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Ten Before Tip: NBA news from Saturday night

POSTED: Feb 8, 2014 6:26 PM ET
UPDATED: Feb 8, 2014 8:29 PM ET news services


• The Timberwolves had two late scratches for their game against Portland: Kevin Martin will be out after X-rays showed a non-displaced fracture in his left thumb. It happened in the closing minutes of Friday's game. Also out is Kevin Love, who suffered a left quad contusion Friday night.

• Utah's Derrick Favors (hip) and Jeremy Evans (tailbone/elbow) both returned to the floor against Dallas on Friday and will assume their normal spots in Utah's rotation again tonight against the Heat.

• The Warriors (30-20) will play their second straight game without both center Andrew Bogut (left shoulder inflammation) and forward David Lee (left shoulder and hip strain). It didn't hold the Warriors back much in a 102-87 win over the Bulls on Thursday. Draymond Green and Jermaine O'Neal will start for Golden State.

• The Bucks are down to nine players available as the injury list is again piling up. Forward Ersan Ilyasova and guard Luke Ridnour both will be unavailable tonight against Houston with back problems. They join Caron Butler and Ekpe Udoh, both with sprained ankles, O.J. Mayo (illness, conditioning) and Carlos Delfino (off-season foot surgery) on the medical report. "We'll probably start John Henson at the '4' spot," Bucks coach Larry Drew said. Henson started 18 times already this season before a high ankle sprain put him out for two weeks. He's been coming off the bench since returning two weeks ago.

• Tiago Splitter will not play tonight against Charlotte. The Spurs' center has a right calf contusion which he tested pre-game, but ultimately decided he was unable to play. Splitter is averaging just 5.0 points and 6.8 rebounds in 24.3 minutes per game since returning from injury. Marco Belinelli will also be sidelined against the Bobcats due to back spasms. Belinelli is listed as day-to-day and could return Monday vs. Detroit which is the first of San Antonio's final two games before the All-Star break.

• The Spurs' mash unit also includes Manu Ginobli (left hamstring tightness), who did not make the trip, and Kawhi Leonard (Non-displaced fracture of right fourth metacarpal). San Antonio will welcome Tony Parker (low back tightness), Tim Duncan (rest) and Boris Diaw (food poisoning).

• Al Jefferson has played like an all-star of late and would seem to benefit the most with the absence of Splitter Saturday night. Jefferson averaged 28.8 points and 12.0 rebounds during Charlotte's four-game road swing where the team picked up three wins.

• Nuggets shooting guard Randy Foye tweaked his hamstring during the 117-90 loss at New York on Friday but he will play tonight.

• Denver coach Brian Shaw is glad the team has a quick turnaround after its most lopsided loss this season. "It's an opportunity for us to put yesterday's game behind us," he said. "Usually, for us, it's the other way around. We've had big wins and said 'Don't make that win go for naught by slipping up the next night.' Last night was a bad loss."

• Detroit center Andre Drummond leads the Eastern Conference in rebounding (13.0 per game), including a career-high 22 during Detroit's 111-95 victory over Brooklyn on Friday. "We try to explain on film as well as in our scouting report how much of a beast Andre Drummond is on the boards," Shaw said. "I don't think they'll really fully understand it until he's out there pushing them underneath the basket."