Dwyane Wade has still got it.
Maybe not as often, or for as long, but he’s got it. Just ask Ersan Ilyasova, who gets shaked and baked on this move from Wade in the third quarter Tuesday night. This play started out up top where, after a Chris Bosh screen, Wade crossed Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and drove the lane, but that’s where Ilyasova waited. Wade threw a lot of moves at him, going behind the back, then showing the ball while stopping on a dime, spinning, and hitting the little jumper.
The Pistons got the last laugh, the Heat led by 18 at one point in this game, only to have Detroit come back and get the win, 93-92.
Chris Bosh did not have his most efficient game Tuesday night: 20 points on 21 shots.
But when he went to the rim he knew how to finish. Andre Drummond slid over to try to make a play and Bosh dunks, well, more around him than on him, but still Drummond ends up in the poster.
This dunk came during a second quarter otherwise dominated by the Pistons, who came from 18 down early to the Heat to holding them off for a 93-92 Piston win.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving has vowed to never watch another replay of his knee injury in last season’s NBA Finals.
Irving, who made his season debut on Sunday against Philadelphia, said following practice on Tuesday that he looked at the video of him breaking his left kneecap in Game 1 eight times since last June. But the 23-year-old swore he won’t look at it again, saying, “I had to let it go.”
Irving scored 12 points in 18 minutes during his first action in more than six months against the 76ers. He described his first game back as “awful at times.” Irving missed his first five shots before LeBron James fed him for an easy uncontested layup for his first basket.
The All-Star point guard will return to Oracle Arena for the first time since suffering his severe injury when the Cavs visit the champion Warriors on Christmas Day.
This has been rumored to be coming for a while, but it’s now official:
Mikhail Prokhorov’s Onexim has bought out former Nets’ and Barclay’s Center owner Bruce Ratner’s ForestCity Group — Prokhorov now owns 100 percent of the Nets and the arena they play in, the combination valued at $1.7 billion. CNBC had the news early, and it was later confirmed in an official press release by the firms.
What does this mean? Mostly that Prokhorov is going to make a killing on the real estate deals surrounding the arena. He enjoys the vanity of owning an NBA team, but this was always also a real estate deal for him. It is possible down the line he could sell part of the team to minority owners. If the mood strikes him.
As for the Nets, nothing changes. Prokhorov and his firm have been pulling the strings for years, that’s not changing. Nor is the fact they are one of the worst teams in the NBA and don’t control their own first round draft pick until 2019.
This is ultimately meaningless. This ruling and $4 can get Doc Rivers and the Clippers a latte at Starbucks. Los Angeles still racks up the “L.”
The NBA on Tuesday ruled that Chris Paul should have gotten an and-1 free throw on the lay-up with 12 seconds left that put the Clippers ahead by one point over the Thunder on Monday night. Then, the NBA says Kevin Durant should never have gotten the chance to take what proved to be the game-winner over Luc Mbah a Moute because Serge Ibaka set an illegal screen to free Durant to get the inbounds pass in the first place. Those two rulings made correctly likely change the outcome of the game.
After every close game, the league releases its review of the calls made in the last couple minutes, something that previously went exclusively to the officials themselves. It’s part of Commissioner Adam Silver’s efforts at transparency with officiating. All that includes the report for the final couple minutes of the Thunder/Clippers game.
Chris Paul put the Clippers ahead with 12 seconds left in the game after Russell Westbrook fumbled an inbounds pass. The ball caromed right to CP3, who attacked the rim and made the layup. The league report says on the shot “as he falls to the ground, Westbrook (OKC) undercuts Paul (LAC) and makes contact with his left leg that affects his movement to the basket on the made layup attempt.” Should have been an and-1.
On the following play, as you can see above, Serge Ibaka certainly does set an illegal screen that frees up Durant to get the inbound pass. The report says, “Ibaka (OKC) extends his arms as he sets the screen on Mbah a Moute (LAC) without giving him room to avoid the contact”
The league does not reverse these calls, they just admit their mistakes and move on. The Clippers will try to do the same, but this loss stung, and this report is salt in the wound.