In a span of a month, the Cavaliers have managed to do something that carried the air of impossibility as the last NBA year limped to a close. Cleveland has set up next season to be, blessedly, an Ravens Cheap Jerseys interesting one.
Even as Golden State easily won this year’s NBA Finals, the running question throughout the five-game series was just how many times fans could be expected to get excited for a Warriors-Cavaliers championship matchup. A meeting of the two next June was all but inevitable, the only question being whether we’d get the same pairing in 2019, too.
But the history of the NBA shows that you’d lose a lot of money USA Cheap Jerseys over the years betting on presumed dynasties. Too much can happen. Look at, say, the Shaq-Kobe Lakers of the early 2000s, the “Big Three” Celtics of 2008 on and the LeBron James-Dwyane Wade-Chris Bosh Heat. None won as many championships as projected. (Weren’t the Heat still supposed to be winning titles now, seven years later?) Injuries take their toll. Egos get in the way, on the court and off it.
The came an at-times tense segment in the TNT studio Thursday. Panelist Shaquille O’Neal, a former teammate of James’ in Cleveland, appeared visibly upset with Barkley, who kept saying James has enough help to win a championship and that Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook would love to have James’ all-star supporting cast. O’Neal kept saying that it wasn’t about the stars but the role players, which is the type of player James wants.
Shaq said he would have reacted the same way James did to that comment, and then some. “I would have came up here and punched you in your face, that’s what I would’ve did,” O’Neal told Barkley.
Chuck tried to joke that Shaq isn’t a good fighter (let’s go to the videotape). Shaq wasn’t in a laughing mood.
Red Sox ace Chris Sale recorded his 14th 10-plus strikeout performance of the season Wednesday in a 4-0 win against the Mariners.
The American league Cy Young candidate tossed seven shutout innings with just three hits allowed and 11 strikeouts to improve to 13-4 with a 2.37 ERA this season.
Sale’s 14 10-plus strikeout outings are good for third-most in Red Sox history, trailing only Pedro Martinez’s 19 in 1999 and 15 in 2000. With a little over two months remaining in the regular season, Sale has a great chance to break that record.
The other three quarterbacks in the NFC South have all gone to the Super Bowl; one has won, and two have won regular-season MVPs. Some who know would take Jameis Winston right now over all three, which is why the Bucs are the team to watch.
Winston now also has DeSean Jackson and rookie O.J. Howard helping him. If the whole roster matures fast and collectively, they could make the leap many are predicting for them.
It has taken some super-human feats to compete in this division lately — who saw it sending two straight teams to the Super Bowl — and this year, it might need the same to win it.
Everybody should look over their shoulders. Good thing the Falcons are used to that.
On the occasions where Wall does push the ball himself, he has a way of drawing multiple defenders into the paint as one of the league’s elite transition scorers. As long as Cheap MLB Authentic Jerseys Porter sprints to the corner or fills a lane to the basket, the Wizards often end up Cheap NBA Jerseys From USA with easy points to show for it.
There aren’t a ton of reasons to catch a game at Madison Square Garden, but Sunday provided an alibi to do so.
Not only were the league’s best team, the Golden State Warriors in town, but the 25-37 Knicks decided to dial back the clock for a bit.
For the first half of the game, Madison Square Garden would not play any music, video on the scoreboard, or provide any in-game entertainment.
One interpretation of this could be that it’s just a gimmick to get some positive attention after months of negative publicity this year. But, ever the optimist, I’d like to think the intentions of the Knicks were noble, that they actually want younger fans to take in a game the same way people used to in the earlier days of the NBA.
Plus, without any of that extraneous sound, it’ll be easier to hear the fans in the upper deck complaining about Carmelo Anthony’s shot selection.
“I’m not worried at all,” Lue told reporters . “To be able to hold down the fort like we have and we’re still the No. 1 seed with a two- or three-game lead, I feel great and confident with where we’re at. Our guys are starting to get healthy and are starting to come back, and we’re going to take off.”
Carmelo Anthony, who has made headlines for all the wrong reasons Cheap Jerseys Bing lately, looked like the Melo of old Tuesday against the Pacers, scoring 22 and hauling in 13 rebounds. Fifteen of those Cheap Jerseys 90 points came in the fourth quarter as the Knicks rallied to win 87-81.
While Draymond Green did nothing Friday night to soften his reputation as a dirty player, at least he had an excuse for his chippiness.
