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Lin Plays One-On-One, May Return Against Miami

Jeremy Lin played one-on-one on Saturday and may return for the Knicks’ first-round playoff series against Miami.

There has been no official update to Lin’s estimated return date, but with Iman Shumpert out after tearing his left ACL and Baron Davis’ back ailing, the Knicks may be tempted to activate Lin.

Lin averaged 18.5 points and 7.6 assists in 26 games with the Knicks this season.

Via New York Post

Bynum Seeks Statement Win Over Nuggets

Andrew Bynum is ready to put the regular season behind him and focus on the postseason.

"The season's over. It's the postseason and we know we have to go far," Bynum said. "L.A. expects us to do big things and we expect it of ourselves. So, the test is here."

Bynum is looking to set the tone with a dominant performance in Game 1.

"I think we're well aware that we need to come out here and make a statement with the first game," said Bynum. "We need to win it in a good way."

Via ESPNLosAngeles.com

Colangelo Will Consider Expanding Team USA Roster Candidates

Jerry Colangelo said that he will consider expanding the pool of finalists for this summer's Olympics in London.

Colangelo made the decision in response to the loss of Derrick Rose, who suffered a torn ACL in Game 1 of Chicago’s opening round series against the Sixers.

"What I said [previously] was that we didn't plan to do any additions, but we had to continue to monitor the injury situation," Colangelo said. "Obviously this is a big loss. [Point guard] seems to be, at this point, still a pretty strong position. But at this stage, quite honestly, I think all bets are off."

Dwight Howard and LaMarcus Aldridge have also been removed from consideration due to injury, leaving the United States perilously thin in the post.

"We've said that the strength of the team is going to be athleticism, wing players, the backcourt, but we'll see," Colangelo said. "We're going to have to consider a lot of things. The good news is that so many people wish and desire to play that we will be very deep regardless of what happens here -- unless there's another rash of things happening here. I pray that it's over."

Via SI.com

Austin Toros Win 2012 D-League Championship

Justin Dentmon scored a team-high 30 points to lead the Austin Toros to its first-ever NBA Development League Championship with a 122-110 victory over the Los Angeles D-Fenders Saturday night.

Eric Dawson scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while six Toros, including all five starters, scored in double figures. Julian Wright netted 19 points, while Brad Wanamaker poured in 18.

“We expected to win every game,” said Toros head coach Brad Jones. “We beat one heck of an L.A. D-Fenders team and we did it as a group so I’m really really excited for our guys.”

Mardy Collins finished with a game-high 31 points off the bench for the D-Fenders, while teammate Elijah Millsap scored 26. Malcolm Thomas recorded 17 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Shumpert Out 6-8 Months With Torn ACL, Meniscus

Iman Shumpert tore his left ACL and meniscus in the second half of New York's Game 1 loss to the Heat.

Shumpert will need surgery and miss six to eight months.

Shumpert’s non-contact injury occurred when he dribbled over midcourt in the third quarter only to have his left knee buckle.

Via Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Shumpert Injures Left Knee

Iman Shumpert suffered a non-contact knee injury during the third quarter of New York's Game 1 loss to Miami.

Shumpert twisted his left knee while dribbling up the court and had to be carried off by two teammates. Shumpert was later taken to a Miami hospital for tests.

The Knicks are already thin in the backcourt due to Jeremy Lin's injury and were counting on Shumpert to help defend Dwyane Wade.

Via Howard Beck/New York Times

Rose Tears ACL, Done For Season

Derrick Rose is out for the remainder of the 11-12 season after tearing his ACL in Game 1 against Philadelphia.

The Bulls were up by 12 points with 1:12 remaining in the fourth quarter when Rose was injured.

"It's part of the game," said Tom Thibodeau. "There are going to be injuries. … You can get hurt any time. You've got to deal with it. He's had a lot of injuries this year, it's unfortunate. But we'll deal with it."

Rose will also miss the 2012 Olympics.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Rose Injures Left Knee, Will Undergo MRI

Derrick Rose suffered a left knee injury with 1:10 remaining in Chicago's 103-91 win over the 76ers in Game 1.

