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Ten Before Tip: NBA news from Wednesday

POSTED: Apr 16, 2014 6:36 PM ET
UPDATED: Apr 16, 2014 10:08 PM ET news services


• With their playoff seed set, the Warriors are resting many of their top players. Steph Curry, Andre Iguodala,David Lee and center Jermaine O'Neal won't play and forward Draymond Green will likely not play. Even with those players sitting, coach Mark Jackson's goal is to win the season finale. "Our identity remains the same, our principles are the same," Jackson said. "It's important for us to add a victory. Fifty-one sounds better than 50."

• DeMarcus Cousins will miss the finale due to suspension after picking up his 16th technical on Sunday against the Timberwolves. Despite nursing injuries, both Rudy Gay and Isaiah Thomas will play for the Kings tonight.

• The Suns will be without Goran Dragic tonight. The 27-year-old guard is nursing a sprained left ankle.

• Heat guard Mario Chalmers and center Chris Andersen will not play because of rest purposes. Guard Toney Douglas will start in place of Chalmers. The Heat will also be without forward LeBron James and Chris Bosh will also not play. Heat center Greg Oden is expected to play limited minutes. He had been bothered by back spasms.

• Hawks point guard Jeff Teague signed an offer sheet last summer with the Bucks, only to have the Hawks match the offer and retain him. Instead of suffering through the worst season in Bucks' history, Teague and the Hawks are headed to the playoffs. "My friends talk about it all the time," Teague said. "That was a possibility." Teague does believe he could have made a positive difference for the Bucks. "They would have been totally different, but I'm happy to be here," said Teague, who added this season is the first time he's even been below .500 in five NBA seasons with the Hawks.

• New Orleans point guard Brian Roberts will be a game-time decision for the Pelicans' season finale. He has missed the past two games with a left ankle injury. Roberts is stuck on 122 free throws and needs just three more to qualify for the league-lead for free-throw percentage. He currently sits at 94.6 percent made this season. He is averaging 9.5 points and 3.3 assists this season.

• Paul George, David West and Lance Stephenson, the three players who have logged the most minutes for the Pacers, will not play tonight. The Pacers clinched the No. 1 Eastern Conference playoff seed when Miami lost on Monday night. Backup center Ian Mahinmi is also out.

• "It's important," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said of the top seed. "It was a goal of ours, but we never said it was do-or-die. Nothing you do in the regular season is do or die. It was just something that we aspired to, to give us every possible advantage, come playoff time. It's a great start. Now it's time to perform when it really matters."

• Center Nik Vucevic (sore left Achilles) and point guard Jameer Nelson (strained left groin) will not play for Orlando.

• Chicago is without only one player tonight. It's the one the Bull have been without almost the entire season -- guard Derrick Rose.

• Probable starters for the Bulls: forward Mike Dunleavy, forward Carlos Boozer, center Joakim Noah, guard Jimmy Butler and guard Kirk Hinrich.

• Charlotte is missing a pair of players because of lingering injuries. Brendan Haywood is out with a stress fracture in his left foot. Jeff Taylor will miss Wednesday's game with a ruptured right Achilles tendon.

• The Raptors have the tiebreaker on the Chicago Bulls for the No. 3 seed in the East, so a Raptors win or a Bulls loss at Charlotte gives Toronto the No. 3 seed. The Raptors will open the playoffs at home on Saturday. "It's at a point now where it don't matter who we play, honestly," DeMar DeRozan said, according to Toronto beat writers. "Nobody picked us to be at this point anyway."

• Carmelo Anthony is out with a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He also missed Tuesday's win over the Nets.

• Knicks coach Mike Woodson may well be coaching his last game with the franchise as new President Phil Jackson is expected to replace him with one of his disciples. Steve Kerr, Brian Shaw and Derek Fisher have all been mentioned.

• Nets coach Jason Kidd is giving his entire starting lineup the night off and will only have eight players in uniform. Sitting out are small forward Paul Pierce (rest), center Kevin Garnett (rest), point guard Deron Williams (right knee tendinitis), shooting guard Joe Johnson (right calf soreness), point guard Shaun Livingston (right big toe sprain), small forward Mirza Teletovic (personal), and center Brook Lopez (right foot fracture). Brooklyn is currently fifth in the Eastern Conference, but could slip to sixth with a loss, coupled with a Washington win. "I have no concern whether we're the fifth or sixth seed," Kidd said.

• Nets center Jason Collins -- the NBA's first openly gay player -- will make his first start of the season. The remainder of Brooklyn's lineup is power forward Andray Blatche, small forward Marcus Thornton, shooting guard Marquis Teague, and rookie point guard Jorge Gutierrez. The only available players off the bench are power forward Andrei Kirilenko, center Mason Plumlee, and small forward Alan Anderson (abdominal strain).

• The Cavaliers' starters are All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, shooting guard Dion Waiters, small forward Alonzo Gee, power forward Tristan Thompson, and center Spencer Hawes. Cleveland will not participate in the playoffs for the fourth straight season, but is guaranteed its best record since 2009-2010 -- LeBron James' final season with the franchise.

• Needing a win tonight over the Pistons (or a Clipper loss at Portland) to secure the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference playoffs Thunder head coach Scott Brooks will put his regular starting lineup on the floor. "We're just focusing on winning the game," he told reporters just before tipoff. "Everyone's healthy now so everyone's available." OKC is 19-4 this season with their normal starting lineup on the court.

• Detroit interim head coach John Loyer indicated he may be sitting some of his regular guys. When asked who was unavailable he said, "it's quite a list, we'll let you know a little later."

• Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Tim Duncan and Marco Belinelli will sit out tonight to rest before San Antonio (62-19) plays the regular-season finale. The Spurs start the playoffs Sunday at noon against the loser of tonight's Dallas-Memphis contest.