Jamison says he will be back Sunday

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Players tell you that “it’s just one game out of 82” every time there’s a big regular season game. They especially say that if they lose said game.

But Antawn Jamison let it be known that he was going to be there when the Cavaliers take on the Celtics Sunday, sore knee or not. Just one out of 82? Right.

They want me to take it slow and not rush anything,” Jamison said. “(They want me to) take the proper precautions. If it was a big game, I’d definitely be ready to play.”

Jamison said if it was up to him, he’d face the 76ers on Friday at the Wachovia Center. He said it was a “no-brainer” he’d play in Sunday’s contest against Boston on ABC.

Jamison said the MRI revealed a little cyst with some fluid in it behind the knee, something that needs rest and nothing more.

The Cavaliers as a team need some rest right now — LeBron is banged up and sat out two, Jamison has sat out, Shaq’s thumb is recuperating, and other guys have assorted bumps and bruises. Comes with a long season. But the only thing that should matter for Cleveland is the second season. They will get some rest during the dragged-out first round of the playoffs.

So don’t expect to see Jamison tonight. But against a potential playoff matchup Sunday, well, that’s not just one out of 82.

Carmelo Anthony drops 21 on Wizards in preseason Friday

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We had an efficient Carmelo Anthony sighting in the preseason.

Anthony and the Knicks went up against the Wizards and ‘Melo hit 10-of-15 shots to score 21 points. He also had four rebounds and four assists.

Derrick Williams had 23 points on 11 shots to lead the Knicks in scoring, and New York won 115-104.

Lucky? Klay Thompson reminds Doc Rivers which team lost to Rockets


There’s this overplayed angle talked about by some fans and pundits suggesting the Warriors just got lucky last season — for example, they faced a banged-up Rockets’ team in the conference finals then a Cavaliers’ squad without two of their big three through the Finals. Then there was Clippers’ coach Doc Rivers saying the Warriors were lucky not having to play the Clippers or Spurs in the postseason.

The Warriors are sick of hearing they were lucky.

Friday Klay Thompson fired back at Rivers, via CSNBayArea.com.

– “I wanted to play the Clippers last year, but they couldn’t handle their business.”
– “If we got lucky, look at our record against them last year (Warriors 3-1). I’m pretty sure we smacked them.”
– “Didn’t they lose to the Rockets? Exactly. So haha. That just makes me laugh. That’s funny. Weren’t they up 3-1 too?”
– “Yeah, tell them I said that. That’s funny. That’s funny.”

Warriors big man Andrew Bogut phrased it differently.

If you think the Warriors just won because they were lucky — you are dead wrong.

They were the best team in the NBA last season, bar none. They won 67 regular season games in a tough conference, then beat everyone in their path to win a title. Did they catch some breaks along the way, particularly with health? You bet. Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, and Kobe Bryant didn’t win a title without catching some breaks along the way, either. Nobody does. Luck plays a role, but it was not the primary factor in why the Warriors are champs.

All this talk of them getting lucky is fuel for the fire they needed not to be complacent this season. Way to give the defending champs bulletin board material, Doc.