 70.3% true shooting clip.