The Birdman returns from possible noro, Nuggets finish off the Mavs

After a bout of a gastro illness on Monday night which caused him to miss Game 4, Chris Andersen, nicknamed The Birdman, was back in action tonight for the Denver Nuggets.  The Nuggets downed the Mavs 124-110 to take the best-of-7 series in 5 games.

According to the Minneapolis-St.Paul Star Tribune:

On Monday, Andersen was on the court for pregame introductions, but the Nuggets’ 6-foot-10 post player then went back to the locker room and wasn’t seen on the bench again. When the team returned after halftime, Andersen wasn’t with them and the Nuggets said he wouldn’t play.

Sounds like The Birdman picked up some noro somewhere but declared himself healthy today after a couple of days on IV for dehydration.

Asked if he would be ready for tonight, Andersen said, "I’m going to have a really large storage of energy."

A cross between Kurt Rambis and Dennis Rodman, Andersen’s night was short, receiving 5 personal fouls in just 13 minutes of play. 

And boom goes the dynamite.

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Batman hit by Hong Kong pollution

Producers shooting the new Batman movie have, reports The West Australian, been forced to cut one scene involving the caped crusader – played by Christian Bale – jumping out of a plane into Hong Kong’s famed Victoria Harbour.

The South China Morning Post was cited as saying producers felt the poor water quality was just too dangerous for the action hero when shooting for part of the film takes place there in the coming week.

A source was quoted as saying, “There was supposed to be a scene where Batman jumps out of the back of a Hercules C-130 and into Victoria Harbour. The plan was for Batman to be seen jumping into the water and then climbing up some bamboo, or something similar, onto a pier. But when they checked a water sample, they found all sorts of things, salmonella and tuberculosis, so it was cancelled. Now the action will cut to inside a building."

A spokeswoman for Hong Kong’s Environmental Protection Department was cited as admitting that harbor water was not suitable for swimming due to untreated sewage.