News: After undergoing facial surgery to repair a fractured cheekbone which caused him to miss Sunday's contest, Thunder guard Russell Westbrook will likely return to the court for Wednesday's game against the 76ers, sources told Yahoo Sports.
The final decision will be made Wednesday, but Westbrook is expected to play as long as he doesn't suffer any setbacks. He will wear a protective mask upon his return.
News: An illness prevented Cavaliers forward Kevin Love from participating in Tuesday's shootaround, but he is listed as probable for Tuesday's game against the Celtics, reports the Akron Beacon Journal.
Love was told to stay home to help recover from the illness. In 58 games, Love is averaging 17.0 points and 10.2 rebounds.
News: Lakers coach Byron Scott told reporters he's impressed with point guard Jeremy Lin's effort on the floor as of late, according to the Orange County Register on Tuesday.
"I am really happy with the way he’s starting to show that consistent effort for every single night," Scott said. "He's playing the way I think he’s capable of playing."
Lin, who scored 20 points against the Thunder on Sunday, has averaged 17.0 points and 5.0 assists in five games, while shooting 50 percent from the field since the All-Star break. He's logged 27.8 minutes over that span.
"I'm being given the minutes and the spacing and the style of play," Lin said.
News: Hornets guard P.J. Hairston was inactive Sunday against Orlando because he missed a weight-training session, the Charlotte Observer reports Tuesday. Hairston has had some issues with the organization after Charlotte traded for his draft rights on draft night in a prearranged deal with the Heat. Coach Steve Clifford also made Hairston inactive for a December game against Boston due to an unexcused absence from practice.
The rookie guard is averaging 5.6 points on 32.1 percent shooting through his first 35 games this season.
News: The Pistons signed forward Quincy Miller to a second 10-day contract on Tuesday, per the team's official website. Miller signed his first 10-day deal with Detroit on February 21, but never made his Pistons debut. In six games with Sacramento this season, Miller averaged 2.8 points and 2.0 rebounds.
News: Spurs point guard Tony Parker acknowledged that he hasn't been the same since returning from a hamstring injury, according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports. Parker suffered a left hamstring injury Dec. 5 against Memphis, which caused him to miss nine of 12 games. He noted that similar injuries have caused other NBA players to miss three-to-four months.
"I have not been the same since I came back, and it's still bothering me," Parker said. "Everybody knows. I am not going to use that as an excuse. I am just going to work it out until it gets better."
Parker's scoring average this season (13.8) has been his lowest output since his 2001-02 rookie campaign (9.2). He's also logged only 28.2 minutes per game this season, the fewest in his career. Since his return from injury, the French guard has averaged 11.7 points and 4.5 assists over his last 24 games. He told Spears he's frustrated with his recent play and is trying to channel his vintage style of play.
"I've been through a lot of tough challenges in my career," Parker said. "Right now, this is up there."
"Right now I think the main improvement in my defense has just been the coaches," Middleton said, crediting coach Jason Kidd and his staff. "They've been teaching me defensive schemes, how to guard guys, how to use my length.
Coach Jason Kidd is ecstatic about Middleton's defense.
"He's just comfortable," Kidd said. "What we've asked him to do defensively is guard the best perimeter guy. Then offensively, we've asked him to score the ball, be looking for shots or making plays.
News: Nets point guard Jarrett Jackcame up big at the end of Monday's game against the Warriors. Jack hit what would be the game winning jump shot with 1.1 seconds left to give Brooklyn the 110-108 lead. Jack is always preparing for these types of scenarios.
"It's all about being ready," Jack said. "I didn't have a huge game shooting the ball. I think chasing Steph around probably had a big, big reason to do with that. But it's always staying ready."
Jack finished with nine points on 4 of 7 shooting with five assists in 28 minutes.
News: Pelicans backup point guard Norris Cole scored 19 points on 8 of 12 shooting from the field, including 2 of 4 from 3-point range, in New Orleans' 102-93 loss to the Mavericks Monday. In six games since joining the Pelicans, Cole has scored in double figures five times.
Cole also dished out three assists and blocked one shot on the night.
News: Mavericks shooting guard Monta Ellis scored 20 points on 8 of 19 shooting from the field in Dallas' 102-93 win over the Pelicans Monday. Ellis also did well on the boards, pulling down six rebounds. It was his third game in the last five where Ellis scored at least 20 points in a game.
He also added two assists and one block to his totals.
News: Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio posted a triple-double against the Clippers on Monday.
Rubio shot 5-11 from the field, including 1-4 from beyond the arc. He sunk seven on his nine free throws, finishing with 18 points. He was active on the boards, pulling down 12 rebounds. Eleven of those came on the defensive end of the court. Rubio, as usual, made sure to involve his teammates, dishing out 11 assists during the contest.