Al Jefferson
Al Jefferson's double-double leads Hornets
Al Jefferson, C, CHA
9:37 PM
News: Al Jefferson posted his third double-double in four games to lead the Hornets to their fourth straight win, 103-94 over the Raptors, Friday. Jefferson also matched his season high with five assists. 

Jefferson shot 11-of-21 from the field for 23 points. He grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked two shots. 

The Hornets next play at the Pistons on Sunday. 

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Joel Anthony
Pistons C Joel Anthony (groin) won't play Friday
Joel Anthony, C, DET
7:12 PM
News: Pistons center Joel Anthony will not play in Friday night's game against the Rockets, according to the Detroit Free Press

Anthony is out due to a sore right groin. Anthony is averaging 1.2 points and 1.5 rebounds per game. 

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Nikola Vucevic
Magic C Nikola Vucevic won't play Friday night
Nikola Vucevic, C, ORL
6:25 PM
News: Magic center Nikola Vucevic has been ruled out of Friday night's game against the Kings due to a sore left ankle, according to the Orlando Sentinel

Starting at center instead will be DeWayne Dedmon.

Vucevic is averaging 19.7 points and 8.0 rebounds per game this season. 

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Tyson Chandler
Mavericks C Tyson Chandler in starting lineup Thursday
Tyson Chandler, C, DAL
3/5/2015
News: Mavericks center Tyson Chandler (hip) is in the starting lineup for Thursday's matchup against the Blazers.

Chandler missed the team's previous three games with a hip injury, but coach Rick Carlisle said earlier Thursday that the center was "looking good" for the Thursday matchup. He has averaged 10.6 points and 11.7 rebounds in 56 games.

The Mavericks are 2 1/2-point underdogs in Portland Thursday.

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Enes Kanter
Thunder rule center Steven Adams (hand) out of Thursday's game
Enes Kanter, C, OKC
3/5/2015
News: Thunder center Steven Adams has been ruled out of Thursday's game at Chicago, reports The Oklahoman.

Adams has not played since Feb. 8 after undergoing hand surgery, but coach Scott Brooks sounded optimistic that Adams would be available to play in Sunday's game against the Raptors. Center Enes Kanter has been starting in place of Adams.

The Thunder are 1-point favorites.

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JaVale McGee
Report: Celtics, JaVale McGee unable to strike a deal
JaVale McGee, C, PHI
3/5/2015
News: 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.

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Zaza Pachulia
Bucks' Zaza Pachulia doubles up on the Warriors
Zaza Pachulia, C, MIL
3/5/2015
News: Bucks center Zaza Pachulia posted a double-double on the Warriors on Wednesday.

Pachulia shot 5-9 from the field. He sunk three of his four free throws, finishing with 13 points. Pachulia was active on the boards, pulling down 11 rebounds. He added four assists and two steals during the contest. 

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Alexis Ajinca
Pelicans' Alexis Ajinca posts double-double on Wednesday
Alexis Ajinca, C, NO
3/4/2015
News: Pelicans center Alexis Ajinca posted a double-double on Wednesday against the Pistons. 

Ajinca shot 5-10 from the field, finishing with 10 points. He was active on the boards, pulling down 11 rebounds. Nine of those came on the defensive side of the court. Ajinca added two assists and one block during the contest. 

Following the game, Ajinca talked about his recent breakout. "I'm trying to bring anything I have to the team. Especially because first we had A.D. (Anthony Davis) and Ryan (Anderson) be out so I had to step up and play big time minutes, and I had to do some different (things)," he said. "It went well, so now I’m going to go and keep it this way and hopefully I will keep having some good minutes."

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Hassan Whiteside
Wade: Whiteside 'very, very important' to Heat's success
Hassan Whiteside, C, MIA
3/4/2015
News: Heat center Hassan Whiteside scored 18 points on 6 of 10 shooting while grabbing a career-high 25 rebounds in his team's 100-94 win over the Lakers Wednesday.

Whiteside has racked up 24 rebounds twice this season, including in Saturday's loss to the Hawks, but he managed to push his career-best total Wednesday while turning in his highest scoring total since Feb. 4. He also blocked four shots in the win, giving the center five straight games with multiple blocks.

"He’s what you call special," guard Dwyane Wade said after the game. "He’s so long, everything that gets off the rim he has it. He’s for real about what he does. He protects the basket and when he gets mad he’ll dunk on everybody. He’s very, very important to this team’s success."

The Heat are set to face the Wizards Friday.

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Andre Drummond
Pistons' Andre Drummond doubles up on the Pelicans
Andre Drummond, C, DET
3/4/2015
News: Pistons center Andre Drummond posted a double-double against the Pelicans on Wednesday.

Drummond shot 6-13 from the field. He hit one of his two free throws, finishing with 13 points on the night. Drummond was active on the boards, pulling down 18 rebounds. He also finished with six blocks and one assist.

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