Baseline to Baseline recaps: Valentine Day massacres around the league

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You missed a lot of blowouts (all games were decided by at least 14 points) while trying to prove to your wife/girlfriend you can cook something other than toast (as we were with our wife most of the night, these are going to be pretty short):

Bobcats 109, Lakers 89: This was the entirety of Phil Jackson’s post-game press conference: “I just have this to say; I’m very disappointed in our performance tonight. I’m embarrassed about what we did. That’s it.”

Charlotte is now 8-3 against the Lakers in the last six seasons. They just have the Lakers number. The Lakers were sloppy, including 9 first half turnovers. Which of course means Kobe decides to take over, and he goes 4-13 in the first half (8-of-20 for the game). In the second half Kwame Brown was knocking down midrange jumpers and Gerald Wallace was hitting everything. The Lakers always seem to struggle in Charlotte, and the Bobcats played as well as they have in a while.

Spurs 102, Nets 85: This one was pretty much what you expected from the outset, and the Nets finished shooting just 34.8 percent. Very Spurs-like win with six guys in double figures scoring but only Manu Ginobili (22) with more than 15.

Hawks 94, Pistons 79: The Pistons were up 15 a couple minutes into the second quarter, they just looked quicker and shot better. You wondered where these Pistons had been hiding. Then the fatigue of playing their fifth game in seven nights seemed to set in (that or they reverted to form) and Detroit didn’t defend well at all. Josh Smith scored 27 points on 11-of-17 shooting

Trail Blazers 95, Timberwolves 81: This was the closest game of the night. Darko Milicic returned and had 15 points but the Timberwolves shot just 39 percent (if they hadn’t been knocking down threes at a good clip this would have been much worse). Wes Mathews (another guy Utah could have used this season) led the Blazers with 23.

Bucks 102, Clippers 78: The Bucks controlled this one from the outset. In the second quarter, Andrew Bogut just took it right to DeAndre Jordan. Brandon Jennings got whatever shot he wanted. The Clippers were on their fifth game in seven days and they just look lost and confused. The Buck kept making mistakes (like going away from Jennings and Bogut) but the Clippers couldn’t capitalize.

Rockets 121, Nuggets 102: The Nuggets are 3-7 in their last 10, and maybe it’s just a mid-season slump every team goes through, maybe we should remember it’s their fourth game in six days, but it’s hard not to think that the ongoing Carmelo Anthony saga has finally weighed this team down. The Nuggets looked physically and mentally tired in this one. Houston played better defense and Shane Battier was 7-for-7 from the field.

Report: Heat not rushing to waive Chris Bosh to keep open trade possibilities

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The Heat were always going to waive Chris Bosh after March 1, assuming a doctor jointly selected by the league and union rules his blood clots are “of such severity that continuing to play professional basketball at an NBA level would subject the player to medically unacceptable risk of suffering a life-threatening or permanently disabling injury or illness.” And Miami, for good reason, seems pretty confident the doctor would make that determination.

Waiting until after March 1 ensured Bosh isn’t eligible for the 2016 playoffs, meaning his salary would be excluded from the Heat’s cap this summer. It would return to Miami’s cap if he plays 25 games (regular season plus postseason) elsewhere, so this guaranteed he wouldn’t have enough time this season.

But we’re well into March, and Bosh hasn’t been waived yet.

What gives?

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald:

Chris Bosh was scheduled to speak with a high-ranking Heat official this week, as the sides try to move past the rancor created by the Heat’s justified unwillingness to allow him to play after a third blood clotting episode and failed physical last September.

The Heat has no intention of using him in a game but has delayed his inevitable release and removing him from its salary cap (a process that was allowed to begin Feb. 9) for two reasons, according to multiple sources:

• Miami doesn’t need the roster spot just yet, and none of the recent available free agents held great appeal to the Heat.

• More importantly, Miami want to keep alive the not-very-likely possibility of being able to trade Bosh (after the season) to a team that might want to trade something Miami wants or a team that believes he could play or (as was the case before last month’s trade deadline) a team that needed to get to the cap floor. There were preliminary trade inquiries earlier this season.

A team that trades for Bosh couldn’t exclude his salary from its cap, because Bosh’s illness was first known while he played for Miami. He has three years and $75,868,170 remaining on his contract. It’s nearly impossible to see any team dealing for him.

A better guess at the delay: The Heat are exploring using the panels created by the next Collective Bargaining Agreement to handle issues like these. It’s unclear whether he’d be eligible for one, considering he signed and had his medical issue discovered under the current CBA, but the panel could remove his salary from Miami’s cap forever — even if Bosh defies the diagnosis and plays 25 games in a future season.

There are numerous hurdles to going that route, starting with the Heat not being able to begin that process until the next CBA takes effect July 1. That’s also the day free agency begins, so Miami probably doesn’t want have Bosh still occupying cap space as free agents agree to terms.

But the Heat have already come this far with him on the books. It’s worth examining why they’re waiting, and nobody has done that better than Albert Nahmad of Heat Hoops. If you want to learn more, I highly recommend his article on the topic.

Jae Crowder calls out Devin Booker’s teammates for celebrating his 70 points after Suns loss

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Suns guard Devin Booker scored 70 points in a game — both a historic achievement and an inflated accomplishment by a player on a bad team in a loss.

Plenty of NBA players celebrated the former.

Jae Crowder, whose Celtics beat Phoenix in Booker’s 70-point game Friday, emphasized the latter in the comment section of the NBA’s Instagram. And Booker shot back.

Via CSN New England:

The Suns have given up on winning this season. Let them enjoy this fun moment.

It fascinates me how Crowder can be so tough on the court and so sensitive on social media.

Buddy Hield goes 3, steal, 3 in Kings’ incredible comeback against Clippers (video)

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When they were down 18 in the final five minutes against the Clippers yesterday, the Kings faced, by one measure, 10,000-1 odds:

How did Sacramento overcome such daunting odds? Willie Cauley-Stein hit the game-winning putback, but no sequence was bigger than Buddy Hield making a 3-pointer, stealing the inbound pass then immediately making another 3-pointer.

Anthony Davis rattles rim with dunk on Juan Hernangomez (video)

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A sweet-shooting stretch four, Juan Hernangomez has a bright future in the NBA.

It’s not because of his rim protection.