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Posted Dec 16, 2013 6:40 PM
• The Wizards are expected to start John Wall, Trevor Ariza, Trevor Booker, Martell Webster and Marcin Gortat. Bradley Beal (stress injury right fibula) will play. "I feel good," he told the Washington Post before it was announced he would play. Nene (right foot) is questionable. Al Harrington (right knee surgery) is out. Woodson said Prigioni would start on Wall, who went for 31 points in their last encounter, and that Shumpert could also guard him.
• Now that the Pacers have a target date for Danny Granger's return -- Friday against Houston -- coach Frank Vogel unveiled his plan for working the veteran forward back into the mix. "I'd like to not have to play Paul George close to 40 minutes a game, so we'll start him off playing the backup wing minutes that we've been distributing to either Rasual Butler, Orlando Johnson, Solomon Hill, Chris Copeland at times, George Hill at the two at times," Vogel said. "We'll take all the backup wing minutes and give those to Danny and let him work his way in and take it from there." Granger has missed all but five games since the 2011-12 season due to a knee injury that required major surgery and, most recently, a calf strain.
• Until Granger returns, veteran Rasual Butler will remain the first small forward off the bench for tonight's game and Wednesday in Miami. He had eight points in 24 minutes in his first game in that role Friday against Charlotte.
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