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Ten Before Tip: NBA News from Monday


POSTED: Jan 6, 2014 10:10 PM ET

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• Magic center Nikola Vucevic will return from a two-game absence Monday night when Orlando visits the Clippers at Staples Center. Vucevic sprained his left ankle in the first quarter of a New Year's Eve loss to the Warriors. He tested it out in the morning shootaround and again before the game and was deemed ready to play. He'll face a tough matchup against improving Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, who had 19 rebounds in the first meeting against Orlando and is coming off a career-high 25 points and 18 rebounds Friday at Dallas.

• The Clippers announced before the game that they signed former Lakers point guard Darius Morris to a 10-day contract. Morris, who will wear No. 7 Monday, will help fill some of the void left by the recent shoulder injury to Chris Paul, which is expected to sideline him six weeks. Morris was selected 41st overall out of Michigan in 2011. He spent two seasons with the Lakers before they decided not to make a qualifying offer last summer and

• Darren Collison will make his first start for the Clippers.

• The Magic will be down a guard as they began a five-game road trip. Ronnie Price did not accompany the team because doctors advised him not to fly because of a sinus infection. The Magic also waived backup power forward Solomon Jones after their 110-94 loss to the Miami Heat on Saturday night, one day after waiving small forward Hedo Turkoglu, who had not appeared in a game this season.

• The Nets' Deron Williams will sit out Monday's game against the Hawks with a sprained left ankle. Nets coach Jason Kidd said Williams trainer Tim Walsh on Sunday night because the ankle swelled up.

• According to Kidd, Alan Anderson will start for Williams (alongside Shaun Livingston) and handle some of the point guard duties in Williams' absence. Anderson, Livingston, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Joe Johnson will form the Nets' 16th different starting lineup in 33 games.

• In his continued recovery from back spasms, Andrei Kirilenko will see approximately the same amount of minutes (14) that he did on Wednesday, according to Kidd.

• Sixers rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams is expected to start against the Timberwolves. In last Saturday's win at Portland, Carter-Williams was inadvertently hit in the head by forward Thaddeus Young in the closing seconds. But all concussion testing came up negative. However, Sixers backup point guard Tony Wroten is out with flu-like symptoms and a migraine, according to coach Brett Brown.

• Young was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played from Dec. 30, 2013-Jan. 5. Young led the Sixers to a 3-0 record and he averaged 25.0 points per game. "I think it's a statement for Thaddeus," Brown said.

• The Timberwolves will be without forward Chase Budinger (left knee) while forward Ronny Turiaf (radial head fracture, sore right elbow) is a game-time decision.

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