Hello and welcome to the Evening News.
As the playoffs are under way, we’ll keep you updated every evening. What’s happening today?
Here’s the latest news from around the league:
Kirk Hinrich out for Game 5
K.C. Jones of the Chicago Tribune reports Kirk Hinrich will miss Game 5 against the Nets with a bruised left calf.
“It’s real disappointing,” Hinrich said. “You never want to miss playoff games.”
While a source said Hinrich’s MRI confirmed that there was no structural damage to the calf, the bruise may be severe enough to sideline Hinrich for several game.
“It’s just one of those things,” Hinrich said. “I’m going to do everything the medical staff tells me to do and see how it progresses. Hopefully, I won’t be out long. I’m going to get a lot of treatment, do everything they tell me to do and hopefully it will be sooner than later.”
Hinrich is widely regarded as Chicago’s best point guard defender and had done a good job of limiting Deron Williams’ production for most of the series.
Hinrich has been incredibly valuable for the team all season. As Jones pointed out, “Since Jan. 1, the Bulls are 27-12 with Hinrich and 5-13 when he is sidelined.”
Kenneth Faried kicks hole in locker room wall following Game 4 loss
According to the Denver Post’s Benjamin Hochman, Kenneth Faried was so frustrated after yesterday’s loss that he kicked a hole in the wall of his team’s locker room.
“I hate losing with a passion. I hate losing more than I like winning,” said Faried.
Faried is playing with an injured left foot and was unsure of which foot he used to kick the wall: “I don’t know, I just kicked it, I was mad.”
Faried scored eight points and grabbed twelve rebounds in the Nuggets’ 115-101 loss to the Warriors. While Faried was productive, he clearly lacked his usual athletic dominance.
“I’m banged up. I’m not the Faried of old,” he said. “I have to get my ankle better. I can’t do some of the things I want to do. … It hurts, but I’m fine. If I decide to be out there, I decide to be out there. I feel as though my teammates need me, so that’s why I’m out there playing my tail off.”
Iman Shumpert no longer worried about knee
Al Iannazzone of Newsday reports that Iman Shumpert is comfortable with his knee and does not feel restricted athletically.
I’m not really thinking about my knee,” Shumpert said. “We’ve just got to win games. I’ve got the whole summer to work on things, to get myself to where I want to be individually, athletically. But right now, with what we’ve got and how my knee feels, it’s good enough to play and I’ve got to go out there and make plays.”
Shumpert had 12 points, 12 rebounds, and made several athletic defensive plays in the Knicks’ Game 4 overtime loss to Boston.
Since returning to the court in January, Shumpert has showed glimpses of the athleticism Knicks fans grew to love last season. He still does not feel like he has come all the way back from the injury. In perspective though, Shumpert’s effective return from injury is even more impressive when you consider that he sustained the exact same injury as Derrick Rose on the exact same day last year.
While Rose has yet to return the court, Shumpert continues to shine in defensive matchups with Paul Pierce and other Celtics players.
Committee recommends Kings stay in Sacramento
Mark Broussard, the NBA’s senior director of basketball communications, released a statement saying the league’s Relocation Committee has unanimously recommended that the NBA Board of Governors deny the application of the Sacramento Kings to relocate to Seattle. The Board will convene during the week of May 13 to vote on this matter.
This recommendation indicates that the Kings will likely stay in Sacramento for the foreseeable future.