An incredible fourth-quarter comeback led by Dirk Nowitzki (35 PTS, 7 REB) kept the Mavericks’ playoff dream alive. He hit 14 of 17 shots including five triples, and scored the final eight points of a 15-1 closing run.
On paper, Friday’s tilt between the Heat and Bucks offered an intriguing if not entirely predictable preview of the two teams’ possible first-round playoff matchup.
The East’s best versus its erratic eighth seed. The unstoppable force versus the decidedly movable object. The inevitability of LeBron James’ quest for a second title against the maddening inconsistency of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis.
It might not have been Bird vs. Magic, but as far as Friday night NBA storylines go, you could do much worse.
Wats going on in the A tonight?? I’m still here.”
Such are the words of Josh Smith [via Twitter] when he didn’t get traded at the NBA’s 3:00 PM trade deadline on Thursday afternoon. Unfortunately, he has since removed that tweet from existence, but not its memory.
According to reports, Ferry balked at the offers that were being given for Smith. The prevailing teams in the hunt were the Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets.
The Bucks were unwilling to part with Monta Ellis, Brandon Jennings, Ersan Ilyasova or Larry Sanders—any of whom Atlanta would undoubtedly have wanted for Smith.
As for the Nets, they were unable to put together anything better than #HBAP (Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks and draft picks).
So, after many months of speculation and a couple weeks of actual effort, the decision was made to keep Smith for the remainder of the season and reevaluate what to do with him—whether to resign him or not—in the offseason.
The only trade deadline move that the Hawks did make involved sending Anthony Morrow to the Dallas Mavericks for Dahntay Jones.
Mavs owner Mark Cuban took time to send some nice words to Jones as he prepares for his new life in Atlanta.
Hopefully, when the summer rolls around revisiting the Josh Smith talks won’t be as exasperating as it was at the 2013 trade deadline.
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While Saturday night’s NBA schedule may have been bereft of marquee matchups, it did not disappoint. Between two game-winners in Toronto and Charlotte, overtime in Utah and nail- biters in Milwaukee and Portland (as always), there was plenty to be excited about. To keep the pre-facts all-caps ritual going …