NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (May 9): Jaylen Brown Out, Kyle Kuzma Doubtful Sunday

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Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Jaylen Brown #7 of the Boston Celtics.

Below are the projected starting lineups for each team playing on Sunday’s NBA slate, along with notable injury news for each squad. For real-time updates to these lineups, check out our Action Labs NBA lineups page.

NBA Injury News

The Celtics Boston Celtics will be without Jaylen Brown for the third straight game due to a sprained right ankle. Evan Fournier has started with Brown sidelined with Aaron Nesmith filling joining the second unit on the wing.

Robert Williams has been upgraded to probable in advance of Sunday’s game. Tristan Thompson entered the starting lineup on Friday with Williams sidelined and there is no word on if Williams will have a minutes limit.

Immanuel Quickley and Alec Burks are currently doubtful for the New York Knicks prior to their afternoon game Sunday. Both were unavailable for the loss on Friday: Quickley is dealing with a sprained left ankle and Burks is dealing with a left knee contusion.

The Los Angeles Lakers will likely Kuzma is listed doubtful for Sunday with a tight lower back. Wesley Matthews figures to enter the starting lineup in Kuzma’s place on the wing.

Alex Caruso and Talen Horton-Tucker are both questionable to suit up. The Lakers would be extremely thin at point guard if Caruso isn’t able to go with LeBron James and Dennis Schroder still sidelined.

Kristaps Porzingis will miss his sixth straight game due to a sore right knee. Maxi Kleber has been upgraded to questionable with an Achilles injury. With both players out recently, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Willie Cauley-Stein have entered the starting lineup.

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Projected Starting Lineups

Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics (1 p.m. ET)

Heat Projected Lineup

PG – Kendrick Nunn
SG – Jimmy Butler
SF – Duncan Robinson
PF – Trevor Ariza
C – Bam Adebayo

Injury news: Andre Iguodala (Thigh) is questionable

Celtics Projected Lineup

PG – Kemba Walker
SG – Marcus Smart
SF – Evan Fournier
PF – Jayson Tatum
C – Robert Williams

Injury news: Robert Williams (Toe) is probable; Jaylen Brown (Ankle) is out


New York Knicks vs. Los Angeles Clippers (3:30 p.m. ET)

Knicks Projected Lineup

PG – Elfrid Payton
SG – RJ Barrett
SF – Reggie Bullock
PF – Julius Randle
C – Nerlens Noel

Injury news: Alec Burks (Knee); Immanuel Quickley (Ankle) is doubtful

Clippers Projected Lineup

PG – Reggie Jackson
SG – Paul George
SF – Kawhi Leonard
PF – Marcus Morris
C – Ivica Zubac

Injury news: Yogi Ferrell (Quad) is questionable; Amir Coffey (COVID Protocols) is out


Dallas Mavericks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (7 p.m. ET)

Mavericks Projected Lineup

PG – Luka Doncic
SG – Josh Richardson
SF – Tim Hardaway Jr.
PF – Dorian Finney-Smith
C – Willie Cauley-Stein

Injury news: Maxi Kleber (Achilles) is questionable; Kristaps Porzingis (Knee) is out

Cavaliers Projected Lineup

PG – Collin Sexton
SG – Isaac Okoro
SF – Cedi Osman
PF – Kevin Love
C – Jarrett Allen

Injury news: Kevin Love (Knee) is questionable; Lamar Stevens (Concussion) is doubtful; Darius Garland (Ankle) is out


New Orleans Pelicans vs. Charlotte Hornets (7 p.m. ET)

Pelicans Projected Lineup

PG – Lonzo Ball
SG – Eric Bledsoe
SF – Naji Marshall
PF – James Johnson
C – Steven Adams

Injury news: Steven Adams (Toe) is questionable; Nickeil Alexander-Walker (Ankle) is probable

Hornets Projected Lineup

PG – LaMelo Ball
SG – Terry Rozier
SF – Jalen McDaniels
PF – PJ Washington
C – Bismack Biyombo

Injury news: Devonte’ Graham (Knee) is questionable; Cody Martin (Ankle) and Miles Bridges (COVID Protocols) are out


Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Orlando Magic (7 p.m. ET)

Timberwolves Projected Lineup

PG – Ricky Rubio
SG – D’Angelo Russell
SF – Anthony Edwards
PF – Jarred Vanderbilt
C – Karl-Anthony Towns

Injury news: Jaden McDaniels (Personal) is out

Magic Projected Lineup

PG – Cole Anthony
SG – Gary Harris
SF – Dwayne Bacon
PF – Moe Wagner
C – Wendell Carter Jr.

Injury news: Wendell Carter Jr. (Eye) is questionable


Chicago Bulls vs. Detroit Pistons (8 p.m. ET)

Bulls Projected Lineup

PG – Coby White
SG – Zach LaVine
SF – Patrick Williams
PF – Daniel Theis
C – Nikola Vucevic

Injury news: Nothing new

Pistons Projected Lineup

PG – Cory Joseph
SG – Wayne Ellington
SF – Saddiq Bey
PF – Jerami Grant
C – Isaiah Stewart

Injury news: Rodney McGruder (Elbow), Josh Jackson (Mouth) and Hamidou Diallo (Personal) are doubtful


Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers (10 p.m. ET)

Suns Projected Lineup

PG – Chris Paul
SG – Devin Booker
SF – Mikal Bridges
PF – Torrey Craig
C – Deandre Ayton

Injury news: Cam Johnson (Wrist) is out

Lakers Projected Lineup

PG – Ben McLemore
SG – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
SF – Markieff Morris
PF – Anthony Davis
C – Andre Drummond

Injury news: Alex Caruso (Foot) and Talen Horton-Tucker (Calf) are questionable; Marc Gasol (Finger) and Anthony Davis (Calf) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Ankle) are probable; Kyle Kuzma (Back) is doubtful


Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Sacramento Kings (10 p.m. ET)

Thunder Projected Lineup

PG – Theo Maledon
SG – Lu Dort
SF – Darius Bazley
PF – Isaiah Roby
C – Moses Brown

Injury news: Ty Jerome (Calf) is questionable; Aleksej Pokusevski (Knee) is doubtful

Kings Projected Lineup

PG – Delon Wright
SG – Buddy Hield
SF – Harrison Barnes
PF – Marvin Bagley
C – Richaun Holmes

Injury news: Harrison Barnes (Adductor) is questionable


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