Archive for April 2nd, 2011

Spurs assign Danny Green to D-League

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have assigned Danny Green to the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League.

Green (#4, 6’6”, 210, 6/22/87) most recently signed with the Spurs on March 16, appearing in three games totaling 7 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. He originally signed with the Spurs on November 17, when he appeared in two games, totaling 6 points in 9 minutes, before being released on November 23. In between those two stints with the Spurs, Green saw action in 16 games with the Reno Bighorns, where he averaged 20.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.38 steals in 37.4 minutes per game. He shot .451 (114-253) from the field, .434 (36-83) from three-point territory and .795 (58-73) from the free throw line.

The Toros conclude the regular season tonight when they face the Texas Legends at 7:30 p.m. at the Cedar Park Center.

Sixers clinch playoff spot

Kate Fagan of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports:

Sixers clinch playoff spot

There was no euphoria among the 76ers.

There might have been a touch of relief, some happiness to finally have the logistics behind them. But the Sixers’ celebration felt subdued, modest, almost as if this - a playoff berth - was not the destination, but rather a necessary step along the path.

The margin of victory certainly dulled the jubilation.

The Sixers were assured of a playoff spot nearly an hour before the final buzzer sounded in Friday night’s 115-90 win over the New Jersey Nets at the Wells Fargo Center. Any excitement was stretched across two quarters instead of bottled into one explosive moment.

But mostly, this team seems primed for more.

In the moments after the game, Sixers coach Doug Collins mentioned possibly ending this regular season on a winning streak.

No champagne. No tears. No embracing.

Tim Gardner of USA Today reports:

Brigham Young guard Jimmer Fredette, who led the Cougars to the Sweet 16 this season, was named the Associated Press’ player of the year Friday in Houston.

Notre Dame coach Mike Brey was also honored as the AP’s coach of the year.

Fredette, who led the Division I by averaging 28.5 points per game, helped BYU win the Mountain West’s regular-season title. He earned 48 first-place votes from the 65-member panel.

Connecticut’s Kemba Walker finished second with 11 votes, followed by Duke Nolan Smith (5) and Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger (1).

Lakers are 17-1 since All-Star break

Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports:

Lakers are 17-1 since All-Star break

The Lakers are 17-1 since the All-Star break, and have won nine in a row.

The Spurs have stumbled, losing six straight, the latest an overtime defeat to the Houston Rockets on Friday night.

That pulled the Lakers to within 11/2 games of the reeling Spurs, whom they trailed by nine games at the break. With seven regular-season games remaining, the Lakers can put more pressure on the Spurs, who have six games left.

Lakers center Andrew Bynum said what Coach Phil Jackson would not.

“Yeah, that’s the goal. We want to get the best record in the league,” Bynum said. “We want to be in first place. We still have a game against them [April 12], too, which is really big.”

As for Jackson, he pointed to Sunday’s game against the Denver Nuggets, then to Tuesday’s game against the Jazz at Staples Center, and then the trip to Golden State on Wednesday and to Portland next Friday.

Jackson said if the Lakers get through those games, then he’s willing to talk about the last three, which will be against Oklahoma City, San Antonio and the regular-season finale at Sacramento.

The AP reports:

Lakers eliminate Jazz from playoff race

Kobe Bryant scored 21 points, Lamar Odom added 16 and the Los Angeles Lakers erased a 17-point first-half deficit Friday night to beat Utah 96-85 and eliminate the Jazz from the playoff race.

Utah (36-40) becomes the first team in NBA history to start 15-5 and 27-13 and not make the playoffs.

The Lakers outscored the Jazz 52-35 in the second half to win their ninth straight game, and pull within 1 1/2 games of first-place San Antonio in the Western Conference.

C.J. Miles scored 24 points for Utah, which started its 17th different lineup and had only nine healthy players, including one who just joined the team two days earlier and was playing out of position.

The game in all likelihood was the last in Salt Lake City for Lakers coach Phil Jackson, who has said this will be his final season.

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