In each of the Portland Trail Blazers' last two games, …

In each of the Portland Trail Blazers’ last two games, backup center Ed Davis has earned the fourth quarter minutes over Nurkic, finishing out close losses to Memphis and Brooklyn. Nurkic said he spoke with Blazers coach Terry Stotts and there is no brewing conflict between Portland’s young center and the head coach. “I respect coach’s decision,” said Nurkic, who scored 21 points against Brooklyn despite only playing for 53 seconds in the fourth quarter. “And to be honest, I never have a better coach than Stotts. So, there’s (not) anything wrong.”
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May 23, 2018 | 4:56 am EDT Update
Coach Mike D’Antoni revealed a poorly kept secret after the Houston Rockets’ series-tying, come-from-behind 95-92 win over the Golden State Warriors in Tuesday’s Game 4 of the Western Conference finals. Chris Paul has been battling soreness in his right foot during the series. “Chris felt better. His foot felt better,” D’Antoni said. “I called him after Game 3, and he said, ‘Coach, I’m telling you, if I can get my foot right, we’ll beat these guys.’ Lo and behold, he got his foot right. And just like I said, we’re back to even.”
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“I think their owner would trade management/the coach before he would trade Karl-Anthony Towns,” Wojnarowski said. “I don’t think they would allow that. I just don’t believe they’d allow that kind of decision. And I don’t know that they’d want to trade him. To answer this first, Minnesota’s bigger issue is not…he’s Karl-Anthony Towns, they’re not moving him, Towns is eligible for his extension this summer. You know Jimmy Butler…it’s more of a question of Andrew Wiggins. That to me would be, if someone was going to get moved — and I’m not saying anyone’s going to get moved — I think Andrew Wiggins is the one you’re going to look at first. Because…you don’t have to make a decision on Towns and Jimmy Butler and one of those guys having to take less on an extension, because you can’t have three [max] guys.”
Storyline: Karl-Anthony Towns Trade?
Curry scored a team-high 28 points albeit on 10-of-26 shooting, missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer with .5 seconds left and shot only 1-of-8 in the fourth quarter. The Warriors would not have been in such a position to win, however, without Curry’s third-quarter play. Then, Curry scored 17 points, while shooting 6-of-10 from the field and 5-of-8 from 3-point range. “I could sit here and nitpick all you want,” Curry said. “I had some decent looks that didn’t go down, but that’s not why we lost.”
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