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Reports: Boston Celtics finalizing deal for Evan Turner

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Some team was going to give Evan Turner another shot, and some fan base was going to ask “why?”

Boston Celtics fans, you are on the clock. And it’s a fair question to ask.

Turner and the Celtics are nearing a deal, something first reported by Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald.

Jeff Zillgett of the USA Today confirms it.

Turner put up raw numbers in the up-tempo offense in Philly to start last season — someone had to take the shots and Turner did, putting up 17.4 a game, but not efficiently (.504 true shooting percentage). His stock plummeted after how he played in Indiana — when asked to blend into the Pacers team concept he could not. By the meaningful parts of the playoffs he was barely getting minutes for an Indy team struggling to find any offense it could. Not a good sign.

Now he will try to find minutes behind Avery Bradley and Jeff Green (and Marcus Thornton and Gerald Wallace and maybe James Young). Brad Stevens will get a chance to develop him, but Celtics fans are smart enough to know better than to expect much but a body on the roster here.

Isaiah Thomas nutmegs Knicks center Marshall Plumlee (video)

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Isaiah Thomas usually saves his best play for the fourth quarter, but the Celtics guard showed out early with this pass between Marshall Plumlee‘s legs to get Kelly Olynyk a layup.

Thomas uncharacteristically just didn’t have enough late. Though he scored 39 points, he shot just 2-for-9 in the final period, as the Knicks pulled away for a 117-106 win.

Kevin Durant misses dunk so hard, ball flies past halfcourt (video)

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Kevin Durant played great in the Warriors’ win over the Thunder last night, but – perhaps fueled by excess emotion – he missed this incredibly emphatic dunk attempt.

Later, Russell Westbrook showed his former teammate how to do it (sparking their apparent conversation):

James Harden outduels Giannis Antetokounmpo as they produce fantastic highlight video

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James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo met in a battle of two of the NBA’s best point guards. (Still weird to say.) The final lines:

  • Harden: 38 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 blocks
  • Antetokounmpo: 32 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 blocks

The winner? Harden and the Rockets, who topped the Bucks, 111-92.

But the real winner? Anyone who gets to watch this highlight video. It just gets better as it goes.

PBT Extra: Who do you want to see most in first All-Star Game?

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Tonight the NBA All-Star Game starters will be announced. Then the coaches have a week to vote and the rest of the roster will be put together by them.

This year should see a few first-time All-Stars, guys bursting on the scene and grabbing fans attention — so we asked people on Twitter who they most wanted to see in his first All-Star Game and I break it down in this PBT Extra.

The winner? Giannis Antetokounmpo with 45 percent of the vote. Which shouldn’t be a surprise, he’s second in the fan voting for the frontcourt in the East (behind only LeBron James). Good news for those fans, the Greek Freak is almost guaranteed to be a starter, he’s getting plenty of media votes and likely a lot from the players as well.

Second place in the poll? Joel Embiid of the Sixers. I’d love to see him, but will players and media members vote in a guy on a minutes restriction? Will the coaches pick him for that same reason? He is on the bubble.