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NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (December 14): Kevin Durant Questionable, Deandre Ayton’s Status Uncertain Tuesday

NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (December 14): Kevin Durant Questionable, Deandre Ayton’s Status Uncertain Tuesday article feature image
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Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets.

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 injury updates, check out our FantasyLabs NBA news page

NBA Injury News

12 p.m. ET Update: Kevin Durant is questionable with right ankle soreness. LaMarcus Aldridge, Deandre’ Bembry Jevon Carter and James Johnson have all entered the league’s health and safety protocols and are out Tuesday.


Covid is impacting Tuesday’s schedule in a big way. The NBA announced Monday that tonight’s game between the Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons was postponed because the Bulls likely would not have enough players available.

The New York Knicks are down another rotation player due to Covid. Rookie guard Quentin Grimes has entered the league’s health and safety protocols and is out for Tuesday’s game against the Golden State Warriors. He joins Obi Toppin and RJ Barrett who are both out due to Covid as well. Alec Burks, who missed the Knicks’ last game for personal reasons, is expected to return Tuesday.

Deandre Ayton, who missed the Phoenix Suns’ game on Monday due to a non-Covid illness, is a player to monitor Tuesday when the Suns face the Portland Trail Blazers.

Projected Starting Lineups

Golden State Warriors vs. New York Knicks (7:30 p.m. ET)

Warriors Projected Lineup

PG – Stephen Curry
SG – Jordan Poole
SF – Andrew Wiggins
PF – Draymond Green
C – Kevon Looney

Injury news: Nothing new

Knicks Projected Lineup

PG – Alec Burks
SG – Immanuel Quickley
SF – Evan Fournier
PF – Julius Randle
C – Nerlens Noel

Injury news: Alec Burks (Personal) is probable; Obi Toppin, RJ Barrett and Quentin Grimes are out due to the league’s health and safety protocols

Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets (7:30 p.m. ET)

Raptors Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: OG Anunoby (Hip), Khem Birch (Knee), Precious Achiuwa (COVID Protocols) and Dalano Banton (Illness) are out

Nets Projected Lineup

PG – James Harden
SG – Patty Mills
SF – DeAndre Bembry
PF – Kevin Durant
C – LaMarcus Aldridge

Injury news: Paul Millsap (COVID Protocols)

Detroit Pistons vs. Chicago Bulls (PPD)

Pistons-Bulls (COVID) expected to be postponed Tuesday.

— FantasyLabs NBA (@FantasyLabsNBA) December 13, 2021

Phoenix Suns vs. Portland Trail Blazers (10 p.m. ET)

Suns Projected Lineup

PG – Chris Paul
SG – Landry Shamet
SF – Mikal Bridges
PF – Jae Crowder
C – JaVale McGee

Injury news: Nothing New

Trail Blazers Projected Lineup

PG – Damian Lillard
SG – Norman Powell
SF – Nassir Little
PF – Larry Nance Jr.
C – Jusuf Nurkic

Injury news: CJ McCollum (Lung) and Cody Zeller (Quad) are out


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