NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (Feb. 5): Paul George Ruled Out vs. Celtics Friday

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Douglas P. DeFelice/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. For real-time updates to these lineups, check out our Action Labs NBA lineups page.

Friday’s NBA Injury News

8 p.m. ET Update: Paul George has been ruled out of Friday’s game with a sore foot. The Detroit Pistons will rest Derrick Rose on the front end of their back-to-back.


4 p.m. ET Update: Jaylen Brown has been ruled out of Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Celtics rookie Payton Pritchard will be active. Paul George has been added to the injury report with a sore right foot and is officially questionable to play Friday.


The Boston Celtics are monitoring Jaylen Brown’s status ahead of their game Friday against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. The Celtics’ depth has been tested all season as they’ve seen regular starters shuffle in and out of the lineup since the start of the season. They could potentially have rookie guard Payton Pritchard back from an MCL sprain as well with him listed as questionable for Friday.

The Minnesota Timberwolves have listed D’Angelo Russell as questionable with a quad injury, but has played in each of their past four games. Karl-Anthony Towns is still out as he makes his way through the league’s health and safety protocols.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have listed Collin Sexton as questionable for Friday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks. Sexton has been on the injury report before, but this injury (neck strain) appears to be new one for the young bull. Larry Nance Jr. is also out as he deals with a wrist injury.

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

Friday’s Projected Starting Lineups

Chicago Bulls vs. Orlando Magic (7 p.m. ET)

Bulls Projected Lineup

PG – Coby White
SG – Zach LaVine
SF – Patrick Williams
PF – Lauri Markkanen
C – Daniel Gafford

Injury news: Otto Porter (back) is out

Magic Projected Lineup

PG – Cole Anthony
SG – Evan Fournier
SF – James Ennis
PF – Gary Clark
C – Nikola Vucevic

Injury news: Nothing new


New Orleans Pelicans at Indiana Pacers (7 p.m. ET)

Pelicans Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Pacers Projected Lineup

PG – Malcolm Brogdon
SG – Jeremy Lamb
SF – Justin Holiday
PF – Domantas Sabonis
C – Myles Turner

Injury news: Nothing new


Milwaukee Bucks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (8 p.m. ET)

Bucks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Cavaliers Projected Lineup

PG – Darius Garland
SG – Collin Sexton
SF – Isaac Okoro
PF – Taurean Prince
C – Andre Drummond

Injury news: Collin Sexton (neck) is questionable, Larry Nance (wrist) is out


Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets (7:30 p.m. ET)

Raptors Projected Lineup

PG – Kyle Lowry
SG – Fred VanVleet
SF – Norman Powell
PF – Pascal Siakam
C – Aron Baynes

Injury news: Nothing new

Nets Projected Lineup

PG – Kyrie Irving
SG – James Harden
SF – Joe Harris
PF – Kevin Durant
C – DeAndre Jordan

Injury news: Nothing new


Utah Jazz vs. Charlotte Hornets (8 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

Hornets Projected Lineup

PG – Devonte’ Graham
SG – Terry Rozier
SF – Gordon Hayward
PF – Mile Bridges
C – Cody Zeller

Injury news: Terry Rozier (ankle) is probable, PJ Washington (foot) is doubtful


Minnesota Timberwolves at Oklahoma City Thunder (7 p.m. ET)

Timberwolves Projected Lineup

PG – D’Angelo Russell
SG – Malik Beasley
SF – Anthony Edwards
PF – Josh Okogie
C – Naz Reid

Injury news: D’Angelo Russell (quad) and Juan Hernangomez (health protocols) are questionable, Naz Reid (wrist) is probable

Thunder Projected Lineup

PG – Theo Maledon
SG – Hamidou Diallo
SF – Justin Jackson
PF – Darius Bazley
C – Al Horford

Injury news: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (knee), Lu Dort (knee), and George Hill (thumb) are out


Washington Wizards vs. Miami Heat (8 p.m. ET)

Wizards Projected Lineup

PG – Russell Westbrook
SG – Bradley Beal
SF – Deni Avdija
PF – Rui Hachimura
C – Robin Lopez

Injury news: Nothing new

Heat Projected Lineup

PG – Jimmy Butler
SG – Tyler Herro
SF – Duncan Robinson
PF – Kelly Olynyk
C – Bam Adebayo

Injury news: Goran Dragic (knee) is probable, Avery Bradley is out for three-to-four weeks with a strained right calf


Detroit Pistons at Phoenix Suns (9 p.m. ET)

Pistons Projected Lineup

PG – Delon Wright
SG – Josh Jackson
SF – Jerami Grant
PF – Blake Griffin
C – Mason Plumlee

Injury news: Wayne Ellington (calf) is doubtful, Derrick Rose (rest) and Jahlil Okafor (knee) are out

Suns Projected Lineup

PG – Chris Paul
SG – Devin Booker
SF – Mikal Bridges
PF – Cam Johnson
C – Deandre Ayton

Injury news: Abdel Nader (ankle) is questionable, Jae Crowder (foot) is doubtful, Dario Sario (ankle) and Cameron Payne (foot) are out


Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Clippers (10 p.m. ET)

Celtics Projected Lineup

PG – Jeff Teague
SG – Semi Ojeleye
SF – Jayson Tatum
PF – Daniel Theis
C – Tristan Thompson

Injury news: Payton Pritchard (MCL sprain) is active and Jaylen Brown (knee) is out

Clippers Projected Lineup

PG – Reggie Jackson
SG – Luke Kennard
SF – Kawhi Leonard
PF – Nicolas Batum
C – Serge Ibaka

Injury news: Paul George (foot) is questionable


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