nba Watch: Norman Powell swoops in for massive putback jam by William Lou 9h ago Vaughn Ridley / Getty Images Sport / Getty HOPS. #RTZ pic.twitter.com/WOOqDTm35S — Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) January 19, 2017 Norman Powell isn't playing around. With the banged up Toronto Raptors in tough against the Philadelphia 76ers, Powell took no chance on Terrence Ross' corner three. Powell anticipated the miss and used his 40-inch vertical to drop a massive putback jam.
nba Watch: Sixers go nuts after Saric sends back Sullinger's dunk attempt by Patrick Britton 9h ago Mitchell Leff / Getty Images Sport / Getty Philadelphia 76ers rookie Dario Saric certainly wasn't drafted for his rim protection, but he showed Wednesday that he's more than capable of holding his own in the paint. Saric displayed his defensive versatility against the Toronto Raptors, coming out of nowhere to reject Jared Sullinger's weak dunk attempt in the fourth quarter.
nba Watch: Sixers ice victory with multiple blocks on Lowry by Patrick Britton 9h ago USA Today Sports The Philadelphia 76ers' defense proved too much for Kyle Lowry late in Wednesday's contest. Down four with under a minute remaining, the Toronto Raptors point guard struggled to make things any closer, getting rejected twice in the same possession before fouling out moments later.
nba Watch: Derrick Rose hilariously zones out on defense by William Lou 8h ago USA Today Sports Derrick Rose didn't even come close to trying on defense. pic.twitter.com/X5aZsJwhyr — DeAntae Prince (@DeAntae) January 19, 2017 Derrick Rose recently called out New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek for not getting on the team enough to play defense. Well, Hornacek won't lack for content after this shambolic display of defensive effort from Rose. In all fairness, Rose was amazing outside of this play. The former MVP had 30 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, two steals, and two blocks in the Knicks' victory over the Boston Celtics.
nba Watch: Durant pirouettes, sinks shot from charity stripe during pregame by Steph Rogers 8h ago Jake Roth / USA TODAY Sports Kevin Durant (averaging 25.8ppg 8.6rpg 4.7apg for #DubNation) warms up for tonight's @OKCThunder/@Warriors action @ESPNNBA. pic.twitter.com/SO6IBZNgxT — NBA (@NBA) January 19, 2017 Kevin Durant may be averaging 25.8 points, 8.6 boards and 4.7 assists per game for the Golden State Warriors, but we're all eagerly awaiting the moment when he adds this spinning move from pre-game on Wednesday to his nightly repertoire.
nba Watch: Paul George throws down on Cousins by Patrick Britton 7h ago USA Today Sports 😱 @Yg_Trece with the JAM! pic.twitter.com/jimwImG0iv — Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) January 19, 2017 While he hasn't shot the ball well of late, one would be ill-advised to underestimate the offensive ability of Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George. George made the Kings pay for their lackluster defense on Wednesday, hammering home a nasty flush over All-Star big man DeMarcus Cousins.
nba Harden delivers birthday gift to 100-year-old Rockets fan by William Lou 7h ago Streamable James Harden gave one special courtside fan two gifts on her 100th birthday. First, Harden delivered her a win by posting 38 points, six rebounds, and eight assists, then followed that up by gifting her the game ball.
nba Watch: Roberson badly air-balls free throw by Patrick Britton 7h ago Kelley L Cox / USA TODAY Sports This hurt to watch pic.twitter.com/F27olmyqVD — The Crossover (@TheCrossover) January 19, 2017 Andre Roberson might want this one back. The Thunder shooting guard's shaky free-throw stroke was on full display on Wednesday, badly air-balling one of his attempts from the charity stripe in the first quarter.
nba Celtics' Thomas feels he should start All-Star game by John Chick 7h ago David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports With starters in next month's NBA All-Star Game set to be announced on Thursday night, Isaiah Thomas feels he deserves one of the Eastern Conference's two guard spots. "I think I should be," the Boston Celtics point guard said, according to GateHouse Media's Scott Souza. "But that's out of my control." As of the last balloting update on Jan. 12, Thomas was in fourth place for East guards with just over 401,000 votes - behind Kyrie Irving, Dwyane Wade, and DeMar DeRozan. When the starters are announced on Thursday however, the ballots will include the weighted vote of players and select media - something that may well shift the balance of the fan voting. Thomas made the comment after scoring 39 points in a 117-106 Celtics loss to the New York Knicks. Smoking hot in the month of January, Thomas is averaging 31.3 points per game on 47.1 percent 3-point sho..
nba Watch: Durant spectacularly bricks overambitious dunk attempt by William Lou 7h ago USA Today Sports LOL KD missing this dunk pic.twitter.com/eKFz0zhP8B — gifdsports (@gifdsports) January 19, 2017 This would have been a candidate for dunk of the year ... had Kevin Durant actually made the shot. Durant took off from beyond the dotted circle and unfurled his gangly limbs for what looked to be a massive dunk, but alas, it was not to be. Perhaps Durant was thrown off by Russell Westbrook's stare.