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Ten Before Tip: NBA news from Monday night

POSTED: Jan 27, 2014 6:35 PM ET
UPDATED: 2014-01-28 news services


• The Raptors' DeMar DeRozan will sit out tonight's game at the Nets with a sprained left foot. DeRozan has shined in the Raptors' two previous games this season against the Nets, averaging 26.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Raptors Coach Dwane Casey stressed that the Raptors would need a team effort to replace DeRozan's production, although Terrence Ross, who scored 51 points on Saturday against the Clippers, could provide a huge lift.

• Deron Williams will continue to come off the bench for the Nets. When it was mentioned that other stars like Paul Pierce and Dwyane Wade have done the same thing recently, Nets Coach Jason Kidd said, "it's the in thing."

• Thunder superstar Kevin Durant says his right shoulder feels fine entering tonight's game against the Hawks. He sprained it last week against San Antonio, then sat out Friday's game at Boston before coming back Saturday and laying a triple-double on Philadelphia. His shoulder has had another day of rest and Durant says he's good to go tonight against Atlanta., "yeah I'm feeling pretty good now," he said before the game.

• The Hawks' injury troubles continue. After losing leading scorer and rebounder Al Horford for the season earlier, Jeff Teague sprained his left ankle against Milwaukee Saturday and is out tonight against the Thunder. Rookie forward/center Pero Antic, who's been getting substantial playing time in the rotation, is also out tonight after being diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right ankle last week.

• Speaking of streaking, Atlanta's Kyle Korver has now made at least one 3-pointer in 112 straight games, an NBA record, and a mark Durant finds amazing, "I don't think I could make a three in 10 straight games, his streak is, wow, unbelievable. But he just needs a split second to get it off and a little bit of space and he's knockin' it down. It's gonna be hard to stop that streak." For the record, KD has made a 3-point basket in his last six games and in nine of his last 10.

• OKC's current seven game winning streak started just after the team signed free agent Royal Ivey to a 10-day contract. Thunder GM Sam Presti apparently isn't the superstitious sort because he opted not to sign Ivey to a second 10-day contract when the original expired yesterday.

• Clippers coach Doc Rivers said guards Darren Collison and J.J. Redick will start tonight against the Bucks in Milwaukee, but he'll watch them closely to see how they're moving. Redick is bothered by a sore back and a sore right shoulder, and Collison is hampered by a sprained big toe on his left foot.

• Clippers guard Chris Paul had a strong workout before the game and is now shooting, but Rivers said there aren't thoughts about moving up the timetable for his return from the shoulder injury that will keep him out for a 12th game tonight. Rivers noted Paul's return will be a medical decision made by the Clippers' doctors. "I won't have anything to do with that. I'm not a real doctor, as you know," Rivers said.

• The Bucks will be quite shorthanded tonight as guard O.J. Mayo and center Larry Sanders won't dress because of illness. Both players missed the game last Wednesday with illness and then played Friday and Saturday. Bucks coach Larry Drew said guard Gary Neal would be a game-time decision with flu-like symptoms. Neal said in the locker room that he expected to dress. If Neal doesn't dress, the Bucks will only have nine players in uniform. Forward Ekpe Udoh (ankle) and center Zaza Pachulia (broken right foot) also are out. Udoh sprained his left ankle Friday at Cleveland, and Pachulia has been out since Dec. 4, although he is making progress and hopes to be back within the next two weeks. Forward Carlos Delfino has been out all season following foot surgery.

• The Suns will be without guard Eric Bledsoe (right knee surgery) and forward-center Emeka Okafor (herniated disc) tonight against the 76ers in Philadelphia.

• Phoenix's 25-18 start is its best since going 25-18 during the 2009-10 season. "They just play hard, a bunch of guys out to prove they belong in the league," coach Jeff Hornacek said.

• The Suns are first in the NBA in fast break points per game -- 18.7.

• Markieff Morris has scored 10 or more points in six straight games, a career-long streak.

• Markieff and Marcus Morris both were high school stars in Philadelphia before attending Kansas.

• The reeling Sixers have dropped nine of their last 11 home games, including three in a row.

• Sixers rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams is on pace to become just the third player dating to 1950-51 to lead all rookies in points, rebounds and assists per game. Oscar Roberston (1960-61) and Alvan Adams (1975-76) were the other two players to accomplish the feat.

• The Sixers are averaging a league-high 17.2 turnovers per game.

• Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich will not play again tonight against the visiting Timberwolves because of his sore hamstring, missing his fourth straight game. Center Joakim Noah was ill this morning and will not play, although he did show up at the United Center. Taj Gibson will start in Noah's place, producing the 18th different lineup for the Bulls in their 44th game of the season. The Bulls embark on a six-game road trip after tonight's game and Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said Hinrich will travel with the team.

• This will be a game for fans to watch to see which team plays the way it wants. The Timberwolves rank second in the league in scoring with 106.8 points per game, and the Bulls rank second in points allowed with 92.9 points per game.

• Sacramento center DeMarcus Cousins, who leads the team in scoring (22.6 ppg) and rebounding (11.6 rpg), did not make the trip to Utah for tonight's game due to a lingering ankle injury. Sacramento coach Mike Malone said it's a "realistic possibility" that Cousins could play on Wednesday against Memphis.

• Rudy Gay traveled with the Kings but is a game-time decision. Gay, who is averaging 20.1 points per game since joining the Kings on December 13, has missed the past two games after injuring his Achilles against Houston last Wednesday.

• The Jazz said the organization will honor former coach Jerry Sloan in a special halftime ceremony during Friday's game against Golden State. A banner with the number "1223" will be raised into the rafters to celebrate Sloan's total number of wins (both regular season and playoffs combined) during his 23 seasons as Utah's coach.