Durant's 25-point scoring streak ends


Ginobili_Durant.jpgFigures it would be the Spurs. If one team is going to be coolly efficient at their job while sucking some fun out of the game, it’s San Antonio.

The Spurs ended Kevin Durant’s 25 point a game scoring streak at 29 games. The last guy to do more than that was named Jordan with the Bulls in 1986-87 (he had 40)

The Spurs did what they do. San Antonio focused on taking the opposition’s best player out in the fourth quarter — Durant was 0-4 from the floor in the fourth quarter. He was just 7 of 19 overall, although he did score 21 points and pitch in 12 rebounds and a couple blocked shots

The most spectacular stop was Manu Ginobili blocking a Durant dunk attempt. Yes, that Manu Ginobili. The Argentinean with the bald spot. Killer of bats. Don’t ever underestimate his athleticism, as Durant was reminded when he drove on a fast break right around George Hill only to have Ginobili swoop in and cleanly block it.

The Spurs have not been the Spurs everyone feared five years ago this season, but they have not forgotten how to play team defense. And for one night they can turn it back on and be good enough to do things like slow down Kevin Durant.

Report: Matt Barnes texted friend that he beat up Derek Fisher, spat in wife’s face

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Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes reportedly attacked Knicks coach Derek Fisher for dating his estranged wife, Gloria Govan.

New details are emerging, and they cast Barnes in an even worse light.

Ian Mohr of the New York Post:

Sources told The Post that Barnes became incensed when his 6-year-old twin sons, Carter and Isaiah, called to tell him that Fisher was at the house.

Following the dust-up, Barnes, 35, texted a pal that he had not only assaulted Fisher, 41, but also took revenge on Govan, one source said.

“I kicked his ass from the back yard to the front room, and spit in her face,” the text read, according to the source.

If this becomes a criminal case, Barnes’ text could incriminate him.

In the court of public opinion, the presence of Barnes’ children and his spitting in his wife’s face make this even more disturbing.

Unfortunately, not everyone views it that way. Too many are laughing off the incident.

Albert Burneko of Deadspin had the best take I’ve seen on this situation:

When an accused domestic abuser shows up uninvited at a family party to—as a source put it to the New York Post—“beat the shit” out of someone for the offense of dating his ex, that is not a wacky character up to zany shenanigans. It is not reality TV melodrama or a cartoon or celebrities being silly. It is the behavior of a dangerous misogynist lunatic. It is an act of violent aggression. It is a man forcefully asserting personal property rights over a woman’s home, body, and life. It differs from what Ray Rice did in that elevator by degree, not by kind, and not by all that much.

I suggest reading it in full.