May 15th NBA Injury News and Projected Starting Lineups – LeBron James, Anthony Davis Questionable, Walker Out

Kemba Walker smiling before an NBA game.

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 20: Boston Celtics Guard Kemba Walker (8) looks on before a NBA game between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Clippers on November 20, 2019 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire)

  • It’s a light slate on Saturday, May 15th across the NBA
  • LeBron James and Anthony Davis are both questionable to play for the Lakers who visit the Pacers
  • Get the full injury report and projected lineups for all six games below

There are just six games in the Association on Saturday, May 15th, but there are several key players who could be out.

LeBron James and Anthony Davis are both questionable for the Lakers against Indiana as LA is likely bracing for the Play-In Tournament. Dennis Schroder is technically available but it’s doubtful that Frank Vogel will put him on the floor with only two games remaining.

The Celtics will be severely depleted against the Timberwolves with Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart, and Tristan Thompson all out.

NBA Injury News – May 15th

  • [2 pm EST] LeBron James (ankle) and Anthony Davis (groin) are both questionable vs. Pacers
  • [7 pm EST] Kemba Walker (neck) and Marcus Smart (calf) both out for the Celtics against Minnesota, Jayson Tatum (ankle) listed as probable
  • [9 pm EST] Suns big man Deandre Ayton (knee) questionable vs. Spurs, also missed Phoenix’s last game

May 15th Projected Starting Lineups

Bulls vs Nets Projected Lineups

Coby White PG Kyrie Irving
Zach LaVine SG James Harden
Patrick Williams SF Kevin Durant
Thaddeus Young PF Bruce Brown
Nikola Vucevic C Blake Griffin

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The Bulls, who are officially out of the Play-In race, will be without Daniel Theis (hip) and Troy Brown (ankle). Backup guard Tomas Satoransky (ankle) is listed as questionable. Brooklyn will finally see their Big 3 back together when Kyrie Irving returns to the lineup after sitting out the Nets’ last game due to a facial contusion. Sharpshooter Joe Harris (hip) is questionable.

Heat vs Bucks Projected Lineups

Tyler Herro PG Caris LeVert
Duncan Robinson SG Donte DiVincenzo
Jimmy Butler SF Khris Middleton
Trevor Ariza PF Giannis Antetokounmpo
Bam Adebayo C Brook Lopez

Both teams are fairly healthy for this marquee matchup. Kendrick Nunn (calf) is questionable for the Heat. That being said, expect Tyler Herro or Goran Dragic to get the start at PG. Milwaukee has no injuries to report as they continue to stay hot, going 8-2 in their last 10 games.

Hornets vs Knicks Projected Lineups

LaMelo Ball PG Elfrid Payton
Terry Rozier SG RJ Barrett
Jalen McDaniels SF Reggie Bullock
PJ Washington PF Julius Randle
Bismack Biyombo C Nerlens Noel

Charlotte will be without three players on Saturday against New York. Gordon Hayward (foot), Cody Martin (ankle), and Miles Bridges (COVID-19) are all unavailable. For the Knicks, Derrick Rose (ankle) could miss his second straight game. More minutes should be in store for rookie Immanuel Quickley as a result. Mitchell Robinson (foot) is still out and there’s no timeline for his return.

Lakers vs Pacers Projected Lineups

Talen Horton-Tucker PG TJ McConnell
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope SG Justin Holiday
Kyle Kuzma SF Doug McDermott
Markieff Morris PF Oshae Brissett
Andre Drummond C Goga Bitadze

The Lakers will likely be without LeBron James (ankle) and Anthony Davis (groin). With LA finishing up the season against two weaker opponents, you may see the two stars rest up. Dennis Schroder (COVID-19) is available but probably won’t play, either. The Pacers are missing a boatload of players on Saturday, headlined by Myles Turner (toe) and Malcolm Brogdon (hamstring). Domantas Sabonis (knee) and Caris LeVert (knee) are doubtful.

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Celtics vs Timberwolves Projected Lineups

Tremont Waters PG Ricky Rubio
Aaron Nesmith SG D’Angelo Russell
Evan Fournier SF Anthony Edwards
Jayson Tatum PF Jarred Vanderbilt
Luke Kornet C Karl-Anthony Towns

The Celtics are extremely shorthanded on Saturday. Walker (neck), Tristan Thompson (chest), Marcus Smart (calf), and Robert Williams (toe) are all out. Expect Luke Kornet to get a rare start at center with Thompson and Williams unavailable. Minnesota will roll with the same starting five as past games, with long-term absentees Malik Beasley (hamstring) and Jarrett Culver (ankle) sidelined.

Suns vs Spurs Projected Lineups

Chris Paul PG Lonnie Walker IV
Devin Booker SG Patty Mills
Mikal Bridges SF Devin Vassell
Jae Crowder PF Keldon Johnson
Dario Saric C Drew Eubanks

Cameron Johnson (wrist) and Deandre Ayton (knee) are questionable for Phoenix. Dario Saric will probably get another rare start at the five. The Spurs meanwhile, are resting a few of their starters ahead of the Play-In Tournament next week. DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl will sit, while Dejounte Murray (back) is questionable, but Gregg Popovich won’t likely rush his guard back to action. Rudy Gay (heel) is doubtful as well.

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Quinn Allen

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