Anthony Davis on Pelicans: “I don’t plan on leaving, so make sure you write that down”


The New Orleans Pelicans are struggling yet again. Their 2016-17 campaign has them outside of the current playoff picture in the Western Conference at just 22-34. But star forward Anthony Davis doesn’t have any plans to jump ship just yet.

Speaking to media during a conference call on Tuesday, Davis was to the point with reporters, “I don’t plan on leaving, so make sure you write that down.”

Davis, 23, is having a career year while averaging 27.9 points and 12.1 rebounds per-game. His advanced numbers, including true shooting percentage, rebounding percentage, and block rate, are all up from last year. That’s to say nothing of the fact Davis has played the largest portion of his minutes at center, more than any season of his career.

New Orleans has had issues with the roster around Davis, particularly when it comes to injuries. But Davis said he isn’t jonesing for management to add new players according to his timeline.

“Whatever the front office tries to to do they come to me and ask me my opinion. But right now I’m just trying to help the team win and do my job,” said Davis.

The Pelicans were picked by many to end up near the bottom of the playoff race this season, and they’re still within range. The teams above them — particularly Denver, Portland, Dallas, and Sacramento — don’t inspire much confidence. It’s unlikely, but not insane to think the Pelicans could make a run for the last playoff spot with Tyreke Evans working his way back into the lineup.

Despite all the uncertainty, and the unfulfilled expectations on the court, it appears Davis is at least publicly drawing a line in the sand. He’s got until the 2020-21 season to play with New Orleans on his current contract, with no options or outs. Pelicans fans will be glad to see him stay in the Smoothie King Center until then.

Stephen Curry’s 32 lead Warriors over Rockets 113-106

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HOUSTON (AP) Stephen Curry scored 32 points, Klay Thompson had 25 and the Golden State Warriors built a big lead early and held on for a 113-106 win over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.

The Warriors scored 37 points in the first quarter and never trailed on the way to their eighth straight victory and 60th this season.

Golden State led by eight after a pair of free throws by Curry with just over three minutes left. Patrick Beverley countered with a tip-in layup for Houston, then was fouled when he was knocked to the ground on a screen by Draymond Green seconds later.

James Harden missed a layup on the next possession before Green added a shot on the other end to put the Warriors up 107-99.

Another layup miss by Harden followed, and Curry made a 3-pointer with 1:46 left to send fans streaming to the exits.

Warriors F James Michael McAdoo leaves game vs. Rockets with head injury (VIDEO)

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There was a scary moment during the matchup between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. During a change of possession, Houston’s Trevor Ariza and and Golden State’s James Michael McAdoo got tangled up and fell together on the floor.

McAdoo was under Ariza and wound up getting his head slammed into the hardwood. He was immediately taken off the floor and sent to the locker room.

Via Twitter:

The NBATV broadcast said McAdoo received stitches but did not test positive for a concussion. He is averaging 8.7 minutes, 2.9 points, and 1.7 rebounds per-game for the Warriors.

Jusuf Nurkic trolls Nuggets, tells former team to enjoy their summer (VIDEO)


Jusuf Nurkic did not enjoy his time as a member of the Denver Nuggets. His trade to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Mason Plumlee was a welcome change of scenery.

On Tuesday night, Nurkic got to take on his old team with huge playoff implications at stake. Portland beat the Nuggets, 122-113, moving a game ahead of their rivals in the race for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference and giving them the best tiebreaker between the two.

Nurkic was impressive, blasting his old squad with 33 points on 12-of-15 shooting, adding 16 rebounds, three blocks, and two assists.

Nurkic was interviewed in the arena after the game, and he was obviously happy he helped his team while also sticking it to Denver. Speaking with Portland reporter Brooke Olzendam, Nurkic took one last shot at the Nuggets, telling them to enjoy their summer.

Via Twitter:

Nurkic quite possibly sent the Nuggets packing for the year with the game at the Moda Center on Tuesday, so he might have been the guy who helped start their summer.

Still, that is ice cold.

James Johnson decimates Marcus Morris with huge one-handed dunk (VIDEO)

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Miami Heat forward James Johnson is one of the NBA’s best in-game dunkers. On Tuesday night against the Detroit Pistons, he yammed down a huge one-handed slam that embarrassed Marcus Morris and drew gasps from the crowd at the Palace.

The play came midway through the fourth quarter with Johnson at the top of the key. After a quick pass over to him, Johnson gave a quick hesitation before driving to his left and past his defender.

With the quick step, Johnson’s only remaining opponent at the basket was Morris, who was unfortunate enough to find himself between the high-flying Heat and the rim.

This is what happened next:

Morris was whistled for a foul on the play.