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Golden State is an absurd 27-1 in its last 28 games.

Jun
29

It’s not hard to see why there is so much anticipation for Cavs-Warriors III heading into Game 1 on Thursday night. But just how good have these two teams been over this three-season run of dominance?

Golden State is an absurd 27-1 in its last 28 games. The Jazz handed the Warriors their most recent loss on April 10 by final of 105-99 as Gordon Hayward (quad contusion) and Klay Thompson (rest) both sat. When you take a step back to see what the Warriors have done over the last three seasons, it’s simply mind-blowing.

That started in the first half, when Golden State knocked down 60 percent of its 3-pointers. Curry hit back-to-back 3s to close out a 10-0 run in the first quarter. Thompson knocked down a pair to end the half for a 67-61 lead. That impressed Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who made a career out of clutch 3-pointers in the NBA Finals with Chicago and San Antonio.

It was huge for us early in the game because we knew Cleveland was going to bring that force, Kerr said. We knew the crowd was going to be into it. KD and Klay hit early 3s, Steph hit a couple. I thought the 3-point shooting was critical just to keep our head above water while we were trying to get some traction in the game.

Elite Mens Markus Wheaton Jersey The Warriors weathered the 1-2 punch of James and Kyrie Irving, who scored 39 and 38 points, respectively, and helped Cleveland seize momentum for the first time in the series in the second half. They helped give the Cavs a five-point lead before a timeout at 6:30 in the fourth quarter.
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Durant then drilled a 28-footer to cut that lead to 104-102. Thompson did the same a few minutes later to keep that lead at one. Every time the Cavs threatened to pull away in the fourth quarter, Golden State made the big shot when it mattered in the clutch.

The moment never overwhelms any of us, especially K, Curry said. It was a lot of fun to watch when we were in those possessions, just the patience and composure that we had.

Paul George addresses trade rumors: ‘I’m a Pacer’

Jun
28

Looks like Paul George is staying in Indianapolis — for now.

When the Pacers star was asked if he was going to remain with the team his answer was simple.

“I’m under contract as a Pacer,” George said, via the IndyStar. “That’s all that needs to really be known. I’m here. I’m a Pacer.”

“He’s been a part of our organization, and he says he wants to come back,” Ujiri told The Canadian Press Tuesday morning. “I know, speculation бн with the article, we all have ups and downs, there are times when he’s been down, and there are times when we are down. It happens to every team, every player. People go through it.”

Lowry will be an unrestricted free agent July 1 but took to Twitter on Monday night to dispute the Star’s story, tweeting, in part, “Don’t believe what you hear.”

“I know what Kyle has told me,” Ujiri told The CP. “Kyle has been here working out, he actually just left, so I know what he has been telling me, I can only believe what he tells me, not the famous ‘sources.'”

Lowry, who made $12 million this season, could nearly double his annual salary on the free-agent market. The 31-year-old is coming off an All-Star season in which he averaged 22.4 points, 7.0 assists and 4.8 rebounds while leading Toronto into the second round of the playoffs.

OK, everyone launch your favorite 3-1 jokes into space… good? Let’s move on. James, Irving and Love combined for 94 points to lead the Cavs over the Warriors in a wild Game 4. Golden State will have to wait until Monday night for another shot at the title. Let’s all take a deep breath, get some rest and prepare for Game 5. It should be a good one.redskins_003

I owe it to myself to experience everything that’s out there

Jun
25

Kevin Love had a big moment in Game 7 last year when he shut down Stephen Curry on the Warriors’ final possession, but overall in the series he was pretty ineffective. He averaged 7.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, shot 36 percent from the floor and 26 percent from beyond the arc. He did miss a game, and came off the bench in another, but his game clearly was off.

Heading into the Finals this year, he’s a much-improved player, especially on defense, but his offensive stats look better as well. Against the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals, Love averaged 22.6 points, 12.4 rebounds, shot 48 percent from the field and a ridiculous 53 percent from 3-point range.
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But Durant is not the same person he was in 2010 when he sent that tweet or in 2012 when he gave that quote. Consider how his worldview changed when he was limited to 27 games during the 2014-15 season and underwent surgery for a Jones fracture in his right foot. He had gone from holding the 2014 MVP award to sitting in a wheelchair, and he wondered if this could possibly be the end of his basketball-playing days. With his career on hold, Durant began to explore life beyond the court.

Elite Youth Lane Johnson Jersey Basketball was out, Durant told ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan. So I thought, Let me go out and see this world I’m in … I have a short period in my life where I’m going to play basketball. Hopefully I’m going to live to be 85 years old, maybe more. I owe it to myself to experience everything that’s out there.

Maybe Durant, now 28 in his 10th season as a pro, decided quality of life should be part of that second list. Maybe he realized heading to Oakland would open doors he had never seen personally and professionally. Staying in one city until reaching retirement is certainly admirable, but maybe that wasn’t what Durant saw as experiencing everything that’s out there.

