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Scoreboard Roundup – 3/18/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/18/15 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Philadelphia 76ers 94 (16-52) - Detroit Pistons 83 (24-44) Cleveland Cavaliers 117 (44-26) - Brooklyn Nets 92 (27-39) Toronto Raptors 105 (41-27) - Minnesota Timberwolves 100 (14-53) Miami Heat 108 (31-36) - Portland Trail Blazers 104 (44-22) San Antonio Spurs 114 (42-25) - Milwaukee Bucks 103 (34-34) Chicago Bulls 103 (41-28) - Indiana Pacers 86 (30-37) Oklahoma City Thunder 122 (38-30) - Boston Celtics  118 (30-37) Dallas Mavericks 107 (43-25) - Orlando Magic 102 (21-48) Los Angeles Clippers 116 (44-25) - Sacramento Kings 105 (22-45) Washington Wizards 88 (40-28) - Utah Jazz 84 (30-37) Golden State Warriors 114 (54-13) - Atlanta Hawks 95 (53-15) NCAA Men's Basketball: South Region: (16) Robert Morris 81 (20-14) - (16) North Florida 77 (23-12) East Region: (11) Dayton 56 (26-8) - (11) Boise State 55 (25-9) NHL: Chicago Blackhawks 1 (43-21-6, 92 pts) - New York Rangers 0 (44-18-7, 95 pts) Columbus Blue Jackets 4 (31-35-4, 66pts) - Edmonton Oilers 3 (19-39-13, 51pts) - SO Anaheim Ducks 3 (45-20-7, 97pts) - Los Angeles Kings 2 (34-22-14, 82pts) -OT Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Popovich: ‘We Didn’t Respect the Game’

Popovich: ‘We Didn’t Respect the Game’ San Antonio Spurs/NBA(NEW YORK) -- Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich ripped into his team after their 104-100 overtime loss to the New York Knicks on Tuesday night. Popovich watched his team fall to a 14-53 team after having a 13-point lead in the third quarter. "We didn't respect the game, we didn't respect our opponent," said Popovich. "It was a pathetic performance and I hope that every player is embarrassed. Not because 'we are supposed to win the game' but it is about how you play the game." Popovich credited the play of New York under first-year head coach Derek Fisher. "They were really good," Popovich said. "I take my hat off to him, a really difficult year and watching Derek conduct himself the way he has all year long is a really impressive thing. He and the coaches deserve a lot of credit and the players were fantastic tonight. They moved the ball better than we did, they played better team basketball." The Spurs will look to rebound against the Raptors on Wednesday night. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Klay Thompson Out 7-10 Days

Klay Thompson Out 7-10 Days Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Ca.) -- The Golden State Warriors will be without Klay Thompson for at least a week, according to coach Steve Kerr. Thompson injured his ankle in Tuesday's 108-105 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.  "He said it didn't hurt that bad at all. It wasn't a bad sprain," Kerr said. "So he went to the locker room, got it re-taped. They got it checked out." Justin Holiday will likely get the nod in Thompson's place, according to Kerr. This season, Thompson is averaging 21.9 points, 2.9 assists and 3.2 rebounds through 64 games. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/16/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/16/15 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Washington Wizards 105 (39-28) - Portland Trail Blazers 97 (44-21) Toronto Raptors 117 (40-27) - Indiana Pacers 98 (30-36) Boston Celtics 108 (30-36) - Philadelphia 76ers 89 (15-52) Brooklyn Nets 122 (27-38) - Minnesota Timberwolves 106 (14-52) Memphis Grizzlies 92 (47-20) - Denver Nuggets 81 (26-42) Miami Heat 106 (30-36) - Cleveland Cavaliers 92 (43-26) Utah Jazz 94 (30-36) - Hornets 66 (29-36) Dallas Mavericks 119 (43-25) - Oklahoma City Thunder 115 (37-30) Atlanta Hawks 110 (53-14) - Sacramento Kings 103 (22-44) Golden State Warriors 108 (53-13) - Los Angeles Lakers 105 (17-49) NHL: Washington Capitals 4 (38-23-10, 86pts) - Buffalo Sabres 3 (19-43-7, 45pts) - SO Tampa Bay Lightning 4 (43-21-7, 93pts) - Montreal Canadiens 2 (43-20-7, 93pts) Edmonton Oilers 4 (19-39-12, 50pts) - Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (27-38-6, 60pts) Los Angeles Kings 1 (34-22-13, 81pts) - Arizona Coyotes 0 (21-41-8, 50pts) Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Ginobili Out 7-10 Days

