A lot of people are direct dependents of NBA players — family who need to be taken care of, from food put on the table to schools in good neighborhoods for their kids. The kinds of things you and I have to worry about every day NBA players have to deal with, too.
Like health insurance. It’s expensive but necessary, especially for a family.
Which brings us to this tweet from Delonte West (hat tip to Eye on Basketball):
So the job at the furniture store doesn’t cover that?
And 13 dependents? Damn.
That said, this isn’t meant as a joke — the lockout is hitting some NBA players. Hitting them pretty hard. And the owners hope the longer it goes on the more it hits players, who then try to force the union to settle. Of course, the union has already pushed back on that and sent the issue to the courts.
But as always, there’s collateral damage in these fights. And that hurts both sides more than they care to think about.
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.