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Staff Report • Apr 24, 2007 at 12:48 PM

Barbosa wins Sixth Man Award

Cavs' James says ankle improving

NBA fines Bulls' Hinrich $25,000

Butler gets cast removed

Barbosa wins Sixth Man Award

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• PHOENIX - Leandro Barbosa, the "Brazilian Blur, "ran away with the NBA's Sixth Man Award on Monday.

He received 101 of a possible 127 first- place votes from a media panel.

The honor came one day after Barbosa, 24, matched his career playoff high with 26 points in the Phoenix Suns' 95-87 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday in Game 1 of their opening series.

In his fourth NBA season, he averaged a career-high 18.1 points, shooting 43 percent from 3-point range.

Cavs' James says ankle improving

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• CLEVELAND - LeBron James says his sprained left ankle won't keep him out of the playoffs.

James, 22, twisted his ankle Sunday during the third quarter of Cleveland's 97-82 win over Washington in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference series. He said there's no doubt he'll be ready Wednesday for Game 2 of the best-of-seven series.

"It's OK," James said. "It's what I expected, soreness and stiffness."

NBA fines Bulls' Hinrich $25,000

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• CHICAGO - Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Monday for throwing his mouthpiece into the stands during a playoff victory over the Miami Heat.

Hinrich fired his mouthpiece into the stands after picking up his fourth foul early in the third quarter and got a technical in the Bulls' 96-91 win at United Center on Saturday.

Butler gets cast removed

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• WASHINGTON - Washington Wizards forward Caron Butler had the cast removed from his broken right hand Monday.

Still, Wizards coach Eddie Jordan ruled out having the All-Star back for the team's first-round playoff series against Cleveland.

"If we get deeper in the playoffs, possibly, but not in the first round," Jordan said.

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