It was basically a dunk contest style exhibition dunk, since nobody ran out to challenge Giannis Antetokounmpo on the breakaway.
He didn’t disappoint. That’s an impressive throwdown.
Unfortunately for the Bucks it was not enough — a game the Bucks needed if they were going to climb back into the playoff chase in the East, the Hornets escaped with Milwaukee with a 98-95 road win behind 25 Kemba Walker.
The Cavaliers no longer wanted the Cavalier-for-life that was Anderson Varejao. They traded the Brazilian big man with the Sideshow Bob hair to Portland as part of a three-team trade that netted Cleveland Channing Frye — a peripheral bench upgrade in shooting.
But a lot of other teams, including the other leading title contenders, are interested in Varejao.
Portland has waived Varejao (as was always its plan) and the contenders are lining up, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Warriors are among the playoff teams, along with Oklahoma City, San Antonio and Dallas, currently investigating the prospect of signing Varejao, who is scheduled to clear waivers Sunday after his trade from Cleveland to Portland and subsequent release by the Trail Blazers….
Sources say Varejao, for his part, plans to take the weekend to clear his head before seriously thinking about his next destination. The Cavaliers are the only team Varejao has played for in his 12 NBA seasons, prompting the Brazilian to issue a warm thank you letter to Cavs fans Friday.
Rumors around the league also have the Los Angeles Clippers also interested. Dallas is considered the front-runner for David Lee, it’s unlikely they would ink him and Varejao.
Varejao isn’t going to see a lot of court time with any of these teams (although he could play for Golden State until Festus Ezeli returns from injury). What these teams want him for is his calming, professional influence in the locker room.
Something Cleveland might miss.
ATLANTA (AP) — All-Star guard Dwyane Wade missed Miami’s game Friday night against the Atlanta Hawks because of soreness in the back of his left knee, leaving the short-handed Heat without another key player.
Miami also was without center Hassan Whiteside, who is suspended for one game, and All-Star forward Chris Bosh, who is out indefinitely with a blood clot in his leg.
The Heat traded center Chris Andersen and forward Jarnell Stokes this week as it sought to gain more flexibility under the NBA’s salary cap.
Wade described the pain as “just a little uncomfortable.” He said he will have a MRI on the knee on Saturday.
“I gave it a couple days to see if it would go away,” Wade said. “It didn’t, so I just want to go back and get another, second opinion. But it’s nothing I’m overly concerned about. It’s just some soreness I haven’t felt in a while so I just want to make sure everything’s good.”
Wade’s injury left the Heat with nine healthy players.
“Obviously it’s never a good time but if you say there’s a bad time, this is a bad time,” Wade said.
Guard Gerald Green moved into the starting lineup.
Whiteside was suspended one game without pay for throwing an elbow at San Antonio center Boban Marjanovic‘s head on Feb. 9.
AP freelance writer Amy Jinkner-Lloyd contributed to this report.
When you think of NBA players who are likely smooth on the dance floor, the first name that comes to mind is…
Okay, maybe not. But as Porzingis fever sweeps New York, Kenny Ducey of Sports Illustrated dug up this video of Porzingis dancing with teammates from his old Spanish team, Cajasol Sevilla.
And this one.
It doesn’t get any better than that. Well, dancing does get better than that. A lot better. I mean unintentional comedy doesn’t get better than that.
(Hat tip Eye on Basketball.)
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert sprained his left shoulder in Thursday’s win over Chicago and could miss some upcoming games.
Shumpert did not practice Friday and coach Tyronn Lue said the team’s best perimeter defender is day-to-day with the injury. Shumpert missed six weeks last season after dislocating the same shoulder. He did not have surgery.
Lue said Shumpert got hurt while trying to make a steal against the Bulls. Lue initially said Shumpert “tweaked” his shoulder, but the team later said he sprained it and his status for Sunday’s game in Oklahoma City will be determined before the team departs Saturday.
Meanwhile, forward Channing Frye, acquired before Thursday’s trading deadline from Orlando in a three-team deal, only watched practice as he continues to go through procedures with his new team. Frye is expected to practice Saturday. Lue said he would have no reservations about using Frye after just one practice.