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NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (April 30): Quentin Grimes Available, Julius Randle Out Game 1

NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (April 30): Quentin Grimes Available, Julius Randle Out Game 1 article feature image

Tyler Ross/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Julius Randle #30 of the New York Knicks.

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 injury updates, check out our FantasyLabs NBA news page

NBA Injury News

12:30 p.m. ET Update: Quentin Grimes is available to play Game 1, but will come off the bench. Josh Hart and Obi Toppin will start in place of Grimes and Randle.

11:30 a.m. ET Update: Julius Randle is expected to be out for Game 1 against the Heat Sunday, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

11 a.m. ET Update: Julius Randle was seen warming up ahead of Sunday’s Game 1 matchup against the Miami Heat. He is still officially listed as questionable on the injury report and New York NewsDay beat writer, Steve Popper, notes that Randle “looks gassed in this workout” with Knicks assistant coaches.

More Julius.

— Steve Popper (@StevePopper) April 30, 2023

Sunday’s NBA Playoff slate features a Game 1 and Game 7, but all the injury concern is centered around one team. The New York Knicks host the Miami Heat at Madison Square Garden early Sunday afternoon and two Knicks starters are up in the air at the time of writing.

Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau said he was hopeful that Julius Randle would be able to suit up for the series opener after he re-aggravated an ankle injury that he initially suffered against the Heat in March. Randle is officially listed as questionable, though he has done individual workouts and shooting this week. We can expect that he’ll be a game-time decision.

There seems to be more optimism for Quentin Grimes to return to the lineup for Game 1. Grimes himself told reporters that he expects to play despite the questionable tag. He injured his shoulder in Game 3 of the Knicks’ first round series against the Cavaliers and sat out Games 4 and 5 without even testing the shoulder in pre-game warm ups.

If he’s able to play, he gives the Knicks much-needed depth defensively on Jimmy Butler.

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Projected Starting Lineups

Miami Heat vs. New York Knicks (1 p.m. ET)

Heat Projected Lineup

PG – Gabe Vincent
SG – Max Strus
SF – Jimmy Butler
PF – Kevin Love
C – Bam Adebayo

Injury news: Cody Zeller (nose) and Bam Adebayo (hamstring) are Available; Victor Oladipo (patellar) and Tyler Herro (hand) are Out

Knicks Projected Lineup

PG – Jalen Brunson
SG – Josh Hart
SF – RJ Barrett
PF – Obi Toppin
C – Mitchell Robinson

Injury news: Quentin Grimes (shoulder) is Available; Julius Randle (ankle) and Jericho Sims (shoulder) are Out

Golden State Warriors vs. Sacramento Kings (3:30 p.m. ET)

Warriors Projected Lineup

PG – Stephen Curry
SG – Klay Thompson
SF – Andrew Wiggins
PF – Draymond Green
C – Kevon Looney

Injury news: Patrick Baldwin Jr. (Toe), Andre Iguodala (wrist) and Ryan Rollins (foot) are Out

Kings Projected Lineup

PG – De’Aaron Fox
SG – Kevin Huerter
SF – Harrison Barnes
PF – Keegan Murray
C – Domantas Sabonis

Injury news: Matthew Dellavedova (finger) is Out

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