NBA Injury News & Projected Starting Lineups (Friday, July 31): Updates on Eric Gordon, Eric Bledsoe, More
Photo credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images. Pictured: Eric Gordon
- Below are the projected starting lineups for tonight's six NBA games, including Celtics vs. Bucks, Kings vs. Spurs and Rockets vs. Mavericks.
- The Rockets will be without guard Eric Gordon against Dallas, and the Bucks will be without guard Eric Bledsoe against Boston.
- Read for more injury and lineup analysis.
Below are the projected starting lineups for each NBA team for Friday’s six-game slate, along with notable news for each squad. For real-time updates to these lineups, check out the NBA Labs Insiders tool.
Last updated Friday morning.
Projected NBA Starting Lineups for Friday, July 31
- Boston Celtics: Kemba Walker – Jaylen Brown – Jayson Tatum – Gordon Hayward – Daniel Theis
- Brooklyn Nets: Chris Chiozza – Caris LeVert – Joe Harris – Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot – Jarrett Allen
- Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic – Seth Curry – Tim Hardaway Jr. – Dorian Finney-Smith – Kristaps Porzingis
- Houston Rockets: Russell Westbrook – James Harden – Danuel House – Robert Covington – PJ Tucker
- Memphis Grizzlies: Ja Morant – Dillon Brooks – Kyle Anderson – Jaren Jackson Jr. – Jonas Valanciunas
- Milwaukee Bucks: Donte DiVincenzo – Wes Matthews – Khris Middleton – Giannis Antetokounmpo – Brook Lopez
- Orlando Magic: Markelle Fultz – Evan Fournier – James Ennis – Aaron Gordon – Nikola Vucevic
- Phoenix Suns: Ricky Rubio – Devin Booker – Mikal Bridges – Dario Saric – Deandre Ayton
- Portland Trail Blazers: Damian Lillard – CJ McCollum – Carmelo Anthony – Zach Collins – Jusuf Nurkic
- Sacramento Kings: De’Aaron Fox – Bogdan Bogdanovic – Harrison Barnes – Nemanja Bjelica – Richaun Holmes
- San Antonio Spurs: Dejounte Murray – Derrick White – Lonnie Walker – DeMar DeRozan – Jakob Poeltl
- Washington Wizards: Shabazz Napier – Isaac Bonga – Troy Brown Jr. – Rui Hachimura – Thomas Bryant
- Boston Celtics: Tremont Waters (concussion) cleared concussion protocol.
- Brooklyn Nets: Kyrie Irving (shoulder), Kevin Durant (Achilles), Nic Claxton (surgery), Wilson Chandler (personal), Spencer Dinwiddie (coronavirus), DeAndre Jordan (coronavirus) and Taurean Prince (coronavirus) will not participate in Orlando season restart. Jamal Crawford (conditioning) is doubtful. Rodions Kurucs (hip) is probable.
- Dallas Mavericks: Jalen Brunson (shoulder), Courtney Lee (calf) and Willie Cauley-Stein (personal) will not participate in Orlando season restart.
- Houston Rockets: Eric Gordon (ankle) is out 1-2 weeks. Austin Rivers (personal) is cleared to play. Thabo Sefolosha (personal) will not participate in Orlando season restart.
- Memphis Grizzlies: Justise Winslow (hip) is out for the season. Tyus Jones (knee) is out at least a week.
- Milwaukee Bucks: Eric Bledsoe (coronavirus) and Pat Connaughton (coronavirus) are out. Marvin Williams (groin) is doubtful. Frank Mason (back) is probable.
- Orlando Magic: Wes Iwundu (concussion) is questionable.
- Phoenix Suns: Kelly Oubre (meniscus) is out for the season.
- Portland Trail Blazers: Damian Lillard (foot) will play. Caleb Swanigan (personal) will not participate in Orlando season restart. Jusuf Nurkic (tibia, fibula) and Zach Collins (shoulder) have been cleared to play.
- Sacramento Kings: Alex Len (coronavirus) is out. De’Aaron Fox (ankle) said he’ll play. Marvin Bagley (foot) will not participate in Orlando season restart.
- San Antonio Spurs: Bryn Forbes (quad) is out. Jakob Poeltl (MCL) has been cleared to play. LaMarcus Alridge (shoulder) and Trey Lyles (appendicitis) are out for the season.
- Washington Wizards: Bradley Beal (rotator cuff) and Davis Bertans (personal) will not participate in Orlando season restart. Garrison Mathews (personal) is TBD.
If your life dream is to make an NBA roster, now is your chance with the Nets. They’re missing essentially everybody and will lean heavily on Caris LeVert, Joe Harris and Jarrett Allen to pick up the slack.
They were able to get some reinforcement help with guys like Tyler Johnson, but this team is obviously severely lacking in high-end talent and will struggle to compete with the mostly solid teams in Orlando.
The Rockets will be without crucial guard Eric Gordon today, although his absence is much more important to them in a playoff setting (for which he’ll be back) than a one-off game against the Mavs.
They’ve actually been better with him off the court than on this season, although that understates his value to the team given his shot creation, outside shooting and defensive versatility on the perimeter. Still, the combination of Danuel House, Robert Covington, Ben McLemore and Austin Rivers should lessen the blow tonight against the Mavs.
Eric Bledsoe and Pat Connaughton will be out for Milwaukee’s first Orlando game, making them a little more thin at the guard spot. Donte DiVincenzo will likely fill in with heavy minutes, and Giannis Antetokounmpo will likely just take a few more minutes and control of the offense in their absences.
Portland Trail Blazers
The Blazers are one of the rare teams that are actually way stronger because of the COVID-19 layoff. They’ll welcome back key rotation pieces in Zach Collins and Jusuf Nurkic, really bolstering a frontcourt that was a weakness for them all season. The lineups with them and Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum were quite strong a year ago, so there’s definitely upside with the Blazers.
San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs will be missing LaMarcus Aldridge and Trey Lyles for the entirety of Orlando, while Bryn Forbes is out tonight. They’ll likely play faster without Alridge, who is a slow operator in the post and can oftentimes muddle up the offense. A lot will fall on DeMar DeRozan and Dejounte Murray to run things.
The Wizards aren’t missing as many guys as the Nets, but they also didn’t start with as much talent. The biggest news is that Bradley Beal and Davis Bertans — easily their two best players — are out for the entirety of Orlando, which means rookie Rui Hachimura might be their go-to player. The Wiz and Nets are certainly in a race for the bottom at this point.