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Hornets’ Marvin Williams fined $15,000 for elbow to Amundson’s head

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The NBA doesn’t mess around with blows to the head.

Charlotte’s Marvin Williams has been fined $15,000 for his shot to the lead of Knicks’ forward Lou Amundson Tuesday night during the Knicks win. He had to know the fine was coming, Williams was ejected for the blow immediately and this was not one he would win on appeal.

It was a hard foul and a bit of retribution for a hard foul from Amundson on the other end, but when you contact the head the league comes down on you, it’s pretty simple.

Doc Rivers says Chris Paul, J.J. Redick not likely to play vs. Warriors

Chris Paul, J.J. Redick

Well, this sucks some of the fun out of a Thursday night TNT showdown between two of the top teams in the West.

Clippers’ coach Doc Rivers said Chris Paul and J.J. Redick likely will not be healthy and ready to go when the Clippers host the Warriors Thursday night. Via Dan Woike of the Orange County Register.

With those two out, the Clippers started Austin Rivers and Jamal Crawford as the guards in a win over the weekend against Detroit. Expect that to continue, although it is going to be a much more challenging defensive assignment for Crawford going up against Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson. And that’s putting it kindly.

One other change from the Detroit game — Paul Pierce starting over Lance Stephenson at the three — will continue. As it should.

Just for the record, when Rivers, Pierce, and Crawford are on the court together this season the Clippers are -4.8 points per 100 possessions.

Rockets GM Daryl Morey explains firing of Kevin McHale (VIDEO)

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Kevin McHale is out as the Rockets’ coach after 11 games this season — and a rough 4-7 start with a few ugly losses. Assistant J.B. Bickerstaff will take over the team on an interim basis (and with a short leash).

Rockets GM Daryl Morey met with the media Wednesday afternoon to explain his decision.

So why J.B. Bickerstaff as the replacement?

Not surprisingly to anyone who knew him, McHale handled it with class when speaking to the Houston Chronicle.

“We were starting to address some of the issues that were the reason I was let go,” McHale said. “We just weren’t playing with any juice, with any rhythm. We haven’t been able to get the problems solved.

“We probably had more meetings in last six weeks than in my previous four years here.

“It wasn’t working.”

Spurs’ Manu Ginobili out at least two games with hip tightness

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I’m not sure what Manu Ginobili did over the summer, but we should trace his movements back because he apparently found the Fountain of Youth — he has played his best basketball in years to open this season. Look at it through this snapshot: his PER of 25.1 this season would be a career best if he can maintain it. And he’s had a Hall of Fame career.

All of which is why the Spurs are going to miss him the next couple of games. Ginobili will miss the next two games due to bilateral hip tightness, then be re-evaluated Saturday’s before the Spurs face Memphis.

Ginobili is out for games against Denver and New Orleans. He had missed time due to a groin injury earlier this season, but dropped 17 on Monday. With him at age 38 you can be sure the Spurs will err on the side of caution in bringing him back.

The Spurs have been one of the best teams in the NBA to start the season, outscoring opponents by 10.5 points per 100 possessions (second only to Golden State). Like every time one of the Spurs players goes down, nobody should expect much of a step back. Someone always just steps up for this team (watch for more Patty Mills run).

Kidd said he hopes Jabari Parker returns “in the next couple days”

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The Bucks’ future anchor in the post Jabari Parker is out again, this time with a sprained right foot. It’s not something that is considered serious, but for a guy who missed 57 games last season due to injury (torn ACL) and played only five this season, it’s not ideal.

Coach Jason Kidd made it sound like Parker will not be out long at all this time around, as reported at BrewHoop.com.

“I think hopefully it’s in a few days that he’s back playing and then I think it’s not a serious injury. I think when you look at the things he’s done up to this point, it’s alright for him to be sore. And so hopefully he’s back sooner than later….

“I think any time you have an injury or you’re coming back, there are going to be parts of the body that are sore, and I think just his foot is sore and hopefully he’s back in the next couple days.”

It’s a little more than sore; the Bucks officially called it a “talonavicular joint sprain.” Milwaukee should make sure he is healthy before he steps back on the court.

Hopefully, it’s just a few games. Parker looked rusty his first couple games back had his best game in the win over the Cavaliers on Saturday. He was starting to get his rhythm back.