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Report: Chris Johnson to sign 10-day deal with Bucks
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11:02 am ET) The Bucks will sign guard/forward Chris Johnson to a 10-day contract, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski on Friday.

Johnson, 24, was not brought back by the Jazz after signing a 10-day deal with them in February. He is averaging 6.2 points while shooting 34.8 percent from the field in 11 games this season.


Magic's Borrego: Evan Fournier, Luke Ridnour uncertain vs. Kings
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:28 am ET) Magic coach James Borrego told reporters that he's unsure if Evan Fournier and Luke Ridnour will be available for Friday's game vs. the Kings, per the Orlando Sentinel. Fournier has missed three consecutive games with a a hip injury, while Ridnour has missed one game with a hamstring issue.

Hornets' Kemba Walker could return as early as Wednesday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:02 am ET) Hornets coach Steve Clifford is expecting guard Kemba Walker back in the starting lineup at some point during Charlotte's three-game homestand, which could come as early as Wednesday against the Kings, according to the Charlotte Observer.

Walker underwent surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee on Jan. 28, and was cleared Wednesday to resume basketball activities. Charlotte traded for Mo Williams before the deadline to fill in for Walker. Now Walker is looking forward to playing with Williams once he's back from injury.

"He makes so many plays," Walker said. "He's so smart; he knows when to shoot and when to pass. You can see it in his numbers; he's had some huge assist games."


Hornets' Clifford on Stephenson: Expectations were out of whack
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9:38 am ET) When asked about guard Lance Stephenson's recent struggles, Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that Stephenson is a victim of unrealistic expectations, per Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated.

"A lot of this is totally off base among basketball people," Clifford said. "He's [24] years old. He'd played for one coach in one offense. This is Lance's first time playing with new guys. His attitude has been fine. The expectations were a little out of whack."

Stephenson signed a three-year, $27 million deal to play for the Hornets in the offseason, after a breakout campaign with the Pacers. Since joining Charlotte, his scoring(8.6 points per game) field goal percentage (36.6 percent) and three-point percentage (14.8 percent) have all taken a hit in his new role with the second unit.


Knicks PG Alexey Shved wants to stay in NBA next year
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9:13 am ET) Knicks point guard Alexey Shved told reporters he plans to play in the NBA next season, according to the New York Post.

"I don't know who said this," Shved said, when asked about his hopes of playing in Europe. "But I've never said this. I'm not thinking about that. I want to stay here.

"I'm not thinking about [free agency]," Shved said. "I still have this season. The next year I'm going to be a free agent, and that's my agent's job. I just want to finish this season in great shape and win a couple more games."

Shved was acquired from the Rockets along with two second-round picks in the deadline-day deal that sent Pablo Prigioni to Houston. The 26-year-old has scored in double figures in four of his last five games. He is averaging 12.0 points while shooting 36.4 percent from the field over that span, and contributing with 4.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists per contest.


X-rays come back clean for Mavericks' Devin Harris
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9:01 am ET) Mavericks guard Devin Harris underwent X-rays on his injured hand, which came back negative, per the Dallas Morning News.

Harris injured his hand late in Thursday's contest against Portland, and was diagnosed with a bruise on the top side of his hand between the thumb and the index finger. Harris played 28 minutes, scoring seven points during the contest. His status for Friday's contest against Golden State remains uncertain.

"I was dribbling under the basket and (Robin) Lopez kind of took a whack at the ball and hit me in an awkward spot," Harris said. "There's a little bit of pain. I can't really move it."


Mavericks' Devin Harris to get X-ray on his hand
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1:33 am ET) Mavericks guard Devin Harris will go for an X-ray on his hand, according to Mavs.com.

Harris banged his hand late in the contest, and will need more tests. The first scan on Harris' right thumb came back clean, but he will still go for X-rays. Harris played 28 minutes, scoring seven points during the contest. 


Wesley Matthews tears Achilles, will miss the rest of the season
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1:20 am ET) Trail Blazers forward Wesley Matthews tore his Achilles tendon and will miss the rest of the season, the team confirmed. Yahoo initially reported the injury

Matthews injured himself during Thursday's game against the Mavericks. Matthews went down with a non-contact injury during the third quarter. The team initially said Matthews was dealing with a foot injury. He was sent for an MRI in oder to determine the severity of the issue. 

Matthews is averaging 16.1 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. 


Trail Blazers' Nicolas Batum doubles up on Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1:09 am ET) Trail Blazers Nicolas Batum posted a double-double on Thursday against the Mavericks.

Batum shot 6-12 from the field, including 2-5 from beyond the arc. He sunk his only free throw, finishing with 15 points. Batum set a new season-high on the boards, pulling down 12 rebounds during the contest. He also added six assists and one block. 


Blazers' Wesley Matthews to undergo MRI after injuring left foot
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:18 am ET) Trail Blazers shooting guard Wesley Matthews suffered a left foot injury in Thursday's game against the Mavericks and will not return, the team announced.

Matthews went down with a noncontact injury early in the third quarter. He had to be helped off the court and couldn't put pressure on his left foot.

Matthews finished Thursday's game with four points on 1 of 5 shooting in 18 minutes. He'll undergo an MRI on the injured area, and the team holds "significant concern" about the severity of the injury, Yahoo! Sports reports.


 
 
 
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