NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (May 12): Anthony Davis, LeBron James Out Wednesday

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Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: LeBron James and Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers.

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

5 p.m. ET Update: LeBron James confirmed that he won’t be in the lineup on Wednesday as he continues to recover from a sprained ankle that has held him out for the last few weeks.

Joe Harris has been added to the injury report with a sore left hip and is out for Wednesday’s game. Kyrie Irving, who suffered a facial contusion on Tuesday, has also been ruled out tonight.

Nassir Little will miss the Trail Blazers’ game against the Jazz Wednesday due to back spasms.

The Celtics have ruled out Marcus Smart, Kemba Walker, and Robert Williams for Wednesday’s game against the Cavaliers. Smart is suffering from a calf injury, Walker will rest on a back-to-back and Williams will miss his second straight game due to a toe injury.

Lonzo Ball and Steven Adams will sit for the Pelicans Wednesday. Ball is unavailable due to a strained right thumb and Adams remains sidelined for the eighth time in 10 games due to a sprained toe.


James Harden plans to return to the lineup for the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday as long as there are no setbacks during the pregame warmup, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.

Harden has been sidelined the past 18 games with a strained right hamstring. There is no initial report on a minute limitation. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant are both listed as questionable ahead of the Nets’ matchup with the San Antonio Spurs.

Anthony Davis said his groin tightened up during Tuesday’s win and that he’ll have to see how he feels before determining his status for Wednesday’s game against the Houston Rockets.

He added there’s a “very strong possibility that I fight through it and play, but also don’t want to have it (linger).” The Lakers could also get LeBron James back, as he continues to work his way back from a lingering ankle injury. If James suits up, it lessens the need for Davis to play on the second night of a back-to-back.

Kristaps Porzingis is currently listed questionable on the second night of a back-to-back Wednesday. He has missed the previous seven games with a sore right knee. Luka Doncic isn’t on the injury report after tweaking his back in a loss on Tuesday.

JJ Redick has been ruled out for Wednesday’s game after he suffered from a sore heel and didn’t return in Tuesday’s loss. Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle added that his heel has been a “good days, bad days situation and that the team will have “to see how he responds to treatment.

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Projected Starting Lineups

Washington Wizards vs. Atlanta Hawks (7 p.m. ET)

Wizards Projected Lineup

PG – Russell Westbrook
SG – Raul Neto
SF – Garrison Mathews
PF – Rui Hachimura
C – Alex Len

Injury news: Bradley Beal (Hamstring) is out

Hawks Projected Lineup

PG – Trae Young
SG – Bogdan Bogdanovic
SF – Tony Snell
PF – John Collins
C – Clint Capela

Injury news: Kevin Huerter (Hip) is probable; Tony Snell (Achilles) is questionable; De’Andre Hunter (Knee) is out


San Antonio Spurs vs. Brooklyn Nets (8 p.m. ET)

Spurs Projected Lineup

PG – Dejounte Murray
SG – Lonnie Walker
SF – DeMar DeRozan
PF – Keldon Johnson
C – Jakob Poeltl

Injury news: Trey Lyles (Ankle) is questionable

Nets Projected Lineup

PG – James Harden
SG – Bruce Brown
SF – Kevin Durant
PF – Jeff Green
C – Blake Griffin

Injury news: Kevin Durant (Hamstring), Blake Griffin (Rest), and James Harden (Hamstring) are questionable, Joe Harris (hip) and Kyrie Irving (Face) are out


Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (8 p.m. ET)

Celtics Projected Lineup

PG – Payton Pritchard
SG – Evan Fournier
SF – Semi Ojeleye
PF – Jayson Tatum
C – Tristan Thompson

Injury news: Kemba Walker (Rest), Robert Williams (Toe) and Marcus Smart (calf) are out

Cavaliers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Cedi Osman (Ankle) is questionable; Isaiah Hartenstein (Concussion) and Darius Garland (Ankle) are out


New Orleans Pelicans vs. Dallas Mavericks (9 p.m. ET)

Pelicans Projected Lineup

PG – Nickeil Alexander-Walker
SG – Eric Bledsoe
SF – Naji Marshall
PF – James Johnson
C – Willy Hernangomez

Injury news: Steven Adams (Toe) and Lonzo Ball (thumb) are out

Mavericks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Kristaps Porzingis (Knee) is questionable; JJ Redick (Heel) is out


Portland Trail Blazers vs. Utah Jazz (9:30 p.m. ET)

Trail Blazers Projected Lineup

PG – Damian Lillard
SG – CJ McCollum
SF – Norman Powell
PF – Robert Covington
C – Jusuf Nurkic

Injury news: Nothing new

Jazz Projected Lineup

PG – Joe Ingles
SG – Royce O’Neale
SF – Bojan Bogdanovic
PF – Georges Niang
C – Rudy Gobert

Injury news: Mike Conley (Hamstring) is out


Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers (10:30 p.m. ET)

Rockets Projected Lineup

PG – DJ Augustin
SG – Danuel House
SF – Jae’Sean Tate
PF – Kenyon Martin Jr.
C – Kelly Olynyk

Injury news: Christian Wood (Ankle), Danuel House (Ankle) and DaQuan Jeffries (Ankle) are questionable

Lakers Projected Lineup

PG – Alex Caruso
SG – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
SF – Wesley Matthews
PF – Kyle Kuzma
C – Andre Drummond

Injury news: Alex Caruso (Foot) is questionable; LeBron James (Ankle) and Anthony Davis (Groin) are out


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