Barbosa wins Sixth Man Award
Cavs' James says ankle improving
NBA fines Bulls' Hinrich $25,000
Butler gets cast removed
â€¢ 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.
â€¢ 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."
â€¢ 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.
â€¢ 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.