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Alexis Ajinca’s huge night lifts Pelicans past Heat 104-102

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --  New Orleans Pelicans center Alexis Ajinca (42) passes the ball over the head of Miami Heat forward Chris Andersen (11) during action at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans  Friday, February 27, 2015.

For the second consecutive game, a role player scored his career high as the New Orleans Pelicans came away with a victory. Backup center Alexis Ajinca had a game-high 24 points, including the winning basket with 25.9 seconds left, and the Pelicans turned back the Miami Heat 104-102 on Friday night at the Smoothie King Center.… Continue reading →

Alexis Ajinca’s huge night lifts Pelicans past Heat 104-102

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --  New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon (10) passes the ball away as he is boxed in under the basket by Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside, left, and guard Henry Walker (5) during action at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans  Friday, February 27, 2015.

For the second consecutive game, a role player scored his career high and the New Orleans Pelicans came away with the victory. Backup center Alexis Ajinca scored 24 points, including the winning basket with 25.9 seconds left, as the Pelicans turned back the Miami Heat, 104-102, on Friday at the Smoothie King Center. “Alexis has been playing well,… Continue reading →

Pelicans forward Anthony Davis: "I'm willing to step up and try to be that quote, unquote Drew Brees or Chris Paul."

New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis (23) backs in on Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, in Cleveland. Davis scored 27 points in a 118-111 loss to the Cavaliers. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

Pelicans forward Anthony Davis talks about being the face of New Orleans basketball and one of the emerging faces of New Orleans Sports in a story on SBNation.com. "I'm willing to step up and try to be that quote, unquote Drew Brees or Chris Paul," Davis said. And no one can question his effort or results.… Continue reading →

Former Miami Heat guard Norris Cole has given Pelicans a boost with his defense and experience

New Orleans Pelicans guard Norris Cole (30) goes to the basket in front of Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas (17) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. The Pelicans won 100-97. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The New Orleans Pelicans obtained Norris Cole at the NBA trading deadline to give them a solid defender as the backup point guard — insurance with starter Jrue Holiday’s injury situation uncertain at best. However, Cole, who won two championships during his four seasons with the Miami Heat, has brought more. With All-Star Anthony Davis, 3-point… Continue reading →

Pelicans forward Anthony Davis wins January NBA Cares Community Assist Award

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) helps Dylan Singleton bowl along with other children from the West Bank YMCA at Fulton Alley for ADÕs Flight Academy Bowling Event, part of the NBA's fit week, in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015.

New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis has received a lot of awards and honors for his play on the basketball court, this season being selected to start for the Western Conference in the NBA All-Star Game. However, he was clearly most proud of his latest award, one that doesn’t involve basketball feats. Davis… Continue reading →

Quincy Pondexter leads Pelicans past Nets

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --  New Orleans Pelicans guard Quincy Pondexter (20) drives to the basket as Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams (8) defends, during action at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans  Wednesday, February 25, 2015.

For the New Orleans Pelicans, it’s next man up as they forge ahead in an important three-game home stretch. This time, it was small forward Quincy Pondexter’s turn. Pondexter had a career-high 25 points, and the Pelicans turned back the Brooklyn Nets 102-96 on Wednesday night at Smoothie King Center. Pondexter said he had motivation. First, a reporter suggested… Continue reading →

Pelicans' Jrue Holiday confirms no surgery necessary for leg

New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, right, drives on Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Monday, Nov. 17, 2014.(AP Photo/Don Ryan) ORG XMIT: ORDR10

Jrue Holiday made his first public comments since re-injuring his leg, and the Pelicans’ point guard confirmed he will not need surgery. He also said the stress fracture in his right leg is different than the fractured right tibia that kept him out for the final 48 games of last season, claiming there’s no “crack”… Continue reading →

Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, who has missed 19 games with a leg injury, says he doesn't know if he will return this season

New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, right, drives on Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Monday, Nov. 17, 2014.(AP Photo/Don Ryan) ORG XMIT: ORDR10

New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday said Wednesday the injury to his lower right leg is different than the one he experienced last season, and said he doesn't need surgery. “The difference is that I had a crack in my shin last year, and I don't have a crack now,” he said after the Pelicans' shoot-around practice in preparation for… Continue reading →

