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Ten Before Tip: NBA news from Wednesday

POSTED: Mar 19, 2014 6:34 PM ET
UPDATED: Mar 19, 2014 7:03 PM ET news services


• Rajon Rondo will be back in action for the Celtics tonight after missing Monday's game against the Mavericks due to rest. The Celtic point guard will try to snap out of a recent shooting funk against Miami, as Boston's captain has managed to shoot a mere 32.3 percent from the field over seven games during the month of March.

• Dwyane Wade will be in the starting lineup tonight after sitting out Miami's win against the Cavaliers last night in Cleveland to rest his knees. The shooting guard is averaging 19.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 4.9 assists per game this season. Lebron James (back spasms) and Greg Oden (rest) are out of the lineup for the visitors. Udonis Haslem and Shane Battier will be in the starting lineup in place of James and Oden.

• Chris Babb's second 10-day contract with the Celtics expires tomorrow night, meaning the team will have to decide tomorrow whether to sign the rookie swingman for the remainder of the season. Before the game, Brad Stevens was unsure whether Babb will be re-signed, but indicated the team still needs depth on the wing and is hopeful Babb will be brought back.

• Former Celtic Ray Allen has picked up his play over the last month, providing a major burst of offense off the bench for Miami as they try to catch the Pacers for the top seed in the Eastern Conference. The shooting guard has posted 15 points per game over his last four contests, including 45.2 percent shooting from 3-point range.

• Andrei Kirilenko (bruised left big toe) will play.

• Tyson Chandler is with the team and will start tonight after not practicing on Monday due to personal reasons, which caused him to miss games on March 10 against the Philadelphia 76ers on March 10 and at the Boston Celtics on March 12. Chandler returned on Saturday against the Milwaukee Bucks, scoring two points to go along with five rebounds in 25 minutes of a 115-94 Knicks win.

• Phil Jackson was introduced as the Knicks' President of Basketball Operations on Tuesday morning. Based on what both he and Madison Square Garden Chairman James L. Dolan said during an extensive media tour on Tuesday afternoon, it would appear that Knicks head coach Mike Woodson is on the way out after 2-plus seasons. If that scenario is on Woodson's mind, he isn't letting on as the Knicks try to push towards the playoffs. "I still have a job to do," Woodson said. "We're in the midst of trying to get this team in the playoffs and we are playing better basketball, but I've still got a lot of work on my hands. I'm up for the challenge and I'll continue that as long as I'm the coach."

• Pacers center Andrew Bynum (sore right knee) will miss his second straight game, while reserve guard C.J. Watson (right hamstring strain) is out for a third straight game.

• Sixers guard James Anderson is out with a right quad contusion.

• The Sixers have lost 21 straight games, including 16 in a row at home. Both are franchise records.