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April 26th NBA Injury Report and Projected Starting Lineups – Simmons & Young Out; Embiid and Harris Questionable

Quinn Allen

by Quinn Allen in NBA Basketball

Updated Apr 26, 2021 · 6:24 AM PDT

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Philadelphia 76ers Guard Ben Simmons will miss his fifth consecutive game on Monday night due to an illness. (Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire)
  • 11 games are scheduled in the Association on Monday, April 26th
  • Philly could be without their three best players against OKC
  • Get the full injury updates and projected starting lineups for all the action below

It’s a heavy slate in the NBA on April 26th, with several intriguing matchups to keep an eye on. The Suns visit MSG to take on the red-hot Knicks, while Ja Morant and the Grizzlies face the Nuggets.

Philly, who were already shorthanded against the Bucks on Saturday, could be without Tobias Harris, Joel Embiid, and Ben Simmons for a matchup with OKC on Monday. Trae Young also remains out for the Hawks.

NBA Injury News – April 26th

  • Joel Embiid (shoulder), Tobias Harris, (knee) both questionable for 76ers on Monday, Ben Simmons (illness) out for fifth consecutive game
  • Cavs guard Collin Sexton (concussion) out vs. Raptors
  • Hawks star Trae Young (ankle) out vs. Detroit



April 26th NBA Projected Starting Lineups

Hawks vs Pistons Projected Lineups

Bogdan Bogdanovic PG Cory Joseph
Kevin Huerter SG Josh Jackson
Solomon Hill SF Saddiq Bey
John Collins PF Jerami Grant
Clint Capela C Mason Plumlee

Atlanta continues to be without star guard Trae Young (ankle) but he shouldn’t be out much longer. Tony Snell and Kris Dunn remain sidelined with ankle injuries as well, while Cam Reddish is still recovering from an Achilles issue.

Pistons guard Rodney McGruder remains out indefinitely (elbow), while Dennis Smith Jr is questionable (knee).

Spurs vs Wizards Projected Lineups

Derrick White PG Russell Westbrook
Dejounte Murray SG Raul Neto
DeMar DeRozan SF Bradley Beal
Keldon Johnson PF Anthony Gill
Jakob Poeltl C Alex Len

Spurs forward Trey Lyles (ankle) is out for Monday’s contest. Rudy Gay is questionable (back). The Wizards are dealing with several injuries. Rui Hachimura (knee) is questionable, while Deni Avdija (ankle) is out for the season.

Lakers vs Magic Projected Lineups

Talen Horton-Tucker PG Cole Anthony
Ben McLemore SG Gary Harris
Kyle Kuzma SF Dwayne Bacon
Anthony Davis PF Chuma Okeke
Andre Drummond C Wendell Carter

LeBron James is expected to return at some point next week, which is huge news for the Lakers. They could be slightly depleted on Monday though. Dennis Schroder is questionable (calf) after picking up a minor injury against the Mavs over the weekend. That could give Talen-Horton Tucker just his fourth start of the season. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (ankle) and Anthony Davis (calf) are probable.

Orlando is without Terrence Ross, James Ennis, Otto Porter, and Michael Carter Williams for this contest.

Thunder vs 76ers Projected Lineups

Theo Maledon PG George Hill
Svi Mykhailiuk SG Seth Curry
Aleksej Pokusevski SF Danny Green
Darius Bazley PF Anthony Tolliver
Moses Brown C Mike Scott

Oklahoma City will be without backcourt duo Lu Dort and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander for this game. Dort is resting a sore hip in the second game of a back-to-back, while SGA is dealing with a foot injury.

The Sixers will potentially have a very different-looking starting rotation again. Simmons is out, while Embiid and Harris are questionable. That could see Anthony Tolliver and Mike Scott step into the first unit.

Cavaliers vs Raptors Projected Lineups

Darius Garland PG Fred VanVleet
Isaac Okoro SG Kyle Lowry
Cedi Osman SF OG Anunoby
Kevin Love PF Pascal Siakam
Jarrett Allen C Khem Birch

Taurean Prince and Dylan Windler are both out for the remainder of the season with injuries, while Collin Sexton misses this Raptors matchup with a concussion. Toronto will likely get Rodney Hood back after a week absence (knee). Paul Watson and Chris Boucher are listed as out due to knee injuries.

