Notes on Wednesday's games in the National Basketball Association ...
• Is Jason To Be An Argonaut? Was Wednesday Jason Kidd's farewell to the state of New Jersey? What about Vince Carter? With the NBA drade deadline looming, Carter seemed to indicate he'd be a valuable person to have around, scoring a season-high 46 points; but the Nets lost anyway, 111-107 to the Hornets. Kidd, though, scored six points (2-for-14 from the field, 0-for-7 on 3s), as he was actually seen packing a duffel bag between quarters (we think). David West scored a season-high 32 points for New Orleans, which is still solidly in the playoff hunt, a fact that we find delightful.
• Jack Of All Trades. Meanwhile, at Jason Kidd's rumored destination, they're not playing so hot. Phil Jackson took his sixth straight loss — the longest such streak of his career — as Jarrett Jack's 30 points led Portland past the Lakers 112-108. Kobe Bryant had 25 points.
• The Life Of Riley. Shaquille O'Neal is finally healthy, which means that the Heat are poised to take ... DOH! Dwyane Wade dislocated his left shoulder late in Miami's 112-102 loss to Houston. It's not known how serious it is, but it was serious enough for Wade to be taken off in a wheelchair. Tracy McGrady's 32 points led lead the Rockets. But hey, Pat Riley is back!
• Will He Be Walkin' In Memphis? (Walkin' In Memphis). The Warriors were without Baron Davis, but still managed to beat the Grizzlies 118-115 in OT (Monta Ellis had 22 points for Golden State). But will Memphis fans wake up tomorrow and find that Pau Gasol (22 points, 14 rebounds) is gone? By the way, didn't the Grizzlies score 144 points the last time these teams met?
• Revenge Of The Sixth Man. Please note Manu Ginobili's 40 points (24 straight in the first half), in San Antonio's 103-96 win over the Hawks.