Luke Babbitt gives Pelicans bench a much-needed boost

Pelicans forward Luke Babbitt (8) dunks in the second half of a game against the Indiana Pacers in New Orleans on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. The Pacers won 106-93. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

It was starting to look like another listless performance for the New Orleans Pelicans bench, a bunch of role players now in bigger roles seeing more playing time after injuries to three key players. The Pelicans trailed by 11 points to the Toronto Raptors on Monday night and already had given up six offensive rebounds. But then… Continue reading →

Lewis: Pelicans continue to give the unexpected, good or bad

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --   New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams talks with an official during a break in the action with the Toronto Raptors at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans  Mondayy, February 23, 2015.

Remember that look of agony on Anthony Davis’ when he reinjured his right shoulder the other night in Miami? Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps isn’t sure, but he imagines his expression was about the same. “It was probably pretty painful looking,” Demps said Monday before the Pelicans rallied for a 100-97 victory against Toronto… Continue reading →

Pelicans pull off stunner against Toronto

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --   Pelicans guard Norris Cole drives past Toronto Raptors forward James Johnson (3) and Jonas Valanciunas (17) on his way to  the basket Monday night at the Smoothie King Center.

Playing without injured key players Anthony Davis, Ryan Anderson and Jrue Holiday, the New Orleans Pelicans dug themselves a hole in Monday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors. But with reserve players stepping up, they climbed their way out of it and posted a 100-97 victory at the Smoothie King Center. The victory was the second in a row… Continue reading →

Pelicans forward Anthony Davis on his shoulder injury: 'We've got enough guys out there capable of stepping up'

New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis (23) loses the ball under pressure from Houston Rockets' Donatas Motiejunas (20) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

New Orleans Pelicans All-Star power forward Anthony Davis said Monday he has an acromioclavicular joint injury in his right shoulder. He had been diagnosed with a sprained shoulder before the All-Star break, which caused him to miss the All-Star Game on Feb. 14. That usually takes less time to heal than his present injury. Davis, however, said… Continue reading →

Pelicans’ Anthony Davis out 1-2 weeks, Ryan Anderson 2-4 weeks

Associated Press photo by Gerald HerbertNew Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, right, battles for a rebound with Chicago Bulls forward Pau Gasol on Saturday in New Orleans.

The New Orleans Pelicans came away with a big road win against the Miami Heat on Saturday night, particularly with it coming a night after losing to the woeful Orlando Magic. However, instead of that victory keeping hope alive for the Pelicans as they attempt to land the Western Conference’s eighth and final playoff… Continue reading →

Pelicans waive forward Shawne Williams

The New Orleans Pelicans waived forward Shawne Williams, who was acquired Feb. 19 from the Miami HEAT along with Norris Cole and Justin Hamilton as part of a three-team trade. Williams, 6-9, 230, has appeared in 44 games (22 starts) this season for Miami, averaging 6.6 points and 3.2 rebounds. He was the 17th overall selection out of Memphis in the… Continue reading →

Pelicans lose Anthony Davis, Ryan Anderson to injuries while blowing out the Miami Heat

Associated Press photo by ALAN DIAZ -- Pelicans forward Dante Cunningham goes to the basket against the Miami Heat in the first half Saturday in Miami. The Pelicans won 105-91.

MIAMI — A win is almost always sweet — but not when it comes at the expense of Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson. Both have MRIs scheduled for Sunday, the results of which loom even larger than the Pelicans’ 105-91 wire-to-wire win over the Miami Heat on Saturday night at American Airlines Arena. But… Continue reading →

Anthony Davis’ popularity soaring with Pelicans fans

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) helps Dylan Singleton bowl along with other children from the West Bank YMCA at Fulton Alley for ADÕs Flight Academy Bowling Event, part of the NBA's fit week, in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015.

