Alexis Ajinca
Pelicans C Alexis Ajinca posts fourth career double-double
Alexis Ajinca, C, NO
News: Pelicans center Alexis Ajinca only logged 15 minutes off the bench, but it was enough time for him to register a double-double in his team's 114-88 defeat to Portland at home Saturday night.

Ajinca, who made his first appearance since Dec. 12, scored 10 points on 4 of 7 shooting and 2 of 2 from the free throw line. He added 13 rebounds and one steal in a losing effort. Ajinca has four career double-doubles.


David Lee
Warriors C David Lee (hamstring) expected to return Monday
David Lee, C, GS
News: Warriors center David Lee is expected to return to the lineup Monday against the Kings, the Contra Costa Times reports. On Saturday, Lee went through his first full practice since reinjuring his hamstring in early November.

"He looked good, he was moving really well, his hamstring's fine," coach Steve Kerr said. "He told me everything else is sore now, which is a good sign. He's getting back into basketball shape and running a lot of sprints. But this was the first time he's scrimmaged full court, which was a good step."

"It's never easy to come back off an injury to a team that's winning," Kerr added. "It's tricky. It's a human nature thing, where you don't want to screw up what's going on, but at the same time, you want to make an impact. David's been an All-Star, a 20-and-10 guy his whole career, so it's tricky. I respect that. We're going to talk about that as a team (Sunday), not just in terms of David's situation but the impact it's going to have on everybody."

Lee played just seven minutes in his only appearance this season. He averaged 18.2 points and 9.3 rebounds in 69 games for the Warriors last season.


Larry Sanders
Bucks C Larry Sanders back in lineup Saturday
Larry Sanders, C, MIL
News: Bucks center Larry Sanders is back in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Clippers, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Sanders was suspended for Thursday's game against the Kings after shoving an airborne player on the way to the basket in his previous game. He has averaged 7.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 25 games.

The Bucks are a 10 1/2-point underdog against the Clippers in Los Angeles Saturday.


John Henson
Bucks C John Henson (foot) remains sidelined Saturday
John Henson, C, MIL
News: Bucks center John Henson (foot) will not play Saturday against the Clippers, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Henson tested his injured foot Friday but still experienced pain. He is scheduled to be re-evaluated Monday. The Bucks don't play against until Tuesday at home against the Hornets. Henson has averaged 4.2 points and 2.7 rebounds in 14 games.


Rudy Gobert
Jazz C Rudy Gobert doubles up vs. Hornets
Rudy Gobert, C, UTA
News: Jazz center Rudy Gobert scored 11 points on 5 of 6 shooting while grabbing a season-high 12 rebounds to post his first double-double of the season in his team's 104-86 loss to the Hornets Saturday.

Gobert played 30 minutes off the bench and was able to also notch two blocks and one steal. He's recorded multiple blocks in seven straight games while also racking up at least nine rebounds in five of his last six games. He'll square off with the Grizzlies Monday.


Al Jefferson
Hornets' Al Jefferson doubles up, suffers mild groin strain vs. Jazz
Al Jefferson, C, CHA
News: Hornets center Al Jefferson scored 19 points on 8 of 13 shooting while grabbing 10 rebounds in his team's 104-86 win over the Jazz Saturday.

Jefferson suffered a mild groin strain in the fourth quarter, the team announced. He was available to come back into the game if needed, but with the team up big late in the final quarter, he remained on the bench. He also managed to record one assist in his 27 minutes of action.

Jefferson's double-double was his third straight this week. He'll square off with the Nuggets Monday.


Dwight Howard
Rockets C Dwight Howard in starting lineup Saturday
Dwight Howard, C, HOU
News: Rockets center Dwight Howard is in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Hawks.

Howard was listed as probable to play Saturday due to a sore shoulder. He has averaged 19.6 points, 11.9 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in 13 games.


Brook Lopez
Nets C Brook Lopez in danger of losing starting job?
Brook Lopez, C, BKN
News: Nets center Brook Lopez has resumed light basketball activities and will be evaluated on a daily basis until he's ready to return, ESPN reports. Lopez is working his way back from a lower back strain that has caused him to miss seven games. Coach Lionel Hollins would not reveal if he'll keep Mason Plumlee in the starting lineup once Lopez is ready to return.

"I am not going to squeal until I get stuck and I will cross the bridge when I get there," Hollins said. "I have my thoughts on it but I don't want to share them. I have been thinking about it but it is not something that needs to be talked about at this point."


Wizards PF Nene scores 20 points vs. Heat
Nene, C, WAS
News: Wizards power forward Nene shared the team scoring lead Friday with 20 points on 8 of 10 shooting in his team's 105-103 win over the Heat.

Nene's excellent performance marked his second-best scoring production of the season behind a 22-point game on Nov. 1. He also picked up six rebounds, two assists and one steal in 26 minutes of action Friday. The Wizards will square off with the Suns Sunday.


Jonas Valanciunas
Raptors C Jonas Valanciunas scores team-high 17 vs. Pistons
Jonas Valanciunas, C, TOR
News: Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas scored a team-high 17 points on 6 of 11 shooting from the field and 5 of 10 shooting from the free-throw line in his team's 110-100 win over the Pistons Friday.

Valanciunas was one of six Raptors to reach double digits in scoring in the win, but his 50 percent success rate from the free-throw line falls well short of his 81.7 percent mark for the season. He added seven rebounds and two blocks in the win, the Raptors' fifth straight. They'll look to keep rolling Sunday against the Knicks.


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