The San Antonio Spurs have kinda sorta been committed to Curtis Jerrells since training camp. He’s been a Spur even though he wasn’t a Spur. Catch my drift? They paid him some serious coin in training camp ($75,000, according to ShamSports), presumably to stick around with San Antonio’s D-League affiliate, the Austin Toros.
So he did. Jerrells has played well for the Toros this season (20.7 PPG, 5.6 APG, and 4.6 RPG), but now he’s been signed for the rest of the year by the Spurs. So he’ll pack his bags, call up his family and friends and…suit up to play in Austin, the same team he’s been playing for all along.
It’s a little weird, but Scott Schroeder of Ridiculous Upside has nailed down the most logical theory: another NBA team was showing interest in Jerrells, so the Spurs have signed him and paid him in order to keep him developing in-house. San Antonio clearly has an interest in retaining Curtis, even if they haven’t offered him a long-term contract. So the latest D-League call-up won’t be making his NBA debut just yet, but supposing he can hold San Antonio’s interest, his time is coming.
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.
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.
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.