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Following the Pelicans’ devastating loss to Brooklyn on Wednesday night, a defeated Anthony Davis couldn’t hide his frustration to the media.

“We’re a better team than our record shows. Everyone is frustrated. Players, coaches, front office. We’ve just got to do better,” Davis told ESPN. “We wasn’t playing no defense. The whole first half, they did whatever they wanted. They didn’t feel us on the defensive end. We wasn’t physical, wasn’t talking. They got a lot of layups, a lot of open 3s. They shot the ball extremely well in the first half due to our lazy defense.”

Despite Davis finishing the game with 34 points and a career-high 26 rebounds, New Orleans failed to pull off a victory against a team they should’ve beaten. Sadly, this kind of narrative has been normal for the young star since he was drafted back in 2012.

This reality has us all wondering when Davis will call it enough. How long will he keep on losing? How long will he continue to put up with a franchise that has routinely lacked the ability to build and sustain playoff teams?

Most think it won’t be much longer and, as Kay Williams put it on ESPN’s morning show “Get Up,” it’s only a matter of time until Davis forces a trade out of The Big Easy.

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LeBron James declaring himself the greatest NBA player of all time has sparked a pretty fierce public debate.

Perhaps that was all part of his plan?

Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge was asked Thursday what he thought of the Los Angeles Lakers star’s recent remarks about being the GOAT and made an interesting analogy while wondering aloud why James would make those comments with more basketball ahead of him.

“His career’s not over,” Ainge said on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Toucher & Rich.” “I’d just like to — why he’s saying that, I don’t know. Maybe he thinks that that sells. Maybe he’s taking the Donald Trump approach and trying to sell himself. I don’t know.”

James made the statement on his new show, “More Than An Athlete,” which airs on ESPN+ and is produced in partnership with his media company, UNINTERRUPTED. So, while LeBron is getting some pretty harsh blowback for his boast, he’s still drumming up awareness for his own business venture

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As we relayed yesterday, Celtics guard Kyrie Irving suffered a scratched cornea in Monday’s loss to the Spurs after being on the receiving end of an accidental elbow from Marco Belinelli. Irving was able to reenter the game, but it now appears that the injury to both eyes is more severe than previously anticipated.

Speaking earlier today to Zolak & Bertrand of Boston’s 98.5 The Sports Hub (h/t to NBC Sports Boston), head coach Brad Stevens sounded confident that Irving will miss both tonight’s game against the Timberwolves and beyond.

“Yes (Irving’s absence may extend beyond tonight’s game), but that will be re-evaluated tomorrow. He got swiped across the face, and it was a unique deal because it got both eyes. And the right eye was the initial concern with the corneal abrasion.

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On the best roll of his career, James Harden has returned his name to the conversations about MVP. That includes his own willingness to openly seek the honor for a second-consecutive season.

Asked if he is “hungry” to win the award again, Harden said, “I need it. I need it for sure. And I’m going to get it.

“Individually, I got to bring it every night and make sure the guys around me in that locker room are on the same level,” Harden said. “It’s a great feeling. Individually, I got to make sure I’m on my A game every night, and that’s not just scoring. That’s being a leader every night. That’s making sure I’m communicating with my guys and we’re putting ourselves in positions to win games.”

Harden has scored at least 30 points in 10-consecutive games, averaging 40.8 points per game in that stretch, and at least 40 points in his past four games. His streak of eight-consecutive games with at least 35 points and five assists in the longest in NBA history.

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According to Marc Stein, Carmelo Anthony has played his last game in the NBA.

In Stein’s latest newsletter, the New York Times writer reveals that he believes that the 10-time All-Star will not play another game in the NBA due to a lack of interest in the former scoring champion.

*Carmelo Anthony has played his last N.B.A. game*
I am hoping, just like last January with Philadelphia’s then-rookie Markelle Fultz, that I am actually jinxing myself by predicting doom here and thus helping steer Anthony back onto the floor with some faulty forecasting.
The problem is that we’re approaching two full months since Anthony, 34, was exiled by the Houston Rockets after just 10 games together. With scant evidence of interest in the former All-Star scoring machine, Melo fans have to be prepared for the growing possibility that he might really have no way back.

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Anthony has appeared in only 10 games this season, with his last appearance on November 8, when he had one of the worst performances of his 16-year career versus his former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder. The 34-year-old scored just two points on 1-of-6 shooting from the field and 0-of-6 from beyond the arc as the Houston Rockets lost 98-80.

Following that performance, the Rockets announced that both sides would be going their separate ways, with Anthony remaining inactive until Houston could find a trade partner.

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The Rockets continue to look for upgrades on the perimeter.

Houston has asked the Bulls about potentially dealing for wing Justin Holiday, according to a report from The Athletic. It has also inquired about Cavaliers guard JR Smith and the Lakers’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

Holiday is averaging 11.8 points and 4.5 rebounds in 35.1 minutes per game this season. He’s shooting 38.8 percent from the field and 36.2 percent from 3-point range.

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Sadly for some NBA stars the franchise they play for don’t seem to learn from the mistakes of the past. When Kevin Garnett was with the Minnesota Timberwolves they failed over and over again to get him good enough pieces for them to seriously contend for a title. They wasted his prime so that he left for Boston when the opportunity arose.

The same happened with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, twice. The Cavs thought that just having James was enough, so LeBron left for Miami in 2010. Then when LeBron returned and won Cleveland the title in 2016 the Cavs failed again to keep the roster good enough and the LeBron left for Los Angeles in 2018.

The same thing looks to be happening in New Orleans with Anthony Davis. Despite Davis averaging 28 points and 12.4 rebounds with 2.8 blocks the Pelicans are 15-16 and don’t appear like they can improve. New Orleans is a very small market and they keep losing their good players like DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo. Davis is just about to enter his prime and he simply too good not to be reaching the Playoffs every season.

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