NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 11/26

Nov 26th 2023

Jay PerssonCooper Boni

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

  • Kevin Durant (foot) — Out

  • Nikola Jokic (back) — Available

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (illness) — Available

  • Anthony Edwards (back) — Available

  • Zach LaVine (foot) — In

  • Darius Garland (neck) — In

  • Jrue Holiday (ankle) — Out

  • Deandre Ayton (back) — Available

  • Nic Claxton (ankle) — Out

  • Terry Rozier (groin) — Available

  • Aaron Gordon (heel) — Out

  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (ankle) — Available

  • Reggie Jackson (back) — Available

  • Alex Caruso (toe) — Out

  • Grayson Allen (illness) — Out

  • Jalen Johnson (wrist) — Injured

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Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Malcolm Brogdon, Shaedon Sharpe, Toumani Camara, Jerami Grant, Deandre Ayton

  • Deandre Ayton (back) — Available

  • Ish Wainright (knee) — Injured

  • Anfernee Simons (thumb) — Injured

  • Robert Williams (knee) — Out for season

Milwaukee Bucks News

Confirmed Lineup: Damian Lillard, Malik Beasley, Andre Jackson Jr., Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (illness) — Available

  • Khris Middleton (Achilles) — Out

  • Jae Crowder (adductor, abdomen) — Injured

Middleton was forced out during the third quarter of the previous contest after experiencing left Achilles tightness. Afterward, Coach Griffin attempted to downplay the seriousness of the injury, citing caution as the reason Middleton was pulled. "Just took him out for precautionary measures," Griffin said. "We're evaluating him tomorrow." He was then evaluated and ultimately ruled out for Sunday's game against Portland. Middleton has already been playing on a minutes restriction due to his off-season knee surgery, as he's averaging just 19.8 minutes per contest.

Atlanta Hawks News

Confirmed Lineup: Trae Young, Dejounte Murray, De'Andre Hunter, Saddiq Bey, Clint Capela

  • Jalen Johnson (wrist) — Injured

  • Mouhamed Gueye (back) — Injured

  • Kobe Bufkin (thumb) — Injured

Johnson took a hard fall in the previous contest that caused him to leave the game early. His status for Sunday is unclear as Atlanta is set to play the second leg of a back-to-back set, but it's feared that he could miss a bit of time. If so, Saddiq Bey would likely be reinserted into the starting lineup after being supplanted by Johnson in the fourth game of the season. In his three starts, Bey averaged 11.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in 28.7 minutes per game and had a 15.2% usage rate.

Boston Celtics News

Confirmed Lineup: Derrick White, Dalano Banton, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford

  • Jrue Holiday (ankle) — Out

  • Kristaps Porzingis (calf) — Out

After exiting the last game early, Porzingis received an MRI, the results of which seemed to bring relief from the Celtics' new big. While there was no "hard news" reported on what the imaging revealed, Porzingis took to Instagram to inject positivity into the fan base regarding the injury. "Good news this morning," Porzingis posted. "Be back very soon." It's unclear if his injury will require him to miss multiple games, but Boston could've benefited from his defensive prowess against a Hawks team whose 120.4 Offensive Rating is the second-highest league-wide.

Phoenix Suns News

Confirmed Lineup: Devin Booker, Eric Gordon, Josh Okogie, Keita Bates-Diop, Jusuf Nurkic

  • Kevin Durant (foot) — Out

  • Grayson Allen (illness) — Out

  • Yuta Watanabe (quad) — Available

  • Drew Eubanks (ankle) — Available

  • Bradley Beal (back) — Injured

  • Damion Lee (knee) — Injured

Durant is playing the fourth most minutes per contest (36.9) of any player league-wide. After missing the previous game, he participated in practice on Saturday, and coach Vogel noted that the plan was to see how his injury responded during practice to decide on his availability for Sunday's outing. Regarding his foot, Durant mentioned that it already seems to be on the mend. "Feels better. A little tweak," said Durant. "Just wanted to make sure everything was right before I get back out there."

