Dante Cunningham returned to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Tuesday night’s game against San Antonio, just over 24 hours after being released from jail for his second arrest in three days. The forward was in uniform and available to play against the Spurs, with the Wolves and the NBA following collectively bargained rules that require them to wait until the legal process plays out before deciding to issue any discipline. Cunningham was charged last week with felony domestic assault for allegedly choking his girlfriend in his suburban Minneapolis home. He was released from jail, played in a game Saturday night against Orlando and was arrested again on Sunday following allegations that he sent threatening text messages to the woman.
NENE TAKING IT SLOW — Washington Wizards forward Nene plans to ease himself back when he returns today from a knee injury. He expects to see limited minutes when Washington hosts the Charlotte Bobcats in a pivotal game in Eastern Conference playoff seeding. Nene returned to practice this week for the first time since spraining the medial collateral ligament in his left knee Feb. 23.
PLANNING TO PLAY — Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas will play in today’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers, two days after being charged with drunk driving. Valanciunas was not made available to reporters at Tuesday’s practice, but Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri confirmed he will be in the lineup.
INJURY REPORT —Charlotte Bobcats coach Steve Clifford says he expects starting power forward Josh McRoberts to return for tonight’s game against the Washington Wizards. McRoberts has missed the last three games with a sprained left ankle. …Detroit Pistons forward Josh Smith has patella tendinitis in his left knee and did not play against his former team, the Atlanta Hawks. …Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook sat out against the Sacramento Kings to rest his surgically repaired right knee. …Pelicans coach Monty Williams does not expect guard Eric Gordon to play in any of New Orleans’ final five games this season. Gordon has been sidelined with knee tendinitis.