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NBA roundup: Knicks' Smith wins sixth man award

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New York Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith won the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year award.

Smith will be presented the award Monday in New York after edging the likes of Jamal Crawford (Clippers), Manu Ginobili (Spurs) and Jarrett Jack (Warriors).

Smith averaged 18.1 points per game, shooting 35.6 percent from 3-point range and averaged 33.5 minutes per game, all off the bench. He also averaged 5.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game.

Smith re-signed with the Knicks as a free agent in July, when he said "despite my other options, New York is the best situation for me."

---The Phoenix Suns announced that Lance Blanks will no longer be the team's general manager.

Blanks was named the Suns general manager on Aug. 5, 2010. The Suns missed the playoffs all three seasons in which Blanks was the GM, and they finished with a 25-57 record this season. That was the worst record in the Western Conference and the fourth-worst record in the NBA.

---Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash practiced Monday and expects to start Wednesday in Game 2 of their series against the San Antonio Spurs, according to Lakers sideline reporter Mike Trudell of

Nash scored 16 points in the Game 1 loss but has been dealing with back and hamstring injuries.

---Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and Mike Brown met Sunday night to discuss the vacant coaching job opening, but Brown was not offered the job, ESPN reported Monday.

Gilbert and Brown are scheduled to meet again this week, as early as Monday night or Tuesday.

The Cavaliers also contacted Phil Jackson about the position over the weekend.

---The San Antonio Spurs' 91-79 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in their NBA playoffs series opener Sunday on ABC got a 4.6 overnight Nielsen rating, Sports Business Daily reported Monday.

It was the highest-rated opening weekend playoff game on the network in 10 years.

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