The Lakers survived the Nets — barely — without Andrew Bynum, but the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday would be another matter.
Bynum said Tuesday he would try to go Wednesday despite his sprained ankle, reports Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register. Ding also adds that Bynum seemed to be walking around fairly well on his ankle Tuesday night.
But of course, that’s not the only issue going on around Andrew Bynum — there is always drama around the Lakers. The latest is Bynum being fined for the team for some immature and insubordinate comments, then not showing up to a meeting with GM Mitch Kupchak to discuss it.
Lakers coach Mike Brown is on the front line of any Bynum issue, and he says he doesn’t have one. Even through Bynum disrespects Brown’s team huddles. Again from Ding at the Register.
“I don’t have a problem with Bynum,” Brown said while fielding a series of questions about Bynum and a perceived lack of professionalism.
Brown said he wasn’t about to “overreact … I’m not about to do that right now.”
But later maybe?
Bynum is going to do what he wants because he has the leverage right now — the Lakers are going to pick up his option for next season ($16.1 million) and after that he becomes a free agent in 2013. The Lakers will try to sign him to a max extension, but Bynum has a lot of leverage here. And things clearly frustrate him
But for now, he’s likely going to go on Wednesday night against the athletic Clippers front line.
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.