Scottie Pippen is a Hall of Fame player. He played with the player many believe is the greatest of all-time, Michael Jordan. As a member of the Chicago Bulls, Pippen witnessed five NBA MVP awards go to Jordan.
So when Pippen says this season has been special for James Harden and Russell Westbrook, it carries a little extra weight.
How much weight?
Pippen appeared to intimate that none of Jordan’s individual seasons — including those in which he won MVP — were as good as the one Westbrook has put forth for the Oklahoma City Thunder. A season that just might see Westbrook break Oscar Robertson’s single-season record for triple-doubles, by the way.
Speaking on ESPN with Tracy McGrady, Pippen said it was the greatest performance he’s ever seen.
Is that high praise, or dark shade?
Makes you think.
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.