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Basketball News And Notes April 6

Basketball News And Notes April 6

NBA Today - April 6
Fri, Apr 6, 2007
By Associated Press

SCOREBOARD

Friday, April 6

Milwaukee at Atlanta (7:30 p.m. EDT).

The Hawks have lost seven straight.

STARS

Thursday

-Tony Parker, Spurs, scored 35 points to lead San Antonio to a 92-85 win over Phoenix.

-Antoine Walker and Shaquille O'Neal, Heat, scored 20 points apiece to help Miami ensure itself a playoff spot with a 94-90 overtime victory at Cleveland.

NO AGENT ZERO

Washington's Gilbert Arenas is essentially done for the season after having surgery Thursday for a left knee injury that will sideline him for two to three months. Even the most optimistic scenario has him coming back only if the Wizards manage to make the NBA finals without him.

THE HEAT ARE IN

Miami qualified for the NBA playoffs Thursday night by beating Cleveland 94-90 in overtime. The Heat overcame this season injuries to Dwyane Wade (dislocated shoulder) Shaquille O'Neal (knee surgery), Jason Williams (knee and stomach problems), Jason Kapono (sprained ankle) and even lost coach Pat Riley for 22 games because of operations on his knee and hip.

THIS IS OUR HOUSE

San Antonio beat Phoenix 92-85 Thursday night for its seventh straight home win over the Suns.

SPEAKING

''My worst nightmare was to win a championship, and then not make the playoffs the following year. We're in, but we're shooting for much higher things.'' - Miami coach Pat Riley after the defending champions qualified for the NBA playoffs with a 94-90 overtime win at Cleveland.

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Mason out indefinitely for Hornets
April 5th, 2007

Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) - New Orleans Hornets forward Desmond Mason is sidelined indefinitely with a fractured cheek bone and nose.

Mason, who is fourth on the team in scoring at 13.7 points per game, suffered the injury after receiving an elbow from Seattle's Chris Wilcox in an overtime win over the SuperSonics on Wednesday. Mason hasn't missed a game yet this season.

The Hornets, who host Phoenix on Friday, are 2 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

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Arenas out 2-3 months following surgery
April 5th, 2007

Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas underwent surgery Thursday to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his left knee and will be sidelined the next 2-to-3 months.

Arenas was hurt in the first quarter of Wednesday's game against Charlotte when he collided with Bobcats swingman Gerald Wallace. Arenas had surgery Thursday at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington.

"Gilbert was performing at an elite level," said Wizards president of basketball operations Ernie Grunfeld in a statement. "It's unfortunate that this injury occurred, but being the competitor that he is, Gilbert will approach his rehab regimen with the same work ethic that has made him one of the league's most outstanding performers. We expect him to make a full recovery, and we know that his teammates will be up to the challenge to respond in his absence."

Although Arenas is expected to make a full recovery, his season is over unless his teammates can make a deep run in the NBA playoffs. Should he be able to return in two months, the Wizards would likely need to reach at least the NBA Finals for him to play again this season.

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Mason out indefinitely for Hornets
April 5th, 2007

Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) - New Orleans Hornets forward Desmond Mason is sidelined indefinitely with a fractured cheek bone and nose.

Mason, who is fourth on the team in scoring at 13.7 points per game, suffered the injury after receiving an elbow from Seattle's Chris Wilcox in an overtime win over the SuperSonics on Wednesday. Mason hasn't missed a game yet this season.

The Hornets, who host Phoenix on Friday, are 2 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Hornets Tyson Chandler (toe) and Chris Paul (foot) are both doubtful.

Not a good time for them to be playing the Suns tonight  wink

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Hornets Tyson Chandler (toe) and Chris Paul (foot) are both doubtful.

Celtics Al Jefferson (knee) has been ruled out of tonight's game.

Celtics Paul Pierce (elbow) is out of Friday's game.

Bulls Andres Nocioni (foot) will not play tonight.

Rockets Tracy McGrady received treatment for his stiff lower back Thursday, but is still questionable for tonight.

Knicks David Lee (leg) is doubtful.


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Knicks Steve Francis (ankle) and David Lee (leg) are both not expected to play tonight according to the New Jersey Record.

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Bulls Ben Wallace (infection) has been downgraded to doubtful for tonight's game.

Rockets Tracy McGrady (back) is a game time decision tonight.

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Rockets Yao Ming (back) has been added to the injury report as questionable for tonight.

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Wade may return next week as sixth man
April 6th, 2007

Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Dwyane Wade is reportedly close to a return, although it may be in a role with which he's quite unfamiliar.

According to a story in the Miami Herald, Wade traveled with the team this week for the first time since dislocating his left shoulder in late February, and has been increasing his workout regimen in recent days.

He could see action next week, but would likely serve as the sixth man initially as he gets eased back into the rotation.

Wade originally suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of a 112-102 loss at Houston on February 21.

The star guard is averaging 28.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 7.9 assists this season for the Heat, who just clinched a playoff spot with an overtime win over Cleveland on Thursday.

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