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The Clippers were on the verge of being embarrassed

If the Bears don’t get Allen in Round 1 and decide not to force a pick at one of the draft’s weaker positions, they will have options on Day 3, when Clemson’s Carlos Watkins, Iowa’s Jaleel Johnson and/or Michigan’s Ryan Glasglow will be available.

I have Curry fifth over Isaiah Thomas, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jimmy Butler, John Wall, and Anthony Davis, in roughly that order. Had Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, and Kyle Lowry not missed so much time, they would have had credible cases for top-5 inclusion and even higher.nike_eagles_215

Moving to the East, the wildest, most watchable first-round series won’t be Jazz-Clippers, Rockets-Thunder (although that will be crazy watchable for the two megastars alone), or Cavaliers-Pacers. It’s going to be Celtics vs. Bulls, the East’s improbably competitive 1-8 matchup.

The Celtics are better, deeper, and more well-coached than the Bulls. But Chicago is coming in hot and Boston’s defense has remained underwhelming despite the excellent win-loss record. The Celtics will pull it out, but it’ll take seven games to do it. (An unexpectedly difficult first-round series is a rite of passage for great Boston teams.)

But that’s being unfair. With Rudy Gobert out with an injury, there’s no excuse for Paul’s teammates letting him down late. Paul has Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Crawford, Redick, and so on. He has scorers, all-stars, and bench legends. He has people who can create their own shots and ones who should be able to finish when he creates for them.

Paul tried, again and again, to get everyone else involved. He created sparkling opportunities for them, yet none responded. None seemed to care that they were losing to a Jazz team without its best player. The Clippers were on the verge of being embarrassed, and only Paul seemed aware of the seriousness of the situation.

Savannah State might return to Division II

Limited Womens Nick Boyle Jersey Unless you’re a Savannah State fan or root for a team on SSU’s schedule, the last time you really thought about the Tigers was probably when they were being beaten by Florida State so badly in 2012, the game just ended.

Now the Savannah Morning News reports the Tigers are considering a move in 2019 from Division I FCS down to Division II, which would save money, lighten competition, and mean the end of humiliating paycheck games against FBS national title contenders. It’s happeningunless a substantial influx of money comes to the program,that is, reports HBCU Gameday.

You might recall that an Arizona Coyotes goalie essentially wore one of our old logos on his mask all season. We found that amusing and flattering even though his mask-maker denied it.

But now this is getting weird. Look, it doesnt matter. Upton was a win-now player with enough youth to be a little win-later, and hell need to hit.

The Tigers have other hitters, though. Jordan Zimmermann is who gives them a chance to be the challenger the Indians arent really expecting. Now that Justin Verlander has established that hes still one of the most fearsome pitching machines in circulation, the Tigers have a chance to throw a Verlander/Zimmermann/Michael Fulmer front three at the world, with reasonable options in the fourth and fifth slots.
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You might have noticed the Minnesota Timberwolves have a new logo. You might have noticed it looks like the Arizona Coyotes logo.

You might have noticed it looks even more like another logo …

Marcus Morris is cheering on the Wizards and could totally pass as his brother Markieff

Marcus Morris is in D.C. to cheer on his identical twin brother, Markieff Morris, in the Washington Wizards opening playoff game against the Atlanta Hawks.

Honestly, if Markieff was sick or for whatever reason couldnt play, Marcus should just fill in for him. There is no way you can convince me that he isnt who he says he is.

They can grow out the same facial hair, have the same tattoos, and seriously just look like the same person. Their different styles of play may be hard to disguise, but who has the guts to question it.

Youth Jacob McQuaide Jersey This is a nice gesture from Marcus, though, as his brother wore a Detroit jersey to a Cleveland Cavaliers-Detroit Pistons game last year. A spin through Belichicks draft history reveals the answer. New England has been proactive when it comes to moving picks, moving up and down across draft boards to find the prospects it values. This includes finding Pro Bowl talent through trades everywhere from the first to fifth rounds.

