NBA News and Notes May - 9

NBA News and Notes May - 9

NBA Today - May 9
Wed, May 9, 2007
By Associated Press


Golden State at Utah (9 p.m EDT). The Jazz beat the Warriors 116-112 in the opener of the Western Conference semifinals. Oddsmakers list the Jazz as a 3-point favorite with the total set at 212 1/2.

STAR Tuesday

-LeBron James, Cavaliers, scored 25 of his 36 points in the second half and added 12 assists to lead Cleveland to a 102-92 victory over New Jersey.

OPENING STRONG

Cleveland beat the New Jersey Nets 102-92 on Tuesday night to open a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Cavaliers have never been up by two games in the semifinals.

SUNRISE

Phoenix blew out the San Antonio Spurs 101-81 on Tuesday night to even the best-of-seven series at a game apiece. The Suns beat the Spurs in a playoff game in Phoenix for the first time in five games dating to 2005.

ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

Portland guard Brandon Roy, the NBA Rookie of the Year, was a unanimous choice Tuesday for the league''s all-rookie team. Roy led the first team with 58 points, followed by Toronto''s Andrea Bargnani (57), Minnesota''s Randy Foye (48), Memphis'' Rudy Gay (39), Toronto''s Jorge Garbajosa (37) and Portland''s LaMarcus Aldridge (37) in voting by the league''s head coaches. The second team included Utah''s Paul Millsap, Charlotte''s Adam Morrison, Chicago''s Tyrus Thomas and Minnesota''s Craig Smith. Boston''s Rajon Rondo, Charlotte''s Walter Hermann and New Jersey''s Marcus Williams were tied for the final spot on the squad.

SPEAKING

''We took care of home. Now it''s a challenge to go into the Meadowlands. We don''t just want to win one.'''' - LeBron James after leading Cleveland to a 102-92 victory and 2-0 series lead over New Jersey on Tuesday night.

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Jackson's trial delayed again
Wed, May 9, 2007
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INDIANAPOLIS -- The trial for Golden State's Stephen Jackson, accused of firing a gun during a fight at an Indianapolis strip club, has been delayed a second time and is now set for June 21.

Marion Superior Court Judge Patricia J. Gifford on Monday granted a defense motion to continue the trial over the objection of prosecutors, the Marion County prosecutor's office said Wednesday.

In April, the trial was moved to May 10. The Warriors will play their second game in the Western Conference semifinals Wednesday against Utah, after losing the opener to the Jazz on Monday.

Jackson pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of criminal recklessness and misdemeanor counts of battery and disorderly conduct for his role in a fight outside Club Rio in October, when he was playing for the Indiana Pacers. Jackson said he fired shots in the air with his pistol to try to break up the fight.

The criminal recklessness charge carries a prison term of six months to three years.

At the time of the Club Rio fight, Jackson was on probation for his role in a 2004 brawl between Pacers players and Detroit Pistons fans. Jackson pleaded no contest to misdemeanor assault and battery charges in September 2005 for his role in the incident.

A Michigan judge ruled the charges stemming from the October fight were a violation of Jackson's probation. Jackson, who was traded to the Warriors in January, faces up to 30 days in jail on the probation violation.

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