Miami is in the middle of a late season malaise at the moment, having lost consecutive home games for the first time since 2011 and five of six overall.
This one was more troubling than the rest, considering Denver’s place in the standings and the fact that the Heat blew an early 14-point lead, and then had the game back within reach after cutting a 16-point fourth quarter deficit to just four with about six minutes to play.
But Denver’s energy was too much for the Heat to overcome, and the Nuggets were led by a 24-point, 10-rebound performance from Kenneth Faried, who simply looked like he was playing faster than everyone else.
As recently as last season, Faried was viewed as an untouchable asset by the Denver front office, but a slow start to the year had him being dangled at the trade deadline in a potential deal for Iman Shumpert. While a change of scenery may have worked well for both players, a performance like this one shows that Faried should continued to be valued much higher than that.
The combination of activity and athleticism that Faried is capable of is rare in this league, and when he gets loose the way he did in Miami, it’s enough to put even the defending champs in a very difficult spot.
The #DriveByDunkChallenge has been a fun distraction this summer. If you don’t know what it is, it essentially involves NBA players jumping out of their cars to dunk on regular folks on community basketball hoops.
Players like Boston Celtics wing Jaylen Brown have led the charge in the social media video fad, and now it appears that Houston Rockets guard James Harden is setting a new trend.
That trend? Doing the #DriveByDunkChallenge from dang boat.
I can’t think of anything more baller than dunking on somebody from a speed boat, so congrats to Harden for winning the NBA offseason.
I suppose it will take some time to get used to seeing Gordon Hayward in a Boston Celtics jersey. This photo is the first step on that journey.
In a photo posted to Hayward’s Instagram on Wednesday, many of us got our first look at the former Utah Jazz forward in his new digs.
Specifically, the new Celtics Nike jersey in green with the GE patch on the left shoulder.
There are still some serious doubts about whether the Celtics will be able to unseat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference, but perhaps they won’t need to wait for long. Rumors are starting to trickle in about LeBron James leaving Ohio, so maybe by the time we are used to seeing Hayward in Celtics green next season they will have less competition out east.
It appears as though Houston billionaire Dan Friedkin will have some competition if he decides to bid for the Rockets. Namely, former NBA big man Dikembe Mutombo.
Mutombo played in the NBA from 1991-2009, ending his career with five seasons in Houston. The franchise apparently made an impact on the Hall of Fame center, as he is apparently looking to buy the franchise per an interview with USA Today.
Speaking with Adi Joseph over at FTW, Mutombo would not give out names of his partners but said that he will be able to make a bid in the coming weeks.
“I’m putting together a group to buy the Houston Rockets, and we’re getting close,” he said. “Getting close in the next couple weeks, maybe I’ll have a chance. Lot of people, lot of people and good people with a lot of money.”
With Leslie Alexander’s decision to sell the team, it certainly would be interesting to get another NBA player as part of team ownership in this league.
The NBA’s top-10 highlight packages have been pretty enjoyable. This one is oddly specific – but still dizzyingly fun.