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New coach Green sees Pelicans primed to ascend as Suns have

Jul. 27, 2021 18:31 PM EDT

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — New Pelicans coach Willie Green sees New Orleans as a team on the cusp of contending — a conclusion he explains by referencing his past two years with the Phoenix Suns. “This situation actually reminds me a lot of Phoenix,” Green said during...

Pelicans hire Suns assistant Willie Green as new head coach

Jul. 22, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans have hired Phoenix Suns assistant Willie Green as their new head coach. Green, a former NBA player who turns 40 on July 28, is a first-time head coach after serving as an NBA assistant coach the past five years — first with...

AP source: Pelicans, Green negotiating, but no deal yet

Jul. 14, 2021 13:12 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans are negotiating with Suns assistant Willie Green about taking over as head coach, but no deal is in place and discussions could extend beyond the NBA Finals, a person familiar with the situation said. “He has not agreed to a...

Chris Paul leads Suns past Clippers 130-103, into NBA Finals

Jul. 01, 2021 01:02 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tears welled in Chris Paul's eyes. A message in black ink on his shoes said it all: Can't give up now. Not when, after 16 years, he will finally play for an NBA title. Paul led the Phoenix Suns into their first NBA Finals in 28...

Clippers' cool-hand Lue is NBA's best in elimination games

Jun. 29, 2021 20:36 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers have been unflappable amid high stakes throughout these playoffs. They recovered from 0-2 deficits against Dallas and Utah to reach the Western Conference finals for the first time in franchise history. Down 0-2 to the Phoenix...

Gritty Clippers stave off elimination, beat Suns 116-102

Jun. 29, 2021 00:49 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Paul George had just wrapped up his brilliant night, scoring 41 points to keep the Los Angeles Clippers' season alive. He shared some hugs and fist bumps with teammates and assistant coaches before he finally got to head coach Tyronn Lue. There were some...

Billups gets first chance as head coach with Trail Blazers

Jun. 28, 2021 00:24 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers have hired Chauncey Billups as their new coach. Billups, a five-time NBA All-Star over a 17-year playing career, has never been a head coach. He has served as an assistant with the Los Angeles Clippers for the past...

Ayton's emergence has Suns a win from the NBA Finals

Jun. 27, 2021 19:07 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Deandre Ayton is rapidly become the player the Phoenix Suns imagined when the ping-pong balls bounced their way for the 2018 NBA draft. The third-year center was in top form Saturday in a hard-fought 84-80 Game 4 win over the Los Angeles Clippers. He...

Suns outlast Clippers 84-80, take 3-1 lead in West finals

Jun. 27, 2021 01:42 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Neither team could make a shot. The ball bounced crazily on and around the rim, but rarely went in. In timeouts, the Suns only talked defense. The Clippers deliberately missed free throws in a desperate attempt to retain possession and fire up a...

AP Source: Billups offered job as coach of the Trail Blazers

Jun. 26, 2021 01:06 AM EDT

The Portland Trail Blazers have settled on Los Angeles Clippers assistant Chauncey Billups as their new coach but the deal has not been finalized, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Friday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because...