• Ettore Messina To Remain Spurs’ Coach For Game 5

    Hoops Rumors "Top Spurs assistant Ettore Messina will continue to serve as the club’s interim head coach for Game 5 of its series against the Warriors on Tuesday, the team announced today. It will be Messina’s third game as head coach this series. Messina is filling in for Gregg Popovich, who is away from..." April 23

  • NBA Rumors: Spurs Maintain This Caveat For Potential Kawhi Leonard Trade

    NESN "If the San Antonio Spurs do indeed send Kawhi Leonard packing, it sounds like it will be far from the Lone Star State. Leonard’s future with the Spurs has remained uncertain as the star forward continues to be out of action due to a lingering quad injury. The ailment reportedly has caused..." April 23

  • Damian Lillard Sees Blazers As Capable Of Replicating Warriors' Trajectory

    Real GM Basketball "The Portland Trail Blazers finished the regular season with the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference but were swept in the first round by New Orleans Pelicans. Lillard believes the Pelicans did an excellent job of taking him out of the offense. "The reality of it is, their game plan was to..." April 23

  • Jusuf Nurkic on future with Portland Trail Blazers: 'I want to be here, it's no secret'

    CBS Sports "When the Trail Blazers traded for Jusuf Nurkic during the 2016-17 season, he made an immediate impact in his new home. He helped lead Portland on a post-All-Star break run into the playoffs. It felt like he was the perfect fit next to Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. A big man down low that could..." April 23

  • Gortat on Wall: ‘If He Plays The Right Way, He Is The Best Point Guard In NBA’

    SLAM Online "John Wall took over Game 4 against the Raptors, scoring or assisting on 18 of Washington’s final 23 points, according to ESPN Stats & Info. The All-Star point guard finished with 27 points, 14 assists, and 6 rebounds in a 106-98 victory that evened the series at 2-2. Afterwards, center..." April 23

  • Jared Dudley: Giannis Antetokounmpo practiced mean mugging in locker room

    Pro Basketball Talk "Giannis Antetokounmpo‘s Game 3 dunk over Aron Baynes was great. Antetokounmpo’s Game 4 dunk over Al Horford (seen above) is even better, because of the fantastic mean mug that followed. The rise of Antetokounmpo is no accident. He worked hard to develop his on-court skills. And that includes..." April 23

  • Marcus Morris has had it with referees: 'It's laughable at this point'

    WEEI Boston "Celtics forward Marcus Morris is convinced NBA officials have it out for him. Less than 24 hours after the NBA announced Morris' $15,000 fine for criticizing the officials following Game 3's loss against the Bucks Friday night, Morris again expressed his frustration moments after Sunday's..." April 23

  • Klay Thompson is the Warriors’ master of efficiency

    San Francisco Gate "Late Thursday night, when he saw more than a dozen reporters packed into a small interview room in the AT&T Center, Warriors guard Klay Thompson shook his head and muttered to himself. “Let’s make this quick,” Thompson said, his voice barely audible. It was quintessential Klay: A master of..." April 23

  • Game-winning shot but no tacos? Giannis Antetokounmpo left waiting at restaurant

    USA Today "After his game-winning tip-in helped the Milwaukee Bucks even their playoff series with the Boston Celtics at 2-2 on Sunday afternoon, superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo naturally wanted to grab a bite to eat. What does a 6-11 superstar have to do to get a table around these parts? A tweet that..." April 23

  • LeBron James and Jeff Green diss Lance Stephenson after Game 4

    247 Sports "LeBron James and Jeff Green believe Lance Stephenson is not worth their time. Following the Cleveland Cavaliers' nail-biting 104-100 win over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday night, a game which involved several dust-ups between Stephenson and James and Green, the two Cavaliers veterans echoed the..." April 23

  • A healthy Reggie Jackson would lift Pistons’ fortunes

    Detroit News "Last season, it was just before the regular season started that the Pistons found out about Reggie Jackson’s tendinitis in his knee and thumb. This season, the news of his severe ankle sprain was a belated lump of coal on the day after Christmas. The Pistons’ promising 19-14 start cratered into..." April 23

  • David Blatt wants redemption after LeBron fiasco

    New York Post "The unseemly details of former Cavaliers coach David Blatt’s sour relationship with LeBron James in Cleveland were spelled out in a recent book, “Return of The King.’’ In an interview published Saturday in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, and translated from Hebrew, Blatt declined to talk about..." April 23

