NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (June 26): Marcus Morris Likely Game-Time Decision, Cam Payne Active For Game 4 On Saturday
Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Marcus Morris Sr. #8 of the LA Clippers.
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
6 p.m. ET Update: Cam Payne will play Saturday, as expected, after previously being considered probable with a sprained ankle. He played just four minutes in Game 3 after suffering the ankle injury. Teammate Abdel Nader (knee) is expected to be available for the first time in three months following surgery. Payne’s return will push E’Twaun Moore back out of the rotation and allow coach Williams to reduce minutes for Chris Paul. Williams believes he played Paul too many minutes in Game 3, exacerbated by the loss of Payne.
Coach Lue stated Marcus Morris will likely be a game-time decision heading into Game 4 on Saturday.
Morris was pulled from the starting lineup minutes before Game 3 due to a lingering sore knee but was available off the bench and played 24 minutes. Lue added that the team didn’t know until less than 30 minutes before Game 3 that Morris would play, and a similar situation could occur Saturday.
Cam Payne missed the second half of the loss on Thursday due to a sprained ankle, but he is currently listed as probable in advance of Game 4 on Saturday. Abdel Nader (knee) is expected to be available for the first time in three months following surgery. Payne’s likely return should prohibit playing time for E’Twaun Moore and allow coach Williams to reduce minutes for Chris Paul. Williams believes he played Paul too many minutes in Game 3, exacerbated by the loss of Payne.
Be sure to check the Action Labs NBA page for real-time updates.
Projected Starting Lineups
Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Clippers (9:00 p.m. ET)
Suns Projected Lineup
PG – Chris Paul
SG – Devin Booker
SF – Mikal Bridges
PF – Jae Crowder
C – DeAndre Ayton
Injury news: Cam Payne (ankle) is active
Clippers Projected Lineup
PG – Patrick Beverley
SG – Reggie Jackson
SF – Terance Mann
PF – Paul George
C – Ivica Zubac
Injury news: Marcus Morris (knee) is questionable