Basketball News and Notes April 10

Basketball News and Notes April 10

Shaq expected out for Heat Tuesday
April 9th, 2007

Miami, FL (Sports Network) - The Miami Heat saw the return of All-Star guard Dwyane Wade Sunday night, but they are expected to be without center Shaquille O'Neal for Tuesday's contest at Charlotte.

According to the Miami Herald, O'Neal is expected to miss the game so he can attend his grandfather's funeral in New Jersey, but the team is hoping he can return for Wednesday's home game against Washington. The Heat hold a 2 1/2 game lead on the second-place Wizards in the Southeast Division.

The newspaper also reports the Heat could be without forwards James Posey and Udonis Haslem, and guard Gary Payton for Tuesday's game. Posey was arrested Monday on a DUI charge, while Haslem suffered a groin injury in Sunday's overtime loss to the Bobcats. Payton is slowed by calf and groin injuries.

Wade returned to the court Sunday after missing the previous 23 games due to a dislocated left shoulder.

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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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Hawks suspend Smith for 2 games following outburst
Mon, Apr 9, 2007
By Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith was suspended by the team for two games on Monday, one day after an expletive-filled tirade at coach Mike Woodson late in a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Smith's suspension was announced by general manager Billy Knight in a release. Knight said Smith was suspended for the next two games ''for conduct detrimental to the team.''

Smith cursed at Woodson on the bench late in regulation and early in overtime before Woodson finally sent the third-year player to the locker room.

Smith was informed of the suspension when he reported for practice on Monday. He will miss home games against Boston on Tuesday and against Washington on on Friday.

''I'm going to take my punishment like a man,'' Smith told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday. ''I know I was wrong. I'll have some time to clear my head and be ready to go this weekend.''

Smith, known for his powerful dunks and blocked shots, is averaging 16.1 points and 8.6 rebounds. He ranks second in the league with 2.91 blocked shots per game.

Smith had 16 points and four rebounds in the Hawks' 109-104 loss to the 76ers.

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Rockets' Wells a mysterious no-show
Mon, Apr 9, 2007
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SEATTLE -- Bonzi Wells' trying first season with the Houston Rockets took a strange turn on Monday night when the veteran guard didn't join his team for their game against the Seattle SuperSonics.

Wells was not with the team during their walkthrough on Monday morning and wasn't in the arena before the game, coach Jeff Van Gundy said. Wells left a voice message for Rockets' athletic trainer Keith Jones saying he felt he was disrupting the chemistry of the team, and Van Gundy was unable to get in touch with Wells.

''He's not here tonight. I don't know where he's at. I haven't talked to him,'' Van Gundy said. ''I want to make sure he's safe first.''

Wells played 5 minutes in Sunday night's 112-106 win over Sacramento, but asked out of the game, Van Gundy said. He played 23 minutes in the Rockets' loss in Portland on Friday, the first time he was activated in 18 games.


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Sonics lose another PG to injury
Tue, Apr 10, 2007
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SEATTLE -- The Seattle SuperSonics saw another point guard go down with injury in the first quarter on Monday night when Earl Watson sprained his left ankle.

With 1:51 left in the quarter, Watson forced up a 3-pointer over Rafer Alston and Dikembe Mutombo as the shot clock expired. Watson's left foot landed on the Mutombo's foot and turned inward. Watson rolled on the floor, grabbing at his ankle, before being helped off the court by trainer Mike Shimensky and rookie center Mouhamed Sene.

Watson was taken for X-rays and results were not immediately available. The team said he would not return.

Watson was in the starting lineup on Monday despite spraining his right pinky finger against Utah on Saturday. Watson told coach Bob Hill the finger dislocated but popped back in place.

Seattle lost starting point guard Luke Ridnour to a left ankle sprain in the first quarter last Friday against the Los Angeles Lakers. Ridnour was injured driving to the basket and forcing up a shot late in the shot clock as well.

