NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 3/22

Mar 22nd 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

  • LeBron James (ankle) — In

  • Anthony Davis (Achilles) — In

  • Jayson Tatum (ankle) — Out

  • Anthony Edwards (finger) — In

  • Jaylen Brown (injury management) — Available

  • Bam Adebayo (back) — In

  • Kristaps Porzingis (injury management) — Available

  • Rudy Gobert (rib) — In

  • Desmond Bane (back) — Out

  • Anfernee Simons (knee) — Available

  • Deandre Ayton (elbow) — Out

  • Jerami Grant (hamstring) — Out

  • Al Horford (toe) — Out

  • Jalen Duren (back) — Out

  • Tobias Harris (ankle) — In

  • Draymond Green (back) — Available

  • Gary Trent Jr. (back) — Out

  • Vince Williams (knee) — Out

  • Naz Reid (concussion protocol) — In

  • John Konchar (heel) — Available

  • Scotty Pippen Jr. (shin) — Available

  • Terance Mann (shoulder) — In

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Boston Celtics News

Confirmed Lineup: Payton Pritchard, Derrick White, Jaylen Brown, Xavier Tillman, Kristaps Porzingis

  • Jayson Tatum (ankle) — Out

  • Jaylen Brown (injury management) — Available

  • Kristaps Porzingis (injury management) — Available

  • Al Horford (toe) — Out

  • Sam Hauser (ankle) — Available

  • Jrue Holiday (shoulder) — Out

The Celtics are kicking off a back-to-back on Friday with this contest at Detroit. Boston travels to play Chicago on Saturday. With four major questionable tags ahead of this game, the Celtics will most likely be playing shorthanded beyond just Jrue Holiday out in some way.

Horford, of course, has yet to play both ends of a back-to-back all season. Logically, it stands to reason that Horford will play one of these two games, and Porzingis will play the other. Meanwhile, Pritchard has started for Holiday in two of Jrue's last three absences, including over Hauser on March 11 in a similar lineup situation, and he could do so again.

Detroit Pistons News

Confirmed Lineup: Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey, Troy Brown Jr., Tosan Evbuomwan, James Wiseman

  • Jalen Duren (back) — Out

  • Simone Fontecchio (toe) — Out

  • Quentin Grimes (knee) — Out

  • Taj Gibson (hamstring) — Out

  • Stanley Umude (ankle) — Out for season

  • Ausar Thompson (blood clot) — Out for season

  • Isaiah Stewart (hamstring) — Out for season

The Pistons will once again be rolling out a new first five in some way with recent fill-in starter Umude set for a spell on the sidelines. While Fournier is considered the favorite to start, Troy Brown Jr. played almost every minute of the game after Umude left in the third quarter and is another option to start, likely alongside Evbuomwan, who made his first career Detroit start on Wednesday.

Oklahoma City Thunder News

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

Toronto Raptors News

Confirmed Lineup: Javon Freeman-Liberty, Bruce Brown, Gradey Dick, Ochai Agbaji, Kelly Olynyk

  • Jontay Porter (illness) — Not on injury report

  • Gary Trent Jr. (back) — Out

  • DJ Carton (ankle) — Out

  • Immanuel Quickley (personal) — Out

  • RJ Barrett (personal) — Out

  • Scottie Barnes (hand) — Injured

  • Jakob Poeltl (finger) — Injured

  • Chris Boucher (knee) — Injured

Cleveland Cavaliers News

Confirmed Lineup: Darius Garland, Caris LeVert, Isaac Okoro, Georges Niang, Jarrett Allen

  • Donovan Mitchell (nose) — Injured

  • Evan Mobley (ankle) — Injured

  • Max Strus (knee) — Injured

  • Dean Wade (knee) — Injured

  • Ty Jerome (ankle) — Injured

Minnesota Timberwolves News

Confirmed Lineup: Mike Conley, Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniels, Naz Reid, Rudy Gobert

  • Anthony Edwards (finger) — In

  • Rudy Gobert (rib) — In

  • Naz Reid (concussion protocol) — In

  • Karl-Anthony Towns (knee) — Injured

  • Jaylen Clark (Achilles) — Injured

If Gobert and Reid are both out again, expect the Wolves to return to the small lineup they used against Denver last time out with Anderson at the five. Luka Garza played 22 minutes off the bench in that game and could once again have a significant role in that event as the only true Wolves' big available.

Memphis Grizzlies News

Confirmed Lineup: Jordan Goodwin, John Konchar, GG Jackson, Santi Aldama, Jaren Jackson Jr.

