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NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (December 20): Paul George, Ja Morant, Joel Embiid & Jayson Tatum Active Monday

NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (December 20): Paul George, Ja Morant, Joel Embiid & Jayson Tatum Active Monday article feature image
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Cato Cataldo/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics.

Below are the projected starting lineups for each team playing on Monday’s NBA slate, along with notable injury news for each squad. For real-time injury updates, check out our FantasyLabs NBA news page

NBA Injury News

8:45 p.m. ET Update: Paul George (elbow) and Serge Ibaka (personal) will play for the Clippers while Richaun Holmes (eye) is out for the Kings.

7:30 p.m. ET Update: Gordon Hayward (back) is out for the Hornets. Miye Oni (ankle) is out for the Jazz.

7 p.m. ET Update: Joel Embiid (ankle) and Danny Green (hip) will play for the 76ers. Robert Williams (personal) is out for the Celtics

6:30 p.m. ET Update: Ja Morant (knee) will play Monday for the Grizzlies. Dennis Schroder (illness) is active for the Celtics. Tyler Johnson will not make his 76ers debut Monday night.

6 p.m. ET Update: Jayson Tatum (ankle) and Romeo Langford (neck) will play for the Celtics on Monday. Tyrese Maxey (quad) is out for the 76ers.

Joel Embiid, Danny Green and Tyrese Maxey are all questionable to play against the Boston Celtics Monday. The Philadelphia 76ers had their game on Sunday postponed, which could pave the way for those players to see the floor after an unscheduled night off. The Sixers won’t have backup center Andre Drummond who entered health and safety protocols on Sunday.

On the other side of that matchup, Jayson Tatum, Romeo Langford and Dennis Schroder are questionable as well. The Celtics have seven players in health and safety protocols and needed to sign CJ Miles Monday to sure up their roster.

Ja Morant recently cleared health and safety protocols and is questionable to play with an ankle sprain. Tyus Jones is also questionable with a finger sprain.

Paul George is questionable to return to the court Monday after missing five straight games with an elbow sprain. He’s been questionable a few times since being sidelined but hasn’t been able to get cleared yet.

Projected Starting Lineups

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics (7:30 p.m. ET)

76ers Projected Lineup

PG – Tyrese Maxey
SG – Danny Green
SF – Tobias Harris
PF – Seth Curry
C – Joel Embiid

Injury news: Danny Green (Hip) and Joel Embiid (Ankle) are questionable; Furkan Korkmaz (Illness) and Tyrese Maxey (Quad) are out; Georges Niang, Shake Milton and Andre Drummond are in the league’s Health and Safety protocols; Tyler Johnson will not make his 76ers debut Monday

Celtics Projected Lineup

PG – Marcus Smart
SG – Dennis Schroder
SF – Jayson Tatum
PF – Jaylen Brown
C – Enes Kanter

Injury news: Jayson Tatum (Ankle), Romeo Langford (Neck) and Dennis Schroder (Illness) are active; Josh Richardson, Al Horford, Jabari Parker, Juancho Hernangomez, Grant Williams, Sam Hauser and Brodric Thomas are in the league’s health and safety protocols; Robert Williams (personal) is out

Houston Rockets vs. Chicago Bulls (8 p.m. ET)

Rockets Projected Lineup

PG – Armoni Brooks
SG – Eric Gordon
SF – Garrison Mathews
PF – Jae’Sean Tate
C – Christian Wood

Injury news: Armoni Brooks (Ankle) will play

Bulls Projected Lineup

PG – Lonzo Ball
SG – Alex Caruso
SF – DeMar DeRozan
PF – Javonte Green
C – Nikola Vucevic

Injury news: Derrick Jones Jr. (Hamstring) is out; Zach LaVine, Ayo Dosunmu, Troy Brown Jr. and Matt Thomas are in the league’s health and safety protocols

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies (8 p.m. ET)

Thunder Projected Lineup

PG – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
SG – Josh Giddey
SF – Lu Dort
PF – Jeremiah Robinson-Earl
C – Derrick Favors

Injury news: Nothing new

Grizzlies Projected Lineup

PG – Ja Morant
SG – Desmond Bane
SF – Dillon Brooks
PF – Jaren Jackson Jr.
C – Steven Adams

Injury news: Tyus Jones (Finger) and Ja Morant (Knee) are questionable; Brandon Clarke (Knee), Sam Merrill (Ankle) and Santi Aldama (Calf) are out; Ziaire Williams is in the league’s health and safety protocols

Charlotte Hornets vs. Utah Jazz (9 p.m. ET)

Hornets Projected Lineup

PG – LaMelo Ball
SG – Terry Rozier
SF – Kelly Oubre Jr.
PF – Miles Bridges
C – Mason Plumlee

Injury news: Gordon Hayward (Back) is doubtful; Cody Martin is in the league’s health and safety protocols

Jazz Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Miye Oni (Ankle) is questionable; Udoka Azubuike (Ankle) is out

Sacramento Kings vs. Golden State Warriors (10 p.m. ET)

Kings Projected Lineup

PG – Tyrese Haliburton
SG – Buddy Hield
SF – Harrison Barnes
PF – Chimezie Metu
C – Tristan Thompson

Injury news: Richaun Holmes (Eye) is questionable; Alex Len, De’Aaron Fox, Davion Mitchell, Terence Davis and Marvin Bagley are in the league’s health and safety protocols

Warriors Projected Lineup

PG – Stephen Curry
SG – Damion Lee
SF – Andre Iguodala
PF – Draymond Green
C – Kevon Looney

Injury news: Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole are in the league’s health and safety protocols

San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Clippers (10:30 p.m. ET)

Spurs Projected Lineup

PG – Dejounte Murray
SG – Lonnie Walker
SF – Keldon Johnson
PF – Derrick White
C – Jakob Poeltl

Injury news: Doug McDermott (Tooth) is probable

Clippers Projected Lineup

PG – Reggie Jackson
SG – Nicolas Batum
SF – Paul George
PF – Luke Kennard
C – Ivica Zubac

Injury news: Serge Ibaka (Personal) is probable; Paul George (Elbow) is questionable; Isaiah Hartenstein (Ankle) is out; Marcus Morris is in the league’s health and safety protocols

Orlando Magic vs. Toronto Raptors (PPD)

This game has been postponed due to players and staff members who are in the league’s health and safety protocols


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