NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 2/2

Feb 2nd 2024

Ryan Schwepfinger

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 (back) — In

  • Zion Williamson (foot) — Available

  • LaMelo Ball (ankle) — Out

  • Alperen Sengun (illness) — In

  • Tyrese Haliburton (injury management) — Available

  • Rudy Gobert (ankle) — In

  • Jerami Grant (back) — Out

  • Jamal Murray (knee) — In

  • Jakob Poeltl (ankle) — In

  • Immanuel Quickley (quad) — In

  • RJ Barrett (knee) — Out

  • Draymond Green (knee) — In

  • Cade Cunningham (injury management) — In

  • Jordan Poole (illness) — Available

  • Myles Turner (ankle) — Out

  • Herb Jones (adductor) — Out

  • Derrick Rose (hamstring) — Available

  • Luke Kennard (injury recovery) — Available

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Los Angeles Clippers News

Confirmed Lineup: James Harden, Terance Mann, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Mason Plumlee

  • Paul George (groin) — Not on injury report

  • Ivica Zubac (calf) — Injured

  • Moussa Diabate (hand) — Injured

George is not listed on the injury report for Friday after missing one game with a sore left groin. He's been heavily restricted due to the injury of late, playing just 22 and then 27 minutes on Saturday and Monday before a mid-day downgrade to out on Wednesday. Assuming he is not downgraded once again, expect him to be on a limit against the Pistons.

Detroit Pistons News

Confirmed Lineup: Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey, Kevin Knox, Bojan Bogdanovic, Jalen Duren

  • Cade Cunningham (injury management) — In

  • Isaiah Stewart (ankle) — Out

  • Mike Muscala (concussion protocol) — Out

The fifth starter for Detroit is in question after Muscala was in that role on Wednesday against Cleveland to counter the Cavs' double bigs, but he left after four minutes with a concussion. Knox had been starting alongside Bogdanovic with Stewart out earlier this season, but both Alec Burks and Danilo Gallinari received more playing time after Muscala's departure.

Miami Heat News

Confirmed Lineup: Terry Rozier, Tyler Herro, Jimmy Butler, Haywood Highsmith, Bam Adebayo

  • Jamal Cain (illness) — Available

  • Duncan Robinson (concussion protocol) — Out

  • Dru Smith (knee) — Out for season

Washington Wizards News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyus Jones, Jordan Poole, Deni Avdija, Kyle Kuzma, Daniel Gafford

  • Jordan Poole (illness) — Available

  • Marvin Bagley (back) — Out

  • Landry Shamet (illness) — Available

  • Isaiah Livers (hip) — Out

Bilal Coulibaly played a career-high 37 minutes in a spot start for Poole on Wednesday. He's played 30 minutes or more on 17 occasions, and averages 26.4 minutes when used as a reserve. Only Jaime Jaquez Jr. averages more among all rookies regularly used in a bench role.

Phoenix Suns News

Confirmed Lineup: Devin Booker, Bradley Beal, Grayson Allen, Kevin Durant, Jusuf Nurkic

  • Grayson Allen (ankle) — Not on injury report

  • Bol Bol (foot) — Available

  • Damion Lee (knee) — Injured

Atlanta Hawks News

Confirmed Lineup: Trae Young, Dejounte Murray, Saddiq Bey, Jalen Johnson, Clint Capela

  • De'Andre Hunter (injury management) — Out

  • Bruno Fernando (back) — Not on injury report

  • Vit Krejci (shoulder) — Injured

  • Mouhamed Gueye (back) — Injured

Sacramento Kings News

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

  • Sasha Vezenkov (ankle) — Out

Mike Brown has been running a tightened rotation of late. All five starters played 37 minutes or more in a loss to the Heat on Wednesday. Over Sacramento's last four games, each starter is averaging at least 34.8 minutes, topping out with Barnes at 37.5. This has led to a reduction in role for bench players, most notably Malik Monk, who has only played 18.2 minutes per game in those four contests. Before this set of games, Monk had been averaging 26.0 minutes.

Indiana Pacers News

Confirmed Lineup: TJ McConnell, Bennedict Mathurin, Aaron Nesmith, Pascal Siakam, Isaiah Jackson

  • Tyrese Haliburton (injury management) — Available

  • Myles Turner (ankle) — Out

  • Jalen Smith (back) — Out

  • Bennedict Mathurin (toe) — Available

Haliburton is likely to remain on a minutes restriction if he plays on the second end of a back-to-back. The team has managed his hamstring conservatively, but he is only able to miss four more games this season if he is to remain eligible for All-NBA. That distinction would directly impact how much he can earn on his contract.

Charlotte Hornets News

Confirmed Lineup: Cody Martin, Bryce McGowens, Brandon Miller, Miles Bridges, Nick Richards

  • LaMelo Ball (ankle) — Out

  • Kyle Lowry (acquired) — Out

  • Gordon Hayward (calf) — Injured

  • Mark Williams (back) — Injured

Steve Clifford has experimented with his fifth starter, utilizing a different lineup in each of the three consecutive games Ball has missed. McGowens was the latest choice, but he only played 13 minutes on Wednesday in a loss to the Bulls. Ish Smith or Frank Ntilikina are options if McGowens is to be replaced, as is reverting to a bigger lineup by starting PJ Washington at the four and sliding Martin to point guard.

