NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 11/22

Nov 22nd 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

  • Nikola Jokic (health protocols) — Available

  • LeBron James (adductor) — Out

  • Ja Morant (ankle) — In

  • Anthony Davis (back) — In

  • Tobias Harris (hip) — In

  • Jamal Murray (health protocols) — Available

  • Nic Claxton (illness) — Available

  • Bones Hyland (illness) — Available

  • Aaron Gordon (illness) — In

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Brooklyn Nets News

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

  • Nic Claxton (illness) — Available

  • Yuta Watanabe (hamstring) — Out

  • TJ Warren (foot) — Injured

Ben Simmons started in Claxton's absence Saturday and delivered arguably his best game of the season. Simmons said he expects to start in his return to Philadelphia, so that effort may have been good enough to lay a permanent claim on the starting center role.

Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: Shake Milton, De'Anthony Melton, Tobias Harris, PJ Tucker, Montrezl Harrell

  • Joel Embiid (foot) — Out

  • Tobias Harris (hip) — In

  • Furkan Korkmaz (knee) — Available

  • Tyrese Maxey (foot) — Injured

  • James Harden (foot) — Injured

Harris had +7.7% usage and a +11.3% assist rate with Embiid, Maxey, and Harden off of the floor last season. Milton and Melton should play greater offensive roles with Embiid out for at least the next two games, as Harris won't match Embiid's production.

Sacramento Kings News

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

Memphis Grizzlies News

Confirmed Lineup: Ja Morant, John Konchar, Dillon Brooks, Jaren Jackson Jr., Steven Adams

  • Ja Morant (ankle) — In

  • Jaren Jackson Jr. (injury management) — Not on injury report

  • Desmond Bane (toe) — Injured

  • Ziaire Williams (knee) — Injured

  • Danny Green (ACL) — Injured

If Morant remains out, then Jackson Jr. and Brooks figure to lead the offense in usage and could both exceed 30.0% rates. Konchar's 24.1% assist rate exceeded Jones' 20.0% rate Sunday, and both players could continue to split Morant's facilitating responsibilities.

Detroit Pistons News

Confirmed Lineup: Killian Hayes, Jaden Ivey, Isaiah Livers, Bojan Bogdanovic, Marvin Bagley

  • Saddiq Bey (ankle) — Out

  • Cory Joseph (hip) — Available

  • Isaiah Stewart (toe) — Injured

  • Cade Cunningham (shin) — Injured

Livers started but Alec Burks played 24.6 minutes and closed both halves with the starters in Bey's absence Sunday. Burks has registered 24.2% usage and his minutes have been trending upward.

Denver Nuggets News

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

  • Nikola Jokic (health protocols) — Available

  • Jamal Murray (health protocols) — Available

  • Bones Hyland (hip) — Available

  • Aaron Gordon (illness) — In

  • Jeff Green (knee) — Out

  • Ish Smith (calf) — Out

Bones Hyland should continue to lead the Nuggets in usage and assist rate off of the bench. Brown figures to remain second in assist rate and Porter Jr. second in usage, though Gordon's potential return could throw off the dynamic from the last two games.

Los Angeles Lakers News

Confirmed Lineup: Patrick Beverley, Austin Reaves, Troy Brown Jr., Lonnie Walker, Anthony Davis

  • LeBron James (adductor) — Out

  • Anthony Davis (back) — In

  • Russell Westbrook (thumb) — Not on injury report

  • Juan Toscano-Anderson (back) — Out

  • Max Christie (health protocols) — Out

Listed "Probable" or "Questionable" before playing:

LeBron: 10-for-14 AD: 14-for-15

The Lakers have found offensive success in the last two games, as they played the teams currently ranked 29th and 30th in defensive rating. The Suns rank 27th in defensive rating since Cam Payne joined the starting lineup.

Phoenix Suns News

Confirmed Lineup: Cam Payne, Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, Torrey Craig, Deandre Ayton

  • Chris Paul (heel) — Out

  • Landry Shamet (concussion) — Out

  • Cam Johnson (knee) — Injured

The Suns have the third-best offensive rating in the league (120.7 points/100 possessions) since Cam Payne joined the starting lineup on November 9th. The Lakers boast the sixth-best defensive rating (108.5) in that period of time.