After the Warriors’ 107-98 win over the Rockets, Green admitted he punched James Harden’s sore left wrist in the third quarter because the Houston guard kept pinching him in the stomach. In fact, Green said he’s used to that treatment from Harden.
“I hope he does it. I always thought he was a great basketball player,” Robertson said Friday of Westbrook, via ESPN.com. “I was talking to some basketball people the other night, and I said, ‘I don’t think any of these guards can beat him on a one-on-one game.’ I think he’s been tremendous for the team, his fans and also for television.”
Even though the Thunder are long shots to emerge as title contenders during the postseason, Robertson thinks Westbrook should win MVP this season.
“I think it’s Westbrook. That’s what I really think,” Robertson said. “Because years ago it was tough to win an MVP because it was based on winning championships — and [Bill] Russell with the Celtics. They dominated. But one year, Wilt [Chamberlain] averaged 50 points a game and 29 rebounds and me a triple-double, but Bill won because his team advanced and we did not.
“It’s changed now. A lot of people understand what an Cheap Liverpool Jerseys MVP means. They understand basketball better than they did years ago.”
Westbrook is averaging 31.8 points, 10.6 rebounds and 10.4 assists Cheap Michael Jordan Jerseys For Kids per game this season. He is on track to join Robertson as the only players in NBA history to have averaged a triple-double for a season.
Vlade Divac has vowed to resign as general manager of the Kings if the team is not better in two years than it is now.
In an interview with the Sacramento Bee centered around his decision to trade star forward DeMarcus Cousins, Divac said, “I totally understand why some fans would be upset. They supported DeMarcus, and I like DeMarcus a lot. But I believe we are going to be in a better position in two years. I want to hear again from these same people in two years. If I’m right, great. If I’m wrong, I’ll step down. But if I go down, I’m going down my way.”
Divac also said back-channeling by Cousins’ agents forced him to accept a deal from the Pelicans that wasn’t as favorable for Sacramento as one previously on the table.
The near-kick came after Green mocked 39-year-old Paul Pierce, who is in his final NBA season. Pierce announced last September that the 2016-17 season would be his last. Pierce has played in only 13 games this season and did not play in the first half of Thursday’s game. That didn’t stop Green from heckling Pierce.
While Griffin was at the free throw line less than a minute into the game, Green shouted at Pierce, who was sitting on the Clippers bench.
“You’re chasing that farewell tour,” Green said loud enough to Pittsburgh Penguins Cheap Jerseys be heard on the TNT broadcast. “You can’t get no farewell tour, they don’t love you like that…You thought you was Kobe?”
It’s hard for someone to get the love from the crowd when he’s not Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale playing, but damn dude, respect your elders. The man was a 10-time All-Star and led the Celtics to an NBA title in 2008.
Green kept it up in the third quarter, getting a technical foul early in the third quarter after running over Griffin. He then started to yell at Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who had pulled him from the game.
The 2017 NBA Draft is over and Paul George is still a member of the Pacers for now.
There has been some speculation that it could take a third team for George to be traded to the Cavaliers, one of the teams that expressed interest in the Pacers All-Star. The Nuggets could be the missing link to make such a trade possible, according to ESPN.
The Cavaliers, Pacers and Nuggets have reportedly discussed a trade that would send George to Cleveland and Kevin Love to Denver. One version of the three-way deal includes Kenneth Faried being traded to the Cavaliers, as reported by ESPN’s Chris Haynes.
George has one year left on his contract with the Pacers, followed by a player option. But he has informed Indiana that he will opt out of his contract next summer and enter free agency.
Me going undrafted, Jones said, that was honestly the best thing for my basketball career. Everybody wants to be drafted on draft night. That’s everybody’s goal, but it really don’t matter when it comes down to it.
The number that’s beside your name when you get drafted, that don’t mean nothing. That number’s not going to help you on the court. You could get drafted No. 1 and get killed by the 60th overall draft pick, I mean, it doesn’t matter. That number is nothing. It matters on the work ethic that you have and how much work you put in the gym and how much you give on the floor.
Christian Hackenberg isn’t paying attention to the negative media hype he received during the Jets’ minicamp.
The young quarterback has reportedly been missing his targets in OTAs, which was documented thoroughly. The indication was that journeyman quarterback Josh McCown was the shoo-in for the starting position.
Hechavarria, who is due $4.35 million this season but has not played since May 9, is batting .277 this season with one home run and six RBIs. Known more as a defensive stopper, Hechavarria likely will not play every day in Tampa with Tim Beckham currently having a breakout season at the same position.
