NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 11/11

Nov 11th 2023

Cooper BoniJohn Raudebaugh

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

  • Damian Lillard (calf) — Out

  • Jimmy Butler (personal) — Out

  • Markelle Fultz (knee) — Out

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Milwaukee Bucks News

Confirmed Lineup: Cam Payne, Malik Beasley, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez

  • Damian Lillard (calf) — Out

Lillard missed the previous contest, resulting in a 54-point effort from Antetokounmpo on 43.8% usage. When Lillard and Antetokounmpo have shared the floor, Antetokounmpo has posted a team-high 36.1% usage rate and Lillard, who is averaging a career-low 4.7 assists per game, has led the Bucks with a 19.8% assist rate.

The Magic possess one of the stingiest defenses, but their 21.6 fouls per game could result in a free-throw-heavy contest for Antetokounmpo, who has drawn a league-high 8.0 fouls per game.

Orlando Magic News

Confirmed Lineup: Anthony Black, Jalen Suggs, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero, Goga Bitadze

  • Markelle Fultz (knee) — Out

  • Gary Harris (groin) — Out

  • Wendell Carter Jr. (hand) — Injured

Toronto Raptors News

Confirmed Lineup: Dennis Schroder, OG Anunoby, Scottie Barnes, Pascal Siakam, Jakob Poeltl

  • Gary Trent Jr. (foot) — Questionable

  • Christian Koloko (respiratory issues) — Out

Boston Celtics News

Confirmed Lineup: Jrue Holiday, Derrick White, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Kristaps Porzingis

  • Neemias Queta (foot) — Injured

Horford sat the first game of the back-to-back set, and Kristaps Porzingis, who played 25 minutes in Friday’s blowout win, plans to play in both games. It’s also the Celtics’ third game in four days. The Raptors have the rest advantage after having two days off.

The Celtics have faced three teams in the top five in Defensive Rating this season, and they’ve gone 1-2 with a 105.3 Offensive Rating in those contests -- down from their season mark of 119.1. The Raptors’ 108.2 Defensive Rating ranks seventh.

Miami Heat News

Confirmed Lineup: Kyle Lowry, Duncan Robinson, Jaime Jaquez, Haywood Highsmith, Bam Adebayo

  • Josh Richardson (back) — Available

  • Jimmy Butler (personal) — Out

  • Nikola Jovic (illness) — Available

  • Caleb Martin (knee) — Out

  • Tyler Herro (ankle) — Injured

The Heat will be without Herro for several weeks after he suffered a Grade 2 ankle sprain. Coach Spoelstra said after Friday’s practice that he wants Butler’s usage to go up in the interim. Butler ranks third on the team with a 22.2 % usage rate, and that has increased to 26.8% with Herro off the court.

Spoelstra also namechecked Lowry as one of the players who need to step up in Herro's absence:

”Kyle is going to have to be really aggressive and give us some other options to be able to play some pick-and-rolls for him to create and get into the paint and do what he does.”

Atlanta Hawks News

Confirmed Lineup: Trae Young, Dejounte Murray, De'Andre Hunter, Jalen Johnson, Clint Capela

  • Wesley Matthews (calf) — Available

  • Mouhamed Gueye (back) — Out

  • Kobe Bufkin (thumb) — Injured

Cleveland Cavaliers News

Confirmed Lineup: Darius Garland, Donovan Mitchell, Max Strus, Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen

  • Isaac Okoro (knee) — Out

  • Sam Merrill (illness) — Out

  • Ty Jerome (ankle) — Out

  • Ricky Rubio (personal) — NWT

The Cavs recorded season-highs of 54 rebounds and 26 fastbreak points against the Warriors earlier this week with both teams at full strength. The Warriors have allowed at least 52 points in the paint in three of their last four games as coach Kerr tinkers with rotations, and Mitchell (13.1) and Mobley (12.8) rank 10th and 11th, respectively, in points in the paint per game.

Golden State Warriors News

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

  • Draymond Green (personal) — Available

  • Gary Payton II (illness) — Available