According to the twitter account of newsday.com’s Alan Hahn, the New York Knicks could be interested in signing Shaun Livingston this off-season. The former #4 overall pick had a strong finish to the season with the Wizards, averaging 16.3 points and 6.1 assists per game on 64% shooting in April. It was the type of production that Livingston hasn’t shown since his horrific knee injury several seasons ago, and has put him back on the radar of many NBA teams.
The Knicks will look to sign much bigger targets than Livingston this off-season, but Livingston could actually fit into Mike D’Antoni’s system quite well. Livingtston is a gifted playmaker, and his size could allow him to cross-match effectively, which is a vital skill for a D’Antoni player. He could be a Boris Diaw-like player, who had his best seasons in Phoenix under D’Antoni. A Livingston signing won’t produce the type of headlines Knicks fans will be looking for this summer, but he could prove to be a good choice to round out what will soon be a paper-thin roster.
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.
J.R. Smith (slightly out of context): “We don’t start paying attention until after All-Star break.”
Raptors guard Delon Wright dislocated his shoulder, but at least he won’t need surgery.
Raptors media relations:
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:
The Raptors (11-5), off to a surprisingly strong start, are second in the Eastern Conference. They’ve bought themselves margin for error. All in all, a month-long absence for Wright isn’t so bad.
Wright had been a key part of an excellent all-bench unit that included Fred VanVleet, O.G. Anunoby, C.J. Miles and Jakob Poeltl. Two-way player Lorenzo Brown has assumed Wright’s role, and Norman Powell – returning from his own injury – will provide a boost. Toronto can also stagger Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan more.
The chemistry of the bench mob was something to behold, but the Raptors should withstand this.