NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 3/1

Mar 1st 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

  • Luka Doncic (ankle, nose) — In

  • Donovan Mitchell (knee) — Out

  • De'Aaron Fox (knee) — Out

  • Anthony Edwards (ankle) — Available

  • Paul George (knee) — In

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) — In

  • Ivica Zubac (illness) — Out

  • Deandre Ayton (hand) — Out

  • Brandon Miller (back) — Out

  • Deni Avdija (heel) — Available

  • Aaron Nesmith (ankle) — In

  • Alex Caruso (hamstring) — In

  • Brandin Podziemski (knee) — Out

  • Bilal Coulibaly (pelvis) — Out

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Charlotte Hornets News

Confirmed Lineup: Tre Mann, Seth Curry, Cody Martin, Miles Bridges, Nick Richards

  • Brandon Miller (back) — Out

  • Grant Williams (back) — Not on injury report

  • LaMelo Ball (ankle) — Injured

  • Mark Williams (back) — Injured

Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Maxey, Kyle Lowry, Buddy Hield, Tobias Harris, Mo Bamba

  • KJ Martin (ankle) — Out

  • Kelly Oubre (shoulder) — Out

  • Joel Embiid (knee) — Injured

  • Robert Covington (knee) — Injured

  • De'Anthony Melton (back) — Injured

The fifth starter for the 76ers is very much in flux. Nicolas Batum has alternated starting vs. coming off the bench in four games since returning from a multi-week injury. He could very well return to the starting lineup in place of Oubre, or even the struggling Harris, who has shot just 31.3% since February 10.

Cleveland Cavaliers News

Confirmed Lineup: Darius Garland, Max Strus, Isaac Okoro, Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen

  • Donovan Mitchell (knee) — Out

  • Caris LeVert (elbow) — Out

  • Tristan Thompson — Suspended

  • Ty Jerome (ankle) — Injured

Detroit Pistons News

Confirmed Lineup: Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey, Ausar Thompson, Isaiah Stewart, Jalen Duren

  • Marcus Sasser (knee) — Injured

Stewart returned from an 11-game absence on Tuesday and went right back into the starting lineup, playing 34 minutes in a win over the Bulls. The victory snapped a six-game losing streak. On Thursday, Monty Williams said that he would likely run with this starting lineup for a while, adding that he likes newly acquired Simone Fontecchio off the bench. All five Detroit starters played at least 31 minutes on Tuesday, while Fontecchio led all reserves with 21 minutes.

Dallas Mavericks News

Confirmed Lineup: Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, Josh Green, PJ Washington, Dereck Lively II

  • Luka Doncic (ankle, nose) — In

  • Maxi Kleber (nose) — Available

The ankle listing is a new one for Doncic, who has been listed with the nasal injury for Dallas' last nine contests. He's played each time, averaging 34.2 points, 11.0 assists, 9.9 rebounds, and 2.0 steals in 36.8 minutes per game over that span. He does not appear to be limited in any way by his nose, but the addition of the ankle injury adds an element of uncertainty for Friday's game at Boston. If Doncic is unable to play, Irving would take on a larger offensive workload against his former team. Irving's usage rate increases to 32.4% when he plays without Doncic, up from 28.3% when they are both in the lineup. Tim Hardaway Jr. also sees a 5.7% usage rate increase in the same scenario.

Boston Celtics News

Confirmed Lineup: Jrue Holiday, Derrick White, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Kristaps Porzingis

  • Oshae Brissett (personal) — Available

Golden State Warriors News

Confirmed Lineup: Stephen Curry, Moses Moody, Klay Thompson, Jonathan Kuminga, Draymond Green

  • Brandin Podziemski (knee) — Out

  • Andrew Wiggins (personal) — Out

  • Gui Santos (knee) — Out

Wiggins is without a timetable for a return as he continues to deal with a personal issue, according to coach Kerr, who added that it's an excused absence. The Warriors expect him back at some point but it's unclear when that will happen. Moody started in Wiggins' absence on Thursday and should continue to start for however long Wiggins is away from the team with Kerr opting to keep Chris Paul and Klay Thompson together in the second unit for now.

