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Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers starting point guard D'Angelo Russell, who has missed nine games with a sore left knee, was re-evaluated Tuesday by Lakers' medical staffers. Lakers coach Luke Walton said Russell "feels much better" and the Lakers plan to start working him out on the court soon. Russell is out for Wednesday's game against Houston, but is it possible that he could return to action later this week? Walton: "Yeah, he's just got to practice first. Obviously, we're not going to rush him right into a game, but if we can get [him] out there and he practices and can get one or two practices in and feels fine the next day, I wouldn't see why he wouldn't be able to play. But that all depends on how he does in those practices."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Courtney Lee will be available tonight against the Miami Heat after missing the past two games with an ankle injury, the Knicks say. With Lee back, Jeff Hornacek may have to juggle minutes between Lance Thomas and Justin Holliday in the Knicks' second unit. That's probably a good problem for Hornacek to have against an injury-depleted Heat team.

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers' injury report for Wednesday's game in Houston:

Chris Haynes 

Steve Kerr on sitting Klay Thompson in fourth after he scored 60 in first three quarters last night: "They said Dean Smith is the only guy who could hold MJ under 20. I'm the only guy who can hold Klay under 80, I guess."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Jazz PG George Hill will miss his fourth straight game with a sprained left big toe tonight against the Suns. Utah hopes Hill can return this week.

Chris Haynes 

Klay Thompson showing his arm isn't fatigued with that 60-point performance against Indiana Pacers and decides to switch up his sport Tuesday after practice.


Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

ESPN sources say Mavericks center Andrew Bogut has been diagnosed with a minor bone bruise in his right knee and could be back in two weeks.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

God Shammgod puts Harrison Barnes and the Mavs' rookie wings through ballhandling drills. Shamgood, the New York playground legend and Providence star, is in his first season as a Mavs player development coach.


Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas did not practice Tuesday in Orlando. Thomas suffered a pulled groin late in the first half of Monday's loss in Houston. The Celtics recalled rookie guard Demetrius Jackson from the D-League for depth.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Carlisle was displeased with the Mavs' effort after reviewing film of the Mavs' loss to the Hornets: "Why we fell into that, I'm not sure. Maybe we were resting on the laurels of our one-game winning streak."

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said the team would welcome Donatas Motiejunas back with open arms.


J.A. Adande ESPN Senior Writer 

Doc Rivers on the Clippers' unheralded offseason "acquisition"


Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Tony Parker (left knee contusion) is out for Tuesday's matchup at Minnesota. He originally suffered the injury in the opener at Golden State and keeps aggravating it.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Despite the drama with Donatas Motiejunas, Mike D'Antoni and James Harden said they would welcome him back.