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Ten Before Tip: NBA news from Wednesday

POSTED: Jan 22, 2014 6:38 PM ET
UPDATED: Jan 22, 2014 10:09 PM ET news services


• Both Phoenix and Indiana should have all their regulars available to play. The Pacers' George Hill suffered a thigh bruise vs. Golden State Monday, but he is expected to try to play, coach Frank Vogel said.

• The Suns have won 11 of the past 15 games between the two teams, but the Pacers have won the past two. The Suns have been at home, resting since winning Sunday night at home over Denver.

Tony Parker returns to the lineup for the Spurs (32-9) as they face OKC after missing Sunday's home win over Milwaukee. Parker played through the injury five nights ago against Portland. "It didn't react as well as we thought it would," coach Gregg Popovich said. "It stiffened up at halftime of that game. We were disappointed in that, but he feels much better now."

• San Antonio's Matt Bonner is expected to be available for tonight's game after being fitted for a mask to protect his broken nose. He missed the second half of the Portland game and sat out Sunday against the Bucks.

• Winless in nine games in 2014 since a New Year's Eve road victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, the Bucks got more bad news before tonight's game. Center Larry Sanders (cold) and guard O.J. Mayo (flu) were ruled out. That leaves the Bucks with 10 healthy bodies against the Pistons, and one of those is guard Luke Ridnour, who his nursing a sprained right wrist.

Donatas Motiejunas will start for the Rockets on Wednesday when they host the Kings, as Terrence Jones will miss his second straight game with a deep left thigh bruise. Houston also remains without the services of reserves Omer Asik (leg), Francisco Garcia (knee) and Greg Smith (knee). "He tried running this morning, and he struggled a little bit," coach Kevin McHale said.

• Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer (left calf strain) and point guard Kirk Hinrich (right hamstring strain) will not play. Both were injured Monday in Chicago's 102-100 overtime win over the Lakers. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said Boozer is day-to-day, while Hinrich is expected to miss a week. Power forward Taj Gibson and point guard D.J. Augustin will take their spots in the starting lineup. "Everyone has got to be ready and just get in there and play," Thibodeau said. "D.J. has been more than capable, so that's not a concern."

• The Knicks will start Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert, Carmelo Anthony, Andrea Bargnani and Tyson Chandler in the big lineup. Kenyon Martin and Amar'e Stoudemire remain out with sprained left ankles.

• The Sixers are expected to start Michael Carter-Williams, Evan Turner, James Anderson, Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes. Brandon Davies (disclocated right little finger) is out and Tony Wroten (sprained right ankle) is doubtful.

• Both the Magic and Hawks have big men out indefinitely. The Magic's Nik Vucevic will miss a ninth straight game after suffering a concussion, and the Hawks' Al Horford had season-ending surgery Dec. 31 on a torn right pectoral muscle. The Magic are 1-13 without Vucevic, the Hawks 5-6 without Horford.

• This is the last of four meetings this season between Orlando and Atlanta. The Hawks lost two of the first three and face the possibility of losing a third game to a team that has won only 11. "They've been a tough matchup for us," said Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer. "In a couple of games they've really pounded the ball inside, and really made it kind of smash-mouth basketball. Without Vucevic maybe it's a little different but they've been kind of forceful."

• The Boston Celtics will be without Avery Bradley with a sprained right ankle. "Avery's probably out a couple of weeks," coach Brad Stevens said. Bradley suffered his injury in Tuesday's loss at Miami. Boston will also be without guards Rajon Rondo and Jerryd Bayless. Rondo's absence is precautionary. "This is a sitting out the back-to-back thing," Stevens said. Bayless, who missed Tuesday's game with a sprained left big toe. "Bayless is better, but still going to be at best day-to-day when we play again," Stevens said.

• The Celtics signed guard Vander Blue to a 10-day contract on Wednesday. He's the second player with a 10-day contract on the team. They already had swingman Chris Johnson. "Changing of the guard," Stevens said.

• Both Charlotte and the Clippers will be without the services of their stating point guard. Kemba Walker is expected to miss two weeks with a sprained left ankle which he suffered Saturday night against Miami. Chris Paul (Grade 3 AC joint right shoulder separation) made the trip to Charlotte, but indicated that his injury has not healed and that he's unsure when he will be back on the court for the Clippers. He initially suffered the injury on Jan. 3 and the timetable for his return is Feb. 3.

• Raptors forward Tyler Hansbrough will be out against Dallas with an ankle injury.

• Before the game, the Raptors announced that forward Landry Fields had undergone surgery on his wrist. It will be at least three weeks before he can resume basketball activity. He has played in 23 games this season, averaging 2.4 points, 2.2 rebounds and 11.9 minutes.