Archive for December 22nd, 2007

Milwaukee Bucks forward Desmond Mason had successful surgery this morning to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb, General Manager Larry Harris announced today.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Curt Crimmins, M.D., at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee in Mequon, WI.

Mason is expected to be out of action for six-to-eight weeks.

Paul Davis has major right knee injury

Los Angeles Clippers’ forward Paul Davis had an MRI performed on his injured right knee today in Los Angeles.  The MRI revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and torn lateral meniscus in his right knee.  Davis will be examined by team physician Dr. Tony Daly on Monday morning.

Davis originally sustained the injury in the second quarter of the Clippers’ game last night in Dallas.  He returned to Los Angeles this morning to undergo the MRI.

In 22 games this season, Davis has averaged 2.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 8.8 minutes per game.

The Portland Trail Blazers recalled guard Taurean Green from the NBA  Development League’s Idaho Stampede, it was announced today by Trail Blazers  general manager Kevin Pritchard.
 Green, who was assigned to the Stampede on Dec. 10, averaged 19.3 points,  5.3 rebounds, 9.8 assists, 2.0 steals and 37.8 minutes in four games (all  starts) with the Trail Blazers’ D-League affiliate.
 Prior to joining the Stampede, Green posted averages of 2.3 points, 1.3  assists and 6.0 minutes in four games with the Trail Blazers this season after  being selected by Portland with the 52nd overall pick in the 2007 NBA  Draft.
 The 6-0, 177-pounder spent three seasons at the University of Florida,  where he guided the Gators to back-to-back NCAA National Championships as the  team’s starting point guard.

Blazers on amazing roll

CBS Sports (Tony Mejia) reports: Portland continued its unlikely run, winning its ninth consecutive game by rallying from a 7-point fourth quarter deficit against Toronto behind Brandon Roy’s 25 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Roy is headed towards a third consecutive Western Conference Player of the Week award and has the Blazers in the playoff hunt through the quarter point of the season. “He’s not just having a hot streak,” coach Nate McMillan said. “What we’re seeing out of him is what he is capable of doing.” Given his production and the steady development of LaMarcus Aldridge, Travis Outlaw and Martell Webster, it’s scary to think what the Blazers would be doing if top draft pick Greg Oden were healthy. As it stands now, they’re right in the chase for the top spot in the Northwest Division.

Part-owner of Kings arrested

The AP reports: A part-owner of the NBA Sacramento Kings was arrested on a domestic violence charge, but his attorney said Friday there was no physical contact or abuse and no violence. Robert Hernreich, of Edwards, faces two counts of second-degree criminal trespass, harassment and domestic violence, all misdemeanors, the Eagle County sheriff’s office said in a statement. The charges stem from an incident Thursday night. Eagle County sheriff’s did not release additional details or immediately return messages left by The Associated Press.

Heat file protest over Shaq fouling out

The AP reports: As expected, the Miami Heat formally filed a protest with the NBA on Friday over what they contend was a critical scoring error in Wednesday night’s overtime loss at Atlanta. The issue is whether Shaquille O’Neal actually committed six fouls in the game.

Mourning always fought hard

Yahoo (Adrian Wojnarowski) reports:  Everyone told Alonzo Mourning to walk away with the Miami Heat’s championship two seasons ago. What else was left? Perhaps the parade down Biscayne Boulevard would’ve been a perfect storybook ending for everyone else, but ’Zo’s journey had been so different, so dramatic, maybe it wasn’t perfect for him. His life, his story, had never been neat and tidy this way. So yes, the disturbing tearing of tendons and muscles on Wednesday night was a horrible scene. Mourning crumpled to the floor clutching his knee, his basketball season, his career, over. And then, there was ’Zo. They wanted to carry him off the court, but he bit his lip, climbed to his feet and declared that he’d be damned if they were going to wheel him out of the gymnasium. He threw his arms around his teammates, and Alonzo Mourning, the last tough guy, limped to the locker room.

Nuggets sign Jelani McCoy, again

The Denver Nuggets have signed F/C Jelani McCoy, team Vice President of Basketball Operations Mark Warkentien announced today.

McCoy appeared in five games for the Nuggets this season, averaging 3.0 mpg before being waived on Dec. 19.

Morris Almond scores 51 in D-League game

Morris Almond tied the NBA Development League scoring record, pouring in 51 points to lift the Utah Flash to a 118-116 overtime victory over the Austin Toros Friday at the McKay Events Center.

“It all came in the flow of the game.” Almond said of his record-tying offensive performance. “I am just happy to be able to get some minutes and contribute. Everybody contributed to this win.”

The Flash (6-5) complete a six game homestand by hosting the Bakersfield Jam on Saturday. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. The Toros (7-4) return home to face the Tulsa 66ers, after finishing 0-3 on a three-game road trip and dropping from first place in the Southwest Division.

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