NBA News and Notes May - 10

NBA News and Notes May - 10

NBA Today - May 10
Thu, May 10, 2007
By Associated Press

SCOREBOARD Thursday, May 10

Detroit at Chicago. (9 p.m. EDT). The Pistons are 6-0 in the playoffs, their best winning streak in a postseason since closing the 1989 championship run with seven straight wins.

STAR Wednesday

-Carlos Boozer, Jazz, scored 30 points and had 13 rebounds in Utah''s 127-117 overtime victory against Golden State.

WELCOME BACK

Derek Fisher missed most of the first three quarters because of a family illness, then scored all five of his points in overtime to help Utah to a 127-117 victory over the Golden State Warriors and a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals. Fisher has been away from the team for two days as his daughter underwent cancer surgery in New York.

INJURED

Utah rookie Dee Brown injured his neck when teammate Mehmet Okur landed on him in the first quarter of Wednesday night''s Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals against Golden State. He was taken to a hospital as a precaution. He had to be helped from the court and was taken to a hospital as a precaution. The team said neurological tests on Brown were normal. The Jazz won 127-117 in overtime.

RETURNING HOME

The New Orleans Hornets should be able to return by Aug. 1 to the suburban practice courts they used before Hurricane Katrina, said state officials who are responsible for providing the NBA team with a place to train.

STUDY

A new study released Wednesday found that the NBA had the highest ever percentages of minority vice presidents and league office personnel in men''s sports history - 15 and 34 percent. The study was conducted by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida.

SPEAKING

''It''s been unbelievable, My daughter''s doing very well. She had a successful operation today in New York. I got off the plane and got into the game. I''m speechless.'''' - Derek Fisher after Utah''s 127-117 overtime win against Golden State on Wednesday night. Fisher, who missed most of the first three quarters, scored all five of his points in overtime.

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Brown leaves game with neck injury
May 9th, 2007

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) - Utah rookie guard Dee Brown was wheeled off the court on a stretcher to have X-rays taken following a neck injury at the 5:09 mark of the first quarter during Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals against Golden State.

Neurological tests on Brown came back normal, but he was taken to an area hospital for further evaluation. The club announced he would not return to Game 2, leaving it shorthanded in the backcourt.

Derek Fisher, who was on the active roster for Game 2, was en route to EnergySolutions Arena after missing the series opener Monday night because of family reasons. Starting point guard Deron Williams then proceeded to pick up two fouls in the game's first 59 seconds.

Brown slid into the middle of the lane just over midway through the first stanza, attempting to draw a charge against Warriors forward Matt Barnes. His teammate, 260-pound Mehmet Okur, landed on top of him, pushing Brown's chin into his chest.

The guard remained on the floor for several minutes in obvious pain before being helped to the locker room.

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