Suns vs Knicks Projected Lineups

Chris Paul PG Elfrid Payton
Devin Booker SG RJ Barrett
Mikal Bridges SF Reggie Bullock
Cam Johnson PF Julius Randle
Deandre Ayton C Nerlens Noel

The Suns have a relatively clean bill of health for a marquee matchup with the Knicks. Jae Crowder is the only regular player in the rotation who is questionable (ankle). New York is also at close to full strength, with only Alec Burks (COVID-19) and Mitchell Robinson (foot) out.

Bulls vs Heat Projected Lineups

Coby White PG Goran Dragic
Garrett Temple SG Duncan Robinson
Patrick Williams SF Jimmy Butler
Daniel Theis PF Trevor Ariza
Nikola Vucevic C Bam Adebayo

The Bulls continue to feel the absence of Zach LaVine, who is still sidelined due to COVID-19. Troy Brown is also out (ankle). Kendrick Nunn is questionable on Monday (elbow), which could see Goran Dragic start at point guard. Tyler Herro’s status is also in doubt, while Andre Iguodala and Victor Oladipo are out.

Jazz vs Timberwolves Projected Lineups

Mike Conley PG Ricky Rubio
Joe Ingles SG Anthony Edwards
Bojan Bogdanovic SF Josh Okogie
Royce O’Neale PF Jaden McDaniels
Rudy Gobert C Karl-Anthony Towns

Utah is at full health for Monday’s second straight game against Minnesota, with the exception of star guard Donovan Mitchell, who continues to recover from an ankle injury. Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley is also sidelined (hamstring).

Clippers vs Pelicans Projected Lineups

Reggie Jackson PG Lonzo Ball
Terance Mann SG Eric Bledsoe
Paul George SF Brandon Ingram
Patrick Patterson PF Zion Williamson
Ivica Zubac C Jaxson Hayes

The Clippers will roll with a similar starting lineup as their last game. Kawhi Leonard remains out (foot), while Patrick Beverley and Serge Ibaka continue to recover from their respective injuries. Rajon Rondo (wrist) is questionable. Luke Kennard will sit out for a rest day.

Jaxson Hayes could get a rare start at center for the Pels as Steven Adams is listed as questionable with a toe injury. Veteran forward James Johnson’s status is also up in the air for Monday (groin). Josh Hart is out for a few more weeks at the very least with a thumb injury.

Grizzlies vs Nuggets Projected Lineups

Ja Morant PG Facundo Campazzo
Grayson Allen SG PJ Dozier
Dillon Brooks SF Michael Porter
Kyle Anderson PF Aaron Gordon
Jonas Valanciunas C Nikola Jokic

The Grizzlies have no injuries listed for Monday’s showdown with the Nuggets. I’d imagine Jaren Jackson will probably come off the bench again as they ease him back in, but there’s a possibility the big man does start.

For the Nuggets, their backcourt is very shorthanded. With Jamal Murray already out for the season, guards Will Barton and Monte Morris are sidelined as well with hamstring injuries.

Mavericks vs Kings Projected Lineups

Jalen Brunson PG Tyrese Haliburton
JJ Redick SG Buddy Hield
Josh Richardson SF Harrison Barnes
Dorian Finney-Smith PF Moe Harkless
Dwight Powell C Richaun Holmes

The Mavs’ lineup will have a much different feel on Monday, with superstar Luka Doncic (elbow) questionable, along with Kristaps Porzingis, who missed Saturday’s contest against the Lakers. Maxi Kleber and Josh Richardson are also doubtful. Expect JJ Redick to get a start alongside Jalen Brunson in the Dallas backcourt.

De’Aaron Fox continues to battle with his COVID-19 diagnosis and will miss this one for the Kings, while Marvin Bagley is still out indefinitely with a hand injury.

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