Good morning. Let's basketball.
BLOOD FEUD: LeBron James rolled the Heat to a big fourth quarter lead over the Thunder, but on a late dunk he took an innocuous blow to the face from Serge Ibaka. Trigger warning on the second GIF in that link: it's a shot of blooding coming out of a man's nose.
LeBron didn't return (he didn't need to), but the Heat said he suffered no concussion. No word on what X-rays revealed, if he got them done already. LeBron did manage to make a late night joke about a potential mask, though. (Does he have a staff Photoshopist?)
The Heat won by 22 in Russell Westbrook's return, but at least Derek Fisher bulldozed LeBron before it was all over. Fisher might go in the fourth round of the NFL Draft.
MEANWHILE, IN MILWAUKEE ...: This Vine of O.J. Mayo tying his shoe during a defensive possession is everything you need to know about how plugged in O.J. Mayo is this season. Good lord.
LATE NIGHT THROWBACKS: The Warriors beat the Rockets in overtime. Jermaine O'Neal had a huge block on Chandler Parsons in extra time. Okay now Time Machine, back to 2014. James Harden hyperextended his elbow in the loss, and Marc Spears reports that The Beard is concerned.
WILL JASON COLLINS SIGN?: The Nets have worked out Jason Collins and are potentially interested in signing him to a 10-day contract. Stay tuned.
BIG BABY ON THE LOOSE: The Magic quickly bought out Glen Davis after the deadline passed. Tyler Lashbrook argues that it was best for both Big Baby and the Magic. A number of teams are already interested in Davis.
THE SLASH AND BURN CONTINUES: Mark Deeks wrote about the Sixers' I.D.G.A.F. roster implosion on Thursday. It continued into the night: the team waived Earl Clark, acquired just hours prior in the Spencer Hawes deal. Can Danny Granger be far behind? (On the topic of the Sixers, here's a solid Philadelphia Inquirer column from Mike Sielski on Hinkie's strategy.)
GOODBYE, PROFESSOR: Deeks also wrote about Denver's decision to downgrade at back-up point guard.
THE MUNDANE REALITY OF GETTING TRADED: Holly MacKenzie talked to guys who have been traded midseason -- Rudy Gay, Ray Allen, Marcin Gortat and others -- about what it's actually like to get moved on the fly. Hint: it's not easy.
In that same genre: Arash Markazi reports on the high drama on the Clippers' jet preparing to leave for Memphis. Antawn Jamison and Byron Mullens got called off the plane on the tarmac.
CHEAT SHEET: For reference, a list of every deal consummated during deadline week.
THE ART OF PHRASING: Kings coach Mike Malone says he'll play young guys more. Jimmer Fredette, who is young but is almost assuredly moving on in July, apparently does not qualify.
TRUE KNICKS DETECTIVE: What it says on the box.
Happy Friday. See you next time.