Brandan Wright was going to get some minutes in Dallas — Samuel Dalembert is penciled in as the starting center but he is out of shape and not a guy you give 30 minutes a night to anyway. After that you have Bernard James or you go small (DeJuan Blair).
But Wright is out indefinitely after fracturing his shoulder, the Mavericks announced. This is a “small, non-displaced fracture to his left shoulder” the team announced and added that it will not require surgery to repair. However, he will be checked weekly and could be out for a while.
The injury happened in practice Tuesday, according to the team.
Wright has actually played well and efficiently when he has gotten on the court the past couple seasons — it seemed to take a while for Rick Carlisle to trust and figure out how to use Wright’s game (he’s not a traditional center, you can’t just throw him the ball on the block, but he scores efficiently and moves well). After a strong end to last season when the Mavericks got on a role Wright signed a two-year, $10 million deal to come back to Dallas.
When he gets back he has minutes waiting for him — if he can stay healthy. This has been a career-long issue (or series of issues).
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.