Chauncey Billups fire? Trail Blazers endorse their coach amid a season of struggle

Portland, OR. – As the Trail Blazers season continues to deteriorate, Jerami Grant has noticed growing fervor among a segment of Trail Blazers fans calling for coach Chauncey Billups to be fired. “I think these people are idiots,” Grant said. The Trail Blazers’ starting power isn’t the only one who feels this way. According to a high-ranking source inside the Trail Blazers, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for the sake of speaking freely, the idea of ​​sacking Billups “didn’t cross our minds” as Portland heads toward an almost…

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Hollinger: Why Victor Wembanyama race might not be widespread down the stretch

That alarm bell you just heard? It’s tank o’clock in the NBA. The trade deadline has passed, the All-Star break is over and now it’s time for the league’s bottom feeders to get down to the dirty business of acting in the enterprise’s best long-term interests. With two franchise-caliber talents available at the top of the draft in French center Victor Wembanyama and G League Ignite guard Scoot Henderson, the temptation will be strong for teams to give themselves the best possible odds at May’s lottery. However, the actual mechanism…

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NBA Power Rankings: Sixers make jump to contenders tier; Nuggets rise; Team-by-team quarter analysis

Game flow! Teams would love to be great from the first quarter through the fourth quarter every single night, but that’s not realistic for all 30 teams. We have some teams who consistently start slow and then turn it on. We have teams that begin with a fury and then fade away, hoping to hang on desperately to the victory. Some teams are bad in the first and fourth quarters, but great in the middle. And vice-versa. Some teams come out of halftime with their hair on fire and some…

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NBA All-Star Game 2023: Team James vs Team Antetokounmpo Draft Rosters

SALT LAKE CITY — The NBA All-Star teams were set for Sunday’s game in a first-of-its-kind stadium-style draft about half an hour before warning. Here’s what you need to know: Team LeBron (led by Michael Malone, Denver). LeBron James (Lakers)Joel Embiid (76 years old)Kyrie Irving (Mavericks)Luka Donjic (Mavericks)Nikola Jokic (Nuggets)Anthony Edwards (Timberwolves)Jaylen Brown (Celtics)Paul George (Clippers)Tyrese Halliburton (Pacers)Julius Randle (Knicks)Daron Fox (Kings)Jaren Jackson Jr. (grizzlies) Team Giannis (coached by Joe Mazzola, Boston) Giannis Antetekounmo (Bucks)Jason Tatum (Celtics)Ja Morant (Grizzlies)Donovan Mitchell (jazz)Laurie Markkanen (jazz)Damian Lillard (Blazers)Jrue Holiday (bucks)Gilgos Alexander Tea (Thunder)DeMar…

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Throwback: Zombie Celtics rivalry

Want this content straight to your inbox every day for free? Register here. How many games do you have to play to win MVP? Let’s discuss. Zombie Celtics rivalry Down four starters, the Celtics nearly beat the Bucks We spent all of yesterday at The Bounce outdoing the Bucks and Celtics in the fight for East supremacy. What happened? Al Horford, Jason Tatum, Marcus Smart And Jaylen Brown missed all of the game! Fortunately, the remaining Celtics took it seriously and pushed the money into overtime last night. Sam Hauser…

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Trail Blazers trade Josh Hart to the Knicks: Sources

Written by Sam Vesini, Fred Katz, and Jason Quick Major league sources have confirmed that the Portland Trail Blazers are trading Josh Hart to the New York Knicks in exchange for Cam Reddish, Svey Mykhailiuk, Ryan Arcedicono and a future first-round protected pick. the athlete Wednesday. on ESPN Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to report the news. Here’s what you need to know: The Blazers guard is averaging 9.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists this season. Hart is in his second season with the Blazers. He previously spent two…

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Hollinger: Why Nuggets, Grizzlies and Pelicans are likeliest to make NBA Finals from West

Let me throw a relatively simple prop bet at you: There will be a first-time NBA finalist from the Western Conference this season. (Settle down, Minnesota. Not you.) Start by looking at the standings. Five teams in the West have never been to an NBA Finals; among them are the top three teams in the conference in Denver, Memphis and New Orleans. Additionally, the divide between the top two and the pack in the middle has become increasingly glaring. Memphis and Denver both finished Monday at 30-13 …  8 1/2…

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Damian Lillard of the Trail Blazers scores 50 points in a loss to the Cavaliers

Portland Trail Blazers linebacker Damian Lillard scored 50 points Thursday night as Portland lost 119-113 to Cleveland. Here’s what you need to know: Lillard is the 11th player to score at least 50 points in a game this season. Lillard went 16-of-28 from the floor and was 13-of-15 from the free throw line. He now has 13 50-point games, which is the eighth in NBA history. 50 pcs for DOLLA@employee | @employee pic.twitter.com/P9eBNiRfpu – The Athletic January 13, 2023 Highlight of the game Mrs. 50 pcs. Last minute on the…

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What is wrong with the Trail Blazers? From the flu to their mentality, a little bit of everything

MINNEAPOLIS — At halftime on Wednesday, Jusuf Nurkic vomited inside the Trail Blazers’ locker room, and the flu bug hit starting center for the fifth straight day. In the third quarter, starting tackle Jerami Grant was inside the locker room being treated for a bruised groin, and his prolific scoring night was over, though he would return and play the final seven minutes. And while those ailments played a role in the Trail Blazers’ recent loss, coach Chauncey Billups said he knew Portland was in trouble shortly after the opening…

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Hollinger’s Showcase notebook: Suns’ $4 billion sale renews NBA expansion buzz

LAS VEGAS — Usually the G League Winter Showcase marks a beginning point for a big chunk of the NBA’s trade conversations. Even in our networked/texting/Zooming world, face time matters. Nearly every exec in the league spends at least a day here hobnobbing. Front office members and staffers see each other at the two courts where the event is held, and perhaps at the bar at the end of a long day, too, since virtually everyone is in the same hotel. Relaxed without the prying eyes of fans around, they…

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