Khayree Salahubbin can barely contain himself. A fifth grader at Benjamin Franklin Elementary in New Orleans, Salahubbin is bouncing from one leg to the other in excited anticipation of the arrival of his hero, Anthony Davis, at the Fulton Bowl, where Davis’ AD Flight Academy is treating youngsters from the West Bank YMCA to an evening… Continue reading →

Pelicans start second half of season with loss to Magic

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) blocks the shot from Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Reinhold Matay)

ORLANDO, Fla. — After the way the New Orleans Pelicans limped into the All-Star layoff, Friday presented the opportunity for a fresh start with some of their key pieces back in place. Anthony Davis was back on the floor. So, too, was Ryan Anderson, despite some late concern that his sore elbow needed another night… Continue reading →

Elfrid Payton finding his place in NBA as a rookie starter for Orlando

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Orlando Magic guard Elfrid Payton (4) plays in a NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans in the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014.

ORLANDO, Fla. Ask Elfrid Payton about top memories he took home from All-Star Weekend, and the short list inevitably includes participating in the Slam Dunk Contest. Even though the rookie never actually threw one down himself. Payton got his fair share of court time, though, as setup man for Magic teammate… Continue reading →

The Pelicans in the NBA Playoffs? Fansided.com says it will happen in its 20 bold predictions segment

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) celebrates their 109-106 victory over the Dallas Mavericks with guard Quincy Pondexter (20) after an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

The New Orleans Pelicans have the 10th-best record in the Western Conference, 1 1/2 games behind Oklahoma City Thunder and Phoenix Suns for the eighth and final seed in NBA playoffs. But one writer believes the Pelicans have just what it takes to leapfrog the Thunder and the Suns into the Western Conference playoffs. L. Dahlgren,… Continue reading →

Jrue Holiday setback adds pressure to Pelicans’ second half

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) battles for a rebound with Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) in a NBA basketball game in New Orleans, La. Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015.

The New Orleans Pelicans were looking forward to returning after the All-Star break and making their final run of the season toward a Western Conference playoff berth. That was based on key players Anthony Davis, Ryan Anderson and Jrue Holiday returning from injuries. Although Davis (sprained shoulder) and Anderson (sprained elbow) returned to practice Wednesday, the Pelicans received… Continue reading →

Pelicans make two trade deadline deals; highlight deal involves Heat guard Norris Cole

Miami Heats Norris Cole (30) drives against San Antonio Spurs Tim Duncan during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

The New Orleans Pelicans barely beat the trade deadline buzzer, acquiring point guard Norris Cole as part of trades with the Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns and Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday afternoon. Cole is the headlining piece of a busy deadline day that concluded with the Pelicans firing off two different deals to gain four players, according… Continue reading →

Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday remains out with stress reaction injury in his lower right leg and will be re-evaluated by team doctors in three weeks

New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams talks to guard Jrue Holiday (11) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014.  The Pelicans won 104-93. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

New Orleans Pelicans starting point guard Jrue Holiday will miss three more weeks with a lower right leg injury, the team announced Wednesday. Holiday has been out since Jan. 14 with what the team said was a stress reaction in the leg. The Pelicans said then that he would miss two to four weeks. The injury… Continue reading →

Pelicans sign guard Toney Douglas to a second 10-day contract

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  -- Indiana Pacers guard C.J. Watson (32) takes a tumble while trying to work the ball around New Orleans Pelicans guard Toney Douglas (16) during action at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans  Saturday, February 11, 2015.

The Pelicans announced Wednesday they have signed guard Toney Douglas to a second 10-day contract. Douglas, a 6-foot-2, guard, averaged nine points and four assists in three games for the team prior to the All-Star Break.… Continue reading →

Anthony Davis takes time in New York to learn from the best

Associated Press file photo by JONATHAN BACHMAN -- New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis talks to his former coach, John Calipari, before a game between the Pelicans and the Phoenix Suns on Dec. 30. Davis did not play in Sunday night's NBA All-Star game.

A lot has happened for Anthony Davis in the past year. Participating in the 2014 All-Star Game for the first time as a Western Conference reserve, Davis was busy with hometown hosting duties. Flash forward a calendar year, and the All-Star weekend scene is just a bit different for 2015. This time around, Davis was… Continue reading →

Russell Westbrook leads NBA All-Star game with 41 points as West wins

Associated Press photo by Frank Franklin II -- West Team's Russell Westbrook, of the Oklahoma City Thunder, dunks the ball during the first half of the NBA All-Star basketball game Sunday in New York.

