Friday, April 27, 2012

Game notes: April 26, 2012.

  • Hawks  Jannero Pargo did not dress because of a sore back. 
  • Atlanta coach Larry Drew is sounding less and less optimistic about Zaza Pachulia (sprained left foot) coming back for the opening round of the playoffs. "Personally, I'm not getting my hopes up too high that we'll have him," Drew said. 
  • This was the only regular-season meeting between the teams. The Mavericks had won the last three games against the Hawks, including a 2-0 sweep of last year's series.

  • Boston will host Games 3 and 4 against the Hawks next Friday and Sunday. 
  • Rondo is the first player since John Lucas to have 15 or more assists and not score a point since John Lucas did it for the Spurs on April 15, 1984 against Denver. 
  • Rondo averaged 11.7 assists and is the first Boston player to lead the league since Bob Cousy in 1959-60. 
  • The Celtics won nine of their last 12 after a two-game losing streak in early April. 
  • Boston's Greg Stiemsma missed his second straight game with a sore right foot. 
  • Carlos Delfino (groin) and  Monta Ellis (right hand) did not travel with the Bucks for the regular-season finale.  Bradley was the only Boston starter to score in the third quarter, finishing with eight points in the period.

  • Wallace finished with 529 double-rebound games. He is the Pistons' career blocks leader, second in steals and third in rebounds. 
  • All of the Pistons players wore Wallace's trademark blue headband. 
  • Brand, Iguodala and Young arrived at the arena just before game time. They didn't make the trip to Milwaukee for Wednesday's game, but joined the team in Detroit. 
  • Philadelphia coach Doug Collins said before the game it was too risky leaving the trio at home, since the 76ers didn't know if they would open the playoffs in Chicago or Miami.
  • The Cavs  played without Omri Casspi. He was out with a right knee tendinitis.

  • The Rockets honored their all-decade team for the 2000s at halftime. The team included Luis Scola, Steve Francis, Tracy McGrady, Shane Battier and Yao Ming. Aside from Scola, Francis was the only player able to attend the game. 
  • McGrady's wife CleRenda and Yao's parents Yao Zhi Yuan and Fang Feng Di came to accept the honor on McGrady and Yao's behalf. ... 
  • Houston scored a season-high 32 points in the first quarter of its last home game against New Orleans in January. ... The Rockets were 19-0 this season when holding an opponent to below 90 points.

  • Love sat courtside for some guest color commentary with Fox Sports North in the second quarter
  • The Wolves finished with a record of 26-40, their most victories since 2006-07 and best winning percentage since 2005-06. ... 
  • Kenneth Faried had 15 points and seven rebounds, and Kosta Koufos had 11 boards for the Nuggets.

  • Washington G Jordan Crawford missed his second straight game with a sprained right ankle. ... Curry's last came on March 7, 2008, when he played for New York. 
  • Washington F Andray Blatche, who didn't play after March 17 to improve his conditioning, said he's lost 12 pounds and admitted he regretted allowing the negative crowd reaction bother him. He let "the boos get myself down, messing with my head and not being able to go out and work as hard as I could," Blatche said.

  • Utah finished the season with a 25-8 mark at home. 
  • Jazz SG Raja Bell returned after missing 13 games with a left knee injury. He entered with 9:29 left in the first half, mostly to cheers with a few boos. It was only his second game since a blow-up with Corbin that resulted in Bell being sent home from a road trip. He was the only Jazz player who didn't score. 
  • The Blazers did not play Raymond Felton(Achilles pain), Jamal Crawford (right knee tendinitis), Hasheem Thabeet or Nicolas Batum. 
  • The Jazz were the only team to sweep the Blazers in a four-game series this season. 
  • Jazz SF Howard was called for a technical foul in the third quarter.

  • Three Toronto players had double-doubles, the first time that's happened since Dec. 31, 2010 at Houston.
  • Davis is the only Raptors player to appear in all 66 games this season. 
  • The Raptors finished with 23 wins, one more than they had in 82 games last season when they were 22-60. ... Calderon missed his seventh straight game, sitting out to protect injuries around his right eye. 
  • The Nets were without Jordan Farmar (right groin), Shelden Williams (right knee) and long-term absentees Damion James (right foot) and Brook Lopez(right foot).
  •  New Jersey's previous low for points was 70, set three times this season.

  • Randolph's start was his first since March 24. Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said he wanted to get Randolph into the flow of starting, but would not commit that the plan would continue into the playoffs.
  • Turkoglu, playing for the first time after missing 10 games with a facial fracture, played with a plastic mask. 
  • Memphis Mike Conley had a steal, pulling him even with Shane Battier for second place on the franchise list with 523.
  • The Grizzlies are 17-1 when leading after the first quarter at home. .By finishing at 41-25, Memphis recorded a franchise-best 62.1 winning percentage.

Kings 113, Lakers 96.

  • Lakers F Matt Barnes (sprained right ankle) also sat out. Brown said he wasn't sure Barnes would play Sunday. ... Kings veteran John Salmons missed his 15th straight game with a sore hip.

Spurs 107, Warriors 101. 

  • Lee underwent successful surgery earlier Thursday in Philadelphia to repair torn abdominal and abductor muscles. The injury sidelined Lee for the Warriors final eight games. He will be restricted from on-court activities for 4-6 weeks. 
  • Despite its troubles on the court, Golden State finished with the third-highest average attendance in franchise history (18,858). 
  • A Warrior fan was given the opportunity to win $1 million at the end of the third quarter but the man, an Oakland citizen, missed the shot from three-quarters court.
Credit: ESPN 
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