NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (May 16): Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons Out, LeBron James Questionable Sunday

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Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images. Pictured: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers.

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

5:30 p.m. ET Update: Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers said the 76ers will be without Matisse Thybulle, Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris, Danny Green, and Seth Curry for the regular-season finale Sunday.  Furkan Korkmaz (ankle) was upgraded to available, and Shake Milton (knee) remains probable.

The Atlanta Hawks will be without Bogdan Bogdanovic, Clint Capela, Kevin Huerter, Danilo Gallinari, Kris Dunn, and Brandon Goodwin during Sunday.


2 p.m. ET Update: Jimmy Butler remains out and will miss his second straight game due to a tight lower back. Goran  Dragic has been added to the injury report and is questionable on Sunday in the second leg of the back-to-back due to rest purposes. With Butler out on Saturday, Nemanja Bjelica entered the starting lineup.

The Los Angeles Lakers once again are listing nearly half the team on the injury report for Sunday’s regular season finale. Most notably, LeBron James and Anthony Davis are questionable ahead of Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans. There is no word on any minutes limits as the Lakers could move up to the six seed in the West. 

The Philadelphia 76ers have seven players listed on the injury report ahead of Sunday’s regular-season finale. Notably, Joel Embiid is probable with an illness, while Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris, Danny Green, Seth Curry, and Matisse Thybulle are questionable.

Simmons is nursing a back injury, Thybulle has a hand injury and the others are questionable with injury management. Even if Embiid does play, it seems unlikely he’d see his usual workload.


1 p.m. ET Update: Bradley Beal will return to the lineup for the regular-season finale on Sunday after missing the previous three games with a strained left hamstring, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Devin Booker is resting along with Chris Paul, and head coach Monty Williams said Mikal Bridges will play limited minutes.

Domantas Sabonis will return on Sunday after missing the prior game due to a bruised left quad. Malcolm Brogdon has been ruled out.


Bradley Beal has been upgraded to questionable in advance of Sunday’s contest after missing the past three games with a strained hamstring. Sunday’s season finale against the Hornets has big playoff implications as the winner will get the No. 8 seed. There’s been no word yet on whether Beal will be limited if he’s cleared to play. 

Jimmy Butler, who sat out for the Miami Heat on Saturday night against the Milwaukee Bucks, is questionable ahead of Sunday’s game against the Detroit Pistons.

The Boston Celtics will be without Jayson Tatum, Kemba Walker, Evan Fournier, Robert Williams, Marcus Smart, and Tristan Thompson for the regular-season finale on Sunday as the Celtics are locked into the seventh seed. Expect expanded roles for Peyton Pritchard, Romeo Langford, Aaron Nesmith, Jabari Parker, Tremont Waters, and the rest of the available Celtics.

Indiana Pacers head coach Nate Bjorkgren said Domantas Sabonis, Malcolm Brogdon, and Aaron Holiday are game-time decisions for the regular-season finale on Sunday. Edmond Sumner and Jeremy Lamb will remain sidelined. Sabonis missed the previous game due to a bruised quad and Brogdon has missed the previous nine games with a sore hamstring.

Deandre Ayton and Cam Johnson are out for Sunday’s regular-season finale. Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams talked about the possibility of resting players in the finale, so it’s possible that more players are added to the injury report beyond just Ayton and Johnson. 

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Projected Starting Lineups

Indiana Pacers vs. Toronto Raptors (1 p.m. ET)

Pacers Projected Lineup

PG – Caris LeVert
SG – Justin Holiday
SF – Doug McDermott
PF – Oshae Brissett
C – Domantas Sabonis

Injury news: Domantas Sabonis (Quad) has been cleared to play; Edmond Sumner (Knee), Aaron Holiday (Toe) Jeremy Lamb (Knee) and Malcolm Brogdon (Hamstring) are out

Raptors Projected Lineup

PG – Malachi Flynn
SG – DeAndre Bembry
SF – Stanley Johnson
PF – Freddie Gillespie
C – Khem Birch

