Is the league trying to shove Warriors owner Cohan out the door?

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The Mercury News reports that the Warriors have hired Galatioto Sports Partners to facilitate the sale of their franchise. GSP is an outsourced sports finance and management firm that can help organize the sale in a professional manner.

But as the Mercury News points out, there’s something spooky about the involvement of GSP. Not only is Warriors owner Chris Cohan not known as the outsourcing type, but GSP’s Vice Chariman is Russ Granik, a remarkably connected individual the article suggests was in line to follow David Stern for years.

It would not be surprising to find that the league has decided to get involved with the Warriors sale with how messy the situation has become in a golden goose market for the league. It may not be the most comfortable thing to imagine, but that’s really one of the primary goals of the league, isn’t it? To protect the health of the league?

This isn’t the league injecting poison into a system, it’s bringing in a specialist named Roto-Rooter.

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook go head-to-head, literally (video)

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This sure didn’t look like just another game for Kevin Durant – and not only because the Thunder beat the Warriors for the first time since he left.

The 108-91 Oklahoma City victory didn’t look like just another game for Russell Westbrook (34 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and four steals), either.

Harrison Barnes banks in game-winning, buzzer-beating 3-pointer (video)

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With the shot clock off in the fourth quarter and the game tied, Grizzlies big JaMychal Green put back Tyreke Evans‘ miss with a clutch flush. There’s a very fine line between ensuring the last shot and leaving time for an offensive rebound, and Memphis threated it almost perfectly.

Emphasis on “almost.”

The Grizzlies left the Mavericks 0.5 seconds, which Harrison Barnes used to bank in a 3-pointer – off a pinpoint bounce pass by Dennis Smith Jr. – to give Dallas a 95-94 win.

Heat snap Celtics’ 16-game winning streak

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The Celtics didn’t have another comeback in them.

After overcoming a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit against the Mavericks on Monday to extend its winning streak to 16 games, Boston lost to the Heat tonight, 104-98. The streak ends as the NBA’s longest since the Hawks won 19 straight during the 2014-15 season.

The Celtics trailed Miami by 16 in the fourth quarter then cut the deficit to only one with three minutes left. But Dion Waiters hit back-to-back 3-pointers, helping the Heat pull away.

Goran Dragic (27 points) and Waiters (26 points) led Miami, which needed a reason to feel good after losing three of four to fall to 7-9.

The Celtics, on the other hand, still have a four-game cushion over the rest of the Eastern Conference. This might help them regain focus.

Serge Ibaka gets dunked on by Enes Kanter, hit in face by ball (video)

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Is Enes Kanter mad Serge Ibaka rifted with his family?

(No, not this family. That family.)