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Eric Bledsoe hits the game-winning three to send Suns past Jazz (VIDEO)


When watching Eric Bledsoe dribble down the clock with the game tied before taking the final shot, I kept thinking that he was waiting to long, and that he needed to initiate the play sooner than he actually decided to.

I had no idea, obviously, that Bledsoe had no intention of driving to the basket.

Gordon Hayward was playing Bledsoe for the drive, but with so much space, Bledsoe wisely decided to calmly pull up for the three-pointer, which he splashed home with 0.7 seconds remaining to send the Suns to 2-0 on this very young season.

Bledsoe had scored only one point through the first three quarters, shooting 0-for-6 from the field in just under 17 minutes. But he exploded for 17 points in 11 fourth quarter minutes, including the game-winning shot.

It’s only been two games in Phoenix, but so far, Bledsoe is doing his best to make the Suns regret not coming to terms with him on a contract extension before this week’s deadline passed.

Report: Matt Barnes texted friend that he beat up Derek Fisher, spat in wife’s face

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Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes reportedly attacked Knicks coach Derek Fisher for dating his estranged wife, Gloria Govan.

New details are emerging, and they cast Barnes in an even worse light.

Ian Mohr of the New York Post:

Sources told The Post that Barnes became incensed when his 6-year-old twin sons, Carter and Isaiah, called to tell him that Fisher was at the house.

Following the dust-up, Barnes, 35, texted a pal that he had not only assaulted Fisher, 41, but also took revenge on Govan, one source said.

“I kicked his ass from the back yard to the front room, and spit in her face,” the text read, according to the source.

If this becomes a criminal case, Barnes’ text could incriminate him.

In the court of public opinion, the presence of Barnes’ children and his spitting in his wife’s face make this even more disturbing.

Unfortunately, not everyone views it that way. Too many are laughing off the incident.

Albert Burneko of Deadspin had the best take I’ve seen on this situation:

When an accused domestic abuser shows up uninvited at a family party to—as a source put it to the New York Post—“beat the shit” out of someone for the offense of dating his ex, that is not a wacky character up to zany shenanigans. It is not reality TV melodrama or a cartoon or celebrities being silly. It is the behavior of a dangerous misogynist lunatic. It is an act of violent aggression. It is a man forcefully asserting personal property rights over a woman’s home, body, and life. It differs from what Ray Rice did in that elevator by degree, not by kind, and not by all that much.

I suggest reading it in full.