Kevin Durant, Andre Roberson “scuffle” after foul, Andre Iguodala gets technical


It was not much of a play. But the emotions of the game and in the building made it something.

The Warriors Kevin Durant drove the lane, he was bodied up by Andre Roberson of the Thunder as he did. Roberson was rightfully called for the foul, but Durant fell awkwardly into the stanchion. As the two principles walked away, they had words, which led to a lot of people getting involved.

So who got the technical? Andre Iguodala. Obviously.

Mostly, this is much ado about nothing.

Oklahoma City fans let Kevin Durant know exactly how they felt during introductions (VIDEO)


The energy inside Chesapeake Arena in Oklahoma City Saturday night was exactly what we expected:

A lot of Kevin Durant hate.

Thunder fans let Durant know how they felt, as you can hear in the video above.

Durant struggled in the first quarter but finished the half with 15 points on 12 shots. The difference is he can be average and the Warriors will still put up points thanks to Stephen Curry (17 in the first half) and a stronger surrounding core. Heck, JaVale McGee had a dozen in the first half and looked good.

Russell Westbrook had 21 in the first half, on 19 shots, but had 7 turnovers and not nearly enough help. Which is why the Warriors were up 73-50 at the half.

Former Celtic, Syracuse star Fab Melo dies at age 26


This is devastating news.

Fab Melo, the former Syracuse star out of Brazil who was drafted No. 22 by the Celtics in 2012, has died at the age of 26. He died at his home in Brazil, the country he had returned to and played professionally. Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim confirmed the news to ESPN.

“He was a really good kid, and it’s not fair that he will be defined by one thing: a 10-page paper,” Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim told ESPN shortly after hearing Melo had died at his mother’s house. “He worked his tail off to become a really good player and was a nice kid.”

“We don’t know the cause yet,” a shaken Boeheim added. “It’s so hard right now, so hard to believe. It’s a sad, sad day.”

The 10-page paper Boeheim refers to is an academic scandal that landed Syracuse in trouble.

Melo was a project on the NBA level. He played just six games for the Celtics — he spent a chunk of time in the D-League for them — and was traded to Memphis and waived. Dallas gave him a training camp invite but he didn’t make the regular season roster.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Whatever the cause, 26 is entirely too young to see someone pass.

Joel Embiid has torn meniscus in left knee, no surgery thought needed


Joel Embiid has missed 10 of the last 11 Sixers games with what the team has described as a knee contusion.

However, Derek Bodner, who writes for the USA Today and DraftExpress, broke the news on his own website that the Sixers have found a torn meniscus in his left knee, although not one bad enough to require surgery.

Joel Embiid has a torn meniscus in his left knee, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation.

The tear was discovered after Embiid underwent an MRI following a 93-92 victory on January 20th over the Portland Trailblazers. Embiid left the game in the third quarter with a left knee contusion after landing awkwardly following a drive to the basket….

The tear is a low-grade tear and is not expected to require surgical intervention. It is unclear whether the tear is contributing to the soreness and swelling which has kept Embiid out of 11 of the last 12 games, including the last 8 in a row.

Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo confirmed this to CSNPhilly.com.

“On the MRI that was conducted shortly after the injury vs. Portland, the MRI revealed obviously what we thought it to be — a bone bruise,” Colangelo said before the Sixers’ game against Miami on Saturday.

“There was also the recognition that there was a very minor meniscal tear. But it was not thought to be acute and it was not thought to be the source of the pain, inflammation or symptoms. That is the case.”

Embiid himself called this a bone bruise and told CSNPhilly.com he is not ready to return.

“I’m not healthy,” Embiid said. “Got to take care of my knee, this bone bruise. It’s been on and off. Work out and then swells up a little but and then got to slow it down. Like I said, it’s all about patience. But no, I’m not healthy … I’m not able to play right now.”

If this is a mild tear as reported, it’s not a long-term issue and unrelated to the foot issues that sidelined him for the first two seasons. Meaning, this is the kind of thing that could happen to anyone.

It is a blow to the Sixers, who are 1-6 in their last seven games without him. Also, it seems unlikely he participates in any of the All-Star weekend activities — he was scheduled to be part of the Friday night rising stars game and the Saturday skills competition.

Blake Griffin threw it down all over Miles Plumlee (VIDEO)


Miles Plumlee got out of Milwaukee for this?

The Hornets and Clippers had an early Saturday showdown in Charlotte, and early in the first half Blake Griffin did very bad things to Plumlee. The Clippers were trying to attack Marvin Williams, who had two fouls. It worked, Plumlee tried to rotate over, and he joins the lengthy list of players Griffin has posterized.