The San Antonio Spurs now have won six of their last seven Game 5s when leading a playoff series 3-1.
Tony Parker left the game with an injury in the second quarter, but the Spurs still had enough firepower left for yet another blowout victory, this one a 104-82 win over the Portland Trail Blazers that closed out the Western Conference semifinals in five games Wednesday at AT&T Center.
Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green each scored 22 points, with Leonard coming away with five steals and seven rebounds, to lead the Spurs to the Western Conference finals. San Antonio will have home court against either Oklahoma City or the Los Angeles Clippers, who play Game 6 of their series Thursday in L.A., with the Thunder up 3-2.
Report: Earl Watson Fired as Suns Coach
Sources: Jameer Nelson Signs 1-Year Deal With Pelicans
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
Bobby Portis Apologizes to Bulls for Mirotic Fight
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