NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (January 2): Luka Doncic Cleared to Play, Jayson Tatum Out Sunday

NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (January 2): Luka Doncic Cleared to Play, Jayson Tatum Out Sunday article feature image
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Michael Gonzales/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks.

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

5:30 p.m. ET Update: Luka Doncic has been cleared to play Sunday after clearing the league’s health and safety protocols.

Jayson Tatum has been ruled out due to conditioning and Robert Williams is out with a toe injury.


Luka Doncic cleared health and safety protocols Saturday and is not listed on the NBA’s official injury report ahead of Sunday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Doncic had been dealing with an ankle sprain before going into health and safety protocols, so there’s a chance he still needs to ramp up his conditioning before returning to the court.

Tim Hardaway Jr. and Maxi Kleber have also cleared protocols and are expected to play Sunday. Kristaps Porzingis is being listed as doubtful for rest ahead of a back-to-back set for the Mavericks.

Jayson Tatum is one of many Boston Celtics players who has cleared protocols and is questionable to play Sunday due to conditioning. Dennis Schroder also cleared protocols and is expected to suit up. Robert Williams, who is dealing with a toe injury, is questionable entering their game against the Orlando Magic.

Miles Bridges has cleared health and safety protocols and is questionable to play due to conditioning.

Projected Starting Lineups

New York Knicks vs. Toronto Raptors (3:30 p.m. ET)

Knicks Projected Lineup

PG – Miles McBride
SG – RJ Barrett
SF – Evan Fournier
PF – Obi Toppin
C – Taj Gibson

Injury news: Kemba Walker (Knee) and Danuel House (Finger) are out; Evan Fournier (Ankle) is questionable, Nerlens Noel, Julius Randle, Wayne Selden and Mitchell Robinson are out due to health and safety protocols

Raptors Projected Lineup

PG – Fred VanVleet
SG – Gary Trent Jr.
SF – OG Anunoby
PF – Scottie Barnes
C – Pascal Siakam

Injury news: Scottie Barnes (Knee) and Isaac Bonga (Conditioning) are probable; David Johnson (Calf) is out; DJ Wilson is out due to health and safety protocols

Indiana Pacers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (6 p.m. ET)

Pacers Projected Lineup

PG – Keifer Sykes
SG – Duane Washington
SF – Justin Holiday
PF – Domantas Sabonis
C – Myles Turner

Injury news: Goga Bitadze, Caris LeVert, Jeremy Lamb, Malcolm Brogdon, Isaiah Jackson, Kelan Martin and Chris Duarte are out due to health and safety protocols

Cavaliers Projected Lineup

PG – Kevin Pangos
SG – Isaac Okoro
SF – Lauri Markkanen
PF – Evan Mobley
C – Jarrett Allen

Injury news: Jarrett Allen (Conditioning) is probable; Dylan Windler (Knee) is questionable; Rajon Rondo, Cedi Osman and Darius Garland are out due health and safety protocols

Orlando Magic vs. Boston Celtics (6 p.m. ET)

Magic Projected Lineup

PG – Tim Frazier
SG – Gary Harris
SF – Franz Wagner
PF – Wendell Carter Jr.
C – Mo Bamba

Injury news: Terrence Ross (Conditioning) is probable; Mychal Mulder (Conditioning) and Mo Bamba (Conditioning) are questionable; Cole Anthony (Ankle) and Jalen Suggs (Thumb) are out; Robin Lopez, Hassani Gravett and Chuma Okeke are out due to health and safety protocols

Celtics Projected Lineup

PG – Dennis Schroder
SG – Marcus Smart
SF – Jaylen Brown
PF – Grant Williams
C – Al Horford

Injury news: Dennis Schroder (Conditioning), Bruno Fernando (Conditioning) and Aaron Nesmith (Conditioning) are probable; Robert Williams (Toe) and Jayson Tatum (Conditioning) is questionable; Enes Freedom (COVID Protocols) is out

Miami Heat vs. Sacramento Kings (6 p.m. ET)

Heat Projected Lineup

PG – Kyle Lowry
SG – Tyler Herro
SF – Jimmy Butler
PF – Caleb Martin
C – Omer Yurtseven

Injury news: Dewayne Dedmon (Knee) and KZ Okpala (Wrist) are out; Marcus Garrett, Zylan Cheatham, Gabe Vincent, Max Strus, Duncan Robinson, Udonis Haslem and PJ Tucker are out due to health and safety protocols

Kings Projected Lineup

PG – De’Aaron Fox
SG – Tyrese Haliburton
SF – Harrison Barnes
PF – Marvin Bagley
C – Damian Jones

Injury news: Terence Davis (Ankle) is questionable; Richaun Holmes is out due to health and safety protocols

Phoenix Suns vs. Charlotte Hornets (7 p.m. ET)

Suns Projected Lineup

PG – Chris Paul
SG – Devin Booker
SF – Mikal Bridges
PF – Cam Johnson
C – Jalen Smith

Injury news: Chandler Hutchison (Knee) is questionable; JaVale McGee, Jae Crowder, Abdel Nader and Deandre Ayton are out due to health and safety protocols

Hornets Projected Lineup

PG – LaMelo Ball
SG – Terry Rozier
SF – Gordon Hayward
PF – Miles Bridges
C – Mason Plumlee

Injury news: Miles Bridges (Conditioning) is questionable; PJ Washington (Conditioning) is out

Dallas Mavericks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (7 p.m. ET)

Mavericks Projected Lineup

PG – Luka Doncic
SG – Reggie Bullock
SF – Dorian Finney-Smith
PF – Maxi Kleber
C – Dwight Powell

Injury news: Frank Ntilikina (Thigh) and Luka Doncic (Conditioning) are questionable; Kristaps Porzingis (Rest) is doubtful; Willie Cauley-Stein (Personal) is out; Brandon Knight, Isaiah Thomas, Trey Burke, Boban Marjanovic and Jaquori McLaughlin are out due to health and safety protocols

Thunder Projected Lineup

PG – Ty Jerome
SG – Aaron Wiggins
SF -Josh Giddey
PF – Lu Dort
C – Isaiah Roby

Injury news: Josh Giddey (Conditioning) is probable; Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Darius Bazley, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl and Tre Mann are out due to health and safety protocols

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Lakers (9:30 p.m. ET)

Timberwolves Projected Lineup

PG – Patrick Beverley
SG – Malik Beasley
SF – Anthony Edwards
PF – Jarred Vanderbilt
C – Naz Reid

Injury news: Taurean Prince (Conditioning), Jarred Vanderbilt (Conditioning), McKinley Wright (Conditioning) and Anthony Edwards (Conditioning) are questionable; D’Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns are out due to health and safety protocols

Lakers Projected Lineup

PG – Russell Westbrook
SG – Malik Monk
SF – Talen Horton-Tucker
PF – Stanley Johnson
C – LeBron James

Injury news: LeBron James (Abdominal) is probable; Avery Bradley (Head) is questionable; Kendrick Nunn is out due to health and safety protocols


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