Ginobili Out 7-10 Days NBA via San Antonio Spurs(SAN ANTONIO, Tx.) -- The San Antonio Spurs will be without Manu Ginobili for the next 7-10 days after the guard suffered an ankle injury in Sunday's win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Ginobili suffered the injury with less than a minute to do in the third period as he attempted to rebounds the ball and fell on Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng. "He will be out for a good week, I'm sure," said coach Gregg Popovich. Ginobili, 37, is averaging 11.4 points, 4.4 assists and three rebounds per game this season. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

John Wall Casts a Spell On The Kings

John Wall Casts a Spell On The Kings NBA via Washington Wizards(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- John Wall led a charge that brought the Wizards back from a 21-point deficit to beat the Sacramento Kings 113-97. Washington head coach Randy Whittman would probably like to take a few thoughts back when he lost faith in his team as they trailed 64-46 at the half. "I told them, I've got to go to church tomorrow because of some of the things I said and thought at halftime," Wittman said. Wall ripped off 31 points and dished out 12 assists, 20 and 10 of which came in the second half. "In the first half there wasn't really an effort, and they basically did whatever they wanted and got whatever they wanted," Wall said. "We had to come back out and compete in the second half." After dropping 13 of 17 games dating back to the end of January, the Wizards have ripped off three straight victories and put themselves squarely back into fifth place in the eastern conference. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Kyrie Irving Scores 57 in OT Win over Spurs

Kyrie Irving Scores 57 in OT Win over Spurs Chris Chambers/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) -- Kyrie Irving scored a career-high 57 points in the Cavaliers 128-125 overtime win over the Spurs on Thursday night. Irving scored 55 against the Trail Blazers on Jan. 28, but this one was extra special because it was against the defending NBA champions. "A few of those shots, it just left my hands and I kind of threw them up at the rim and I was lucky enough and blessed enough that they went in," Irving said. "It was such a fun game," Irving continued. "The crowd was into it. They sold out, they came to see a great game and it was. Once Bron gets into those step-back 3s, we were just looking at each other, 'Man, this is just so much fun.' " LeBron James held the franchise record with 56 against the Raptors in 2005, until Irving broke it. "The kid is special, we all know it, we all see it," said James, who finished with 31 points. "For him to go out and put on a performance like he did tonight was incredible." Spurs guard Tony Parker had 31 points in the loss. Tim Duncan finished with 18. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Bulls’ Derrick Rose Aiming to Return for the Playoffs, but Nothing Guaranteed

Bulls’ Derrick Rose Aiming to Return for the Playoffs, but Nothing Guaranteed NBA via Chicago Bulls(CHICAGO) -- According to again-injured Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, there is a "good chance" he'll make his return this season for the postseason. "I think so, that's the plan," Rose said. "Whenever I feel right, that's when I'm going to step back." Rose's most recent set-back came in late February when he aggravated the right medial meniscus, which he had repaired last season. "Oh, there's no pacing," he said. "Whenever I come back, I think I'm going to be ready to play the way I normally play. That's the smartest thing about being patient with everything that I'm doing, paying attention to my body, paying attention to details every day." Since tearing his ACL in the 2011-2012 playoffs and hasn't been the same player since. The former MVP hasn't appeared in more than 46 games in a season since the injury. The original timetable for Rose's return was about six weeks, which would put him in line to return for the postseason. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Heat’s Chris Bosh Eying a Return to the Court Next Season

Heat’s Chris Bosh Eying a Return to the Court Next Season NBA via Miami Heat(MIAMI) -- Even though he was forced to sit out the rest of the season due to blood clots in his lungs, the Miami Heat announced that All-Star forward Chris Bosh will be healthy and ready to return to the basketball court next season. After a recent session with the media, Bosh admitted that he played with the clots for "three weeks probably" before his diagnosis. Bosh vacationed with teammate Dwayne Wade in Haiti during the All-Star break, felt discomfort, and was then admitted to a hospital after his wife pushed him to do so. "She saves my life on a daily basis," Bosh said with a grin. "I was in a lot of pain, and it got to the point where I kind of had to swallow my pride a little bit. It's an athlete thing. We're always trying to be superheroes out there all the time. I had to put my pride to the side. Usually the woman is going to be the first to do that. I went ahead and bit the bullet and went to the doctor." Fortunately for Bosh, he'll be able to resume his basketball career. The 30-year-old Bosh is a 12-year NBA veteran and is in his fifth season with the Heat. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Spurs’ Gregg Popovich Strongly Against the NBA Lengthening the Season

Spurs’ Gregg Popovich Strongly Against the NBA Lengthening the Season NBA via San Antonio Spurs(NEW YORK) -- The idea of spacing out the NBA's regular season has gained traction recently, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is among those who are against the idea. In an effort to get players more rest and avoid back-to-back games, the idea has been floated out that the NBA would benefit from playing into July instead of June. "I've been bringing it up for years," Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said Tuesday. "[Commissioner Adam Silver is] more open to it, and he's going to be considering it. Everybody's for it now." Popovich, who's team won the Championship last summer, is not in favor of the proposal. "If there is a game in July, count me out," Popovich said Wednesday. "Count me out. Count me out. Life is too short." "I think the season is long enough," Popovich added. "I will not come to work in July." NBA teams typically have between 16 and 20 back-to-backs per season. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Trail Blazers Guard Wesley Matthews Out for the Season with Ruptured Achilles

