NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (June 28): Ivica Zubac Ruled Out for Game 5
Jevone Moore/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images. Pictured: LA Clippers center Ivica Zubac (40).
Below are the projected starting lineups for each team playing on Monday’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: Ivica Zubac has been ruled out of Monday’s Game 5 due to a sprained MCL. Marcus Morris is expected to get the start in his place.
4:30 p.m. ET Update: Ivica Zubac has been added to the injury report with a sprained right knee and is questionable to play on Monday.
Los Angeles Clippers head Coach Tyronn Lue confirmed Sunday that Kawhi Leonard will stay in Los Angeles to receive treatment on his sprained knee and has been ruled out for Game 5 on Monday.
Lue opted to go back to Marcus Morris in the starting lineup in Game 4, though Morris only played 22.2 minutes to Terance Mann’s 33.1. There’s a good chance Mann re-enters the starting lineup on Monday ahead of Morris given how much better the Clippers have been with him on the court in the series.
There is no word on whether Leonard could be available if the Clippers extend the series beyond Game 5.
For the Suns, Devin Booker told reporters after Game 4 that he wasn’t sure if he would wear a mask to protect his broken nose in Game 5. Booker started the game with the mask but removed it because he felt uncomfortable.
Be sure to check the Action Labs NBA page for real-time updates.
Projected Starting Lineups
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Phoenix Suns (9 p.m. ET)
Clippers Projected Lineup
PG – Patrick Beverley
SG – Reggie Jackson
SF – Paul George
PF – Nicolas Batum
C – Marcus Morris
Injury news: Ivica Zubac (knee) is out
Suns Projected Lineup
PG – Chris Paul
SG – Devin Booker
SF – Mikal Bridges
PF – Jae Crowder
C – Deandre Ayton
Injury news: Nothing new