Brandon Roy leaves Blazers game, does not return

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If the Portland Trail Blazers and Brandon Roy believe in signs, the universe has not exactly been warm and fuzzy towards them in the past 24 hours. A day after word came out that Roy would never really be the same player due to his cartilage being completely gone in both knees, Roy was forced to leave the game against the Hornets with a knee injury. Blazersedge caught it on tape. Roy immediately jogged to the locker room after sustaining the injury, which is exactly what you want your All-Star locked into a long-term contract to do after he admitted to being in considerable pain.

Word comes from CBS that the Blazers are going to give Roy a few days to see how he feels. Which sounds vaguely like the most sadly hopeful treatment available. They don’t know what else to do, and surgery won’t help, so they’re going to see how it goes.

Yikes.

Look, maybe this ends well. Maybe Roy shakes it off, the knees hold up, he overcomes the pain and he takes them to the playoffs and beyond. It just doesn’t feel like that’s going to be the case. Maybe that’s fitting the narrative, based on their long and expansive history of crushing injuries. Maybe it’s just doomsday prophecy from an outsider that doesn’t understand the heart and will of Portland, Oregon.

But Wesley Matthews better be prepared to earn that check. And Rich Cho better have a few rabbits up his sleeve.

 

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.)