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NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (April 9): Paul George Out, Brandon Ingram Cleared to Return Friday

NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (April 9): Paul George Out, Brandon Ingram Cleared to Return Friday article feature image

Michael Owens/Getty Images. Pictured: Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers

Below are the projected starting lineups for each team playing on Friday’s NBA slate, along with notable injury news for each squad. Click here for Sunday’s Injury list.

NBA Injury News

6:30 p.m. ET Update: Malcolm Brogdon and Domantas Sabonis have been cleared to return for the Indiana Pacers.

6 p.m. ET Update: Brandon Ingram has been cleared to return to the court Friday after missing the previous five games due to a foot injury. It is unclear if he will have a minute restriction.

Kira Lewis, who missed the past three games with a strained calf, has been cleared to play as well. Lonzo Ball sit out due to a sore hip after returning for three games.

5:30 p.m. ET Update: Paul George and Patrick Beverly have been ruled out for the Clippers against the Houston Rockets. Reggie Jackson and Rajon Rondo are listed questionable on the second night of a back-to-back.

Donte DiVincenzo is out Friday. Brook Lopez and Khris Middleton have been downgraded to doubtful.

Lonnie Walker IV is set to return for the San Antonio Spurs after missing nine games with a wrist injury. Gorgui Dieng has been ruled out with a shoulder injury.

2 p.m. ET Update: Giannis Antetokounmpo will miss his fourth straight game on Friday as he continues to deal with a sore knee. Jrue Holiday has also been ruled out for Friday’s game with a knee contusion.

Garrett Temple has been ruled out for the sixth game in a row Friday as he continues to deal with a strained hamstring.

The New Orleans Pelicans have listed Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kira Lewis questionable ahead of Friday’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Ball is dealing with a sore left hip flexor, though he played the past three games after missing seven straight with the same ailment. Ingram missed the past five games due to a foot injury, and Lewis was unavailable the previous three games due to a strained calf.

The Indiana Pacers are monitoring Malcolm Brogdon and Domantas Sabonis ahead of their game against the Orlando Magic. The Pacers, who are already missing Myles Turner due to an ankle injury, have listed Brogdon and Sabonis s questionable Friday. Brogdon has been sidelined the last four games with a sore hip, while Sabonis has missed three straight games with a sprained ankle.

The Washington Wizards have listed Bradley Beal as questionable ahead of Friday’s game agains the Golden State Warriors. Beal has been dealing with a right hip contusion for over a week, and after missing a few games, he played 30 minutes in his return to the lineup Wednesday.

Jamal Murray is once again questionable heading into Friday after missing the past two Nuggets games due to a sore right knee. In his absence, Monte Morris and Facu Campazzo have alternated starts.

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

Projected Starting Lineups

Indiana Pacers vs. Orlando Magic (7 p.m. ET)

Pacers Projected Lineup

PG – Malcolm Brogdon
SG – Caris LeVert
SF – Justin Holiday
PF – Doug McDermott
C – Domantas Sabonis

Injury news: Nothing new

Magic Projected Lineup

PG – Michael Carter-Williams
SG – Dwayne Bacon
SF – James Ennis
PF – Chuma Okeke
C – Wendell Carter Jr.

Injury news: Otto Porter (Foot) is out; Gary Harris has been removed from the injury report

Memphis Grizzlies vs. New York Knicks (7:30 p.m. ET)

Grizzlies Projected Lineup

PG – Ja Morant
SG – Grayson Allen
SF – Dillon Brooks
PF – Kyle Anderson
C – Jonas Valanciunas

Injury news: Brandon Clarke (Calf) is questionable; De’Anthony Melton (Leg) and Justise Winslow (Thigh) are out

Knicks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Boston Celtics (7:30 p.m. ET)

Timberwolves Projected Lineup

PG – Ricky Rubio
SG – Anthony Edwards
SF – Josh Okogie
PF – Jaden McDaniels
C – Karl-Anthony Towns

Injury news: Josh Okogie (Personal) is probable; Jaylen Nowell (Leg) is doubtful; Malik Beasley (Hamstring) is out

