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Dwyane Wade steals, spins, hits half-court shot to beat buzzer

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Dwyane Wade was hot, looking 10 years younger and scoring 16 points in the first half against Minnesota.

How hot was he? What you see above was how he ended the half. That’s just ridiculous.

That shot put the Heat up by 10 and may be the craziest shot of the young season.

Bradley Beal doesn’t sound like someone looking to bolt Wizards

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Bradley Beal is finally healthy and putting up All-Star level numbers for the Washington Wizards — scoring 25.3 points per game annd shooting 46 percent from three. He’s also making big plays, such as Wednesday night’s three-pointer to beat the Spurs. He and John Wall have formed one of the best backcourts in the NBA.

And he’s a restricted free agent next summer. Teams are going to chase him.

That doesn’t mean he’s looking to bolt. He told Michael Lee of Yahoo Sports he wants to stay put.

“This is where I want to be. I’m not looking at any other teams. I’m not looking to go anywhere else. I believe in this team we have in this locker room. I’m a big cornerstone of this team, so I’m here. I want to be here. Hopefully, the front office knows that. I’m pretty sure that they know that,” Beal told Yahoo Sports. “It’s a business at the end of the day. I can’t let that affect the way I play, nor will I ever let it. It’s money at the end of the day. And I just want to go out here and play my butt off, each and every night and get what I deserve. Earn every penny that I get. If that’s the max, then it’s the max. And if it’s not, it’s not. At least I can look at it and say I gave it my all.”

 

This isn’t about liking or not liking a player, it’s all about cap space next summer. As the Spurs did before with Kawhi Leonard and the Pistons are doing with Andre Drummond right now, rather than reaching a deal on a contract extension the Wizards and Beal agreed to hold off leaving the team more cap space to chase a big name free agent next summer. Not to name any names… *cough* Durant *cough*.

Whether or not the Wizards land a big-time free agent, they will re-sign Beal after they make their other moves. And if he keeps playing the way he has lately, that will likely be to a max deal.

Nikola Vucevic has bone bruise in knee, out at least a game

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It could have been worse. Heck, it seemed worse when it happened. In the third quarter wOrlando’s Nikola Vucevic got the ball in the post against Dwight Howard, and as he drove the ball his right knee just seemed to quickly. He immediately went to the bench, and Magic fans have the right to be nervous.

He’s going to miss time, but the diagnosis is not that bad.

I’d be surprised if he plays Saturday against the Sixers either, and he could be out a little longer than that.

But this is not a knee sprain or any ligament damage, so that’s a good sign.

Vucevic is averaging 15.8 points and eight rebounds a game for the Magic. With him out Dewayne Dedmon will get more run and that is good for the Orlando defense, but they are going to have to find a way to replace his scoring. Which will not be easy.

After loss to Warriors, Clippers twitter trolls Grizzlies; Memphis not ammused

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In probably the best game of the young NBA season — when you consider the level play, the atmosphere in the arena, the talent level on the court — the Golden State Warriors came from 10 back in the fourth to beat the Los Angeles Clippers by four, 112-108.

If you’re wondering why the Clippers are hated around the league, it is things like what they did on Twitter after that loss (what you see below is a screenshot, the Clippers took the original tweet down).

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The #didntloseby50 hashtag was a dig at the Memphis Grizzlies, who were blown out by 50 at the hands of Golden State earlier in the week.

As you might imagine, the Grizzlies were not amused. Here are some comments, via the Commercial Appeal from after Memphis’ practice.

Courtney Lee: “It’s childish. We took our L and we kept it moving, right? We lost by 50. We didn’t cry over it, and went on to the next one. Apparently, they’re holding on to it. That’s what they got to do to overshadow their loss. Last time I heard, a loss is a loss. But that’s what they do over there.”

Tony Allen: “You ever seen the movie ‘White Men Can’t Jump’? It’s like those brothers would rather look good in a loss than look bad in a win. Whoever is in charge of their Twitter should be fired. I’ve never seen anybody broadcast losing. Who’s proud of losing — whether it’s by one, two, three or 50? Enough said.”

The best reaction, however, went to the Memphis coach who tried to go the full Popovich.

Coach Dave Joerger: “I don’t do Twitter.”

Around the league, many detest what they see as a sense of unearned arrogance around the Clippers — they’re cocky, they talk back to officials, and they haven’t even gotten out of the second round yet. The lack of humility eats at others around the league.

The next Clippers/Grizzlies game is going to be fun.

Report: Dallas, Rick Carlisle reach five-year, $35 million extension

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Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlise is considered as good a tactician as there is in the sport, on par with Gregg Popovich. When NBA GMs were asked in their annual survey which coach makes the best in-game adjustments, 31 percent named Carlisle (second to Popovich). He’s considered to have an innovative offense that takes advantage of the skills and players in front of him.

Plus, he gets along with owner Mark Cuban — no wonder the Mavericks want to lock him up. Dallas and Carlisle have reached an agreement on a healthy contract extension, reports Marc Stein at ESPN.

This means job security for Carlisle, but it also means organizational stability for the Mavericks as they start to transition into the post-Dirk Nowitzki era. Whatever is next, Carlisle is going to be the guy there to guide the franchise through the process.

Also, as the salary cap spikes we keep hearing about how players are going to get a slice of that pie, but coaches — especially established coaches — will want a slice as well.