Carlos Boozer strained his oblique late in the season, and sat out the last two games of the season. He was listed as a game time decision late this week and questionable as of this morning. But after shootaround, Ross Siler of the Salt Lake City Tribune is reporting that Boozer has decided to play in Game One tonight.
Boozer going is vital with the Jazz already without Andrei Kirilenko. The Jazz need to be able to combat the Nuggets big, who would have a huge rebounding advantage with Boozer out. The question lies with the way the Nuggets push the tempo. Boozer’s going to have to get up and down the floor, and that could cause wear and tear.
Boozer’s down low ability shouldn’t be hampered by the injury, but the tempo could cause further injury. Jerry Sloan will have to watch his minutes. If Millsap can step up and make some of the offense up, it’ll let the Jazz rely on their perimeter play, which is strong.
We’ll keep you posted on Boozer’s status.
Joakim Noah kept his hands on DeMarcus Cousins after getting called for a foul, and that – and/or the Kings heading toward their third straight loss – agitated Cousins into pushing the Knicks center.
Remember, Cousins and Noah have a history.
Aaron Gordon has backslid this season while playing out of his comfort zone at small forward, but there are still signs he’s progressing from great dunker toward great player – like this crafty inbounds pass off Marcus Morris‘ back.
The NBA refuses to grant continuation when a player senses an intentional foul in the backcourt and launches a heave.
Fortunately, players continue to shoot anyway – which produced this fun Brandon Jennings non-basket.
Matt Barnes infamously fought then-Knicks coach Derek Fisher for dating Barnes’ estranged wife, Gloria Govan. Barnes even bragged that violence is sometimes the answer.
His self-earned reputation won’t earn him the benefit of the doubt over an incident earlier today.
Sacramento Kings star Matt Barnes is wanted by NYPD for questioning after he allegedly choked a woman inside a nightclub early Monday morning — and TMZ Sports got video of him right after the incident.
Law enforcement sources tell us cops got a 911 call to Avenue Nightclub after midnight, reporting a man assaulting 2 women and another man. We’re told things got physical when Barnes allegedly choked one woman during an argument — and when 2 other people tried to intervene … he punched both of them.
In the video, Matt and a teammate — it appears to be DeMarcus Cousins — are talking about the fight. The teammate is clearly heard saying, “Matt hit the s*** out this ni***!”
Barnes was also arrested for domestic violence against Govan in 2011. But she said the incident was blown out of proportion, and the charges were dropped.
The Kings have already played at the Knicks and Nets, so Sacramento doesn’t return to New York this season.