The Lakers won't have future Hall of Famers Kobe Bryant or Steve Nash back for tonight's game against the visiting Trail Blazers, but their returns might not be far off, coach Mike D'Antoni revealed before the game. Bryant, who underwent surgery for a torn Achilles tendon in April, could make his season debut Friday at Sacramento, the next game after tonight. "It might happen; it might not," D'Antoni said of Bryant's return. Nash has missed 10 of the last 11 games with nerve irritation that's affecting his back and hamstrings, but is expected to return to practice Tuesday. Nash traveled to Vancouver, British Columbia with his personal trainer, Rick Celebrini, and underwent rehab while the Lakers were on a three-game road trip earlier this week. The Lakers went 2-1 on the road trip to go over .500 for the first time this season.
Knicks coach Mike Woodson said J.R. Smith's surgically-repaired knee is "somewhat sore." "I just got to take it a day at a time with him and see where he is with his knee and try not to burn him too much," Woodson said.
Former Thunder sixth man Kevin Martin is making his first trip back to Oklahoma City since signing with the Timberwolves over the summer. Martin comes in averaing 23.1 points (7th in the NBA) and is 2nd in free throw percentage at 93.5 percent. He's led the T-Wolves in scoring eight times this season
Heat forward LeBron James is playing despite saying Friday he was dealing with a sore back. James tweaked it in the second half against the Raptors.
Bobcats forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (foot) is scheduled to play. He missed Friday's game against the Bucks.
The Warriors are without veteran wing Andre Iguodala who has missed the last four games with a left hamstring strain. Former King Toney Douglas is also missing from the Warriors bench with a stress reaction to his left tibia.
As the Clippers prepared to host the red-hot Pacers on Sunday afternoon at Staples Center, the team announced it will be without starting shooting guard J.J. Redick for six to eight weeks because of a broken bone in his right hand and a torn ligament in his right thumb. Redick suffered the injury Friday when he collided with Sacramento center DeMarcus Cousins in the second quarter and fell hard to the floor. Redick is fourth on the team in scoring at 15.8 points and is shooting 35.9 percent from 3-point range. Willie Green will start in Redick's place with Jamal Crawford, who's also averaging 15.8 points, continuing to come off the bench. Green started 60 regular-season games for the Clippers last season as Chauncey Billups dealt with long-term injuries.
Pistons reserve point guard Will Bynum underwent an MRI and was diagnosed with a left adductor strain. He will miss his second straight game and seventh of the last nine. There is no timetable for his return. With Chauncey Billups (knee tendinitis) also sidelined, rookie Peyton Siva will continue to back up Brandon Jennings.
Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan leads the NBA in scoring with 28 points per game since November 15. His scoring output is just ahead of Carmelo Anthony (27), LeBron James (26.9) and Kevin Durant (26.3).