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NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (May 13): Jimmy Butler, Joel Embiid Cleared to Play Thursday

NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (May 13): Jimmy Butler, Joel Embiid Cleared to Play Thursday article feature image

Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images. Pictured: Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat.

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

6:50 p.m. ET Update: Joel Embiid will return to the lineup Thursday after missing one game due to an illness. Jimmy Butler will suit up Thursday despite dealing with a right eye contusion.

Jonas Valanciunas has been cleared to play Thursday after missing the previous game due to a sore back.

Derrick Rose has been ruled out Thursday with a sprained left ankle. Reggie Bullock, Alec Burks, and Immanuel Quickley are active.

Michael Porter Jr. has been ruled out Thursday for rest purposes. Nikola Jokic is a late addition to the injury report and is listed as probable Thursday due to a sore right toe.

Jimmy Butler missed the second half of the win on Tuesday after getting poked in the eye, and he is currently questionable ahead of Thursday’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers. Tyler Herro started the third quarter with Butler unavailable, and coach Spoelstra kept his rotation to eight sans Butler. 

Joel Embiid is currently listed questionable Thursday after sitting out on Tuesday due to an illness. Matisse Thybulle is also questionable with a hand injury, while Shake Milton and Furkan Korkmaz are probable. 

The New York Knicks have listed Derrick Rose, Alec Burks, Immanuel Quickley, and Reggie Bullock as questionable Thursday ahead of their game against the San Antonio Spurs.

Quickley and Burks have each missed the past three games, causing Rose and Bullock to play abnormally high minutes in the backcourt rotation. Rose is dealing with a sprained left ankle, and he has averaged 30.7 minutes over the last nine games. Bullock also has an ankle injury, and has averaged 36.1 minutes over the last 14 games. 

The Indiana Pacers will be without Malcolm Brogdon, Edmond Sumner,  and Jeremy Lamb Thursday. Brogdon is unavailable for the seventh straight game due to a sore right hamstring. His absence has led to Caris LeVert becoming the primary ball hander with Domantas Sabonis leading the team with 10.5 assists over the last six games.

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Projected Starting Lineups

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Charlotte Hornets (7 p.m. ET)

Clippers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Hornets Projected Lineup

PG – LaMelo Ball
SG – Terry Rozier
SF – Jalen McDaniels
PF – PJ Washington
C – Bismack Biyombo

Injury news: Caleb Martin (Thumb) is questionable; Cody Martin (Ankle) and Miles Bridges (COVID Protocols) are out

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Indiana Pacers (7 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

Pacers Projected Lineup

PG – TJ McConnell
SG – Justin Holiday
SF – Doug McDermott
PF – Oshae Brissett
C – Domantas Sabonis

Injury news: Caris LeVert (knee), Aaron Holiday (Toe), Jeremy Lamb (Knee), Malcolm Brogdon (Hamstring) and Edmond Sumner (Knee) are out

Orlando Magic vs. Atlanta Hawks (7:30 p.m. ET)

Magic Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Mo Bamba (Illness) is out

Hawks Projected Lineup

PG – Trae Young
SG – Bogdan Bogdanovic
SF – Kevin Huerter
PF – John Collins
C – Clint Capela

Injury news: Tony Snell (Achilles) is out

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Miami Heat (7:30 p.m. ET)

76ers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news:  and Joel Embiid (Illness), Furkan Korkmaz (Ankle), and Shake Milton (Knee) are active; Matisse Thybulle (Hand) is out

Heat Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Jimmy Butler (Eye) is active

San Antonio Spurs vs. New York Knicks (7:30 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

Knicks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Alec Burks (Knee), Reggie Bullock (Ankle), and Immanuel Quickley (Ankle) are active;  Derrick Rose (Ankle) is out

Sacramento Kings vs. Memphis Grizzlies (8 p.m. ET)

Kings Projected Lineup

PG – Delon Wright
SG – Buddy Hield
SF – Maurice Harkless
PF – Chimezie Metu
C – Richaun Holmes

Injury news: Buddy Hield (Ankle) is probable; Harrison Barnes (Adductor), Marvin Bagley (Groin), Robert Woodard (Back) and De’Aaron Fox (COVID Protocols) are out

Grizzlies Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Jonas Valanciunas (Back) is questionable; Sean McDermott (Foot) is out

Denver Nuggets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (8 p.m. ET)

Nuggets Projected Lineup

PG – Facundo Campazzo
SG – Austin Rivers
SF – Aaron Gordon
PF – JaMychal Green
C – Nikola Jokic

Injury news: Monte Morris (Rest) and Michael Porter Jr. (Rest) are out

Timberwolves Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Toronto Raptors vs. Chicago Bulls (8 p.m. ET)

Raptors Projected Lineup

PG – Malachi Flynn
SG – Gary Trent Jr.
SF – Stanley Johnson
PF – Yuta Watanabe
C – Khem Birch

Injury news: Kyle Lowry (Rest), Aron Baynes (Foot), Pascal Siakam (Shoulder), Fred VanVleet (Hip), OG Anunoby (Calf) are out; Chris Boucher (Knee) is questionable

Bulls Projected Lineup

PG – Coby White
SG – Zach LaVine
SF – Patrick Williams
PF – Thaddeus Young
C – Nikola Vucevic

Injury news: Daniel Theis (Hip) and Troy Brown Jr. (Ankle) are out; Tomas Satoransky (Ankle) is questionable

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Phoenix Suns (10 p.m. ET)

Trail Blazers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nassir Little (Back) is questionable

Suns Projected Lineup

PG – Chris Paul
SG – Devin Booker
SF – Mikal Bridges
PF – Jae Crowder
C – Deandre Ayton

Injury news: Cam Johnson (Wrist) is out

Phan’s Bet to Watch

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