Archive for April 14th, 2012

Chris Paul had 28 points and 13 assists, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Golden State Warriors 112-104 on Saturday to close within a game of the Lakers for the Pacific Division lead.

Blake Griffin added 20 points, DeAndre Jordan 18 and Mo Williams 14 in the Clippers’ third straight win and 11th in their last 13 games. They are also chasing the idle Lakers for the third seed in the Western Conference with six games remaining.

The Clippers’ 36 wins are their most since they won 40 games in 2006-07.

– Reported by the Associated Press

tyson chandler

Tyson Chandler never toots his own horn about anything, which may be one reason he never has made an All-Star team. But when the subject of the Defensive Player of the Year Award was raised yesterday, Chandler admitted he hopes he will be considered.

Knicks interim coach Mike Woodson said he “absolutely’’ believes Chandler is a candidate, and Chandler revealed it’s been a secret goal.

“It would mean an awful lot to me,’’ Chandler said at yesterday’s morning shootaround. “That was one of my goals coming into the season. I felt I put myself right in the thick of things for consideration. I personally feel like I deserve it. It would be a great honor.’’

Ballots for the NBA awards were sent out to the media yesterday, and Chandler will draw consideration for one of the three All-NBA teams at center. The four All-Star centers this season were Dwight Howard, Roy Hibbert, Andrew Bynum and Marc Gasol.

– Reported by Marc Berman of the New York Post

Cavs recall Luke Harangody from D-League

The Cleveland Cavaliers have recalled forward Luke Harangody from the Canton Charge, the Cavaliers exclusively owned and operated NBA Development League team, Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant announced today.

Harangody was assigned to Canton on March 6th and played in 16 regular season games (all starts) with the Charge, averaging 19.4 points on .486 shooting, including  .413 from three-point range,  and 12.6 rebounds in 36.0 minutes per game. In the Charge’s first-ever playoff game last night, Harangody totaled 16 points on 6-12 shooting (.500), nine rebounds and three assists in 34 minutes in Canton’s 108-93 victory over the Springfield Armor. He is available for the Cavaliers’ game tonight at Washington.

The 6-foot-8 forward has appeared in 15 games with Cleveland this season, posting averages of 1.6 points and 1.9 rebounds in 7.9 minutes per game.

David Lee may be done for season

David Lee

[Golden State Warriors forward David] Lee has been logging heavy minutes with a gash above his eye, bruises up and down both arms and a painful hip and back. Seeing that Lee’s hip had caused his lateral movement to become nonexistent, team doctors requested an MRI exam after Thursday’s loss to Dallas. The exam Friday revealed a strained groin and a stress reaction, and the doctors told Lee that continuing to play would risk substantial injury.

Once Riley got that news Friday morning, he walked down the stairs at the team’s downtown Oakland practice facility and saw Jefferson on the trainer’s table. Jefferson’s knee had doubled in size, and he was sent in for an MRI exam.

– Reported by Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle

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