Indiana Pacers forward David West is expected to play Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals at Miami on Wednesday, despite an injured right leg.
Team doctors held West out of Monday’s practice with what coach Frank Vogel described as a calf strain or lower leg strain.
Pacers center Roy Hibbert had his right thumb taped after getting hit in practice. He finished the workout and it is not expected to keep him out of the game on Wednesday.
Photo leads to brawl
Two brothers allege that people standing near Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard assaulted them after one of the victims took a photo of the NBA Rookie of the Year.
The brothers, who suffered facial injuries, told Portland television station KGW that the suspects were Lillard’s ‘‘entourage,’’ but Portland police say they haven’t determined whether they are associated with the player. Police said Lillard spoke with officers and is not a suspect in the assault.
Buzz around ‘Hornets’
A person familiar with the situation says team owner Michael Jordan will detail the timetable for the change of Charlotte’s nickname back to Hornets at a press conference the team has scheduled for Tuesday. NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver previously has said it would take ‘‘about 18 months’’ for the Bobcats to change their name. The Hornets resided in Charlotte from 1988-2002 before then-owner George Shinn moved the franchise to New Orleans. That franchise recently changed its name to the Pelicans . . . The Orlando Magic, owners of the NBA’s worst record (20-62), have the best chance (25 percent) among the teams eligible for the top draft pick in the lottery drawing Tuesday in Brooklyn.