Hornets: Anthony Davis (Nov 2 8:41 ET ) Davis, the overall No. 1 draft pick of the New Orleans, has left Friday night's game against Utah and is being tested for a possible concussion and will not return.
The Scoop: Davis had eight points - all on dunks in the first half - six rebounds and two blocks. He was injured with 4:51 left in the first half. The Hornets released an official statement that he will be out for the rest of the game. The Hornets trailed 41-40 at halftime.
The way Anthony Davis blossomed into an All-Star before he'd even turned 21 provided the Pelicans with hope for the future during an otherwise bleak season. It also bolstered coach Monty Williams' reputation for developing young big men. But to lead New Orleans back into the playoffs for the first time since 2011, Davis is going to need a lot more help than he had in 2013-14. The Pelicans went 34-48, finishing 15 games behind Dallas, the eighth and final playoff team in the West.
Anthony Davis (back) begged the Pelicans training staff to play against the Rockets on Wednesday, according to the Pelicans broadcast.
The Scoop:Wow. Davis has been a leader for the Pelicans and things like this are a big reason why. Obviously the team held him out because they didn't want him to aggravate his back injury and the team doctors wanted him to be off a basketball court for another week. He'll be a top-end option in drafts next year.
With the NBA postseason nearly upon us, it's time to sort out stars' legacies. While various statistical milestones and awards confer legitimacy on careers, championships tend to carry the most prestige of all. If a great player retires without a ring, he's going to be diminished in the eyes of many fans and basketball lifers.
This phenomenon just happens to be the subject of the newest ad from Foot Locker. In this 30-second spot, Portland Trail Blazers All-Star point guard Damian Lillard talks about picking up new Adidas gear at Foot Locker — maybe because he just signed a giant contract with the shoe and apparel giant — and says that he doesn't want to end up like "one of those guys that never won a ring." Unfortunately, Lillard seems to have forgotten that he invited ring-less NFL legends Barry Sanders and LaDainian Tomlinson to his house to watch the game. And when he tries to cover for himself, he ends up offending retired NBA stars Chris Webber and Karl Malone in the process. Check it out below:
As with most of Foot Locker's ads, the goal here isn't to argue for the product as much as to align the brand with a certain sort of knowing humor. In past spots featuring James Harden , Stephen Curry , and Anthony Davis , the strategy has seemingly been to trade on these young players' image as exciting future stars. In the process, the athletes have also been given some more attention. The same goes here for Lillard.
The difference here, I suppose, is that Adidas has now made a massive investment — potentially $100 million over 10 years — in Lillard's ability to become a high-profile national pitchman. As such, we're likely to see more such spots involving Lillard soon, at least until he becomes a big enough name to carry a commercial without the help of more established, older athletes. This ad isn't just a funny clip — it could be the point at which Lillard becomes a more national presence.
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After getting all of their starters back, the Oklahoma City Thunder aided their chances of holding on to the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference with a victory over their closest pursuer. The Thunder will try to move a step closer to clinching that spot Friday night by winning the first of two matchups in four days with the depleted New Orleans Pelicans, who won't have All-Star forward Anthony Davis for the rest of the season. After dropping the first two games of a road trip, Oklahoma City (57-21) closed it with back-to-back wins and got perhaps one of its most pivotal victories of the season Wednesday, 107-101 against the Los Angeles Clippers. Russell Westbrook had 30 points, 11 rebounds and six assists after sitting out two of the previous three contests to rest his surgically repaired right knee.
Gerald Green scored 21 points, and the Phoenix Suns won their third straight game, 94-88 over New Orleans on Wednesday night. Goran Dragic had 20 points and nine assists for the Suns, who are clinging to the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Eric Bledsoe added 16 points and P.J. Tucker 15 for the Suns, who handed the Pelicans their sixth straight loss. Rookie center Jeff Withey had a career-high 17 points for the Pelicans, who were without Anthony Davis because of the All-Star forward's sore back.
The Pelicans say Davis will miss the final four games this season.
The Scoop:Davis, who has averaged 20.8 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks this season, sat out Wednesday night's loss to Phoenix with back soreness. The club says team doctors have determined that Davis could use another week or two of rest to heal properly.
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Davis provided hope for Pelicans, but needs help (The Associated Press) (1 Day Ago | courtesy: The Associated Press) The way Anthony Davis blossomed into an All-Star before he'd even turned 21 provided the Pelicans with hope for the future during an otherwise bleak season. It also bolstered coach Monty Williams' reputation for developing young big men. But to lead New Orleans back into the playoffs for the first time since 2011, Davis is going to need a lot more help than he had in 2013-14. The Pelicans went 34-48, finishing 15 games behind Dallas, the eighth and final playoff team in the West. More...