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May 14, 2015 Updates

League sources confirmed on Wednesday that the Pelicans are waiting to see if the Chicago Bulls and coach Tom Thibodeau are going to part ways. If Thibodeau is let go by the Bulls, he could possibly emerge as a candidate for the Pelicans' job. New Orleans Times-Picayune

The NBA retroactively assessed a technical foul to Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova for his role in the altercation Tuesday that led to Taj Gibson's ejection with 10 minutes, 25 seconds left in Game 5. Gibson's flagrant-2 foul didn't get downgraded, which means he has three points for two flagrant fouls during the postseason. Another flagrant would trigger an automatic suspension — one game for a flagrant-1 and two for a flagrant-2. "Still don't understand it," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said of Gibson's ejection. "It was a nothing play." Chicago Tribune

Dellavedova made the Cavs as an undrafted rookie before last season after leaving Saint Mary's as the school's all-time scoring and assist leader. He fought his way into the Cavs rotation -- last season under coach Mike Brown and this season under coach David Blatt -- by playing solid defense and providing relentless effort. His tangle with Gibson was not his first. Wild guess alert. It probably won't be his last. "Physical, but never cheap," Saint Mary's coach Randy Bennett said of Dellavedova. "He's been in some scraps before. He's gotten under some skin, but I never saw him do anything cheap. "The leadership, basketball IQ and toughness are things he brought every single day for us for four years. He just wants to win. That's all he ever cared about. And he's very loyal. I know it's a different team than his first year but he's grateful the Cavs gave him an opportunity. Him knowing he's appreciated by LeBron and those guys, that's just going to drive him (further) to do whatever he can to help them win." FoxSports.com

Chicago Bulls forward Pau Gasol plans to play in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The five-time All-Star has missed the past two games because of a strained left hamstring. While coach Tom Thibodeau wouldn't say if he will play Thursday, Gasol later made it clear that he expects to be in uniform with Chicago down 3-2 and facing elimination at home. ''I'll be out there,'' Gasol said. At what percentage? ''I don't know, but whatever percentage I will be, that's what I'll give,'' he said. Yahoo! Sports

May 13, 2015 Updates

Taj Gibson wanted to make one thing clear after the Game 5 loss by the Chicago Bulls against the Cleveland Cavaliers -- he did not kick Cavs guard Matthew Dellavedova. "It was not a dirty play at all," Gibson said. "He just leg locked me, and I was trying to get my foot out there. He was pretty strong for a little guy." Cleveland Plain Dealer

"I gave him a look like, 'What are you doing? This is basketball,'" Gibson said. "This [isn't] wrestling, but it got chippy. Both teams kind of swarmed the situation and made it bigger than what it was, but nobody threw any punches. I'm just sad that I couldn't finish the game and help my team." ESPN.com

The Gibson-Dellevedova incident led to the two teams pushing and shoving, and that was a talking point after the 106-101 Cleveland victory. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau called it "bizarre," while Cavaliers coach David Blatt wanted to choose his words carefully afterwards. "Melee doesn't seem to be the appropriate word," Blatt said. "Can you think of a different word, and I'll answer the question?" When it was referred to it as an altercation, Blatt said, "I didn't think anything of it. No comment." His response was met with a laugh. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Because Game 7 against LeBron in Cleveland? Good luck. Hey, bartender, turn on the Semisonic because it’s just about closing time. “It’s not the end,” Rose said. “And we’re not quitting.” ESPN.com

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