NBA Playoffs: Wade gives last full measure of devotion, then Pierce wins it for Boston

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Celtics_Pierce.jpgDwyane Wade has carried the weight of the Miami Heat franchise — and carried underachieving teammates — through 82 games. He carried them through the first two games of their playoff series with the Celtics, averaging 27.5 points per game while nobody else averaged more than 10.

He did it again in game three, for more than 47 minutes, dragging his team toward victory. Then his body gave way. He had to be helped off the court with 11.7 seconds left due to leg cramps. He had given the last full measure of devotion to his team.

Sitting on the bench with his calf seizing up, Wade got to watch Paul Pierce show he has a little something left, a 21-foot pull-up jumper that gave Boston a 10-98 win and a 3-0 series lead.

This series is over folks. Nothing to see here, move along.

Oh, sure, they’ll play one more on Sunday (maybe, maybe even a game 5) but this one is done. The Celtics are moving on to face the Cavaliers in the next round (what, you think Chicago’s coming back in that series? Wow, you really are a dreamer).

This one was a pretty entertaining game, close throughout. The Heat were close with the Celtics, but if Miami had one flaw it was turnovers. The 16 they committed helped Boston to 21 fast break points, and giving the Celtics easy transition baskets is giving them life. Can’t do that if you want to win.

Wade again was bordering on superhuman — 34 points on 14 of 26 shooting, 8 assists, a couple of steals. At halftime he probably sold beer and hot dogs at the concession stand. He carries that franchise.

He got a little help from Michael Beasley for a change – 16 points on 7 of 11 shooting and six rebounds. Too little, too late, but it was his best game of the series by far.

Pierce had 32 after the game winner, and every Celtics starter whose name does not rhyme with Gherkins scored in double digits.

This series is all but done. Celtics fans, start thinking of ways to stop LeBron (and good luck with that). Heat fans, start dreaming of July 1. Tune in and watch game four if you must, but this battle has decided the war.

All Chandler Parsons wants for Christmas is healthy knees

Memphis Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons poses for a picture on NBA basketball media day Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in Memphis, Tenn. Parsons signed with the Grizzlies in July. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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It almost fits the song: “All I wants for Christmas is healthy knees, healthy knees, healthy knees.”

Chandler Parsons took to Twitter to answer questions from fans, and there were a few good answers in there but my favorite was this one:

Parsons has played in just six games for the Grizzlies this season, missing the start of the season to recover from off-season knee surgery, then now he has missed the last eight games with a knee bone bruise. The banged up Grizzlies could really use his shot creation back in the lineup.

As for other good questions/answers there was this combo, with a little help from ESPN’s Zach Lowe:

And then there’s this for the haters.

Sit back and watch the top 10 dunks from the first five weeks of NBA season

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Who doesn’t love a good dunk compilation?

Well, somebody probably just said “bah, humbug” but is that the person you really want to hang out with?

The fine folks at NBA.com put together the Top 10 dunks of October and November, and when Rudy Gobert dunking over Kristaps Porzingis is all the way down at 10, you know it’s a good list. Put off starting your Christmas shopping, at least for another 2:44, and watch the video.

Want to watch Chance the Rapper throw dodgeballs at mascots? Here you go.

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Want to watch Chance the Rapper throw dodgeballs at mascots? Of course you do. How is that even a question?

Above you can see just that from Chicago Friday night (where Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler and the Bulls knocked off the Cavaliers). Benny the Bull is on his side as well, while the Cubs’ mascot and others try and stay out of the way.

I’ll take this over another kids’ dribbling contest any day.

LaMarcus Aldridge, Manu Ginobili hustling saves lead to Spurs bucket (VIDEO)

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That’s about the most Spurs play ever.

During the third quarter of San Antonio’s win over Washington Friday night, LaMarcus Aldridge saved the ball from going out-of-bounds on the baseline, he threw it out high to Manu Ginobili, who had to leap and save it from going into the backcourt. Two hustle plays. From there the Spurs whipped the ball around the perimeter, and it ended up back to Aldridge on the baseline, where he nailed the 12-foot jumper.

Eventually, the Spurs would get a Kawhi Leonard jumper to give them the victory.