NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 11/16

Nov 16th 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.

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Brooklyn Nets News

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

  • Ben Simmons (back) — Injured

  • Cam Thomas (ankle) — Injured

Simmons is set to miss some time after an MRI revealed a nerve impingement in his lower back. He suffered a similar injury during the 2021-2022 season after having surgery on multiple herniated disks. However, this recent injury is said to be less severe, and he's expected to resume his season "in a short period of time, without any issue" according to his agent. Simmons' 11.7 potential assists per contest rank top 20 league-wide, and the Nets' Offensive Rating drops from 118.3 to 112.9 when he doesn't play.

Miami Heat News

Confirmed Lineup: Kyle Lowry, Duncan Robinson, Jimmy Butler, Haywood Highsmith, Bam Adebayo

  • Caleb Martin (knee) — Available

  • RJ Hampton (knee) — Out

  • Tyler Herro (ankle) — Injured

Despite Herro posting a career-high 22.9 points per game, Miami has had better results without him in the lineup. In the eight games that Herro was available, the Heat posted a bottom-five Offensive Rating (107.5). In the three games since he's been sidelined, that rating has increased to 115.7, the 11th-highest league-wide over that span. The last time the Heat faced Brooklyn, Herro scored a team-high 30 points in a losing effort.

Oklahoma City Thunder News

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

Golden State Warriors News

Confirmed Lineup: Chris Paul, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Jonathan Kuminga, Dario Saric

  • Stephen Curry (knee) — Out

  • Draymond Green (suspension) — Out

The league suspended Green for five games due to his involvement in an on-court altercation during Tuesday's contest. It was noted that his history was taken into account when determining the length of the suspension. Meanwhile, Curry avoided a serious injury after his recent MRI didn't reveal any structural damage to his knee. The Warriors will be depleted against a Thunder team that has a +4.7 Net Rating, the sixth-best league-wide.