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Coach Gentry on Pelicans: ‘We’re Not in the Playoff Race’

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The New Orleans Pelicans’ playoff chances have been teetering for weeks. A 100-95 loss to the Houston Rockets sent coach Alvin Gentry over the edge.

“We come out here after every game and we talk about, ‘Well, you know, we’re still in the playoff race.’ No, we’re not. We’re not,” a visibly angry Gentry said after the game. “What we are is, we’re a team that — when we have an opportunity to do something, we didn’t get it done. So that is the bottom line. “We’re up six points, we turn the ball over three straight times. You can’t do that and win on the road. It’s that simple.”

Source: Justin Verrier of ESPN

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Report: Earl Watson Fired as Suns Coach

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Phoenix coach Earl Watson has been fired, league sources tell ESPN.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Sources: Jameer Nelson Signs 1-Year Deal With Pelicans

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Free-agent guard Jameer Nelson has agreed to a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, league sources told The Vertical.

Nelson entered free agency Wednesday, when the Denver Nuggets waived him to create roster space to sign Richard Jefferson and allow second-year guard Jamal Murray to assume the starting point-guard role.

Source: Shams Charania of The Vertical

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Bobby Portis Apologizes to Bulls for Mirotic Fight

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Bobby Portis has apologized to his Bulls teammates for getting into a fight that left Nikola Mirotic with facial fractures and a concussion. “He didn’t address us today, but he did address the team before so that was taken care of,” Bulls swingman Justin Holiday said after Friday’s practice.

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg acknowledged that Portis’ apology took place during a team meeting but did not want to go into specific details about his message. “I’ll keep that between the team,” Hoiberg said, “as far as exactly what was said in that meeting.”

Source: Nick Friedell of ESPN

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