Update: The NBA officially suspended Matt Barnes two games for “engaging in a physical altercation with and threatening New York Knicks’ Head Coach Derek Fisher.”
Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes reportedly drove to the home of his estranged wife, Gloria Govan, and attacked Knicks coach Derek Fisher, who’s dating her. Then, Barnes reportedly texted friends he beat up Fisher and spit in Govan’s face.
The NBA investigated, and the results are in.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:
If the reports are true, Barnes committed domestic violence. He allegedly used physical force to assert his dominance over his estranged wife.
Then, Barnes blamed Fisher for telling.
Barnes ought to feel fortunate he got just two games. That’s the result of this story being spun as a childish dust-up between Barnes and Fisher – not domestic violence.
Most unrepentant domestic abusers in professional sports get harsher penalties in this post-Ray Rice world.
The Hornets snapped a three-game losing streak Saturday with a 98-92 win over the Grizzlies – and a little help from the officials.
Memphis trailed Charlotte by one point with 1:45 left when Marc Gasol posted up Cody Zeller. Gasol missed, but the NBA’s Last Two Minute Report says Zeller should’ve been called for a shooting foul with 1:43 remaining:
Zeller (CHA) makes contact with Gasol’s (MEM) arm that affects his layup attempt. LHH shows contact to the arm prior to any contact with the ball
Obviously, we don’t know how the game would’ve played out had this been called correctly. But it was still a one-possession game when the Grizzlies began intentionally fouling – a tactic that gave the Hornets an easy six points.
Don’t look at the six-point margin and assume this call meant nothing. It was far more significant than that.
Average the distances the ball travels in Kris Humphries‘ heave Saturday and Enes Kanter‘s a couple weeks ago, and that might be a made shot.
The Heat and Magic offenses took over down the stretch of their game Saturday, combining to score on 12 straight possessions.
Orlando thought it finally got a stop when it forced Dwyane Wade into a miss with 51 seconds left, but officials called Nikola Vucevic for a shooting foul.
That was a mistake, according to the NBA’s Last Two Minute Report:
Vucevic (ORL) legally contests Wade’s (MIA) jump shot attempt. Any “high-five” contact after the release is considered incidental.
Wade made both free throws to put Miami up five points and added two more free throws after an intentional foul en route to the Heat’s 108-101 win.
Like most of these reviews, we don’t know how the game would’ve played out if the call had been made correctly. But Wade’s free throws pushed it to a two-possession game, and that’s obviously a significant difference.
The Magic deserved to have the ball with about 50 seconds left and a chance to tie on a single shot. Instead, they were practically toast.
Alan Anderson had left-ankle surgery in May and again in October – the Wizards signing him between.
But Anderson has yet to play for Washington, and he won’t anytime soon.
Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post:
Washington Wizards swingman Alan Anderson, who hasn’t played a game this season, is not expected to make his season debut for another three to five weeks, according to two people with knowledge of the situation.
Washington – 13-14 with the point difference of a typical 11-16 team – has bigger problems than Anderson. But his absence certainly contributes.
The Wizards transitioned to playing smaller this season, but they don’t have the personnel on the wing to excel consistently with that style. Bradley Beal and Otto Porter are injured. Martell Webster suffered a season-ending injury and was waived. Anderson is still out.
Washington has won three straight behind the first three 20-point games of Garrett Temple‘s career, but that’s not sustainable. The Wizards need their top wings to return if they’re going to frequently play three of them at a time.