Kyrie Irving capped a 32-point performance with a tough turnaround jumper, a driving layup through converging defenders and four free throws in the final minute, and the Brooklyn Nets held on for a 134-129 victory over the reeling New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night. “Obviously, when Kyrie does his thing and hits tough shots like that, it truly saves us,” said Nets forward Blake Griffin, who had 16 points and eight rebounds in a reserve role. “But I thought overall we did a better job of just trying to like, do it by committee, moving off the ball and not settling.”
May 8, 2021 | 8:15 pm EDT Update
It sure sounded as if Vildoza, currently in Spain, won’t be activated for the playoffs. Sources said Thibodeau was on board with the signing of the Spanish League combo guard, even if he never has seemed overly enthusiastic about overseas players. According to sources, getting through immigration amid the COVID-19 pandemic will be a process, but Vildoza will join the team in New York once he’s cleared by government officials.
Josh Robbins: The Magic have listed Wendell Carter Jr. (eye abrasion) as questionable to play Sunday against the Timberwolves. Listed as out are Michael Carter-Williams, James Ennis, Markelle Fultz, Jonathan Isaac, Chuma Okeke, Otto Porter Jr. and Terrence Ross.
Scott Agness: Pacers forward JaKarr Sampson, who suffered a concussion on Apr. 29 from a Blake Griffin elbow, is back on the bench with the team for the first time (not in uniform). That’s a good sign.