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NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (April 14): Giannis Antetokounmpo Questionable, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George Out Wednesday

NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (April 14): Giannis Antetokounmpo Questionable, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George Out Wednesday article feature image

Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Paul George #13 and Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Below are the projected starting lineups for each team playing on Wednesday’s NBA slate, along with notable injury news for each squad. For Thursday’s injury report, click here.

NBA Injury News

1:30 p.m. ET Update: Paul George and Kawhi Leonard have been ruled out Wednesday. George is resting for the second time in the last four games while Leonard will miss his second straight game due to a sore foot.

Kyrie Irving will return to the Nets’ lineup Wednesday when they face the 76ers, but Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin will sit for rest on the second night of a back-to-back. LaMarcus Aldridge is also out with an illness and Chris Chiozza is out after undergoing hand surgery.

Karl-Anthony Towns will sit for the second straight game on Wednesday for personal reasons. Kelly Oubre will sit for the third straight game on Wednesday with a sore wrist.

The Toronto Raptors will be without Kyle Lowry for rest, Gary Trent Jr.  due to an ankle injury, and DeAndre Bembry due to a sore hamstring.

The Milwaukee Bucks are closely monitoring the status of their two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo who has missed five games over the past two weeks. Per our NBA Insiders tool:

Antetokounmpo participated fully in Tuesday’s practice and is listed questionable in advance of Wednesday’s game. Regarding the availability of Giannis and PJ Tucker (calf, questionable), coach Budenholzer said, “We’ll see how they both respond to practicing today and how their bodies feel and how they feel in general and make a decision on availability for the game.”

Kawhi Leonard is listed as questionable on the second night of a road back-to-back for the Los Angeles Clippers against the Detroit Pistons. Leonard sat out Tuesday night against the Indiana Pacers with a sore right foot and missed their previous game agains the Pistons Sunday for rest.

The Brooklyn Nets have a few question marks regarding their lineup ahead of a pivotal game against the Philadelphia 76ers Wednesday. After having their Monday night game against the Minnesota Timberwolves rescheduled to Tuesday, the Nets are now playing a road back-to-back in Philly.

There has been no word on Kevin Durant’s status for the game after he played 27 minutes in the blowout win. Kyrie Irving is questionable for personal reasons, while LaMarcus Aldridge is questionable with a non-covid related illness.

Buddy Hield is officially listed questionable ahead of tonight’s game against the Washington Wizards while Richaun Holmes is doubtful. Hield was a late scratch on Monday due to an illness; Holmes left Monday’s game with a hamstring injury and did not return.

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

Projected Starting Lineups

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (4:30 p.m. ET)

Bucks Projected Lineup

PG – Jrue Holiday
SG – Donte DiVincenzo
SF – Khris Middleton
PF – Giannis Antetokounmpo
C – Brook Lopez

Injury news: PJ Tucker (Calf) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (Knee) are questionable

Timberwolves Projected Lineup

PG – Ricky Rubio
SG – Anthony Edwards
SF – Josh Okogie
PF – Jaden McDaniels
C – Naz Reid

Injury news: Karl-Anthony Towns (Personal) is out

Brooklyn Nets vs. Philadelphia 76ers (7 p.m. ET)

Nets Projected Lineup

PG – Kyrie Irving
SG – Bruce Brown
SF – Joe Harris
PF – Jeff Green
C – Nic Claxton

Injury news: Kyrie Irving (Personal) is active; LaMarcus Aldridge (Illness), Kevin Durant (Rest), Blake Griffin (Rest), and Chris Chiozza (Hand) are out

76ers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Charlotte Hornets (7 p.m. ET)

Cavaliers Projected Lineup

PG – Darius Garland
SG – Collin Sexton
SF – Isaac Okoro
PF – Kevin Love
C – Jarrett Allen

Injury news: Collin Sexton (Groin) and Darius Garland (Ankle) are questionable; Larry Nance Jr. (illness) and Jarrett Allen (concussion) are active

Hornets Projected Lineup

PG – Devonte’ Graham
SG – Terry Rozier
SF – Jalen McDaniels
PF – Miles Bridges
C – Bismack Biyombo

Injury news: Terry Rozier (Knee) is probable; PJ Washington (Ankle) is out

San Antonio Spurs vs. Toronto Raptors (7:30 p.m. ET)

Spurs Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Trey Lyles (Ankle) and Gorgui Dieng (Shoulder) are out

Raptors Projected Lineup

PG – Malachi Flynn
SG – Rodney Hood
SF – OG Anunoby
PF – Pascal Siakam
C – Chris Boucher

Injury news: Kyle Lowry (rest), Gary Trent Jr. (ankle), DeAndre Bembry (hamstring) and Fred VanVleet (Hip) are out

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Detroit Pistons (8 p.m. ET)

Clippers Projected Lineup

PG – Reggie Jackson
SG – Terance Mann
SF – Luke Kennard
PF – Marcus Morris
C – Ivica Zubac

Injury news: Kawhi Leonard (Foot) and Paul George (rest) are out

Pistons Projected Lineup

PG – Cory Joseph
SG – Josh Jackson
SF – Saddiq Bey
PF – Jerami Grant
C – Mason Plumlee

Injury news: Rodney McGruder (Elbow) and Dennis Smith Jr. (Knee) are out; Jerami Grant (knee) has been removed from the injury report

New York Knicks vs. New Orleans Pelicans (8 p.m. ET)

Knicks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Pelicans Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: James Johnson (Wrist) is questionable; Lonzo Ball (Hip) is doubtful

Orlando Magic vs. Chicago Bulls (8 p.m. ET)

Magic Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Chuma Okeke (Hip) and Mo Bamba (Hip) are questionable; Otto Porter (Foot) is out

Bulls Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Garrett Temple (Hamstring) is probable

Golden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (9 p.m. ET)

Warriors Projected Lineup

PG – Stephen Curry
SG – Kent Bazemore
SF – Andrew Wiggins
PF – Draymond Green
C – Kevon Looney

Injury news: Kelly Oubre (Wrist) is out

Thunder Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Aleksej Pokusevski (Arm) is questionable; Mike Muscala (Ankle) is doubtful

Indiana Pacers vs. Houston Rockets (9 p.m. ET)

Pacers Projected Lineup

PG – Malcolm Brogdon
SG – Edmond Sumner
SF – Caris LeVert
PF – Justin Holiday
C – Domantas Sabonis

Injury news: Myles Turner (Ankle) and Doug McDermott (Ankle) are questionable

Houston Rockets Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: DJ Augustin (Ankle) and Sterling Brown (Knee) are out

Dallas Mavericks vs. Memphis Grizzlies (9:30 p.m. ET)

Mavericks Projected Lineup

PG – Luka Doncic
SG – Josh Richardson
SF – Dorian Finney-Smith
PF – Maxi Kleber
C – Kristaps Porzingis

Injury news: Nothing new

Grizzlies Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Justise Winslow (Thigh) and De’Anthony Melton (Leg) are out

Washington Wizards vs. Sacramento Kings (10 p.m. ET)

Wizards Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Kings Projected Lineup

PG – De’Aaron Fox
SG – Buddy Hield
SF – Maurice Harkless
PF – Harrison Barnes
C – Damian Jones

Injury news: Buddy Hield (Illness) is questionable; Richaun Holmes (Hamstring) is doubtful

Miami Heat vs. Denver Nuggets (10 p.m. ET)

Heat Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Victor Oladipo (Knee) is out

Nuggets Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: PJ Dozier (Hamstring) is questionable

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