Pistons C Joel Anthony (groin) won't play Friday
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(7:12 pm ET) 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. 

Magic C Nikola Vucevic won't play Friday night
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6:25 pm ET) 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. 

Mavericks C Tyson Chandler in starting lineup Thursday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) 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.

Thunder rule center Steven Adams (hand) out of Thursday's game
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) 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.

Wolves waive Glenn Robinson in order to sign Justin Hamilton
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) The Timberwolves waived guard Glenn Robinson on Thursday, the team announced. 

With an extra roster spot, the Timberwovles signed center Justin Hamilton. Robinson is averaging 1.2 points in 25 games this season.

Hamilton was recently waived by the Pelicans after spending the season with the Heat. In 20 games this season, Hamilton is averaging 2.8 points and 2.0 rebounds. Coach Flip Saunders said he likes what Hamilton can offer the team.

"He's got a unique skill set, size and a great basketball IQ," Saunders said. 

Mavs' Chandler 'looking good' to return Thursday; Parsons out
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) 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.

Report: Celtics, JaVale McGee unable to strike a deal
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) 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.

LeBron on Valanciunas' flagrant foul: I've got to 'protect myself' more
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) When asked if the Cavaliers should have retaliated after a hard foul he suffered by Raptors big man Jonas Valanciunas, LeBron James seemed open to the idea in order to "curb opponents' behavior" moving forward, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

"Maybe I've got to protect myself a little more too," James said after Wednesday's 120-112 victory over Toronto.

James was taken down by the neck by Valanciunas on his way to the rim with 18.8 seconds remaining in the third quarter of Cleveland's win. Valanciunas, who was assessed with a Flagrant One foul, reached over to help James back up from the floor, but the Cavaliers star swatted his arm away, refusing help from the opponent.

"Obviously (Valanciunas) was trying to send a message because he had been getting beat all day on the pick-and-roll, and it happens, but it's just bull(crap) and it ain't cool," James' new teammate Kendrick Perkins said after the game.

Report: Celtics closing in on multiyear deal with JaVale McGee
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) The Celtics are on the verge of signing center JaVale McGee to a multiyear deal, according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN. The deal is expected to last through next season.

McGee was waived by Philadelphia on Monday and cleared waivers Wednesday.The Mavericks, Raptors and Heat were among the other teams weighing in on making a play for the embattled big man. McGee averaged 4.6 points and 2.7 rebounds. in 23 games this season, including 17 with Denver.

Bucks' Zaza Pachulia doubles up on the Warriors
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) 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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