– The NBA is expected to suspend Celtics’ F Kevin Garnett for Saturday’s elbow to the face of Heat’ G Quentin Richardson, which kicked off a mini-scrum in Game 1′s matchup of the Celtics and Heat. The Herald’s Steve Bulpett says that a suspension seems “almost certain,” and it’s hard to imagine the league letting Garnett play after television replays clearly show that his elbow was thrown intentionally. Garnett may not be the only player suspended though, as Richardson didn’t really have any business trying to push Garnett away from injured teammate F Paul Pierce. Additionally, Richardson referred to KG and Pierce as “actresses.”
– Jazz’ F Mehmet Okur (Achilles tendon), re-aggravated his left Achilles’ tendon injury in Saturday’s game and did not return, left the arena on crutches and said after the game that he heard something “pop.” Utah play-by-play announcer David Locke went as far as to say he’s concerned about his status next year, and after his MRI on Sunday we’ll know more.
– The Giants will reportedly be willing to shop DE Osi Umenyiora on draft day if they select Jason Pierre-Paul with the No. 15 pick. Umenyiora “can be had for the right price,” according to Mike Lombardi of the National Football Post. Though Umenyiora is coming off a poor season, he is due manageable money over the life of his contract and could probably use a change of scenery. He may also be available for as little as a mid-round pick.
– Titans’ GM Mike Reinfeldt reiterated that he does not expect RB Chris Johnson to hold out, despite Johnson’s desire for a new contract. “The good thing with Chris is he has been a pro from Day 1. So I would expect Chris to be a pro.” In the uncapped year, the Titans’ hands are tied with regard to long-term deals because of the “30 Percent Rule,” which prohibits large raises of future base salaries. To satisfy Johnson’s demands, the team would have to come up with a hugely bonus-based deal.
– The Giants have placed OF Aaron Rowand (fractured cheekbones) on the 15-day DL and will miss a minimum of two weeks. He suffered a mild concussion and two small fractures of his left cheekbone after being hit in the head by Dodgers’ RHP Vicente Padilla’s fastball on Friday. If the injury requires surgery, it would only add one additional week to his absence. Expect Rowand back in early-to-mid May.