Knicks Tyson Chandler injures knee, leaves arena on crutches

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UPDATE 10:55 pm: This isn’t good (and why you should take what a team tells you about injuries with the salt mentioned below).

Tyson Chandler left the arena on crutches and thinks he has a sprained knee, tweets Frank Isola of the New York Daily News. An MRI on Thursday will determine the extent of the injury.

On the bright side, Carmelo Anthony said he thinks Chandler will be ready for the season opener Nov. 1. Of course, he’s not exactly a doctor.

As mentioned below, the Knicks are thin on the front line due to injuries right now. Amare Stoudemire and Marcus Camby are not expected to be ready for the start of the season, and while Rasheed Wallace isn’t injured he isn’t in shape for big minutes. Which means just like at the Olympics, we could see Carmelo Anthony playing some center.

10:13 pm: The video below is not a great view of what happened, but early in the first quarter of the Knicks preseason game against the Nets, New York center Tyson Chandler banged knees with Gerald Wallace and went down.

He instantly went to the team locker room, and the Knicks said that he would not return to the game due to a “sore knee.” You can decide for yourself what that means. Marc Berman of the New York Post tweets that the Knicks say it is not serious. Probably isn’t. But all team reports on injuries should come with a grain or two of salt.

The Knicks need to hope it isn’t serious. They open the season Nov. 1 (a week from Thursday) against the same Nets in Brooklyn. Chandler’s backup Marcus Camby is still injured and not expected to be ready by then, and Rasheed Wallace just returned to practice with the team a couple of days ago and would not be ready for heavy minutes. All just something to watch and think about as the season nears and as we wait for updates on Chandler.

Hat tip to The Point Forward for the video. The preseason game is being played at the soon-to-be former home of the New York Islanders, the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island.

Report: Kentucky’s Bam Adebayo staying in NBA draft

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When De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk declared for the NBA draft, they jumped in with both feet, hiring agents.

A third Kentucky freshman, Bam Adebayo, took a more cautious approach – until now.

Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports:

Adebayo is a borderline first-round pick.

He’s a ferocious dunker. All his best skills – motor, explosiveness, physicality – come together to produce slams.

But Adebayo is an underwhelming shot-blocker and rebounder, and those same tools should translate. That speaks’ to his focus.

He has a center’s game. But at 6-foot-10 with a 7-foot-1.5 wingspan, does he have a center’s size? Adebayo can’t step away from the basket or handle the ball, so if he can’t bang with NBA centers, he’s in trouble.

NBA: James Harden should have been called for offensive foul late in Rockets’ Game 4 win over Thunder

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The Rockets were trying to protect a two-point lead as they inbounded with 7.8 seconds left in Game 4 against the Thunder on Sunday, and James Harden wanted the ball. So, the Houston star pushed off Alex Abrines.

The play still turned chaotic – Russell Westbrook tipping the inbound pass and Eric Gordon recovering the loose ball – but it never should have gotten that far. Harden should have been called for an offensive foul, according to the NBA’s Last Two Minute Report:

Harden (HOU) pushes off Abrines (OKC) to create space during the inbound.

A correct call would have given Oklahoma City the ball down two with 7.8 seconds left and a real chance to tie or take the lead.

Instead, the Thunder had to intentionally foul Gordon, who hit two free throws to effectively ice a 113-109 Rockets win. Houston now leads the first-round series, 3-1.

NBA: LeBron James got away with travelling before go-ahead 3-pointer in Cavaliers’ Game 4 win over Pacers

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The Cavaliers outscored the Pacers by just 16 points in their first-round series – tied for the narrowest margin ever in a four-game sweep. (The Warriors also outscored the Washington Bullets while sweeping the 1975 Finals.)

So, each Cleveland-Indiana game was close, including Sunday’s Game 4, which the Cavs won 106-102.

LeBron James hit a 3-pointer with 1:08 left to put the Cavaliers up 103-102, and they added a few free throws after intentional fouls to produce the final margin. But LeBron travelled with 1:14 left while making his move to get that 3-pointer, according to the NBA’s Last Two Minute Report:

James (CLE) moves his pivot foot at the start of his dribble.

A correct call would’ve ended Cleveland’s possession and given Indiana the ball with a two-point lead. Instead, the Pacers had only one possession before they had to begin intentionally fouling.

Would Indiana have won if the travel were called? Probably, though the odds would have been only slightly better than a coin flip.

Would the Pacers have won the series if the travel were called? Probably not. No team has ever overcome a 3-0 deficit, and even a Game 4 win was far from guaranteed with a travel call. But they might have at least felt better about not getting swept.

Raptors’ Norman Powell had a couple monster dunks Monday (VIDEO)

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“Give all praise to Norman Powell with his energy, his athleticism, his passion, just everything he brought to us this series.”

That was Kyle Lowry talking about what his Raptor Norman Powell, who put up a career playoff best 25 points in the Raptors’ Game 5 win. Powell played good defense on Khris Middleton and drained some deep threes to help Toronto pull away in this one. Lowry was so impressed after the game at a press conference he told the media to ask Powell questions, not him.

Oh, and Powell threw down some huge dunks, too. Just check out the video.