Month: June 2017

Golden State totaled 16 deflections and recovered 22 loose balls in its Game 1 victory.

Limited Joonas Korpisalo Jersey We have the best downhill guy in the NBA, Cavs forward Richard Jefferson said Saturday. When you combine that with Kyrie and his ability to finish in transition, when we get out in transition, it allows guys like J.R. (Smith) and guys like Kyle Korver to hit open shots. So we don’t want to slow up the pace, but we’re going to have to turn them over more than we did.

Another area to consider: Put James in the post. While LeBron has utilized post-ups less frequently in the playoffs than the regular season, he’s done so more efficiently at 1.08 points per possession, with an effective field goal percentage of 64.3. This also enables James to scope out the entire floor and fire pinpoint passes to open shooters if the defense chooses to double. It’s not something to hammer every time down the floor, but it could be useful in crossmatches when James has a size advantage.

How did the Warriors create turnovers, leading to easy buckets? They were active, engaged and opportunistic.

Golden State totaled 16 deflections and recovered 22 loose balls in its Game 1 victory. On the other side, the Cavs only had eight deflections and recovered six loose balls. It’s not just the level of talent the Warriors bring to each contest, but the level of intensity they force their opponents to match, especially inside Oracle Arena.
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Jets: There couldn’t be just one biggest loser in this draft, because the Jets really gave the Browns a run for their money. Of the 12 draft picks, only two of them are still on the roster 鈥?Pryor and sixth-rounder Quincy Enunwa. Second-round TE Jace Amaro did nothing, and neither of the other WR picks (Jalen Saunders, Shaq Evans) amounted to anything. With a complete waste of resources up and down the board, this draft was a fitting end to the Rex Ryan/John Idzik regime.

Colts: They traded their 2014 first-rounder the previous year for Trent Richardson. Whoops.

NBA Finals 2017: Steph Curry says, ‘Why not take care of business?’

Stephen Curry urged the Golden State Warriors to “take care of business” after moving to the brink of NBA Finals history with Wednesday’s 118-113 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

With 26 points and 13 rebounds in Wednesday’s win that puts the Warriors a win away from 16-0 this postseason, Curry said he wants to finish the job later this week.

However, that doesn’t mean the Cavaliers star will represent Team USA in Tokyo.

“I’m not very good in a three-on-three thing, I’m more of a five-on-five guy,” James said. “I stay out of the one-on-one matchups during our practice, the two-on-twos and the three-on-threes. So probably not. I probably won’t be a part of the three-on-three matchup that it has to offer.”

James already has three Olympic medals at home — a bronze from 2004 and gold medals from 2008 and 2012. With James out, J.R. Smith believes fellow Cavs teammates Kyrie Irving and Kyle Korver would be good fits for the new format.

“Kyrie for sure,” Smith said. “He’s probably the best one-on-one player already. And Kyle [Korver] would be a really good three-on-three player because he moves without the ball and he can catch-and-shoot the [expletive] out of it.”

Irving and Love hit 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions, the James takes it to the rim for an easy score. That early timeout was a great call by Lue.

The Warriors score the first four points of the third quarter, and Tyronn Lue has seen enough. Quick timeout for the Cavs to prevent a huge run. Golden State trails by 14.nike_vikings_996

NBA Mock Draft 2017: Who would you pick if you were in charge of each team?

I will do one more of these before the draft on June 23, once teams and players have worked out more and we’ve seen them outside of the constraints of their college or professional teams.
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Daniel Sedin Game Jersey But, from what we saw of Embiid last year, we know the Sixers potentially have a star big man. If Simmons comes as advertised, he will be a star from the get-go. Saric will need to develop, and the Sixers will need some impact from whomever they draft next week.

Add to that mix some perimeter weapons like Redick and Lowry — again, they’d need to be healthy, too — and the Sixers could vault toward the top of the East ahead of schedule. Quickly enough to threaten for a title next season? No, of course not. But they would not be far off.

The addition of Hayward would give the Celtics a strong three at their core, alongside Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford. Jae Crowder and Avery Bradley are top role players, and the Celtics would have young talent on the bench with the likes of Terry Rozier and Jaylen Brown, plus incoming rookies Ante Zizic and Guerschon Yabusele.

The key, though, might be Fultz. If the Celtics choose him first and he proves to be a contributor right away off the bench, the Celtics might have enough offense to keep up with Cleveland in the East and maybe even Golden State in the West. More likely, this scenario is a year or more away. But it’s possible.

Jeff Van Gundy: ‘Nothing preventing’ Warriors from reaching 8-10 straight NBA Finals

LeBron James is headed to a seventh straight NBA Finals appearance, so there’s no reason not to think the Warriors can do at least one better with their superstar core, right?
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According to Jeff Van Gundy, who will call the three-match between the Cavaliers and Warriors for ABC, Golden State is actually capable of reaching 10 straight NBA Finals.

According to Draymond Green, there is one player who, at the moment, edges out the other.

