PBT Monday morning one liners

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This is a fantastic profile of No. 1 overall pick Kyrie Irving and what it was like for him growing up.

Here’s a new CBA proposal from a blogger trying to find a balance. At least he is trying to find a middle ground, which is more than we can say for the sides in the negotiating room.

Here is a mock draft for 2012. They have Harrison Barnes on top, although watch for Anthony Davis to pass him.

After the Rockets got a close up look at Jonny Flynn’s injured hip, they made the Timberwolves throw in another second round pick to make that draft night trade a reality.

Two guesses on who might be the head coach in Minnesota: former Cavs head man Mike Fratello and New Orleans assistant Bryan Gates. The problem for the Wolves, the way they treated Kurt Rambis is going to make a lot of top candidates think twice about coming there.

Marcus Morris just got drafted and he’s already saying he doesn’t want to play defense like Carmelo Anthony.

This is the best breakdown of what you can expect to see from Ricky Rubio in Minnesota out there. He struggles with his shot because of happy feet, but the problems are fixable.

Glen Davis hired a sports psychologist, he thinks LeBron James would benefit from doing the same.

Dirk Nowitzki would not have made a good MLB pitcher.

The mayor of Newark is still pushing to get an NBA team in the Prudential Center after the Nets leave for Brooklyn.

This is a little old, but here is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar taking about LeBron.

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.)