Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. Consider this the playoff injury update edition (with a few other things thrown in as a bonus).
• The Nets Joe Johnson missed practice Wednesday with a case of plantar fasciitis in his left foot and is a game-time decision for Thursday night.
• Kevin Garnett tweaked his hip on Tuesday night, but is still expected to go in Game 3. Of course, anything that slows KG down is more bad news for a Celtics team that already has had plenty.
• By the way, Doc Rivers didn’t like those foul calls on Garnett in Game 2. Shocking.
• Jodie Meeks is expected to play for the Lakers in Game 2, and Jordan Hill also is available for them.
• After a pretty miserable Game 2, look for Denver’s Kosta Koufos to come out of the starting lineup. Kenneth Faried would get those minutes, although he didn’t look that strong, either.
• While he said his foot injury “sucked,” Joakim Noah is expected to play in Game 3 about the same number of minutes as he did Game 2.
• Mike Woodson says that if Amare Stoudemire returns (and I wouldn’t bet on that) it will not impact the playing time of Kenyon Martin. And it shouldn’t, Martin has been a huge pickup for them.
• Rip Hamilton seems to be out of the Bulls plans and out of the rotation.
• Whichever coach losses in the Grizzlies vs. Clippers series — Los Angeles’ Vinny Del Negro or Memphis’ Lionel Hollins — could be looking for a job this summer.
• Pau Gasol commented on little brother Marc winning the Defensive Player of the Year:
“It’s a great award to receive, great recognition, great accomplishment for him and I’m just very proud of what he’s been able to do and what he’s become as a player and a person,” Pau said. “I’m a proud big brother.
“He gets it done on both ends of the floor. He’s a great anchor for their team. On the defensive end, he gets a lot of deflections, a lot of steals, gets blocks. He makes critical defensive plays and helps them be the defensive team that they are.”
• People in the Sacramento Kings marketing and business arms have been told by the league to prepare for next season in Sacramento. What does that mean? That the league is being practical because this is a close call. Read into it what you want, I could spin this argument either way on a bigger picture meaning. The NBA’s sale and relocation committees will meet soon and what they recommend could swing this vote by the owners.
• The guys in charge of the new Sacramento Kings arena — to be built if they get to keep the team — released drawings of what the arena will look like.
• JaVale McGee’s reactions in a Benihana are the best.
• Russell Westbrook is the focus of the NBA’s newest ad for the playoffs.