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April 8, 2014 Updates
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Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens left open the possibility that point guard Rajon Rondo could play in his first and only back-to-back of the season later this week, but said the decision ultimately lies with Rondo and the team's training staff. Since returning from a torn ACL in mid-January, Rondo has sat out the second night of eight back-to-backs, including Saturday's loss in Detroit. The Celtics have only five games remaining this season, one of which is Saturday's visit to Cleveland on the second night of a back-to-back. The Celtics host Charlotte on Friday, but could Rondo give Saturday a go as well? "I do think he’s getting better, he looks like he’s getting healthy, I think he’s recovering better," said Stevens. "That’s ultimately going to be his decision, based on how he feels on that day. He hasn’t played a back-to-back yet, so that would be a new thing. Is there a positive or negative to that? I don't know. But that will be his call, along with [team trainer] Ed Lacerte." ESPN.com

Against that backdrop, a return next season seems unlikely, though Billups said he hasn't made that decision and that "several things go into it." "The knee will be one of the things that, of course, will let me know if I can come back and play, if that's an option," Billups said. "And then there will be maybe some external opportunities that will be worth taking a look at -- maybe. Maybe there won't be. So it's kind of touch and go." Booth Newspapers

Monday morning the All-Star point guard will be on his way to get an MRI exam after back spasms forced him to miss most of the Spurs' 112-92 home victory. Parker has missed 12 games this season, including five because of coach Gregg Popovich-mandated rest to allow various nagging injuries to heal. Parker made all four shots he attempted and scored 10 points before departing. “Hopefully, we get Tony back going as soon as possible, 100 percent,” said Cory Joseph, who started the second half in Parker's place. “If I do have to step in I'll be ready. I'll be focused.” San Antonio Express-News

April 6, 2014 Updates

Kent Bazemore left the Lakers’ game Sunday against the Clippers in a designated road game at Staples Center after spraining his right foot. He was handling the ball at the top of the key before he turned his foot and fell to the ground with 10:08 left in the second quarter. Bazemore was soon carried up by teammates Robert Sacre and Jodie Meeks before a Lakers’ staff member helped him to the locker room. Bazemore soon took x-rays that turned out negative. But the injury was serious enough for him to stay out the rest of the game. Bazemore is scheduled to have an MRI on Monday. Los Angeles Daily News

LeBron James will play without his co-pilot for the sixth straight game when the Miami Heat take on the New York Knicks on Sunday. Heat guard Dwyane Wade will be held out with a lingering hamstring issue, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Sunday morning. Wade will be joined on the bench by centers Greg Oden (back spasms) and Chris Andersen, who is dealing with various ailments. ESPN.com

April 5, 2014 Updates

A strained left hamstring sidelined Heat guard Dwyane Wade for a fifth consecutive game on Friday night, but Heat players said he’s improving, and LeBron James said Wade “probably” will return “within the next week.” There doesn’t appear to be concern about Wade’s availability for the start of the playoffs in two weeks. Miami Herald

But there is some uncertainty about a timetable. Udonis Haslem said Friday “it’s hard to tell” when Wade will play in a game again. “He’s out there a few minutes at practice, not too heavy,” Haslem said. “He’s moving pretty well. He’s getting better. Hopefully, he’ll be back a couple of games before the playoffs. I’m sure that’s what he’s hoping for. It’s nothing we want to push. We need him for the playoffs.” Miami Herald

New Orleans Pelicans shooting guard Eric Gordon did not accompany the team for Friday night's game against the Utah Jazz, so he could get his ailing left knee examined by his doctor in Los Angeles, according to a source close to the team. It's not known when Gordon will rejoin the team, but he's not likely to make the trip to Portland on Sunday when the Pelicans play the Trail Blazers, sources said. New Orleans Times-Picayune

April 4, 2014 Updates

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