Basketball News and Notes April 9

Basketball News and Notes April 9

NBA Today - April 9
Mon, Apr 9, 2007
By Associated Press

SCOREBOARD
Monday, April 9

L.A. Lakers at Denver (9 p.m. EDT). Denver and Los Angeles are struggling for the sixth place in the Western Conference standings.

STARS

Sunday

-Tracy McGrady, Rockets, had 40 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds and Houston beat Sacramento 112-106.

-Steve Nash, Suns, scored 25 points and had 11 assists to lead Phoenix to a 115-107 victory over the Lakers.

-Anthony Parker, Raptors, had a career-high 27 points in Toronto's 103-89 victory against Chicago.

HE'S BACK

Dwyane Wade returned to the Heat lineup against Charlotte on Sunday, playing for the first time since suffering the injury on Feb. 21 and missing 23 games. Wade entered with 3:58 left in the first quarter of the Heat's 111-103 overtime loss to Charlotte.

FREE-FALLIN'

The Lakers lost to Phoenix 115-107 on Sunday. Los Angeles has lost five out of their last seven and fell into seventh place in the West - a half-game behind Nuggets. The teams meet Monday night in Denver.

INJURED

Charlotte rookie forward Adam Morrison missed the Bobcats' game in Miami on Sunday with a sprained left knee tendon. Morrison, who played in Charlotte's first 77 games, was hurt Friday in the Bobcats' 112-102 loss to Indiana. The former Gonzaga star is averaging 11.9 points this season - second-most among NBA rookies.

STRONG IN DEFEAT

Kobe Bryant scored 34 points but the Lakers lost to Phoenix 115-107 on Sunday. ... Ben Gordon scored 27 points in Chicago's 103-89 loss to Toronto.

COMEBACK KIDS

Philadelphia rallied from a 17-point third-quarter deficit Sunday night for a 109-104 overtime victory against the Atlanta Hawks. Willie Green's 3-pointer with 4:23 left in overtime gave the 76ers their first lead since midway through the first quarter and put Philadelphia ahead for good.

SPEAKING

''We know he can beat us. We want to make them beat us.'' - Pistons point guard Chauncey Billups on LeBron James of the Cavaliers, whom the Pistons beat 87-82 Sunday by double-teaming James on the perimeter and forcing him to pass to teammates.

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Knicks Steve Francis (ankle) is doubtful

Knicks Stephon Marbury (back) is questionable.

Blazers Brandon Roy (knee) is questionable

Mavs Josh Howard (ankle) is questionable.

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Lakers Kwame Brown is expected to miss Monday's game against Denver and might sit out a few more games because of an injury that could require four months of recovery time during the off-season, coach Phil Jackson said.

Everybody will be in uniform," coach Avery Johnson said of injured Mavs Josh Howard and Jerry Stackhouse for tonight's game, but the Dallas Morning News doesn't think either will play many minutes tonight, if at all.

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Bucks' Redd out for remainder of season
April 9th, 2007

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Milwaukee Bucks swingman Michael Redd will miss the team's remaining six games after re-aggravating his left knee in Saturday's loss to the New York Knicks.

Redd has played in 53 games this season and averaged a career-high 26.7 points per game, which is the highest scoring average for a Bucks player since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar averaged 30 ppg during the 1974-75 campaign.

"After consulting with our team physicians, the best course of action for Michael going forward is to rest and rehabilitate his knee," Bucks general manager Larry Harris said. "We expect him to make a full recovery."

The seven-year veteran has averaged 20.1 ppg and 4.2 rebounds per contest.

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Hawks suspend F Smith
April 9th, 2007

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Atlanta Hawks general manager Billy Knight suspended forward Josh Smith for the team's next two games, citing conduct detrimental to the team.

Smith got into a heated argument with Atlanta coach Mike Woodson near the end of regulation in the club's 109-104 overtime loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday.

The forward was sent to the locker room before the extra frame started and he never returned to the bench.

Smith is averaging 16.1 points and 8.6 rebounds in 69 games for the Hawks this season.

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Portland's Aldridge to miss rest of season
April 9th, 2007

Portland, OR (Sports Network) - LaMarcus Aldridge's rookie season is over after undergoing a series of tests at Providence St. Vincent's Medical Center that diagnosed Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome.

The Texas product was treated for the condition by Dr. Daniel Oseran, and he will be monitored by a cardiologist for an unspecified amount of time. He is expected to make a complete recovery and resume physical activity, including basketball, in the near future.

Aldridge complained of dizziness before leaving Portland's home game against the Los Angeles Clippers on March 31 and has sat out every game since.

Aldridge averaged 9.0 points and 5.0 rebounds over 63 games, 22 starts, for Portland this season.

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