NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 12/10

Dec 10th 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

  • Kevin Durant (injury management) — Out

  • Luka Doncic (quad) — Out

  • Kyrie Irving (adductor) — Out

  • Donovan Mitchell (leg) — Out

  • Jimmy Butler (knee) — In

  • Tyrese Haliburton (groin) — Available

  • Lauri Markkanen (illness) — Out

  • Tyler Herro (ankle) — Available

  • Jordan Clarkson (hip) — Out

  • Jamal Murray (knee) — In

  • Devin Vassell (knee) — Available

  • Ben Simmons (rest) — Out

  • Nic Claxton (hamstring) — Out

  • Seth Curry (injury management) — Out

  • Joe Harris (injury management) — Out

  • Royce O'Neale (personal) — Out

  • Mike Conley (injury maintenance) — Out

  • Monte Morris (groin) — Out

  • Josh Hart (ankle) — Available

  • Max Strus (shoulder) — Available

  • Javonte Green (knee) — Out

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San Antonio Spurs News

Confirmed Lineup: Tre Jones, Malaki Branham, Romeo Langford, Keldon Johnson, Zach Collins

  • Devin Vassell (knee) — Available

  • Keita Bates-Diop (foot) — Out

  • Jakob Poeltl (knee) — Injured

  • Jeremy Sochan (quad) — Injured

  • Blake Wesley (knee) — Injured

Josh Richardson (+3.8%), Johnson (+3.5%), and Jones (+3.3%) had the highest usage differentials on the team in Vassell's absence Thursday.

Miami Heat News

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

  • Jimmy Butler (injury management) — In

  • Tyler Herro (ankle) — Available

  • Kyle Lowry (rest) — Not on injury report

  • Max Strus (shoulder) — Available

  • Victor Oladipo (knee) — Available

  • Gabe Vincent (knee) — Out

  • Duncan Robinson (ankle) — Available

  • Dewayne Dedmon (foot) — Active

  • Omar Yurtseven (ankle) — Injured

The Spurs have allowed 60.0 points in the paint per game with Jakob Poeltl and Jeremy Sochan sidelined for the last four games, which would be the worst paint defense in the league over the entire season. Adebayo (70.5%) and Butler (46.9%) have scored the highest percentage of their points in the paint amongst Heat starters.

Brooklyn Nets News

Confirmed Lineup: Edmond Sumner, Patty Mills, Kessler Edwards, Markieff Morris, Day'Ron Sharpe

  • Kevin Durant (injury management) — Out

  • Kyrie Irving (adductor) — Out

  • Ben Simmons (injury management) — Out

  • Nic Claxton (hamstring) — Out

  • Joe Harris (injury management) — Out

  • Seth Curry (injury management) — Out

  • Royce O'Neale (personal) — Out

  • TJ Warren (injury management) — Out

  • Yuta Watanabe (hamstring) — Not on injury report

David Duke Jr. (26.8%), Sumner (23.3%), Patty Mills (22.4%), and Thomas (20.8%) lead active Nets in usage with Durant and Irving off the floor this season. However, Thomas could be most likely to lead the team in usage against the Pacers.

Indiana Pacers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Haliburton, Andrew Nembhard, Buddy Hield, Jalen Smith, Myles Turner

  • Tyrese Haliburton (groin) — Available

  • Isaiah Jackson (knee) — Available

  • Daniel Theis (knee) — Injured

  • Chris Duarte (ankle) — Injured

Nembhard recorded 22.0% usage and a 41.2% assist rate when Haliburton was sidelined for two games, though McConnell was also out during that time. Turner logged a +10.5% usage differential in the one game he played without Haliburton.

Los Angeles Clippers News

Confirmed Lineup: John Wall, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Marcus Morris, Ivica Zubac

  • Kawhi Leonard (injury management) — Not on injury report

  • Reggie Jackson (rest) — Out

  • Norman Powell (groin) — Out

  • Terance Mann (concussion) — In

Wall has recorded 23.4% usage and a 37.9% assist rate when sharing the floor with George this season. He is set to play a road game in Washington in front of a full crowd for the first time.

Washington Wizards News

Confirmed Lineup: Jordan Goodwin, Corey Kispert, Deni Avdija, Kyle Kuzma, Kristaps Porzingis

  • Monte Morris (groin) — Out

  • Will Barton (foot) — Out

  • Devon Dotson (G-League) — Available

  • Johnny Davis (G-League) — Out

  • Bradley Beal (hamstring) — Injured

  • Rui Hachimura (ankle) — Injured

  • Delon Wright (hamstring) — Injured

Kuzma (31.3%) and Porzingis (31.0%) have registered usage rates at least 13.0% higher than the rest of their teammates with Beal sidelined for the last three games. Avdija played 39.9 minutes and Jordan Goodwin 33.8 minutes as Barton's absence tightened the rotation to eight players Friday.

