Basketball News And Notes 2/22

Basketball News And Notes 2/22

Heat take another hit as Wade injures shoulder
Thu, Feb 22, 2007
By Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Shaquille O'Neal looked over at Dwyane Wade, saw tears in his teammate's eyes and couldn't help but think: Here we go again.

Just when the defending NBA champion Miami Heat were getting back on track, they were dealt another major blow, losing Wade to a dislocated shoulder in a 112-102 loss to Houston on Wednesday night.

The extent of Wade's injury is unknown, but the Heat will be without Wade against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center in a rematch of last season's NBA finals.
''I knew it was pretty serious when I looked at him,'' O'Neal said. ''His shoulder has been sore the last couple of weeks and he just got hit the wrong way. I think it popped out of place. But he's a tough kid, he's going to do what needs to be done to get back.''

With O'Neal finally healthy and coach Pat Riley back on the bench, the Heat seemed poised to shake off their early struggles and surge in the second half of the season.

Instead the team watched as Wade was in so much pain that he had to be taken off in a wheelchair in the fourth quarter.

''If it's not one thing it's another,'' said O'Neal, who has played just 14 games this season because of knee surgery. ''We've been through a lot this season.''

Tracy McGrady scored 32 points to lead the Rockets to the win.

The Heat were 13-17 when Riley stepped down nearly seven weeks ago for operations to replace his left hip and repair cartilage in his right knee. They had rebounded recently, winning seven of their last eight games, but trailed by as many as 18 Wednesday and dropped back below .500.

''This is the way it's going to be this year I guess,'' Riley said. ''We've had a lot of adversity. Things haven't been going well from the get go.''

Wade, who left with 27 points, got tangled up with Shane Battier and grimaced in pain before going to the bench. A couple of minutes later he was helped into a wheelchair and taken off the bench. He was not moving his left arm and appeared to be in severe pain.

''Someone said we locked arms,'' Battier said. ''All I know is Dwyane was on the sidelines grabbing his shoulder. I didn't think it was anything at first. I spun around. I hit somebody. I didn't know what happened.''

The Heat said Wade, the MVP of last season's NBA finals, would not accompany the team on their trip to Dallas for Thursday night's game, instead going to a Houston hospital to have his injury diagnosed.

''Obviously we are disappointed with the loss, but we are more disappointed with the loss of Dwyane,'' Riley said. ''We have to stay the course and if we can get Shaq to play the way he did tonight, we will be in pretty good shape. These things happen. We'll have to find out how long he will be out and other guys will have to step up.''

Wade is third in the league in scoring, averaging 28.8 points per game.

Alonzo Mourning said they can't use Wade's injury as an excuse, regardless of how serious it may be.

''It's unfortunate, but you've got to deal with it and move on,'' he said. ''I do know this: We got enough in here to get it done, regardless of if he's out or not. We're deep enough, we've got enough experience. It's just a matter of guys coming mentally and physically prepared every night.''

O'Neal, who said he feels like he's getting back to his old self, agreed and said he's prepared to step up in Wade's absence.

''I have to be more aggressive and get more looks and keep everyone else involved,'' he said. ''Coach is calling my play and if he keeps calling them, I will deliver.''

James Posey knows that if Wade is out for an extended period, feeding the ball to O'Neal will be the key to success.

''We have to keep the big fellow going,'' he said. ''Everybody else needs to keep shooting and we must stay together as a team.''

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Grand jury indicts 2 Pacers players in bar fight
Wed, Feb 21, 2007
By Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana Pacers guard Jamaal Tinsley and teammate Marquis Daniels surrendered to police early Thursday, hours after being charged in a Feb. 6 bar fight.

Tinsley and Daniels played in the Pacers' 136-129 double-overtime victory against Milwaukee on Wednesday night as 7-point favorites, then surrendered to police in downtown Indianapolis about 12:15 a.m., said Capt. Dave Wilkes.

They were expected to appear before a judge overnight for an initial hearing at which a court date would be set.

Earlier in the day, Marion County grand jury indicted Tinsley on a felony charge of intimidation and misdemeanor counts of battery, disorderly conduct and intimidation for the fight at 8 Seconds Saloon, said Matthew Symons, spokesman for the Marion County prosecutor.

Daniels was charged with battery and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors.

Lawyers for both players said they would enter pleas of not guilty to the charges.

''My client is telling me that he's innocent. That he did nothing that night, and plans on maintaining his innocence throughout these proceedings and hopefully it will work out like it's supposed to,'' Daniel's attorney, Ralph Staples, said during a halftime news conference.

''When there's an allegation that is made, that's what it is - an allegation,'' said Jim Voyles, Tinsley's attorney. ''There's a presumption of innocence in this country that seems to be lost sometimes, and I want you all to remember and everyone who watches these programs to remember.''

That theme also was reiterated in a statement issued by the Pacers.