Trail Blazers Guard Wesley Matthews Out for the Season with Ruptured Achilles NBA via Portland Trail Blazers(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- In a tough blow for one of the best teams in the Western Conference, the Portland Trail Blazers announced that guard Wesley Matthews will miss the rest of the season with a ruptured Achilles. Matthews suffered the injury Thursday night against Dallas Mavericks. He needed to be helped off the court, and will need to undergo surgery to repair the injury. "It's disbelief, you know?"Matthews told reporters after an MRI confirmed the rupture. "I'm sitting up there in that tube having an MRI, and I don't hear noise, I don't feel my Achilles, I'm just ... . I can't believe I'm up there while my team's battling. I just haven't processed all of it yet." Matthews in a valuable part of the Trail Blazers. In 60 games this season he's averaging 15.9 points while shooting .389% from the 3-point line. Matthews is set to become a free agent at the end of the season. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/5/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/5/15 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Chicago Bulls 108 (39-23) - Oklahoma City Thunder 105 (34-28) NHL: Philadelphia Flyers 3 (28-25-12, 68pts) - St. Louis Blues 1 (40-18-5, 85pts) Minnesota Wild 2 (35-22-7, 77pts) - Washington Capitals 1 (35-21-10, 80pts) Calgary Flames 4 (34-25-4, 72pts) - Boston Bruins 3 (31-22-9, 71pts) - Shootout Tampa Bay Lightning 4 (40-20-6, 86pts) - Toronto Maple Leafs 2 (26-34-5, 57pts) Dallas Stars 4 (29-26-10, 68pts) - Florida Panthers 3 (28-23-14, 70pts) - Shootout New York Islanders 4 (42-21-3, 87pts) - Nashville Predators 3 (41-18-7, 89pts) Top 25 Men's College Basketball: (6) Wisconsin 76 (27-3) - Minnesota 63 (17-13) (18) Arkansas 78 (24-6) - South Carolina 74 (14-15) Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Phil Jackson Fined for Calling Ohio State’s Russell a ‘Great-Looking Kid’

Phil Jackson Fined for Calling Ohio State’s Russell a ‘Great-Looking Kid’ Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The NBA fined New York Knicks president Phil Jackson an undisclosed amount for calling Ohio State freshman D'Angelo Russell "a great-looking kid" and a "great prospect" on Tuesday. Jackson said those comments to Cleveland.com after watching Ohio State play last week. The NBA prohibits any scout from giving their thoughts on a player before they declare for the NBA draft. New York is expected to have one of the top picks in the draft and this is the second time that Jackson has been fined during his tenure as president. Jackson was fined for tampering with then-Thunder guard Derek Fisher about the open head coaching position last season. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Nuggets Fire Head Coach Brian Shaw

Nuggets Fire Head Coach Brian Shaw Christian Petersen/Getty Images(DENVER) -- The Denver Nuggets fired head coach Brian Shaw, the team announced on Tuesday. Assistant Melvin Hunt will take over on an interim basis. “I want to sincerely thank Brian for his time with our organization,” said Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly in a statement. “You won’t find a better guy than Brian and he is one of the brightest basketball minds I’ve ever been around. Unfortunately things didn’t go as we hoped, but we know with his basketball acumen that he has a very bright future ahead of him.” The Nuggets are 20-39 on the season and are in a midst of a six-game losing streak. Shaw took over for George Karl on June 25, 2013. During his tenure on the sidelines for Denver, he compiled a record of 56-85. “This season our management staff has remained patient and supportive as decisions of this nature are never taken lightly,” said Connelly. “Patience is encouraged, as long as the organization continues to show progress toward a greater goal. However, competing for championships is our goal, and therefore we decided to make this decision now and look forward to conducting an extensive head coaching search upon the season's conclusion. This has been a trying season for all of us, and we appreciate Nuggets fans continued faith and patience as we build our proud organization back to the NBA's elite." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Report: Clippers’ Blake Griffin Set to Return Next Week

Report: Clippers’ Blake Griffin Set to Return Next Week NBA via Los Angeles Clippers(NEW YORK) -- As the Los Angeles Clippers begin to climb the standings in the Western Conference, they're bracing for the return of forward Blake Griffin. According to ESPN's Arash Markazi, Griffin is expected back as soon as next week. Griffin has missed the last ten games after undergoing surgery to treat a staph infection in his right elbow. Despite his absence, the Clippers have gone 7-3. The timeline for Griffin's return was initially in the 4-6 week range. He last played on Feb. 6. Markazi also reports that Griffin's conditioning and cardio is back to normal and he's expected to start shooting this week. Even though DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul have been carrying the Clippers the last month, Griffin is still one of the team's best players. Now in his fifth NBA season, the 25-year-old is averaging 22.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Entering Tuesday, the Clippers sit at 40-21, fifth in the Western Conference. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Bulls Guard Jimmy Butler Out 3-6 Weeks with Elbow Injury