NBA Finals 2017: Kevin Durant, mother Wanda celebrate after Warriors clinch title

Jun
21

It’s extremely early in the NBA Draft process, which means mock drafts are going to change from one day to the next as players work out for teams and we get closer to draft day. In that vein, it’s mostly useless to predict what will happen on draft night in late May.

Game Mens Nat Moore Jersey However, one thing that might be an interesting exercise is putting on the hat and trying to figure out what you would do if you were in charge of each team. So let’s be clear: this mock draft is by no means a prediction of what will happen on draft night. Jawun Evans probably will not go in the top 20. Jayson Tatum will likely not end up going second. Rather, it is what I would consider a Grade A鈥?to steal a phrase from Mel Kiper 鈥?draft given the constraints of each team in their draft slot. There are no trades in this mock.

It’s the best player for each team at a single given spot. Sometimes that’ll be best fit. Sometimes it’ll be best player available. It all depends on where each team is in their current developmental cycle. And sometimes, there’s not a perfect option.

Kevin Durant and his mother, Wanda, shared an emotional moment at midcourt Monday night after the Warriors won the NBA championship.

Durant faced backlash throughout the NBA season because of his decision to leave Oklahoma City and join Golden State last offseason. Wanda Durant often came to her son’s defense.

Five years after her son fell short of a NBA title when the Thunder lost to LeBron James’ Heat, Wanda and Kevin took in a scene that Kevin said he promised his mother he’d one day share with her.

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Jameson Taillon makes inspirational return to help Pirates knock off Rockies

Jun
20

Less than five weeks removed from surgery for testicular cancer, Jameson Taillon was back on the mound for the Pirates Monday.

He took his rehab step by step and said he was excited to pitch for the first time since May 3.

Felton said he doesnt know the extent of the groin injury with which Taylor played.

I knew he was dealing with a little something because in practice youd see him cringe a little bit,Felton said. They would give him a couple reps off here and there. But hes a tough guy. He never complained about it. He was in the training room a lot just getting taken care of but you never questioned it because he never brought it up or tried to use it as an excuse for anything.

Hes just one of those guys who puts his head down and goes to work. That’s somebody you can respect and follow as the leader of your team.

Felton is optimistic Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula can get the teams house in order as the franchise prepares to hire it’s fourth different head coach in the past eight seasons. Felton, a nine-year NFL veteran, also wants to stay for a third season in Buffalo as free-agency looms.

Our owners are probably some of the best with the resources they give us and things they do for us,said Felton, who joined the Bills in 2015. They take care of us whether it’s things for our family or things we need at the facility. I think they will get it right.

Yeah, theres probably just too many leaks. I know That’s probably going to be a point of emphasis for them going into the offseason. But I believe in the Pegulas Hopefully they make a great decision as a head coach and move the organization where we want it to go.

That’s out of the Sunday morning NFL news cycle for the wrong reasons.
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Vikings’ Mike Zimmer needs surgery as he still can’t see out of right eye

Jun
18

Mike Zimmer was bothered by his right eye for most of the season, and he’s continuing to experience problems.
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The Vikings coach will have a fourth eye surgery, currently scheduled for April, according to The Dallas Morning News. He had emergency eye surgery Nov. 30 for a detached retina, which kept him out of a game against the Cowboys. He had three procedures total in the month.

Perhaps he doesn’t see it as a boycott because he is willing to speak to a few media members. He said he’ll speak to ESPN’s Ed Werder and would be willing to respond to Liz Mathews of ESPN 710 Seattle via text, but that’s it. He also has a contractual obligation to speak to the FOX station in Seattle, which he did Wednesday.

Outside of those outlets, Sherman is refusing to speak to the local media and even taunted them by saying (according to the Seattle Times), I told you, youre going to miss me when Im gone.
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If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you do read it, you’re misinformed. In our society, now it’s just first who cares, get it out there. We don’t care who it hurts. We don’t care who we destroy. We don’t care if it’s true. Just say it, sell it. Anything you practice you’ll get good at including BS.
Sherman has his right to not speak to the media, or offer the media very little in return, but he can’t expect us to buy the idea that this isn’t a boycott. He is actively refusing to speak to the majority of reporters for a direct cause.

Falcons LB Dion Jones comes up with hot potato interception to seal win against Seahawks

Jun
15

Arizona waited a year too long to find Carson Palmer’s replacement at quarterback, and now they have to take one in this draft almost no matter what. Luckily, Mahomes is worth this high of a pick, assuming he doesn’t have to start Week 1. His gunslinger attitude and elite arm strength form a perfect fit for coach Bruce Arians.
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It was just the Falcons’ day.

The ball bounced Atlanta’s way all afternoon Saturday at the Georgia Dome, and no play was more indicative of its good fortune than the one that sealed their 36-20 victory against the Seahawks in the divisional round of the NFC Playoffs.

Dion Jones came up with an interception late in the fourth quarteron a Russell Wilson pass that was tipped around several times.

It began looking like a sure completion totypically sure-handed Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin. However, as he was driven to the ground the ball somehow, someway popped up and was kept alive by a couple Falcons before Jones miraculously secured the balland took it the other way before being tackled.

You’ve got to see it to believe it.

