NBA News & Fantasy Basketball Notes 3/18

Mar 18th 2022

Jay Persson

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. Recent News will display the last 10 news items of the day. Scrolling to the bottom allows you to view Looking Ahead, where you’ll see news for the following day.

Key NBA News to Watch

  • Joel Embiid (back) — In

  • LeBron James (knee) — In

  • Ja Morant (back) — Active

  • Trae Young (quad) — Out

  • De'Aaron Fox (hand) — Out

  • Jimmy Butler (ankle) — Out

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (ankle) — In

  • Zach LaVine (knee) — In

  • Devonte' Graham (hip) — Available

  • Danilo Gallinari (biceps) — Available

  • Seth Curry (ankle) — In

  • Eric Gordon (illness) — Out

  • Jae Crowder (groin) — Out

  • PJ Tucker (knee) — In

Recent NBA News

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Dallas Mavericks News

Mavs will start Luka Doncic, Jalen Brunson, Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith, and Dwight Powell on Friday.

  • Marquese Chriss (knee) — In

  • Reggie Bullock (personal) — Out

  • Tim Hardaway Jr. (foot) — Injured

Philadelphia 76ers News

Sixers will start James Harden, Tyrese Maxey, Matisse Thybulle, Tobias Harris, and Joel Embiid on Friday.

  • Joel Embiid (back) — In

Washington Wizards News

Wizards will start Raul Neto, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Corey Kispert, Kyle Kuzma, and Kristaps Porzingis on Friday.

  • Bradley Beal (wrist) — Injured

New York Knicks News

Knicks will start Alec Burks, Evan Fournier, RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, and Mitchell Robinson on Friday.

  • Quentin Grimes (knee) — Available

  • Nerlens Noel (foot) — Out

  • Derrick Rose (ankle) — Injured

  • Cam Reddish (shoulder) — Injured

  • Kemba Walker — Out

Los Angeles Lakers News

Lakers will start Russell Westbrook, Malik Monk, Wenyen Gabriel, LeBron James, and Dwight Howard on Friday.

  • LeBron James (knee) — In

  • Talen Horton-Tucker (ankle) — Out

  • Carmelo Anthony (illness) — Out

  • Wayne Ellington (illness) — Out

  • Anthony Davis (foot) — Injured

  • Kendrick Nunn (knee) — Injured

Toronto Raptors News

Raptors will start Fred VanVleet, Gary Trent Jr., Scottie Barnes, Pascal Siakam, and Khem Birch on Friday.

  • OG Anunoby (finger) — Injured

  • Malachi Flynn (hamstring) — Injured

Memphis Grizzlies News

Grizzlies will start Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, Dillon Brooks, Jaren Jackson Jr., and Steven Adams on Friday.

  • Ja Morant (back) — Active

  • Killian Tillie (knee) — Out

Atlanta Hawks News

Hawks will start Delon Wright, Kevin Huerter, De'Andre Hunter, Danilo Gallinari, and Clint Capela on Friday.

  • Trae Young (quad) — Out

  • Danilo Gallinari (biceps) — Available

  • John Collins (finger, foot) — Injured

Portland Trail Blazers News

Blazers will start Brandon Williams, Josh Hart, Justise Winslow, Trendon Watford, and Drew Eubanks on Friday.

  • Eric Bledsoe (Achilles) — Out

  • Anfernee Simons (knee) — Injured

  • Jusuf Nurkic (foot) — Injured

  • Damian Lillard (abdominal) — Injured

  • Didi Louzada (knee) — Injured

  • Joe Ingles (ACL) — Injured

  • Nassir Little (shoulder) — Injured

Brooklyn Nets News

Nets will start Goran Dragic, Seth Curry, Bruce Brown, Kevin Durant, and Andre Drummond on Friday.

  • Seth Curry (ankle) — In

  • Kyrie Irving — Out

  • LaMarcus Aldridge (hip) — Injured

  • Ben Simmons (conditioning, back) — Out

  • Joe Harris (ankle) — Injured

Denver Nuggets News

Nuggets will start Monte Morris, Will Barton, Aaron Gordon, Jeff Green, and Nikola Jokic on Friday.

  • Zeke Nnaji (knee) — Out

  • Michael Porter Jr. (back) — Injured

  • Vlatko Cancar (foot) — Injured

  • Jamal Murray (ACL) — Injured

Cleveland Cavaliers News

Cavs will start Darius Garland, Isaac Okoro, Lamar Stevens, Lauri Markkanen, and Evan Mobley on Friday.

  • Dean Wade (knee) — Out

  • Rajon Rondo (ankle) — Out

  • Jarrett Allen (finger) — Injured

  • Collin Sexton (knee) — Injured

Oklahoma City Thunder News

Thunder will start Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Aaron Wiggins, Aleksej Pokusevski, Darius Bazley, Olivier Sarr on Friday.