Hechavarria remains on the 10-day DL (lt oblique strain), retro to 5/10. To make room, RH Diego Moreno was transferred to the 60-day DL.
Miami will continue to start rookie JT Riddle at shortstop. The 25-year-old got off to a nice start with his big-league club this season, but has not recorded a hit in his last six starts.
The Marlins have been linked with trade rumors for a couple seasons now. Word spread earlier this season that outfielders Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich were for sale.
As the Marlins fall further down the ladder in the NL East currently 10 1/2 games behind the Nationals more players could get dealt before the July 31 trade deadline.
Kyle Lowry is no dummy.
This is a guy who has been in the NBA for 11 years, who was the 24th pick in the 2006, just behind Josh Boone and well behind his Villanova teammate, sixth pick Randy Foye. Lowry had to battle Mike Conley for playing time in his early days in Memphis, and he did not come upon his first major NBA contract until he re-signed with the Raptors in the summer of 2014, inking a four-year deal worth $48 million.
During its history, First Take has often gone on the road during big sporting events like the NBA Finals and the Super Bowl.
Since I started working on this program, I’ve been amazed and impressed by the fact that when we take this show on the road, there are several hundred people waiting as early as three or four hours before the program even starts in line just to get in and get a seat in the studio, most recently during the NFL Draft in Philadelphia. We expect that will be the case in Oakland, Cleveland or, in the case of Boston, if the Celtics pull of what people consider would be a major upset of the Cavs, Roberts said. It gives talent an opportunity to interact with fans.
If you’ve ever experienced it in person, it’s just like one big party going on. There’s several hundred to a thousand people sitting in the audience just enjoying themselves. The talent really enjoys it as well.
If Portland keeps all three picks, another $4 million would be added to the cap, which means $10 million more in tax payments. That could be deferred by choosing overseas players who remain out of the NBA next season.
Magic Johnson threw some shade at D’Angelo Russell Friday, explaining the Lakers traded the guard to the Nets this week because he needed a leader and somebody that players want to play with.
The Lakers surprised many observers when they traded Russell, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. Los Angeles also sent center Timofey Mozgov to Brooklyn in exchange for Nets center Brook Lopez and the No. 27 overall pick in the NBA Draft.
Johnson picked an unusual spot to explain his reasoning. As the Lakers introduced Lonzo Ball to the media Friday at the team’s practice facility, the Lakers president of basketball operations explained why the team traded Russell to the Nets.
Nick Horvath is hit by a pitch, walking in Jonathan India. it’s 3-1 Gators.
Christian Hicks intentionally walked. Now Andrew Baker is in to pinch run for the Gators at first. Bases loaded, no outs for Florida. Anything outside the infield could result in a run.
Mike Rivera gets the sac bunt, advancing Jonathan India and Austin Langworthy to second and third, respectively. One out for the Gators with Christian Hicks up to bat as a pinch hitter in place of Ryan Larson.
Zack Hess walks Austin Langworthy with the full count. Gators now have two runners on base with no outs.
Jonathan India gets his second hit of the night, a double, to start the eighth inning. Extra runs for the Gators would be a killer for LSU here.
LeBron James and the Cavs lost the arms race.
After upsetting the Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals, the Cavs watched Golden State acquire four-time scoring champion and former MVP Kevin Durant last offseason. Last week, the Warriors took care of Cleveland in five to capture their second title in three seasons. Adding Durant to a roster that included Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green made the Warriors simply too much for the King and all his men to seriously challenge.
So, now, they’re calling for reinforcements. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Cleveland players, including James and Irving, have been reaching out to Bulls forward Jimmy Butler, and the three-time All-Star is willing to push Chicago’s management to make the deal happen.
Pregame.com also notes the wise guys in Vegas are heavy on the Warriors, while the betting public is heavy on the Cavs — natural given the payout gap combined with a perception of relative equality between the two teams.
Those who are gutsy enough to bet on a Cleveland sweep will earn a massive payout if the Cavs pull it off. A Cleveland sweep pays 50/1, while a Golden State sweep pays 8/1.
The 2016 NBA Finals went the full seven games. This year’s edition of Cavs vs. Warriors, their third consecutive finals meeting, is not expected to last as long. Pregame.com gives the series a 30 percent chance to go seven games. The 2016 NBA Finals, for what it’s worth, lasted six games.