• When Byron Mullens asked Charlotte Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap how much hed play Monday, Dunlap joked, I might not play you for a month. Actually, Dunlap planned to start Mullens with 11 to 15 minutes per game, after missing a month with a sprained left ankle. But between injuries, fouls to others and Mullens looking sharp, he got 10 minutes in the first half alone.
• The Miami Heat had a day game in Toronto Sunday, so the players would have missed the Super Bowl telecast had the team flown home immediately after the game. Coach Erik Spoelstra relented and let the team watch the game in a Toronto sports bar before the charter flight. The Heat got home around 3 a.m., and looked flat in the first quarter.
• Small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrists concussion will almost certainly keep him out of Wednesdays game in Cleveland. Under the NBA concussion protocol, he must be symptom-free, then pass a series of exertion tests (stationary bike, jogging, basketball-style agility drills) without any symptom reoccurrence.
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