The Pelicans are 0-5, and Anthony Davis is frustrated.
He’ll have to reverse the tailspin without a starting forward, Dante Cunningham.
New Orleans Pelicans forward Dante Cunningham has been suspended for one game without pay for pleading guilty to operating a motor vehicle in a negligent manner while exhibiting the effects of having consumed alcohol, in violation of the law of the State of Washington, the NBA announced today.
Cunningham will be suspended for tonight’s game between the New Orleans Pelicans and Phoenix Suns.
Cunningham has started the last couple games over Omer Asik, allowing Davis to slide to center in a small-ball lineup. That hasn’t resulted in a win, but New Orleans has at least come closer.
Now what do the Pelicans do against the Suns? Go big with Asik? Start Terrence Jones at power forward? Go even smaller with Solomon Hill at power forward and another wing – Lance Stephenson or Buddy Hield – in the starting lineup?
There are no great options.
Russell Westbrook said it had no deeper meaning. Kevin Durant said he doesn’t care one way or another.
But I was perplexed by Westbrook wearing a photographer’s vest to last night’s Warriors-Thunder game. I appreciated Westbrook attempting to ramp up the feud, but the method seemed uncharacteristically lame for Westbrook.
Apparently, I missed the layers behind the outfit.
First, some background.
1. Westbrook has subtly and not–so–subtly taken jabs at Durant since Durant left Oklahoma City. But even the not-so-subtle jabs were far from overt.
2. Golden State players recruited Durant throughout last season.
3. Durant and Stephen Curry attended the Super Bowl, Durant as a photographer for The Players Tribune.
Royce Young of ESPN:
Westbrook specializes in clever subtlety, and directly mocking Durant’s photography isn’t really his style. What’s more likely, as suggested by someone with insight into his thinking, is it was a nod to Durant’s post on the Players’ Tribune in which he took pictures at Super Bowl 50 last February. After playing the Warriors on a Saturday night, Durant stayed over in the Bay Area to attend the Super Bowl that Sunday and spent time with some Warriors players, which is when some believe the official recruitment process began.
Oooo. That’s much juicier. I can get behind that.
The Jazz built a deep and talented roster.
That depth is getting tested early.
Gordon Hayward is out. Derrick Favors is on a minutes limit. And now Boris Diaw is sidelined a couple weeks.
Tim MacMahon of ESPN:
Jazz PF/C Boris Diaw is likely to miss two weeks with a right leg contusion, a source said.
Diaw struggled in three games this season, and Utah has won twice, including beating the Spurs, since he went down. The Jazz will be fine leaning more on Trey Lyles.
But they could use a healthy Diaw at some point. Diaw is a talented playmaking big man, and no other Utah big can match those skills.
Russell Westbrook arrived for last night’s Warriors-Thunder game dressed as a photographer.
That photography is a hobby of Kevin Durant is merely coincidence, according to Westbrook – a wholly unbelievable claim.
But one person who won’t call Westbrook on that: Durant.
Durant, via Chris Haynes of ESPN:
“I don’t care about what nobody wear to the game. Who gives a s—. I don’t care what he wore.”
I’m unconvinced Durant doesn’t care. It was clearly intended as a dig at him.
But I have no idea how he’d feel about it.
Pointing out that he enjoys photography isn’t exactly an insult, but considering the source, Westbrook sure isn’t celebrating Durant’s interest, either. It’s just another statement of fact.
You were born in 1988. You have an older brother. You enjoy photography.
It sure looked like Jerami Grant escalated tensions by starting down Kevin Durant. And it sure looked like Enes Kanter instigated his back-and-forth with Durant.
But what’s Russell Westbrook‘s spin on it?
You know, it happens. You know, the Warriors were doing a lot of trash-talking. Apparently, I guess, they talk a lot of trash now. We’ll see how that goes.
We’ll see them again.
We saw one game, and it went pretty well for the Warriors. And I don’t think a trash-talking is new for a team featuring Draymond Green. Golden State seems pretty comfortable playing this way.
Remember the good ole days when Westbrook and Durant connected over their dislike of trash talk?