  • John Konchar (heel) — Available

  • Scotty Pippen Jr. (shin) — Available

  • Jake LaRavia (illness) — Available

  • Desmond Bane (back) — Out

  • Vince Williams (knee) — Out

  • Luke Kennard (personal) — Out

  • Lamar Stevens (adductor) — Out

  • Yuta Watanabe (personal) — Out

  • Marcus Smart (finger) — Injured

  • Ziaire Williams (hip, back) — Injured

  • Derrick Rose (back, groin) — Injured

  • Brandon Clarke (Achilles) — Injured

  • Ja Morant (shoulder) — Out for season

With 13 Grizzlies on the injury report for Friday, there is once again uncertainty with the first five as Bane is likely to miss after returning and starting the last three contests at point guard. If available, Pippen Jr. is the favorite to enter that role after earning a start ahead of Jordan Goodwin on March 13. However, with questionable tags looming over both Pippen Jr. and Konchar, Goodwin and DeJon Jarreau could be ascended into more significant roles against the Wolves.

One Grizzly who has taken advantage of the team's injury situation in a big way is GG Jackson. Over his last six appearances (five starts), he's led the team in points (25.2) and minutes per game (35.9). He's coming off of a career-high 35-point performance against the Warriors, and he's shot 19-for-32 (59.4%) over his last two outings.

San Antonio Spurs News

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

  • Zach Collins (concussion protocol) — Available

  • Charles Bassey (knee) — Out for season

New Orleans Pelicans News

Confirmed Lineup: CJ McCollum, Herb Jones, Trey Murphy III, Zion Williamson, Jonas Valanciunas

  • Brandon Ingram (knee) — Injured

  • Dyson Daniels (knee) — Injured

Ingram was helped to the locker room against Orlando on Thursday after appearing to hyperextend his left knee, leaving the game after 21 minutes. Further complicating the situation for the Pelicans is that the team is taking the court against Miami on the second night of a back-to-back, a situation that Williamson has been known to rest through on occasions this season. However, he has suited up in each of the last three occurrences, averaging 24.0 points in 33.8 minutes across those contests.

Miami Heat News

Confirmed Lineup: Terry Rozier, Patty Mills, Jimmy Butler, Nikola Jovic, Bam Adebayo

  • Bam Adebayo (back) — In

  • Caleb Martin (ankle) — Available

  • Duncan Robinson (back) — Out

  • Tyler Herro (foot) — Injured

  • Kevin Love (heel) — Injured

  • Josh Richardson (shoulder) — Out for season

Indiana Pacers News

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

  • Obi Toppin (ankle) — Available

  • James Johnson (personal) — Out

  • Bennedict Mathurin (shoulder) — Out for season

Golden State Warriors News

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

  • Draymond Green (back) — Available

  • Moses Moody (knee) — Available

Los Angeles Clippers News

Confirmed Lineup: James Harden, Terance Mann, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Ivica Zubac

  • Terance Mann (shoulder) — In

  • Norman Powell (leg) — Out

  • Russell Westbrook (hand) — Injured

Portland Trail Blazers News

Confirmed Lineup: Scoot Henderson, Anfernee Simons, Kris Murray, Toumani Camara, Duop Reath

  • Anfernee Simons (knee) — Available

  • Deandre Ayton (elbow) — Out

  • Matisse Thybulle (ankle) — Out

  • Jerami Grant (hamstring) — Out

  • Malcolm Brogdon (elbow) — Injured

  • Shaedon Sharpe (core) — Injured

  • Robert Williams (knee) — Out for season

Philadelphia 76ers News

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

  • Tobias Harris (ankle) — In

  • Kai Jones (hamstring) — Out

  • Joel Embiid (knee) — Injured

  • Robert Covington (knee) — Injured

  • De'Anthony Melton (back) — Injured

Los Angeles Lakers News

Confirmed Lineup: D'Angelo Russell, Austin Reaves, Rui Hachimura, LeBron James, Anthony Davis

  • LeBron James (ankle) — In

  • Anthony Davis (Achilles) — In

  • Cam Reddish (ankle) — Not on injury report

  • Taurean Prince (personal) — Out

  • Gabe Vincent (knee) — Injured

  • Jarred Vanderbilt (foot) — Injured

  • Christian Wood (knee) — Injured

  • Jalen Hood-Schifino (back) — Injured

  • Colin Castleton (wrist) — Injured