NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (June 1): Kemba Walker Out, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Questionable Tuesday

NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (June 1): Kemba Walker Out, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Questionable Tuesday article feature image
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Juan Ocampo/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers.

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

6:30 p.m. ET Update:

Coach Stevens confirmed that Walker and Robert Williams (ankle) have been downgraded to out for Tuesday’s game. Both players were absent in Sunday’s loss. Both players were absent in Sunday’s loss and Romeo Langford entered the starting lineup with Walker out. 

Chris Paul confirmed he’ll be ready for Game 5 on Tuesday as he continues to deal with a shoulder contusion. The Suns had a light practice on Monday and coach Williams said Paul didn’t do much outside of getting up shots and participating in some walkthroughs. 

Anthony Davis is unlikely to play in Game 5 on Tuesday according to The Athletic and Stadium’s Shams Charania. He suffered the strained groin during Sunday’s loss after logging 19 minutes in the first half. Kyle Kuzma started the second half in his place and will see increased playing time with Davis out.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope said he feels “much better,” but said he’s still questionable to play in Game 5 on Tuesday as he continues to deal with a knee contusion. Caldwell-Pope got in a workout without pain on Monday and his knee will be evaluated again before Tuesday’s game. 

Will Barton will remain listed out in advance of Game 5 on Tuesday. He participated in a full non-live practice on Monday and appears close to a return after being sidelined for over a month with a strained hamstring. A possible return could come in Game 6 or 7.

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Projected Starting Lineups

Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets (7:30 p.m. ET)

Celtics Projected Lineup

PG – Marcus Smart
SG – Romeo Langford
SF – Evan Fournier
PF – Jayson Tatum
C – Tristan Thompson

Injury news: Kemba Walker (Knee), Robert Williams (Ankle) are out

Nets Projected Lineup

PG – James Harden
SG – Kyrie Irving
SF – Joe Harris
PF – Kevin Durant
C – Blake Griffin

Injury news: Alize Johnson (Ankle) is questionable


Portland Trail Blazers vs. Denver Nuggets (9 p.m. ET)

Trail Blazers Projected Lineup

PG – Damian Lillard
SG – CJ McCollum
SF – Norman Powell
PF – Robert Covington
C – Jusuf Nurkic

Injury news: Nothing new

Nuggets Projected Lineup

PG – Facundo Campazzo
SG – Austin Rivers
SF – Aaron Gordon
PF – Michael Porter Jr.
C – Nikola Jokic

Injury news: Will Barton (Hamstring) is out


Team vs. Team (TBA p.m. ET)

Team Projected Lineup

PG – Dennis Schroder
SG – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
SF – LeBron James
PF – Markieff Morris
C – Andre Drummond

Injury news: Anthony Davis (Groin) is doubtful; Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Knee) is questionable

Team Projected Lineup

PG – Chris Paul
SG – Devin Booker
SF – Mikal Bridges
PF – Jae Crowder
C – Deandre Ayton

Injury news: Chris Paul (shoulder) is active


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