Oklahoma City Thunder News

Confirmed Lineup: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Cason Wallace, Josh Giddey, Lu Dort, Chet Holmgren

  • Jalen Williams (ankle) — Out

  • Isaiah Joe (sternum) — Out

  • Tre Mann (personal) — Out

Although Kenrich Williams started in Jalen Williams' place on Wednesday, Aaron Wiggins started the second half and produced a superior stat line with 12 points, four rebounds, and two assists. Consider Wiggins the leading candidate to start against Charlotte. Cason Wallace should also have a reliable role off the bench.

Golden State Warriors News

Confirmed Lineup: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Jonathan Kuminga, Draymond Green

  • Draymond Green (knee) — In

  • Klay Thompson (illness) — Not on injury report

  • Dario Saric (illness) — Out

  • Chris Paul (hand) — Injured

  • Gary Payton II (hamstring) — Injured

  • Moses Moody (calf) — Injured

Memphis Grizzlies News

Confirmed Lineup: Jacob Gilyard, John Konchar, Vince Williams, Santi Aldama, Jaren Jackson Jr.

  • Luke Kennard (injury recovery) — Available

  • Derrick Rose (hamstring) — Available

  • Xavier Tillman (knee) — Out

  • Ziaire Williams (hand) — Out

  • Desmond Bane (ankle) — Injured

  • Jake LaRavia (ankle) — Injured

  • Marcus Smart (finger) — Injured

  • Brandon Clarke (Achilles) — Injured

  • Ja Morant (shoulder) — Out for season

  • Steven Adams (knee) — Out for season

New Orleans Pelicans News

Confirmed Lineup: CJ McCollum, Trey Murphy III, Brandon Ingram, Zion Williamson, Jonas Valanciunas

  • Zion Williamson (foot) — Available

  • Herb Jones (adductor) — Out

  • Larry Nance Jr. (ankle) — Out

Although Williamson has sat out 10 of 48 games this season, including the team's last contest on Wednesday, he still has not missed consecutive games, a notable feat for someone with his injury history. Trey Murphy III is the likely starter if Williamson can't play against the Spurs.

San Antonio Spurs News

Confirmed Lineup: Tre Jones, Devin Vassell, Julian Champagnie, Jeremy Sochan, Victor Wembanyama

  • Keldon Johnson (elbow) — Out

  • Zach Collins (ankle) — Available

  • Charles Bassey (knee) — Out for season

Orlando Magic News

Confirmed Lineup: Markelle Fultz, Jalen Suggs, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero, Wendell Carter Jr.

  • Gary Harris (calf) — Available

Harris is probable to make his return after 14 consecutive absences. He will likely be on a minutes restriction off the bench. Once he is fully ramped up, Anthony Black's minutes may be in jeopardy if the Magic are committed to a 10-man rotation.

Minnesota Timberwolves News

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

  • Rudy Gobert (ankle) — In

  • Jaylen Clark (Achilles) — Injured

Toronto Raptors News

Confirmed Lineup: Immanuel Quickley, Bruce Brown, Gary Trent Jr., Scottie Barnes, Jakob Poeltl

  • Jakob Poeltl (ankle) — In

  • Immanuel Quickley (quad) — In

  • RJ Barrett (knee) — Out

  • Jontay Porter (back) — Out

Quickley and Poeltl fully practiced on Thursday and appear closer to a return than Barrett, who still has not been cleared for contact. Poeltl is hoping to return after missing 11 straight games.

Houston Rockets News

Confirmed Lineup: Fred VanVleet, Jalen Green, Dillon Brooks, Jabari Smith Jr., Alperen Sengun

  • Alperen Sengun (illness) — In

  • Tari Eason (leg) — Injured

  • Victor Oladipo (knee) — Injured

Sengun's illness is potentially poor timing against a Raptors team that may be getting top center Jakob Poeltl back. Jeff Green and Jock Landale are candidates to start at the five if Sengun misses out, or Houston could shift Smith Jr. there and start a wing such as Cam Whitmore.

Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Malcolm Brogdon, Anfernee Simons, Toumani Camara, Jabari Walker, Deandre Ayton

  • Jerami Grant (back) — Out

  • Shaedon Sharpe (abdomen) — Injured

  • Moses Brown (wrist) — Injured

  • Robert Williams (knee) — Out for season

Walker has started 10 consecutive games for Portland, but the experiment may be coming to an end, as he only tallied 16 against Milwaukee on Wednesday, by far his lowest total when in the first five. Toumani Camara, Scoot Henderson, and Matisse Thybulle all earned more playing time off the bench.

Denver Nuggets News

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

  • Nikola Jokic (back) — In

  • Jamal Murray (knee) — In

  • Peyton Watson (knee) — Available

  • Julian Strawther (knee) — Active but unlikely to play

  • Vlatko Cancar (knee) — Injured

Jokic missed just his second game of the season on Wednesday due to his back injury. It was his first absence since November 27. Denver went small against Oklahoma City without him, starting Watson and utilizing Gordon at the five. Gordon totaled 16 points, 13 rebounds, and seven assists in the new role. Denver could maintain that arrangement if Jokic misses a second straight game, or revert to starting DeAndre Jordan or Zeke Nnaji at center.