NBA Injury News & Projected Starting Lineups (Sunday, August 2): Latest on Bucks, Rockets, More
Photo credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images. Pictured: Donte DiVincenzo
Below are the projected starting lineups for each NBA team for Sunday’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 Sunday morning.
Projected NBA Starting Lineups for Sunday, August 2
- Boston Celtics: Kemba Walker – Jaylen Brown – Jayson Tatum – Gordon Hayward – Daniel Theis
- Brooklyn Nets: Chris Chiozza – Caris LeVert – Joe Harris – Lance Thomas – 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: DJ Augustin – Evan Fournier – James Ennis – Aaron Gordon – Nikola Vucevic
- Phoenix Suns: Ricky Rubio – Devin Booker – Mikal Bridges – Cam Johnson – 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: Nothing new.
- Brooklyn Nets: Jamal Crawford (conditioning) is questionable.
- Dallas Mavericks: Nothing new.
- Houston Rockets: Eric Gordon (ankle) remains out.
- Memphis Grizzlies: Tyus Jones (knee) remains out.
- Milwaukee Bucks: Eric Bledsoe (conditioning) and Pat Connaughton (conditioning) remain out. Marvin Williams (groin) is not on the injury report.
- Orlando Magic: Wes Iwundu (neck) is questionable.
- Phoenix Suns: Nothing new.
- Portland Trail Blazers: Nothing new.
- Sacramento Kings: Alex Len (conditioning) is out.
- San Antonio Spurs: Bryn Forbes (quad) is out. Marco Belinelli (foot) is doubtful.
- Washington Wizards: Nothing new.
Other than players sitting out the Orlando restart, the only real game with injuries worth noting is the Bucks-Rockets nightcap.
The Bucks will continue to be without both Eric Bledsoe and Pat Connaughton, limiting their point guard depth. Donte DiVincenzo will continued to start and see an increased role, and he’ll have his hands full trying to stay in front of Russell Westbrook.
Big picture, though, the Bucks are just fine. They have so, so much depth across all positions and skillsets, and as long as Giannis Antetokounmpo is in the lineup, they’ll continue to be a juggernaut.
A lot of the Bucks’ success — other than Giannis and their depth of long, athletic players — is their schemes, which don’t really rely on any one player in particular. They’ll likely try to get the ball out of Harden’s hands and drop every pick-and-roll Westbrook is in. They’ll be just fine without Bledsoe, especially in a regular season game that is mostly meaningless for their seeding.
The Rockets were just fine last game without Eric Gordon, mostly because they got unusually hot shooting from guys like Danuel House and Robert Covington. Those guys are very solid presences, but they’ll likely be streaky shooters on a night-to-night basis.
Where Gordon might be missed most is on the defensive end, where he’s an underrated player given his length and strength. He’d likely be an important defensive part of stopping Giannis and Khris Middleton, so the Rockets will need their other wings to step up to stay in this game.