Maybe the Cavaliers aren’t leaning toward Andrew Wiggins, after all


Yesterday, we relayed a report from Chad Ford of ESPN that the Cavaliers considered Andrew Wiggins their likely selection at No. 1 in the draft:

sources in Cleveland say that Wiggins is the likely choice.

Ford is typically a reliable reporter, but so is ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, who wrote:

The Cleveland Cavaliers have 7-footer Joel Embiid at the top of their draft board

And so is Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal:

So what gives?If you want to split hairs, you could argue Chris Grant was the Cavaliers’ general manager “much of the season.” So, it might not matter which prospect topped Cleveland’s board “much of the season” now that David Griffin is in charge.

Most likely, the Cavs are sending out different spin as misdirection. Ideally, reporters are skilled in vetting their sources and knowing whom to trust, but that’s not always easy.

Trust this: You will hear more reports about the Cavaliers’ plan between now and June 26. Some of those reports will contradict each other. It’s up to you to determine whom you trust.

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook go head-to-head, literally (video)


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.

Harrison Barnes banks in game-winning, buzzer-beating 3-pointer (video)

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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.

Heat snap Celtics’ 16-game winning streak

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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.

Serge Ibaka gets dunked on by Enes Kanter, hit in face by ball (video)

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Is Enes Kanter mad Serge Ibaka rifted with his family?

(No, not this family. That family.)