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NBA notebook — Nov. 29

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Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin will miss at least two weeks with a right knee sprain, the team announced Friday on its Twitter feed.

Lin, who was injured in the first quarter of Wednesday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks after colliding with Paul Millsap, will be re-evaluated after the two-week period.

Lin had started the last three games in place of James Harden, who has missed the last three games with a sore foot.

In 16 games this season, Lin is averaging 15.3 points and 4.5 assists.

The Rockets have depth at point guard with Patrick Beverley and Aaron Brooks, who scored 21 points in the 113-84 win against the Hawks.

Harden is averaging 24.2 points.

Hornets forward sits out

Charlotte Bobcats coach Steve Clifford says forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist sat out Friday night’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks with plantar fasciitis in his right foot.

Clifford says Kidd-Gilchrist spent Thursday with his foot in a boot and that last year’s No. 2 overall draft pick wasn’t able to participate in Friday morning’s shoot around.

It’s unclear how long Kidd-Gilchrist will be out. Clifford says he’ll be evaluated on a day-to-day basis.

Kidd-Gilchrist is averaging 9.5 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Jeffrey Taylor, who replaced Kidd-Gilchrist in the Bobcats’ starting lineup, is averaging 8.8 points and 2.4 rebounds per game as a reserve.

Butler has swollen knee

Milwaukee Bucks reserve forward Caron Butler did not play Friday night against the Charlotte Bobcats due to a swollen left knee. The Bucks had not indicated before the game Butler’s knee was a problem.

Butler is averaging 13.2 points off the bench for the Bucks, who have lost 10 games in a row.

Kidd admits wrongdoing

Jason Kidd said he was just “trying to win” when he intentionally spilled a drink on the court, a stunt that cost him $50,000.

The Brooklyn Nets coach was fined on Thursday, with the NBA saying he intentionally spilled his drink as a stall tactic.

He tried to avoid talking about it Friday, but when pressed, he relented.

Paul (Pierce) got a great look, but the league fined me for something that I probably shouldn’t have done,” he said. “We’ll move on.”

The Nets had time to draw up a play while the floor was being cleaned but still lost 99-94. Kidd was asked if he regretted the unusual move and why he decided to go with it.

“It’s about trying to win and those guys in that locker room, and I tried to put those guys in a position to get a basket, a good look and we did,” he said.

He was also questioned on where he came up with the ploy.

“Um, just listening to other coaches or other owners talk about coaches and what they’ve done,” he said.


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