NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (March 16): Tristan Thompson Out, Bam Adebayo Cleared to Return Tuesday

NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (March 16): Tristan Thompson Out, Bam Adebayo Cleared to Return Tuesday article feature image
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Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Bam Adebayo #13 of the Miami Heat.

Below are the projected starting lineups for each team playing on Tuesday’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

6:30 p.m. ET Update: Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro have been upgraded to available for Tuesday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Avery Bradley has been ruled out.

Tristan Thompson has been ruled out for the Boston Celtics Tuesday due to health and safety protocols.

Christian Wood and Daniel House have been ruled out for Tuesday’s matchup and will join John Wall, David Nwaba, and Rodions Kurucs on the bench who are all out due to injury.

Derrick Rose is out for Tuesday’s game due to health and safety protocols. Elfrid Payton has been listed as doubtful with a lingering hamstring issue.


The Portland Trail Blazers will welcome CJ McCollum back into their lineup Tuesday when they face the New Orleans Pelicans. Per our NBA Insiders tool:

McCollum has been removed from the injury report in advance of Tuesday’s game, indicating that he will be available to return after being sidelined for the last two months due to a fractured foot … There is no word on if McCollum will have a minutes restriction in his first game back, but Gary Trent Jr. will likely return to a reserve role.

The Miami Heat expect to have Bam Adebayo return to their lineup for the first time since the All-Star break. Adebayo missed the past four games due to left knee tendinitis, but he has been upgraded to probable prior to the match on Tuesday. Avery Bradley, who has been out for 18 games, has been upgraded to questionable Tuesday.

The Houston Rockets have a number of injuries potentially impacting their rotation ahead of tonight’s matchup against the Atlanta Hawks. Christian Wood is listed as doubtful after missing the past 16 games with an ankle injury, but told the media he’s close to being cleared to play. There’s a small chance it could come as soon as Tuesday depending on how he feels after shootaround.

John Wall will miss his fourth straight game due to a left knee contusion, but Rockets head coach Stephen Silas is hopeful Wall can suit up for Wednesday’s game. David Nwaba and Rodions Kurucs have also been ruled out, while Danuel House and Ben McLemore are questionable. The Rockets currently have the longest losing streak in the NBA at 16 games.

Be sure to check the Action Labs NBA page for real time updates.

Projected Starting Lineups

Utah Jazz vs. Boston Celtics (7:30 p.m. ET)

Jazz Projected Lineup

PG – Mike Conley
SG – Donovan Mitchell
SF – Bojan Bogdanovic
PF – Royce O’Neale
C – Rudy Gobert

Injury news: Nothing new

Celtics Projected Lineup

PG – Kemba Walker
SG – Marcus Smart
SF – Jaylen Brown
PF – Jayson Tatum
C – Daniel Theis

Injury news: Nothing new


Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Chicago Bulls (8 p.m. ET)

Thunder Projected Lineup

PG – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
SG – Theo Maledon
SF – Lu Dort
PF – Aleksej Pokusevski
C – Moses Brown

Injury news: Lu Dort (Toe) is questionable, Darius Bazley (shoulder) and Al Horford (rest) are out

Bulls Projected Lineup

PG – Tomas Satoransky
SG – Zach LaVine
SF – Patrick Williams
PF – Thaddeus Young
C – Lauri Markkanen

Injury news: Nothing new


Atlanta Hawks vs. Houston Rockets (8 p.m. ET)

Hawks Projected Lineup

PG – Trae Young
SG – Kevin Huerter
SF – Tony Snell
PF – John Collins
C – Clint Capela

Injury news: Clint Capela (Heel) and Onyeka Okongwu (adductor) are questionable

Rockets Projected Lineup

PG – Kevin Porter Jr.
SG – Victor Oladipo
SF – Sterling Brown
PF – Jae’Sean Tate
C – Justin Patton

Injury news: Ben McLemore (ankle) are questionable, Danuel House (Knee), Christian Wood (ankle), John Wall (knee), David Nwaba (wrist), and Rodions Kurucs (oblique) are out


New York Knicks vs. Philadelphia 76ers (8 p.m. ET)

Knicks Projected Lineup

PG – Immanuel Quickley
SG – RJ Barrett
SF – Reggie Bullock
PF – Julius Randle
C – Nerlens Noel

Injury news: Nothing new

76ers Projected Lineup

PG – Ben Simmons
SG – Seth Curry
SF – Danny Green
PF – Tobias Harris
C – Tony Bradley

Injury news: Nothing new


Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Miami Heat (8 p.m. ET)

Cavaliers Projected Lineup

PG – Darius Garland
SG – Collin Sexton
SF – Isaac Okoro
PF – Larry Nance Jr.
C – Jarrett Allen

Injury news: Taurean Prince (shoulder) is out, Kevin Love (calf) is doubtful

Heat Projected Lineup

PG – Kendrick Nunn
SG – Jimmy Butler
SF – Duncan Robinson
PF – Kelly Olynyk
C – Bam Adebayo

Injury news: Bam Adebayo (Knee) and Tyler Herro (shoulder) are active, Avery Bradley (calf) is out


New Orleans Pelicans vs. Portland Trail Blazers (10 p.m. ET)

Pelicans Projected Lineup

PG – Lonzo Ball
SG – Eric Bledsoe
SF – Brandon Ingram
PF – Zion Williamson
C – Steven Adams

Injury news: JJ Redick (heel) is out

Trail Blazers Projected Lineup

PG – Damian Lillard
SG – CJ McCollum
SF – Derrick Jones Jr.
PF – Robert Covington
C – Enes Kanter

Injury news: Harry Giles (calf) is questionable


Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Lakers (10:30 p.m. ET)

Timberwolves Projected Lineup

PG – Ricky Rubio
SG – Anthony Edwards
SF – Jake Layman
PF – Jarred Vanderbilt
C – Karl-Anthony Towns

Injury news: Jaden McDaniels (health protocols) has been removed from the injury report, Jarrett Culver (toe) is doubtful, Jordan McLaughlin (health protocols), D’Angelo Russell (knee) and Malik Beasley (suspension) are out

Lakers Projected Lineup

PG – Dennis Schroder
SG – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
SF – LeBron James
PF – Markieff Morris
C – Damian Jones

Injury news: Nothing new


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