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Posted Feb 10, 2014 6:51 PM - Updated Feb 10, 2014 9:53 PM
• The Warriors will get one of their big men back tonight against the 76ers, even as another one potentially goes out. Power forward David Lee, who has missed three of Golden State's last four games with a left shoulder sprain and left hip strain, told reporters in the Warriors locker room that he will be suited up.
• Meanwhile, Golden State center Andrew Bogut will miss his third straight game with left shoulder inflammation and coach Mark Jackson said that Jermaine O'Neal, who has started the last two contests in Bogut's place, may have to be held back due to pain in his right wrist. O'Neal missed almost two months after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair ligament damage in the wrist and just returned this month.
• Philadelphia will also be missing some players, albeit off the bench. Reserve swingman Hollis Thompson is out after rolling his ankle last night in the 76ers' 123-78 loss at the Clippers, and guard Elliot Williams is also fighting an ankle injury, coach Brett Brown said.
• Detroit's interim coach, John Loyer, will make his debut tonight against the Spurs. Mo Cheeks was fired on Sunday after the club went 21-29 during the first 50 games. He will keep using the same lineup that produced back-to-back wins over the weekend -- Drummond, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith up front and Kyle Singler and Brandon Jennings in the backcourt.
• Loyer doesn't want to shake things up too much initially. "I told our guys it's going to be a gradual process," he said. "Playing hard supersedes anything we could possibly change, so we have to start there. There are things we have to tweak on both sides of the ball and we'll gradually do that.
• Assistant coach Rasheed Wallace, who has been sitting behind the bench, will move to the front. Wallace retired as a player last season and returned to Detroit, where he won a championship in 2004.• The Spurs will be missing three of their regulars -- center Tiago Splitter (right shin contusion), forward Kawhi Leonard (fractured hand) and guard Manu Ginobili (left hamstring tightness) -- tonight against the Pistons. Danny Green, Tim Duncan and Boris Diaw are the probable frontcourt starters with Cory Joseph and Tony Parker in the backcourt.
• Guard Marco Belinelli, who missed San Antonio's 104-100 win at Charlotte on Saturday, will be in uniform.
• Coach Gregg Popovich is concerned about Detroit center Andre Drummond's rebounding dominance. Drummond is third in the league at 13.0 per game. "He knows what his game is and that's really important in a player, to know what your strengths are and make that apparent night after night," he said.
• Minnesota coach Rick Adelman will miss tonight's game against the Rockets for personal reasons. He missed 11 games last season due to his wife's illness, all in January. Terry Porter will take Adelman's place tonight. The team said that they expect that Adelman will be able to return to the Wolves bench on Wednesday vs. Denver.
• Kevin Love is expected to play in tonight's game after being a late scratch due to a left thigh contusion on Saturday night against Portland. In a pre-game interview, he said: "The rest did me some good; I can bend the leg a little more. Still not 100 percent, but I'm going to go out there and give it a go."
• The Wolves will be without the services of Nikola Pekovic (right ankle) and Kevin Martin who suffered a non-displaced fracture in his left thumb on Friday at New Orleans.
• Kevin Love has a chance tonight to put his name in the record books in two different places. He has recorded four straight 25/15 games and no one has has more than that since Charles Barkley did it six times in the row in the 1989-90 season. And Love has had three straight games with 17+ free throws attempted. If he matches that number tonight he will join Wilt Chamberlain and Oscar Robertson in the record books who both had four straight games with 17+ FTAs in 1964.
• Houston has won three of their last four games against Minnesota including a 112-101 home victory on November 23.. Houston made 17 three-pointers that victory.
• Omer Asik will play tonight for Houston. He returned to the lineup on Sunday against Milwaukee and played 11 minutes.
• The Celtics will be short-handed at guard against the Bucks tonight with both Avery Bradley and Rajon Rondo out. Bradley has a sore right ankle and he will have an MRI on Tuesday morning. Rondo, who debuted this season Jan. 17 from an torn anterior cruciate ligament, is not playing the second night of back-to-back games, but Celtics coach Brad Stevens said that situation would change soon.
• Bucks center Larry Sanders will be out until at least after the all-star break — and possibly much longer — after it was learned he has an orbital fracture of his right eye. The injury occurred with 7:37 left in the first quarter of Saturday night's loss to the Houston Rockets as Sanders and James Harden battled for a rebound.
• Forward Ekpe Udoh (ankle) and guard Luke Ridnour (back spasms) will return to action for the Bucks. Udoh missed the previous eight games, while Ridnour left the Denver game last Wednesday early and then sat out Saturday's game against Houston. Guard O.J. Mayo (illness/conditioning), forwards Ersan Ilyasova (back) and Caron Butler (ankle) remain out.
• The Pacers will start their usual crew of Hill, Lance Stephenson, George, West and Roy Hibbert tonight against the Nuggets. Andrew Bynum is inactive and Orlando Johnson is with Fort Wayne of the D-League.
• Brian Shaw returns to Indianapolis with a severely shorthanded team. Shaw, who spent the previous two seasons as Frank Vogel's associate head coach, has no healthy point guards with Ty Lawson out until after the All-Star break with a fractured rib sustained in a 126-109 loss in Detroit Saturday. Nate Robinson has been out with a left knee injury. Shaw pondered starting Evan Fournier at shooting guard next to Randy Foye at the point, but opted for 6-10 Quincy Miller instead.
• Raptors forward Amir Johnson will be out of the line-up tonight against Pelicans with a sore right ankle, Patrick Patterson replaces him in the starting line-up.
• Raptors guard Greivis Vasquez will face his former team for the first time since being traded by New Orleans in the off-season to Sacramento. Last season Vasquez averaged a career-best 13.9 points and 9.0 assists, in New Orleans, while starting 78 games and was runner-up in the NBA's Most Improved layer Award voting.
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