Authentic Mens Justin Peters Jersey Heres the full breakdown of every Patriots draft day trade to involve Belichick — and one that came beforehand to bring the veteran coach to Foxborough.

The first Patriots draft pick deal to involve the future Hall of Fame coach was the one that sent him to Foxborough. Belichick was groomed to be the Jets head-coach-in-waiting under Bill Parcells, but his coronation press conference turned out to be the stage for his resignation. Instead, he would become Pete Carrolls replacement in New England — but at a price. Since Belichick was still under contract with New York, commissioner Paul Tagliabue set the compensation for acquiring him at a first-round pick.

NFL prospect Chidobe Awuzie explains why he’s not your typical cornerback

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The NFL draft has lots of athletic cornerbacks this year. Ohio State’s Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley, Alabama’s Marlon Humphrey, LSU’s Tre’Davious White, Florida’s Teez Tabor, and Washington’s Sidney Jones are just a sample.

Colorado’s Chidobe Awuzie thinks your team should want him, in particular, for another reason.

The 6-foot-8 swingman, who is considered a certain lottery pick, was the Big 12 freshman of the year after averaging 16.3 points and 7.4 rebounds. He helped the Jayhawks to a 31-5 record and its 13th straight regular-season Big 12 title before losing to Oregon in the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament.

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“After thoroughly consulting with my family, I have decided to enter the 2017 NBA draft and pursue my dream of playing professional basketball,” Jackson said in a statement Monday.

“We’ll have a high pick in the lottery. We’ll have two second-round draft picks as well. We have plenty of cap space, so we’ll have some options for this summer. We have a plan in our head right now, in terms of continuing to add through the draft and build with youth, but we’ll also look at potential free-agent options. And then, the least predictable part of this, obviously, is the trades and what may swing our way. Those talks usually heat up closer to the draft.”

The success of Devin Booker, drafted with the 13th overall pick in June 2015, is widely regarded as McDonough’s standout move to date.

Miami Heat keep playoff hopes alive with huge win in Washington

The Miami Heat won a huge game against the Wizards to keep their playoff hopes alive, beating Washington 106-103 in regulation. After losing to the Raptors on Friday night and falling into ninth place in the Eastern Conference, the Heat had their backs against the wall. They responded with a big win on Saturday in Washington.

There were several times the Heat could have folded in this game. Not only is it game No. 80 of the season, it was on the road against a tough Wizards team. It was also the second night of a back-to-back, but if we’ve learned anything about this Heat team, they never quit. James Johnson hit the game winner to finally put the Wizards away, as he finished with 10 points in the fourth quarter.

Ruff went 165-122-41 in four seasons behind the Stars’ bench, including playoff appearances in 2012-13 and 2015-16. Last year, Ruff’s team led the Western Conference with 109 points before getting ousted in the conference semifinals by the St. Louis Blues.

Nothing went right for the Stars this year, however. Injuries to players like Mattias Janmark, Patrick Sharp, and Ales Hemsky ravaged Dallas before the season began after an offseason that saw key veterans Jason Demers, Kris Russell, and Alex Goligoski leave in free agency. Dallas never recovered from a slow start, mired in mediocrity until they were eliminated last month.

It’s likely the entire coaching staff will be turned over; Dallas’ 73 percent success rate on the penalty kill is one of the worst in modern NHL history, and the Stars have ranked among the worst defensive teams in every metric in each of the last four seasons.wings_362

It’s a personal Final Four tradition.

This is almost certainly futile. Partly because Spurs gonna Spurs but mostly because Chelsea are, despite having lost to Crystal Palace, still a very good football team with a points advantage, a light injury list, and a squad full of players who know how to close out a title race. Meanwhile Spurs have tricky fixtures of their own to close out the season, including a north London derby.
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Overhauling seven points requires, effectively, Spurs to pick up at least two (and probably three) more wins than Chelsea. In nine games. So if you’ll forgive a wild careen across the possibilities of our metaphor, Chelsea look less like Devon Loch and more like a Formula One driver whose just had a slight delay in the pits, but remains two laps ahead.

