Archive for December 1st, 2010

Devin Harris has a left knee strain

Devin Harris has a left knee strain

New Jersey Nets guard Devin Harris has been diagnosed with a left knee strain following an MRI performed today, December 1. Harris will miss the Nets next two games, Wednesday night versus Oklahoma City and Friday night at Charlotte, after which time he will be re-evaluated. The injury occurred in the third quarter of Tuesday night’s contest at New York.

Harris has played and started in all 18 games this season, with averages of 17.7 points and a team-high 6.6 assists in 31.7 minutes per game.

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In today’s edition of “Phil Jackson says fun stuff,” the Lakers coach chimes in on Cavaliers home games.

Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports:

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Many NBA followers are eager to see LeBron James’ return to Cleveland when Miami players there Thursday.

Not Jackson.

“That’s not of interest to me,” he said. “I hate to listen to the Cleveland broadcast. Their announcers are so loud on the court. It’s just an obnoxious place.”

But almost everybody will be watching on Thursday.

“That’s my night off,” Jackson said, smiling.

The thing is, home crowds are supposed make the game “obnoxious” for the visiting team. So, it’s almost a compliment. Somewhat. Maybe. Or something.

As for the LeBron at Cleveland game, I’ll be watching. The boos Cavs fans hurl at LeBron may be of record-setting proportions. Also, basketball will be played, and that’s a nice supporting attraction.

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Hilton Armstrong suspended for foul on Joel Anthony

Hilton Armstrong of the Washington Wizards has been suspended one game without pay for his Flagrant Foul, Penalty Two against Joel Anthony of the Miami Heat, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President Basketball Operations.

The incident, in which Armstrong made contact by shoving Anthony during a layup attempt and was ejected following the Flagrant Foul, Penalty Two call, occurred with :32 remaining in the 3rd period of the Wizards 105-94 loss to the Heat Monday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Armstrong  will  serve  his  suspension  tonight  when the Wizards face the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre.

Magic assign Daniel Orton to D-League

NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 12: Daniel Orton #33 of the Kentucky Wildcats dunks against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the quarterfinals of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at the Bridgestone Arena on March 12, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Orlando Magic center Daniel Orton was assigned to the New Mexico Thunderbirds, the Magic’s NBA Development League affiliate, it was announced today.  The assignment marks the 13th time in the 2010-11 season an NBA player has been assigned to an NBA D-League affiliate, and it is the first assignment for Orton, a rookie out of Kentucky.

Orton (6-10, 255) hasn’t appeared in any games with the Magic this season, but averaged 3.2 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in five NBA Summer League games.  Orlando selected Orton, an early entry candidate for the 2010 NBA Draft, in the first round (29th overall), making him one of five Kentucky players chosen in the first round.

In one season at Kentucky, Orton averaged 3.4 points and 3.3 rebounds in 13.2 minutes per game, helping to lead the Wildcats to a 35-3 record and an Elite Eight appearance in the NCAA Tournament.  His 53 blocks in 38 games ranked fifth in the SEC.

Orton joins the Thunderbirds in anticipation of the team’s back-to-back home games against the Erie BayHawks on Friday, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 4.

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