Celtics Projected Lineup

PG – Kemba Walker
SG – Marcus Smart
SF – Jaylen Brown
PF – Jayson Tatum
C – Robert Williams

Injury news: Evan Fournier (COVID Protocols) is out

Chicago Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks (7:30 p.m. ET)

Bulls Projected Lineup

PG – Tomas Satoransky
SG – Zach LaVine
SF – Patrick Williams
PF – Thaddeus Young
C – Nikola Vucevic

Injury news: Garrett Temple (Hamstring) is doubtful

Hawks Projected Lineup

PG – Trae Young
SG – Bogdan Bogdanovic
SF – Kevin Huerter
PF – Solomon Hill
C – Clint Capela

Injury news: Danilo Gallinari (Ankle) and Clint Capela (Achilles) are active; John Collins (Ankle), De’Andre Hunter (Knee) and Cam Reddish (Achilles) are out

Philadelphia 76ers vs. New Orleans Pelicans (8 p.m. ET)

76ers Projected Lineup

PG – Ben Simmons
SG – Seth Curry
SF – Danny Green
PF – Tobias Harris
C – Joel Embiid

Injury news: George Hill (Thumb) is out

Pelicans Projected Lineup

PG – Eric Bledsoe
SG – Wes Iwundu
SF – Brandon Ingram
PF – Zion Williamson
C – Steven Adams

Injury news: Brandon Ingram (Toe) and Kira Lewis (Calf) are active; Lonzo Ball (Hip) is out

Charlotte Hornets vs. Milwaukee Bucks (9 p.m. ET)

Hornets Projected Lineup

PG – Devonte’ Graham
SG – Terry Rozier
SF – Jalen McDaniels
PF – Miles Bridges
C – PJ Washington

Injury news: Gordon Hayward (Foot) and Malik Monk (Ankle) are out

Bucks Projected Lineup

PG – Jeff Teague
SG – Pat Connaughton
SF – Jordan Nwora
PF – Thanasis Antetokounmpo
C – Bobby Portis

Injury news: Donte DiVincenzo (hip), Giannis Antetokounmpo (Knee) and Jrue Holiday (knee) and PJ Tucker (Calf) are out; Khris Middleton (knee) and Brook Lopez (back) are doubtful

San Antonio Spurs vs. Denver Nuggets (9 p.m. ET)

Spurs Projected Lineup

PG – Dejounte Murray
SG – Derrick White
SF – DeMar DeRozan
PF – Keldon Johnson
C – Jakob Poeltl

Injury news: Lonnie Walker (Wrist) is active; Gorgui Dieng (Shoulder), Keita Bates-Diop (Hamstring) and Trey Lyles (Ankle) are out

Nuggets Projected Lineup

PG – Jamal Murray
SG – Will Barton
SF – Aaron Gordon
PF – Michael Porter Jr.
C – Nikola Jokic

Injury news: Jamal Murray (Knee) is questionable

Washington Wizards vs. Golden State Warriors (10 p.m. ET)

Wizards Projected Lineup

PG – Russell Westbrook
SG – Bradley Beal
SF – Deni Avdija
PF – Rui Hachimura
C – Alex Len

Injury news: Bradley Beal (Hip) is probable

Warriors Projected Lineup

PG – Stephen Curry
SG – Kelly Oubre
SF – Andrew Wiggins
PF – Draymond Green
C – James Wiseman

Injury news: Nothing new

Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Clippers (10 p.m. ET)

Rockets Projected Lineup

PG – Kevin Porter Jr.
SG – Sterling Brown
SF – Jae’Sean Tate
PF – Kelly Olynyk
C – Christian Wood

Injury news: John Wall (Achilles) is out

Clippers Projected Lineup

PG – Reggie Jackson
SG – Luke Kennard
SF – Kawhi Leonard
PF – Marcus Morris
C – Ivica Zubac

Injury news: Reggie Jackson (eye) and Rajon Rondo (adductor) are questionable; Serge Ibaka (Back) is doubtful; Paul George (rest) and Patrick Beverly (hand) are out

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