NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (June 22): Marcus Morris is Expected to Play Game 2, Chris Paul and Kawhi Leonard Remain Sidelined
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 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
Marcus Morris is not listed on the injury report ahead of Game 2 on Tuesday, indicating he’ll be available to play. Morris has been starting at center with Nicolas Batum at power forward and he is dealing with a sore left knee.
Los Angeles Clippers head coach Tyronn Lue was uncertain if Morris would be able to suit up and there is no word on if he will be limited after playing just six minutes in the second half on Sunday. Ivica Zubac would be a candidate to return to the starting lineup if Morris is downgraded.
Lue also confirmed that Leonard remains out for Game 2 on Tuesday as he continues to recover from a sprained knee. In Game 1, Terance Mann remained in the starting lineup in place of Leonard but was held to just nine points on four field goal attempts.
Chris Paul remains sidelined while in the league’s health and safety protocols and will miss Game 2. Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams once again stated that he has no update on when Paul will return. However, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports revealed that the Suns are expecting Paul to return at some point early in the Western Conference finals. Cameron Payne will likely remain the starting point guard for Game 2.
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 – Reggie Jackson
SG – Terance Mann
SF – Paul George
PF – Nicolas Batum
C – Marcus Morris
Injury news: Kawhi Leonard (knee) is out, Marcus Morris (knee) is not listed on the injury report
Suns Projected Lineup
PG – Cameron Payne
SG – Devin Booker
SF – Mikal Bridges
PF – Jae Crowder
C – Deandre Ayton
Injury news: Chris Paul (COVID protocols) is out