NBA News and Notes May - 3

NBA News and Notes May - 3

NBA Today - May 3
Thu, May 3, 2007
By Associated Press


Dallas at Golden State (10:30 p.m. EDT). The Mavericks, the NBA''s leading regular-season team with 67 victories, are still one loss away from a first-round exit. Oddsmakers list the Warriors as 2 1/2-point home underdogs. The total is set at 208 1/2.

STARS Wednesday

-Michael Finley, Spurs, set a team playoff record and career high with eight 3-pointers, scoring 26 points to help San Antonio advance to the Western Conference semifinals with a 93-78 victory over Denver.

-Amare Stoudemire, Suns, had 27 points and 16 rebounds to lead Phoenix to a 119-110 victory and a five-game series win over the Lakers.

DEJA VU

In a repeat of the 2005 postseason, San Antonio lost Game 1 at home before winning the next four to eliminate Denver, advancing to the Western Conference semifinals with a 93-78 victory Wednesday night. ... Phoenix knocked out the Lakers in the first round for the second straight season after a 119-110 win.

DROUGHT

Denver has not won a playoff series since 1994, when it beat Seattle in a best-of-five to become the first No. 8 seed to knock out a No. 1. The Nuggets were eliminated in five games, losing to San Antonio 93-78 Wednesday night.

STRONG IN DEFEAT

Lamar Odom, playing with a hyperextended elbow and torn shoulder cartilage, had a career playoff-high 33 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who were eliminated in five games by Phoenix, 119-110 Wednesday night.

SCORING

Denver, which finished the regular season 2-23 when not scoring 100 points or more, failed to reach the century mark in any of the five games of the opening-round series with San Antonio. The Spurs advanced with a 93-78 victory Wednesday night.

ROY THE R.O.Y.

Portland guard Brandon Roy was chosen as NBA Rookie of the Year on Wednesday after leading all rookies with averages of 16.8 points, 4.0 assists and 35.4 minutes in 57 games. Roy received 127 out of a possible 128 first-place votes (638 points). Toronto''s Andrea Bargnani finished second with 264 points and Memphis'' Rudy Gay was third with 93 points.

SPEAKING

''I felt like this was the worst playoff series that I''ve played in my career. It was kind of frustrating - coming into a new situation, wanting to be the one that gets this team over the hump, get them out of the first round. And to play like I''m not capable of playing is just frustrating.'''' - Allen Iverson after Denver was eliminated by San Antonio 4-1 following Wednesday night''s 93-78 loss.

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Warriors Matt Barnes ailing heading into Game 6
Thu, May 3, 2007

Matt Barnes, the Golden State Warriors' most productive bench player, has a number of injuries that could slow him down in tonight’s Game 6 showdown against the Dallas Mavericks.

Barnes tweaked his right hamstring in Game 5 and was already playing with a sore left hamstring and a fractured finger. Barnes told reporters that despite his injuries he would be in the lineup tonight “no matter what.”

Warriors coach Don Nelson admitted he is concerned about injuries.

“We’re a little banged up right now … and on a short rotation, I can’t really afford to not have guys playing up to potential,” Nelson told the San Francisco Chronicle.

Golden State has been going eight deep in their lineup and if Barnes is limited tonight Nelson said he would give more minutes to his regulars rather than look to someone else on the bench. One player the Warriors would love to see step up if Barnes can’t play is Al Harrington.

Harrington has seen his minutes steadily decrease in each game this series because of his poor play. Barnes was the chief benefactor of Harrington’s smaller role.

Barnes is averaging 9 points and 4.4 rebounds in this year’s playoffs

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