NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (May 25): Maxi Kleber Questionable, Chris Paul Expected to Play Tuesday

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Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Maxi Kleber #42 of the Dallas Mavericks.

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

Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle stated Kleber was a limited participant in Monday’s practice and will be listed questionable for Game 2 on Tuesday due to a sore right Achilles injury that has lingered since the end of the regular season.

Kleber returned to the starting lineup for Game 1 and played 36 minutes as the primary defending on Kawhi Leonard. If Kleber is limited or unable to play, Dwight Powell or Willie Cauley-Stein could receive additional minutes.

Neither the Phoenix Suns or Los Angeles Lakers have key players officially listed on the injury report, but multiple players are worth keeping an eye on.

Chris Paul had to leave Game 1 against the with a shoulder injury, and while he did return to play, he didn’t appear to be able to fully use his right shoulder. Head coach Monty Williams said to reporters Monday that “He’s nowhere near as sore as he was yesterday, but he’s still sore.” Paul told reporters immediately after the game that he would “absolutely” be ready for Game 2.

LeBron James also appeared to hurt his shoulder during the game but said he would be ready for Game 2 as well.

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Projected Starting Lineups

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

Celtics Projected Lineup

PG – Kemba Walker
SG – Marcus Smart
SF – Evan Fournier
PF – Jayson Tatum
C – Tristan Thompson

Injury news: Nothing new

Nets Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new


Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns (10 p.m. ET)

Lakers Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new

Suns Projected Lineup

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

Injury news: Nothing new


Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Clippers (10:30 p.m. ET)

Mavericks Projected Lineup

PG – Luka Doncic
SG – Tim Hardaway Jr.
SF – Dorian Finney-Smith
PF – Maxi Kleber
C – Kristaps Porzingis

Injury news: Maxi Kleber (Achilles) is questionable

Clippers Projected Lineup

PG – Patrick Beverley
SG – Paul George
SF – Kawhi Leonard
PF – Marcus Morris
C – Ivica Zubac

Injury news: Nothing new


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