NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (May 26): Nerlens Noel Cleared, Donovan Mitchell Expected to Play Wednesday

NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (May 26): Nerlens Noel Cleared, Donovan Mitchell Expected to Play Wednesday article feature image

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

6:30 p.m. Update: The Knicks announced that Noel is officially available to play on Wednesday despite dealing with a sprained ankle. Knick head coach Tom Thibodeau also confirmed that Elfrid Payton will remain a starter instead of inserting Derrick Rose into the starting lineup.


Nerlens Noel suffered a sprained right ankle late during the Game 1 loss on Sunday, and he is currently questionable heading into Game 2 on Wednesday.

New York Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau has stated Noel should be fine for Wednesday on a few instances, and Thibodeau added Noel was feeling better on Tuesday.

Noel has been sharing center minutes with Taj Gibson during the absence of Mitchell Robinson who has been out with a foot injury. The Knicks don’t have many center options available if Noel can’t go — Norvel Pelle is the only other healthy big on the roster.

Donovan Mitchell is expected to play for the Utah Jazz in Game 2 after he was a late scratch in Game 1 of their series with the Memphis Grizzlies. The reason behind Mitchell sitting out the series opener was reportedly a disagreement between his personal training staff and the team training staff on his availability.

Be sure to check the Action Labs NBA page for real-time updates.

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Projected Starting Lineups

Washington Wizards vs. Philadelphia 76ers (7 p.m. ET)

Wizards Projected Lineup

PG – Russell Westbrook
SG – Raul Neto
SF – Bradley Beal
PF – Rui Hachimura
C – Alex Len

Injury news: Nothing new

76ers Projected Lineup

PG – Ben Simmons
SG – Seth Curry
SF – Danny Green
PF – Tobias Harris
C – Joel Embiid

Injury news: Nothing new


Atlanta Hawks vs. New York Knicks (7:30 p.m. ET)

Hawks Projected Lineup

PG – Trae Young
SG – Bogdan Bogdanovic
SF – De’Andre Hunter
PF – John Collins
C – Clint Capela

Injury news: Nothing new

Knicks Projected Lineup

PG – Derrick Rose
SG – RJ Barrett
SF – Reggie Bullock
PF – Julius Randle
C – Nerlens Noel

Injury news: Nerlens Noel (Ankle) is active


Memphis Grizzlies vs. Utah Jazz (10 p.m. ET)

Grizzlies Projected Lineup

PG – Ja Morant
SG – Dillon Brooks
SF – Kyle Anderson
PF – Jaren Jackson Jr.
C – Jonas Valanciunas

Injury news: Nothing new

Jazz Projected Lineup

PG – Mike Conley
SG – Donovan Mitchell
SF – Bojan Bogdanovic
PF – Royce O’Neale
C – Rudy Gobert

Injury news: Nothing new


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