''In our system of justice, grand juries do not find anyone guilty of anything,'' the statement said. ''We need to give the process time to treat everyone fairly and reach a just result.''

No one was immediately arrested or charged after the fight, which happened hours after a home loss to Golden State. Instead, a grand jury was convened to examine the evidence and decide whether charges should be filed.

According to the police report, the bar manager said Tinsley threatened to kill him during the fight. The confrontation with the players followed another fight involving a person who employees thought was trying to steal coats from the coat check area, police said.

Pacers players yelled obscenities at staff members, the report said.

At some point, Tinsley punched bar manager Mark Nicholson, 42, on the left side of his head, knocking him to his knees, the report said. Nicholson said Daniels and another man began striking him in the face. Other witnesses then separated those involved in the fight.

Nicholson suffered a laceration to the forehead and may have lost a tooth in the scuffle, police said.

Nicholson and other witnesses told police that Pacer Keith McCleod was involved in pushing and shoving during the fight, but Nicholson could not say if McCleod had struck him. McCleod was not charged.

McCleod also has denied involvement in the fight.

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NBA Today - February 22
Thu, Feb 22, 2007
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Miami at Dallas (9:30 p.m. EST). The Mavericks host the Heat in a rematch of last season's NBA Finals.

STARS
Wednesday

- Manu Ginobili, Spurs, scored 24 consecutive San Antonio points and finished with a season-high 40 in a 103-96 win over Atlanta.

- Mike Miller, Grizzlies, scored 45 points to lead Memphis to a 118-115 overtime victory over Golden State.

- Adam Morrison, Bobcats, scored 26 points - all in the second half - to help Charlotte rally from a 17-point deficit to beat Minnesota 100-95.

- David West, Hornets, scored a season-high 32 points in a 111-107 win over New Jersey.

- Leandro Barbosa, Suns, scored 14 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter to lead Phoenix to a 118-108 win over Boston.

- Tracy McGrady, Rockets, had 32 points with eight assists in a 112-102 win over the Heat.

- Jermaine O'Neal, Pacers, had 29 points and 15 rebounds in a 136-129 double-overtime victory over the Bucks.

- Kyle Korver, Sixers, made six 3-pointers and matched a season high with 31 points to lead Philadelphia to a 104-84 victory over New York.

MANU-FICENT

Manu Ginobili scored 24 consecutive San Antonio points in a 10-minute span of the first half in a 103-96 win over Atlanta on Wednesday night. Ginobili finished with a season-high 40 points.

WADE INJURED

Dwyane Wade dislocated his left shoulder late in Miami's 112-102 loss to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night, though the extent of his injury is not yet known. Wade, who left with 27 points, got tangled up with Shane Battier and grimaced in pain before going to the bench. A couple of minutes later he was helped into a wheelchair and taken off the bench. He was not moving his left arm and appeared to be in severe pain as he was wheeled away.

EXTRA FRAMES

Jermaine O'Neal had 29 points and 15 rebounds to help the Indiana Pacers outlast the Milwaukee Bucks 136-129 in double overtime Wednesday night. Michael Redd, playing his second game after missing 20 consecutive games because of a left patellar tendon strain, had 38 points for Milwaukee. After coming back from a five-point deficit late in the fourth quarter, and a four-point hole late in the first overtime, the Bucks couldn't come up with another rally in the second overtime.

CRUISING

Chris Webber and Richard Hamilton each scored 18 points, and the Detroit Pistons beat the Orlando Magic 110-88 Wednesday night for their ninth win in 10 games.

FALLING

The Celtics' 118-108 loss to the Suns on Wednesday night was their 10th in a row on the road and 20th in 21 games overall

STRONG IN DEFEAT

New Jersey's Vince Carter scored 46 points in a 111-107 loss to New Orleans on Wednesday night. ... Dwight Howard had 26 points and 15 rebounds in Orlando's 110-88 loss to Detroit. ... Michael Redd scored 38 points in Milwaukee's 136-129 double-overtime loss to Indiana. ... Stephen Jackson had 26 points with 12 assists, but Golden State lost to Memphis 118-115 in overtime. ... Atlanta's Joe Johnson scored 30 points in a 103-96 loss to San Antonio.

SPEAKING

''I've had some good stretches in my career. Today was kind of impressive. In those three or four minutes, or however many they were, maybe, yeah, it was some of the best.'' - Manu Ginobili, who scored a season-high 40 points, including 24 straight for San Antonio in the first half, helping the Spurs beat the Hawks 103-96 on Wednesday night.

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Cavs C Zydrunas llgauskas is listed as doubtful (personal)

Bulls F Andres Nocioni (15 ppg) is questionable (knee); Bulls G Ben Gordon is questionable (thigh).

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Bulls G Ben Gordon has been upgraded to probable (thigh) for tonight.

Cavs G Damon Jones has been added to the injury report as questionable (strep throat) for tonight's game.

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