Injury news: Kyle Lowry (Rest), Pascal Siakam (Shoulder), Fred VanVleet (Rest), OG Anunoby (Rest), and Yuta Watanabe (Ankle) are out


Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks (1 p.m. ET)

Celtics Projected Lineup

PG – Payton Pritchard
SG – Romeo Langford
SF – Aaron Nesmith
PF – Semi Ojeleye
C – Luke Kornet

Injury news: Tristan Thompson (Chest), Kemba Walker (Neck), Evan Fournier (Knee), Marcus Smart (Calf), Jayson Tatum (Ankle), and Robert Williams (Toe) are out

Knicks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new


Charlotte Hornets vs. Washington Wizards (1 p.m. ET)

Hornets Projected Lineup

PG – LaMelo Ball
SG – Terry Rozier
SF – Jalen McDaniels
PF – PJ Washington
C – Cody Zeller

Injury news: Cody Martin (Ankle) is out

Wizards Projected Lineup

PG – Russell Westbrook
SG – Bradley Beal
SF – Davis Bertans
PF – Rui Hachimura
C – Alex Len

Injury news: Bradley Beal (Hamstring) is active; Raul Neto (Hamstring) is questionable


Phoenix Suns vs. San Antonio Spurs (2 p.m. ET)

Suns Projected Lineup

PG – Cameron Payne
SG – Mikal Bridges
SF – Torrey Craig
PF – Jae Crowder
C – Dario Saric

Injury news: Chris Paul (Rest), Devin Booker (Rest), Abdel Nader (Knee), Cam Johnson (Wrist), and Deandre Ayton (Knee) is out

Spurs Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Trey Lyles (Ankle) and Patty Mills (Rest) are out


Memphis Grizzlies vs. Golden State Warriors (3:30 p.m. ET)

Grizzlies Projected Lineup

PG – Ja Morant
SG – Dillon Brooks
SF – Kyle Anderson
PF – Jaren Jackson Jr.
C – Jonas Valanciunas

Injury news: Sean McDermott (Foot) is out

Warriors Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Damion Lee (Conditioning) is out


Orlando Magic vs. Philadelphia 76ers (7 p.m. ET)

Magic Projected Lineup

PG – Cole Anthony
SG – Gary Harris
SF – Dwayne Bacon
PF – Moe Wagner
C – Wendell Carter Jr.

Injury news: Wendell Carter Jr. (Eye) and RJ Hampton (Ankle) are doubtful

76ers Projected Lineup

PG – George Hill
SG – Shake Milton
SF – Furkan Korkmaz
PF – Mike Scott
C – Dwight Howard

Injury news: Shake Milton (Knee) is probable; Danny Green (Hip), Tobias Harris (Knee), Seth Curry (Hip), Joel Embiid (Illness), Ben Simmons (Back), and Matisse Thybulle (Hand) are out


Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets (7 p.m. ET)

Cavaliers Projected Lineup

PG – Darius Garland
SG – Collin Sexton
SF – Isaac Okoro
PF – Dean Wade
C – Jarrett Allen

Injury news: Kevin Love (Rest) and Isaiah Hartenstein (Concussion) are out

Nets Projected Lineup

PG – James Harden
SG – Kyrie Irving
SF – Bruce Brown
PF – Kevin Durant
C – Blake Griffin

Injury news: Nothing new


Houston Rockets vs. Atlanta Hawks (7 p.m. ET)

Rockets Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Avery Bradley (Personal), Christian Wood (Ankle), Danuel House (Ankle), Khyri Thomas (Achilles), and Kevin Porter Jr. (Ankle) are out

Hawks Projected Lineup

PG – Trae Young
SG – Solomon Hill
SF – Tony Snell
PF – John Collins
C – Onyeka Okongwu

Injury news:

Trae Young (Toe) and Tony Snell (Achilles) are probable; Clint Capela (Achilles), Kris Dunn (Ankle), Bogdan Bogdanovic (Hamstring), Kevin Huerter (Ankle), Danilo Gallinari (Back), and Brandon Goodwin (Illness) are out


