Archive for March 23rd, 2013

Lakers forward Antawn Jamison, who was injured during the second half of last night’s game against the Washington Wizards, was examined by hand specialist Dr. Steven Shin of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic and underwent an MRI test today on his injured right wrist.

Results of the MRI confirmed a sprained wrist. Jamison’s status will be day-to-day and he will be reevaluated at the conclusion of the season.

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson says his city has reached a preliminary agreement for a new downtown arena with an investment group that hopes to keep the Kings from moving to Seattle.

Johnson announced the agreement Saturday on his Twitter account. He said the group includes Silicon Valley software tycoon Vivek Ranadive, 24 Hour Fitness founder Mark Mastrov and billionaire Ron Burkle.

The City Council is planning to vote on the non-binding term sheet Tuesday.

– Reported by the Associated Press

The Memphis Grizzlies today announced that center Marc Gasol re-aggravated an abdominal tear on March 22 at New Orleans and will be out indefinitely.

Gasol (7-1, 265) originally sustained the injury on March 6 vs. Portland.

The 28-year-old leads Memphis in blocks (1.71) and free throw percentage (career-high .855) while ranking second in scoring (14.3 points), rebounding (7.8) and assists (career-high 3.9). The five-year veteran had been the only member of the Grizzlies to play in and start every game this season.

Shane Battier

The Miami Heat have won 25 straight games, turned what was a super-close Eastern Conference race into a runaway and seem to be finding different ways to prevail on a nightly basis.

And no, they are not particularly thrilled with themselves right now.

From the Heat perspective, it’s almost like they are simultaneously slumping and streaking after facing double-digit deficits in three consecutive games, yet finding ways to win them all, much like each of the 22 games that preceded this week.

”I’m taking the world view, that we have room to improve,” forward Shane Battier said. ”By no stretch of the imagination are we playing our best basketball right now. We’re winning ball games, but we have a lot of room for improvement. We have not started well the last couple games and our defensive focus has not been there. It’s been there in the second half and when we need it, but we need to do it more consistently.”

Even as they move closer to the NBA-record winning streak of 33 straight established by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1971-72, the bigger concern in the Heat locker room is that they are nowhere near a playoff gear with just 14 games remaining before the postseason arrives. They’ve trailed after five of their past six opening quarters, been losing at halftime in three straight outings and have been outshot in three of their last six contests.

– Reported by Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press

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