NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 4/4

Apr 4th 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 (hip, wrist) — Available

  • Joel Embiid (injury recovery) — In

  • Jimmy Butler (personal) — In

  • Tyrese Maxey (hip) — In

  • Jamal Murray (knee) — Out

  • Tobias Harris (knee) — Out

  • Aaron Gordon (foot) — Available

  • Josh Hart (wrist) — In

  • Jonathan Kuminga (knee) — Out

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Atlanta Hawks News

Confirmed Lineup: Dejounte Murray, Bogdan Bogdanovic, De'Andre Hunter, Jalen Johnson, Clint Capela

  • Trae Young (finger) — Injured

  • Onyeka Okongwu (toe) — Injured

  • AJ Griffin (ankle) — Injured

  • Mouhamed Gueye (knee) — Injured

  • Saddiq Bey (knee) — Out for season

Dallas Mavericks News

Confirmed Lineup: Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, Derrick Jones Jr., PJ Washington, Daniel Gafford

  • Greg Brown III (personal) — Out

  • Dereck Lively II (knee) — Injured

  • Josh Green (ankle) — Injured

Philadelphia 76ers News

Confirmed Lineup: Tyrese Maxey, Kyle Lowry, Kelly Oubre, Nicolas Batum, Joel Embiid

  • Joel Embiid (injury recovery) — In

  • Tyrese Maxey (hip) — In

  • Tobias Harris (knee) — Out

  • Mo Bamba (illness) — Out

  • De'Anthony Melton (back) — Injured

  • Robert Covington (knee) — Injured

Embiid returned Tuesday from an eight-week absence after suffering a left knee meniscus injury. He played 29 minutes while leading the team with a 39.4% usage rate. Coach Nurse believes it won't take Embiid long to improve his conditioning as the Sixers have six games remaining. However, he still finds himself questionable for injury recovery against the Heat, joining two of his highest profile teammates in Maxey and Harris with that tag. Notably, Philadelphia has a back-to-back set coming up on Saturday and Sunday at Memphis and at San Antonio.

Miami Heat News

Confirmed Lineup: Terry Rozier, Duncan Robinson, Jimmy Butler, Nikola Jovic, Bam Adebayo

  • Jimmy Butler (personal) — In

  • Tyler Herro (foot) — Injured

  • Josh Richardson (shoulder) — Out for season

Sacramento Kings News

Confirmed Lineup: De'Aaron Fox, Keon Ellis, Harrison Barnes, Keegan Murray, Domantas Sabonis

  • Malik Monk (knee) — Injured

  • Kevin Huerter (shoulder) — Out for season

The Kings announced on Wednesday that Huerter's surgery to repair his torn labrum in his left shoulder was successful. He is expected to have full availability for the start of the 2024-25 season.

New York Knicks News

Confirmed Lineup: Jalen Brunson, Miles McBride, Donte DiVincenzo, Josh Hart, Isaiah Hartenstein

  • Josh Hart (wrist) — In

  • Mitchell Robinson (injury management) — Available

  • Julius Randle (shoulder) — Injured

  • OG Anunoby (elbow) — Injured

Golden State Warriors News

Confirmed Lineup: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green, Trayce Jackson-Davis

  • Jonathan Kuminga (knee) — Out

  • Gary Payton II (ankle) — Available

  • Dario Saric (knee) — Out

Kuminga is officially listed questionable Thursday with bilateral knee tendonitis. He's missed the Warriors' last four games. However, before Tuesday's contest, coach Kerr said that Kuminga would be back in the lineup on Thursday. Trayce Jackson-Davis has started in the interim, and Kevon Looney has rejoined the rotation. Kuminga would likely return to a starting role if able to play against the Rockets.

Houston Rockets News

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

  • Alperen Sengun (ankle, knee) — Injured

  • Tari Eason (leg) — Out for season

  • Steven Adams (knee) — Out for season

Denver Nuggets News

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

  • Nikola Jokic (hip, wrist) — Available

  • Jamal Murray (knee) — Out

  • Aaron Gordon (foot) — Available

  • Zeke Nnaji (adductor) — Available

  • Vlatko Cancar (knee) — Injured

Los Angeles Clippers News

Confirmed Lineup: James Harden, Terance Mann, Paul George, PJ Tucker, Ivica Zubac

  • Kawhi Leonard (knee) — Out

  • Josh Primo (ankle) — Out

Leonard has been ruled out for Thursday and will miss his second straight game with a sore right knee. Coach Lue revealed that Leonard is dealing with the new injury after Sunday's contest. At the time, he was hopeful Leonard would be able to suit up Thursday, but that evidently won't happen. Powell entered the starting lineup on Tuesday and scored 17 points in 28 minutes. Brandon Boston Jr. played 21 minutes off the bench. George and Harden should carry heavier workloads on Thursday with Leonard sidelined.