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Juancho Hernangomez was in the dark for hours about being part of the three-team trade that sent him from Boston to the Spurs. “It’s a crazy story,” the 6-foot-9 power forward said. “I was at dinner (Tuesday night) and I didn’t have my phone because somebody stole it after the Philly game (Jan. 14).” It wasn’t until Hernangomez returned home at around 10:30 that he learned that ESPN broke the news about the trade earlier that night. “My brother (New Orleans center Willy Hernangomez) had tried to reach me,” he said. “He was like, ‘Oh, good luck on your new team. It’s going to be awesome.’ I told him like, ‘What? Where am I going?’ He said San Antonio, and I was really happy. It’s a great opportunity for me.”

Brandon Ingram injury not serious?

New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram did not play in the fourth quarter of Thursday’s 102-91 win over the New York Knicks because of a sprained right ankle. Pelicans head coach Willie Green told reporters after the game that Ingram could not have played in the final 12 minutes and the team will further evaluate him when they get back to New Orleans. There are no plans to do an MRI on Ingram at the moment and they’ll see how his ankle feels when they return home before taking any further steps, sources told ESPN. Cameras showed Ingram seated on the bench in the fourth quarter without a shoe on his right foot.
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Thursday’s Knicks-Pelicans game was supposed to be on national television, but was pulled because of Zion Williamson’s season-long absence.  It is very good thing, sparing the Knicks and Julius Randle a nationally televised embarrassment as the Pelicans rolled to a 102-91 trouncing before a wave of ferocious boos at the Garden.  As the Knicks dropped their third straight, all at home, Randle’s season kept sinking into an abyss in a 1-for-9, four-point train wreck that got him benched.  He was unable to do a thing against smaller wings assigned to defend him and was booed the most vociferously.  Randle took out his anger on the referees, picking up a technical foul after the first half had ended, then snapping at teammate Evan Fournier who tried to settle him down.
In his first game as a pro at Madison Square Garden, Alvarado seized the moment. The rookie guard scored 13 points, handed out four assists and came up with four steals off the bench.  The Pelicans beat the Knicks 102-91. Thanks to stingy defense and a dominant third quarter, the Pelicans were able to salvage a three-game road trip with a win. “When we had shootaround, I was like, ‘Wow, damn, I’m at Madison Square Garden about to play,'” Alvarado said. “It was just a great, great feeling. When I seen the fans start coming and people I know and they showing me love, it was just like, ‘All right, I feel it. It was just one of those nights.'”