New York Knicks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Brunson, Quentin Grimes, RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, Mitchell Robinson

Charlotte Hornets News

Confirmed Lineup: LaMelo Ball, Terry Rozier, Gordon Hayward, Miles Bridges, Mark Williams

  • Terry Rozier (groin) — Available

  • PJ Washington (foot) — Available

  • Nick Richards (concussion) — Out

  • Frank Ntilikina (leg) — Injured

  • James Bouknight (knee) — Injured

  • Cody Martin (knee) — Injured

It appears as if Rozier could return after missing the previous nine outings. The Hornets managed to win three of those games, and they got Bridges back in the process. Sunday's outing against Orlando would be the first opportunity for Rozier and Bridges to play together this season. Rozier's final status will be critical against a surprising Magic team with the league's fifth-best Net Rating (+5.1) and whose 11 wins are tied for the second-most league-wide.

Orlando Magic News

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

  • Markelle Fultz (knee) — Out

  • Jonathan Isaac (ankle) — Out

  • Wendell Carter Jr. (hand) — Injured

Minnesota Timberwolves News

Confirmed Lineup: Mike Conley, Anthony Edwards, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Karl-Anthony Towns, Rudy Gobert

  • Anthony Edwards (back) — Available

  • Jaden McDaniels (ankle) — Injured

  • Jordan McLaughlin (knee) — Injured

  • Jaylen Clark (Achilles) — Injured

Memphis Grizzlies News

Confirmed Lineup: Jacob Gilyard, Desmond Bane, Santi Aldama, Jaren Jackson Jr., Bismack Biyombo

  • Ja Morant (suspension) — Out

  • Luke Kennard (knee) — Injured

  • Marcus Smart (foot) — Injured

  • Brandon Clarke (Achilles) — Injured

  • Xavier Tillman (injury recovery) — Injured

  • Jake LaRavia (eye) — Injured

  • Steven Adams (knee) — Out for season

Chicago Bulls News

Confirmed Lineup: Coby White, Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, Patrick Williams, Nikola Vucevic

  • Zach LaVine (foot) — In

  • Alex Caruso (toe) — Out

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Out for season

Despite playing 38 minutes in the previous outing, LaVine's availability is uncertain against the Nets. Chicago lost their lone contest sans LaVine two games ago when they scored just 102 points. Their 106.5 points per contest are the third-fewest league-wide, and even with LaVine having been playing, they've not been impressive to start the year. If LaVine sits, DeRozan will be expected to handle much of the offensive workload. In the contest that LaVine missed, DeRozan and White each had 17 field goal attempts and combined for 48 points.

Brooklyn Nets News

Confirmed Lineup: Spencer Dinwiddie, Mikal Bridges, Royce O'Neale, Cam Johnson, Dorian Finney-Smith

  • Nic Claxton (ankle) — Out

  • Dennis Smith Jr. (back) — Out

  • Ben Simmons (back) — Injured

  • Cam Thomas (ankle) — Injured

Toronto Raptors News

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

  • Gradey Dick (G League) — Out

  • Christian Koloko (respiratory issues) — Injured

Cleveland Cavaliers News

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

  • Darius Garland (neck) — In

  • Dean Wade (ankle) — Out

  • Ty Jerome (ankle) — Injured

  • Ricky Rubio (personal) — NWT

San Antonio Spurs News

Confirmed Lineup: Jeremy Sochan, Malaki Branham, Keldon Johnson, Victor Wembanyama, Zach Collins

Denver Nuggets News

Confirmed Lineup: Reggie Jackson, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Justin Holiday, Michael Porter Jr., Nikola Jokic

  • Nikola Jokic (back) — Available

  • Aaron Gordon (heel) — Out

  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (ankle) — Available

  • Reggie Jackson (back) — Available

  • Peyton Watson (illness) — Available

  • Jamal Murray (hamstring) — Out

  • Vlatko Cancar (knee) — Injured

With the Nuggets set to play the first leg of a back-to-back set, their injury report is extensive for one of the first times all season. However, it appears as if all players listed other than Murray and Cancar are more likely to play than sit. In the last game, Jokic, Caldwell-Pope, and Gordon played 42, 39, and 39 respective minutes in a blowout loss. It would make sense for the Nuggets to feel comfortable sitting any of those players against the Spurs, who have lost 11 consecutive games and whose -12.7 Net Rating is the worst of any team league-wide.