Jamal Crawford named NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year for record third time

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Jamal Crawford is the quintessential gunner off the bench — he comes in firing away. He puts up numbers — 14.2 points per game this season — and doesn’t worry about efficiency (52.9 percent true shooting percentage, right about the league average) or defense. He is there to change the tempo and flow of the game by firing away — and when he is hitting the Clippers tend to win.

That’s what the media voters apparently want in their Sixth Man of the Year.

Crawford has been named the Sixth Man for a record third time in his career. At age 36 he is also the oldest player ever to win the award — breaking his own record of two seasons ago.

“It’s remarkable because (Crawford) is still an elite scorer, he basically beat us last game,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said before his team tipped off against the L.A. Clippers in the first round of the playoffs. “He does not look like he’s slowing down at all, and you forget that he’s 36. He’s got a live body, makes clutch shots, and wins games for (the Clippers).”

Andre Iguodala of the Golden State Warriors came in second, Enes Kanter of the Oklahoma City Thunder finished third. Iguodala and Manu Ginobili of the Spurs had seemed the frontrunners for the award midway through the season but both suffered injuries that kept them out for extended periods, and that hurt their candidacies.

Crawford got 51 of the 130 first-place votes from a panel of media members (the ballots for this award are three deep and the players get points for where they finished on the ballot). Here is the final complete order of finish (with first place votes in parenthesis).

Jamal Crawford, L.A. Clippers (51)
Andre Iguodala, Golden State (33)
Enes Kanter, Oklahoma City (19)
Will Barton, Denver (15)
Evan Turner, Boston (3)
Ryan Anderson, New Orleans (4)
Jeremy Lin, Charlotte (1)
Ed Davis, Portland (1)
Dennis Schröder, Atlanta (1)
Tristan Thompson, Cleveland (2)
Shaun Livingston, Golden State
J.J. Barea, Dallas
Boris Diaw, San Antonio
Zach LaVine, Minnesota
Darren Collison, Sacramento
Allen Crabbe, Portland
Jrue Holiday, New Orleans
Patrick Patterson, Toronto
Mirza Teletovic, Phoenix

Kawhi Leonard just destroyed Boston’s Daniel Theis on dunk

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Daniel Theis‘ play as a rim protector is one of the reasons Boston has a top-10 defense this season. He has anchored the Celtics’ defense in the paint.

Kawhi Leonard is a two-time Finals MVP, and if he wants to go to the rim nobody is stopping him. Theis found out the hard way.

After the game, Leonard was asked about the dunk and he responded in about the most Kawhi way possible.

This was the first game Leonard and Paul George played together and they combined for 42 points, and they both made key play down the stretch of a 107-104 overtime win.

It took Luka Doncic 25 minutes to put together 35-point triple-double (VIDEO)

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DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic scored 33 of his 35 points in the first half and had yet another triple-double to help the Dallas Mavericks rout the short-handed Golden State Warriors 142-94 on Wednesday night.

Doncic fell a point short of matching Dirk Nowitzki’s team record set Nov. 3, 2009, against Utah. In just 17 minutes, Doncic was 10 for 11 from the floor, making 6 of 7 3-pointers, and hit 7 of 8 free throws.

The second-year star from Slovenia had 22 points, five assists and five rebounds in the first quarter alone. He played only 25 minutes total, but still managed 10 rebounds and 11 assists.

Doncic was coming off a 40-point triple-double Monday night against San Antonio, and has an NBA-best seven triple-doubles in 14 games this season.

The Mavericks never trailed and tied a franchise record with 22 3-pointers while sending Golden State to its worst loss since a 1973 playoff game.

The Warriors, who ended a seven-game losing streak by beating Memphis on Tuesday night, are an NBA-worst 3-13. Their five-year run of at the top of the NBA has collapsed under a weight of injuries, with Draymond Green out Wednesday because of right heel soreness.

With Green out, Golden State dressed only eight players, none of whom suited up for the team last season when it made the NBA Finals for the fifth consecutive year.

Eric Paschall led the Warriors with 22 points.

Tim Hardaway Jr. added 20 for Dallas. Kristaps Porzingis had 14 points and 10 rebounds for his fourth-straight double-double.

 

Bulls’ Otto Porter Jr out 2 weeks with bone bruise in foot

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CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls say forward Otto Porter Jr. has a bone bruise in his left foot and will be reassessed in two weeks.

The Bulls say a second MRI on Tuesday revealed the bruise, something “not apparent” on the first MRI.

“He had a second scan, and something showed up that didn’t show up on the first scan,” Bulls coach Jim Boylen told NBC Sports Chicago. “That’s tough, tough for him, feel bad for him. But we’ll treat him and move on.”

Chandler Hutchison had been filling in Porter’s spot in the rotation, but he is out indefinitely now with sore shins.

Porter, averaging 11.2 points in nine games, has been sidelined since he sprained his left foot at Atlanta on Nov. 6.

The Bulls were 4-10 with three straight losses heading into Wednesday’s game against Detroit.

Timberwolves’ new alternate uniforms resemble Minneapolis Lakers

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The Minneapolis Lakers’ history belongs to the Los Angeles Lakers. That’s why the Los Angeles Lakers claim the five championships the franchise won in Minneapolis and have worn light-blue Minneapolis throwbacks.

But Minnesota’s current NBA team – the Timberwolves – appear to be borrowing from that legacy.

The Timberwolves’ new alternate uniforms look awfully similar to the Minneapolis Lakers’ throwback:

Of course, the Timberwolves’ explanation contains no mention of the Minneapolis Lakers. The Timberwolves say the icy cool yet sky blue color … reflects the blue waters that are ubiquitous throughout the cities, namely the Mississippi River, which is outlined on the left side of the uniform.” It’s all about celebrating the Twin Cities – Minneapolis and St. Paul (MSP).

The best part: These alternates are officially branded as “City Edition” uniforms. The Timberwolves called theirs “Cities Edition.”