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POSTED: Dec 11, 2013 7:19 PM ET
UPDATED: Dec 11, 2013 9:52 PM ET
• Warriors coach Mark Jackson said center Jermaine O'Neal is expected to miss tonight's contest due to a sprained right wrist. Forward Draymond Green (sprained left ankle) should be available, as will newly signed big man Hilton Armstrong, who came up from Golden State's D-League affiliate in Santa Cruz.
• The Kings will again play without the services of newly acquired Rudy Gay, Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy tonight in Sacramento. The trio of players were acquired in a blockbuster seven-man deal with the Toronto Raptors earlier this week, but the trade is waiting on Greivis Vasquez' physical with the Raptors. Vasquez' trip to Toronto was delayed by a stop at the Canadian Consulate in New York to secure a work visa.
• Doc Rivers is back at the TD Garden for the time as an opposing coach in 10 years tonight. Despite being under contract for three more years with Boston, the former Celtics head coach declined to stay on for another round of rebuilding in Boston and left for the Los Angeles Clippers in June. Despite his departure, Rivers had nothing but positive memories of his time in Boston. "It's going to be a hard night," Rivers said. "I already told my coaches that it's going to be hard. You don't spend nine years in one place and win a title, and have the emotions you have toward the city and the fans, and be normal when the game starts. It's just not going to happen; at least I don't think so. I've already prepared my coaches to be good coaches tonight because it's going to be too tough for me."
• Gary Neal spent the previous three seasons with the Spurs, so he was quite disappointed to not be able to play tonight against his former team. The guard who signed with the Bucks as a free agent over the summer had a cortisone shot on Tuesday in the heel area of his left foot. He worked out before the game but was not cleared for action. "Just got the thumbs down," said Neal, who has been the Bucks' top bench scorer at 10.6 points a game. "As much as I would love to come out here and play against my old team, I'll follow the doctor's orders." Neal has been bothered by plantar fasciitis off and on dating back to the middle of last season. "It's not really the plantar fasciitis now, it's just more the soreness from the injection," he said. Neal hopes to be ready for action this weekend as the Bucks play the Bulls at home on Friday and at Dallas on Saturday.
• The Pelicans announced on Monday that guard Tyreke Evans would miss 1-2 weeks with a left ankle sprain. However, Wednesday night before New Orleans' game against Detroit, Coach Monty Williams said there was a chance he could play against the Pistons after participating "a little bit" during shoot-around in the morning. It helped that the Pelicans had five days between games. "It's always better when you just give the worst-case scenario and you hope," Williams said. "You don't know how guys respond to treatment (and) days off."
• The Grizzlies will again be without starting guard Tony Allen (right hip contusion) and forward Ed Davis (sprained left ankle). Both players continue to be listed as day-to-day.
• The 76ers have dropped 11-of-13 games and eight in a row on the road heading into tonight's game and will be missing their impressive rookie guard, Michael Carter-Williams (right knee skin infection). Minnesota has won 10 of their last 12 games against the 76ers in Minnesota.
• Having dealt with hamstring issues since the preseason, Raymond Felton will sit this evening after pulling his left hamstring on Tuesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The timetable on the ninth-year pro's return is unclear, but he told reporters in Cleveland that he may have to shut it down for a few games. Felton missed four games earlier this season because of the hamstring and a pinched nerve in his hip. "They haven't given me how long, but I don't think we're at a day-to-day right now," Knicks head coach Mike Woodson said. "He's probably gonna be a little while."
• Nic Vucevic (sprained left ankle) is slated to get the start against Charlotte Wednesday night. Magic coach Jacque Vaughn made the decision after Vucevic went through pregame warmups, testing that left ankle. Vucevic has missed the previous four games, which were all losses for Orlando. In the four games without Vucevic, who average 10.9 rebounds, Orlando has been outrebounded 213-143 and 50-36 on offensive glass.