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nba rumors Paul Millsap will return to the Hawks lineup and start against the Bulls in the regular-season finale Wednesday. The All-Star forward missed the past five games with a sprain and contusion of his right shoulder. He suffered the injury against the Nets April 4. Atlanta Journal Constitution

Kenny Atkinson will leave the decision up to Al Horford. Atkinson, the Hawks’ lead assistant, was named head coach of the Dominican Republic national men’s basketball team this week. Recruiting Horford, the Hawks’ three-time All-Star center, to play for his home nation may be his first task. “There is some pretty good potential for the team with NBA players,” Atkinson said. “I’m not sure if Al is going to play. My stance is it’s up to him. It’s his personal decision.” Atlanta Journal Constitution

Charlie Villanueva will play in the 594th game of his NBA career Wednesday night. His first playoff game will come this weekend. No active player has more experience without a playoff appearance than Villanueva, a 6-foot-11 forward who was the seventh overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft. He had stints in Toronto, Milwaukee and Detroit during his first nine NBA seasons without ever playing for a team that even finished .500. ESPN Dallas

The Rockets won’t know who they will face in the playoffs until they finish their regular-season finale Wednesday night against Utah and until the Spurs and Pelicans finish their game. Several scenarios still exist, but the Rockets can guarantee home-court advantage with a win. Trevor Ariza, who is in his 11th season in the NBA, said this is the first year he has ever seen the playoff standings go down to the very last minute. Houston Chronicle

Tyus Jones is the latest Duke freshman to enter the NBA draft. Coach Mike Krzyzewski announced the guard's decision Wednesday. Jones said in a statement issued by the school that he was "faced with the tough decision of returning to a place I love or pursuing the next dream." AP

You didn’t really think you’d heard the last of Shelly Sterling, V. Stiviano and Donald Sterling, who was forced to sell the Los Angeles Clippers last summer when Stiviano released audio of him making racist comments, did you? Shelly Sterling, Donald’s estranged wife, didn’t take his philandering with Stiviano lightly and went straight to court, guaranteeing that the unholy threesome would continue to make headlines with unsavory details of their personal lives well into 2015. Washington Post Blog

On Tuesday, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled that gifts of a Ferrari, a Bentley, and a million-dollar home (among other presents) must be turned over to the Sterling family trust. Attorneys for Stiviano had argued that the gifts were made when the Sterlings were separated, but the judge disagreed because the couple did not live separately “during any part” of 2011 through 2014. That comes to roughly $2.6 million. Washington Post Blog

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nba rumors Paul Pierce: "It was a tough situation (in Brooklyn) last year. Horrible, really. "It was just the guys' attitudes there. It wasn't like we were surrounded by a bunch of young guys. They were vets who didn't want to play and didn't want to practice. I was looking around saying, 'What's this?' Kevin (Garnett) and I had to pick them up every day in practice." ESPN.com

Pierce, about last year's Nets: "If me and Kevin weren't there, that team would have folded up. That team would have packed it in. We kept them going each and every day.'' ESPN.com

"Before I got there, I looked at Deron as an MVP candidate,'' Pierce said. "But I felt once we got there, that's not what he wanted to be. He just didn't want that. "I think a lot of the pressure got to him sometimes. This was his first time in the national spotlight. The media in Utah is not the same as the media in New York, so that can wear on some people. I think it really affected him.'' ESPN.com

Garnett was traded in February to Minnesota, where he will eventually assume a front-office role as a part-owner. "He's happy,'' Pierce said. "I'm glad he waived his no-trade clause. I told him, 'They don't appreciate you in Brooklyn, man.' They didn't even use him right. "He's where he's supposed to be. He IS Minnesota. He never sold his house there.'' ESPN.com

Pierce said he still talks to Garnett every week and credits him for introducing him to the benefits of a hyperbaric chamber, which Pierce sleeps in for 2-3 hours before every home game to boost recovery and healing. Garnett introduced him to the treatment in 2009 shortly after they won an NBA championship together. ESPN.com

Paul Millsap’s status for the Hawks’ regular-season finale remains undetermined even after the All-Star forward went through a full practice Tuesday. Millsap missed the past five games with a sprain and contusion to his right shoulder suffered April 4 against the Nets. He will travel to Chicago for Wednesday’s game and a decision will be made following shootaround on whether he will play. Atlanta Journal Constitution

Bobby Portis said last month he wanted to be "the greatest Razorback of all-time" when his career at Arkansas was finished. The finale came Tuesday when the 6-foot-11 sophomore said he was declaring for the NBA after a standout season that saw him named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year. "Unbelievable experience for me at the University of Arkansas these past two years," Portis wrote on his Twitter page. "The love I have for this program is unconditional, but I've decided to forego my junior year of college to take that next step and entering into the NBA draft." AP

Dennis Rodman didn't just terminate his ex-business manager -- HE HUMILIATED HER -- saying she's a total failure who LIED about being a Harvard grad and may have stolen from him ... though she calls BS. TMZ Sports has learned ... The Worm's lawyer Bradford Cohen just sent a SCATHING letter to Peggy King ... officially terminating her as Rodman's financial lady and demanding she hand over all of her records. TMZ

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