POSTED: Jan 20, 2014 12:06 PM ET
UPDATED: Jan 20, 2014 7:26 PM ET
• Less than one month after suffering a fractured right hand, the Rockets' Patrick Beverley will return to Houston's starting lineup Monday against the Trail Blazers. With Beverley's conditioning in question because of the layoff, coach Kevin McHale said he will monitor the 6-foot-1 guard's minutes closely. "Patrick's a fiery guy who gets out and ... puts pressure good pressure on the point of attack," McHale said. "He's just disruptive at times. ... Patrick just adds another dimension of something that we don't have, which is nice. Inside of your group, you want people to bring what other people don't bring."
• One of the great success stories of the season is Lakers guard Kendall Marshall, who was pulled off the D-League roster Dec .20 and now has recorded five straight double-doubles, one of only three players (Ty Lawson and Chris Paul) to do so this season. He is averaging 10.6 points and 9.2 assists but in nine starts he is averaging 13 points and 12.2 assists. "Marshall has been very impressive," sad Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. "He is playing at a very high level. He has a unique skill in his play-making ability. When you add passing to your team it makes everybody better."
• The Chicago Bulls Monday announced that forward Cartier Martin was signed to a second 10-day contract. Martin, 6-7, signed his first 10-day with the Bulls Jan. 10 and has contributed well through the first contract, averaging 5.0 points and shooting 62.5 percent from the field in 14 minutes per game. He is also shooting 60 percent from behind the arc (3 for 5).
• Even though guard Marquis Teague remains with the Bulls, he has been traded to the Brooklyn Nets for forward Toko Shengelia, The trade becomes official when the league offices open again Tuesday. The trade will only benefit the Bulls from an accounting standpoint, as they save $285,000 in salary this season and free up approximately $600,000 for salary cap purposes for the summer.
• The Grizzlies, who have hosted a Martin Luther King Jr. Day game every year since moving to Memphis in 2001, today take on the Pelicans, who are 2-0 against this season. In fact, Memphis is winless in nine games against Southwest Division opponents. "It's a team that has given us problems," Memphis coach Dave Joerger said. "It's a team that earlier in the season, I picked them and Portland to both have a really solid season and be in the playoff mix. Portland has been healthy and been terrific. New Orleans has been really dinged up with injuries."
• The Southeast Division-leading Heat try to break even on their six-game road trip as they visit the Hawks. This is the third of four meetings between the teams and the first in Atlanta. Miami won both games in Miami, 104-88 on Nov. 19, then 121-119 in overtime on Dec. 23. Miami will not have guard Dwyane Wade tonight, as he was deactivated just prior to tipoff. Ray Allen will start in Wade's place.
• Deron Williams will return for the Nets today against the Knicks and come off the bench for the first time since Feb. 22, 2006. He missed the last five games with ankle problems. He received cortisone and platelet-rich plasma injections in the ankles Jan. 6. "It took me a while last year," Williams told reporters Saturday about his expectations. "It wasn't like it just happened overnight. It was a little process. I'll only know until I go out there."
• The Wizards, who host the Sixers today, sent swingman Glen Rice to Iowa of the D-League. Rice had right wrist surgery last month, and coach Randy Wittman said it was an injury rehab assignment. The Wizards don't have much practice time this month, and Rice needs to have some contact. "We've got to see how it is, taking a hit, playing, shooting the ball," Wittman said. ""He needs live action."
• Ramon Sessions will get the start at the point for Kemba Walker while Chris Douglas-Roberts will pick up some minutes at the shooting guard spot for the Bobcats in today's game against the Raptors. This will be the first start for Sessions as a Bobcat. His last start was as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. Since joining Charlotte, Sessions has put had some of the top numbers for players that haven't started. He's first if free throws made and attempted and second in assists and points.
• The Clippers are at the Pistons, their eighth game without All-Star guard Chris Paul, who is out indefinitely with a right shoulder separation. Darren Collison will start at the point again despite a sprained left big toe. Coach Doc Rivers said the team hasn't altered its style since the injury. "You can't change a team in the middle of the year," he said. "We're not trying to do too much different. We've just got to lean on our defense and still move the ball offensively."
• Mavericks point guard Devin Harris (left foot surgery) is active and available for today's game at the Cavaliers after making his season debut against the Trail Blazers. The nine-year veteran had six points and two assists in 17 minutes while backing up Jose Calderon. "Getting Devin back and having him come out of that game OK was one of the positives to take out of it," said Mavs coach Rick Carlisle.