Warriors' Pachulia, West could return against Clippers (The Associated Press)

The Golden State Warriors are preparing to get some reinforcements for Thursday night’s home game against the Clippers, with center Zaza Pachulia and David West expected to play. While both were still listed as questionable Wednesday, coach Steve Kerr said he plans to use them as long as they have no issues after having gone through a full practice and scrimmaging. ”They both looked great,” Kerr said.

Pelicans' Cousins: He and Davis can 'wreak havoc' together (The Associated Press)

DeMarcus Cousins says his prayers have been answered, although not necessarily in the way he expected. The New Orleans Pelicans’ newest All-Star maintained Wednesday that he liked Sacramento and initially wasn’t happy about being traded Sunday night, but added he’d become frustrated waiting through six-plus losing seasons for the Kings to add more elite players. Cousins is the one who wound up being sent away, but to a team where he joins fellow 6-foot-11 All-Star Anthony Davis.

AP Source: Wizards acquire Bogdanovic in trade with Nets (The Associated Press)

The Washington Wizards added scoring punch to its bench Wednesday, acquiring swingman Bojan Bogdanovic in a trade with the Brooklyn Nets. Washington will also get forward Chris McCullough in the deal and send a lottery-protected 2017 first-round pick, Marcus Thornton and Andrew Nicholson to Brooklyn, a person familiar with the trade told The Associated Press. Bogdanovic, 27, is averaging a career-high 14.2 points a game as a starter for the struggling Nets.

Hornets hope to halt slide at Pistons (The Associated Press)

The Charlotte Hornets needed to get away after stumbling into the All-Star break. Charlotte slid from two games over .500 to 24-32, dropping 2 1/2 games behind the Detroit Pistons for the eighth and final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. The Hornets can make up a game in the standings on Thursday night as they travel to Michigan to play the Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

NBA returns for a break-neck finish to regular season (The Associated Press)

LeBron James, Steph Curry and the rest of the NBA have had a chance to catch their collective breath, kick their feet up for a few days and rest up after a frenetic first three-and-a-half months of the season. The big stars had their fun in New Orleans. When play resumes on Thursday night, a few hours after the trade deadline expires, it will be a break-neck, six-week sprint to the finish.

NBA returns for a break-neck finish to regular season (The Associated Press)

LeBron James, Steph Curry and the rest of the NBA have had a chance to catch their collective breath, kick their feet up for a few days and rest up after a frenetic first three-and-a-half months of the season. The big stars had their fun in New Orleans. When play resumes on Thursday night, a few hours after the trade deadline expires, it will be a break-neck, six-week sprint to the finish.

Chris Paul has been medically cleared to return to the Clippers (Ball Don’t Lie)

Doc said Chris Paul is medically cleared. Instead, it looks like CP3 could be back in the fold as early as this weekend. The Clippers come out of the break with a brutal back-to-back, heading back to Oracle Arena for another matchup with the league-leading Dubs on Thursday night before returning home to take on the West’s No. 2 seed, the 43-13 San Antonio Spurs, on Friday night.

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