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Lillard: Game 5 Defeat ‘Gives us confidence’

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The Trail Blazers’€™ hopes of winning a playoff series for the first time since 2000 were dashed Wednesday night, as Dwight Howard and Jeremy Lin steadied the Rockets to a 108-98 Game 5 victory before 18,230. But the Blazers insist their confidence remains resolute in the best-of-seven series.

“I think, if anything, it gives us confidence,”€ Damian Lillard said of the Blazers’€™ Game 5 defeat. “€œBecause we didn’€™t play very well … and we were still down one with three or four minutes left, with a chance to win the game. So any time you can do that after not playing well, I think you’ve definitely got to have some confidence based off of that.”€

via Joe Freeman of The Oregonian

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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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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.

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Source: Nick Friedell of ESPN

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