Indiana Pacers forward Glenn Robinson III will undergo surgery on his injured left ankle and is expected to be out of the lineup until mid-December, league sources told ESPN. Robinson had missed most of training camp and the preseason with a high ankle sprain, and the necessity now for a surgical procedure will extend his original two-month timetable on a return for an additional two to four weeks, league sources said.
January 21, 2018 | 12:01 pm EST Update
The Golden State Warriors are not concerned with the Houston Rockets after losing the season series tiebreaker in a 116-108 loss Saturday night at Toyota Center. Houston won the series 2-1. If both teams end the season with identical records, the Rockets would get the higher seed and home-court advantage should they meet in the postseason. “No,” Kevin Durant responded when asked if it mattered. “The season starts over when you’re in the playoffs anyway, so it doesn’t matter. You’re going to have to get through these teams to get to where you want to go. You have to play at home and on the road, so it really doesn’t matter. We just want to be playing good basketball when it comes down to that point.”
Golden State (37-10), owner of the best record in the league, now holds a 3½-game lead on Houston (32-12). After the game in the locker room, players were dismissing the narrative that they dropped a significant game. “It’s game 40-what? Seven, eight?” Draymond Green asked during the media scrum. “Who we play on Tuesday? We just got to get ready for [New York]. Home court will take care of itself down the road.”
Jrue Holiday will never get the same accolades that Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins receive, but he’s almost played just as big a role in the New Orleans Pelicans’ overall success this season. He registered team-highs in points (27) and assists (eight) in the win and the Pelicans (24-21) picked up their fifth victory in the last seven games. “I really just take the opportunity that’s given,” Holiday said. “From there, make some floaters, make some jump shots — it’s just so easy when they key in on two people. It’s pretty much just leaving me with one person.”
Jrue Holiday has the strength and ball-handling skills to get into the paint in almost any 1-on-1 matchup, and his improved confidence in his perimeter jumper has made him nearly impossible to defend. “It opens up a lot of opportunities. Either they’re packing the paint or they won’t leave me or (Davis) at all,” DeMarcus Cousins said. “It’s giving, not only Jrue, but other guys opportunities to make plays and it’s creating space and opportunities for other guys.”