NBA News and Notes May - 8

NBA News and Notes May - 8

NBA Today - May 8
Tue, May 8, 2007
By Associated Press

New Jersey at Cleveland (8 p.m. EDT). The Nets look to draw even with the Cavaliers in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

STARS

Monday

-Tayshaun Prince, Pistons, scored 25 points to lead Detroit to a 108-87 victory over Chicago.

-Carlos Boozer and Deron Williams, Jazz. Boozer scored 17 points and pulled down 20 rebounds and Williams finished with 31 points and eight assists, leading Utah to a 108-87 win against Golden State

ON A ROLL

Detroit defeated Chicago 108-87 victory Monday night, taking a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Pistons are 6-0 in the playoffs, the franchise''s best winning streak in a postseason since closing the 1989 championship run with seven straight wins. Game 3 is Thursday in Chicago, giving the Bulls time to regroup after losing two games by a combined 47 points.

OUT

Utah Jazz guard Derek Fisher was excused from the Western Conference semifinal opener against Golden State on Monday night to be with his family. Fisher and his wife, Candace, have four children, including twins that were born just before Golden State traded him to Utah last summer.

SPEAKING

''We kind of lost our swagger. We need to get our swagger back.'''' - Chicago''s Kirk Hinrich after a 108-87 loss to Detroit on Monday night. The Pistons have taken a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

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Warriors' forward may miss time for court date
Tue, May 8, 2007

Stephen Jackson's past altercations with the law may hurt his team in the second round of the playoffs.

The Golden State Warriors forward has a court date in Indianapolis on Thursday – the off-day between Games 2 and 3 – stemming from his twice-delayed trial. Unless the court date is moved, travel could be an issue for Jackson. He missed the first half of a game against the Denver Nuggets on Feb. 12 because his flight was delayed returning from another appearance in court.

Jackson is charged with one felony and two misdemeanor counts arising from a dispute in October outside a strip club in Indianapolis.

If Jackson is forced to miss a game it could have a huge impact on the Warriors. The team already has a short rotation and Jackson has been a large contributor. He is the Warriors' second-leading scorer and top three-point shooter in the playoffs.

"It would be real tough," Jackson told the San Francisco Chronicle. "I'm keeping my fingers crossed."

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Warriors hit by flu bug
Tue, May 8, 2007

The Utah Jazz are not the only foe the Golden State Warriors are battling these days. The Warriors are fighting a flu bug running through their locker room. Two starting players are feeling under the weather.

Team physician Dr. Bob Albo told the Contra Costa Times before the tip off in Game 1 that Baron Davis was fighting off a cold. The Warriors point guard finished the game with 24 points and 7 assists, but wasn’t able to slow down Jazz point guard Deron Williams from registering a game-high 31 points.

Small forward Matt Barnes is also complaining of cold symptoms. He didn't feel well on Sunday and he’s not sure if he’s feeling any better since.

“It’s going,” Barnes told the San Francisco Chronicle when asked how his cold was coming along. “Can’t breathe, coughing everything up, but I’ll be alright.”

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