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Carlos Delfino (groin) missed his third consecutive game on Saturday.

The good news is that Delfino will travel with the team for Monday's game, so it sounds like he's on the verge of returning. "He’s getting better but he’s not ready yet," Scott Skiles said on Saturday. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is filling in at SF until Delfino makes his return.
Source: NBA.com
Sat, Mar 31, 2012 10:45:00 PM

Knicks president is ready to move forward if Carmelo Anthony leaves as a free agent this summer.

When asked if it would be a "disaster" if Melo leaves this summer, Jackson didn't sound like he was ready to hit the panic button, "I’m all about moving forward. Just deal with what is and move forward. If it’s in the cards, man, are we fortunate. If it’s not in the cards, man, are we fortunate. We’re going forward anyway." The Knicks can offer Anthony approximately $33 million more than any other team in free agency, but Jackson has also said he expects Melo to stick to his word about taking a pay cut to stay in New York so it will be interesting to see how this situation unfolds.
Apr 24 - 9:11 AM

Josh McRoberts, who had eight points, one rebound, four assists and two 3-pointers in Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the Heat, also appeared to get away with a flagrant foul against LeBron James.

A flagrant wasn't called during the game, but he clearly led with his elbow to James' face on the play. A suspension could be coming, or he could just be assessed with a retro-flagrant foul. Either way, the Bobcats are down 0-2 to the Heat and it's not looking good for them bouncing back against the champs, even though the next two games are in Charlotte.
Apr 24 - 1:16 AM

Al Jefferson (18 points, 13 rebounds), who aggravated his plantar fasciitis injury on Wednesday, could be forced to sit out the rest of Charlotte's series against the Heat, according to Charles Barkley.

Barkley's theory is that the Bobcats aren't going to beat the Heat after digging an 0-2 hole, and the team needs to start preparing for next season and get Jefferson healthy. Shaquille O'Neal said he would play through the injury because he's 'old school,' but resting Jefferson is probably the best plan of action at this point. Consider Jefferson, who was noticeably laboring tonight, a game-time call for Game 3, and don't be surprised whether he plays or sits. This one could go either way.
Apr 24 - 1:12 AM

Dwight Howard got off to a blazing start, went off in the first quarter, and kept it going in the second quarter, but cooled off and got into foul trouble after the break, finishing with 32 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks in Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the Blazers.

Shaquille O'Neal was raving about Howard's 25-point first half, but the second-half shut down (7 points) is a big reason why the Rockets lost. They have to find a way to slow down LaMarcus Aldridge and starting Omer Asik might be a viable solution, although that's just speculation on our part. Howard looked as good as he ever has in the first half tonight and the Rockets will need him to continue to play at a high level going forward if they're going to climb out of the 0-2 hole. Howard did hit 6-of-7 free throws on the night, including a couple clutch ones late, but they weren't enough. He has also lost 10 straight playoff games, which won't do much to help his legacy, although he has plenty of time to turn things around for his career.
Apr 24 - 1:05 AM

LaMarcus Aldridge backed up an amazing Game 1 by hitting 18-of-28 shots and 7-of-8 free throws for 43 points, eight rebounds and three blocks in Wednesday's Game 2 road win by the Blazers, who now head home with a 2-0 lead over the Rockets.

This looked like one of the better series on the docket and it's lived up to the hype, while Aldrich joins Michael Jordan and Tracy McGrady as the only other players to score at least 40 points in Games 1 & 2 on the road in a playoff series. He also just missed joining MJ as the only guy with back-to-back 45-point playoff games, along with a few other historical accolades. He's racked up 89 points and 26 rebounds in two games and helped road teams in these playoffs get off to an amazing 9-7 record thus far. The series heads to Rip City for the next two games, and if Kevin McHale doesn't come up with a plan for stopping LMA, it might not make it back to Houston.
Apr 24 - 12:41 AM

Monta Ellis played terrific in Game 2's 113-92 win on Wednesday with 21 points, three boards, three assists, three steals and one 3-pointer.

He only had one turnover and the Mavericks turned the ball over just eight times while making 15-of-16 from the field. They basically beat the Spurs at their own game with fewer mistakes and their 13 steals certainly helped. Ellis has looked great in the playoffs and has stayed aggressive, which isn't a surprise considering he led the NBA in total points on drives this season. The Mavs head home for Game 3 on Saturday with the series at 1-1.
Apr 23 - 11:24 PM

Manu Ginobili scored 27 points off the bench against the Mavericks on Wednesday with two boards, four assists, five 3-pointers and six turnovers.

The Spurs turned the ball over 24 times tonight and had nine in the first quarter. They also didn't get to the line at all in the first frame, but did end up shooting 18-of-29 in the following three. Ginobili's minutes were at just 23 and they probably would have been higher had this game been close. The Spurs will head to Dallas for Game 3 on Saturday.
Apr 23 - 11:03 PM

LeBron James was outstanding again during Game 2's 101-97 win over the Bobcats on Wednesday, shooting 11-of-17 from the field for 32 points with six boards, eight assists, four steals and one 3-pointer.

He did get popped in the neck by Josh McRoberts in the fourth quarter, but it didn't cost him any playing time. McRoberts probably should have received a flagrant foul for in infraction and he might get a fine from the league. As for LeBron, he continues to own the Bobcats and has beat them every single time he's played them since joining Miami in 2010. The Heat will take a 2-0 lead to Charlotte for Game 3 on Saturday.
Apr 23 - 10:39 PM

Al Jefferson (foot) went to the locker room with about two minutes left in the first quarter of Wednesday's game to get re-taped and returned in the second quarter.

He went back to the locker room due to tearing his plantar fascia "a little bit more," according to coach Steve Clifford. His strained plantar fascia is clearly bothering him tonight. He's been slow getting up and down in transition while he has very little agility. Jefferson is not getting additional pain-killing treatment and we'll let you know if he gets any better.
Apr 23 - 7:35 PM

Tim Duncan's right knee is fine for Game 2 on Wednesday, according to coach Gregg Popovich.

There has been no reason to worry about his status after banging knees with Monta Ellis on Sunday. Duncan was dynamite in Game 1's win and touched the ball 13 times within 12 feet of the basket excluding drives, which is far and away the most in the playoffs by any player -- four players tied for second with an average of 8.0. The Mavericks will have their work cut out for themselves.
Apr 23 - 7:01 PM

Al Jefferson (foot) is listed as a starter against the Heat in Wednesday's Game 2.

He went through warmups for about 10 minutes with coach Patrick Ewing and reportedly looked to be doing so without a limp, according to Charlotte beat writer Rick Bonnell. Jefferson may have had a pain-killing shot and he might get another one after showing up to the arena in a walking boot. The Heat will likely test Jefferson and we'll know quickly how he looks tonight.
Apr 23 - 6:26 PM




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