NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 2/26

Feb 26th 2024

Jay Persson

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

  • Tyler Herro (knee) — Out

  • Terry Rozier (knee) — Out

  • Ben Simmons (leg) — Available

  • Aaron Nesmith (ankle) — Out

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Toronto Raptors News

Confirmed Lineup: Immanuel Quickley, Gary Trent Jr., RJ Barrett, Scottie Barnes, Jakob Poeltl

  • RJ Barrett (injury management) — Not on injury report

Indiana Pacers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Haliburton, Andrew Nembhard, Bennedict Mathurin, Pascal Siakam, Myles Turner

  • Aaron Nesmith (ankle) — Out

  • Jalen Smith (back) — Available

Detroit Pistons News

Confirmed Lineup: Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey, Ausar Thompson, Simone Fontecchio, Jalen Duren

  • Marcus Sasser (knee) — Out

  • Isaiah Stewart — Suspended

New York Knicks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Brunson, Donte DiVincenzo, Josh Hart, Precious Achiuwa, Isaiah Hartenstein

  • Julius Randle (shoulder) — Injured

  • OG Anunoby (elbow) — Injured

  • Mitchell Robinson (ankle) — Injured

Brooklyn Nets News

Confirmed Lineup: Dennis Schroder, Cam Thomas, Mikal Bridges, Dorian Finney-Smith, Nic Claxton

  • Ben Simmons (leg) — Available

  • Dariq Whitehead (shin) — Out for season

Simmons left the previous game early with a sore left leg but the team doesn't seem overly concerned with the severity of the injury. However, he has already missed 42 games this season and has played fewer than 60 games in each of the prior three seasons.

Dennis Schroder started recently with Simmons out in the second leg of a back-to-back, after Simmons started he previous four games. Schroder has averaged just 8.2 points and 4.0 assists in five contests as a member of the Nets. Dennis Smith Jr. could also be in line for extended minutes if Simmons is unable to play.

Memphis Grizzlies News

Confirmed Lineup: Luke Kennard, Vince Williams, Ziaire Williams, Santi Aldama, Jaren Jackson Jr.

  • John Konchar (thumb) — Out

  • Desmond Bane (ankle) — Injured

  • Marcus Smart (finger) — Injured

  • Scotty Pippen Jr. (back) — Injured

  • Brandon Clarke (Achilles) — Injured

  • Ja Morant (shoulder) — Out for season

Miami Heat News

Confirmed Lineup: Delon Wright, Duncan Robinson, Jaime Jaquez Jr., Caleb Martin, Bam Adebayo

  • Tyler Herro (knee) — Out

  • Terry Rozier (knee) — Out

  • Jimmy Butler — Suspended

  • Nikola Jovic — Suspended

  • Thomas Bryant — Suspended

  • Orlando Robinson (back) — Out

  • Josh Richardson (shoulder) — Injured

  • Dru Smith (knee) — Out for season

The Heat have both good and bad news heading into Monday's contest. Herro's knee injury doesn't appear to be serious and Rozier could return ahead of schedule from a sprained knee. But following an incident during Saturday's game, Butler, Jovic, and Bryant all received suspensions.

Coach Spoelstra has already utilized 29 different starting lineups this season. Jaime Jaquez Jr. could return to the starting lineup and the team could use a duplicate lineup if Rozier and Herro are able to play. It's possible Delon Wright makes his Heat debut depending on who's available, while Jaquez Jr. should see steady playing time.

Sacramento Kings News

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

  • Alex Len (illness) — Not on injury report

  • Sasha Vezenkov (ankle) — Injured