Walter Tavares doesn’t have much basketball polish.
Considering he’s played the sport just five years, that’s understandable. And considering he’s 7-foot-3, he’ll get plenty of time to develop.
Tavares, drafted No. 43 by the Hawks, probably won’t do that developing in the NBA next season, though.
Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Edy Tavares will “very likely” return to Spain for another ACB League season, according to a person familiar with situation.
I doubt the Hawks mind this arrangement. Shelvin Mack gave them 13 players under contract, and they have a qualifying offer out to Mike Scott. Gustavo Ayon and Elton Brand are also still unsigned, leaving Atlanta pretty close to the regular-season roster limit without Tavares.
At this point, it’s possible Tavares never reaches the NBA. Keep in mind too, he never declared for the draft. At 22, he was automatically entered, so his exact determination to reach the league is unclear. Many foreign players prefer to play in overseas rather than come to America.
There’s also a chance he never polishes his game to an NBA level – and that’s fine. Atlanta got good value drafting him not because he’s a sure thing, but because his upside is so high.
Tavares playing another season in Spain in no way diminishes his immense potential.
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.
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.
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.