LeBron is a great player, but KD is great, Green said, via I think KD is like a created player. If you create this player and you can do everything you want to do, you are probably going to create Kevin Durant. So, he’s special. Both of those guys are special.

One aspect to Durant’s success this season is how well-rounded he has been during these playoffs. He is averaging 26.9 points per game — less than two points behind Stephen Curry — and has defended James extremely well. James has only been able to score 12 points and has turned over the ball six times when Durant was on him.
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Green said trying to be the best is not a goal either player is trying to achieve. What they both want is an NBA championship.

I don’t think either is out here playing for the title of best player in the world, he said. They are playing for a title. An NBA title.

I think that is the last thing on both their minds, Green added. Who is going to say who is better? End of the day, it doesn’t matter. If you don’t win, and someone says he is the best player in the world, what do you get from that? But you get a lot more from getting a ring. I think that is both of those guys’ focus. … I’d be willing to bet both of them would rather have a title than that title.

Sunday back in Lambeau Field will be the first chance to see whether it matters for Playoff Eli this time.

Patriots executive Nick Caserio is obviously busy right now, but just as obviously, the Colts can wait. Last year the Lions got their ship turned back around after a brief but ugly mid-2015 crisis with the help of Bob Quinn, a front-office import from New England. Depending on how Caserio sees his future with Bill Belichick (and, possibly, his heir apparent Josh McDaniels), he could be an option.

It’s a long, impressive list of choices for the Colts. They’re an attractive job. For once, they’re not fighting four or five other teams for the top prospects.

Timing is everything. The time was right to let Grigson go, and it was right to patiently search for his replacement.

So were his other two Super Bowl seasons. He led the NFL in interceptions in 2007, and his passer rating was worse than Derek Andersons and Jon Kitnas. He was measurably better overall in 2011 (he had to be, because the Giants were last in the league in rushing), but saved one of his absolute worst games for almost last three ugly interceptions in a Week 15 loss in Washington that put them on the brink of elimination from wild-card contention.

In the end, it never mattered.

Sunday back in Lambeau Field will be the first chance to see whether it matters for Playoff Eli this time.

When free agency opens on March 9, some six months (and, of course, an entire season) will have passed since then. A new 49ers management and coaching team will have been hired to replace the now-departed Trent Baalke and Chip Kelly. The 49ers will be pondering the second pick in the draft, and when the roster of this 2-14 team is torn down and rebuilt, quarterback obviously will not be spared.

New Broncos coach Vance Joseph addresses ’03 sexual assault allegations at Colorado

New Broncos coach Vance Joseph addressed sexual assault allegations from his past that bubbled anew after he was hired in Denver.

The Boulder Daily Camera published details from a police report from when Joseph was accused of sexually assaulting two female trainers in 2003 while he was a defensive backs coach at the University of Colorado.

Dan Feeney Game Jersey Joseph, who wasn’t charged in the case, hadn’t publicly addressed the allegations before Wednesday, when in an interview with The Denver Post about the team and his recent coaching hires, he said the sexual assault allegations are false.

That was resolved a long time ago,he told The Post. For myself, for my family, for the Denver Broncos, Im disappointed and embarrassed. I was a young guy and it showed to my immaturity and irresponsibility in my life when I was younger. But Ive grown so much and thats why Im disappointed, because Ive grown so much as a person, as a coach, as a father, as a husband.

The Tennessee transfer generated some NFL buzz at Pitt this year, especially after the team’s upset victory over Clemson, in which Peterman threw five touchdown passes.
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My worst game this year I felt was against Miami, he said. We really didn’t play up to our potential. But that Clemson game is the one the scouts always bring up to me. It was a great win for us and showed how we could bounce back.

Peterman is a prepared interviewer who speaks the part of an NFL quarterback. He says just enough to be genuine but not too much to open the door for other questions, taking a page out of Wentz’s playbook from a year ago.

Super Bowl LI tickets fall after Cowboys loss

Tickets to Super Bowl LIgot a little more affordablethanks to theCowboys’ divisonal playoff loss to the Packers on Sunday.

Minutes after the game, the Super Bowl ticket resale market slumped, according to a report by ESPN.

The sports network reports that before Sunday’s game,the cheapest ticket to Super Bowl LI on StubHub was $4,195.

After the game, the cheapest ticket price reportedly dropped 20percent to $3,349.

Cowboys fans likely drove up ticket prices with the hopes ofmakingthe four-hour drive to Houston to watch their team play in their firstSuper Bowl in 21 years.

Now that the Cowboys are out of the big game,fansprobably are trying to rid themselves of tickets they no longer need.
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We’re not saying the Patriots’ scoring drive toward the end of the third quarter was a dagger, but it certainly felt like one. New England put together an eight-play, 88-yard series that included yet another deep strike to Chris Hogan, and LeGarrette Blount finished the job with a 1-yard touchdown. Hogan’s catch during the drive gave him 180 receiving yards, a single-game postseason record for New England. 27-9, Patriots.