  • LeBron James becomes second player with 100+ 30-point games in playoffs

    Cavs Nation "Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James just added another milestone to his playoff resume. In the Cavs’ Game 4 win against the Indiana Pacers, James scored 32 points. This made him just the second player in NBA history with 100+ 30-point games in the playoffs. As reported by CBS Sports, the..." April 23

  • Stop Pretending Anthony Davis Has Any Chance Of Being Traded This Summer

    Uproxx "Anthony Davis just got done leading the New Orleans Pelicans to a four-game sweep of the 3-seed Portland Trail Blazers in which he averaged 33 points, 12 rebounds, 2.8 blocks, and 1.8 steals per game with a 57/30/81.6 shooting split. Those numbers could usually be justified as part of a small..." April 23

  • Mike Budenholzer wants Knicks job because he’s sick of losing

    New York Post "Mike Budenholzer is genuinely interested in the Knicks’ job, according to an NBA source who has spoken to the Hawks coach. “New York’s his top choice,’’ the NBA source said. “If they offered him the job, he’d say yes. He wants to live in New York.’’ Moreover, Budenholzer appears so..." April 23

  • Rockets’ Eric Gordon struggling early in playoffs

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets' 3-point shot is off. Eric Gordon's entire offensive attack is. Through three playoff games, one of the best pure shooters in the NBA is hitting just 28.2 percent (11-of-39) of his field-goal attempts and only 23.1 percent (6-of-26) of his 3-pointers. The Rockets aren't shooting..." April 23

  • Mike D'Antoni, James Harden: Rockets not in good rhythm

    ABC 13 "Coach Mike D'Antoni's concern about the possibility of theHouston Rockets losing their rhythm after clinching the NBA's top overall seed with a couple of weeks remaining in the regular season has become a reality. The Rockets cruised to the league's best overall record with a historically elite..." April 22

  • Blazers GM Neil Olshey says team won’t overreact to quick playoff exit

    Larry Brown Sports "The Portland Trail Blazers were swept by the New Orleans Pelicans in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, leading many to wonder if there were big changes in store for the organization. While obviously still assessing the damage, Blazers general manager Neil Olshey seemed to indicate that there..." April 22

  • Kerr: Curry ‘is not going to play anytime soon’

    San Jose Mercury News "The Warriors were correct in saying that Stephen Curry would not play in the first round of the playoffs. But will he play in the second round of the NBA playoffs? “Steph is not going to play anytime soon,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “But he’s come along well and has looked good in..." April 22

  • Warriors' Kevin Durant to Giannis Antetokounmpo: Don't stay with Bucks if you're not having fun

    ESPN "Giannis Antetokounmpo has a vision. He looks into his future and sees his jersey being raised to the rafters, ideally next to a new championship banner or two, after an entire career spent playing for the Milwaukee Bucks. "Definitely. That's one of my goals," Antetokounmpo told ESPN..." April 22

  • Pelicans have to trade DeMarcus Cousins

    Yardbarker "The New Orleans Pelicans were built around a very simple principal. Two superstars, no matter how theoretically redundant, are always better than one. That principal is essentially historical fact. Solo acts don’t win championships. LeBron James never did it. Kobe Bryant never did it. Michael..." April 22

  • LeBron James' Cavs again searching for answers after nightmare second half against Pacers in Game 3

    CBS Sports "The Cleveland Cavaliers had it in the bag. At halftime in Game 3 of their first-round series, they led the Indiana Pacers 57-40. Unlike the previous game, a three-point victory, they were not relying on LeBron James carrying them; Kevin Love led the team in scoring with 16 points on 6-for-11..." April 22

  • Marcus Smart Could Return from Injury for Game 6 vs. Bucks

    Bleacher Report "Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart told reporters he will meet with a doctor in New York City in hopes of being cleared ahead of a potential Game 6 matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks. Smart spoke to reporters ahead of the Celtics' Game 4 clash in Milwaukee, where they will attempt to take a 3-1..." April 22