NEW YORK — Mixing Broadway and basketball, this NBA All-Star Game was a West Side Story. Russell Westbrook scored 41 points, one shy of the All-Star record, and the Western Conference beat the East 163-158 on Sunday night. The Oklahoma City speedster had a record 27 points by halftime and closed out the scoring with two free throws, falling… Continue reading →

Pelicans’ Anthony Davis reveling in All-Star aura

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- Pelicans forward Anthony Davis is averaging 24.5 points and 10.3 rebounds.

With the busiest portion of NBA All-Star weekend out of the way, New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis spent his Saturday afternoon relaxing in New York City. With morning media obligations and an afternoon autograph session out of the way, Davis was tucked away inside the Nike Suite at the Sheraton Hotel, finally able to kick back and… Continue reading →

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver seeks ‘dramatic’ scheduling improvements

Associated Press photo by FRANK FRANKLIN II -- NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during a news conference Saturday in New York.

NEW YORK — Commissioner Adam Silver is determined to make a schedule that keeps NBA players fresher, and he is willing to discuss starting the season earlier or ending later. Change could come as early as next season, with fewer stretches of games on back-to-back nights, or four in five nights. He said Saturday during… Continue reading →

LeBron James, now 30, reflects on his life and legacy before his 11th All-Star game

LeBron James, of the Cleveland Cavaliers, addresses children at the Boys & Girls Club at the Frederick Douglas Center, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, in New York. James, who is in town for Sunday's NBA All-Star basketball game, gave a contribution to the center under his LeBron James Family Foundation. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

NEW YORK — LeBron James sat at a small desk inside a preschool classroom in Harlem surrounded by books like “The Little Engine That Could,” scribbled crayon artwork on the walls and an alphabet chart. He didn’t look the least bit out of place. In fact, the setting suited him perfectly. “If I… Continue reading →

Stephen Curry wins NBA 3-point shooting contest

Associated Press photo by JULIO CORTEZ -- Stephen Curry, left, of the Golden State Warriors, stands next to John Wall of the Washington Wizards after Wall beat Curry in a skills competition Saturday.

NEW YORK — Stephen Curry bested Golden State Warriors teammate Klay Thompson and six others to win his first 3-point contest during All-Star Saturday night. Curry scored 27 points in the final round. He connected on 13 consecutive shots until missing his final attempt, bringing fans and celebrities roaring to their feet at Brookyln’s Barclays Center after every swish.… Continue reading →

Pelicans’ Davis stays positive over break

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, left, who sat out the game, watches from the bench with forward John Salmons in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in New Orleans, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. The Jazz won 100-96. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Anthony Davis won’t be in uniform during NBA All-Star weekend, but his presence still figures prominently all over New York. With his image plastered over NBA promos and Nike advertisements it’s hard to tour the city without encountering Davis’ towering frame. When the New Orleans Pelicans announced that Davis would miss the game while recovering from a… Continue reading →

Anthony Davis’ decision to skip All-Star Game came after much consultation

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) stuffs one in during the second quarter as his team plays the Atlanta Hawks at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La. Monday, Feb. 2, 2015.

New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis said a lot of consulting went into his decision to sit out the All-Star Game this weekend after working hard to return to the court. “My decision on not playing was based on talking to the trainers, the coaches, (General Manager) Dell (Demps), just trying to see what route to… Continue reading →

Lewis: Anthony Davis made right decision to skip All-Star Game

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, left, who sat out the game, watches from the bench with forward John Salmons in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in New Orleans, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. The Jazz won 100-96. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Well, we won’t be seeing Anthony Davis playing in the Big Apple this weekend. What would have been Davis’ first All-Star start has been thwarted by the shoulder sprain he suffered in a nasty fall while executing a lob dunk Saturday against the Chicago Bulls and which subsequently kept him out of the Pelicans last two… Continue reading →

Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (shoulder injury): These people helped influence my decision not to play in All-Star game

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) falls against Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins (5) in a NBA basketball game in New Orleans, La. Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015.

