The Warriors took extreme caution with Kevin Durant’s calf injury in Game 2, electing to rest their star forward instead of playing him. Golden State had no trouble at all taking care of business in his absence, crushing the Trail Blazers 110-81 while getting balanced scoring up and down the lineup.
Durant is considered questionable for Game 3, and Golden State has the luxury of allowing him to rest until he is 100 percent ready with this series firmly in control.
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Wise first saw action with the Razorbacks in 2012, but didn’t become a full-time starter in Fayetteville until 2016. In his five-year career, he started only 10 games but still managed to have a major impact as a rotational defensive end; in his final two seasons with the program, he tallied 16 tackles for loss — 11.5 of them sacks — but failed to inspire confidence in his durability and endurance as an every-down end.
Wise’s relatively low draft slot helps mitigate those concerns, as well as his likely role as a rotational pass rusher for the Patriots next fall. He’s a developmental prospect who will earn snaps alongside more established defensive ends like Kony Ealy, Trey Flowers, and Rob Ninkovich.
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Players from the Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks both engaged in a brief altercation towards the end of the first quarter in Game 6 on Friday. Double technicals were handed out to two sets of players, but the bigger question is whether several Wizards who stepped onto the floor will receive one-game suspensions headed into Washington’s next game.
The play started when Bradley Beal broke out for a full-court dunk and was unnecessarily bumped by Kent Bazemore, which caused him to spill into the photographer’s row. Beal takes offense, yelling at Bazemore, and both sides do a bit of pushing and shoving.
San Antonio isn’t made up of bad players, by any means, but a dirty secret around the league is that the Spurs aren’t as good as we’ve perhaps made them out to be. Despite 61 wins, San Antonio has had to lean heavily on Leonard throughout the year to be the best player, lacking enough consistency around him to direct those responsibilities to anybody else.
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The second round of the playoffs are fully in swing now as the Cavaliers and Raptors, and Spurs and Rockets, head for Game 2 on Wednesday night.
LeBron James and the Cavaliers will look to take a strong 2-0 lead on the Raptors in Cleveland. James was in complete control in Game 1, giving us the best LeBron that we’ve come to know. He finished the night with 35 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists while casually dominating the Raptors all night. He even was feeling himself enough to jokingly grab a beer from the sidelines during the game. When LeBron plays like this and is having fun, there really isn’t much anyone else can do. We’ll see what the Raptors can bring in Game 2.
On the other side of the NBA, the Rockets handed the Spurs their worst home loss in playoff history in Game 1. The game ended in a 126-99 blowout for the Rockets, but honestly, the game wasn’t even that close. To further explain how much of a blowout this game was, the Rockets hit 22 three-pointers, and their starters didn’t even play the fourth quarter. We saw the Spurs in a position we rarely see them in, unable to make anything happen on offense, while having no answers on defense. That said, it’s hard to imagine Gregg Popovich won’t have something figured out for Game 2.
The fun Paul George wasn’t having? Lance Stephenson had that. The Pacers went on a five game win streak to end the season, sliding into the seventh seed in the playoffs. While Lance brought the fun back, Paul George won Eastern Conference Player of the Month averaging 32.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists through the final six games. For a brief moment in time, maybe Paul George’s future in Indiana would have a happy ending.
The 2017 NFL draft is upon us, and some of the names you hear throughout the three days might sound familiar. This year, there are at least nine sons of former NFL players in the mix, including Barry Sanders Jr., Christian McCaffrey, and Hardy Nickelson Jr. The group includes a talented list of fathers, some of whom were Pro Bowlers, along with one Hall of Famer.
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But in his final college season, Lattimore stayed healthy and turned in an impressive performance. He finished the season with four interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown, and it was enough to place him at the top of pre-draft cornerback rankings. Now we’ll see if Lattimore can take his game to the next level with the Saints.
Despite his injury history and limited starting experience, Lattimore proved last year that he has the skills to be an NFL cornerback. His 30 bench press reps were tied for fourth best among defensive linemen at the NFL Combine, and will allow him to compete with the best offensive line the NFL has to offer.
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For the first time ever, the compensatory picks are available to be traded and that means there’s a lot more draft capital at stake after 11 third-round selections were added to the mix.
The NFL has a secret and complex formula that they use to distribute draft picks at the end of rounds 3 through 7 of the NFL Draft. Even though the precise, exact method to the NFL’s madness isn’t disclosed to John Q. Public, there are several general elements, based on a team’s free agency activity, that can serve as a guideline to better understanding and predicting how and why your team has been gifted with extra picks — and what picks down the road you can expect to receive.
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Among the biggest winners are the Miami Dolphins and the Cleveland Browns, who each received a third-round pick. The Dolphins are owners of the first compensatory pick at No. 97 overall, and also received a pair of fifth-round selections, while the Browns received a third-round pick, two fourth-round picks, and a fifth-round pick for the loss of Travis Benjamin, Alex Mack, and Tashaun Gipson, among others.
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I did a lot of (expletive) when I was 18 that I’m not proud of, but I never knocked out a girl, an AFC executive said. That’s just such a hot-button issue. I’m hearing too many things. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.
Adrian Peterson has officially found a new home, as NFL.com reports the 32-year-old running back has accepted a two-year, $7 million deal from the New Orleans Saints.
Peterson missed the majority of 2016 due to injury, but believes he can get his career back on track. The former All-Pro running back told Josina Anderson of ESPN that New Orleans was the right choice for his family, and that he believes he can add a new element to an already stellar Saints offense.
QB Deshaun Watson respects all prospects but told me itd be a slap in the face if Mitchell Trubisky went 1st gvn his championship resume.
