News: Updating a previous item, Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batumsustained a nasal contusion, and is expected to play Sunday against the Rockets, the team announced. No word on if he'll need a protective mask.
Batum suffered the injury in the third quarter of Friday's loss. Comcast SportsNet Northwest initially reported that he broke his nose. He is averaging 12.9 points, 6.9 boards and 5.2 assists over 62 games.
News: Spurs forward Jeff Ayres, who missed his last game with a sprained second metacarpal phalangeal joint in his right hand, has been cleared to play and will be in uniform on Saturday against the Magic, the San Antonio Express-News reports. Ayres is averaging 3.0 points and 3.5 rebounds over 55 games this season.
Bledsoe was given a three-game window for his expected return, running from Sunday against the Warriors to Wednesday against the Cavaliers. He has not played since Dec. 30, and has been rehabbing from surgery since Jan. 10. He was enjoying the best season of his career prior to the injury, averaging 18.0 points and 5.8 assists per game in 24 games.
News: Kings forward Carl Landry is expected to miss the remainder of the season with a medial meniscus tear in his right knee, according to a report from CowbellKingdom.com on Saturday. Landry is expected to go under the knife after undergoing an MRI earlier in the week which revealed the injury.
Landry averaged 4.2 points and 3.2 rebounds per game after signing a four-year, $26 million contract with the Kings this offseason.
News: Bucks guard O.J. Mayo was suspended one game by the NBA for his actions in Friday's game against the Pelicans, according to FOX Sports Wisconsin.
Mayo was ejected after throwing a forearm to the neck of Greg Stiesma. He will miss the Washington game on Saturday and is eligible to return Monday at home against Orlando. He is averaging 11.8 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists through 49 games.
News: Trail Blazers forward Thomas Robinson (knee) returned to action Friday night against the Mavericks, just missing out on a double-double in a 103-98 defeat.
Robinson came off the bench and scored 11 points on 4 of 5 shooting, and 3 of 5 from the charity stripe. He also grabbed nine rebounds and added one steal and two blocks while logging 20 minutes of game action.
News: Hawks forward Paul Millsap (knee) got the green light and returned from a five-game absence on Friday against Golden State.
Millsap scored 16 points on 6 of 14 from the field, including 1 of 5 from downtown, and 3 of 3 from the free throw line. He also chipped in with seven rebounds and three assists. He is averaging 17.6 points and 8.3 rebounds through 54 games this season.
News: Warriors guard Stephen Curry, who left his last time out with a sore right leg, returned to action on Friday, scoring 13 points in a 111-97 win over the Hawks.
Curry shot 5 of 10 from the floor, including 1 of 4 from downtown, and 2 of 2 from the free throw line. He also chipped in with seven assists, three rebounds and one steal while logging 30 minutes of game action. He is averaging 21.4 points, 7.0 assists and 5.8 rebounds over his last five games.
Thompson was involved in a tough spill in the opening quarter and was ruled out for the remainder of the game. He finished with six points on 2 of 5 shooting, and 2 of 2 from the free throw line. He also chipped in with two rebounds in six minutes.
Thompson's status remains uncertain for Sunday against the Suns.
News: Rockets guard James Harden knocked down four 3-pointers and scored a team-high 28 points in a 112-86 win over the Pacers on Friday.
Harden shot 10 of 17 from the floor, including 4 of 7 from 3-point land, and 4 of 6 from the free throw line. He did all of his damage in 31 minutes of game action, also adding four rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Harden has scored 20-plus points in four straight games. He is averaging 23.6 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists over his last five games.
News: Rockets guard Patrick Beverley, who is nursing a broken nose, played with a protective mask on Friday, scoring nine points on 4 of 6 from the floor, including 1 of 1 from the free throw line in a 112-86 win over Indiana.
Beverley did all of his damage in 26 minutes of game action, also adding five assists, two rebounds and one steal. He is averaging 11.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists over his last five games.
News: Nuggets guard Ty Lawson handed out 17 assists and scored 32 points, securing a double-double Friday night against the Lakers.
Lawson shot 12 of 22 from the floor, including 5 of 7 from behind the arc, and 1 of 3 from the free throw line. Three of his five treys came in the first half. He also chipped in with four rebounds while logging 41 minutes of game action in a 134-126 win.
Lawson has scored 30-plus points in two of his last three games. He is averaging 27.0 points, 11.7 assists and 4.7 rebounds over his last five games.