Anthony Davis has suffered a non-displaced fracture in his left hand in the New Orleans Pelicans’ game against the New York Knicks.
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All signals emanating from Clipperland continue to paint the prospect of Lamar Odom’s return as a when-not-if inevitability.
But the latest word circulating Sunday, in the wake of J.J. Redick’s arm injuries, strongly suggests that the widely expected re-signing of Odom is unlikely to take place before the Clippers finish a seven-game road trip in mid-December.
The name that is dominating the early rumors is Omer Asik of the Rockets. The disgruntled center can be had, but Houston isn’t just giving him away.
In fact, the Rockets are setting the market high for Asik, with a demand of two first round picks in any deal.
Trust earns playing time on coach Tom Thibodeau’s court. It became obvious Saturday that (Marquis) Teague had once again taken a step back in that department.
Teague could be moved in a package if the Bulls start becoming sellers. Four teams were interested in the point guard’ at the end of training camp, especially after Teague shined in the Summer League. The problem is that (Kirk) Hinrich is a free agent after this season, and the organization hoped that Teague would step up.
The Portland Trail Blazers’ bench is much-improved with the addition of Dorell Wright, Thomas Robinson and the emergence of Joel Freeland, thus eliminating minutes for (Victor) Claver at either small forward or power forward positions. There currently aren’t enough minutes to spread around. Claver understands the situations. He’s happy and humbled just to be here.
“I work hard. I’m lucky. I can’t complain being here because this is the best position a player can be in,” Claver told CSNNW.com. “I’m patient. I work hard and I’m waiting for the moment.”
Nice as the time off has been, however, (Lionel) Hollins is ready to return to the NBA.
“I believe I’ve established myself as a head coach and I’d like another opportunity to show that [my success] wasn’t a fluke,” Hollins said. “I feel like I’ve proven I can take a young team and develop it, then sustain what I’ve done by what I did in the last five years in Memphis.”
The Clippers remain interested in signing Lamar Odom as part of searching for a roster move as an additional insurance policy for the playoffs, with Doc Rivers telling NBA.com he is “hoping things work out” between the team and Odom.
Rivers, the coach and head of basketball operations, was impressed by Odom’s attitude and condition – “He was actually in pretty good shape, and that surprised me” – when they met Nov. 15 at Clippers headquarters.
“I know there’s other teams involved, I think. I honestly haven’t focused on it a lot. But he’s somebody that I’ve always liked, and I like him more now after hearing from Phil Jackson to Vinny to all the players the type of guy he is in the locker room. When I hear that stuff, without saying exactly what I heard, you want him in your locker room.”
With (Michael) Beasley playing the role of defensive stopper, the Raptors scored four points in the final minutes of the game, and the Heat got out of Toronto with a victory despite scoring just 33 points in the second half and 12 points in the fourth quarter.
“He can have a significant role for us,” Spoelstra said on Friday, offering publicly his strongest show of support for Beasley since he was signed this summer. “That role may be limited minutes, but it can be a significant role. It could be bigger minutes. We have a whole season to figure that out.”
Dirk Nowitzki was ticked off about the Dallas Mavericks’ fourth loss in five games. But that didn’t keep him from getting in a not-so-subtle jab at the NBA and the referee crew for Minnesota’s 112-106 win Saturday night at AAC.
This was blood, but no foul when Ricky Rubio’s inadvertent elbow clipped Nowitzki on the bridge of the nose and opened up a nasty gash that had to be sealed up before Nowitzki could return.
“I don’t think it’s broke, since it wasn’t a foul,” he said with a big grin. “I might get another flopping call from my boy Rod Thorn on Monday.”
Thorn is the NBA’s basketball operations chief who administers fines and warning, like the one he gave to Nowitzki for a flop against Denver a week ago.
The Dallas Mavericks have assigned rookie guard Ricky Ledo to the Texas Legends, the Mavericks’ NBA Development League affiliate. The assignment is the 27th of the 2013-14 NBA and NBA D-League seasons, while Ledo becomes the 13th NBA player to have been assigned this season.
Georgetown Hoyas coach John Thompson III announced Saturday that junior forward Greg Whittington has been dismissed from the team.
The versatile forward has battled injuries and academic concerns in the past year. He averaged 12.1 points and 7.0 rebounds in 13 games last season before missing the remainder of the season after being suspended for academic deficiencies.
Maybe the worst is over. Or maybe not.
With the Knicks an emotional train wreck, they’re trying a new approach — the Power of Positive Thinking.
Indications are a new edict has come down from above — either new president Steve Mills or owner James Dolan. Enough of the morose, hypercritical, gloom-and-doom talk, because it’s making matters worse.
“My jumper just hasn’t been there,” (J.R.) Smith said. “That’s situations where I got to make my teammates better, get guys open shots and keep driving to the hole. But one thing, I’m not going to stop shooting.”
Asked if his surgically repaired left knee has affected his shooting stroke and his overall play, Smith admitted: “Somewhat, but it’s all right, I’m still playing…It’s taking time. I’m not one to make excuses, but I got to play better. If it’s hurting that bad, then I shouldn’t be playing. I’m out there and I’m going to try to give it all I got.”
If this experiment with Andrew Bynum is a success, if the Cavs can really make him a pillar of the offense and defense, then Saturday’s 97-93 victory against the Chicago Bulls might be remembered as the turning point.
Bynum played 30 minutes, scored 20 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked five shots – all season highs and on the second night of a back-to-back, no less.
The victory ended the Cavs’ dreadful five-game losing streak and delivered a much-needed jolt to a franchise that stumbled badly through the season’s first month.
(Jeff) Green is averaging 20.8 points in his past six games after a puzzling two-game stretch in which he totaled just 6 points. Green scored a season-high 31 points on 9-for-13 shooting in the Celtics’ 103-86 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday night, displaying his vast offensive potential.
“If he was that good every night, then you’d be talking about top-three player in the league,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Saturday before the Celtics played the Bucks. “I do think we have to continue to go to him as much as possible.”