NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 5/18

May 18th 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.

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Oklahoma City Thunder News

Confirmed Lineup: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Isaiah Joe, Lu Dort, Jalen Williams, Chet Holmgren

Coach Daigneault finally made the starting lineup change many were calling for, but instead of going to Aaron Wiggins or Cason Wallace in place of Josh Giddey, it was Joe who got the call in Game 5. He played just 22 minutes, scoring six points while going 2-9 from the field (2-8 from three). Wallace notched 27 minutes off the bench but was equally as ineffective on offense, totaling three points on seven shots. Further complicating the matter is that Giddey was solid in his bench role, with 11 points, three rebounds, and two assists in 12 minutes. It appears that all options are again open for Daigneault in terms of this fifth starter spot; the OKC coach said on Friday that he knows what he plans to do for Game 6, but would not divulge his plans.

Dallas Mavericks News

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

  • Olivier-Maxence Prosper (ankle) — Out

Despite reports that indicated Doncic would be shut down for about two weeks if this were the regular season, he played through his injuries and recorded a triple-double in Game 5 with 31 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds. It was his third triple-double of these playoffs, the most by any player across the league.

The Mavs also received a boost off the bench in the form of Dereck Lively II's 11 points and 10 rebounds. He became the youngest Dallas player to ever record a double-double in the postseason. Derrick Jones Jr. also followed up his 17-point performance in Game 4 with 19 points in Game 5. With Irving's scoring ability mostly being taken away by Oklahoma City (he's averaging just 14.4 points per game in this series), secondary performances like these could be the difference if the Mavs are to close out the series at home.