Skip to main content

Main content


Ten Before Tip: News from Saturday night

POSTED: Nov 30, 2013 9:00 PM ET news reports


• Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Tony Parker will play in tonight's game against the Rockets (12-5). Parker missed Friday's game against Orlando with a mild ankle sprain. In his place, Cory Joseph played well for the Spurs (14-2), scoring 13 points, adding four assists and making one steal in 24:54. Joseph did not turn the ball over. Last season, Parker averaged 24.5 points against the Rockets to help the Spurs win three of four games.

• Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin remains out with a sprained right knee.

• Suns guard Eric Bledsoe is expected to play in his second straight game, said Phoenix coach Jeff Hornacek, who brought Bledsoe off the bench Friday night at Utah in the playmaker's first appearance since missing six straight with an injury to his left shin. However, Hornacek said he doesn't plan on starting Bledsoe. "I think we'll go that way for another game,'' he said. "Then, we'll go from there.''

• Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce will sit out tonight's game with a bruised right hand injury. That leaves the Nets without two starters as Pierce joins Deron Williams, who is out with a sprained left ankle. Point guard Tyshawn Taylor will make his first start, joining Alan Anderson, Joe Johnson, Kevin Garnett and Brook Lopez. Coach Jason Kidd said Taylor is deserving of a shot to start. "I think he's grown," Kidd said. "He's accepted what we've asked and he's worked on his game. He's a young player and he's going to make mistakes, but he's going in the right direction." As far as replacing Pierce, Kidd said it would be by committee. "The big thing is whoever's in has to play hard," Kidd said.

• The Grizzlies will be without their second leading scorer, Zach Randolph, who had an ingrown toenail removed Saturday. Randolph is averaging 16 points and nine rebounds. That leaves the Grizzlies without its two starting post players as center Marc Gasol is out with a sprained left MCL. Starting in place of Randolph will be Ed Davis, who is averaging 4.3 points and 3.5 rebounds.

• Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer says that G Kyle Korver, who's not on the trip and missing his third straight game due to a bruised rib, is truly day-to-day. "We're still kind of evaluating him rehab-to-rehab session," Budenholzer said. The Hawks play at San Antonio on Tuesday. Cartier Martin will start in Korver's place. Lou Williams, who started on Friday is yet to be able play back-to-back games after ACL surgery in January, Budenholzer says.

• Nene will start for the Wizards after missing Friday night's game in Indiana with a sore right achilles tendon.