Reports: Hawks, Thabo Sefolosha reach three-year, $12 million deal


Thabo Sefolosha fell apart with the Thunder last season. For five years he had been a starter with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the guy doing some of the defensive dirty work so Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook could do their thing.

Then the “3-and-D” guy lost his shot — just 31.6 percent from three last season. He averaged 7.6 points a game and by the playoffs had lost his starting spot to Caron Butler.

Is Sefolosha fading and fading fast, or is he primed for one of those Spurs-like rejuvenation projects? Put him in the right system, use him in ways he’s comfortable and suddenly he’s back to his vintage self?

Mike Budenholzer and the Atlanta Hawks are betting on the latter (and betting a little bigger than maybe they had to) — the Hawks and Sefolosha reached terms on a deal. Shams Charania of Real GM broke the story:

Then it was confirmed, by a media member and Kevin Durant.

I like the idea of gamble. First, the Hawks had just DeMarre Carroll at the three. Second, this is the kind of gamble you take to build a Spurs-like empire in Atlanta.

But at $4 million a year? I would have thought the Hawks could have gotten him for three years, $9 million or less. Just because you have cap space doesn’t mean you need to spend it.

If Sefolosha bounces back, that’s a pretty fair contract the Hawks got him on.

But that’s a big if.

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.)