Donnie Nelson: “That being said, you never say never in this business. You’ve always got to grease board every possible circumstance. But I really feel like we got a group that’s put together and we want to give ourselves every opportunity to make the playoffs.” So basically, the Mavericks aren’t going to rush into a decision until it becomes perfectly clear the team can’t compete for a playoff bid.
November 21, 2017 | 3:47 am EST Update
Marc Stein: Nine straight defeats, as well as the manner of tonight’s fourth-quarter surrender at Madison Square Garden, will inevitably foist hot-seat scrutiny on Doc Rivers … one of only six active NBA coaches to own a championship ring
Scott Bordow: McDonough reiterated to me today that Suns want to sign Mike James to standard NBA deal before his two-way contract expires Dec. 6. My guess how they’ll do that: Create roster spot by dealing 1 of 3 centers.
Despite losing DeMarcus Cousins for the final 17 minutes of the game, the Pelicans managed to walk away from the Thunder with a 114-107 victory in tow. After the game, Westbrook didn’t call anyone out by name, but his comments certainly sound like an indictment against some of his teammates.
Asked their approach as leaders, Westbrook gave one of his longest responses of the season. “You can talk. Talking don’t do anything at this point,” Westbrook said. “You got to go out and play. You can talk as much as you want to, but guys got to take personal pride and understand how important it is to go out and compete and not take it for granted. I think as players, you go out on the floor and sometimes you take it for granted and don’t realize how important it is and embracing the moment. Each individual guy has to do that every night.”
Donovan said it’s “different things” that are contributing to the Thunder’s troubles, but said he doesn’t think the blown leads are creeping into his team’s mentality, doesn’t think his players are waiting for the opponent’s run to come. The story’s getting repetitive, but is it giving the Thunder a here-we-go-again mentality? “It could,” Westbrook said, then added that as a player, “It’s really up to you.”
Brett Dawson: Billy Donovan: “It’s different things. It’s not the same things. The constant is the lead’s evaporating, but it’s not the same thing.” Tonight, too many fouls, too many drives to the rim allowed. Sometimes TOs, sometimes shot selection.