Ten Before Tip: Parker out with sore ankle; Harden returns
Ten Before Tip: Parker out tonight with sore ankle
POSTED: Nov 29, 2013 9:20 PM ET
NBA.com news reports
All-Star Chris Paul strained his right hamstring during the Clippers 93-80 victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday and is out for tonight's contest, according to coach Doc Rivers. There is no official word on how many games Paul will miss. Fourth-year guard Darren Collison will start in his place.
Jeff Hornacek is coaching a game in Utah for the first time as the Phoenix Suns' coach. Hornacek is a former Jazz assistant coach, and, of course, a key member of some of the best Utah teams in franchise history.
The Knicks will stick with the same starting lineup against the suddenly hot Nuggets, despite the seven-game losing streak. "We'll rotate guys in and out off the bench and hopefully we'll get something," New York coach Mike Woodson said. The Knicks are one loss away from their longest losing streak in four seasons.
With Nene a late scratch due to a sore Achilles tendon, Jan Vesely will get his first start of the season for the Wizards. The 7-foot, 242-pound Vesely is averaging 18.0 minutes, 2.9 points and 5.3 rebounds. In 20 starts last season, he averaged 3.0 points and 2.5 boards.
Atlanta sharpshooter Kyle Korver will sit his second consecutive game with a rib contusion. His status for tomorrow night's game in Washington will be determined after tonight's game. Lou Williams will make his first start of the year at two-guard.
Tony Parker will miss his first game of the season due to a sore ankle. Corey Joseph will get his first start of the season at point guard for the Spurs.
The Rockets will have their leading scorer back in the lineup for Friday's matchup with the Nets, as James Harden will start after missing the last three games with a sore left foot. Jeremy Lin, who was starting in Harden's absence, will be out approximately two weeks after suffering a grade-1 right knee sprain and contusion during Wednesday's win over Atlanta.
Charlotte faces a lineup change tonight, wit Michael Kidd-Gilchrist sitting out because of plantar fasciitis.
Pistons guard Will Bynum will not play because of a hamstring injury. Bynum missed five of the last seven games with the same issue and is scheduled to have an MRI this weekend. Chauncey Billups remains sidelined with knee tendinitis.
Sixers center Spencer Hawes (left knee soreness) is expected to start. Meanwhile, guard Tony Wroten (low back strain) is also active and expected to come off the bench as usual.