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Posted Feb 24, 2014 6:59 PM - Updated Feb 24, 2014 8:38 PM
• Utah Jazz starting center Derrick Favors will be back against the Boston Celtics tonight after missing three straight games with a sprained right hip. Favors, however, will play a limited number of minutes. He has made gradual progress since suffering the injury against the Philadelphia 76ers on Feb. 12, and Utah is thrilled to have him back. "We'll give him all the minutes we can play him," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. "We'll see how it goes."
• Boston will only have 10 players available tonight vs. Utah. The good news for the Celtics is that Rajon Rondo will play after sitting out the second game of a back-to-back against the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night. Jared Sullinger is still out after suffering a mild concussion against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night. Avery Bradley and Vitor Faverani are rehabbing injuries. Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, Brandon Bass and Jeff Green will join Rondo in the starting lineup.
• The Clippers have brought in Glen Davis after the forward had his contract bought out by the Orlando Magic. Coach Doc Rivers said ultimately it wasn't anything he pitched to Davis to bring him to L.A. "I'm sure my previous relationship with him helped make his decision," Rivers said. "He knows me and I know him. I think that's the situation he wanted to be in." In 45 games with the Magic this season, Davis averaged 12.1 points and 6.3 rebounds.
• Rivers said the Clippers (38-20) may not be done adding players. Los Angeles has two roster spots it could still fill. "I don't if we're going to use another one or not but we're tracking the market," Rivers said. "It just keeps changing, really. It seems more and more guys are getting bought out, maybe more than I thought would happen. If we can improve our team, we would like to."
• Chris Paul returns to New Orleans for just the fourth time since he was traded to Los Angeles in a blockbuster deal in December 2011. He has played well, however, no matter the location in games against New Orleans. In eight games, he's averaging 17.8 points, 10.8 assists and 4.2 rebounds. While that's nearly a point less per game, it's on pace rebound-wise and an assists more per game than his career average in each category.
• The Knicks, who play host to the Mavericks tonight, officially announced that they have waived Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih. "We are disappointed that it did not work out for Beno and Metta here in New York," GM Steve Mills said in a statement. "We thank them for their contributions this season and wish them well."
• The Knicks continue to be without Iman Shumpert (knee), Kenyon Martin (ankle) and Andrea Bargnani (elbow). They will start Raymond Felton, Pablo Prigioni, Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler.
•The Knicks (21-35) have lost two straight, five of six and eight of 10. They are 5 1/2 games back of the No. 8 spot in the East.
• The Mavericks (34-23) enter having won two straight on this road trip — beating Philadelphia and Detroit. They'll start Shawn Marion, Dirk Nowitzki and Samuel Dalembert up front with Monta Ellis and Jose Calderon in the backcourt.
• Warriors center Andrew Bogut, who has missed seven straight games with a left shoulder injury, went through shootaround and is expected to play tonight against the Pistons. But forward David Lee will miss his second consecutive game because of a stomach flu. Draymond Green is the likely starter in his place.
• The Warriors are opening a six-game road trip but have won 10 of their last 13 away games.
• The Sixers will have some reinforcements for tonight's game against the Milwaukee Bucks. After pulling off four separate trades before the deadline, the Sixers had just eight players available for Friday's game against the Mavericks. Centers Henry Sims and Byron Mullens and guard Eric Maynor are all available tonight. Forward Danny Granger, who was acquired from the Indiana Pacers for Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen, isn't at the arena and obviously won't play. Brown said that a decision on Granger's future with the team hasn't immediately been made.
• The Sixers have dropped 10 straight games overall and 20 of the last 23. They've also lost nine in a row at home, their most since a 12-game skid in 1996-97.
• Milwaukee (10-45) is the worst team in the league and the Sixers have the second-worst record record at 15-41.
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