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Kevin Durant hears “come-to-Boston” chants from Celtics’ crowd

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The game itself was not that interesting. Without Jae Crowder, the Celtics’ defense is not the same and Oklahoma City exploited that cruising to an easy 130-109 win.

What was interesting was Celtics fans with the “come-to-Boston” chant while Durant shot free throws. You can hear it in the video above (if you listen carefully).

It’s worth a shot.

Durant said he likes Boston the city and given the chance Danny Ainge will make a pitch to Durant this summer. I wouldn’t bet the rent — or even enough money for a beer — on Durant choosing Boston, but he could do a lot worse.

DeAndre Jordan dunks, Dwight Howard slides out of poster (VIDEO)

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DeAndre Jordan was running free in the lane and dunking all over the Houston Rockets.

In the one above, Dwight Howard decided not to get put in the poster on a throw down he wasn’t going to stop, and just wisely let him go. By the way, all these Jordan dunks (he had five in the first half alone) were not on Howard — the Rockets’ perimeter defense is terrible and Howard has to help on the penetration, and the Rockets don’t help the helper well at all.

Here’s another Jordan dunk, for fun.

As playoffs approach, Aldridge finds his groove with Spurs

PHOENIX, AZ - FEBRUARY 21:  LaMarcus Aldridge #12 and Kyle Anderson #1 of the San Antonio Spurs during the second half of the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on February 21, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Spurs defeated the Suns 118-111.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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LaMarcus Aldridge‘s arrival in San Antonio was something entirely unique. He was a big-money, marquee free agent coming to a Spurs team that historically has not chased that type of player.

Everyone expected the acclimation process to take some time, and it has. But with the playoffs fast approaching, Aldridge has found his groove in San Antonio.

Aldridge is averaging his fewest points, field goal attempts and minutes per game since his rookie season. But over the last 21 games, all of his numbers are going up.

He is averaging 21.6 points on 55 percent shooting over his past 21 games as the Spurs stay right on the heels of the Golden State Warriors in the West.

Dion Waiters returns to Thunder week after brother’s death

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Dion Waiters has had to deal with something nobody should have to deal with — the murder of his younger brother.

Waiters had been away from the team for a week, but he returned to the team on Monday, and Wednesday he took the court again.

After shootaround before Wednesday’s game, Waiters opened up about the pain he felt, via Royce Young of ESPN.

“I probably haven’t cried like that since I lost my third cousin,” Waiters said following shootaround. “You know, I lost three cousins and my best friend. So this is like a replay. Every time something is going good, going great, there’s always something to remind you that it’s reality.

“I probably won’t be happy for a while. Long time, probably. I feel as though I could’ve done something different.”

Grieving is a process and Waiters is going to need time to go through it. Our thoughts are with him, and it’s good to see him on the court again.

Report: Of course Boston is going to pursue Kevin Durant this summer

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We know Kevin Durant likes Boston as a city. Which is very different from saying “I’m taking my talents to Boston” but liking where you play is certainly a factor in the decision-making matrix.

So is Boston going to pursue Durant this summer when he becomes a free agent?

Duh.

Celtics GM Danny Ainge is on the hunt for a superstar and is calling on every major free agent, not to mention calling on any elite player even rumored to be available via trade. So yes, expect the Celtics to go after Durant this summer, as explained by Chris Forsberg of ESPN.

With Boston positioned to fish again this summer for that elusive big catch that could propel the team forward, the Celtics would covet the chance to pitch Boston as a possible destination when Durant reaches unrestricted free agency.

Scoff if you want — and most will — the Celtics are in position to make an intriguing sales pitch to any star talent that becomes available….

It’s also hard to imagine how, if Durant elects to explore his options this offseason, he doesn’t at least give Ainge another chance to sit down with his family.

It will be interesting to see if Durant does the tour and meets with Boston or other potential suitors, KD is not the kind of guy looking to do the high-profile, recruit-me, Carmelo Anthony tour. But the smart money is on a similar result to ‘Melo in one way — Durant staying with his current team. At least for another year.

The buzz around the league is that if he leaves Oklahoma City, the frontrunner is Golden State. But if Durant does open up the recruiting, Boston could be an excellent landing spot.