CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers forward Channing Frye will be out indefinitely following the death of his father on Thanksgiving.
The Cavs offered their condolences and support to Frye, whose father, Thomas, passed away about a month after his mother, Karen Mulzac-Frye, died following a battle with cancer.
Cleveland (11-2) said Frye has been excused from the team and won’t play Friday against Dallas. The team plays Sunday at Philadelphia.
Frye posted a message Thursday on Instagram saying: “Be thankful for the person next to you. My father passed away today. Y’all better love on your family.”
He missed two games following his mother’s passing.
The 33-year-old Frye is having a solid second season with the defending NBA champions. He is averaging 11.3 points per game and making 49 percent of his 3-pointers.
Wednesday night, Chris Paul and the Clippers took care of the Dallas Mavericks to improve to an NBA-best 14-2 this season.
Thursday the team hung around in Dallas — not because of deep-fried turkey, but because of the Cowboys.
Paul is huge Dallas fan, as is DeAndre Jordan. It makes sense for Jordan as he’s from Texas, but CP3 is one of the many in Cowboy Nation who grew up elsewhere but latched on to the team during the early 1990s heyday. Jordan and Paul led most of the Clipper team out to watch some Thanksgiving day football as the Cowboys handled the Redskins 31-26. CP3 loved it, he threw up the Dez “X.”
The Pelicans have been leaning on Dante Cunningham for about 23 minutes a night on the wing (he started 10 of their games this season), and he’s not exactly lit it up for them — 5.6 points per game, and while he is shooting 41 percent from three he is struggling inside the arc, all of which has added up to a PER of 8.
Now New Orleans — winners of four in a row — will need someone else to step up and fill those minutes, because Cunningham is out until around Christmas at least, and possibly into the New Year, the team announced on Thanksgiving.
The fibula is the smaller of the two bones that runs from your knee to your ankle. The injury occurred in the second quarter Wednesday in the win over Minnesota.
The Pelicans need Solomon Hill to step up, they paid the man $48 million last summer to fill out this role. Hill won the job out of training camp but was replaced by Cunningham as Alvin Gentry looked to shake things up. While Hill had a nice game against Atlanta a couple of games ago (11 points on six shots) he’s going to have to step up now if the Pelicans are going to keep their hot streak going and get back into the playoff hunt in the West. They still have a lot of mountain to climb on that front.
Warriors players still love Luke Walton. Which means he teases them and they tease him.
It started before the Lakers took on the Warriors on Wednesday night.
The Warriors were able to eek out a 149-106 win where they put up 80 points in the first half. Stephen Curry, who had 31 points, went to Instagram to troll Walton a little.
Walton should hope he can develop this kind of relationship with his current Lakers (he seems to be on that path).
If sharing is caring the Warriors are getting along just fine — this makes 10 games in a row the Golden State Warriors have at least 30 assists in a game (just three off tying the NBA record).
The Warriors set a franchise record with 47 assists on their way to thrashing the Lakers 149-106. Draymond Green had 11 assists, Stephen Curry nine, but what’s impressive is everyone on the team is getting a few — which means everyone is moving the rock, and everyone receiving the ball is knocking down the shot. It’s tough to beat a team doing that (the Warriors have won nine in a row).
That 149 was Golden State’s highest scoring game in more than 24 years (since an overtime game in 1992).