Was this intentional?
Chris Paul has Kevin Durant guarding him, throws a pass to DeAndre Jordan in the midpost, then makes a cut into space — as he does his arm swings and appears to catch Kevin Durant right in the, er, place guys least like to be hit.
Durant’s reaction says CP3 made contact. Intentional or not. Although if I had to guess based on Chris Paul’s history, I’d say it was no accident. This has happened before.
Durant had the last laugh, scoring 30 to lead the Thunder to a 120-108 win, avenging their blown-lead loss from the previous week.
I didn’t know Josh Richardson had that in him.
He went left away from the high pick that was set, blew by his man, and there was nothing Greg Monroe could do but be in the poster at that point.
It wasn’t enough; the Bucks beat the Heat 114-108 behind 24 from Giannis Antetokounmpo and 23 from Jabari Parker (who are showing a real chemistry together).
The two-decade success of the San Antonio Spurs starts with ownership — they provide support, but hire the best basketball people they can then let them handle the basketball decisions. The sacrifice for the team, the culture in San Antonio that has built the best organization in sports starts at the very top.
Peter Holt has been the CEO and face of that ownership group. Until now.
Holt announced his retirement Wednesday and his wife, Julianna Hawn Holt, will take over as both Chairman and CEO.
“I’m proud of what we’ve achieved over the last two decades,” said Peter Holt. “The championships are wonderful, bringing new sports franchises to San Antonio is important but the biggest accomplishment for me will always be the impact we’ve had in our community. The pride, support and love that our city has for the Spurs is truly amazing.”
“Our ownership in the Spurs has always been a family affair,” said Julianna Hawn Holt. “For many years I’ve had the desire to take a more active role with Spurs Sports & Entertainment. We felt this was the right time to make this transition. We are very excited about the current Spurs season and the future of the organization.”
Rick Pych, part of the ownership group (which also owns the San Antonio Stars of the WNBA and the Austin Spurs of the D-League) will serve as co-CEO.
The Spurs have made the playoffs 19 consecutive seasons (including this one), won at leat 50 games every non-lockout season since 1997, and they have won five NBA titles. This season’s Spurs are 54-10, and 30-0 at home, and are a legitimate threat to Golden State for the top spot in the NBA.
If you think this changeover is going to impact the Spurs and how they operate as an organization, you don’t know that franchise at all. Consistency will reign.
This is not good.
Memphis Grizzlies guard Mario Chalmers went down in the game against Boston with a non-contact injury. The worst kind, and this didn’t look good. He had to be helped back to the locker room, and the medical staff seemed to be looking at his Achilles’ tendon. He is out for the rest of the game.
Then there is this from Chris Mannix.
Chalmers left the arena in a wheelchair, according to reports.
Chalmers started Wednesday against Boston because Mike Conley is battling a sore foot and will miss a couple of games.
Hopefully for Memphis, this isn’t as bad as it appeared. We will learn more in the next 24-48 hours.
LeBron James has seemed frustrated lately, at least that’s one reading of his cryptic tweets. He’s said the Cavaliers are not ready for playoff basketball right now. He came back to Cleveland selling a prodigal son story and bringing with him the promise of the first championship in Cleveland in any sport since 1964. The year “Meet the Beatles!” was released.
How bad does LeBron want to win?
Bad enough that he told Joe Johnson he would move to the four to accommodate him, even though LeBron has said more than once he is not of fan of playing the four, LeBron told Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Then LeBron took it a step further.
“All I care about is winning. That’s all that matters to me,” James confirmed to cleveland.com. “A piece like Joe, you know what it does to your team and if he was concerned about playing time or concerned about starting, then I’ll sacrifice. I’ll sacrifice to get a guy like that to help us try to win a championship….
“Man listen, I’ll do anything to win. I’ll kidnap my momma to win,” James said to cleveland.com with a deadpan expression on his face.
Johnson ended up choosing Miami, opting for a situation where he would get more minutes and exposure (to help with his next contract coming this summer) over winning. (Although Miami has played better of late, they are not contenders.)
Maybe that’s not the commitment LeBron wants in a teammate.