Friday, March 14, 2008

Pregame notes: George and Jones update

Devean George, out the last two games with a sore lower back, could be back on the court Sunday at Miami. It depends on how he does tomorrow at practice before the team flies to Florida.

George tried to practice earlier this week, but his back stiffened up after about five minutes. Once he does return, look for George to get the minutes back that have lately gone to Antoine Wright.

Eddie Jones’ troublesome knee is improving, but he’s not ready for a full-scale practice. That may come soon. However, Avery Johnson doesn’t expect Jones to play “any time in the next week.”

In terms of his bench, Johnson hopes to “establish some kind of identity with the second unit.” The bench has started to assert itself this week, with Tyronn Lue the latest addition to the rotation.

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