NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 2/15

Feb 15th 2024

J.J. Calle

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

  • Anthony Edwards (knee) — Available

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) — In

  • Damian Lillard (ankle) — In

  • Jaren Jackson Jr. (quad) — Out

  • Luke Kennard (knee) — Out

  • Scoot Henderson (foot) — In

  • John Konchar (quad) — Out

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Milwaukee Bucks News

Confirmed Lineup: Damian Lillard, Malik Beasley, Jae Crowder, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) — In

  • Damian Lillard (ankle) — In

  • Khris Middleton (ankle) — Injured

Memphis Grizzlies News

Confirmed Lineup: Jordan Goodwin, Vince Williams, Ziaire Williams, Santi Aldama, Trey Jemison

  • Jaren Jackson Jr. (quad) — Out

  • Luke Kennard (knee) — Out

  • John Konchar (quad) — Out

  • Scotty Pippen Jr. (back) — Out

  • Derrick Rose (ankle) — Out

  • Desmond Bane (ankle) — Injured

  • Marcus Smart (finger) — Injured

  • Brandon Clarke (Achilles) — Injured

  • Jake LaRavia (ankle) — Injured

  • Ja Morant (shoulder) — Out for season

Despite cycling through Kennard, Pippen Jr., and Jacob Gilyard as the nominal point guard over the previous 17 games with Bane and Smart sidelined, Williams has led the Grizzlies with 4.8 assists per game. He also recorded a team-high 6.3 rebounds per game in that time, and he's been extremely efficient with a 63.8% true shooting mark.

Golden State Warriors News

Confirmed Lineup: Stephen Curry, Brandin Podziemski, Andrew Wiggins, Jonathan Kuminga, Draymond Green

  • Chris Paul (hand) — Injured

Coach Kerr mentioned the plan is for the veterans to play despite the grueling schedule. Every starter played at least 30 minutes in Wednesday's loss.

The Warriors are playing on the second night of a back-to-back set in Utah, and it'll be their ninth game in 14 days. They've had two back-to-back sets over this period, but because they won the first leg of both back-to-backs by at least 20 points, no rotation players rested during the second leg of either back-to-back.

The Warriors have ranked top seven in Offensive (121.4) and Defensive (113.4) Rating since having two games postponed. They defeated the Jazz by 22 points earlier this week in which eight Warriors scored in double figures.

Utah Jazz News

Confirmed Lineup: Keyonte George, Collin Sexton, Lauri Markkanen, John Collins, Walker Kessler

Minnesota Timberwolves News

Confirmed Lineup: Mike Conley, Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniels, Karl-Anthony Towns, Rudy Gobert

  • Anthony Edwards (knee) — Available

  • Wendell Moore Jr. (knee) — Out

  • Jaylen Clark (Achilles) — Injured

Edwards noted he was "super close" to not playing Tuesday when he scored 41 points on 27 attempts in a win over the Blazers.

"At the last second I was like, I'm gonna try it out. Because I wasn't gonna go tonight... It was bothering me a little bit. And then I put some heat on it and it start feeling a little better. And I was just like, I'm gonna try it out, ain't got nothin else to do."

He may find it difficult to be the offensive focal point in the rematch as Towns was limited to seven minutes in the first half due to foul trouble and didn't play in the second and fourth quarters.

The Wolves have consistently left players on subsequent injury reports after they played the previous game. Edwards, like many of the Wolves starters, has made it their mission to play as many games as possible. He's played in 32 straight games. Unless he wants a breather heading into the All-Star break, Edwards will likely continue the team pattern of playing despite being left on the injury report as questionable.

Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Scoot Henderson, Anfernee Simons, Toumani Camara, Jerami Grant, Deandre Ayton

  • Scoot Henderson (foot) — In

  • Malcolm Brogdon (elbow) — Injured

  • Shaedon Sharpe (core) — Injured

  • Moses Brown (wrist) — Injured

  • Robert Williams (knee) — Out for season