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Do not bet against this man at miniature golf.
One of the in-game contests at Trail Blazers games is a chance for a fan to win $50,000 toward the purchase of a new house — this is sponsored by a mortgage company — by hitting a ridiculously difficult length of the court putt. Friday night, this guy nailed it.
⛳ A fan in Portland wins $50,000 on a full-court putt!
— NBA (@NBA) March 26, 2022

That was no lag putt, he hammered that thing, but it worked.
That was the most exciting thing to happen at the Trail Blazers game, unless you were a Rockets fan. Then it was a pretty good night.
Thursday night in Portland, Kyrie Irving missed his eighth consecutive game after being suspended by the team following his Tweet promoting an antisemitic move and his (at first) unapologetic response to the backlash.
It will be his last.
Following up on news that it could happen, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports Irving is expected to be cleared and will play Sunday when the Nets host the Grizzlies.
Sources close to the Nets and the league say that both sides are happy with what Irving has done throughout the process, especially given the number of community leaders he has met with.
One source, who was granted anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the matter, said that Irving chose to go “above and beyond” what was asked of him.
Irving had progressed through some acceptable version of the six “remedial” steps the Nets laid out for his return. He has apologized in an Instagram post, met with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, and met with Nets’ owner Joe Tsai and his wife.
The 6-9 Nets need Irving and his shot creation back. Brooklyn has gone 4-3 without Irving heading into the game against the Trail Blazers tonight. , although the Nets have lost their last two and have not looked good doing it. Kevin Durant is frustrated and honest enough to say, “Look at our starting lineup. Edmond Sumner, Royce O’Neale, Joe Harris, [Nic] Claxton and me. It’s not disrespect, but what are you expecting from that group? You expect us to win because I’m out there.”
Irving will help with that. Starting Sunday against the Grizzlies.
The sides have settled a lawsuit brought by Dr. Hillary Cauthen, a former consulting psychologist with the San Antonio Spurs, which charged guard Josh Primo repeatedly exposed himself to her and the team did not act upon those reports.
While the Spurs denied the charges of inaction — and Primo’s attorney denied he ever exposed himself to her — the sides have “agreed to resolve this matter,” Cauthen’s attorney Tony Buzbee told Tom Orsborn of The San Antonio Express-News.
Spurs CEO RC Buford released this statement:
“The situation regarding Joshua Primo is a matter we take seriously. Since learning of the allegations, we have taken, and are taking, measures to ensure that all parties involved are treated with dignity and respect. We know we owe that to Dr. Cauthen, our players, our staff and our community.
As an organization, we are continuously evaluating and refining our processes so they ultimately reflect the values and culture of who we aspire to be every day. To that end, we have decided to collaborate with Dr. Cauthen and other experts to review and improve our workplace processes and procedures.
This is a learning opportunity for us, and one that we are certain will make us better moving forward.”
The Bexar County Sheriff’s office is still investigating the incidents.
The Spurs waived Primo last month, a move that caught the NBA off guard (teams don’t quit on promising young 19-year-old players). Primo said in a statement he needed time away for mental health reasons.
The Cleveland Cavaliers were the good news story of the first couple weeks of the NBA season (as opposed to the franchises melting down in the nation’s largest media markets). The Cavaliers gave up a lot to trade for Donovan Mitchell, but unleashed from the Utah offense he was better than advertised, the Cleveland defense was impressive, and the team raced out to an 8-1 start.
Since then, they have dropped five straight games, with the worst defense in the league over that stretch. That fifth loss was Wednesday night to a Bucks team without Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday or other key rotation players. After the game, coach J.B. Bickerstaff ripped into his team’s mentality, via Jamal Collier of ESPN.
“We got kind of a fat cat mentality. We went out and won eight games in a row, everybody was giving us love and praising us, and we got really comfortable,” Bickerstaff said. “We are the team that won those eight games; we are a really good basketball team. This is about maturation and growth from a team as a whole.”
An experienced and smart coach like Bickerstaff knows to pick his spots to call out his team publicly. Hit with a five-game losing streak — and with a winnable game against injury-riddled Charlotte up next — was the right time to play the card.
Attitude and intensity may be part of the issue, but injuries have been as well. Mitchell missed a couple of games, Allen missed the last one, and if one thing has been evident over the past five games, this team does not yet have the depth and mentality to win when it’s not whole.
The teams at the top of the East, where the Cavaliers aspire to be, are doing that this season. The Bucks haven’t had Middelton for one game and have had other key rotation guys in and out of the lineup. The Celtics had their coach suspended just before training camp started and have been without defensive anchor Robert Williams. Hasn’t mattered. They find ways to win.
That’s the next step for the Cavaliers. It’s a mentality, but it’s also work for GM Koby Altman to do. Cleveland looks like a conte4nder when everything is lined up right, but come the playoffs things never line up perfectly — winning means overcoming adversity. That’s the next step for the Cavaliers, and they are facing that adversity now.
Sure, there are anonymous reports, but maybe the best sign things are getting close to a Jae Crowder trade comes from the man himself.

Jae Crowder 👀🕰️
— NBACentral (@TheNBACentral) November 17, 2022

The Suns have been looking for a Crowder trade since last summer but have yet to find a deal that worked for them, it’s hard to find a trade sending out a win-now player and getting the same thing back (the Suns don’t want picks and prospects). That may be about to change according to multiple reports.
There have been some credible rumbles this week that the Suns have made progress on finding a trade resolution to the Jae Crowder saga. Crowder’s cryptic IG story appears to address to feed into that notion …
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— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) November 17, 2022

Word is the Suns appeared close to finalizing a three-team trade involving Jae Crowder prior tip-off tonight against Golden State.
— Jake Fischer (@JakeLFischer) November 17, 2022

The question is where would Crowder be traded?
The Miami Heat have interest and a need for a veteran at the four, but a deal has never been close with them. The recent reports of the Suns demanding Max Strus be part of any trade — which is a non-starter for the Heat — may have been a last shot by the Suns to get the Heat to up their offer. The only way a Heat trade works is if the Suns take on Duncan Robinson, but then Phoneix would have to send out another rotation player — someone such as Cameron Payne — to match salaries, and that’s not going to happen. No deal was likely with the Heat until after January, unless there is a three-team trade in the works (something that has been rumored, with Robinson heading out or Miami).
There have been multiple reports of the Bucks having interest in Crowder, and a trade can work with Grayson Allen going to Phoenix (plus maybe a pick or minimum contract). But would the Bucks do that? Do the Suns want Allen? Crowder is said to prefer a trade to Miami or Atlanta.
Crowder can give a team solid minutes at the four, spacing the floor from the corners, playing physical defense, and being someone the coach can trust in the postseason. Both the Bucks and Heat are looking to fill a P.J. Tucker-sized hole in their lineups, and Crowder fits that role.
It would be the first trade of the season, and while his getting delt isn’t a surprise — he’s demanded a trade and been away from the team — there has been plenty of interest around a landing spot.


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