DeMar DeRozan said that eventually he would make shots. On Thursday night, he finally did. Two days after saying it “wasn’t the end of the world” that he had connected on only 27 percent of his field goal attempts in Games 1 and 2, DeRozan scored 21 points — 12 in the first quarter — and the Toronto Raptors routed the Indiana Pacers 101-85 in Game 3 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse to take a 2-1 series lead.
The All-Star swingman shot 7-for-19 from the field and went 7-for-9 from the free throw line. In the first two games of the series, he shot 10-for-37 and went 4-for-6 from the line — including zero free throw attempts in Game 2.
Sourec: Mike Mazzeo of ESPN
Sources: Spurs, LaMarcus Aldridge Agree on Extension
San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge has reached agreement on a contract extension, league sources tell ESPN. The deal includes a partial guarantee in the third year.
Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge has reached agreement on a three-year, $72.3M contract extension, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 16, 2017
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN
LeBron James Still Uncertain for Season Opener
LeBron James tested his injured left ankle during a portion of practice Sunday, but it’s still not known if he’ll play in Cleveland’s season opener.
James has been slowed since spraining his ankle in practice on Sept. 27. The three-time NBA champion sat out the Cavaliers’ first three exhibition games before making his debut last week against Chicago. He played 30 minutes but may have aggravated his ankle while making a spin move in the loss.
Source: USA Today Sports
Rodney Hood, Jazz Don’t Come to Agreement on Extension
Rodney Hood and the Utah Jazz will not come to an agreement on a contract extension, barring a last minute change, sources tell The Salt Lake Tribune, clearing the way for Hood to become a restricted free agent next summer.