Knicks guard Jose Calderon in walking boot for Achilles injury
by Brandon Wise |
(8:12 pm ET) Knicks point guard Jose Calderon was spotted in a walking boot Friday and is expected to remain in it for 10 more days, reports the New York Post.

Calderon, who suffered the Achilles' injury at the end of February, said he doesn't like his chances of returning to the floor this season, but wouldn't rule it out. He is averaging 9.1 points and 4.7 assists per game.

Timberwolves guards Kevin Martin, Ricky Rubio out for Friday
by Brandon Wise |
(7:21 pm ET) Timberwolves guards Kevin Martin (hamstring) and Ricky Rubio (ankle) will not play in Friday's game against the Rockets, the team announced.

Martin, who will dress but is not expected to be used, has missed the last two games with the hamstring injury and is averaging 20.2 points per game. 

Rubio has missed the last four games with the ankle injury and six of the last seven. He is averaging 10.3 points and 8.8 assists per game.

Heat guard Dwyane Wade in the starting lineup for Friday
by Brandon Wise |
(6:43 pm ET) Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade will start in Friday's game against the Hawks, the team announced.

Wade, who was listed as doubtful for the contest, was able to warm up pregame and test out his ailing knee injury. Wade, who missed Wednesday's game with the injury, is averaging 21.6 points and 5.2 assists per game.

The Heat is currently 9-point underdogs.

Hornets guard Mo Williams planning to play Friday
by Brandon Wise |
(6:38 pm ET) Hornets point guard Mo Williams is planning to play in Friday's game against the Wizards, reports the Charlotte Observer.

Williams, who is averaging 14.1 points and 6.5 assists per game, is dealing with knee soreness, but has yet to miss time with the injury. The Hornets are currently 4-point underdogs.

Wizards guard Bradley Beal in the starting lineup Friday
by Brandon Wise |
(6:31 pm ET) Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal is in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Hornets, the team announced.

Beal, who is averaging 14.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game, was considered a game-time decision while nursing an ankle injury. He left Wednesday's game with the injury after playing in eight straight contests.

The Wizards are currently 4-point favorites.

Knicks guard Alexey Shved dealing with cracked rib
by Brandon Wise |
(6:04 pm ET) Knicks point guard Alexey Shved is nursing a cracked rib, which was originally believed to be bruised, according to coach Derek Fisher per the New York Post.

Shved, who was diagnosed with an incomplete fracture in his rib Wednesday, was speculated to have a bruise. He is expected to miss 2-to-3 weeks with the injury.

Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. out for Friday and Saturday
by Brandon Wise |
(5:59 pm ET) Knicks guiard Tim Hardaway Jr. will not play Friday and is not expected to play on Saturday, according to coach Derek Fisher per the New York Post.

Hardaway Jr., who is dealing with a wrist injury, has missed the last six games for New York while nursing the injury. Hardaway Jr. is averaging 11.3 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.

The Knicks are currently 10-point underdogs Friday against the Celtics.

Beal game-time decision for Wizards, Humphries out
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5:25 pm ET) Wizards guard Bradley Beal (ankle) will be a game-time decision for Friday's contest against the Hornets, while forward Kris Humphries (groin) will be out of the lineup once again, according to The Washington Post. 

Beal sprained his ankle in Wednesday's loss and was held out of Thursday's practice as a precaution. He did go through shootaround Friday but Wizards coach Randy Wittman said no decision would be made until shortly before tipoff. 

Humphries will miss his 15th straight contest. 

Suns guards Bledsoe, Knight both game-time decisions
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(2:17 pm ET) Suns guards Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight are game-time decisions for Friday's contest against the Trail Blazers, per the team's website. 

Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said Bledsoe was feeling better from a stomach illness that caused him to miss Thursday's practice, while Knight practiced on the ankle that has caused him to miss seven straight contests. 

The Suns are 2 1/2-point underdogs. 

Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (leg) remains cautious about injury
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(1:34 pm ET) Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday said Friday he isn't in a hurry to rush back from the stress fracture in his lower leg, citing a need for patience after suffering a setback shortly after the All-Star break in trying to return too quickly, per the New Orleans/Baton Rouge Advocate. 

Holiday said he saw his doctor when the Pelicans played the Clippers on March 22 and would likely have one more visit before determining a course of action. Holiday has not played since Jan. 12.

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