NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (April 20): James Harden Sidelined Indefinitely, Kawhi Leonard Out Tuesday

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Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers.

Below are the projected starting lineups for each team playing on Tuesday’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: The Clippers announced that Leonard has been managing right foot soreness and will be re-evaluated next week.


6:30 p.m. ET Update: The Nets announced that Harden suffered a setback while going through an on-court rehab session on Monday and will remain out indefinitely.


5:50 p.m. ET Update: James Johnson has been ruled out Tuesday, as expected, after previously being considered doubtful with a strained adductor.


The news to monitor on Tuesday’s NBA schedule is minimal — Devonte’ Graham is questionable ahead of a game with the Knicks due to a quad contusion — but the more notable news surrounds players who are out tonight.

LaMelo Ball, who has been sidelined since late March has been cleared to return to individual basketball activities and could return to the floor in 7-to-10 days according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Knicks will be without Alec Burks, who is one of their best scorers off the bench. Burks is out for the third game in a row due to health and safety protocols and there is no word on when he’ll return.

The Brooklyn Nets will have another long injury report Tuesday that includes Kevin Durant. He suffered a thigh bruise Sunday against the Miami Heat and has been ruled out for Tuesday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans. Nic Claxton is also out due to health and safety protocols.

The Portland Trail Blazers will be without Damian Lillard and Jusuf Nurkic Tuesday when they face the Los Angeles Clippers. Lillard is still bothered by a knee injury and Nurkic will rest in the front end of a back-to-back.

With Lillard out on Sunday, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson entered the starting lineup. Enes Kanter will likely start in place of Nurkic, and he totaled 24 points and 30 rebounds in his last start.

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

Projected Starting Lineups

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

Magic Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Terrence Ross (Back), Otto Porter (Foot), and James Ennis (Calf) are out

Hawks Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Danilo Gallinari (Foot) is out


Charlotte Hornets vs. New York Knicks (7:30 p.m. ET)

Hornets Projected Lineup

PG – Devonte’ Graham
SG – Terry Rozier
SF – Jalen McDaniels
PF – Miles Bridges
C – Vernon Carey

Injury news: Devonte’ Graham (Quad) is questionable; Gordon Hayward (Foot) and LaMelo Ball (Wrist) 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


Brooklyn Nets vs. New Orleans Pelicans (7:30 p.m. ET)

Nets Projected Lineup

PG – Kyrie Irving
SG – Bruce Brown
SF – Joe Harris
PF – Jeff Green
C – Blake Griffin

Injury news: Kevin Durant (Thigh), Nic Claxton (COVID Protocols) and Reggie Perry (COVID Protocols) are out

Pelicans Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: James Johnson (Adductor) is out


Los Angeles Clippers vs. Portland Trail Blazers (10 p.m. ET)

Clippers Projected Lineup

PG – Reggie Jackson
SG – Paul George
SF – Kawhi Leonard
PF – Marcus Morris
C – Ivica Zubac

Injury news: Nothing new

Trail Blazers Projected Lineup

PG – CJ McCollum
SG – Norman Powell
SF – Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
PF – Robert Covington
C – Enes Kanter

Injury news: Damian Lillard (Hamstring) and Jusuf Nurkic (Rest) are out


Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Sacramento Kings (10 p.m. ET)

Timberwolves Projected Lineup

PG – Ricky Rubio
SG – Anthony Edwards
SF – Josh Okogie
PF – Jaden McDaniels
C – Karl-Anthony Towns

Injury news: Jaylen Nowell (Leg) is doubtful

Kings Projected Lineup

PG – De’Aaron Fox
SG – Buddy Hield
SF – Maurice Harkless
PF – Harrison Barnes
C – Hassan Whiteside

Injury news: Robert Woodard (Back) is out


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