NBA Rumors for Tuesday, April 28
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Dallas Mavericks small forward Chandler Parsons might need microfracture surgery on his right knee, sources told ESPNDallas.com, although there remains a possibility that the cartilage damage could be repaired with arthroscopic surgery. If microfracture surgery is necessary, Parsons could be sidelined to begin next season. ESPN Dallas
Parsons, who the Mavs signed to a three-year, $46 million contract as a restricted free agent last summer, missed the final six games of the regular season due to soreness and swelling in his right knee. He returned for Game 1 of Dallas' series against the Houston Rockets, playing 37 minutes in the loss to his former team, before it was determined that he needed surgery and must be shut down for the remainder of the season. ESPN Dallas
Cavaliers forward Kevin Love sustained a left shoulder dislocation during the first quarter of yesterday’s game in Boston vs. the Celtics. His shoulder was assessed, reduced in the locker room, immobilized and he did not return to the game. X-rays and a MRI have been performed, as well as further evaluation at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health today by Cavaliers head team physician Dr. Richard D. Parker and Dr. Mark Schickendantz. Inside Hoops
Love will be unavailable for the Cavaliers’ upcoming Conference Semifinal playoff series and an update regarding his status beyond that will be determined over the next several days. Inside Hoops
Love was injured with 5:22 remaining in the first quarter, when he got tangled up with Boston forward Kelly Olynyk chasing a long rebound. Olynyk’s right arm locked around Love’s left arm and a foul was called on Olynyk. Love clutched his shoulder and ran off the court and straight to the locker room at the opposite corner of the court. “I thought it was a bush-league play,” Love said after the game. “I have no doubt in my mind that he did it on purpose.” Sports Xchange
Olynyk said he tried contacting Love to apologize, but hadn’t yet reached him. “I’d probably get killed if I went to Cleveland right now,” Olynyk said. “I don’t think if someone gave me their arm and I was running forward like that and locked up, I don’t think I could dislocate someone’s arm if I tried. I think it’s a real tough thing to do. Like I said before, it’s kind of ridiculous to say you intentionally meant to. I’d never intentionally hurt someone, him or anybody else for that matter.” Akron Beacon Journal Blog
Love was diagnosed with "acute anterior inferior glenohumeral dislocation with corresponding ligament/labrum tearing & humeral head bone bruising,” according to the team. In layman’s terms, he dislocated his left shoulder and suffered torn ligaments and a tear in his labrum in the process. A determination on his availability beyond the second round will be made in the coming days, the team said. Akron Beacon Journal Blog
Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith has been suspended two games without pay and Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk has been suspended one game without pay for their roles in separate incidents during Cleveland’s 101-93 victory over Boston on April 26 at TD Garden, it was announced today by Rod Thorn, President, Basketball Operations. Inside Hoops
In addition, Cavaliers center Kendrick Perkins’ second quarter Flagrant Foul 1 has been upgraded to a Flagrant Foul 2 and he has been fined $15,000. Inside Hoops
Smith’s incident, during which he swung his arm and made contact with the head of Celtics forward Jae Crowder, resulted in a Flagrant Foul 2 and his ejection at the 10:24 mark of the third quarter of the game. Smith will serve his suspension in Games 1 and 2 of the 2015 NBA Eastern Conference semifinals when the Cavaliers host the winner of the Chicago Bulls vs. Milwaukee Bucks series. Inside Hoops
Deron Williams rebounded from two dismal games with 35 points, and the Brooklyn Nets pulled out a 120-115 overtime victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night, tying the series at two games apiece. The Nets, just 38-44 in the regular season, won the second straight in the series and moved two victories from becoming the sixth No. 8 seed to beat a No. 1 — only the fourth since the first round became best-of-seven. AP
The National Basketball Players Association released a list of categories for its first Basketball Players Awards on Monday. It’s an interesting list, with some awards similar to what already exists (Most Valuable Player, “Best Rookie” AKA Rookie of the Year), but some of the awards are a little off the beaten path. Oklahoman
Instead of naming a Coach of the Year, how about the “Coach You Would Want to Play For?” Feelings might get hurt when the “Player You Secretly Wish Was on Your Team” (won’t be a secret once these award results come out) What exactly is a “Global Impact Player?” Oklahoman
After watching his former Dallas understudy, J.J. Barea, score 16 points with 13 assists, veteran guard Jason Terry said the improvement of the Rockets defense will have to begin at the point. “It starts with me out front,” Terry said. “I’m the leader. I’m the engine. You’ll see a much better performance in Game 5, understanding the sense of urgency we have to play with to get these guys out of here.” Houston Chronicle
The National Basketball Players Association said Monday that it will present the Basketball Players Awards in Las Vegas in July. A release by the NBPA said, "In the time-honored tradition of identifying excellence through peer review forged by The Emmy Awards, The Grammy Awards and The Academy Awards, the Basketball Players Awards are voted on by the league's active players. Voting has been under way for several weeks." Sports Xchange
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