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NBA notebook: Pacers’ David West fined $15,000 for elbowing Blake Griffin in jaw

Beacon Journal wire services Indiana Pacers forward David West has been fined $15,000 for elbowing Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin in the jaw. West was assessed a flagrant 2 and ejected at the end of the first half of Indiana’s 106-92 win Saturday. The NBA announced the fine Sunday. The league also fined Sacramento Kings coach Michael Malone $25,000 for screaming at official Marc Davis after Sacramento’s 91-90 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday. Davis called a jump ball instead of a foul against Memphis with 1.9 seconds left and Sacramento trailing by a point, and the Grizzlies won the jump ball. Malone was fined for verbal abuse of an official and not proceeding directly to his locker room after the game ended.

Playing streak ends

The Charlotte Bobcats announced starting point guard Kemba Walker is expected to miss 10 to 14 days with a second-degree sprain in his left ankle. Walker was injured in the third quarter of Saturday night’s loss to the Miami Heat when he stepped on Chris Bosh’s foot on a fastbreak layup. X-rays taken at the arena were negative, but Walker had an MRI on Sunday.

Walker left the arena Saturday night on crutches and with his foot in a boot.

Ramon Sessions is expected to start for Charlotte.

The injury will end Walker’s streak of 190 consecutive games played — the second-longest in team history.

Walker is averaging team highs of 18.7 points, five assists and 1.4 steals this season and has scored in double digits 37 times.

Hoping for more

The Detroit Pistons are in position to make the playoffs, but they’ve still been one of the NBA’s most perplexing teams this season.

Detroit is 17-23, only two games better than at this point in 2012-13.

That’s good enough for a spot among the top eight teams in the Eastern Conference right now, but after the Pistons added Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings in the offseason, fans were hoping for more.


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