Bulls Guard Jimmy Butler Out 3-6 Weeks with Elbow Injury iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The hits keep coming for the Chicago Bulls as the team announced that guard Jimmy Butler will miss the next 3-6 weeks with an elbow injury. Butler suffered the injury on Sunday during the team's game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Butler underwent an MRI on Monday that revealed a Grade 2/3 ulnar ligament sprain and small bone impaction injury to his left elbow, the team announced in a statement. Fortunately for Butler, he will not need to undergo surgery, and is hoping to be back in time for the playoffs. Now in his fourth NBA season, Butler has emerged as the leading scorer for the Bulls this season. In 55 games this season, Butler is averaging 20.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game. This is yet another tough blow for the Bulls who are already dealing with injuries to Derrick Rose and Taj Gibson. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Derrick Rose Begins Rehab on Knee One Day After Surgery

Derrick Rose Begins Rehab on Knee One Day After Surgery NBA via Chicago Bulls(CHICAGO) -- Just one day after undergoing surgery to repair a torn medial meniscus in his right knee, Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has already began his rehab for the injury. Rose suffered yet another setback on the court that has derailed his career, but he's determined to remain a key player. "He's been through two tough ones," Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said. "I think he's gained confidence from that. The ACL knee is great and he knew [a re-tear] was a possibility going in. He's in a good place and he'll deal with it. He'll get past this." A former league MVP, Rose is expected to miss 4-6 weeks and both he and the team are optimistic he'll be able to return for the playoffs. The 26-year-old Rose has appeared in 46 games this season, his most since the 2010-2011 season. Prior to the injury, he was averaging 18.4 points, 5.0 assists, and 3.2 rebounds per game. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

ESPN: Sixers Waive Center JaVale McGee

ESPN: Sixers Waive Center JaVale McGee NBA via Denver Nuggets(NEW YORK) -- Despite letting it be known that he had hoped to stay in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia 76ers have waived center JaVale McGee after just six games with the team. McGee was acquired during the trade deadline in a trade with the Denver Nuggets. The Sixers waived McGee prior to the midnight deadline that makes McGee eligible to appear in the playoffs this season with another team. Not only will McGee now have a chance to sign with a contending team, he will still earn next season's $12 million salary as well as the remainder of his $11.25 million salary this season. "I don't want to get bought out," McGee told local reporters shortly after the trade. "That's not a positive thing. When you think about it, you don't get all of your money when you get bought out." The 27-year-old McGee is in the midst of his seventh NBA season. In six games with the Sixers, he averaged 3.0 points and 2.2 rebounds in 10.2 minutes per game. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

LeBron Misses Two Big Free Throws in OT, Rockets Beat Cavs 105-103

LeBron Misses Two Big Free Throws in OT, Rockets Beat Cavs 105-103 Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- LeBron James missed two free throws with under five seconds remaining in overtime and James Harden missed his second one on purpose in the Rockets 105-103 win over Cleveland on Sunday. Harden led the way with for Houston with 33 points, eight rebounds, and five assists. "That's a very good team over there," Harden told ABC after the game.  "We were battling through injuries all season.  We wanted to come out here and prove that we were a good team." James, who finished with 37 points in the loss, could have given the Cavaliers the lead, but missed both free throws. "There is no excuse. I missed free throws," James said. "I missed the two biggest ones of the game to put us up with seconds on the clock and I didn't come through. I failed my teammates." The game featured some shoving from both sides and players scrambling on the court for loose balls, but James said that he wasn't bothered by it. "It was old-school basketball," James said. "When you have two teams with the same aspirations and trying to get better every day, it can get like that." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Former Knick Anthony Mason Passes Away

Former Knick Anthony Mason Passes Away iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Former New York Knick Anthony Mason has passed away Saturday, according to ESPN. Mason, 48, suffered a heart attack and successive congestive heart failure earlier this month.  Earlier this week, Mason's son suggested that the 6'7" native of Miami, Fl. was showing signs of improvement. Mason played five seasons with the Knicks and was a key member of the 1994 four team that brought New York to the NBA Finals. As part of the team headlined by Patrick Ewing and John Starks, Mason won the NBA's sixth-man during the 1994-1995 season. A third round pick in 1988 out of Tennessee State, Mason was selected by the Portland Trailblazers. He would play 13 seasons in the NBA. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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