Rose needed to be helped off the court.

"He's going to be examined and they'll know," Tom Thibodeau said. "He started moving his leg, but they have to do an MRI and all that, so I would be guessing."

"I hope he's not seriously hurt," 76ers coach Doug Collins said. "I admire him so much. I think he's one of the young, bright lights in this NBA. And I hope he's going to be back and he's going to be able to play, because I admire greatness, and he's a great player."

Via Scott Powers/ESPN

Michael Gbinije Commits To Syracuse

Michael Gbinije has committed to transfer to Syracuse.

Gbinije played one season at Duke while receiving limited playing time.

Gbinije played with Syracuse freshmen Rakeem Christmas and Michael Carter-Williams in the 2011 Jordan Brand Classic. He also knew Trevor Cooney from the 2010 Nike Global Challenge.

Jim Boeheim and Mike Krzyzewski have known each other for years, with the former assisting the latter on the Olympic teams.

“They talked to each other about me,’’ Gbinije said. “Coach K’s a really good person. He gave a good word for me.’’

Via Mike Waters/The Post-Standard

Jamal Crawford To Opt-Out Of 12-13 Contract

Jamal Crawford will be an unrestricted free agent for the second consecutive offseason.

A source confirms that Crawford will opt-out of his contract for 12-13 that would pay him $5.25 million.

Crawford signed with the Blazers last December after receiving offers from the Knicks, Wolves and Magic, among others.

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter)

Biyombo Wants To Remain At Center Position

Paul Silas believes Bismack Biyombo may be best suited for the power forward position in the long-term.

Skiles To Meet With Kohl; Receives Endorsement From Jennings, Dunleavy

The Bucks have posted a 146-166 record in four seasons under Scott Skiles.

Golden State To Retain Mark Jackson

Mark Jackson was described as a players' coach in his first season on the bench.

Warriors Eager To Gauge Effectiveness Of Curry, Thompson Backcourt

The Warriors are optimistic to see their new backcourt of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson play together next season.

Harden Ready For Game 1, Promises To Be Aggressive

James Harden practiced on Friday and said he is ready to play in Game 1 against Dallas.

Ray Allen May Miss Game 1

Doc Rivers didn't sound optimistic about Ray Allen's availability or effectiveness if he plays.

Jazz See Correlation Between Bigs, Titles

The Jazz have great depth in the frontcourt with Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter.

Utah Playoff Berth Doesn't Surprise O'Connor

Utah is in the playoffs one season after trading away their franchise player in Deron Williams and seemingly entering a rebuilding phase.

Terrence Williams Hopes To Re-Sign With Kings

Terrence Williams is hoping for a quick resolution to his impending free agency.

Kings Likely To Re-Sign Jason Thompson

The Kings will extend the qualifying offer to Jason Thompson to make him a restricted free agent.

Williams' Top Priority Will Be To Put Himself In Winning Situation

Deron Williams expressed his confidence in the Nets during his exit interview.

Lopez Prefers To Remain With Nets

Brook Lopez's preference is to remain with the Nets as he enters restricted free agency.

New Sacramento Arena Deal Now Dead

Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson said a potential deal between the city and the Maloof family is dead.

Gerald Wallace Likely To Opt Out

Gerald Wallace will likely be seeking a long-term contract this offseason.

Williams To Make Decisions Before Olympics

Deron Williams plans to make his free agent decision before the end of July.

Michael Gbinije Drawing Interest From Six Schools

Duke transfer Michael Gbinije was a top-30 prospect in the class of 2011.

Larry Brown Cuts Starting Point Guard Jeremiah Samarrippas

Larry Brown trimmed his roster on Friday.

Stern Favors Two-And-Done Draft Rule

David Stern would prefer that players be at least two years removed from high school before they can declare for the NBA draft.

Warriors, Cavs, Kings, Knicks, Mavericks Clippers, Lakers Win Tiebreakers

Seven ties among teams that finished the 2011-12 NBA regular season with identical records were broken through random drawings.

Wolves Plan To Be Aggressive In Offseason

Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio are the two franchise 'cornerstones', but the remainder of the roster doesn't appear to be untouchable.
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