Denver really doesn’t need this in the middle of their fight for a playoff spot.
During the Nuggets easy win Monday night Al Harrington tore the meniscus in his knee, reports the Denver Post. This happened during the third quarter, Harrington left the game and did not return.
Usually we’d say this is the end of the season, but the veteran big man wants to play through it, according to the Post.
Harrington, has, in fact already been playing with a torn meniscus, he said. He said he was injured “a couple of games ago.” Now, he said, both he and team doctors/trainers are exploring “a couple of different options” in terms of treatment. With just two weeks left until the playoffs, Harrington, who added he’s never played on a torn meniscus before, wants to continue to play.
“I’m going to stay in the race,” he said.
Even if he does play, his effectiveness will be limited.
And he has been effective this season, scoring 14.5 points and grabbing 6.2 rebounds per game. He has been stretching the floor shooting six threes a game (hitting just 32 percent, however) and getting buckets inside the arc as well. What more, he’s been a real veteran leader in the locker room and on the bench for a young Denver team. He would be missed if he could not play.
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.