Basketball News And Notes 2/28

Basketball News And Notes 2/28

NBA Today - February 28
Wed, Feb 28, 2007
By Associated Press


Miami at Washington (7 p.m. EST). The Wizards have the best home record (21-7) in the Eastern Conference.

STARS Tuesday

-LeBron James, Cavaliers, scored 35 points to help Cleveland beat New Orleans 97-89.

-Jason Kidd, Nets, had 26 points, nine assists and eight rebounds to lead New Jersey to a 113-101 victory over Washington.

-Michael Redd, Bucks, scored 31 points, including six 3-pointers, to lead Milwaukee to a 122-101 victory over Golden State.

SUNBLOCK

Phoenix rallied from 18 points down in the third quarter to beat the Pacers 103-92 Tuesday night. The Suns gave up just 13 points over the final 15 minutes. Indiana led 77-59 with 5 minutes left in the third period but managed only one more basket the rest of that quarter and just five baskets in the first 10 minutes of the fourth quarter.

SWEET SIXTEEN

The Nets hit a franchise-record 16 3-pointers in a 113-101 win over Washington on Tuesday night. New Jersey took 32 shots from beyond the arc.

PERFECT

Dallas' 91-65 win over Minnesota on Tuesday night gave the Mavericks the first perfect month in team history. Dallas finished February 10-0.

TWICE: NICE

LeBron James made two crucial 3-pointers in the last minute to finally put New Orleans away in Cleveland's 97-89 win over the Hornets on Tuesday night.

DONE FOR THE YEAR

Clippers point guard Shaun Livingston will be out 8 to 12 months after tearing three of the four ligaments in his left knee while driving to the basket against Charlotte on Monday night. Livingston had an MRI exam Tuesday which revealed tears in the anterior cruciate ligament, posterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament and lateral meniscus. He also dislocated his kneecap.

NEW ORLEANS

The NBA and its players' association reiterated their commitment to New Orleans on Tuesday, a day after union director Billy Hunter said he could sue over the league's plans to host its next All-Star game there. Hunter plans to fly to New Orleans next week for his first visit to the city since Hurricane Katrina, and will meet with city officials and look into accommodations for players and their guests. He also said he has a number of meetings planned with commissioner David Stern to discuss plans for next year's festivities.

SPEAKING

''Absolutely not. There will not be LeBron II and III and IV and V.'' - LeBron James, after being asked if the child he and his girlfriend plan to have in June will also be named for him, as is his son, LeBron James Jr.

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Warriors forward Powell hurt
Wed, Feb 28, 2007
By Associated Press

MILWAUKEE -- Golden State forward Josh Powell was hurt when he dove for a loose ball late in the Warriors' 122-101 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night.

He slid headfirst into the scorer's table with about a minute left in the game. Powell finished the game and was helped to the locker room by teammates.

Powell was flat on his back on the trainer's table with a towel over his eyes when reporters entered the locker room. He was being attended to by the Bucks' medical team before being immobilized on a stretcher and transported by ambulance to St. Luke's Hospital for X-rays and observation. He will stay overnight in Milwaukee according to Golden State spokesman Raymond Ridder.

Powell had 12 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

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Wednesday: Wizards F Antawn Jamison is out (knee)

Wizards F Caron Butler is doubtful (back)

Bobcats F Emeka Okafor is questionable (calf)

Hawks G Tyronn Lue is questionable (hamstring)

Warriors G Baron Davis is out (leg)

Warriors G Stephen Jackson is probable (toe)

Wake Forest's F Michael Drum is questionable (knee)

Wyoming's F Daaron Brown is doubtful (ankle)

Providence's G Dwain Pearson is questionable (flu)

SMU's Devon Pearson is doubtful (knee)

St. Joesph's G Darrin Govens is questionable (ankle)

Florida International's F Alex Galindo is questionable (ankle)

Indiana's G Earl Calloway  is out (shoulder)

LSU's Glen Davis is questionable (quadricep)

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Miami guard Clemente suspended for season
Wed, Feb 28, 2007
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The University of Miami's basketball team will lose its second player this month because of behavior problems.

Point guard Denis Clemente has been suspended for the rest of the season for violating an undisclosed team rule, coach Frank Haith said. The story was reported by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

''Here at the University of Miami we hold our players to certain standards and expect them to abide by policies set by both our university and this basketball program,'' Haith said. ''Denis chose to break those rules and will be held accountable for his actions.''

Clemente averages 9.8 points and 3.3 assists. He had started 15 of the 27 games he played in this season. This is the second time Clemente has been punished by Haith. He missed the season-opener for violating a team policy.

Earlier this month, forward Raymond Hicks was suspended indefinitely for an unspecified violation of team rules.

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Alabama G Ronald Steele has been added to the injury report as doubtful (knee) for tonight's game, and head coach Mark Gottfried added, "I would say right now he is very doubtful for the game."

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Florida International's F Alex Galindo is questionable (ankle)


Florida International's leading scorer F Alex Galindo has been upgraded to probable (ankle), and reports say he is expected to play tonight.

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Warriors G Stephen Jackson has been downgraded to OUT (toe) of tonight's game according to the Alameda Times-Star.

Knicks F David Lee has been downgraded to doubtful (ankle), and reports are saying he is unlikely to play tonight.

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LSU's F Glen Davis has been downgraded to doubtful (quadricep), and reports are saying he is unlikely to play tonight.

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Jazz G Deron Williams has been downgraded to doubtful (groin) for tonight.

Raptors G Anthony Parker has been downgraded to out (ankle) of tonight's game.

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Rice C Greg Killings has been added to the injury report as out (knee) of tonight's game.

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