NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 5/21

May 21st 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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Indiana Pacers News

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

  • Bennedict Mathurin (shoulder) — Out for season

The Pacers defeated the Knicks in Game 7 on Sunday to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals on the backs of an incredible shooting performance. Indiana went 53-79 from the field in the game for a final mark of 67.1%. It was the best single-game shooting performance by a team in the playoffs since at least 1963, when field-goal percentage data became a statistic. The previous mark was held by none other than the Celtics, who shot 67.0% from the field (63-94) on April 28, 1990, also against the Knicks.

Boston Celtics News

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

  • Xavier Tillman (personal) — Out

  • Kristaps Porzingis (calf) — Injured

Porzingis is expected to remain out for the first two games of the impending Eastern Conference Finals due to his strained right calf, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. However, there is optimism that Porzingis will be able to return at some point in this series barring any setbacks. After Games 1 and 2 in Boston on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively, Game 3 is scheduled for Saturday. It appears that would be the earliest Porzingis would be able to return, but much will depend on how his on-court activity progresses this week. The Celtics' center missed the entirety of Boston's round two series win over Cleveland. Horford has been starting in his place, most recently logging 22 points, 15 rebounds, five assists and three blocks in the series-clinching win over the Cavs.