Good morning! Here are the plays everybody will be talking about on Tuesday:
Joakim Noah’s free throw attempt set basketball back 100 years. This free throw by Noah set basketball back about 100 years. What’s amazing is that Noah used to be a good shooter from the line, shooting 72% the first eight seasons of his career. But over the last two years, after battling injuries, he has been a 45% shooter, including 43% this season.
Dion Waiters downs the Warriors with some of their own medicine. The Heat upset the Warriors 105-102, led by Dion Waiters who tied his season-high with 33 points. He saved his best for last, hitting a long Warriors-esque three-pointer at the buzzer for the win. Then he struck a pose.
Dennis Smith Jr. threads the needle with authority. Smith, a freshman point guard with North Carolina State, is going to be one of the top picks in the 2017 NBA Draft and we saw why on Monday night. The Wolfpack upset Duke 84-82, led by Smith’s 32 points. He also had 6 assists, including this one-handed rocket from outside the three-point line that somehow found Abdul-Malik Abu for the big dunk.
The Oh-no-LeBron Bonus. The Cavaliers lost for the fifth time in the their last seven games despite the Pelicans playing without Anthony Davis. LeBron James had 26 points in a whopping 44 minutes. But when the Cavs were trying to mount a comeback, James came up short on a dunk, getting rejected by Terrence Jones, who also had 36 points.
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