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NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (April 28): Kawhi Leonard Doubtful, Jayson Tatum Cleared to Play Wednesday

NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (April 28): Kawhi Leonard Doubtful, Jayson Tatum Cleared to Play Wednesday article feature image

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 Wednesday’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

7:30 p.m. ET Update: San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich revealed that Derrick White is expected to miss the rest of the season after suffering a sprained ankle.

Tyler Herro will miss his third straight contest due to a sore right foot and Kendrick Nunn has been cleared to play after dealing with neck spasms.

Bogdan Bogdanovic has been ruled out with a hamstring. Kevin Huerter is out with a shoulder injury.

Alex Caruso has been ruled out for the Lakers with back spasms. Marcus Smart has been suspended one game without pay for directing threatening language toward a game official.

1 p.m. ET Update: Jayson Tatum and Robert Williams are not listed on the injury report for Wednesday and are expected to start.

Alec Burks is no longer in the league’s health and safety protocols and is considered probable for the Knicks on Wednesday.

Bogdan Bogdanovic has been added to the injury report with a sore left hamstring, and is questionable Wednesday.

Kawhi Leonard is listed as doubtful ahead of Wednesday’s game against the Phoenix Suns after missing the previous four games due to a sore right foot. Nicolas Batum and Amir Coffey are questionable; Luke Kennard and Paul George are not on the injury report.

The Suns have listed Dario Saric and Jae Crowder as questionable Wednesday. Saric missed the previous two games due to left ankle injury management and Crowder has been out three games due to a sprained right ankle.

Jayson Tatum is questionable ahead of tonight’s matchup with the Charlotte Hornets after resting in the Celtics’ game on Tuesday night. Tatum was said to be dealing with a sore ankle and was sidelined on the front end of a back-to-back.

Kevin Huerter is considered doubtful for the Atlanta Hawks after suffering a sprained shoulder during Monday’s loss. He’s scheduled to undergo an MRI, and the results are expected to be announced later this evening.

Back up point guard Brandon Goodwin is considered questionable while Trae Young remains out with an ankle injury. If Goodwin has to miss time, the Hawks could turn back to point Bogdan Bogdanovic or opt for Lou Williams or Kris Dunn instead. 

The Jazz will be without Mike Conley and Donovan Mitchell on Wednesday. Conley is dealing with a tight right hamstring and Joe Ingles will likely be the primary playmaker with Jordan Clarkson sliding into the starting lineup. 

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

Projected Starting Lineups

Orlando Magic vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (7 p.m. ET)

Magic Projected Lineup

PG – Cole Anthony
SG – Gary Harris
SF – James Ennis
PF – Chuma Okeke
C – Wendell Carter Jr.

Injury news: James Ennis (Calf) is active; Terrence Ross (Back) is out

Cavaliers Projected Lineup

PG – Darius Garland
SG – Isaac Okoro
SF – Cedi Osman
PF – Kevin Love
C – Jarrett Allen

Injury news: Isaiah Hartenstein (Concussion), Larry Nance Jr. (Thumb) and Collin Sexton (Concussion) are out

Atlanta Hawks vs. Philadelphia 76ers (7 p.m. ET)

Hawks Projected Lineup

PG – Brandon Goodwin
SG – Lou Williams
SF – Solomon Hill
PF – John Collins
C – Clint Capela

Injury news: Brandon Goodwin (Ankle) is active; Kevin Huerter (Shoulder) and Bogdan Bogdanovic (hamstring) are out

76ers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Mike Scott (Hip) is questionable

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Washington Wizards (7:30 p.m. ET)

Lakers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Alex Caruso (Back) is out; Anthony Davis (Calf), Dennis Schroder (Calf), and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Ankle) are active

Wizards Projected Lineup

PG – Russell Westbrook
SG – Raul Neto
SF – Bradley Beal
PF – Rui Hachimura
C – Alex Len

Injury news: Robin Lopez (Ankle) is active

Chicago Bulls vs. New York Knicks (7:30 p.m. ET)

Bulls Projected Lineup

PG – Coby White
SG – Garrett Temple
SF – Patrick Williams
PF – Daniel Theis
C – Nikola Vucevic

Injury news: Zach LaVine (COVID Protocols) and Troy Brown Jr. (Ankle) are out

Knicks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Alec Burks (COVID Protocols) is out

Charlotte Hornets vs. Boston Celtics (7:30 p.m. ET)

Hornets Projected Lineup

PG – Devonte’ Graham
SG – Terry Rozier
SF – Cody Martin
PF – Miles Bridges
C – PJ Washington

Injury news: Nothing new

Celtics Projected Lineup

PG – Marcus Smart
SG – Evan Fournier
SF – Jaylen Brown
PF – Jayson Tatum
C – Robert Williams

Injury news: Jayson Tatum (Ankle) and Robert Williams (Knee) are no longer listed on the injury report; Kemba Walker (Oblique) and Marcus Smart (suspension) are out

San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat (8 p.m. ET)

Spurs Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Derrick White (Ankle) is out

Heat Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Gabe Vincent (Knee) and Kendrick Nunn (Neck) are active; Tyler Herro (Foot) is out

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Memphis Grizzlies (9 p.m. ET)

Trail Blazers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Grizzlies Projected Lineup

PG – Ja Morant
SG – Grayson Allen
SF – Dillon Brooks
PF – Kyle Anderson
C – Jonas Valanciunas

Injury news: Nothing new

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Denver Nuggets (9 p.m. ET)

Pelicans Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Steven Adams (Toe) is questionable; James Johnson (Adductor) is probable

Nuggets Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Utah Jazz vs. Sacramento Kings (10 p.m. ET)

Jazz Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Mike Conley (Hamstring) is out

Kings Projected Lineup

PG – Tyrese Haliburton
SG – Buddy Hield
SF – Maurice Harkless
PF – Harrison Barnes
C – Richaun Holmes

Injury news: Harrison Barnes (Adductor) is questionable; De’Aaron Fox (COVID Protocols) is out

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Phoenix Suns (10 p.m. ET)

Clippers Projected Lineup

PG – Reggie Jackson
SG – Terance Mann
SF – Paul George
PF – Marcus Morris
C – Ivica Zubac

Injury news: Nicolas Batum (Shoulder), Yogi Ferrell (Quad) and Amir Coffey (Glute) are questionable; Kawhi Leonard (Foot) is doubtful

Suns Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Jae Crowder (Ankle) and Dario Saric (Ankle) are questionable

Phan’s Bet to Watch

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