NBA Notebook: Guards in short supply for 3 playoff teams

2013-04-26T00:00:00Z NBA Notebook: Guards in short supply for 3 playoff teamsThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 26, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Three teams may have to resume their first-round NBA playoff series with depleted backcourts.

• Golden State point guard Stephen Curry said Thursday that he's unsure if his sprained left ankle will be healthy enough for him to play in Game 3 against the Denver Nuggets tonight.

Curry said his ankle became swollen after Tuesday night's 131-117 win at Denver evened the best-of-seven series at a game apiece. He sat out practice Thursday."

Curry said he'll consider a pain-numbing injection - something he has never done during the regular season - on his twice surgically repaired right ankle.

• Steve Blake won't play for the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 3 against the San Antonio Spurs tonight, and fellow guards Steve Nash and Jodie Meeks are doubtful.

Blake has a strained right hamstring that will keep him out indefinitely, and coach Mike D'Antoni said Thursday that the backup point guard won't play in Game 3.

Nash got two epidural injections in his back and a cortisone injection in his right hip in an attempt to fight off his nagging pain.

Meeks has a sprained left ankle.

Oh, and Kobe Bryant is out as well.

• Houston point guard Jeremy Lin is listed as day to day with a bruised right chest muscle he sustained in a Game 2 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Lin was injured in the first half of the 105-102 loss on Wednesday night and didn't return in the second half.

He underwent an MRI on Thursday that didn't reveal any damage beyond the bruised right chest muscle.

Kings sale update

The NBA committee deciding whether the Sacramento Kings should be sold and relocated to Seattle will hold a meeting via conference call Monday.

Whenever the committee issues a recommendation, NBA owners will have at least seven business days to review the report before a vote can take place.

The Maloof family has had an agreement since January to sell a 65 percent controlling interest in the Kings to a Seattle group led by hedge-fund manager Chris Hansen.

Rivers fined $25K

The NBA fined Boston coach Doc Rivers $25,000 on Thursday for publicly criticizing game officials after the Celtics' loss to New York on Tuesday night.

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