Jovan Buha: Carmelo Anthony on if he’s thought about playing in Los Angeles: “No, no. I haven’t thought about it. I mean there was an opportunity during the deadline, and there was always talk over the past couple seasons with me somehow being connected to the Clippers or Lakers. At first it was the Lakers, and then now it’s the Clippers situation. So I try not to think about that, especially now when I’m still playing with the New York Knicks. I’ve got to go out there and prepare to play against these guys and other teams.”
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And the Los Angeles Lakers are no longer in the kowtowing-to-the-aging-superstar business.
Charley Rosen: Since Melo has been mostly shooting blanks in the clutch — he was scoreless in the fourth quarter last night — it’s really a dead stop. Also, while he’s never been accused of playing defense, Anthony is intent on saving even more steps on this end of the game to conserve his energy for offense. He’s four months away from his 33rd birthday, his contract is humongous and contains a no-trade clause. It’s understood that he’d only accept being dealt to the Cavaliers or the Clippers. However, since his recurring complaint is that everybody blames him for every game the Knicks lose, perhaps Melo is sufficiently disgusted to accept a trade elsewhere. Perhaps to the young, rebuilding Lakers — after all, his wife’s name is La La.
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April 19, 2018 | 2:58 pm EDT Update
“The Lakers plan hasn’t changed. They want to get both of them.” – @wojespn on Lakers going after Lebron & Paul George
Jabari Parker was very animated talking about his frustration right now with limited minutes. He mentioned the only way to see the floor more was to be on the “coach’s good side”. When asked if he was on Prunty’s good side, he smirked and said “I don’t think so.”
Chase Hughes: Scott Brooks said he met with John Wall and Bradley Beal about getting Beal more involved in the offense. Also said Otto needs to take more shots. Otto did not have a three-point attempt in Game 2.
Ohm Youngmisuk: John Wall and Scott Brooks say a major emphasis for Game 3 is getting off to a stronger start. Toronto jumped out to leads of 10 and 22 in each of the first quarters of Games 1 and 2. Expect the Wizards to try to feed off of the DC crowd early and try to jumpstart Bradley Beal.
Basketball-Reference: The #Pacers were +11 with Victor Oladipo on and -14 without him. For the series, Oladipo is +32 and the Pacers are -17 when he’s on the bench basketball-reference.com/boxscores/plus… pic.twitter.com/8s6MRNlqIY