Oklahoma City Thunder News

Confirmed Lineup: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Lu Dort, Josh Giddey, Aleksej Pokusevski Jeremiah Robinson-Earl

  • Lu Dort (knee) — Not on injury report

  • Kenrich Williams (knee) — Out

  • Ousmane Dieng (G-League) — Out

  • Chet Holmgren (foot) — Injured

Cleveland Cavaliers News

Confirmed Lineup: Darius Garland, Caris LeVert, Lamar Stevens, Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen

  • Donovan Mitchell (leg) — Out

  • Kevin Love (back) — Out

  • Dean Wade (shoulder) — Injured

  • Dylan Windler (ankle) — Injured

  • Ricky Rubio (ACL) — Injured

LeVert led the Cavs with 27.4% usage and dished out six assists in Mitchell's absence Friday. Allen has averaged 17.0 points and 13.3 rebounds in his last four games against the Thunder.

Dallas Mavericks News

Confirmed Lineup: Spencer Dinwiddie, Tim Hardaway Jr., Dorian Finney-Smith, Christian Wood, Dwight Powell

  • Luka Doncic (quad) — Out

  • Josh Green (elbow) — Out

  • Maxi Kleber (foot) — Out

  • Jaden Hardy (G-League) — Available

Hardaway Jr. (+9.7%) and Christian Wood (+5.8%) recorded significant usage differentials in the one game that Doncic missed this season. Dinwiddie dished out ten assists in that game, and all three players should be central to Dallas' offense with Doncic sidelined.

Chicago Bulls News

Confirmed Lineup: Alex Caruso, Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, Patrick Williams, Nikola Vucevic

  • Javonte Green (knee) — Out

  • Dalen Terry (hip) — Available

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Injured

Caruso has registered a 25.3% assist rate since joining the starting lineup. He posted a 17.7% assist rate while coming off the bench.

Boston Celtics News

Confirmed Lineup: Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Grant Williams, Blake Griffin

  • Robert Williams (knee) — Out

  • Al Horford (health protocols) — Out

  • Danilo Gallinari (ACL) — Injured

Golden State Warriors News

Confirmed Lineup: Stephen Curry, Jordan Poole, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney

  • Stephen Curry (ankle) — Available

  • Andrew Wiggins (adductor) — Out

  • Draymond Green (hip) — Available

  • Andre Iguodala (injury management) — Out

Thompson registered a +4.3% usage differential in the first game that he and Curry played without Wiggins on Monday.

Utah Jazz News

Confirmed Lineup: Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Talen Horton-Tucker, Malik Beasley, Jarred Vanderbilt, Kelly Olynyk

  • Lauri Markkanen (illness) — Out

  • Jordan Clarkson (hip) — Out

  • Mike Conley (injury maintenance) — Out

  • Simone Fontecchio (ankle) — Out

  • Johnny Juzang (G-League) — Out

  • Collin Sexton (hamstring) — Injured

Alexander-Walker, Beasley, Olynyk, and Talen Horton-Tucker should be charged with generating a majority of Utah's offense against the Nuggets.

Denver Nuggets News

Confirmed Lineup: Jamal Murray, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Bruce Brown, Aaron Gordon, Nikola Jokic

  • Jamal Murray (knee) — In

  • Jeff Green (knee) — Available

  • Michael Porter Jr. (heel) — Injured

Bones Hyland has averaged 27.8 minutes in a more prominent sixth-man role during the last two games. His usage has declined to 22.8% in that time due to sharing the floor more with the starters.

Minnesota Timberwolves News

Confirmed Lineup: D'Angelo Russell, Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniels, Kyle Anderson, Rudy Gobert

  • Jordan McLaughlin (calf) — Out

  • Karl-Anthony Towns (calf) — Injured

  • Taurean Prince (shoulder) — Injured

Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Damian Lillard, Anfernee Simons, Josh Hart, Jerami Grant, Jusuf Nurkic

  • Josh Hart (ankle) — Available

  • Justise Winslow (groin) — Available

  • Drew Eubanks (hip) — Available

  • Nassir Little (hip) — Injured

  • Gary Payton II (core) — Injured

Lillard has averaged 31.5 points per game in his last four matchups with the Timberwolves.