LeBron James collides with Patriots coach Bill Belichick during Cavaliers-Celtics game

This season, he's averaging 14.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game. While playing alongside LeBron James helps anyone's game, don't be shocked if the former No. 2 pick uses this as a launching pad to get back into relevance.

"LeBron James found Williams "naked" in the short corner and fired him a pass for a 3-pointer that would have given the Cavs a one-point lead with 4.2 seconds on the clock".

Ryan Anderson added 23 points, including a team-high six threes, as the Rockets won for the seventh time in nine games and extended their National Basketball Association record to nine games with 20 or more three-pointers this season.

Jae Crowder had 17 points and ten rebounds for Boston, which led by three entering the fourth before there were six ties and ten lead changes in the final 12 minutes.

Yes, without the Little Guy - who's legitimately a part of the MVP discussion this season - the Celtics would be in a very bad place.

If there is one thing in particular that you noticed about Smart in this one, it's that he is a strong, strong man.

So even though the Cavaliers lost a tough one on Wednesday night, a game that could have all but locked up homecourt advantage through the Eastern Conference playoffs, all is not lost. I need to keep seeing him win.

Generally, when the Celtics win close games this season, it's because Isaiah Thomas erupts in the fourth quarter and leads the team to victory.

Bradley only played 22 minutes on the evening, registering 11 points, but his impact reverberated throughout the arena.

That was absolutely not the case on Wednesday. Bradley's three put the Celtics up by two with under a minute in the game. Brown played terrific defense and looked nothing like a rookie.

"I just wanted to shake his hand", said Thomas, who said it was the first time he had met Belichick.

That is extremely significant in and of itself given how much Boston has relied on its diminutive star to bail them out.

The Warriors have been the NBA's best team to this point, the Spurs continue to fly under the radar as they always do and teams like the Rockets, Celtics, Raptors and Wizards are on the rise as well.

Can we please make that happen?

These two teams will meet one last time during the regular season on April 5.

Not only did Evan Turner provide golden nuggets for anyone with a camera or voice recorder, including the time he compared his game to MJ's, he was also a key contributor towards last season's 48-win effort.

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