Sports Briefs April 22
Portland's Aldridge Ready For Game 2
A day after etching his name in Portland's record books with a franchise playoff-record 46 points in Game 1 of the first-round playoff series against Houston, LaMarcus Aldridge was already looking forward.
He says: "It was a true blessing to play on that level and to be in that select company and I'm happy about it and it's time to move on." The Trail Blazers rallied from a 10-point fourth quarter deficit and got a 122-120 overtime win on Sunday night. Houston coach Kevin McHale was left shaking his head at what the 28-year-old Aldridge did to his team. McHale says they'll have to figure out a way to slow him down to win Game 2 on Wednesday night.
Dwight Howard's 6th Foul Was Incorrect Call
NBA says the call that resulted in Houston's Dwight Howard fouling out Sunday was incorrect. Instead, the All-Star center should have received two free throws that could have given the Rockets the lead. Howard was called for his sixth foul with 10.8 seconds left in overtime while trying to get the rebound of James Harden's missed 3-pointer. Portland's Joel Freeland made one free throw, the final point in the Trail Blazers' 122-120 victory. But replay showed Freeland with an arm around Howard's back holding him. NBA president of operations Rod Thorn says in a statement Monday the foul should have been on Freeland.
Houston's Beverley Cleared For Game 2
Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley has been cleared to play in Game 2 on Wednesday night after injuring his right knee in the opening game of the first-round playoff series against Portland. Beverley was injured when LaMarcus Aldridge knocked him down setting a pick with about a minute left in the Trail Blazers' 122-120 overtime win on Sunday night. He missed eight games late in the season because of a torn meniscus in the same knee. Beverley says he felt pain in the same area where he was injured before when he was knocked down on Sunday night. He didn't feel any pain on Monday morning and says he'll be ready to play on Wednesday. He had nine points and six rebounds in Game 1.