Norris Cole scores 12 in 32 minutes vs. Bulls
, PG, MIA
Heat guard Norris Cole
saw some extend time off the bench as he logged 30-plus minutes for the third time this season during Thursday's loss to the Bulls in Chicago.
With the game well out of hand, head coach Erik Spoelstra kept Cole out for the majority of the second half. He went 5 of 9 shooting from the field and 2 of 2 from the free throw line. He finished the game with 12 points, six assists and one rebound while logging 32 minutes of game action in a 107-87 defeat.
Cole has scored in double figures four times through 19 games this season. He is averaging 7.4 points, 2.8 assists and 2.0 rebounds over his last five games.
Nets believe Deron Williams can return Tuesday
, PG, BKN
The Nets believe that point guard Deron Williams
can return to the lineup for Tuesday's game
against the Celtics, Turner Sports reports. Williams missed his eighth straight game due to an ankle injury Thursday but it sounds like he won't be out for much longer.
Darren Collison scores 15 points vs. Grizzlies
, PG, LAC
Clippers guard Darren Collison
was one of three Clippers players to score a team-high 15 points in his team's 101-81 win over the Grizzlies Thursday.
Collison did his damage on 6 of 9 shooting while also adding three assists and one rebound in 21 minutes off the bench. The 15 points matched a season high set on Nov. 29, when Collison played 40 minutes in an overtime win.
J.R. Smith plays 29 minutes vs. Nets
, SG, NY
Despite missing a portion of practice Wednesday, Knicks guard J.R. Smith
played 29 minutes in Thursday's 113-83 win over the Nets, scoring just five points on 2 of 5 shooting.
It was Smith's lowest scoring output since also tallying five points in his season debut on Nov. 10. He has averaged 11.2 points and 4.8 rebounds over 12 games.
Dwyane Wade out vs. Bulls due to flu-like symptoms
, SG, MIA
Heat guard Dwyane Wade
, who missed morning shootaround, was ruled out for Thursday's game against the Bulls in Chicago because of flu-like symptoms.
Wade is averaging 18.5 points, 5.4 assists and 4.6 rebounds this season. He has missed five games this season, with four of them due to knee issues. He is listed as day to day.
The Heat will travel to Minneapolis for a showdown against the Timberwolves.
Hip contusion keeps Tony Allen out vs. Clippers
, SG, MEM
Grizzlies guard Tony Allen
was ruled out
for Thursday's contest against the Clippers because of a right hip contusion, according to WHBQ-FM radio in Memphis.
Allen suffered the injury while going after a loose ball in the second quarter of Tuesday's 110-91 win over the Suns. He was averaging 10.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per game before the injury. He'll try to get back on the court at home against the Warriors on Saturday.
76ers guard Michael Carter-Williams
missed practice Thursday and did not travel with the team
to Charlotte, Yahoo! Sports reports. He has been listed as day to day and will likely miss Friday's game against the Bobcats due to a right knee injury. He is averaging 17.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game.
Carrick Felix, Henry Sims sent down to D-League
, SG, CLE
The Cavaliers assigned guard Carrick Felix
and center Henry Sims down to the D-League
on Thursday, according to the team's play-by-play announcer.
Derrick Rose could return in postseason if 'situation is right'
, PG, CHI
In his first press conference since having surgery to repair a torn medial meniscus, Bulls guard Derrick Rose did not rule out a possible return
during the postseason, according to ESPN Chicago.
His rehab is expected to last at least six months
, according to general manager Gar Forman. Forman initially told reporters that he's "really out" for the year
regardless of how far the Bulls go in the postseason.
"If I'm healthy and the situation is right, I'm going to be back playing," Rose said. "If I'm healthy and my meniscus is fully healed, of course I'll be out there playing. But if it's something totally different and the outcome is not how I would want it to be, there's no need."
Rose also said he does not expect to change his game after suffering the second season-ending injury of his career. In fact, he believes he can come back and be at least the same player he was before the injury.
"You can be a fool if you want to," Rose said. "I know I'm going to be all right."
Jeff Taylor to start for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
, SG, CHA
Bobcats head coach Steve Clifford told the Charlotte Observer
Thursday that Jeff Taylor will take over
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's spot in the starting lineup. Kidd-Gilchrist is expected to be sidelined 4-6 weeks with a fractured left hand.
In 19 games, Taylor has averaged 7.9 points and 2.2 boards in 23.6 minutes. He has not scored in double figures since Nov. 18.