NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (June 9): Will Barton Cleared to Play, Michael Porter Jr. Questionable for Game 2 Wednesday
Jeff Haynes/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Will Barton #5 of the Denver Nuggets.
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
5 p.m. ET Update: Will Barton will return to the lineup on Wednesday, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Chris Haynes. Barton was originally doubtful then upgraded to questionable as he continues to deal with a strained hamstring that has sidelined him for over six weeks.
Michael Porter Jr. is questionable for Game 2 on Wednesday with a tight lower back. Porter Jr. tweaked his back during the second quarter of Game 1 and played the second half with a significant wrap around his core and back.
He wasn’t on the court to close the game because of the injury, but Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone expects him to be good to go.
Will Barton is doubtful to play in Game 2 as he continues to deal with a strained hamstring but appears to be making strides after sitting out the past 20 games.
Though it doesn’t appear like he’s ready for game action quite yet, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him cleared in time for Game 3 after Malone said Barton had “another really good day” on Tuesday.
Be sure to check the Action Labs NBA page for real-time updates.
Projected Starting Lineups
Denver Nuggets vs. Phoenix Suns (9:30 p.m. ET)
Nuggets Projected Lineup
PG – Facundo Campazzo
SG – Austin Rivers
SF – Aaron Gordon
PF – Michael Porter Jr.
C – Nikola Jokic
Injury news: Michael Porter Jr. (back) is questionable, Will Barton (hamstring) is active
Suns Projected Lineup
PG – Chris Paul
SG – Devin Booker
SF – Mikal Bridges
PF – Jae Crowder
C – Deandre Ayton
Injury news: Nothing new