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May 3rd NBA Injury Report and Projected Starting Lineups – Lakers Without Schroder and LeBron vs Nuggets

Quinn Allen

by Quinn Allen in NBA Basketball

May 3, 2021 · 6:18 AM PDT

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Lakers star LeBron James left Sunday's loss to the Raptors early with ankle soreness, which will likely make his status questionable for Monday's meeting with the Nuggets. (Photo by Prensa Internacional/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire)
  • There are eight games across the NBA on Monday, May 3rd
  • LeBron James is questionable for LA’s meeting with Denver after leaving Sunday’s contest with a sore ankle
  • Get the full injury report and projected lineups below

Monday, May 2nd isn’t the busiest day in the Association, but there are some intriguing matchups at hand. The Blazers and Hawks face off in a cross-conference meeting, while the Knicks look to keep their hot streak going against the Grizzlies.

The must-see game of the night will be the Lakers taking on the Nuggets, but LeBron James is questionable after exiting Sunday’s loss to Toronto early with ankle soreness. Also, Dennis Schroder is out as he’s entered COVID-19 protocols.

NBA Injury News – May 3rd

  • [May 3rd – 2:30pm EST] According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelbourne, LeBron James will sit out for the Lakers against the Nuggets tonight to rest his re-aggravated ankle injury 
  • [11 pm EST] Lakers star LeBron James leaves Raptors matchup early with a sore ankle, likely questionable in the second of a back-to-back on Monday
  • [5 pm EST] Lakers guard Dennis Schroder (COVID-19 protocols) missed Sunday’s game vs. Toronto, long-term status unclear but likely to miss out on Monday again
  • [7 pm EST] Jazz guard Mike Conley (hamstring) out on Monday against the Spurs

May 3rd Projected NBA Starting Lineups

Blazers vs Hawks Projected Lineups


Damian Lillard PG Trae Young
CJ McCollum SG Bogdan Bogdanovic
Norman Powell SF Kevin Huerter
Robert Covington PF John Collins
Jusuf Nurkic C Clint Capela

The surging Blazers, who have won four straight, have a clean bill of health as they look to extend their unbeaten streak. For the Hawks, Bogdan Bogdanovic (hamstring) is probable, while Tony Snell (ankle) is questionable. Kevin Huerter and Kris Dunn should see increased minutes as a result.

Pacers vs Wizards Projected Lineups


Edmond Sumner PG Russell Westbrook
Caris LeVert SG Raul Neto
Doug McDermott SF Bradley Beal
Oshae Brissett PF Rui Hachimura
Domantas Sabonis C Alex Len

Indiana has a flurry of injuries for Monday’s meeting with the Wizards. Jeremy Lamb (knee), Malcolm Brogdon (hamstring), and Goga Bitadze (ankle) are all listed as questionable. Myles Turner (toe) and JaKarr Simpson (concussion) are out. Washington is only missing long-term absentees Thomas Bryant and Deni Avdija, who are both out for the season.

Magic vs Pistons Projected Lineups


Cole Anthony PG Killian Hayes
Gary Harris SG Josh Jackson
Dwayne Bacon SF Sekou Doumbouya
Moe Wagner PF Saddiq Bey
Wendell Carter C Isaiah Stewart

Both teams have a ton of absences here. Orlando is without Terrence Ross (back), James Ennis (calf), Otto Porter (foot), and Michael Carter-Williams (ankle). The Pistons meanwhile, will be missing Wayne Ellington (calf), Mason Plumlee (rest), Rodney McGruder (elbow), Cory Joseph (ankle), Jerami Grant (knee), and Dennis Smith (knee). Needless to say, a lot of second unit players will see minutes.

Warriors vs Pelicans Projected Lineups


Jordan Poole PG Lonzo Ball
Steph Curry SG Eric Bledsoe
Kent Bazemore SF Brandon Ingram
Draymond Green PF Zion Williamson
Kevon Looney C Willy Hernangomez

Kelly Oubre (wrist), Damion Lee (COVID-19), and Eric Paschall (hip) are all out for the Warriors. Andrew Wiggins (knee) is questionable. Expect more minutes for Jordan Poole and Kent Bazemore with Oubre and Wiggins sidelined. Pelicans big man Steven Adams (toe) is questionable, while Josh Hart (thumb) and Nickeil Alexander-Walker (ankle) will not be available.

76ers vs Bulls Projected Lineups


Ben Simmons PG Coby White
Seth Curry SG Garrett Temple
Danny Green SF Patrick Williams
Tobias Harris PF Thaddeus Young
Joel Embiid C Daniel Theis

After numerous injury problems a couple of weeks ago, the Sixers are at full strength right now as they look to make a run at the Eastern Conference title. The Bulls, however, are still without Zach LaVine (COVID-19), while Nikola Vucevic (hip) is questionable. Another game missed for the big man will see Daniel Theis see more minutes at center again.

Knicks vs Grizzlies Projected Lineups


Elfrid Payton PG Ja Morant
RJ Barrett SG Desmond Bane
Reggie Bullock SF Dillon Brooks
Julius Randle PF Kyle Anderson
Taj Gibson C Jonas Valanciunas

Knicks center Nerlens Noel (ankle) is likely out after leaving Sunday’s win over the Rockets early with a sprained ankle. The X-rays did come back negative though, which is a good sign. Expect Taj Gibson to start in his place. Mitchell Robinson (foot) remains out as well. Grayson Allen (hand) is questionable for the Grizzlies.

Spurs vs Jazz Projected Lineups


Tre Jones PG Joe Ingles
Devin Vassell SG Royce O’Neale
DeMar DeRozan SF Bojan Bogdanovic
Keldon Johnson PF Georges Niang
Jakob Poeltl C Rudy Gobert

DeMar DeRozan will return to the Spurs lineup after a rest day on Sunday. Dejounte Murray (knee) and Trey Lyles (ankle) are questionable, while Derrick White (ankle) is out for the season. Utah remains without Donovan Mitchell (ankle) while backcourt partner Mike Conley (hamstring) will miss his fourth-straight game.

Nuggets vs Lakers Projected Lineups


Facundo Campazzo PG Alex Caruso
PJ Dozier SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Michael Porter SF Kyle Kuzma
Aaron Gordon PF Anthony Davis
Nikola Jokic C Andre Drummond

Will Barton (hamstring) and Monte Harris (hamstring) are still out for the Nuggets. Jamal Murray (knee) is out for the season. James hobbled off on Sunday and went straight to the locker room, which clearly means his ankle is sore after just returning from the injury. In the tail end of a back-to-back, LeBron will likely sit. Schroder (COVID-19) is out, which means another start for Alex Caruso at point guard.

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