Toronto Raptors News

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

  • Chris Boucher (illness) — Available

Indiana Pacers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Haliburton, Andrew Nembhard, Aaron Nesmith, Pascal Siakam, Myles Turner

  • Aaron Nesmith (ankle) — In

  • Ben Sheppard (illness) — Out

  • Doug McDermott (calf) — Out

New Orleans Pelicans News

Confirmed Lineup: CJ McCollum, Herb Jones, Brandon Ingram, Zion Williamson, Jonas Valanciunas

  • Dyson Daniels (knee) — Injured

Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Anfernee Simons, Kris Murray, Toumani Camara, Jerami Grant, Duop Reath

  • Deandre Ayton (hand) — Out

  • Moses Brown (wrist) — Available

  • Scoot Henderson (adductor) — Injured

  • Malcolm Brogdon (elbow) — Injured

  • Shaedon Sharpe (core) — Injured

  • Robert Williams (knee) — Out for season

Ayton left Portland's last game after 19 minutes with a sprained right hand and is doubtful Friday. Duop Reath is the likely starter in his place; he was in the first five for a stretch of seven consecutive games with Ayton out in early January. Portland could also elect to play smaller and start Jabari Walker at the five. The Trail Blazers lined up in that fashion during Ayton's last absence (with Reath also out), on February 8 vs. Detroit.

Memphis Grizzlies News

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

  • GG Jackson (quad) — Available

  • Luke Kennard (illness) — Out

  • John Konchar (thumb) — Out

  • Jaren Jackson Jr. (quad) — Out

  • Derrick Rose (back) — Out

  • Desmond Bane (ankle) — Injured

  • Marcus Smart (finger) — Injured

  • Brandon Clarke (Achilles) — Injured

  • Scotty Pippen Jr. (back) — Injured

  • Ja Morant (shoulder) — Out for season

Memphis is back to having a busy injury report, with 10 players listed for Friday. Jemison could go from outside the rotation to the starting lineup with Jackson Jr. out; he's started during each of Jackson Jr.'s three absences in February. If GG Jackson misses out, Jake LaRavia, Lamar Stevens, and Yuta Watanabe could be counted upon for big workloads off the bench. Assuming the doubtful tags also miss, the Grizzlies would only have nine players available in that scenario, including recent 10-day contract signee Matt Hurt. Memphis would also have no true guards on the bench.

Sacramento Kings News

Confirmed Lineup: Keon Ellis, Kevin Huerter, Harrison Barnes, Keegan Murray, Domantas Sabonis

  • De'Aaron Fox (knee) — Out

  • Sasha Vezenkov (ankle) — Injured

Minnesota Timberwolves News

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

  • Anthony Edwards (ankle) — Available

  • Kyle Anderson (knee) — Out

  • Jaylen Clark (Achilles) — Injured

Edwards was listed questionable prior to Minnesota's last game, but suited up on the second night of a back-to-back and played a whopping 40 minutes in a win over Memphis, scoring 34 points for the second consecutive night. He's routinely played through questionable tags all season. His history of playing through injuries should leave him more of the probable side of this questionable tag, but if he does miss, Nickeil Alexander-Walker would likely start in his place.

Milwaukee Bucks News

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

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) — In

  • Khris Middleton (ankle) — Injured

Chicago Bulls News

Confirmed Lineup: Coby White, Ayo Dosunmu, Alex Caruso, DeMar DeRozan, Nikola Vucevic

  • Alex Caruso (hamstring) — In

  • Torrey Craig (knee) — Injured

  • Zach LaVine (foot) — Out for season

  • Patrick Williams (foot) — Out for season

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Out for season

Chicago's fifth starter would be up in the air if Caruso were to miss a second consecutive game. On Wednesday, coach Donovan started Andre Drummond alongside Vucevic in order to combat Cleveland's double bigs of Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen. In Caruso's last missed game before that, however, on February 12, Donovan started Craig at the four. The Bucks' size makes Drummond the likeliest option, but with Craig injured, it's possible that rookie Onuralp Bitim could get a look after leading Chicago with 28 minutes off the bench against the Cavaliers. In just his third appearance of the season, he scored 10 points and added six rebounds. He had previously combined for only 5:44 of playing time over his first two games.

Washington Wizards News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyus Jones, Landry Shamet, Deni Avdija, Kyle Kuzma, Marvin Bagley

  • Deni Avdija (heel) — Available

  • Bilal Coulibaly (pelvis) — Out

  • Isaiah Livers (hip) — Out for season

Los Angeles Clippers News

Confirmed Lineup: James Harden, Terance Mann, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Daniel Theis

  • Paul George (knee) — In

  • Ivica Zubac (illness) — Out