Watson did lead the Clemson Tigers to two consecutive National Championships. The Tigers lost a 40-45 heartbreaker following the 2015 season. Clemson pulled off a thrilling 35-31 win over Bama in the rematch after the 2016 season.
Trubisky, on the other hand, has just one season of starting experience. That hasnt slowed rumors that the San Francisco 49ers are considering the UNC product with the second overall pick, or that Trubisky may go first overall to the Cleveland Browns. He did go at No. 2, but to the Bears.
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This is clinic tape pass set by Stanley against Pittsburghs James Harrison. It looks exactly like his college tape. Hes in a three-point stance, and its great physical positioning — hands excellent, anchors on the bull rush. Theres no panic in Stanleys set because he has done it a zillion times in college.
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Also important to note: its second-and-9, and hes down in a stance. It could be run or pass, and Stanley isnt giving anything away.
This isn’t to say the Knicks are better off with Melo than without: He’s 11 years older than Kristaps Porzingis and whoever New York is likely to pick in the lottery this June. But Jackson gave Carmelo the no-trade clause in 2014. You can’t reasonably expect Anthony to tear it up now.
That no-trade clause is power. He earned it. It is his to tear up or to use. He would be well within his rights to use it and to tell Jackson and the Knicks and the whole world that he’s not going anywhere until his contract ends.
Is it worth it to Melo to make this stand? Is it worth risking another wasted season in the wasteland of Knicksdom? Only he knows. But on the principle alone, he’d be well within reason to refuse to bend to Jackson’s desires.
Not many teams still have Allen viewed as a top-10 player because of his injury concerns, but the Bears do. Barring a major change of heart (or a trade back), Allen likely will be their pick.
Westbrook has my vote even though LeBron is the best player in the world. For most of the season, that’s where I assumed my vote was headed. But the carelessness with which the Cavs finished the regular season changed my thinking. In any case, it’s evident that Westbrook, Harden, and Leonard had stronger seasons statistically.
Paul’s almost-heroics actually started with a defensive play on a fast break with five-and-a-half minutes left. One on two, he managed to spook George Hill by taking a step toward him. When Hill tried to bounce the ball to his teammate, Paul swiped it as if it was meant for him.
Then Paul hit a jump shot. Then a floater while drawing the foul against Hill. He made another layup soon after, followed by a three-point shot that brought the Clippers within one with three minutes left.
Ohio State Buckeyes star and 2017 NFL draft prospect Raekwon McMillan was named after a leading member of the legendary rap group, Wu-Tang Clan. Ask the young man himself. Raekwon, aka The Chef aka Shallah Raekwon aka Lex Diamond, inspired the linebackers mother:
Yeah, some of his old-school stuff is pretty cool,McMillan responded when asked if he likes Raekwon’s music.My mom liked the name, the Wu-Tang clan and all of that. She liked the rap name, not his real name, but his rap name. So that’s what she named me.
McMillan is more of a Meek Mill fan, but he does have one special request from the rap star — and you can help.
I’d like to meet him one day,McMillan said.Other than that, it’s just my name.
What Gordons success would do, then would work to soothe the Royals on two fronts. First, it would make them feel better about their 2017 season, ostensibly because he would help them win baseball games and stay relatively close in the AL Central. Second, he would make them feel better about the radical realignment of their entire roster.
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Sure, we have this dented Ian Kennedy, and, wow, totally forgot we signed Jason Hammel, but we also have Good Ol Alex. Hell never leave us.
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The early returns are not encouraging, as Gordon has a .492 OPS. But Hosmer has a .493 OPS, so maybe theyre in some sort of race? Regardless, Gordons success is the rare two-way bellwether. He can make the Royals feel better about the present and future. And he can also, well, you know.
After rumbling for 163 rushing yards, 75 receiving yards, and five touchdowns in Oakland Tech’s city championship, a high school-aged, admittedly broke Lynch promised he’d take his linemen to Sizzler for their job blocking:
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Its been a tough two days for Isaiah Thomas. He lost his 22-year-old sister, Chyna Thomas, in a car accident on Saturday and had to turn around and play in the Celtics first playoff game on Sunday. Thomas got a warm reception from Boston before the game, full of support and love.
To start the game, he set up Avery Bradley for a three-pointer on the break. The next play down, he set up Bradley again but the shooting guard bobbled the pass and got it back to Thomas. Thomas instantly launched a 26-footer and when it went in, the city of Boston went crazy.
The Bulls immediately called a timeout, which gave the Celtics team and fans a chance to cheer even more for Thomas. What a moment. One of the best attempts thus far has been ESPNs Real Plus/Minus. Using that as a guide, Gobert made the biggest statistical impact on the defensive end, ranking first in that metric by a full point over Green in second place. Utahs defense has been exceptional, ranking third in the league, and Gobert has been an obvious focal point. The Jazz give up seven points per 100 possessions more when Gobert is on the bench. Thats a huge impact.
The question wasn’t about if (especially since the American Football Coaches Association backed the measure) but when, so that schools can budget for it.
Some of these newly minted 10th assistants will be hired almost exclusively to recruit minimally paid athletes.
On college staffs, not everyone has unique expertise on the field or with a playbook. There are some who have made careers just for their recruiting prowess. So expanding coaching staffs won’t necessarily benefit players at every school anyway.
At the time the original proposal was introduced, the head of the Football Oversight Committee, Bob Bowslby, said: “There was unanimity around the table on the addition of a 10th assistant coach being allowed (in FBS). We feel it is appropriate from a student-athlete welfare standpoint. The ratio of coaches to student-athlete is much higher in football than other sports, and this helps address that.”
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