NBA Injury Updates and Info for Saturday

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Posted: 4/12/2008 7:00:11 AM

A good friend who works at Wynn Las Vegas said he saw Andrei Kirilenko play craps there early Friday night (Thursday the Jazz had a game at Dallas. Saturday they'll play in Utah).

 

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/recap?gameId=280411002

The Big Three of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen sat out last Saturday's game and the whole fourth quarter on Tuesday. None of the starters played more than 25 minutes on Friday, and all sat out the entire fourth quarter again.

Boston headed to Atlanta for Saturday night's game against the Hawks, their likely first-round playoff opponent. Rivers said he would distribute the minutes much like he did on Friday.

Celtics F Leon Powe sat out with a sore right foot. G Eddie House did not dress because of a strained right groin.

http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20080412_Lackluster_Sixers_lose_to_Pacers.html

Andre Iguodala suffered a left leg bruise in the first quarter when he was kneed in his shin.

Even though he returned, Iguodala was in pain. He finished with nine points and 10 assists.

"It prevented me from running out on breaks the way I usually do," he said. "So I think I was still effective in getting guys involved, and that is what I was trying to do."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/11/AR2008041103940.html

In Friday's loss to the Pistons, Gilbert Arenas played for the fourth time since making his return from a left knee injury, and if his surgically repaired knee responds well, he likely will play again Saturday night, when the Wizards host Philadelphia.

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Posted: 4/12/2008 7:00:34 AM

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/11/AR2008041104295.html

A victory Friday night would have opened the door for the Wizards to possibly overtake the Cavaliers and earn home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Now, the Wizards must scrap to avoid dropping as far as seventh, a fate that would set up a distasteful first-round matchup with the Pistons, who sent a message with a physically dominant performance Friday night.

On Saturday night, the Wizards face a crucial game against the 76ers, who lead the season series between the teams 2-1. A win would give the Wizards a potentially crucial tiebreaker advantage based on a superior division record.

The Wizards also can't afford to have a beat-up team, but both Caron Butler and starting shooting guard DeShawn Stevenson were injured during Friday's loss.

Butler limped off the court at halftime after banging his right knee against Detroit rookie Rodney Stuckey. He returned for the start of the third period but didn't move well and said the knee felt "horrible" after the game.

Stevenson has been bothered by a bruised tailbone since Wednesday's win over Boston. He made his 247th straight start Friday night but went down hard on a foul by Maxiell in the second period and left for good when his back stiffened up in the third quarter.

Stevenson said he would see how he feels before Saturday night's game against Philadelphia. Arenas played his fourth game since returning from a left knee injury but was mostly a non-factor as Pistons guard Chauncey Billups and others swarmed him with tight man-to-man defense each time he touched the ball.

http://www.charlotte.com/sports/story/572736.html

It would be an upset if Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace plays another minute this season.

He missed his second straight game with a groin strain that is growing worse by the day. Wallace said he's now feeling pain in his abdominal muscles and is leaning toward shutting it down for the final handful of games.

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080412/SPORTS04/804120436

An unknown illness hit the Pacers so hard the past two days that O'Brien was forced to cancel the team's shootaround Friday morning.

As many as seven players and two assistant coaches were sick Thursday and Friday.

"We canceled shootaround because we would have only had five guys," O'Brien said. "It's amazing what some Imodium will do. The proper medicine will take care of most things."

Though several players said they still weren't feeling well before the game, nobody sat out because of the illness.

"It couldn't have been that bad. I was able to play 40 minutes," said Mike Dunleavy, one of those afflicted. "Over a course of a long season, you're going to have some guys getting sick and not feeling well. I was just kind of bummed that of all games to get sick, it's one coming down the stretch. Hopefully everybody will get healthy soon."

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Posted: 4/12/2008 7:01:04 AM

http://www.startribune.com/sports/17569934.html

Wolves forward Craig Smith did not play Friday at Orlando because of a collarbone/breastbone injury sustained in Wednesday's loss to New Orleans.

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2008/apr/12/griz-halt-rally-by-lowly-heat/

Griz swingman Mike Miller sat out with back spasms. He is listed as day-to-day.

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2008/apr/12/s9grizpreview/

Memphis' Javaris Crittenton remains sidelined because of a sprained right thumb.

http://www.nj.com/nets/index.ssf/2008/04/nets_going_nowhere_including_p.html

The post-Kidd Nets -- now a robust 32-47 -- went down last night like they always do, with a single punch that turned a 14-point lead into a 15-point deficit inside of 22 minutes, as they were battered into submission again by another rival determined to get well at their expense.

http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=738506

Forward Charlie Villanueva suited up but did not play because of a strained hamstring. Injured guard Mo Williams was not with the team.

http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/apr/11/source-bobby-jones-returning-nuggets/

After a historic odyssey, forward Bobby Jones is back.

