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NBA Rumors Stories for Sunday, March 18, 2018
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Kevin Love is targeting the home game against Toronto on March 21 or the home game against Phoenix on March 23 for his return. Thompson should be back by then too, if his two-week timetable for a return from a sprained ankle holds true. “It’s been a long time since I haven’t played with another All-Star on my team,” LeBron James told reporters after the 113-105 loss in Portland dropped the Cavaliers to 2-3 on their current road trip. “Not having Kev out has been very challenging for all of us. Kev has a big usage rate on our team. He’ll get the ball when things get tight, chaotic; we can throw it to him in the low post and get some things going.” News Herald

Warriors reserve Omri Casspi is expected to stay sidelined for around a week because of a sprained right ankle, according to a Yahoo! Sports report. The Warriors said that doctors are still evaluating the results of an MRI that Casspi took on Saturday. But he is definitively ruled out for when the Warriors (52-17) play the Phoenix Suns (19-51) on Saturday. Casspi is also not with the Warriors on their two-game trip, which also includes a stop in San Antonio on Monday. Mercury News

New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said starting small forward Solomon Hill's return from a torn hamstring is possible Sunday against the Boston Celtics, the second leg of the Pelicans' five-game homestand from Saturday to Thursday. "Maybe," Gentry said Saturday. "There's a chance that he might be able to play a few minutes tomorrow." The Advocate

Frank Jackson, the New Orleans Pelicans rookie guard whose draft rights were acquired from the Charlotte Hornets in the 2017 NBA Draft, will miss the entirety of his rookie season, coach Alvin Gentry said Saturday. Jackson underwent surgery on his right foot Sept. 1 and was originally expected to return around January, a 3-4 month recovery. However, complications with his rehab delayed his return months beyond predicted. The Advocate

The fourth quarter — it’s when you’re most likely to see Joel Embiid wave goodbye to a player who fouls out of a game, when Embiid stands with his arms raised egging on the crowd’s cheers. It’s easy to get caught up in the late-game delights and believe that Embiid is a dominant fourth-quarter player. Embiid himself said that he goes into the fourth quarter thinking that he needs to take over.

Embiid is best right out of the gate. He averages 6.6 points in first quarters this season. It’s when he takes the most shots and hits at a clip of 49.8 percent. A close runner-up is the third quarter, where Embiid is more efficient at 50.6 percent, but scores fewer points. Even in the win against the Knicks, Embiid scored 13 of his 29 points in the opening frame, and just four points in the final 12 minutes.

For the first home game since the death of Pelicans owner Tom Benson, Benson's initials were added to the Pelicans' home uniforms, a fitting tribute considering Benson's instrumental role in keeping the team in New Orleans. "It mean's everything," Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. "Obviously, this team could be somewhere else right now if it wasn't for him. Just the fact that he stepped in and bought this team and was determined to keep it here in New Orleans says a lot about what he felt about the community, about the state, about the people here, the sports fans and everything. Houston Chronicle

Police say former NBA and Orlando Magic player Glen “Big Baby” Davis was arrested in a Maryland hotel last month on drug possession and distribution charges. WMAR-TV in Baltimore reports that Davis was arrested Feb. 7 at a Hampton Inn in Aberdeen. According to court records, the hotel owner smelled marijuana coming from Davis' room. Orlando Sentinel/AP

Aberdeen police Lt. William Reiber told WMAR that police found 126 grams of marijuana and a briefcase containing $92,000 in cash inside Davis' room. Davis was arrested and later indicted on seven counts of drug possession and distribution. Davis' attorney said Davis adamantly maintains his innocence and looks forward to clearing his name in court. Orlando Sentinel/AP

Coaching the Jaspers that day as the mid-major team of little-known players upset No. 5 seed Florida, coached by Billy Donovan and led by David Lee, was Bobby Gonzalez, who not long after that win would take over as the coach of Seton Hall. Now, he will sit in front of the television like most of us and watch from game to game, eyeing Cinderella hopefuls and highly regarded powerhouse programs. But unlike most of us, he can’t help but think that he could be - should be - roaming the sidelines again. “When I first got hired at Manhattan and I first started winning games, people said, ‘Who the hell is Bobby Gonzalez?’” he said, laughing as he recounted his treatise on the fleeting fame of the game. “When we played Syracuse in the first round with Carmelo Anthony at the Fleet Center in Boston and they went on to win the National Championship, and I started getting good, knocking off St. John’s at the Garden, and then Seton Hall, they started saying, ‘Man, get me a Bobby Gonzalez type.’ Bergen Record

“Those first two, three years out I was bitter,” Gonzalez said. “Now I’m appreciative of my experience at Seton Hall and I look back now, now I’m starting to finally say, I guess, I miss this. The competitiveness in me wants to go back and say, man, you guys in March Madness, Cinderella, I could coach one of these teams and get to a Final Four. Bergen Record


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