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Ten Before Tip: NBA news from Friday

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Posted Apr 11, 2014 6:03 PM - Updated Apr 11, 2014 10:36 PM

• Heat guard Dwyane Wade will miss his ninth straight game with a strained hamstring. Coach Erik Spoelstra said there is no plan to rush Wade back even with the Heat still in play for the top seed.

• Guard Toney Douglas is expected to remain in the starting lineup in place of Wade.

• Heat forward Udonis Haslem is back in the lineup after missing two games with the stomach flu.

• Two days after resting his starters, Pacers coach Frank Vogel said everyone is available tonight.

• With four games left, the Wizards are at their healthiest in a long time with the return of Nene, who missed 21 games with a sprained left MCL before returning for 17 minutes of Wednesday night's game against Charlotte. "The main thing now is getting him comfortable, getting his legs back under him, and looking at some different combinations," said coach Randy Wittman. "We don't know who we're going to play (in the playoffs) yet . . . so I've got to make sure of guys in different combinations and get them on the floor together."

• With a win in Friday night's game, the Toronto Raptors will clinch the Atlantic Division for the first time since the 2006-07 season.

• Kyle Lowry needs one 3-pointer to tie the Raptors' franchise record for 3-pointers made in a season. Lowry leads the team with a career-best 176 three-point field goals.

• The Nets will go for their sixteenth straight home win without their starting backcourt. Jorge Gutierrez and Alan Anderson will start for Deron Williams (right patella tendinitis) and Shaun Livingston (sprained right big toe). It is the first start of Gutierrez's young career. "It's always incumbent on Jeff [Teague] to be aggressive," Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said, explaining that the change in point guard matchup didn't change his team's philosophy.

• Budenholzer said Pero Antic (sore right ankle) would play.

• Nets coach Jason Kidd said Andray Blatche would be available after missing the last two games with an illness.

• The Warriors will try for a second night in a row to clinch a playoff spot and they'll have David Lee back in the lineup when they face the Lakers tonight at Staples Center. Lee has missed the last seven games with a hamstring injury. Golden State will be without starting guard Andre Iguodala (right knee tendinitis) and backup center Jermaine O'Neal (left knee). The addition of Lee is key as the Warriors were hammered on the boards in a one-point loss to Denver on Thursday night, finishing with a 63-38 disadvantage. With the Lakers down two of their big men, Pau Gasol (vertigo) and Chris Kaman (calf), Golden State doesn't have any reason to get out-rebounded again. Warriors center Andrew Bogut, who has played the last two games after missing four with a pelvic injury, should also be able to take advantage of his 7-foot frame and prevent the Lakers from generating many second-chance points.

• Utah's Marvin Wiliams is out tonight due to a bruised left knee. He started but played only eight minutes during Utah's last game, against Dallas.

• Alec Burks will be in the starting lineup as he looks to increase his team-high streak of 24 straight games scoring in double figures. Since the All-Star break, Burks has averaged 15.4 points per game.

• After missing the two-game road trip to Minnesota and Dallas, Tony Parker is expected to back tonight for the Spurs (61-18). Parker sprained a facet joint on the left side of his spine, which caused him to leave the first quarter of the April 6 victory over Memphis because of back spasms.

• Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili will sit out for San Antonio to rest the second night of a back-to-back. The Spurs defeated the Mavericks in Dallas last night with Duncan scoring 20 points with 15 rebounds in almost 40 minutes and Ginobili playing 28 1/2 minutes (10 points, seven assists).

• Kemba Walker will not suit up for the Bobcats tonight due to a groin injury suffered during Wednesday's win over the Washington Wizards. Head coach Steve Clifford indicated that the priority for the team was to make sure Walker is healthy for the postseason next week. Luke Ridnour will get the start at point guard for Charlotte. Walker is day-to-day with the injury.

• Rajon Rondo was a late scratch for Boston after a bruised left shin flared up during the point guard's pregame warmup. Rondo was seem in the locker room icing the injury prior to the contest. Phil Pressey is expected to start in Rondo's place. Kris Humphries is also out with a sore left knee for the third straight game.

• Both the Houston Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves come into tonight's game heavily depleted by injuries. Dwight Howard (left ankle) and Patrick Beverley (right knee) are out for Houston and Nikola Pekovic (right ankle), Kevin Martin (right foot), Chase Budinger (right ankle), and Shabazz Muhammad (right knee) are out for Minnesota. J. J. Barea, however, will be available for Minnesota. He missed the last game vs. Chicago with back spasms.

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