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (ankle) — In

  • Derrick Favors (back) — Out

  • Josh Giddey (hip) — Out

  • Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (foot) — Injured

  • Kenrich Williams (knee) — Injured

  • Ty Jerome (sports hernia) — Injured

  • Lu Dort (shoulder) — Injured

  • Mike Muscala (ankle) — Injured

Miami Heat News

Heat will start Kyle Lowry, Gabe Vincent, Duncan Robinson, PJ Tucker, and Bam Adebayo on Friday.

  • Jimmy Butler (ankle) — Out

  • PJ Tucker (knee) — In

  • Caleb Martin (knee) — In

  • Victor Oladipo (back) — Out

Indiana Pacers News

Pacers will start Tyrese Haliburton, Malcolm Brogdon, Buddy Hield, Oshae Brissett, and Goga Bitadze on Friday.

  • Chris Duarte (toe) — Out

  • Goga Bitadze (foot) — Available

  • Isaiah Jackson (concussion) — Out

  • Myles Turner (foot) — Injured

  • TJ McConnell (hand) — Injured

  • TJ Warren (foot) — Injured

  • Ricky Rubio (ACL) — Injured

Houston Rockets News

Rockets will start Kevin Porter Jr., Jalen Green, Garrison Mathews, Jae'Sean Tate, and Christian Wood on Friday.

  • Eric Gordon (illness) — Out

  • Usman Garuba (ankle) — Out

  • John Wall (NWT) — Out

New Orleans Pelicans News

Pelicans will start CJ McCollum, Devonte' Graham, Herbert Jones, Jaxson Hayes, and Jonas Valanciunas on Friday.

  • Devonte' Graham (hip) — Available

  • Jose Alvarado (finger) — Available

  • Brandon Ingram (hamstring) — Injured

  • Larry Nance Jr. (knee) — Injured

  • Zion Williamson (foot) — Injured

San Antonio Spurs News

Spurs will start Dejounte Murray, Josh Primo, Devin Vassell, Keldon Johnson, and Jakob Poeltl on Friday.

  • Josh Richardson (calf) — Out

  • Keita Bates-Diop (back) — Out

  • Romeo Langford (hamstring) — Out

  • Doug McDermott (ankle) — Injured

Los Angeles Clippers News

Clippers will start Reggie Jackson, Amir Coffey, Marcus Morris, Nicolas Batum, and Ivica Zubac on Friday.

  • Norman Powell (foot) — injured

  • Paul George (elbow) — Injured

  • Kawhi Leonard (ACL) — Injured

Utah Jazz News

Jazz will start Mike Conley, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Royce O'Neale, Juancho Hernangomez, and Rudy Gobert on Friday.

  • Hassan Whiteside (illness) — Out

  • Trent Forrest (wrist) — Out

  • Donovan Mitchell (calf) — Out

  • Bojan Bogdanovic (calf) — Out

  • Danuel House (knee) — Out

  • Udoka Azubuike (ankle) — Out

Boston Celtics News

Celtics will start Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, and Robert Williams on Friday.

  • Aaron Nesmith (ankle) — Injured

Sacramento Kings News

Kings will start Davion Mitchell, Justin Holiday, Harrison Barnes, Trey Lyles, and Domantas Sabonis on Friday.

  • De'Aaron Fox (hand) — Out

  • Jeremy Lamb (personal) — Out

  • Terence Davis (wrist) — Injured

Chicago Bulls News

Bulls will start Ayo Dosunmu, Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, Javonte Green, and Nikola Vucevic on Friday.

  • Zach LaVine (knee) — In

  • Lonzo Ball (knee) — Injured

  • Patrick Williams (wrist) — Injured

Phoenix Suns News

Suns will start Cam Payne, Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, Torrey Craig, and Deandre Ayton on Friday.

  • Jae Crowder (groin) — Out

  • Cam Johnson (quad) — Out

  • Chris Paul (thumb) — Injured

  • Frank Kaminsky (knee) — Injured

  • Dario Saric (ACL) — Injured

Looking Ahead

Jordan McLaughlin (groin) questionable for 3/19. Naz Reid (back) questionable for 3/19. Jarred Vanderbilt (quad) questionable for 3/19. Anthony Edwards (knee) probable for 3/19. Hamidou Diallo (finger) listed out for 3/19. Killian Hayes (head) listed questionable for 3/19. Pat Connaughton (finger) listed probable for 3/19. Cade Cunningham (illness) listed probable for 3/19. Jerami Grant (knee) not listed on injury report for 3/19.