Atlanta Hawks are poised to win the Jason Collins sweepstakes

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Jason and Jarron Collins are truly perplexing NBA players. They dig up roster spots, year after year, despite being essentially useless on a basketball court. They have no post game (they seem to have enough trouble just catching and finishing). They’re very poor rebounders. They don’t stand out defensively. They’re just two seven-footers and high-character teammates, which seems to be enough to earn a yearly NBA salary. They don’t catch your eye on the court, they don’t show up in the box score, and they aren’t favorites of advanced stats. What the Collinses do, strictly speaking,

Next year, the tradition continues, as the Atlanta Hawks are expected to re-sign Jason Collins for the veteran minimum, according to Chris Tomasson of NBA FanHouse. That means a Jarron signing can’t be far behind.

The problem isn’t that these deals are wreckless; if a team’s worst move is signing Jason Collins to a one-year deal for the veteran minimum, they’re in pretty good shape. However, with other qualified bigs playing in the D-League and in Europe, it would be nice to see someone else get a chance. Someone with potential for growth, and while we’re pushing it, maybe even the ability to get a bucket every now and again. If a young player performed at a Collins level during their rookie deal, they’d be out of the league in no time. Yet since Jason and Jarron are veterans with wisdom to impart, they get a free pass on the basketball side of things.

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.)