Jones on Friday re-signed with the Nuggets, who waived him Jan. 7. After his departure, he went on to set an NBA record of playing for five teams in one season.

With an injured Nene doubtful tonight at Utah, Bobby Jones is expected to be in uniform.

The Nuggets (48-31), who hold the tiebreaker over the Warriors, would clinch a playoff berth tonight if they beat Utah and Golden State (47-32) loses at home to the Clippers.

Allen Iverson is banged up, with a fractured right ring finger and a sore hip after landing hard in a big 114-105 win Thursday at Golden State. "It was a war," Iverson said after the game. "My body feels exactly like that from the fall I took."

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Posted: 4/12/2008 7:01:25 AM

http://www.star-telegram.com/287/story/578017.html

Dallas Mavericks coach Avery Johnson knows he'll be without Jerry Stackhouse for tonight's game at Portland. He's not so sure about Josh Howard.

The 6-foot-7 swingman originally bruised his knee when he banged it against Shaquille O'Neal in Phoenix on Sunday. Howard dinged it again in the first half Thursday against Utah. He tried to play in the third quarter, but could only go a few minutes.

He was at practice Friday, but took the session off, along with Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd and Jason Terry. Stackhouse participated in the full practice, his first since suffering a right groin strain March 27.

Avery Johnson said Dirk Nowitzki, who returned early from a high left ankle sprain, wants to be in uniform for the final three games despite the Mavs locking up a playoff spot during a grueling stretch of five games in nine days.

"He'd like to get some time in and just keep his rhythm where it is right now," Johnson said. "One game we may [give] him really, really low [minutes] on this trip."

http://blog.oregonlive.com/sportsupdates/2008/04/hopes_of_a_500_season_dwindlin.html

The ugly truth inside the Trail Blazers -- the same one that coach Nate McMillan had sensed was there for the last three weeks -- was finally exposed Friday night in the Blazers' post game locker room.

No matter how much the Blazers still want to win, and no matter how much the players say they are fighting for a winning record, the heart and the will to accomplish those feats was all but gutted from the Blazers on April 2, when the Lakers officially eliminated the Blazers from playoff contention.

The players know it. The coach knows it. And so does anyone who watched Friday's 103-86 loss to Sacramento in Arco Arena.

Roy admitted that fatigue -- physically and mentally -- could also be a factor. Most of the Blazers have shattered their career highs in minutes, and none of them have gone through the mental strain of meaningful games in spring.
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Posted: 4/12/2008 7:01:44 AM

http://www.sacbee.com/kings/story/856832.html

They all wore headbands, just like the kind Brad Miller had worn for so many years.

But the Kings center wasn't on the floor with them, and that was really the point of it all.

His teammates who downed Portland 103-86 Friday night at Arco Arena donned the white accessories from beginning to end, in honor of the player whose season ended with a leg problem and elbow ailment that required arthroscopic surgeryFriday. The feel-good gesture transitioned into a feel-good win, with the often-stoic John Salmons - who wears a headband for every game - even chiming in with a bit of humor at the end of it all. 

"I was thinking (that) if they miss a couple of shots, don't blame that on me," Salmons said.

They didn't miss many, with the Kings shooting 55.8 percent and seven players scoring in double figures as they played without Ron Artest (sprained left thumb) for the 23rd time this season. Artest's status remains as fluid as ever, and he could be done for the season or play tonight against New Orleans.

http://www.nola.com/hornets/t-p/index.ssf?/base/sports-3/1207978810301590.xml&coll=1

The Hornets rallied from a 30-point, second-quarter deficit and cut the Los Angeles Lakers' lead to four points in the third quarter. Bryant's dunk with 9:24 remaining in the fourth quarter gave the Lakers a 15-point advantage, and the Hornets came within one point with 3:57 left but could not take the lead.

http://www.latimes.com/sports/basketball/nba/clippers/la-sp-cliprep12apr12,1,7749698.story

Corey Maggette, who sat out his second game because of a strained right hamstring, is probable against the Warriors. Guard Quinton Ross is doubtful after bumping his left leg against the Lakers.
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Posted: 4/12/2008 7:17:29 AM
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Posted: 4/12/2008 11:22:29 AM
Caron Butler has been downgraded to expected to miss tonight's game.

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Posted: 4/12/2008 1:22:18 PM
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Posted: 4/12/2008 1:37:49 PM
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Posted: 4/12/2008 1:54:46 PM
BREAKER , WILL YOU BE DOING THIS IN THE MLB THREAD AFTER THE NBA IS DONE? HOPE SO.......THANX FOR THE INFO.
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