The Falcons could’ve added insult to an embarrassing defeat for Seattle, but decided to take a knee inside the Seahawks’ 5-yard line with two minutes to go.
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The Eagles need a sure-handed receiver, and they may double dip in free agency and early in the draft. Fans might clamor for Corey Davis, but Williams may fit better alongside Jordan Matthews and can open the door for a free agent to fill the opposite No. 2 spot.

Royals change start time of game to accommodate U2 concert

Jun
13

Elite Louis Lipps Jersey The Kansas City Royals have two World Series titles, but U2 has received 22 Grammy awards. It’s clear who won a scheduling fight between the two.

And don’t worry, he is OK.

The X-rays on Stanton’s wrist came back negative, the Miami Herald reported . The 25-year-old slugger had no broken bones and no structural damage that would keep him out for any extended period of time. Stanton, who is hitting .288 with 16 home runs and 42 RBIs, simply has a bruise, though he may need a few days to let the swelling go down.

The Pirates eventually held on for a 7-6 victory, but considering Stanton’s injury history — once taking a pitch off his face to end his season — he was thrilled to learn of the prognosis.

I mean, I’ve had my season taken away from me too many times for this crap to happen, Stanton said. So it’s not taken away from me. But it’s a little speed bump.
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Long before Varitek became known for contentious holdouts with the Twins (after the 1993 draft) and the Mariners (after the 1994 draft) and then an All-Star in the majors, the Astros drafted Varitek midway through the 1990 draft. He turned down the pros, opting to play college ball at Georgia Tech, where he was incredibly successful; he was the 1993 National Player of the Year (as named by Baseball America) and helped the Yellow Jackets to the 1994 College World Series.

So it’s the responsibility for the faces of the network’s draft broadcast to handle the introductions. The first MLB Draft show on the network was in 2009, and Greg Amsinger has been the host of the show since that first broadcast. We thought we’d chat with Amsinger heading into tonight’s draft — coverage starts at 6 pm ET, with the actual draft beginning at 7 p.m. — and let him tell a couple of stories.

Josh Brown says NFL ‘knew everything’ despite Roger Goodell’s claim

Jun
11

Josh Brown was cut from the Giants this season after the release of journal entries in which he admitted to “physically, verbally and emotionally” abusing his then-wife, Molly. Those are pretty broad terms, so Thursday morning in an interview with “Good Morning America,” he explained how he abused his wife.

While Goodell claims the league didn’t have “all of the information,” Brown told GMA that was a lie.

McCown has thrown for 14,242 yards with 79 touchdowns and 69 interceptions in 82 career games, with 60 starts. His teams have gone 18-42 in games he has started.

Prescott, a fourth-round pick from Mississippi State last year, threw for 3,667 yards with 23 touchdowns and just four interceptions after stepping in when Romo suffered a back injury during a preseason game against the Seahawks. Even when Romo was healthy enough to return, Prescott kept the starting job and helped lead the Cowboys to a 13-3 record and an NFC East division title.

Speaking on “The Tim Graham Show” on 1270 The Fan in Buffalo, Kelly’s agents, Vance McAllister and Duray Oubre, sounded off against the NFL.

“We don’t know this for sure, but it could be marketing strategy,” Oubre said. “The NFL is a billion-dollar brand. We’ve become more concerned with making sure that we have the proper dressing in relation to producing a good [product] or advertising a good [product]. If they feel like a player like Chad Kelly will be there, and they don’t want certain things to be told or be heard or discussed because for whatever reason they feel like that doesn’t add to the brand of the NFL, then they could take preventative measures against him and discriminate against him.”

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The Seahawks have two big name players who are entering their final contract years

Jun
08

There’s a strong case to be made that James White deserved the Super Bowl MVP over Brady. The Patriots running back set a Super Bowl record with 14 receptions, but that’s not all. He also scored three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) and a two-point conversion, which comes out to 20 total points — also a Super Bowl record.

According to ESPN Stats and Info, there were 20 different points in the game at which the Falcons had a 99 percent chance (or better) to win. This probability topped at 99.7 percent, which left the Patriots with little-to-no-room for victory.

Elite Womens Dennis Wideman Jersey It should be early in free agency when we learn if the Seahawks are going to approach their line differently than in the past. A number of veteran left tackles, including former Seahawk Russell Okung, are expected to be available. While none will cost top dollar they won’t be cheap either, likely looking for $5-$7 million, which would essentially double the Seahawks investment in the line. If the team instead looks in the bargain bin for $2 million talent that probably is not a good sign for those who feel that Russell Wilson could get injured playing behind this line.
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If they fail to address the line it also brings up the next question of what is the long term plan with center/guard Justin Britt? Britt, who is the best lineman on the team, is entering his contract year and should be seeking an extension in the ballpark of $7-8 million a season. Seattle has generally extended players in the final year of their contract if they are in the future plans, and a lack of an extension would indicate moving on from their only passable offensive lineman.

The Seahawks have two big name players who are entering their final contract years – tight end Jimmy Graham and safety Kam Chancellor. The two players carry a total cap charge of $18.1 million and that number could be lowered with extensions or trades.