Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports:
Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson insinuated that complaints about officiating by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban in the 2006 NBA Finals may have cost the Mavs the championship.
Before Saturday’s Mavs-Lakers game, Jackson was asked whether it was crucial for the Lakers to have home-court advantage should the Mavs and Lakers meet this year in the playoffs, because of Cuban’s personality.
Jackson said: “Why?”
Cuban’s penchant for complaining about officiating, the reporter asked. That’s when Jackson, while laughing, said of Cuban:
“Oh, he lost that Miami series. He definitely had it coming that time. I think he’s toned it down in the last years.”
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The AP reports:
Atlanta Hawks reserve forward Josh Powell was arrested before Saturday’s game for refusing to move his car for an oncoming ambulance, according to a team official.
The 28-year-old Powell was not at Philips Arena while the Hawks played the Portland Trail Blazers.
“We are aware of the traffic incident concerning Josh and that he is not at the game tonight,” Hawks spokesman Arthur Triche said. “Until we gather more information, we will have no additional comment.
Mike Monroe of the San Antonio Express-News reports:
Veteran Antonio McDyess started for the Spurs for a second consecutive game, with second-year power forward DeJuan Blair again coming off the bench.
For Blair, it is a familiar role, since he came off the bench in 59 of the 82 games he played in his rookie season.
“I just bring energy off the bench now,” he said after scoring 14 points and grabbing six rebounds in 22:23. “That’s the only thing. Just come in here and be the same person. I’m just not starting no more.”
Blair didn’t need any words of encouragement from his veteran teammates to accept the change.
“I did it enough last year to know what it is,” he said. “Hopefully, I can be that spark that they need off the bench.”
Doug Smith of the Toronto Star reports:
He had 12 points and 13 rebounds in Friday’s win over Indiana, he’s scored at least 12 points in five of his last seven games and in five of his last 12, he’s had at least 13 rebounds.
He leads all rookies in field goal percentage, shooting an impressive 60.5 per cent from the field, and his per-game rebound average of 6.9 would place him tied for fourth among all rookies had he played enough games to qualify for the league-leading list.
“He’s showing a lot of progress and the future is looking real good for him,” teammate Reggie Evans said of Davis.
And Evans plays a role.
“A lot of times on the defensive and offensive glass, they’re trying to box out Reggie and that leaves me open to get tip-ins and easy rebounds,” said Davis.
The most noticeable area of improvement has come in Davis’s offensive game.
He’s always shown an ability to gather offensive rebounds but he’s far more comfortable now stepping out and shooting jump shots. There is still a lot of work do on that aspect of his game but for the short time he’s been a regular in the rotation, the improvement has been alarming.