Buzz Wire – November 19, 2012

November 19

Zach Randolph has been fined $25K by the NBA for confronting OKC’s Kendrick Perkins after they were both ejected from last Wednesday’s game.

Cavs guard Kyrie Irving will miss four weeks with a hairline/non-displaced fracture in his left index finger, team announces. In news release, Cavs said Kyrie Irving (out four weeks with left index finger injury) will be evaluated in two weeks. Cavs said Kyrie Irving’s injury, sustained Saturday vs. Mavericks, will be “treated with taping and a splint.”Jeff Zillgitt 

Twolves guard Brandon Roy underwent successful arthroscopic surgery today on his right knee. Expected to miss approximately one month. – Timberwolves PR 

Charlotte Bobcats power forward Tyrus Thomas is expected to miss two months after a magnetic resonance imaging revealed a tear of the plantaris muscle in his left leg.

Thomas hobbled out of Saturday’s loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. Monday’s MRI revealed the muscle tear near his calf. He also has a second-degree strain of the calf itself. The injury does not require surgery, but has a relatively long recovery period. – Rick Bonnell

Today at Lakers practice, I asked Dwight if he’s called Deron to smooth things over after waiving his ETO. His response was noteworthy. Dwight on waiving his ETO: “That’s my decision. It’s my life so if he’s upset because I made a decision for me, so be it. If he doesn’t want to be friends because I’m on another team, then so be it. There’s no need to smooth things over, you know?” -Rod Boone

Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade said Monday he regrets his decision to play in last week’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers after he initially hurt his sore left foot two nights earlier in Houston. Wade is still dealing with a foot bruise that has kept him out of Miami’s past two games and currently leaves him questionable for Wednesday’s game against Milwaukee. -ESPN

For the third time in four days, New Orleans Hornets rookie forward Anthony Davis tweaked his left ankle but he is expected to start Tuesday night against the New York Knicks. Hornets Coach Monty Williams said Davis turned his ankle during Monday’s practice at the Alario Center. “He turned his ankle a little bit, but I’m not sure what he’s going feel like tonight,” Williams said. “We’ll see.” -Times-Picayune

Darko Milicic is leaning strongly toward leaving the Boston Celtics for the season and returning to Europe to be with his ill mother, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Milicic, the No. 2 overall pick in the famed 2003 NBA Draft, didn’t travel with the Celtics to Detroit this weekend, and sources say that he’s close to deciding to leave the NBA for the season to be with his ill mother in Serbia. After failing to play since opening night, Milicic has also been frustrated with his lack of a role with the Celtics, sources said. - Adrian Wojnarowski 

Warriors coach Jackson on how he would attempt to defend Westbrook in his playing days — “Chapel first. And then stay late when all the guys leave get some extra prayer in.” -The Oklahoman

“This feels good because I worked hard this summer and when people last year said, ‘Is he going to be the same Zach of old?’ I heard that,” Zach Randolph said. “I just wanted to come out and prove people wrong. I still got it and I’m still in my prime.” If you didn’t think it was possible for Randolph to be more relentless then consider this: He leads the NBA in rebounding with a career-high 13.9 per game and is second in the league behind Denver’s Kenneth Faried with 5.4 offensive rebounds per game. -The Commercial Appeal

“It’s the stuff [Kevin Garnett] feeds off of,” Andre Drummond said. “That’s what he lives off of. If you talk back, it’s over for you.” -Detroit News

Brandon Roy’s knee scope will keep him out “a couple of weeks” for Minnesota, league source tells Y! Sports. -Adrian Wojnarowski

Teams showing interest in Marcin Gortat: Dallas, Boston, Orlando and Chicago. -Przeglad Sportowy

 

Marcin Gortat to Przeglad Sportowy: Unfortunately, I don’t think I’m even an option for Gentry. He doesn’t even take me into consideration. The situation is critical. We’re playing the same thing we’ve been playing last year, but the truth is we have a completely different set of players. I don’t think it really works.  I can’t get frustrated now though, I have to stay positive…Unfortunately, my two strongest plays – the pick and roll and post-ups have been taken away from me. -Gothic Ginobili

The conversation is never an easy one. But Wizards rookie and top draft pick Bradley Beal took his demotion to the bench in stride before Washington’s 83-76 loss to Utah on Saturday. His replacement, Jordan Crawford, led the team with 20 points and eight assists. “[Wizards coach Randy Wittman] told me straight up he was going to make changes,” Beal said. “He said, ‘If I do choose to bring you off the bench, don’t take it personal or don’t feel as though I’m punishing you, so to speak.’?” -Washington Examiner

Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers has been hearing about Rajon Rondo’s double-digit assists streak for weeks and has done nothing unusual to help it along – until now. With the Celtics well on their way to a blowout loss at Detroit, Rivers elected to keep Rondo on the floor in the game’s final seconds with a clear goal in mind – to keep his double digit assists streak alive. -CSN New England

When he wasn’t in the game, Deron Williams had an ice pack on his right elbow, which seemed to bear the brunt of the fall as he tried to brace himself. He also had his right calf wrapped. “It was kind of where the court stops, so I slammed on the concrete and then hit up against the chair,” Williams said. “I got a little cut on my arm. It’s pretty sore, but hopefully will get better.” -Newsday

This week is when a prorated veteran’s minimum salary fits underneath the hard salary cap of $74.307 million, allowing the Bulls to sign a 14th player should they choose. -Chicago Tribune

Paul Pierce left Sunday’s loss at Detroit in the fourth quarter with a right ankle injury and did not return. However, Pierce said afterwards the injury wasn’t serious. “It’s a little sore,” said Pierce, who had just 13 points on 5-for-13 shooting. “I turned it on one of the last plays of the game. But I think it’ll be alright, a couple days rest.” -CSN New England

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