Game Mens Joe Berger Jersey Welp. The last thing the Steelers needed after the Patriots’ touchdown was an immediate turnover. That’s exactly what happened on the first play of the drive, when Kyle Van Noy knocked the ball out of Eli Rogers’ arm. Rob Ninkovich recovered the fumble at the Pittsburgh 28-yard line.

Yoenis Cespedes expected back in lineup as Mets open key 11-game stretch

The Mets are getting Yoenis Cespedes back in the? lineup just as the team, five games under .500, opens a crucial 11-game stretch.

Cespedes, on the disabled list for six weeks with a left-hamstring injury, was activated and? used twice? as a pinch-hitter over the weekend as the Mets took three of four from the Braves, and manager Terry Collins said he expected the slugger to be in the lineup Monday? when New York opens a three-game series against the World Series champion Cubs at Citi Field.

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How hard? Consider that, according to The Associated Press, the Mets are 121-89 since Aug. 1, 2015, when Cespedes plays and 32-41 when he doesn’t.

Cespedes, who slashed at .280/.354/.530 in 2016 with 31? homers and 86 RBIs, will force Collins to juggle outfield time since MIchael? Conforto has morphed into a lineup mainstay. Look for Cespedes (left), Conforto (center) and Jay Bruce (right) to get most of the starts, with Curtis Granderson likely seeing his playing time decrease. Of the four, Cespedes is the only right-handed hitter.

Well flip-flop and move guys around and try to get everybody some playing time, Collins said. As a player, to me, he’s the safest pick in the draft. I cannot be argued with this point. I think he’s quick to the big leagues as a left-handed pitcher. Will he be an ace? I don’t know. I’ve been in the game now for a while. I look at him as a Jon Lester type. Now, I don’t know that he’s going to be the big ace like Jon Lester has become, but this kid is polished on the mound. And then you watch him hit? My comp for him is Justin Bour of the Miami Marlins.

let’s look at the numbers limited by the Super Bowl era.

Beasley also had three sacks of Rams rookie Jared Goff in Week 14. His third sack of the game resulted in a fumble, which Beasley then returned for a touchdown to give the Falcons a 42-0 third-quarter lead.

Beasley lined up wide to the right of the Rams line, then used his speed to get to the edge before powering his way through Rams right tackle Rob Havenstein

That one chance came after the 1998 season, when coach Dan Quinn led the Falcons to a franchise-best 14-2 regular-season record before they lost to the Broncos in Super Bowl XXXIII. But that team didn’t score 540 points in the regular-season, the seventh most in NFL history, like this team.

In Atlanta’s way has been a slew of successful Super Bowl history, starting with the Seattle Seahawks, who won Super Bowl 48 in 2014, in the NFC divisional round. Then came the Packers in the NFC championship game. Green Bay owns more NFL championships than any other team with 13, including those before the Super Bowl era.

But for the sake of the Falcons playing catch-up with those teams, let’s look at the numbers limited by the Super Bowl era.

“I’m just going to love on them, and that training is less intense. The goal is so lesser. It’s, ‘Hey, let’s make sure we’re drinking water, fluid, and all that stuff.’ Out there, when you’re training for ball, it’s a different animal. So I said, ‘No.'”

Smith, 37, spent his first 13 seasons in Carolina and his final three in Baltimore. He finished his career with 14,731 receiving yards (seventh all-time), 81 receiving touchdowns and 19,180 all-purpose yards (also seventh all-time).

Smith initially said before the 2015 season that it would be his last, but after an Achilles injury in Week 8 cut that season short, he announced in December of 2015 his eventual return for 2016.


NFL Combine 2017: 10 biggest snubs from list of invites

Every year, 330 NFL draft prospects are invited to Indianapolis to be tested mentally, physically and athletically in front of every NFL decision maker, plus most NFL scouting and coaching personnel.

However, even with 330 players invited, 15 percent of players drafted each year on average will have not been in attendance at the NFL Scouting Combine.

It took a while for Shanahan to reach this level of play-calling swagger. Houston was an OK offensive coordinating start, and Washington brought only brief, zone-read fun with Robert Griffin III. Then came the humbling time with Cleveland in 2014, lowlighted by the Johnny Manziel mess.
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Atlanta presented Shanahan a big early challenge, too, in 2015, as Ryan and the rest of the holdover personnel struggled to grasp his complicated concepts at first. But with more time, better health and improved personnel, the Falcons’ offense became this season’s juggernaut and stamped Shanahan’s readiness as a head coach.

Authentic Womens Ibraheim Campbell Jersey “Nothing has changed in what’s he’s been doing to create a high-powered offense,” said Falcons wide receiver Taylor Gabriel, who also worked under Shanahan with the Browns. “His personality out there, he’s a very high-octane dude. He’s very intense on the details of everything. He wants everything perfect.”

For his likely next stop with the 49ers, Shanahan will bring the offensive acumen and intensity of Chip Kelly, only with a more proven track record of NFL success. After busting with the Browns and flying with the Falcons, Shanahan also knows his ability as a coach and play-caller means nothing without a trusted franchise QB.