Authentic Mens Luca Sbisa Jersey Still, it’s an improvement! Beyond the numbers and the facts, all a living title race truly needs is hope, or at the very least blind optimism, that the future is uncertain. Good sense says no, but for the first time in a while, the imagination says: maybe? It may just have been a twitch, but in comparison with the last few months, the title race is up and dancing around the room. Let’s all join in. It’s been a while.

It’s a personal Final Four tradition. The tie symbolizes a lot to me: my father, who taught me how to tie a tie. I just felt years ago that I wanted to do something to honor a senior on the team that wins the title, to give them something to take home. I bring a new tie every year to the game, and I find a player who I’m inspired by everything about them. What they do on the floor, what they鈥檝e done in the classroom. That was an easy one tonight.

Jermaine Jones says ‘the criticism is always on me’ for USMNT

Jermaine Jones didn’t have a good game for the USMNT against Panama, and he’s not particularly happy with people pointing this out. Jones spoke to Max Bretos and Herculez Gomez of ESPN on Monday and didn’t hold back with his opinions at all.

Then, cruelly, fate conspired against Gonzaga in Monday night’s title contest against the North Carolina Tar Heels, and ended the run of perhaps the best Bulldogs team in school history.

David Robertson Limited Jersey “The thing that drives me to tears is not being able to coach this complete group again,” said Gonzaga head coach Mark Few after the 71-65 defeat. “That’s the one that is getting me.”

Dale Hunter Limited Jersey The Bulldogs were gotten by a number of different things Monday night.

There were long field goal droughts, when Few’s team seemingly couldn’t buy a basket. There were a number of ticky-tack foul calls, which led to freshman forward Zach Collins fouling out with five minutes to play. There was a missed out of bounds call, and an ankle injury to star guard Nigel Williams-Goss, both in the game’s final 90 seconds.

And ultimately, there was heartbreak. Who they added in free agency: This offseason, the Browns brought in former Packers center J.C. Tretter and made Kevin Zeitler the highest-paid guard in the NFL. They also signed Bitonio to a huge extension. Cleveland has 11 picks in the upcoming draft and plenty of cap space, but working through free agency to stabilize the center of the line was the smarter approach.

For a team that was so used to seeing everything go right this season, the feeling of coming up just short on the game’s biggest stage left players in disbelief inside the locker room.

Werner was once considered a potential top-five prospect, but he slipped during evaluations.

Limited Kids Russell Wilson Jersey Bjoern Werner will make his first career start Sunday in place of Erik Walden, who was suspended one game by the NFL for head-butting Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker. Werner was drafted No. 24 overall by the Indianapolis Colts during the 2017 NFL Draft, but has yet to make a major impact as a rookie. He will have his chance Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.

Werner was once considered a potential top-five prospect, but he slipped during evaluations. This season, he has played sparingly. Through seven appearances, he has seven tackles and 0.5 sacks. Werner missed all three of the Colts’ games in October due to a foot injury.

“And secondly, 10 minutes seems to me like it’s long enough to determine a sudden death winner,鈥?Harbaugh said. 鈥淯sually by 10 minutes it seems like everyone’s just trying to survive the last five.”
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O鈥橞rien doesn鈥檛 want to see more ties, but he doesn鈥檛 think that鈥檚 a likely outcome if the rule does change.

“I don’t think it will [result in more ties]. I don’t want to see a bunch of ties, I can tell you that,鈥?O鈥橞rien said. 鈥淚 don’t think that that’s going to happen. If you look at the stats on overtime, probably most of the overtimes are over before 10 minutes.”

And if shortening overtime does lead to more ties, that鈥檚 not a problem for Harbaugh.

“Wouldn’t bother me,鈥?Harbaugh said. 鈥淭ies, they count in the standings.”

Shortening overtime is one of a few changes the competition committee presented to owners this week. However, nine owners opposed a shorter OT period, postponing the vote until a later date.