Archive for February 2nd, 2010

The Boston Celtics announced today that forward Paul Pierce suffered a strained left mid-foot during the first quarter against the Washington Wizards on February 1. He is currently listed as day-to-day.

Pierce, a 6′7″ forward, has played in 41 games this season for the Celtics and is averaging a team-high 18.9 points. He is currently shooting a career-high 46.7% from three-point land and is ranked third in the NBA. The Kansas product netted a season-high 35 points against the Hawks on January 29.

Jason Quick of The Oregonian reports (via blog):

With the NBA’s All-Star Weekend headed to Dallas on Feb.12-14, let’s hope the Mavericks and the NBA have a better handle on security than they did Saturday when the Trail Blazers were in town.

Women enter Trail Blazers huddle, hug Rudy Fernandez

During a timeout with 41 seconds left in regulation, two women walked onto the court and into the Trail Blazers huddle. One woman wrapped her arms around the waist of Blazers guard Rudy Fernandez from behind. Fernandez, who was not in the game but focused on the plays being diagrammed by coach Nate McMillan, was stunned.

“I was surprised,’’ Fernandez said. “I was listening to the coach on the bench and behind me, she touches me and says, ‘Rudy, I love you. Nice to meet you. Good game.’’ …

The women were ushered away from the huddle, and amazingly allowed to return to their courtside seats under the basket and watch the remainder of the game, which went to overtime.

Charlotte Bobcats center Alexis Ajinca will have surgery on Friday, February 5, to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb.  The surgery will be performed by Dr. Paul Perlik at Presbyterian Orthopaedic Hospital in Charlotte.

Ajinca, who is currently on assignment with the Maine Red Claws of the NBA D-League, injured the thumb during the team’s game against the Idaho Stampede on January 27.  An MRI was performed by the Red Claws medical staff late last week, and Ajinca returned to Charlotte on Monday to see Dr. Perlik.

Following the surgery, Ajinca will be in a cast for six weeks before beginning rehab.

Ajinca was announced earlier today as a member of the Eastern Conference team for the NBA D-League All-Star Game.  In 22 games with the Red Claws, Ajinca is averaging 14.6 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.1 blocked shots in 26.0 minutes played, while shooting .546 from the field (113-207) and .748 from the free-throw line (95-127).

The Charlotte Bobcats, who became the NBA’s 30th franchise when they joined the league in 2004-05, return to action tomorrow when they visit the Los Angeles Lakers at 10:30pm ET at Staples Center.  The game can be seen on SportSouth and heard on WFNZ 610 AM.

ESPN.com reports:

Washington Wizards guard Javaris Crittenton has elected not to appeal the season-long suspension he received from NBA commissioner David Stern.

Javaris Crittenton not appealing suspension

Gilbert Arenas and Crittenton both received suspensions without pay for the rest of the regular season last Wednesday in the wake of the December gun incident in the Wizards’ locker room that rocked the entire league.

Both players admitted bringing a gun into the locker room after a dispute stemming from a card game on a team flight, violating a provision added to the collective bargaining agreement in 2005.

Chris Sheridan of ESPN.com reports:

There is no NBA rule prohibiting a team from trading a suspended player, meaning the Wizards could throw in Crittenton’s expiring $1.48 million contract to make the salaries match in a trade involving any of their other players.

The acquiring team would then presumably waive Crittenton, and he would be free to ply his trade in Europe or elsewhere overseas after he cleared waivers. (Unlike drug suspensions, a conduct suspension cannot be used as grounds to prevent a player from getting the official letter of clearance needed to play in a FIBA sanctioned league.)

J.R. Giddens has knee surgery

The Boston Celtics announced today that guard J.R. Giddens underwent successful left knee arthroscopic surgery today at the New England Baptist Hospital. The surgery was performed by team physician, Dr. Brian McKeon and assisted by John Rand, PAC. No timetable has been set for his return.

Giddens, a 6’5” guard, has appeared in 21 games for the Celtics this season and registered season-highs of six points and seven rebounds against New Jersey on January 13.  In four games on assignment for the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League this season he averaged 18.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steal in 31.8 minutes per game.  During those four games the former New Mexico Lobo shot 64.4% from the field and 60.0% from three-point distance.J

Chris Douglas-Roberts moved to bench

Al Iannazzone of the Bergen Record reports (via blog):

Chris Douglas-Roberts moved to bench

Chris Douglas-Roberts saw it coming and so did everyone else.

Douglas-Roberts’ playing time has been cut lately and his production has dropped off markedly – just one double-digit scoring night in his last nine games. So coach Kiki Vandeweghe is moving Douglas-Roberts to the bench starting tonight and replacing him with Jarvis Hayes in the starting lineup.

“He said I haven’t been myself in the past month or however long and he wants me to get back to that,” Douglas-Roberts said after shootaround. “He said he feels coming off the bench would be better suited.”

“I wasn’t surprised. I just…I wasn’t surprised.”

Vandeweghe informed Douglas-Roberts about his decision to make the change yesterday. The timing seems to coincide with Hayes’ shot and game coming around.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed guard Cedric Jackson to a second 10-day contract, Cavaliers General Manager Danny Ferry announced today.

Jackson (6-3, 190 pounds) has played in four games this season with the Cavaliers. In seven total minutes, he has scored one point and recorded one rebound. He signed his first 10-day contract on January 23rd.

Stephon Marbury makes debut in China

Marc Berman of the New York post reports:

On the other side of the globe from Coney Island, former Knicks star Stephon Marbury made his debut in China yesterday and told The Post he was suffering from major jet lag.

Stephon Marbury makes debut in China

Marbury scored 15 points and had eight assists as his new team, Shanxi lost 102-101 to Dongguan Marco Polo. He had four steals and four rebounds, but shot 0 for 6 from 3-point range, according to China Daily.

“The time difference is a big problem,” Marbury told The Post via Skype yesterday. “I wake up early, in the middle of the night, and stay up most of the day. It stinks. I have not played since the last game against the Magic [in the second round of the playoffs last May]. So I was tired. I played 28 minutes, all of the fourth quarter. Talk about being tired. Wow. It was fun being out there though.”

Marbury reportedly passed up a final shot with five seconds remaining, feeding to former Knicks teammate Maurice Taylor, who missed the potential game-winning jumper. Shanxi is one of the worst teams in the Chinese Basketball Association.

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