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Ten Before Tip: NBA news from Friday

POSTED: Mar 14, 2014 6:33 PM ET
UPDATED: Mar 14, 2014 9:36 PM ET news services


> Warriors guard Klay Thompson will miss a game for the first time in three NBA seasons. The 11th overall pick in the 2011 draft has appeared in 214 consecutive regular-season and 12 straight postseason contests to start his pro career, but is in the Bahamas to attend the funeral of his 94-year-old grandfather, Dewitt.

> For the Cavaliers, guard C.J. Miles is out with a left ankle sprain, but center Spencer Hawes should play despite his own sprained ankle, coach Mike Brown said.

> Portland will be without All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge with what the team is calling lower back contusions. He fell hard against San Antonio on Wednesday and entered the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans walking very gingerly. Aldridge is averaging 23.4 points and 11.1 rebounds this season. Coach Terry Stotts wouldn't say who would start in place of Aldridge during his media availability, though Dorell Wright was listed as the next man up for Portland.

> Pau Gasol is listed as having a left ankle sprain, but he starts again tonight for the Lakers (22-43). "I'm sure he's got his nagging injuries just like everybody else," coach Mike D'Antoni said, "but he's full speed."

> D'Antoni said L.A. will have the same starters around Gasol (Ryan Kelly, Wesley Johnson, Jodie Meeks and Kendall Marshall) after splitting a home-and-home on the schedule with Oklahoma City.

> Utah's Marvin Williams underwent an MRI on his ailing back Friday morning and will not dress for the game tonight. Enes Kanter will start in his place. As a starter this season, Kanter is averaging 15 points and 7.3 rebounds in nearly 32 minutes per game.

> Jamal Crawford, who has missed five of the Clippers past six games, is traveling with the team but will not dress for the game tonight. Coupled with the continued absence of J.J. Redick, this opens the door for Matt Barnes and Darren Collison to see plenty of court time.

> Avery Bradley will return to the Celtics lineup tonight after missing the team's last 13 games due to a recurring right ankle injury. The shooting guard will come off the bench for Boston for the first time since April 2012 and play only limited minutes as he's eased back into the rotation by head coach Brad Stevens. Bradley spoke before the game about how much better the injury feels now after nearly four weeks off. "When I injured it like a month ago, I couldn't walk at all. But now I feel great," Bradley said.

> Eric Bledsoe will be back in the starting lineup tonight for Phoenix alongside Goran Dragic. Bledsoe returned to action on Wednesday night after in-season knee surgery, but came off the bench in the team's loss to the Cavaliers. Tonight, Gerald Green will come off the pine to make way for the explosive Bledsoe, who has started in 22 of the 25 game he's played for the Suns this year.

> The Pelicans will have guards Tyreke Evans and Eric Gordon back in the lineup after both missed New Orleans' Wednesday night game against Memphis with illnesses. Without both, New Orleans was missing two of its top six scorers and finished with only 88 points, 30 points less than they averaged in the three prior games. Coach Monty Williams said there won't be a minute restriction on either.

> Raptors forward Pat Patterson is sidelined with a right elbow injury and will not dress tonight.

> Pacers center Andrew Bynum will sit out against the 76ers for precautionary reasons to rest his knees. Bynum made his debut for the Pacers in a 94-83 win over the Celtics on Tuesday and he finished with eight points and 10 rebounds. Bynum will return to the Wells Fargo Center for the second time since an unsuccessful stint with the Sixers. He was acquired in a blockbuster four-team, 12-player deal but never played one second for the Sixers while dealing with bilateral bone bruises on both knees. Bynum then signed with the Cavaliers but was recently released. Bynum said that he'd rather play but understands why he's being held out. "A little bit of being smart," Bynum said. "It's more about the playoffs at this point."

> Indiana's Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen also return to face the Sixers for the first time since being acquired in a trade deadline deal. Turner is shooting 59 percent from the field over the past five games and has shot 55.6 percent from beyond since joining the Pacers. "I like winning," Turner said. "You have an opportunity to play for something bigger than you."

> Pacers G C.J. Watson (right elbow) is available to play while center Ian Mahinmi (bruised left rib) is available but will likely not play, according to coach Frank Vogel.

> The Sixers signed guard Darius Johnson-Odom to a 10-day contract from the NBA Development League. In a related move, the Sixers waived guard Lorenzo Brown. "I'm happy to give this type of player a chance," Sixers coach Brett Brown said of Johnson-Odom.

> Charlotte currently only has 14 players on its active roster, with two -- 7-foot center Brendan Haywood (stress fracture in left foot) and forward Jeffery Taylor (ruptured right Achilles tendon) -- still recovering from injuries, and unlikely would be able to play the rest of the season or even be ready for the playoffs. That means the Bobcats are in the market for a player to add to the roster. "We need a third center," coach Steve Clifford said. "But it's hard to find those guys."