The Pistons and Celtics were battling on national television when Ish Smith broke out the behind-the-back crossover and Marcus Smart fell to the ground like he was flopping. Except this was legit. He looked like the gunman on the grassy knoll got him.
The Celtics eeked out the win 113-109, thanks to 40 from Isaiah Thomas, 24 of those in the fourth quarter.
LeBron James with two hand dunk, then double-clutch dunk vs. Mavs (VIDEOS)
Luol Deng was born in Wow, a city in what is now South Sudan. It was then, as it is now, a war-ravaged nation with a majority Muslim population. Deng left there at the age of five and now has dual citizenship with England and the Sudan, plus he has lived and worked in the United States for many years.
Sudan is one of the countries listed in Donald Trump’s executive order that suspended entry to the United States for 90 days for people from certain nations with mostly Muslim populations. The NBA had concerns and reached out to the State Department about what might happen to him or the Bucks Thon Maker (also of the Sudan) should they leave the country then try to re-enter.
Sources told ESPN.com that Cousins has been “cleared of all wrongdoing’ by authorities after a Dec. 5 altercation at a Manhattan club that resulted in teammate Matt Barnes facing misdemeanor assault charges.
The players’ lawyer, Alex Spiro, confirmed to ESPN on Monday that Cousins has been cleared but declined further comment.
Cousins is not completely past the incident, both he and Barnes have already been sued in civil court over the altercation. One of the plaintiffs in the case alleges Cousins punched him, something Cousins’ people have denied.