We’ve mentioned this about Mark Jackson getting fired as coach of the Golden State Warriors a few times, but it bears repeating — this was more of a mutual decision than many realize.
To the point that Jackson considered resigning if he had not been fired, he told Dan Patrick.
I’m not sure I buy that — I don’t think Jackson was going to walk away from $2.75 million. But that he was frustrated and okay with being let go is a better way to phrase it.
Jackson had created a “our locker room against the world” mentality that the players ate up. However that outside world included the front office and ownership, and that created a divisive situation, one that was abrasive to both sides. There was simply a huge cultural divide, very different perspectives and personalities between the coach and the owner, and that just could not be sustained.
Tim Kawakami from the San Jose Mercury News also joined Dan Patrick to talk about the situation.
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.
J.R. Smith (slightly out of context): “We don’t start paying attention until after All-Star break.”
Raptors guard Delon Wright dislocated his shoulder, but at least he won’t need surgery.
Raptors media relations:
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:
The Raptors (11-5), off to a surprisingly strong start, are second in the Eastern Conference. They’ve bought themselves margin for error. All in all, a month-long absence for Wright isn’t so bad.
Wright had been a key part of an excellent all-bench unit that included Fred VanVleet, O.G. Anunoby, C.J. Miles and Jakob Poeltl. Two-way player Lorenzo Brown has assumed Wright’s role, and Norman Powell – returning from his own injury – will provide a boost. Toronto can also stagger Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan more.
The chemistry of the bench mob was something to behold, but the Raptors should withstand this.