Marc Stein: Early fave for OKC job clearly Billy Donovan but word in coaching circles is that Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina is on Thunder’s list
November 28, 2015 | 12:22 pm EST Update
He is averaging a career high 15.9 points, and has been red hot shooting the ball, trailing only Stephen Curry in three-pointers made per game (3.1) while hitting 46.3% of his twos and 45.1% of his threes. Miles played well in his first term with the Pacers last season, but he’s taken another step forward in his second year. The Pacers underwent offseason changes to rejuvenate their system, making the transition to a small-ball, space-and-pace approach, with the 6-6 Miles often playing at the power forward position which — despite being undersized — is a place where he’s excelled. “C.J. always comes out with that aggression,” Pacers forward Paul George said. “It’s what we need if we’re going to play the small ball lineup. He has to torch those opposing four-men every time.”
He’s averaging a career high 1.5 steals per game, which ranks third among NBA power forwards, and he has an average plus-minus of +5.2. The Pacers are off to a 9-6 start and rank fourth in the NBA defensively, shutting down opponents just 95.1 points a game. “We’re feeling good about ourselves, and we’re playing confidently,” coach Frank Vogel said after a 123-106 win against the Washington Wizards. But with a trip out West up next for Indiana, Vogel stressed that they stay humble.
Thousands of San Antonians stood in the rain at Alamo Plaza to see the 31st Annual H-E-B Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, and this year’s tree was given a Spurs theme in recognition of the organization’s impact on the city of San Antonio. “H-E-B has been sponsoring the tree every year, and we thought this would be a great way to honor the Spurs,” said Dya Campos, H-E-B’s director of public affairs. “It isn’t just about what the team does on the court, but it also reflects what the Spurs do for the community.”
Boston police say a man has come forward saying he’s the victim in a fight involving Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor that was recorded and posted online. Authorities say a man filed a police report Friday saying the fight outside a nightclub left him with stitches over his eye.
November 28, 2015 | 8:50 am EST Update
The Pelicans will face the Jazz in Salt Lake City on Saturday before heading back to New Orleans to host the Grizzlies on Tuesday. Gentry said Davis’s status for the Jazz game will be determined after further testing on Saturday. “We don’t know,” Gentry said of Davis. “It’s something that will have to be looked at [Saturday].”