Miami Heat vs. Detroit Pistons (8 p.m. ET)

Heat Projected Lineup

PG – Kendrick Nunn
SG – Duncan Robinson
SF – Trevor Ariza
PF – Nemanja Bjelica
C – Bam Adebayo

Injury news: Goran Dragic (Rest) is questionable; Jimmy Butler (Back) is out

Pistons Projected Lineup

PG – Killian Hayes
SG – Hamidou Diallo
SF – Josh Jackson
PF – Saddiq Bey
C – Mason Plumlee

Injury news: Cory Joseph (Ankle) is questionable; Deividas Sirvydis (Tibia), and Frank Jackson (Ankle) are doubtful; Sekou Doumbouya (Personal), Isaiah Stewart (Personal), Rodney McGruder (Elbow), Jerami Grant (Knee), and Wayne Ellington (Calf) are out


Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers (9 p.m. ET)

Nuggets Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Trail Blazers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new


Los Angeles Lakers vs. New Orleans Pelicans (9 p.m. ET)

Lakers Projected Lineup

PG – Dennis Schroder
SG – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
SF – LeBron James
PF – Anthony Davis
C – Andre Drummond

Injury news: Anthony Davis (Adductor), and LeBron James (Ankle) are questionable; Alex Caruso (Foot), Alfonzo McKinnie (Ankle), Kyle Kuzma (Back), Jared Dudley (Knee), and Marc Gasol (Finger) are probable

Pelicans Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Wes Iwundu (Shoulder), and James Johnson (Knee) are questionable; Steven Adams (Toe), Brandon Ingram (Ankle), and Lonzo Ball (Thumb) are out


Milwaukee Bucks vs. Chicago Bulls (9 p.m. ET)

Bucks Projected Lineup

PG – Jrue Holiday
SG – Donte DiVincenzo
SF – Giannis Antetokounmpo
PF – PJ Tucker
C – Brook Lopez

Injury news: Axel Toupane (Oblique) is out; Khris Middleton (ankle) is out

Bulls Projected Lineup

PG – Coby White
SG – Garrett Temple
SF – Patrick Williams
PF – Thaddeus Young
C – Lauri Markkanen

Injury news: Zach LaVine (knee), Nikola Vucevic (rest), Daniel Theis (hip), Tomas Satoransky (ankle), and Troy Brown Jr. (ankle) are out


Los Angeles Clippers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (9 p.m. ET)

Clippers Projected Lineup

PG – Patrick Beverley
SG – Paul George
SF – Kawhi Leonard
PF – Marcus Morris
C – Ivica Zubac

Injury news: Terance Mann (Personal), and DeMarcus Cousins (Foot) are questionable; Amir Coffey (COVID Protocols) is out

Thunder Projected Lineup

PG – Theo Maledon
SG – Aleksej Pokusevski
SF – Darius Bazley
PF – Isaiah Roby
C – Moses Brown

Injury news: Ty Jerome (Calf) is questionable; Lu Dort (Knee) is out


Utah Jazz vs. Sacramento Kings (9 p.m. ET)

Jazz Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Kings Projected Lineup

PG – Delon Wright
SG – Buddy Hield
SF – Louis King
PF – Chimezie Metu
C – Damian Jones

Injury news: Hassan Whiteside (Back) is questionable; Richaun Holmes (Knee), De’Aaron Fox (COVID Protocols), Justin James (Ankle), and Marvin Bagley (Groin) are out


Dallas Mavericks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (9 p.m. ET)

Mavericks Projected Lineup

PG – Luka Doncic
SG – Tim Hardaway Jr.
SF – Dorian Finney-Smith
PF – Kristaps Porzingis
C – Dwight Powell

Injury news: Maxi Kleber (Achilles) is doubtful

Timberwolves Projected Lineup

PG – Ricky Rubio
SG – D’Angelo Russell
SF – Anthony Edwards
PF – Jaden McDaniels
C – Karl-Anthony Towns

Injury news: Nothing new


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