Mike Conley has been ruled out for Game 4 and is already on his way back to Memphis after suffering a serious facial injury below his left eye.
Game 5 will be played in Memphis if the Portland Trail Blazers extend the series.
Monty Williams said he is 100 percent confident in returning as the New Orleans Pelicans' head coach.
“I’m confident that I am going to be the coach of this team because Mickey and I talk all the time,” Williams said. “And that has never come up. So I don’t think of anything else. I think of coaching the team…
“To me, to have this job is a blessing and privilege. I...
The New Orleans Pelicans will offer Anthony Davis a max contract this offseason that could exceed $140 million.
The exact figure of the contract will depend on how the cap increases in 2016, but the Pelicans will offer Davis the maximum allowed.
The Pelicans will have until Oct. 31 to convince Davis to commit to the franchise long-term.
Because Davis was elected by the fans to start...
J.R. Smith was ejected from Game 4 for hitting Jae Crowder in the head underneath the basket.
Crowder suffered a left knee injury on the play.
Smith will likely receive a suspension for the hit.
Kevin Love suffered a dislocated left shoulder during the first quarter of Game 4.
Love and Kelly Olynyk became entangled when battling for a rebound.
Love immediately exited the game holding the shoulder.
While battling a back injury for most of the season, Love was beginning to look more healthy during the playoffs.
Marcus Smart overslept and was late arriving for shootaround.
Smart was going to come off the bench for the Boston Celtics anyways for Game 4 with Jae Crowder in the starting five.
Brad Stevens said Smart may not come off the bench early as a result.
Rick Carlisle has been fined $25,000 for public criticism of officiating following a 130-128 loss on Friday to the Houston Rockets, the NBA announced.
Carlisle believed the officials were not controlling the physicality in the series.
Rick Carlisle criticized the officiating after the Dallas Mavericks' loss in Game 3 to fall to a 3-0 deficit to the Houston Rockets.
“They’re a more physical team,” Carlisle said, “but this series has got to be played within the rules.
“My hope is that in Game 4 — the one play that’s kind of an image stuck in my mind, and I just looked at it six times on the film, is...
The San Antonio Spurs will be eligible to sign Kawhi Leonard to a maximum contract on July 1 in free agency.
For now, there's no scenario where Leonard plans to pursue offer sheets on the market, according to sources.
Leonard scored 32 points in the Spurs' Game 3 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday.
Joe Ingles is eligible to sign a $1.5 million qualifying offer for next season with the Utah Jazz.
"Obviously both sides are pretty mutually interested in coming back," Ingles said. "I had a great conversation with (head coach) Quin (Snyder) and the staff, so we'll obviously see what happens. I think everyone knows I'm free, so we'll see what happens. But there's definitely mutual...
Adam Silver expects the NBA to have "full-throated conversations" in the offseason about implementing rules to eliminate the Hack-a-Shaq strategy.
Silver acknowledged that changing rules is difficult, but that the league must consider whether the Hack-a-Shaq detracts from the game's entertainment value.
"It's something that I'm on the fence about," Silver told ESPN. "My thought used...
The front office of the Chicago Bulls have downplayed reports of a strained relationship they have with Tom Thibodeau.
But people close to Thibodeau expect him to be fired this offseason.
Thibodeau's propensity to give what some may believe to be excessive minutes to some of his players has been an issue with the front office.
Thibodeau also was not happy with the firing of Ron Adams...
There was a rumor a month ago that Doug McDermott's father, Greg McDermott, called the front office of the Chicago Bulls to complain about his lack of playing time.
“Trust me, I heard it,’’ Doug McDermott said, acknowledging that it was bothersome.
“I actually talked to my dad right after someone brought that to my attention in the locker room,’’ he continued. “I called...
Malik Newman has committed to Mississippi State.
Newman's decision came down to Mississippi State, Kentucky and Kansas.
Newman is one of the best shooters in the country.
Stephen Curry sent Game 3 into overtime with a game-tying three-pointer when Marreese Speights recovered Curry's previous attempt. Curry appeared to get fouled as he released the shot (Vine).
According to sources, referees explained that a foul would have been called if Curry had missed the three-point attempt. Curry would have then had to make all three free throws to extend the...
Buddy Hield announced Friday morning that he will return to Oklahoma for his senior season.
Hield was named the Big 12 conference player of the year last season.
"It was a tough decision, and I obviously took it near the deadline," Hield said. "But I just went through the process. I listened to Coach Kruger, I listened to my mentors back home, my high school coach, and my mom and...
Guillermo Hernangomez of Sevilla will declare for the 2015 NBA Draft.
Hernangomez is considered a potential first round pick.
Hernangomez is one of just seven players in Spanish ACB history to post a PER of 20 or better at age or younger with Stanley Roberts, Tiago Splitter, Rudy Fernandez, Ricky Rubio, Nikola Mirotic and Luis Scola on that list.
Ettore Messina is reportedly on the list of candidates compiled by the Oklahoma City Thunder for their head coaching vacancy.
Messina has had great success as a head coach in Europe and is currently an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs.
The Thunder fired Scott Brooks as head coach this week.
Billy Donovan is widely considered the frontrunner for the job.
Tennessee Tech junior center Charles Jackson has declared for the 2015 NBA Draft and signed representation with agent Scott Nichols to turn pro, sources told RealGM.
As a rapidly rising fringe prospect, Jackson is expected to entice NBA teams in the second round of the draft with his youth and raw abilities at 6-foot-10. This past season, Jackson ranked eighth in the NCAA in double...
Kevin Love has been playing better basketball for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the playoffs and had 23 points and nine rebounds while shooting 6-for-10 on three-pointers in their Game 3 win over the Boston Celtics.
"He's been highly criticized this year, and for what, I don't know why," James said, before pausing, and smiling. "I know why. I know why. I know."
Love was traded to the...
Moussa Diagne — a 6-foot-11 center prospect out of Senegal — has declared his name for the 2015 NBA Draft as an early entry, a source told RealGM.
Diagne, 21, has played the past several seasons in the ACB league Fuenlabrada. This season, Diagne averaged 4.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and nearly one block per game.
Diagne is viewed as a potential second-round draft pick, intriguing...
Stanley Johnson has declared for the 2015 NBA Draft, leaving Arizona after one season.
Johnson is expected to be a lottery pick as one of the better wing prospects.
Johnson averaged 13.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.5 steals in 28.4 minutes per game for the Wildcats.
Brad Stevens, who coached Rajon Rondo for 52 games from last season until the Boston Celtics traded him in December, was surprised to see things end poorly for him with the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavericks announced on Wednesday that Rondo was “out indefinitely” with a back injury suffered in Game 2 against the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.
"Yes, I am [surprised]. I haven’t...
Mario Hezonja will declare for the 2015 NBA Draft.
Hezonja currently plays for Barcelona and is considered a potential top-5 draft pick.
Kevin Ollie has removed his name from consideration for the head coaching job of the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to sources.
Ollie has been considered a strong candidate for the job following his success at UConn and relationship with Kevin Durant.
The Thunder are looking for a new head coach following their dismissal of Scott Brooks.
Billy Donovan is also considered a top candidate...