HOOP HANGOUT • NBA GAMEDAY POST • February 3rd 2019

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Celtics snap Thunder’s winning streak at 7

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BOSTON — Kyrie Irving had 30 points and 11 assists, Marcus Morrisscored 19 points and the Boston Celtics beat Oklahoma City 134-129 on Sunday to snap the Thunder’s NBA-best seven-game winning streak.

Marcus Smart added 18 points and seven assists, Al Horford scored 17 points, and Daniel Theis had 14.

Boston has won four straight and nine of 10.

Paul George scored 37 points for Oklahoma City, and Russell Westbrook had 22 points, 16 assists and 12 rebounds for his 19th triple-double of the season.

RAPTORS 121, CLIPPERS 103

TORONTO — Kawhi Leonard scored 18 points, Serge Ibaka had 16 points and 12 rebounds and Toronto beat Los Angeles for its 10th victory in its last 11 home games.

Ibaka has a career-best six straight double-doubles, Toronto’s longest streak since Chris Bosh had eight in November 2009. All-Star guard Kyle Lowry sat out because of a sore back.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, the guard born in nearby Hamilton, had 19 points to lead Los Angeles.

GRIZZLIES 96, KNICKS 84

NEW YORK — Mike Conley scored 25 points, Marc Gasol had 24 and Memphis beat New York to snap a nine-game road losing streak.

Conley added eight rebounds and seven assists after missing a game because of left knee soreness. Gasol also had nine rebounds. Kevin Knox scored 17 points for New York. The Knicks have lost 13 straight overall and 14 in a row at Madison Square Garden.

Anthony Davis’ father says: “I would never want my son to play for Boston after what they done to Isaiah Thomas. No loyalty.”

Anthony Davis’ dad doesn’t want him in Boston

Nick Schwartz • USA Today Sports

Anthony Davis wants out of New Orleans, and the Pelicans now must decide whether trade their franchise player before next Thursday’s deadline, or hold off for the potential of a better offer this summer. ESPN has reported that Davis would like to land alongside LeBron James in Los Angeles, but Davis told reporters that he did not specify a destination in his request to the Pelicans.

The Lakers have reportedly offered several trade packages to the Pelicans this week, but according to many analysts, the Celtics may have the best assets to offer to New Orleans this summer. Due to the “Rose rule,” Boston is restricted from trading for Davis until Kyrie Irving signs a new deal or is moved, but Irving is expected to opt out of his contract – and in a new twist, just walked back his pledge to re-sign with the Celtics.

If the Pelicans hold on to Davis for the rest of the season, the Celtics could potentially offer a package including Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and several draft picks, which might edge out the Lakers’ offer, even if Magic Johnson is willing to part with everyone except LeBron James. The uncertainty surrounding Irving could be a significant issue for the Celtics, though. Boston is won’t want to give away all of its assets in a trade for Davis if Davis won’t sign a long-term deal, and Davis might be unwilling to commit if the Celtics lose a superstar like Irving.

There’s also the question of whether Davis wants to spend a significant chunk of his career in Boston. That remains unknown, but Davis’ father, Anthony Davis Sr., ripped the organization when contacted by ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.

Via ESPN:

“I would never want my son to play for Boston after what they done to Isaiah Thomas. No loyalty. Guy gives his heart and soul and they traded him. This is just my opinion, not Anthony’s.”

Before you start celebrating, Lakers fans, we have some bad news for you too. According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the Pelicans “aren’t interested” in what Los Angeles has to offer.

Via NBC Sports:

“From what I know, from sources have told me, the Pelicans are not interested. They’re not interested in any of it. They’re not interested in two first-round picks and all four young players. They don’t like the Lakers’ offer.”

Original Article: https://ftw.usatoday.com/2019/02/nba-trade-rumors-anthony-davis