Batum 'running on adrenaline' in Game 6 after birth of child
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Hornets forward Nicolas Batum said he's ''running on adrenaline'' as he prepares for Game 6 of Charlotte's first-round playoff series against the Miami Heat following the birth of his son early Friday. Batum's wife gave birth to their child, Aiden, shortly after midnight Friday. Batum said he'd only slept about two hours. ''To have a baby is always an amazing thing, but to have a baby before Game 6 with a chance to close a series - that is pretty crazy, too,'' Batum said before the game. ''It's a unique ex
Blazers, Hornets can cap comebacks, Raptors also can advance
Last time they came home, Portland and Charlotte were still just trying to win a game. This time, they're looking to win a series. After engineering big turnarounds with three straight victories, the Trail Blazers and Hornets will be playing for spots in the second round when they host Game 6s on Friday night. The tough part for them, as Clippers coach Doc Rivers says, is not getting too caught up thinking ahead with the opportunity they have. ''It's hard to keep your focus in closeouts,'' Rivers said. ''That's typicall
Analysis: Gee is expected to once again fill a depth role in his second season with the Pelicans, though he'll likely see his playing time drop a bit after averaging 22.4 minutes per game across 73 appearances in 2015-16. The 30-year-old suffered a ruptured right quad muscle in late March that cost him the rest of the season, but the expectation is that he'll be ready to go for training camp.
Analysis: It appears Gee's agent and the Pelicans are still hammering out some minor details, but it looks like the swingman will head back to New Orleans after suiting up in 73 games a season ago. He often played out of necessity due to the vast number of injuries up and down the roster, but offered precious little production during his time on the court, averaging 4.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.0 assist across 22.4 minutes per game. The 30-year-old journeyman has played for six different teams during his seven-year career, so Gee will finally gain some stability by rejoining the Pelicans. However, if the team remains healthier this season, Gee's playing time will likely fall by the wayside.