From the Los Angeles Clippers’ Madelyn Burke:
Mo Williams (toe) will not play tonight vs Grizzlies
Williams has averaged 13.6 points and 3.1 assists per game for the Clippers this season, but has missed the last 9 games for the team. The Clippers were on a 3-game losing streak before Williams got injured, and have gone 8-1 in the 9 games he’s missed. The Grizzlies are currently 1.5 games behind the Clippers for the 4th seed in the Western Conference.
From the Orlando Sentinel’s Joshua B. Robbins:
Ryan Anderson says his right ankle still looks like a “softball.” He’s wearing a walking boot.
The 23-year old Anderson, who was once a throw-in in a trade that sent Vince Carter to the Magic, has been enjoying a breakout season for the Magic — his PER is at 21.99, he leads all NBA players in 3-pointers made while sinking 41.3% of his attempts from deep, and he’s averaging 7.5 rebounds per game. The Magic have lost their last three games with Anderson in the lineup, so it’s conceivable that they could have a very tough stretch run if he doesn’t get healthy soon. Anderson is currently listed as “day-to-day.”
The Heat have announced that Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade will miss tonight’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers with a knee injury. According to the Heat, Wade is “day-to-day.”
This will be the 10th game the 30-year old Wade has missed this season. When healthy, Wade has been amazing — he’s currently averaging 22.8 points per game on 50.3% shooting from the field, and is 2nd in the NBA in PER this season. According to the Heat, Wade’s knee was “banged up” in Sunday’s game against the Celtics, when Wade scored only 15 points on 6-17 shooting from the field.
The Heat have lost 3 of their last 5 games, with all 3 of their losses coming by double-digits, so they’re certainly hoping that Wade will be back in the lineup sooner rather than later, especially considering that the Heat play the red-hot Thunder on Wednesday night.