Dan Feldman

Harrison Barnes demolishes Paul Millsap with big dunk (video)


Evan Fournier and Danilo Gallinari had special dunks last night partially because of the names getting dunked on (Kristaps Porzingis and Giannis Antetokounmpo).

But the best dunk of the night belonged to Harrison Barnes.

The Mavericks forward threw down on Paul Millsap, one of the NBA’s best defenders.

At least the Hawks beat Dallas, 100-95.

John Wall whips close-range pass off Marcin Gortat’s face (video)

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John Wall saw Markieff Morris open under the basket.

Unfortunately for the Wizards, Marcin Gortat‘s face got in the way.

Point guards blocking centers at the rim: Isaiah Thomas and John Wall both do it (video)

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A point guard blocking a big man’s shot is always fun, and we got a double-helping last night.

John Wall blocked Serge Ibaka, who was playing center for the Raptors, at the rim in the Wizards’ win over Toronto:

Not to belittle Wall’s play — he’s 6-foot-4 to Serge Ibaka’s 6-foot-10 — but Wall is one of the NBA’s best defensive point guards, especially when he focuses on that end. Wall sometimes makes plays like that.

The 5-foot-9 Isaiah Thomas blocking a center at the rim is far more shocking, but the Celtics point guard got 6-foot-9 center Tristan Thompson in Boston’s win over the Cavaliers:

I think Al Horford actually did most of the blocking, but Thomas was credited with the block. In this case, I’m going with the official scorer — mostly because that’s what I want to believe.

Unicorns Kristaps Porzingis and Giannis Antetokounmpo get dunked on (videos)

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Kristaps Porzingis is a 7-foot-3 big man who can shoot 3-pointers, put the ball on the floor and fly in for putback dunks.

Giannis Antetokounmpo is a 6-foot-11 point guard who can cover the entire floor in just a few dribbles, dunk just about anything and do plenty of everything else.

They’re rare talents with bright presents and even brighter futures.

But both were on the receiving end of posterizations last night.

Evan Fournier got Porzingis:

And Danilo Gallinari got Antetokounmpo:

Report: Cavaliers signing Derrick Williams for rest of season

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Simply by attracting players waived by other teams, the Cavaliers have added former No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 picks during this season.

That means only so much years after Andrew Bogut (No. 1 in 2005), Derrick Williams (No. 2 in 2011) and Deron Williams (No. 3 in 2005) entered the league. But it speaks to the players’ talent, and LeBron James has a way of helping teammates maximize their talent. See J.R. Smith.

Williams and presumably Bogut are locked up through the end of the season. Now, Cleveland is securing Williams.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

The Cleveland Cavaliers plan to sign forward Derrick Williams for the remainder of the season on Saturday when his second 10-day contract expires, a league source told The Vertical.

Williams showed progress with the Knicks last year and then bombed with the Heat this season to the point they waived him. He has played well with the Cavs, though in limited minutes. Williams probably won’t keep making 74% of his 2-pointers and 37% of his 3-pointers.

Once the Cavaliers trim their rotation for the playoffs, Williams might get glued to the bench. But first, he can help eat minutes with Kevin Love injured and LeBron standing to benefit from more rest during the long drag of the regular season.

And Williams might even come in handy if Cleveland faces the Warriors in the NBA Finals. You can never have enough versatile forwards to match up with Golden State’s deadly small-ball lineups.