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Posted Dec 20, 2013 6:51 PM - Updated Dec 20, 2013 11:58 PM
• Newly acquired point guard Kendall Marshall will be active tonight when the Lakers host the Timberwolves at Staples Center, and L.A. coach Mike D'Antoni said Marshall could see some minutes. Marshall was signed out of the D-League after it was learned Thursday that Kobe Bryant would miss approximately six weeks with a fractured left knee. The Lakers were already without injured point guards Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar, leaving Bryant to handle those duties the last four games.
• Nuggets guard Ty Lawson will play after missing Thursday's practice with the flu. Lawson was excused from the workout to rest up and to avoid any other players from catching the bug. He was feeling better Friday. "Ty's good to go," Denver coach Brian Shaw said. "We'll keep an eye on him. I think it was a 24-hour thing."
• In his first regular-season game in more than nine months, Danny Granger expects to play 15-20 minutes off the Indiana bench, not because of a medical restriction on his surgically repaired left knee or recently injured left calf, but due to a need to methodically rebuild his conditioning and timing. "Look, there's no way to simulate game intensity, game adrenaline," Frank Vogel said, "so I'm sure that will feel differently for him and there's going to be an adjustment period while he gets used to that again."
• Dallas will look to complete a perfect 3-0 home stand before heading out on the road Saturday to face Phoenix. It will be the Mavericks eighth back-to-back set of the young season and its has recorded a 3-4 record in the first half of back-to-back sets. Friday marks the first of a tough three-game Western Conference road trip that includes stops in Oklahoma City and San Antonio. The Mavericks, Thunder and Spurs are a combined 33-4 at home.
• Fans at Philips will see Marvin Williams in an opposing uniform for the first time since being traded by the Hawks to Utah last offseason. He'll look a little different as he'll be wearing a mask to protect a broken nose, unintentionally given to him by Favors. He also will be playing a different position, power forward. "He can space the floor as far as the four man and hit the shot and open up the middle for Derrick and allow the point guards to attack the rim," said Corbin. "He's been tremendous not only on the floor but in the locker room for us."
• After two days of treatment, Heat forward LeBron James will be in the starting lineup. James said he had no setbacks from the sprained ankle he sustained Monday against the Utah Jazz.
• Pistons sixth man Rodney Stuckey will miss his second consecutive game with a sore right shoulder. He was injured against Portland on Sunday. Guard Chauncey Billups, who hasn't been playing both ends of back-to-backs since returning from a knee injury, will suit up tonight.
• Rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams will return to the 76ers lineup after missing the last seven games with a skin infection on his right knee. The Sixers are 1-10 without Carter-Williams this season. Carter-Williams was named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for October and November.
• Cavaliers shooting guard Dion Waiters (right wrist tendinitis) will not play. The second-year pro is averaging 14.9 points as Cleveland's sixth man, but his minutes will be split against the Bucks by point guard Jarrett Jack and shooting guard Matthew Dellavedova. "I told Jarrett and Delly to be ready because I didn't know if Dion was going to be ready tonight," Cavaliers coach Mike Brown said.
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