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Celtics rule Avery Bradley (elbow) out of Friday's game
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3:19 pm ET) Celtics guard Avery Bradley has been ruled out of Friday's game at New Orleans, the team announced.

Bradley sprained his left elbow during Wednesday’s contest, but he was able to play 36 minutes and score 13 points. Guard Isaiah Thomas could see an expanded role with Bradley out.


Mavs' Chandler 'looking good' to return Thursday; Parsons out
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2:55 pm ET) Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said center Tyson Chandler (hip) is 'looking good' to play in Thursday's game at Portland, reports the team's official website.

While Chandler appears to ready to return, forward Chandler Parsons (ankle) will miss the next two games. The ankle injury has already caused Parsons to miss the last five games. Parsons said he hopes to return Sunday. Forward Richard Jefferson is expected to continue to receive an increased role with Parsons out.

The Mavericks are 3-point underdogs at Portland.


Wizards rule forward Kris Humphries (groin) out of Friday's game
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2:29 pm ET) Wizards forward Kris Humphries has been ruled out of Friday's game against the Heat, reports The Washington Post.

It will be the fourth straight game Humphries has missed with a groin injury. Forward Otto Porter has seen his role increase with Humphries sidelined.


Report: Celtics, JaVale McGee unable to strike a deal
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2:28 pm ET) Center JaVale McGee will not be heading to Boston after he was unable to come to terms on a deal with the Celtics on Thursday, according to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, McGee wants a player option for next season, which may have held up negotiations with Boston.

McGee was shipped from Denver to Philadelphia before the trade deadline, and was waived by the 76ers on Monday. He cleared waivers on Wednesday and is free to sign with any team. Outside of the Celtics, the Mavericks, Raptors and Heat were among the notable suitors after the 7-footer. The 27-year-old averaged 4.6 points and 2.7 rebounds. in 23 games this season, including 17 with Denver.


Heat guard Goran Dragic hoping to stay in Miami
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2:10 pm ET) Heat guard Goran Dragic said he has been impressed with what he's seen from the Heat organization and is willing to re-sign with them over the summer, reports Bleacher Report.

"I'm really hoping to stay in Miami because I really like it, but you never know," Dragic said. "I'm a free agent, so I'm going to explore my options."

Since joining the Heat in a trade with Phoenix, Dragic has been focused on learning the team's system and player tendencies. He added that he's glad to be able to receive more playing time at point guard.

"To be honest, it feels like I've never played point guard before," he said. "I was off the ball in the corner in Phoenix, and you lose that grip a little bit. But with every game I feel more comfortable and, of course, this is what I was working all my life to be-a point guard. And I'm happy with that."


Raptors' Kyle Lowry to travel with team on three-game trip
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1:16 pm ET) Raptors guard Kyle Lowry will accompany the team on the upcoming three-game road trip, reports TSN.ca.

Lowry has been held out of the last three games to rest a variety of ailments. The trip starts Friday at Charlotte and Lowry could be available to play.


Hawks sign guard Jarell Eddie to 10-day contract
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1:11 pm ET) The Hawks signed guard Jarell Eddie to a 10-day contract Thursday, the team announced. Eddie has yet to appear in an NBA game.

Cavaliers forward LeBron James alters free-throw approach
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12:59 pm ET) Cavaliers forward LeBron James has made a subtle adjustment during his free-throw attempts, reports Cleveland.com.

When asked if he changed his approach, James said he was trying something new out. James' new approach involves slightly pausing as he brings the ball up to his shooting motion. The change is meant to slow down his shooting mechanics while at the free-throw line.

"I'm a guy that doesn't mind being coached," James said. "I'm coachable. If someone sees something and they think it could help me, I don't mind looking into it. Even at this stage in my career."


Rockets list Beverley (foot), Jones (back) as questionable Friday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12:48 pm ET) Rockets guard Patrick Beverley (foot) and forward Terrence Jones (back) are listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Pistons, reports The Houston Chronicle.

Beverley is dealing with a right foot sprain, while Jones is suffering from lower back pain.


Blazers' Aldridge ditches thumb brace during Wednesday's game
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12:07 pm ET) As Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge was struggling with his shot during Wednesday's game, the frustration of his shooting woes caused Aldridge to ditch his thumb brace on his left hand, reports The Oregonian.

"I got pissed in the fourth and just threw it off," Aldridge said of his thumb brace. "[The medical staff wasn't] happy with that. I can't play without it, but I was just shooting the ball so bad. I was just trying to do anything to find a rhythm."

After ditching the brace, Aldridge shot 4 of 9 from the field and finished with 29 points. He is expected to wear the brace during Thursday’s game against the Mavericks. 


 
 
 
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