NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 3/14

Mar 14th 2024

Cooper Boni

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 (hamstring) — Out

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (hamstring) — Available

  • Kawhi Leonard (back) — In

  • Jaylen Brown (hip) — In

  • James Harden (shoulder) — Out

  • Anfernee Simons (knee) — Out

  • Coby White (hip) — Out

  • Jerami Grant (hamstring) — Out

  • Malik Beasley (back) — Out

  • Richaun Holmes (toe) — Out

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Phoenix Suns News

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

  • Nassir Little (knee) — Available

  • Eric Gordon (knee) — Out

  • Josh Okogie (abdomen) — Out

  • Damion Lee (knee) — Injured

Boston Celtics News

Confirmed Lineup: Jrue Holiday, Derrick White, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford

  • Al Horford (toe) — Not on injury report

  • Jaylen Brown (hip) — In

  • Kristaps Porzingis (hamstring) — Out

With Brown's availability unclear, and Porzingis set to miss his fourth consecutive outing, the Celtics could be undermanned against the Suns. In the previous meeting between these two teams, Boston was without Porzingis and still won by 10 points. However, they had a healthy Brown who scored 27 points in 34 minutes in that game, and Phoenix was without Devin Booker. Tonight marks the second and final time the Celtics and Suns will face off this regular season.

Los Angeles Clippers News

Confirmed Lineup: Bones Hyland, Terance Mann, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Ivica Zubac

  • Kawhi Leonard (back) — In

  • James Harden (shoulder) — Out

  • Russell Westbrook (hand) — Injured

Chicago Bulls News

Confirmed Lineup: Ayo Dosunmu, Alex Caruso, DeMar DeRozan, Torrey Craig, Nikola Vucevic

  • Coby White (hip) — Out

  • Torrey Craig (ankle) — Available

  • Julian Phillips (foot) — Out

  • Zach LaVine (foot) — Out for season

  • Patrick Williams (foot) — Out for season

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Out for season

White was forced out of Thursday's contest right before overtime. The injury occurred when Pascal Siakam blocked White's shot and landed on him, sending White to the locker room with a noticeable limp. Although he was able to make it back under his own power, he appeared to be in serious pain. After the game, coach Donovan noted that White will undergo further testing in Chicago. White wasn't available to the media after the game, but according to reports, he was in good spirits in the locker room.

Washington Wizards News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyus Jones, Corey Kispert, Bilal Coulibaly, Deni Avdija, Kyle Kuzma

  • Richaun Holmes (toe) — Out

  • Landry Shamet (calf) — Out

  • Marvin Bagley (back) — Injured

  • Isaiah Livers (hip) — Out for season

Houston Rockets News

Confirmed Lineup: Fred VanVleet, Jalen Green, Amen Thompson, Dillon Brooks, Jabari Smith Jr.

  • Cam Whitmore (knee) — Injured

  • Alperen Sengun (ankle, knee) — Injured

  • Tari Eason (leg) — Out for season

  • Steven Adams (knee) — Out for season

Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Maxey, Kyle Lowry, Kelly Oubre, Tobias Harris, Mo Bamba

  • Joel Embiid (knee) — Injured

  • Robert Covington (knee) — Injured

  • De'Anthony Melton (back) — Injured

Milwaukee Bucks News

Confirmed Lineup: Damian Lillard, Patrick Beverley, Jae Crowder, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (hamstring) — Available

  • Patrick Beverley (hip) — Available

  • Malik Beasley (back) — Out

  • MarJon Beauchamp (back) — Out

  • Khris Middleton (ankle) — Out

Dallas Mavericks News

Confirmed Lineup: Kyrie Irving, Dante Exum, Derrick Jones Jr., PJ Washington, Daniel Gafford

  • Luka Doncic (hamstring) — Out

  • Brandon Williams (wrist) — TBD

Doncic exited Wednesday's contest toward the middle of the fourth quarter and didn't return. At the postgame media availability, coach Kidd mentioned that he was uncertain whether Doncic would travel with the team to Oklahoma City for the second leg of a back-to-back set. "I'll have a better answer tomorrow," Kidd said. "We'll see. This is a fluid thing. This is being talked about now. We'll find out ... if he's going or not." If Doncic is sidelined, his next chance to play would be Sunday versus Denver.

Oklahoma City Thunder News

Confirmed Lineup: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Josh Giddey, Lu Dort, Jalen Williams, Chet Holmgren

  • Jalen Williams (ankle) — Not on injury report

Jalen Williams appears ready to go after a one-game absence. The last outing was the first one he's missed since the beginning of February. On Tuesday, Oklahoma City lost to Indiana sans Williams, and his return will come against the Mavs, who are playing in the second leg of a back-to-back set and could be without Luka Doncic. The Thunder have continued their solid play recently, winning 10 of their last 15 games and posting the league's fourth-best Net Rating (+5.9) over that span.

New York Knicks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Brunson, Donte DiVincenzo, Josh Hart, OG Anunoby, Isaiah Hartenstein

  • Julius Randle (shoulder) — Injured

  • Mitchell Robinson (ankle) — Injured

Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Scoot Henderson, Dalano Banton, Kris Murray, Toumani Camara, Deandre Ayton

  • Anfernee Simons (knee) — Out

  • Rayan Rupert (ankle) — Available

  • Jerami Grant (hamstring) — Out

  • Jabari Walker (hip) — Out

  • Malcolm Brogdon (elbow) — Injured

  • Shaedon Sharpe (core) — Injured

  • Robert Williams (knee) — Out for season