Dan Feldman

NBA fines Jordan Clarkson for forearming Goran Dragic

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The brouhaha between Jordan Clarkson and Goran Dragic is going to cost… Clarkson.

NBA release:

Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson has been fined $15,000 for throwing a forearm above the shoulders to Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

The incident occurred with 5:29 remaining in the third quarter of the Lakers’ 127-100 win over the Heat on Jan. 6 at Staples Center.

Though unsaid, this probably includes the resulting skirmish between the players. That amplified the incident into one that the NBA examined closely.

LeBron uses overhead tip pass to assist Kyrie Irving (video)

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LeBron James made his 10,000th field goal. He dunked and pointed at Michael Phelps.

But LeBron’s most spectacular play in the Cavaliers’ win over the Suns yesterday was this tip pass to Kyrie Irving.

Grizzlies end quarter with five-second flourish: 3, steal, 3 (video)

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Plenty of teams emphasize closing quarters strong.

Few do it as well as the Grizzlies did in the third quarter against the Jazz yesterday.

Troy Daniels hit a 3-pointer with 4.4 seconds left. Zach Randolph stole the inbound pass and tipped the ball to Vince Carter, who nailed a buzzer-beating 3-pointer.

And that’s how Memphis got its first double-digit lead in its 88-79 win over Utah.

Lou Williams passes between Nikola Vucevic’s legs, gets Timofey Mozgov a dunk (video)

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The Lakers’ fortunes at guard rest with D'Angelo Russell. But Lou Williams is having a heck of a season – including this crafty pass through Nikola Vucevic‘s legs for a Timofey Mozgov dunk.

Nets waive former No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 14:  Anthony Bennett #13 of the Brooklyn Nets and Austin Rivers #25 of the Los Angeles Clippers battle for a loose ball during the second half of a game at Staples Center on November 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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From No. 1 pick in 2013 to waived by the NBA’s worst team in 2017, Anthony Bennett continues to fall.

Nets release:

The Brooklyn Nets have requested waivers on forward Anthony Bennett.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Bennett’s minimum salary is guaranteed, so the Nets will have to pay what he’s owed for this season. This will even give him a chance to double dip – though that second salary will surely come in a lesser league.

The Timberwolves and Raptors have already waived Bennett, who was drafted by the Cavaliers. He’s running out of NBA teams to take a chance on him. He looks neither talented enough (getting waived by the freaking Nets) nor young enough (23) to justify his lack of production.

Brooklyn will be better off with Quincy Acy, whom the Mavericks waived earlier this season only because they were so desperate for a guard. He’s a hustle player whose energy will be jarring following Bennett.

At least Bennett’s Nets tenure produced one memorable moment.