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March 29, 2015 Updates

Dave McMenamin: Blatt says Love got an elbow to his back that sidelined him and that Shumpert "jammed" his ankle. Didn't seem too concerned longterm on both Twitter @mcten

Paul Coro: Brandon Knight will return from an eight-game absence and come off the bench, likely early, for #SunsVsThunder tonight. Twitter @paulcoro

Surya Fernandez: Spoelstra says Wade had some fluid drained from his knee last night and that the team will know within the hour if he will play tonight. Twitter @SuryaHeatNBA

Lakers guard Jeremy Lin will sit out of today’s game against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclasy Center because of an upper respiratory infection that has worsened in recent days. Lin went through all of Saturday’s practice and maintained he could play despite looking visibly distraught. Lin’s voice also sounded soft. Yet, Lin has averaged 21.5 points and 5.5 assists in the past four games since nursing the illness. Lakers guard Wayne Ellington will start in Lin’s place, while starting point guard Jordan Clarkson and backup guard Jabari Brown will see more playing time. As for Lin, Scott believes he will recover in time to play on Monday in Philadelphia. Los Angeles Daily News

"It certainly creates a challenge we haven't faced," Carlisle said. "We're talking about a guy who has played every game since he's been in a Maverick uniform, which is beyond commendable. And so it's going to be next man up. "We're going to have to make up for his loss collectively. You don't lose your best offensive player and have one guy who can step up and make the difference. The whole group's got to step forward. So we got our work cut out for us." Dallas Morning News

Paul George is still hopeful he can make a return to the Indiana Pacers lineup this season. The two-time All-Star forward said he feels like he has passed all of the tests to play but is still waiting for clearance from the team's medical staff before he makes his season debut. "I feel good, but it's not just me who has to feel good," George said after Saturday's practice. "Everybody has to feel good about it. That's what we're waiting on. Everybody has to be on the same page." ESPN.com

The word among some Indiana Pacers officials is that Paul George hasn’t looked good in recent practices but has looked great. George suffered a hellacious compound fracture of both bones in his lower right leg during a scrimmage with the U.S. National Team last August. The scuttlebutt is George may return to action, possibly as soon as this week. The Pacers entered Saturday’s action one game out of the eighth – and final – Eastern Conference playoff spot. Racine Journal-Times

March 28, 2015 Updates

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