As the NBA lockout drags on and on and on, there have been more players talking to overseas teams about taking their talents across the pond. Here is today’s roundup of news.
• Tyson Chandler has decided not to take an offer to play in China, tweets ESPN’s Chris Broussard. “I was considering it but I don’t think I’m going to. It was hard to turn down.” For Chandler and other free agents to be, there is a lot of risk in heading overseas — an injury could cost tens of million to Chandler. What happened to J.R. Smith had to scare guys thinking about these deals.
• Jeremy Lin’s deal to play in Italy is “not set in stone,” according to CSNBayArea.com. I didn’t know they carved contracts in stone still in Europe, but they have those old-world traditions.
• Tony Parker confirmed that if the lockout continues he will play the full season for Villeurbanne, and said he would make an offer to Boris Diaw to join him (via Hoopshype).
• Golden State big man Ekpe Udoh has signed with Bnei Hasharon in Israel, and he has an NBA opt out. In an interesting note, Udoh replaces J.J. Hickson who replaced Trevor Booker on the team this season.
• Juan Carlos Navarro could have returned to the NBA and had a lot of teams interested in him, but he instead has agreed to a contract extension with Barcelona through the 2014-15 season.
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.