Mike Wilks, the last point guard on Seattle's roster, took Watson's spot in the lineup. The Sonics take on the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday.

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NBA Today - April 10
Tue, Apr 10, 2007
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New York at Chicago (8:30 p.m. EDT). The Bulls have the best home record (29-10) in the Eastern Conference.

STARS

Monday

- Carmelo Anthony, Nuggets, scored 33 points to give Denver sole possession of sixth place in the Western Conference with a 115-111 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

- Yao Ming, Rockets, scored 31 points in Houston's 95-90 win over Seattle.

- Tony Parker, Spurs, scored 30 points and San Antonio beat Portland 112-96.

FIFTY: STILL NIFTY

Detroit beat New York 91-83 Monday night for its 50th win of the season. The Pistons have won 50 games in a franchise-record six straight seasons, one more than a stretch from 1986-91.

DONE AND DONE

Dallas ensured itself the NBA's best record with five games to go, beating the Los Angeles Clippers 96-86 Monday night.

LUCKY SEVEN

Seven Raptors scored in double-figures to help Toronto rally and beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 111-100 on Monday night. Jose Calderon scored 11 of his 12 points in the fourth for the Raptors, who overcame a nine-point deficit in the final quarter to stretch their winning streak to four.

JOCKEYING FOR POSITION

San Antonio refocused after nearly blowing a 16-point lead and beat Portland 112-96 Monday night to move to within two games of idle Phoenix for the second seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Each team has five games remaining in the regular season. ... Houston beat Seattle 95-90 to move past Utah into fourth place in the Western Conference standings. Utah lost at Golden State 126-102.

NOT AN ILLUSION

Orlando equaled its best shooting performance of the season on Monday night, making 62.5 percent from the floor in a 117-94 victory over Milwaukee.

SPEAKING

''I told them if I see them on the plane, I'll fine them,'' Dallas coach Avery Johnson on stars Dirk Nowitzki and Jerry Stackhouse, whom he announced would not be joining the club on a road trip to Minnesota after the Mavericks sealed home-court throughout the playoffs by beating the Clippers 96-86 Monday night.

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Four players could miss Heat's next game
By MICHAEL WALLACE

The revolving door that has been the Heat's rotation this season took another spin Monday with as many as three starters headed out a game after Dwyane Wade's return.

Heat center Shaquille O'Neal is expected to miss Tuesday night's game in Charlotte to attend his grandfather's funeral in New Jersey. The Heat also could be without starting forwards James Posey and Udonis Haslem and backup point guard Gary Payton.

Posey's status remains uncertain following his arrest early Monday in Miami Beach on a DUI charge. Posey was released from Miami-Dade jail but did not attend practice at AmericanAirlines Arena. Coach Pat Riley said he had not decided if Posey will travel with the team or play Tuesday night.

Haslem and Payton attended practice but did not participate in the workout. Haslem injured his groin in a collision near the basket late in Sunday's home loss to the Bobcats. Payton strained his left calf but has also been bothered by a right groin injury in recent weeks.

Haslem and Payton are questionable for Tuesday night's game against the Bobcats, who spoiled Wade's first game back from a shoulder injury by beating the Heat 111-103 in overtime Sunday night. Haslem has been the team's only player to start every game in an otherwise injury-riddled season for the Heat.

O'Neal said he hopes to return to Miami in time for Wednesday's home game against the Washington Wizards. The Heat (42-35) has five regular-season games remaining and is two games behind Toronto for the third seed -- and home-court advantage -- in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

''It's just [typical] of the season we've been having,'' said Wade, who missed six weeks with a dislocated left shoulder. ``Every time something looks like it's on the uprise, something [else] happens where we never have our whole team together. We just have to move forward.''

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Texas freshman Kevin Durant will declare for the NBA draft, the Dallas Morning News reports, citing two unnamed sources close to the Longhorns basketball program.

He would be a fool not to take the money  wink

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