  • Ime Udoka To Interview With Hornets

    Hoops Rumors "The Hornets will interview Ime Udoka for their head coaching vacancy this week, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. An assistant in San Antonio, Udoka joins fellow Spurs assistant Ettore Messina and former Grizzlies coach David Fizdale on Charlotte’s interview list. Udoka has been an assistant..." April 22

  • Brett Brown ‘shocked’ Sixers defeated Heat, believes team ‘didn’t deserve it’

    Sportress of Blogitude "Saturday, the Philadelphia 76ers took a commanding 3-1 series lead versus the Miami Heat with a 106-102 victory in South Beach. Despite the win, the Sixers looked very sloppy for a large portion of the game. Joel Embiid, who made his postseason debut in Game 3, did not have the strongest outing..." April 22

  • How special can these Sixers be? Just listen to Dwyane Wade

    Philly.com "Maybe the best thing to do is just listen. Sure, we could dive into the details of what the Sixers accomplished on the court on Saturday afternoon. We could take a look back at all of the moments that exemplified the toughness, the resilience, the edge with which they played. The shots, the..." April 22

  • Ex-Clippers Forward Wilson Signs With Italian Team

    Hoops Rumors "Former Clippers small forward Jamil Wilson has agreed to a contract for the remainder of the European League season with Italian Serie A team Virtus Bologna, according to Daniele Labanti of Corriere di Bologna, as relayed by Sportando. Wilson had a whirlwind season. He signed a two-way contract..." April 22

  • Kawhi Won't Be Available to Lakers

    Orange County Register "It’s a sad day in San Antonio – and an exciting one for other teams, starting with the Lakers – with Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs looking like they’re past the point of no return. The Spurs trail the Warriors 3-0 in their first-round mismatch, one loss from the offseason with Kawhi nowhere in..." April 22

  • Vander Blue Leaves Italian Team

    Hoops Rumors "Vander Blue, who spent part of this season as a two-way player with the Lakers, is no longer with Fiat Torino in Italy, according to Nicola Lupo of Sportando. Blue played five games for L.A. before being waived in January, seeing just nine total minutes of court time. " April 22

  • Andrew Bogut to play in NBL, signs with Sydney Kings

    ESPN "Veteran Boomers big man Andrew Bogut has all but ended his 13-season NBA career after signing with the Sydney Kings in Australia's NBL. The Kings revealed the news via their social media channels on Sunday night, confirming a press conference will be held on Monday morning to discuss their..." April 22

  • Simmons Reportedly Wouldn't Welcome Lebron To The 76ers

    Hot New Hip Hop "Jim Jackson may very well be saying what Ben Simmons is thinking. Retired NBA player Jim Jackson thinks the Philadelphia 76ers should focus their efforts on signing Paul George instead of Lebron James for the sake of Ben Simmons' career. With Lebron becoming a free agent this summer, reports..." April 22

  • After Rubio's triple-double, Westbrook vows to 'shut that s--- off next game'

    CBS Sports "If there's one person who knows triple-doubles, it's Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook. So it was a little odd to see Jazz guard Ricky Rubio put up a monster triple-double against Westbrook in Utah's 115-102 Game 4 victory on Saturday. Rubio finished with 26 points, 11 rebounds and..." April 22

  • CJ McCollum blasts reporter for poorly-worded tweet

    The Sports Daily "The No. 3 seed Portland Trail Blazers just got swept by the No. 6 Pelicans, and that embarrassing result appears to be taking a toll on the team’s players. CJ McCollum did everything he could in his power to attempt to prevent that from happening, with 38 points on 15-of-22 shooting in the..." April 22

  • Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday combine for 88 points, tying playoff record

    ESPN "When DeMarcus Cousins went down with a torn Achilles in January, one of the NBA's most promising big threes was dismantled -- and it looked like the Pelicans' playoff hopes would crumble, as well. But the remaining big two of Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday just responded with one of the..." April 22

  • Magic interested in the Blazers’ Terry Stotts if he becomes available

    Clutch Points "The Portland Trail Blazers are coming off the heels of a disappointing four-game sweep in the first round of the playoffs against the New Orleans Pelicans. It has marked the second straight exit in the opening round by way of a sweep for the franchise. This latest discouraging end to the..." April 22

  • Lillard after sweep: Pelicans 'threw something at us that we hadn't seen'

