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Report: As expected, Heat to waive Derrick Williams to make room for Okaro White

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It’s not this simple, but the Heat are 10-0 since Okaro White joined the roster. But White has earned the trust of coach Eric Spoelstra, who is now giving the Florida State forward regular fourth quarter minutes now.

The Heat were not going to let him go with his 10-day contract up, the only question was how they would create the roster spot to sign him. As had been expected as the most logical course of action, Derrick Williams is on his way out, reports Shams Charania of The Vertical on Yahoo Sports.

Williams was out of the rotation anyway, mostly because his defense is an issue. The former No. 2 pick back in 2011 brings some offensive skills to the table, he can drive and score in the paint, he can knock down corner threes, but his offensive game is inconsistent. And again, the defense isn’t good. Pat Riley tried hard to trade Williams, but there were no takers.

A team can claim him (and a team looking to get closer to the salary floor might), but don’t bet on a team like the Cavaliers doing it, as noted by Bobby Marks of The Vertical.

Draymond Green on argument with Kevin Durant: Nothing to see here, move along

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There are times, when they get tested in a close game, that we see tension bubble up with the Warriors. They don’t get in this situation often, but it happened again in a loss to the Kings over the weekend, when Draymond Green and Kevin Durant had words. Something that has happened before.

In this case, late in the third quarter Durant had the ball in isolation, couldn’t create the shot he wanted against DeMarcus Cousins, then passed to Green as the shot clock was winding down, forcing him to jack up quick three.

Green did not like that, which led to this.

That video made news Sunday. Green then took to Snapchat to express how he feels.

Drayymond Green snapchat

Teammates have words occasionally, and usually it’s meaningless in the big picture. Green and Durant are competitive guys, and the Warriors had probably their worst game in a month in the loss to Sacramento (do give the Kings some credit here, Cousins, in particular, was phenomenal). This is probably nothing.

But as the Warriors rampage through the NBA this season, it’s fair to ask how they will respond when actually tested. We may not find out until deep in the playoffs, however.

Nets’ Brook Lopez used his length for huge dunk vs. Raptors (VIDEO)

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Most of the time Brook Lopez‘s name comes up it’s in the question “are the Nets trading him before the deadline?” The answer is maybe, but GM Sean Marks isn’t giving him away (he’s the best asset they have), and the offers so far have been underwhelming. I wouldn’t bet on a trade.

I would bet on Lopez having one monster dunk against the Raptors on Sunday. It was impressive.

The Raptors got the win behind a triple-double from Kyle Lowry, his first of the season.

Isaiah Thomas, Kobe Bryant, other NBA stars react to Patriots’ Super Bowl comeback

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Come on, we all thought it was over, right? The Atlanta Falcons offense was clicking well enough, and their defense was just swarming the Patriots and knocking Tom Brady around like a pinata.

But Brady and the Patriots don’t go down quietly, and they staged the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history to win in overtime.

NBA players — especially from stars from Boston — took to Twitter to talk about it.

Three things we learned Sunday: Boston still loves Paul Pierce

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We know Sunday you may have been focused on some other sporting event, and you may have started the party early, but there were NBA Games on Sunday. Here’s what you should take away from those contests.

1) Paul Pierce played one last game in the Boston Garden (and the Celtics won). Paul Pierce looked up to the rafters in the Boston Garden Sunday and saw the 2008 championship banner that he helped put there. Soon enough, he will look up there and see his No. 34.

Pierce will go down as a legendary Celtic, and he returned for one last game at the Garden, where he kissed the logo at center court.

He felt the love from the Boston crowd, then drained a three on the final shot of the game.

Boston set a franchise record with 52 three-point attempts in the game, Isaiah Thomas had 28 points (10 in the fourth) as Boston hung on for the 107-102 win against the shorthanded Clippers. It was their seventh win in a row. But that all took a backseat to nostalgia and showing love for Pierce one more time in Boston.

2) Russell Westbrook drops 42 — 19 in the fourth quarter — lifting Thunder past Trail Blazers.
This was the most entertaining game of the day… well, NBA game anyway. This was close most of the way but was the kind of need Oklahoma City needed — they had dropped three in a row after he went down injured, but on Sunday they found ways to score without him. That was a step forward.

Of course, it helps when Russell Westbrook is doing his thing, particularly with the game on the line in the fourth quarter and him scoring 19 of his 42 and nailing the dagger three.

3) Kyle Lowry found his groove, Toronto guard has triple-double against Brooklyn. The Raptors beating the Nets is the least surprising thing on Sunday, but if you’re a Raptors fan you have to like seeing a strong all-around game of 15 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists from their All-Star point guard. It was his first triple-double of the season.