Did the Heat cry last night?
An exhaustive breakdown of the Heat’s late-game failures. The conclusion: The Heat keep putting themselves in positions to fail, so they fail.
It’s about the fundamentals — not holding a box out cost the Raptors a win.
The Bulls are hot again in Chicago — the win over the Hornets set a Comcast ratings record for Bulls games.
John Paxson admits he probably should not have attacked Vinny Del Negro. But it did lead to Tom Thibodeau, so….
Kendrick Perkins is expected to return to Thunder practice Thursday.
Rudy Gay is close to returning to the court for Memphis — meaning they will get better.
Brandon Roy is feeling good.
Ryan Richards, the 19-year-old English player with a world of upside that the Spurs drafted in the second round, worked out for the team Wednesday. He may sign with them this summer.
Maybe the real problem the NBA faces is owners who move teams, not players that switch teams.
Has Paul Pierce been the Celtics best player?
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.
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.
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.