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Ten Before Tip: NBA news from Sunday


POSTED: Jan 12, 2014 6:16 PM ET

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• Manu Ginobili will miss his second straight game Sunday night for the Spurs (28-8) because of the left hamstring tightness that's bothered him since the end of the win at Memphis five days ago. There's no definite timetable for his return, though he could be back Monday night at New Orleans. With Ginobili out, Marco Belinelli comes back out of the starting lineup and assumes Ginobili's sixth-man role.

• Boris Diaw starts for the second straight night in place of Tiago Splitter, though it's not etched in stone that he'll start every night while Splitter remains out for at least two more weeks. Jeff Ayers has one start and Diaw the other, and San Antonio has defeated the Grizzlies and Mavericks to take the best record in the Western Conference by a half game over Oklahoma City and Portland.

• Atlanta Hawks center Pero Antic will miss Sunday night's game against the Memphis Grizzlies with back spasms. Starting in his place will be Gustavo Ayon, who is averaging three points and four rebounds. The Hawks are 20-17, the Grizzlies 16-19.

• Grizzlies guard Tony Allen will miss his fourth straight game with a sprained left wrist. Mike Miller will again get the start in his place.

• Both the Sacramento Kings (12-22) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (13-23) take two-game win streaks into Sunday's game at Sleep Train Arena. Sacramento leaves for a six game road trip Monday, while Cleveland is playing its second game of a season-long five game trip out west.

• The Kings announced early Sunday that they had allocated rookie guard Ray McCallum to the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League. But they later rescinded the allocation and McCallum is expected to be in uniform with the Kings for Sunday's game.

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