NBA Today - April 5

NBA Today - April 5

Wizards' Arenas injures knee
Wed, Apr 4, 2007
By Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Gilbert Arenas sprained his left knee in a collision with Gerald Wallace in the first quarter of Wednesday night's game against the Charlotte Bobcats.

Wallace fell into Arenas as the Bobcats forward completed an acrobatic reverse layup along the baseline late in the first quarter. The contact bent Arenas' knee awkwardly as he fell to the court.

Once he was helped to his feet, Arenas immediately left for the locker room. A team spokesman said Arenas was unlikely to return.

Arenas had been in the game less than two minutes. He did not start for the first time this season because he was late for the team's shootaround.

Arenas, the Wizards' leading scorer and three-time All-Star, was averaging 28.8 points entering Wednesday's game.

The Wizards were already playing without All-Star forward Caron Butler, who broke a bone in his hand during Sunday's loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Antonio Daniels made his first start of the season against the Bobcats. Arenas was not on the court with his teammates for the national anthem but arrived at the bench before tipoff.

It was the third starting lineup change in three games for the Wizards. Center Brendan Haywood was benched in favor of Etan Thomas on Sunday, and Jarvis Hayes has started at small forward since Butler's injury.

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Hornets lose two starters to injuries
Wed, Apr 4, 2007
By S.Merril

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Starters Tyson Chandler and Desmond Mason left the New Orleans Hornets' game against Seattle on Wednesday night after sustaining injuries in the first half.

Chandler aggravated his bruised right big toe with 4:34 remaining in the first quarter and was not expected to return. He walked gingerly to the locker room without assistance and returned to the bench in the second quarter.

Mason then got elbowed in the right cheek by Seattle's Chris Wilcox after Wilcox made a layup midway through the second quarter. He was slow to rise from the court and held a towel to his face as he walked to the locker room with 4:38 left before halftime. Team spokesman Scott Hall said Mason was being taken to a hospital to undergo a CT scan on his right eye.

On the same play, Wilcox sprained his left ankle. He also missed the rest of the game.

Chandler, the NBA's No. 2 rebounder, has played in 54 straight games since missing a Dec. 14 game against San Antonio with flulike symptoms. The 7-foot-1 center averages 9.6 points and 12.5 rebounds. Only Minnesota's Kevin Garnett has a higher rebounding average.

Mason, the only Hornets player to start in all 75 of the team's games, had scored nine points before he was injured.

Marc Jackson and Rasual Butler replaced Chandler and Mason in the Hornets' lineup to start the second half.

New Orleans, which plays next on Friday against Phoenix in Oklahoma City, is already without guard Peja Stojakovic, who could miss the rest of the regular season after having back surgery in December.

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NBA Today - April 5
SCOREBOARD

Thursday, April 5

Phoenix at San Antonio (9:30 p.m. EDT). The Suns and Spurs are second and third in the Western Conference.

STARS

Wednesday

-Kirk Hinrich, Bulls, scored 29 points to lead Chicago past Detroit 106-88.

-Jason Richardson, Warriors, scored 27 points, including seven 3-pointers, to lead Golden State to a 110-99 win over Houston.

-Bostjan Nachbar, Nets, hit a career-best seven 3-pointers and scored 26 points in New Jersey's 101-86 win over Atlanta.

-Brandon Roy, Trail Blazers, scored a season-high 29 points to help Portland beat Utah 94-89.

OUCH

Gilbert Arenas left Washington's 108-100 loss to Charlotte on Wednesday night after spraining his left knee. He will have an MRI on Thursday to determine the full extent of the damage, but the recovery time from such injuries is usually measured in weeks, not days, and the Wizards have only eight games left in the regular season.

THIRTYSOMETHINGS

Carmelo Anthony produced his fourth straight 30-point game with 31 points to lead Denver over Sacramento 120-115 Wednesday night. Anthony has scored 30 or more points 31 times this year and in 75 games in his career.

PIVOTAL

Andre Iguodala blocked Stephon Marbury's potential winning 3-point try as time expired to give Philadelphia a 92-90 win over New York on Wednesday night. The loss leaves the Knicks 2 1/2 games back of Orlando for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

NOT ENOUGH

Hedo Turkoglu scored a career-high 37 points, but missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer in Orlando's 111-108 loss to Toronto on Wednesday night.

THEIR TIME

New Orleans is now 6-0 in overtime games this season after beating Seattle 101-92 Wednesday night.

GETTING CLOSER

Los Angeles Clippers beat the Los Angeles Lakers 90-82 Wednesday night for their seventh win in eight games. The loss was the fourth in five games for the Lakers (39-36), whose lead over seventh-place Denver in the Western Conference was cut to a half-game. The Clippers are just a game back of Denver.

SPEAKING

"I'm tired of saying we're still in it, because at some point if you keep saying it and you keep losing you won't be in it.'' - Grant Hill after Orlando lost 111-108 to Toronto, dropping the second straight of a four-game homestand that was supposed to solidify their place in the playoffs.

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Cavs LeBron James (knee) said he is not 100%, but is good enough to play tonight.

Celtics Paul Pierce (elbow) has officially been downgraded to out indefinitely.

Heat Dwyane Wade (shoulder) is travelling with the team, but will not play Thursday or Friday according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

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Arenas to have surgery, out 2-3 months
By JOSEPH WHITE
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The season for Washington Wizards point guard Gilbert Arenas essentially came to an end Thursday when an MRI disclosed he would need surgery on his left knee.

Arenas was diagnosed with a lateral meniscus tear and was to have arthroscopic surgery later Thursday at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington.

The Wizards said the recovery time will be two to three months, meaning he might play again this season only if Washington manages to make the NBA finals without him.

Arenas was injured in the first quarter of Wednesday night's 108-100 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats.


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