New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis said a lot of consulting went into his decision to sit out the All-Star Game this weekend after working hard to return to the court. “My decision on not playing was based on talking to the trainers, the coaches, (General Manager) Dell (Demps), just trying to see what route to go, just trying to… Continue reading →

Pacers pound Pelicans 106-93

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --  Indiana Pacers forward Luis Scola (4) looks to pass the ball as New Orleans Pelicans guard Quincy Pondexter (20) and forward Luke Babbitt (8) close in during action at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans  Saturday, February 11, 2015.

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis will not participate in events during the upcoming All-Star Weekend, he said in a statement after Wednesday’s game against the Indiana Pacers. Davis sat out each of the past two games, against Indiana and on Monday against the Utah Jazz with a sprained right shoulder. He… Continue reading →

Pelicans fallen on hard time without Anthony Davis

Indiana Pacers guard George Hill (3) shoots against New Orleans Pelicans center Omer Asik, left, in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. The Paces won 106-93. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Remember those good old days for the Pelicans? You should. It was less than a week ago. To be specific, last Friday when Anthony Davis knocked down a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to give a 116-113 victory at Oklahoma City in a playoff-intense atmosphere. Folks were actually talking about basketball instead of Tom Benson’s family squabbles.… Continue reading →

Pelicans’ Anthony Davis (shoulder) says he will not participate in All-Star weekend

Associated Press photo by Gerald HerbertNew Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, right, battles for a rebound with Chicago Bulls forward Pau Gasol on Saturday in New Orleans.

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis will not participate in events during the upcoming All-Star Weekend, he said in a statement after Wednesday’s game against the Indiana Pacers. Davis sat out each of the past two games, against Indiana and on Monday against the Utah Jazz with a sprained right shoulder. He said his decision was based… Continue reading →

Video: Members of the USS Louisiana celebrate the New Orleans Pelicans

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson (33) reacts to loss in a NBA basketball game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Oklahoma City Thunder in New Orleans, La. Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015.

Members of the USS Louisiana, which is stationed in Bangor, Washington on the Kitsap Naval Base, have a special word for the New Orleans Pelicans. Here it is.… Continue reading →

Physical Pacers next for Pelicans

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Pelicans guard Eric Gordon will be facing his hometown team when the Pacers travel to New Orleans Wednesday.

The New Orleans Pelicans had a chance to get back on track Monday against the Utah Jazz, a team far out of playoff contention. However, with All-Star starter Anthony Davis out with a sprained right shoulder and sixth man Ryan Anderson, another power forward, out with an elbow injury, the Jazz continued the Pelicans’… Continue reading →

Utah turns back Pelicans

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Pelicans forward Luke Babbitt scores against the defense of Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors, left, and center Enes Kanter on Monday night in Smoothie King Center. Babbitt came off the bench to score 15 ponts and grab six rebounds in the Pelicans' 100-96 loss. Favors scored 18 points and had seven rebounds and two blocked shots, and Kanter had 14 points and 11 rebounds.

With power forwards Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson out injured, New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams was concerned about how his team would stack up against the Utah Jazz’s big men. Throw in small forward Gordon Hayward, who has been playing well of late, and the Pelicans had a task. Hayward scored 32 points, the Jazz… Continue reading →

Pelicans assistant coach Dave Hanners has fond memories of his mentor, the late Dean Smith

This head shot of Dave Hanners is courtesy of the Kauffman Sports Manageemnt Group. Spencer Breecker, a partner at KSMG, gave us permission to use the photo, which was cropped by Pierce W. Huff, without attribution.

. New Orleans Pelicans assistant coach Dave Hanners remembers the late North Carolina coach Dean Smith for the impact he had on all of his players. Smith, who coached Tar Heels teams for 36 years, died Sunday night at age 83. Hanners was a reserve guard from 1972-76. It was at the end of his college career when Smith… Continue reading →

Injuries keep Davis, Anderson on sideline

New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

The star power dimmed considerably on Monday night in the Smoothie King Center. The Pelicans played without its two best forwards as All-Star Anthony Davis (right shoulder sprain) and leading 3-point shooter Ryan Anderson (sore right elbow) were sideline with minor injuries in its 100-96 loss to the Utah Jazz. Coach Monty Williams said neither injury is… Continue reading →