One day removed from being a hero that had led his team to a victory over the Golden State Warriors, Gordon Hayward was about to look like a goat. Not the good kind of GOAT, either. The kind like Bill Buckner, that sort of goat. With his team winning, he inexplicably fouled Buddy Hield on a three-pointer, allowing him to shoot three at the line. He made all three, costing Boston what had to look like a sure-fire win. But just as quickly, he became a hero again when he got the ball, drove down the court with around seven seconds remaining and then hit an off balance shot to give his team a 111-109 win over the Sacramento Kings. Hayward hasn’t looked like the player we’d maybe expected this season, but he has the last two nights, and it has led the Celtics to a couple of crucial victories as a result. Kyrie Irving sat the game out, forcing Hayward into the crucial spot. Jayson Tatum and Harrison Barnes led the two teams with 24 points each.
LeBron James made history on Wednesday night when he went past Michael Jordan in the all-time points scored list. Unfortunately for him and the Lakers, though, they once again lost. The 115-99 loss at the hands of the Denver Nuggets sees them fall even further off the pace of the playoff spots. It’s going to be really tough for them to make it now, that much is certain. James had 31 points total on the night, but it was hardly enough to trouble the Nuggets, who have put together quite the surprising season. Will Barton led the relatively quiet Nuggets with 23 points in the win.
In the UEFA Champions League, more drama occurred on Wednesday night in Paris when PSG went out against Manchester United after carrying a lead into Paris after the first leg in Manchester. All PSG needed to do was to avoid losing by two or more. They looked in a spot to do that as the game wound down, trailing 1-2. However, replay came into effect, ruled that a handball had happened in the box, and then United obliged to score, going up 1-3, tying the series, but putting them ahead on aggregate. They wouldn’t let go from there. The loss has incensed injured PSG star Neymar, who called the VAR system a disgrace to the game. This was always going to happen. It’ll be the best thing ever when it’s in your favor and the worst when it’s not. Typical.
According to ESPN sources, a couple of teams have made overtures about Arizona Cardinals QB Josh Rosen, with those said to have been made at the NFL Combine. There is a consensus among many that the Cards could take Kyler Murray, so perhaps that thought it leaking over to teams and front offices’ as well. Word is that they are not interested in a deal at the moment, but that all could change if and when they get a good offer or if they decide to draft the Heisman winner with their pick.