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NBA notebook: Clippers get rest after disagreement

Beacon Journal wire services

Sunday was a day of rest and no practice for the Los Angeles Clippers, giving Glen Davis time to reflect on his run-in with coach Doc Rivers and allowing Blake Griffin time to get more treatment for back spasms.

The drama-filled moments from Saturday night’s game between the Clippers and Houston Rockets also included reserve guard Jamal Crawford suffering from a sore and tight left Achilles tendon.

Davis had gotten into an argument with Rivers during the game Saturday night and was eventually escorted off the bench and into the Clippers’ locker room after Rivers told the team’s security to remove his backup power forward.

Davis was seen working out at the team’s Houston hotel on Sunday, hours before the Clippers boarded their flight to Minneapolis for Monday night’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Davis and Rivers were supposed to talk Sunday or today to iron out the situation, and Davis was expected to play against Minnesota.

Griffin, on the other hand, has been listed as doubtful for the game because of his ailing back.

Garnett hopeful

The Brooklyn Nets say Kevin Garnett is hoping to return from a back injury next weekend or during their trip to Florida on April 8-9.

Also, Andrei Kirilenko is progressing from his sprained left ankle and is hoping to return in the middle of next week, the Nets said before their game against Minnesota on Sunday.

Garnett has missed 16 straight games with back spasms, last playing Feb. 27 in a victory at Denver. The Nets have games Friday and Saturday nights, then visit Miami on April 8 and Orlando the following night.

Coach Jason Kidd has said he doesn’t think it’s necessary that Garnett plays again in the regular season and would be fine if the veteran’s next appearance is in the playoffs.

Bogut bruised

The Golden State Warriors were without center Andrew Bogut and power forward David Lee against the New York Knicks.

Warriors coach Mark Jackson said before Sunday night’s game in Oakland, Calif., that an MRI exam on Bogut showed a bruise in his groin and pelvic area, but no structural damage. Bogut was injured in Friday’s win over Memphis when Marc Gasol kneed Bogut while attempting a layup.

Bogut also is expected to miss Tuesday’s game at Dallas and Wednesday’s game at San Antonio. Jackson is hopeful Lee could return sooner after missing his second consecutive game with a strained right hamstring.

The Warriors signed veteran center Hilton Armstrong to a 10-day contract Sunday to help fortify the frontcourt. He had been playing with the team’s NBA Development League affiliate in Santa Cruz.


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