NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (March 4): Jimmy Butler Active, Bam Adebayo Out Thursday

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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

7 p.m. ET Update: Jimmy Butler will return to the lineup Thursday after missing the previous three games due to right knee inflammation. Bam Adebayo has been ruled out due to right knee tendinitis.


6 p.m. ET Update: Kawhi Leonard has been cleared to play Thursday in the Clippers’ final game before the All-Star break. Marcus Morris will be sidelined with a concussion.

Derrick Rose is sitting for the second straight game due to the health and safety protocols despite being cleared to travel with the Knicks.


12:30 p.m. ET Update: Draymond Green and Stephen Curry have been ruled out for Thursday’s road game against the Phoenix Suns. Neither player made the trip with the team as Curry will rest while Green gets a recovery day for a sore ankle.

LaMarcus Aldridge has been ruled out on Thursday and will miss his second consecutive game due to an illness.


Kawhi Leonard was pulled from the starting lineup minutes before the start of the Los Angeles Clippers’ Tuesday night matchup because of back spasms, and he is currently questionable prior to the final game before the All-Star break against the Washington Wizards. Marcus Morris is also listed as doubtful with a concussion.

Jimmy Butler is traveling with the Miami Heat to New Orleans in advance of their game on Thursday against the Pelicans, but he is officially questionable after missing the previous two games with right knee inflammation. Bam Adebayo is questionable in ahead of the heat’s final game before into the All-Star break as he deals with left knee tendinitis.

New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose is officially listed questionable ahead of Thursday’s game against the Detroit Pistons. Rose was a late scratch on Tuesday night due to health and safety protocols. The Knicks are already missing starter Elfrid Payton who is dealing with hamstring soreness and Taj Gibson who has been nursing an ankle injury.

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

Projected Starting Lineups

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Washington Wizards (7 p.m. ET)

Clippers Projected Lineup

PG – Patrick Beverley
SG – Paul George
SF – Kawhi Leonard
PF – Nicolas Batum
C – Serge Ibaka

Injury news: Kawhi Leonard (Back) is active, Marcus Morris (concussion) is out

Wizards Projected Lineup

PG – Russell Westbrook
SG – Bradley Beal
SF – Garrison Mathews
PF – Rui Hachimura
C – Moe Wagner

Injury news: Nothing new


Toronto Raptors vs. Boston Celtics (7 p.m. ET)

Raptors Projected Lineup

PG – Kyle Lowry
SG – Terence Davis
SF – Norman Powell
PF – Yuta Watanabe
C – Aron Baynes

Injury news: Nothing new

Celtics Projected Lineup

PG – Kemba Walker
SG – Jaylen Brown
SF – Jayson Tatum
PF – Daniel Theis
C – Tristan Thompson

Injury news: Nothing new


Detroit Pistons vs. New York Knicks (7:30 p.m. ET)

Pistons Projected Lineup

PG – Dennis Smith Jr.
SG – Wayne Ellington
SF – Svi Mykhailiuk
PF – Saddiq Bey
C – Mason Plumlee

Injury news: Jerami Grant (illness) is out

Knicks Projected Lineup

PG – Derrick Rose
SG – RJ Barrett
SF – Reggie Bullock
PF – Julius Randle
C – Nerlens Noel

Injury news: Derrick Rose (COVID Protocols) and Taj Gibson (ankle) are out, Elfrid Payton (hamstring) is questionable


Denver Nuggets vs. Indiana Pacers (8 p.m. ET)

Nuggets Projected Lineup

PG – Jamal Murray
SG – Monte Morris
SF – Will Barton
PF – Michael Porter Jr.
C – Nikola Jokic

Injury news: Nothing new

Pacers Projected Lineup

PG – Malcolm Brogdon
SG – Justin Holiday
SF – Doug McDermott
PF – Domantas Sabonis
C – Myles Turner

Injury news: Nothing new


Milwaukee Bucks vs. Memphis Grizzlies (8 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

Grizzlies Projected Lineup

PG – Ja Morant
SG – Desmond Bane
SF – Dillon Brooks
PF – Kyle Anderson
C – Jonas Valanciunas

Injury news: Grayson Allen (concussion) remains out


Miami Heat vs. New Orleans Pelicans (8:30 p.m. ET)

Heat Projected Lineup

PG – Kendrick Nunn
SG – Jimmy Butler
SF – Duncan Robinson
PF – Kelly Olynyk
C – Bam Adebayo

Injury news: Jimmy Butler (Knee) and Bam Adebayo (Knee) are questionable

Pelicans Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new


Oklahoma City Thunder vs. San Antonio Spurs (9 p.m. ET)

Thunder Projected Lineup

PG – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
SG – Theo Maledon
SF – Lu Dort
PF – Darius Bazley
C – Isaiah Roby

Injury news: Al Horford (rest) is doubtful

Spurs Projected Lineup

PG – Dejounte Murray
SG – Lonnie Walker
SF – DeMar DeRozan
PF – Trey Lyles
C – Jakob Poeltl

Injury news: LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) is out, Devin Vassell, Derrick White, Rudy Gay are out due to health and safety protocols


Sacramento Kings vs. Portland Trail Blazers (10 p.m. ET)

Kings Projected Lineup

PG – De’Aaron Fox
SG – Buddy Hield
SF – Harrison Barnes
PF – Marvin Bagley
C – Richaun Holmes

Injury news: Tyrese Haliburton (calf) and Hassan Whiteside (health protocols) are out

Trail Blazers Projected Lineup

PG – Damian Lillard
SG – Gary Trent Jr.
SF – Derrick Jones Jr.
PF – Robert Covington
C – Enes Kanter

Injury news: Nothing new


Golden State Warriors vs. Phoenix Suns (10 p.m. ET)

Warriors Projected Lineup

PG – Mychal Mulder
SG – Andrew Wiggins
SF – Kelly Oubre
PF – Juan Toscano-Anderson
C – Kevon Looney

Injury news: Kelly Oubre (Wrist) is questionable, Stephen Curry (rest) and Draymond Green (ankle) are out

Suns Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new


Phan’s Bet to Watch

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