Wizards expect threeback from injuries
Washington The Washington Wizards should get a windfall of returning guards today Rod Strickland, Mitch Richmond and Chris Whitney are all expected to suit for the road game against the Atlanta Hawks.
Richmond, activated from the injured list Thursday, has missed 25 straight games with a knee injury. Strickland has missed 14 in a row because of disciplinary matters and a slight shoulder injury. Whitney missed his first game in nearly two years on Tuesday with a sprained ankle and is ready to return sooner than he thought.
Of the three returnees, Richmond was the only one on the injured list. To make room for him on the roster, the Wizards placed guard Laron Profit on the injured list with back spasms.
Allen, Houston picked for All-Star shootout
New York Allan Houston of the New York Knicks and Ray Allen of the Milwaukee Bucks were picked Thursday for the three-point shooting contest during the NBA's All-Star weekend.
Pat Garrity of Orlando, Rashard Lewis of Seattle, Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki of Dallas, Bryon Russell of Utah and Peja Stojakovic of Sacramento also were picked for the event, to be held at Washington on Feb. 10, a day before the All-Star game.
Jeff Hornacek of Utah won the even last year. He has retired.
Blazers' Pippen on IL
Indianapolis Scottie Pippen, sidelined eight of the past nine games by tendinitis in his right elbow, was placed on the injured list Thursday by the Portland Trail Blazers.
Pippen last played on Jan. 20 but had just two points in 24 minutes against Sacramento. He did not play the next game and was not in uniform Tuesday night in Chicago. He is averaging 10.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in 36 games this season.
To fill his spot on the roster, the Trail Blazers activated forward Antonio Harvey, who was put on the injured list Nov. 14 with a knee injury.
Baker back with Sonics
Seattle Vin Baker rejoined the Seattle SuperSonics on Thursday after spending a night in a Los Angeles hospital, where he was taken after experiencing an irregular pulse, the team said.
The 6-foot-11 forward felt dizzy Wednesday night during the Sonics' 114-110 overtime victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. He was hospitalized after the game.
Benoit on injured list
Salt Lake City The Utah Jazz placed forward David Benoit on the injured list with a strained right shoulder Thursday and activated Scott Padgett.
Celtics coach gets raise
Boston The Boston Celtics have given interim coach Jim O'Brien a raise.
O'Brien succeeded Rick Pitino when Pitino stepped down Jan. 8.
"It was very nice of Paul (Gaston) to bump me up, when in fact, he did not have to," O'Brien said. "It was a nice gesture. I'm under contract for what Rick signed me for and I was willing to do it for that. I'm glad they recognize there are more duties involved with being a head coach."