Archive for January 10th, 2012

Mike Dunleavy

Milwaukee Bucks General Manager John Hammond announced the following medical update on guard/forward Mike Dunleavy (6-9, 230):

After consulting with Bucks team physicians, Mike Dunleavy (groin pain) should be participating in full basketball activity in approximately two-to-four weeks.

Including tonight’s game vs. San Antonio, Dunleavy has missed the last six games due to the condition.

In three games this season, Dunleavy has averaged 10.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.0 steal in 30.3 minutes per game.

Luke Babbitt

The Portland Trail Blazers have recalled forward Luke Babbitt from the NBA Development League’s Idaho Stampede, it was announced today by Acting General Manager Chad Buchanan.

In three games (all starts) with the Stampede, Babbitt averaged 21.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists. He notched his season-high 35 points, to go with 11 rebounds and six assists, in a 114-104 victory over the Bakersfield Jam on Jan. 7.

Babbitt will be available for tonight’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Andrew Bogut

After missing the  past four games while dealing with a family emergency in his native Australia, Milwaukee center Andrew Bogut will make his return tonight against the Spurs.

Bogut addressed his teammates before the Bucks’ morning shootaround at the Bradley Center. Afterward, he declined to specify the nature of his emergency, except to say it involved an illness and the hospitalization of a family member.

“When things like this happen, you realize I don’t care about my job or my sport or my profession at that crucial moment,” Bogut said. “Like most people, you let go of all that, go and address what you need to address and come back.”

– Reported by Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News Blog

Knicks beat Bobcats 91-87 in MSG

Tyson Chandler

In a regular season battle more exciting than expected and not decided until the final moments, the New York Knicks beat the Charlotte Bobcats 91-87 Monday night in Madison Square Garden.

It was a starter-heavy game for the Knicks, who barely utilized their limited bench. Each Knicks starter played 35 minutes or more. The entire bench scored just three points.

Knicks center Tyson Chandler shined against the Bobcats, who have extremely limited big-men and no real center to speak of. Shooting 7-of-8, Chandler racked up 20 points, 13 rebounds, three steals and three blocks. He’s still learning to play with his new teammates and will likely have some big nights followed by quiet outputs before a level of consistency can be found.

The Knicks were led by forward Amar’e Stoudemire with 25 points and 12 rebounds, but he had no assists and shot just 7-of-25. And forward Carmelo Anthony also had an imperfect game, scoring 22 points but needing 18 shots to get it, grabbing just four rebounds, and while he dished six assists he also committed six turnovers.

Knicks rookie Iman Shumpert, now a starter at point guard, continues to shine. The team is now 4-1 in games he’s played. The confident athlete finished tonight with 16 points, six rebounds and four assists.

“We didn’t shoot the ball well tonight, but we buckled down defensively,” said Anthony after the game. “Other guys helped out tonight, took the load off, but we did what we had to do to win the game.”

Stoudemire feels the Knicks are headed in the right direction. “We’re still getting better as a unit. Right now we’re just learning on the fly. We only had a few preseason games and a short training camp, so we’re still trying to get better as we play these games. We just have to keep gutting them out.”

For the Bobcats, forward Boris Diaw continued his fine play against the Knicks, shooting 8-of-12 for 19 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. Forward D.J. White came off the bench to shoot 7-of-11 for 15 points and seven rebounds. Starting guard Gerald Henderson scored 14, but on 16 shot attempts. And point guard D.J. Augustin scored 12 but needed 13 shots, and added eight rebounds but just four assists with three turnovers.

“I give them credit. They did play better than they played against us last week,” said Diaw about the Knicks. “They are athletic, they are fast, they are skilled, they are tall and strong.”

New York shot just 38% from the field and was a mere 1-of-10 from three-point range. But thanks to the Bobcats roster limitations, the Knicks came away with a win.

According to the Associated Press, “Knicks guard Mike Bibby missed his lone 3-point attempt after making his previous seven. The team record for consecutive made 3-pointers is 10, shared by Trent Tucker and Allan Houston… The Bobcats started DeSagana Diop at center for the second straight game but went back to former starter White to start the second half… Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni said Jared Jeffries (sore right calf) could return at the end of this week or early next.”

With the win, the 5-4 Knicks are second in the Atlantic Division, behind the Philadelphia 76ers.

With the loss, the 2-7 Bobcats are fourth in the Southeast division and are close to the bottom of the Eastern conference, ahead of only the New Jersey Nets and Washington Wizards.

The frenzied MSG crowd attendance was 19,763. The Knicks have now sold out 34 consecutive regular season home games.

Yi Jianlian

Two dominating performances with the Texas Legends were enough to convince the Mavericks that Yi Jianlian is ready for his NBA return.

The 7-footer was called up and met the Mavericks in Michigan, where he is expected to be in uniform Tuesday when they play the Detroit Pistons.

“He’s really a good athlete, he has good hands and he’s just a nice, versatile big man for us,” said president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson, who saw Yi’s two games with the Legends, the team Nelson co-owns.

– Reported by Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News

Dwyane Wade foot injury slow to heal

Dwyane Wade

The good news out of the Heat’s full-contact practice on Monday was that Mike Miller and Eddy Curry made their long-awaited returns to the court. The bad news was that Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers did not practice.

Wade’s foot injury, more serious than initially believed, is taking time to heal. He is questionable for both Tuesday’s game against Golden State and Wednesday’s game against the Clippers.

“I would love for it to be [Tuesday],’’ Wade said of his return. “I would love for it to be Wednesday. I don’t know. I’m just trying to be smart.

“I wanted to play the other night against New Jersey. If it was up to me, I would have played, but in Miami we make sure we all come together and put our heads together and see what’s the best for the team and for the player.”

Wade, who said his game status is “hour to hour; minute to minute,” is clearly frustrated with his slow progress and the mysterious pain in his left heel. More disconcerting is the root of the problem. Wade couldn’t offer an exact ailment but didn’t rule out plantar fasciitis.

– Reported by Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald

Adam Morrison signs in Turkey

Adam Morrison

Adam Morrison has signed a one-year deal with Turkish team Besiktas, his agent Brad Ames told SI.com.

The former Gonzaga star who came close to retiring last year before his hoops revival had been let out of his deal with Serbia’s Red Star Belgrade in late November. But sources close to him said his best shot at returning to the NBA fell through when Grizzlies forward Darrell Arthur tore his ACL and the team sought another big man instead of a perimeter threat. They ultimately traded for Philadelphia center Marreese Speights last week, and Morrison was forced to continue rediscovering his game overseas.

– Reported by Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated

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