There’s no way to defend that.
Down one with 5.4 seconds left in the game, San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard got the inbound pass in the corner, and found a very good defender in Paul George on him. Leonard used his strength to get in near the key, then hit a turn-around, fade-away jumper nobody could block. Ballgame. (Well, after George just missed a fairly clean look at a game-winner of his own.)
Just remember Kawhi Leonard on your All-Star ballots. There are five slots, he should get one of them.
Part of the reason the Philadelphia 76ers were able to find a trade for Nerlens Noel at the deadline and not Jahlil Okafor was about the defensive end — Noel is a rim protector who tries on defense, Okafor…
Watch him in the video above and draw your own conclusions. I’ll just say normally people pay a lot of money to be a spectator that close to an NBA court.
A video of that play became a thing on NBA Twitter Wednesday night, where Okafor was roundly mocked. Deservedly mocked. But after the game his coach, Brett Brown, defended Okafor and his effort on both ends of the floor. Because that is what coaches do.
Ed Davis has been battling a variety of injuries this season up in Portland, limiting the impact of the usually solid big man. He’s one of the many pieces of the puzzle in Portland that hasn’t quite fit as expected this season.
Now Davis is done for the season.
He will have shoulder surgery next week in Los Angeles to repair an injured labrum, the team announced on Wednesday. While there is no timetable for his return, don’t expect him to return this season. Davis is under contract with the Blazers for next season at a very reasonable $6.4 million.
The Blazers are already without big man Festus Ezeli, who has yet to play for Portland this season. That leaves Jusuf Nurkic and Meyers Leonard as the only healthy centers on the roster.
This is not Terry Rozier‘s proudest moment.
First, he made the right play and tried to switch onto a cutting Richard Jefferson, but there was nothing anyone under 7-foot was going to do about the lob LeBron James threw — Jefferson showed he still has some hops and got up for the alley-oop slam over Rozier.
Jefferson then hung on the rim to avoid an awkward fall on Rozier and ended up swinging over him. Rozier took offense, seeing it as a showboat move, and threw the ball at Jefferson.
That was an automatic technical.
Rozier and the Celtics played the Cavaliers even through three quarters.
TORONTO (AP) — Point guard Brandon Jennings has signed with the Washington Wizards after being waived by the New York Knicks.
Jennings cleared waivers Wednesday and agreed to join Washington, which had a game at the Toronto Raptors at night.
He was let go by the Knicks on Monday, after signing a $5 million, one-year deal last offseason.
The Wizards made room for Jennings by waiving forward Danuel House, who has played only one minute all season because of injuries.
Jennings offers the Wizards some experience at the point to back up four-time All-Star John Wall, who is second in the NBA in assists, averaging 10.8.
In seven-plus NBA seasons with four teams, Jennings has averaged 14.8 points, 5.8 assists and 3.1 rebounds. He averaged 8.6 points and 4.9 assists in 25 minutes with New York this season, appearing in 58 games, with 11 starts.