- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 27, 2006

My brother from anotha pop, minus one shot

We Neno and G-Money man, we all we got

From the stoop to the big dudes, stoppin’ us from playin’ hoops

And us gettin’ mad, throwin’ rocks off the roof

— Jay-Z, “Anything”

Roc-a-fella Nets vs. Indiana Pacers

Peja Stojakovic and Ron Artest, who were traded for each other January 25, began the playoffs in similar fashion: poorly followed by a DNP.

Stojakovic scored 12 points on 5-for-11 shooting for the Pacers in Game 1 of their series. He began the game with two airballs and watched the fourth quarter from the bench. He missed Game 2 because of pain and fluid in his right knee.

Artest scored 16 points on 7-for-21 shooting for the Kings in Game 1 of their series. He was elbowed by San Antonio’s Manu Ginobili on the game’s first possession, requiring three stitches in his mouth.

Artest retaliated — with an elbow to Ginobili’s head — and was suspended for Game 2.

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Denver Nuggets

Kenyon Martin was unhappy with his minutes in the first two games of this series. He won’t play at all tonight in Game 3.

The Nuggets have suspended the malcontent indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team.

In his sixth season, Martin’s demise seems fairly complete.

The last American-born college player to be selected first in the NBA Draft, Martin has gone from a product of Jason Kidd’s passing to expendable during a first-round playoff series.

The Nuggets owe Martin, who was bothered by tendinitis all season, more than $70 million over the next five seasons.

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