Basketball : NBA 2013/2014
Wade held out against Pistons
Dwyane Wade sat out Sunday's game at Detroit after he had 19 points and five rebounds in a win over Minnesota on Saturday. The Miami guard had missed the previous two games with knee soreness and an illness. Wade also appeared to bang his right knee as he crashed to the court, but was able to get up and keep going. Coach Erik Spoelstra likes to rest Wade in back-to-backs to reduce the wear and tear on his knees.
Luol Deng has tight calf
Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng was held out of Saturday's game against the Detroit Pistons because of tightness in his left calf. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said Deng was experiencing tightness and swelling in the calf and "could be better in a couple days." Deng is averaging 19.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 17 games this season.
LA Lakers 7.12.13
Bryant to return Sunday
The Lakers expect to have Kobe Bryant back in their lineup when they face the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. Bryant hasn't played this season while recovering a torn Achilles tendon. He had surgery in April.
Los Angeles signed the fourth-leading scoring in NBA history to a two-year contract extension last week. Bryant's new deal is reportedly worth $48.5 million and takes him into his 20th season with the Lakers.
New Orl. 7.12.13
Evans rolls left ankle
Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans was helped off the court after rolling his left ankle Friday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The injury occurred with a little more than 2 minutes remaining in the third quarter. Evans was driving hard toward the basket when he appeared to take an awkward step while trying to sidestep the Thunder's Kevin Durant. Evans missed the layup and went down on the baseline, lying there several minutes before being helped to the locker room.
Rose doesn't rule out postseason return
Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose said he won't close the door on returning for the playoffs if his surgically repaired knee is up to it. The Bulls declared Rose out for the season after he had surgery on the meniscus November 25. Rose sat out the entire 2012/13 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the 2012 playoffs.
Dwyane Wade out Thursday
Dwyane Wade missed Thursday's game against the Chicago Bulls because of an illness. The Miami Heat star also sat out Tuesday's game against Detroit because of knee soreness.nForward Chris Andersen missed the game for personal reasons and is expected to rejoin the team Friday in Minnesota.
Kidd-Gilchrist breaks hand
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist fractured his left hand in Tuesday's 89-82 loss to Dallas and Charlotte coach Steve Clifford isn't sure when the guard will be back. Clifford called the loss of Kidd-Gilchrist "a big hit" and there's no timetable for his return. Kidd-Gilchrist is averaging 9.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.
New Orl. 4.12.13
Pelicans lose Davis for up to six weeks
Anthony Davis is expected to be sidelined four to six weeks with a broken left hand. The New Orleans Pelicans center was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal of his left hand after Sunday's victory over the Knicks in New York. Davis started the Pelicans' first 16 games, averaging 18.8 points, 10.2 rebounds and 3.6 blocks.
Dwyane Wade held out vs. Pistons
Dwyane Wade was inactive for the Miami Heat against the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday, the fourth game that the All-Star guard has missed this season because of soreness and a need for rest. Wade is averaging 18.5 points on 53 percent shooting this season for the two-time defending NBA champion Heat, who are off to the best start in franchise history.
LA Lakers 3.12.13
Farmar to miss four weeks
Jordan Farmar will be out for four weeks after tearing his left hamstring. The Los Angeles Lakers backup point guard left Sunday night's game against Portland after playing just 56 seconds. Farmar is averaging 9.2 points and 4.4 assists per game for Los Angeles. The team also announced Pau Gasol has a mildly sprained right ankle.
|5||New York||26.3||5-14 (19)|
|1||San Ant.||78.9||15-4 (19)|
|4||New Orl.||47.4||9-10 (19)|
|1||LA Clipp.||61.9||13-8 (21)|
|2||Gold. St.||57.1||12-9 (21)|
|4||LA Lakers||50.0||10-10 (20)|
|8.12||New York - Boston||73:114|
|8.12||Detroit - Miami||95:110|
|8.12||Houston - Orlando||98:88|
|8.12||LA Lakers - Toronto||94:106|
|8.12||Oklahoma - Indiana||118:94|
|7.12||Philadel. - Denver||92:103|
|7.12||Chicago - Detroit||75:92|
|7.12||Cleveland - LA Clipp.||88:82|
|7.12||Milwaukee - Brooklyn||82:90|
|7.12||Memphis - Gold. St.||82:108|
|7.12||Minnesota - Miami||82:103|
|7.12||San Ant. - Indiana||100:111|
|7.12||Utah - Sacram.||102:112|
|7.12||Portland - Dallas||106:108|
|6.12||Boston - Denver||106:98|
|home wins||59 %|
|away wins||41 %|
League format : Basketball : NBA 2013/2014
NBA teams play divisional opponents four times each (two home games and two road games), conference opponents outside the division three or four times each and opponents outside the conference two times each (one home game and one road game). At the end of the regular season, sixteen teams will qualify for the NBA Playoffs. The three division champions in each conference automatically will earn the conference's top three playoff seeds. The remaining five playoff spots go to the teams with the next best records, regardless of divisional alignment. Home-court advantage throughout the NBA playoffs will be based solely on regular season record, not playoff seeding. All rounds of the NBA Playoffs will be best-of-7 games.