UPDATE 1-NBA-Highlights of Tuesday's National Basketball Association games (Reuters)
The News (Adds late games) April 2 (The Sports Xchange) - Lakers 101, Mavericks 81 The Los Angeles Lakers found their rhythm in a 101-81 victory over the Dallas Mavericks that draws them even with the Jazz. Four of the seven Lakers who played reached double figures in scoring, Kobe Bryant notching 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists and Dwight Howard anchoring the middle with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Dirk Nowitzki struggled to reach 11 points on 4 of 13 shooting while Chris Kaman had 14 points and six rebounds. The Mavericks are now 2. ...
The News Kaman did not play against the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night because of a concussion.
Our View Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle says Kaman sustained the concussion in a collision during practice on Monday. There is no timetable for his return. Kaman is averaging 12.4 points and 6.2 rebounds this season.
Kevin Durant posterizes Marcin Gortat, despite Gortat’s best efforts (VIDEO) (Ball Don't Lie)
The News Kevin Durant's been hunting for poster victims pretty much all season long. We've seen him ring up Toronto Raptors rookie Jonas Valanciunas, go end-to-end to throw one down on Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith, turn a blocked shot into a vicious slam on Dallas Mavericks big man Chris Kaman and just miss a supreme detonation on Brooklyn Nets reserve Andray Blatche. It's almost like the Oklahoma City Thunder star entered this season saying, "Yeah, it's kind of cool being the best scorer alive, a legitimate threat to join the 50-40-90 club and a rising MVP candidate on a perennial title contender, but what I'd really like to do is make sure everybody knows that I'm one of the league's most ferocious in-game dunkers, too."
Well, KD, we get it. And now, in the unlikely event he didn't before, so does Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat:
While we're going to focus on the very loud ending to this fourth-quarter play, don't sleep on its start — as Vancouver-based coach and analyst Doug Eberhardt noted , the hesitation dribble that Durant uses to summarily shake longtime friend Michael Beasley at the top of the key was just as filthy as the finish. I guess we can add "tightened up his lefty handle" to the list of things the 24-year-old Thunder forward has improved this year.
The News Kaman says he has agreed to a deal with the Dallas Mavericks. The 7-foot center, who played in New Orleans last season, announced on his Twitter account Wednesday that he is going to Dallas to play with Dirk Nowitizki, his friend and teammate on the German national team during the 2008 Olympics.
Our View Kaman averaged 13.1 points and 7.7 rebounds in 47 games with the Hornets last season. He played the first eight seasons of his career with the Los Angeles Clippers, and was an All-Star in 2010. But he was prone to injuries in the season before and after that.