    NBA.com "Game 4 in New Orleans wasn’t short on great shots and great performances on both sides, but the Pelicans made a few more plays to sweep the Trail Blazers with a 131-123 win Saturday at Smoothie King Center. A sellout crowd of 18,544 watched the Pelicans earn their spot in the Western Conference..." April 22

  • Alvin Gentry thanks Kobe Bryant after Game 4 win over Blazers

    Larry Brown Sports "Alvin Gentry began his post game press conference after the New Orleans Pelicans swept the Portland Trail Blazers by thanking Kobe Bryant and his shoes. With less than a minute remaining in regulation of Saturday’s game, Jrue Holiday was ruled to have stepped out of bounds with New Orleans up..." April 22

  • 76ers’ Ben Simmons Becomes First Rookie Since Lakers’ Magic Johnson With Triple-Double In NBA Playoffs

    Lakers Nation "With his size and passing ability at the point guard position, Philadelphia 76ers rookie Ben Simmons has often drawn comparisons to Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson. Magic, of course, took the Lakers to another level as a team in his first season, and Simmons is trying to do the same with..." April 22

  • Lance Stephenson: Pacers have ‘full control’ of series with Cavs

    Larry Brown Sports "Lance Stephenson thinks he has LeBron James right where he wants him. Speaking with reporters after practice on Saturday, Stephenson expressed confidence over the Indiana Pacers’ 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series against the favored Cleveland Cavaliers. “We have full control right..." April 21

  • Terry Stotts Reportedly Could Be Fired After Pelicans Sweep Trail Blazers

    Bleacher Report "Even after leading his team to 49 victories and a Northwest Division title during the regular season, Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts could be on the hot seat. Marc Stein of the New York Times reported there is buzz around the league that Stotts could be fired after the third-seeded..." April 21

  • George Hill's MRI reveals no damage to back

    247 Sports "It looks like George Hill will be just fine. As the Cleveland Cavaliers prepare for a pivotal Game 4 matchup versus the Indiana Pacers on their home floor on Sunday night, there is some good news to go along with some bad news. The good news is that an MRI revealed there was no structural..." April 21

  • Twins Marcus, Markieff Morris each fined by league for separate instances

    Pro Basketball Talk "Twins Marcus and Markieff Morris have a special bond, one that includes doing so much together on the basketball court — playing at the same high school, the same AAU team, then going to college together at Kansas, and even playing together in the NBA for a while together with the Suns (they are..." April 21

  • David Fizdale, Ettore Messina To Interview With Hornets

    Real GM Basketball "The Charlotte Hornets will interview David Fizdale and Ettore Messina for their head coaching vacancy in the coming days. Fizdale was fired by the Grizzlies as head coach early this season." April 21

  • Rodions Kurucs To Enter The 2018 NBA Draft

    Hoops Rumors "Latvian forward Rodions Kurucs is declaring for the 2018 NBA draft, per Jonathan Givony of ESPN. The 6-foot-10 combo forward is now projected as a possible second-round selection after seeing his stock plummet because of a lack of laying time with Barcelona this season. Kurucs, 20, is currently..." April 21

  • What's happened to Karl-Anthony Towns?

    Sporting News "The Timberwolves might not have entered their first-round matchup with the Rockets with expectations of upsetting the best team in the NBA, but they at least had the talent to make things interesting. With Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns, the Timberwolves have the star power to compete with..." April 21

  • Gregg Popovich will not return to Spurs' bench for Game 4

    ABC News " Gregg Popovich will not coach the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday for Game 4 of their first-round series with the Golden State Warriors, the team announced. Popovich also did not coach Game 3 on Thursday after his wife, Erin, died Wednesday." April 21

  • Potential No. 1 Overall Pick Luka Doncic Has Reportedly Declared For The 2018 NBA Draft

    Clutch Points "European star Luka Doncic has submitted paperwork to officially enter the 2018 NBA Draft, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports. Doncic, who is currently 19 years old, is playing in the postseason in the Euroleague for Real Madrid right now. The Slovenian-born swingman is projected to be..." April 21

  • Cavaliers’ George Hill to have MRI on back, questionable for Game 4

    Sportsnaut "It’s not a coincidence that Victor Oladipo and the Indiana Pacers had major success on offense in the second half of the team’s win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night. Trailing by 17 at halftime and having put up just 40 points in the first two quarters, Indiana came through big time..." April 21