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October 22nd NBA Injury Report and Projected Lineups

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by Quinn Allen in NBA Basketball

Oct 22, 2021 · 7:19 AM PDT

NBA Injury Report October 22nd
Oct 20, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Pelicans center Jonas Valanciunas (17) defends against Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) during the first half at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports
  • There are 10 games on the schedule across the NBA on Friday, October 22nd, 2021
  • Joel Embiid is one of the most notable names that could be out as the 76ers face the Nets
  • Find the full injury report and projected lineups below

It’s a jam-packed slate in the Association on Friday, October 22nd, with a total of 10 contests on the NBA schedule. There are several intriguing matchups as well, such as the Brooklyn Nets facing the Philadelphia 76ers, while the Toronto Raptors take on the Boston Celtics. Joel Embiid is listed as questionable in the NBA injury report on October 22nd for Philly due to knee soreness, while Ben Simmons is out indefinitely.

Read on for the projected lineups and NBA injury reports.

NBA Injury News – October 22nd

  • [6 PM EST October 22nd] Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal is listed as questionable on Friday against the Indiana Pacers due to a bruised hip
  • [6 pm EST October 22nd] Sixers big man Joel Embiid is questionable on Friday vs. Brooklyn because of knee soreness
  • 1 PM EST October 22nd] Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier is questionable against the Cavs with ankle soreness. He also sat out the season opener.

Projected Starting Lineups

Pacers vs Wizards Projected Lineups

Malcolm Brogdon PG Spencer Dinwiddie
Chris Duarte SG Raul Neto
Oshae Brissett SF Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Domantas Sabonis PF Kyle Kuzma
Myles Turner C Daniel Gafford

The Pacers are already dealing with a lot of injuries as they list a few players on the NBA injury report on October 22nd. TJ Warren and Caris LeVert are out indefinitely, while Justin Holiday, Torrey Craig, and Jeremy Lamb are all questionable. Their depth at small forward has taken a serious hit with these absences, which means Oshae Brissett could get a start there potentially.

Beal is dealing with a sore hip from the season opener against Toronto and is listed questionable in Friday’s NBA injury report. Cassius Winston, Rui Hachimura, and Thomas Bryant are out. Anthony Gil is questionable. If Beal is sidelined, expect Raul Neto to slide into the starting lineup.

Nets vs 76ers Projected Lineups

James Harden PG Tyrese Maxey
Joe Harris SG Seth Curry
Kevin Durant SF Danny Green
Blake Griffin PF Tobias Harris
Nicolas Claxton C Andre Drummond

The Nets are basically at full strength with the exception of Kyrie Irving, who continues to be away from the team due to his refusal to get the COVID-19 vaccine. As for Philly, Embiid is listed as questionable with knee soreness after a solid season debut. Expect Andre Drummond to start in his place. Ben Simmons is out indefinitely with an apparent back injury as that entire saga continues.

Knicks vs Magic Projected Lineups

Kemba Walker PG Cole Anthony
Evan Fournier SG Jalen Suggs
RJ Barrett SF Franz Wagner
Julius Randle PF Wendell Carter
Mitchell Robinson C Mo Bamba

The Knicks should roll with their same starting five as the season opener. Taj Gibson is questionable due to a personal matter, while Nerlens Noel is out with a knee injury. Orlando has no shortage of absences. E’Twaun Moore, Michael Carter-Williams, Gary Harris, Jonathan Isaac, and Markelle Fultz are all listed as out in the NBA injury report.

Hornets vs Cavaliers Projected Lineups

LaMelo Ball PG Ricky Rubio
Kelly Oubre Jr SG Collin Sexton
Gordon Hayward SF Lauri Markkanen
Miles Bridges PF Evan Mobley
Mason Plumlee C Jarrett Allen

Terry Rozier is questionable for the second-straight game, which means Kelly Oubre Jr will be in line for another start alongside LaMelo Ball in the Hornets backcourt. As for the Cavs, Darius Garland is doubtful with knee soreness. If he misses out, Ricky Rubio will likely start in his place.

Raptors vs Celtics Projected Lineups

Fred VanVleet PG Marcus Smart
Goran Dragic SG Jaylen Brown
Scottie Barnes SF Jayson Tatum
OG Anunoby PF Grant Williams
Precious Achiuwa C Robert Williams

The Raps will likely go with the same starting lineup as Wednesday as Yuta Watanabe and Pascal Siakam remain out with injuries. Marcus Smart is dealing with knee soreness, but he’s probable for the Celtics on Friday. Al Horford is out due to COVID-19.

Pelicans vs Bulls Projected Lineups

Devonte’ Graham PG Lonzo Ball
Nickeil Alexander-Walker SG Zach LaVine
Josh Hart SF DeMar DeRozan
Brandon Ingram PF Patrick Williams
Jonas Valanciunas C Nikola Vucevic

Josh Hart is questionable for the Pelicans here, but there is a firm belief he’ll play through quad tightness. Zion Williamson is out indefinitely with a foot injury. The new-look Bulls are only missing Coby White, who is recovering from shoulder surgery.

Thunder vs Rockets Projected Lineups

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander PG Jalen Green
Josh Giddey SG Kevin Porter
Lu Dort SF Jae’Sean Tate
Darius Bazley PF Christian Wood
Derrick Favors C Daniel Theis

OKC has no injuries to report for Friday. Rockets swingman Danuel House is questionable due to a personal matter.

Spurs vs Nuggets Projected Lineups

Dejounte Murray PG Monte Morris
Derrick White SG Will Barton
Keldon Johnson SF Michael Porter Jr
Doug McDermott PF Aaron Gordon
Jakob Poeltl C Nikola Jokic

Zach Collins is out for the Spurs with a foot injury in the NBA injury report on Friday. The Nuggets are still missing Jamal Murray, who continues to rehab from ACL surgery.

Jazz vs Kings Projected Lineups

Mike Conley PG De’Aaron Fox
Donovan Mitchell SG Tyrese Haliburton
Bojan Bogdanovic SF Harrison Barnes
Royce O’Neale PF Tristan Thompson
Rudy Gobert C Richaun Holmes

Both of these teams are essentially at full strength. Rudy Gay is the only absence for Utah, while Moe Harkless is questionable for the Kings due to hip soreness. If he’s unable to suit up, Tristan Thompson will likely slide into the starting five at power forward.

Suns vs Lakers Projected Lineups

Chris Paul PG Russell Westbrook
Devin Booker SG Kent Bazemore
Mikal Bridges SF LeBron James
Jae Crowder PF Anthony Davis
Deandre Ayton C DeAndre Jordan

The Suns will be without Dario Saric on Friday due to a knee injury, while Landry Shamet should play despite a small foot issue. The Lakers however have several absences. Trevor Ariza, Wayne Ellington, Kendrick Nunn, and Talen Horton-Tucker are all sidelined with injuries. Sekou Doumbouya is doubtful with an illness.

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