Odds & Ends: Howard, Armstrong, Warriors

The Knicks topped the Cavaliers 102-97 tonight, but they had a serious scare in the second quarter when Carmelo Anthony stumbled near midcourt and injured his right knee.  The forward was ruled out for the remainder of the game but the good news is that there are no tests planned for his knee, which probably means that he won't miss significant time.  The Knicks have tomorrow off and that will give Anthony some time to rest up and reevaluate his condition before Wednesday's game against the Pistons.  Here's more from around the Association..

  • Plenty of people in the basketball world seem to think that Dwight Howard will skip town this summer, but Josh Smith is putting his money on Howard staying with the Lakers, writes Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News.  “I can’t pick his brain and be in his head but to me, I don’t see him going anywhere,” the Hawks forward said. “It would be a shock to me.
  • The Warriors have two open roster spots, but a source tells Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports (on Twitter) not to be surprised if no one is added due to difficulty of landing playing time in Golden State.  That fits with the report we heard earlier today about the W's not being in a rush to sign more bodies.
  • With center options dwindling in the D-League, Gino Pilato of Ridiculous Upside looks at the big men that are left for NBA teams to consider.  Former first-round pick Hilton Armstrong, currently with the Santa Cruz Warriors, is among the frontcourt players to keep an eye on.
  • Shaun Powell of Sports On Earth looks at coaches on the hot seat.  Hawks coach Larry Drew, Pistons coach Lawrence Frank, and Clippers head man Vinny Del Negro should all feel a little toasty, according to Powell.

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