Category: NBA News

Holiday party: Pelicans hold off Blazers, go up 2-0

3:12 AM ET PORTLAND, Ore. — Several times during the three days between the New Orleans Pelicans’ Game 1 road win over the Trail Blazers on Saturday and their Game 2 matchup on Tuesday, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry was asked if he worried his team would be complacent after stealing home-court advantage in the series.…

Another one: Russ again averages triple-double

10:50 PM ET OKLAHOMA CITY — With a rebound with nine minutes left in the third quarter, Russell Westbrook added another historic bullet point to his résumé, becoming the first player to average a triple-double in multiple seasons Wednesday against the Memphis Grizzlies. Westbrook entered the Oklahoma City Thunder’s final two games with the tall…

Lillard and McCollum dish on Blazers, refs and LeBron over dinner

8:30 AM ET PORTLAND, Ore. — Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum were enjoying bowls of clam chowder when things got intense. The topic had turned to how I didn’t anticipate the Portland Trail Blazers being the third seed in the Western Conference this late in the season. Upon hearing that, McCollum stopped mid-scoop and said,…

Julius Randle is changing the narrative of his future

9:55 AM ET EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Julius Randle has heard more times than he cares to count how Magic Johnson and the Los Angeles Lakers will put on a full-court press this summer for two superstar free agents at his expense. The Lakers’ big man is fully aware that his future is tied solidly…

Nance has career night in first start with Cavs

4:23 AM ET CLEVELAND — Following Larry Nance Jr.’s career night in his first-ever start with the Cavaliers in a 112-90 rout of the Detroit Pistons on Monday, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said Nance will remain the team’s starting center for at least the next two weeks while Tristan Thompson recovers from a sprained right…