The Raptors can still beat the Bucks, but it sure doesn’t feel like it

We could have had three blowouts and a boring Thursday evening of playoff games if not for LeBron James. He had to go out and do something about that, didn’t he?

It has now been five years and 20 straight games since James has lost in the first round, a streak he continued by leading a 26-point comeback against the Pacers in Game 3. Cleveland now leads 3-0 in the series, and their mercurial roster has once again turned in a passing performance despite the entire paper being marked up in red ink.

What I’m genuinely curious about is whether we are seeing a new age unfold. Brad Stevens will be in Boston for as long as he wants. Brett Brown seems entrenched in Philly. Mike Budenholzer has all the power. We already mentioned Cliff — no offense to Kemba Walker, but Clifford’s the face of the franchise. Guys like Erik Spoelstra and Rick Carlisle are institutions at this point. Might we be looking at the era of the legacy coach?

We do seem to be stacking up more coaches as institutions than we have in recent memory. But institutions fall. I’m not convinced Clifford can outlast another losing season, and I think the bill will come due on Brett Brown if there isn’t additional progress next season. Carlisle is interesting Cheap Vintage Hockey Jerseys to me because he’s so well-regarded and the Mavericks are usually better than they have reason to be. But he’s not winning too many playoff games, you know?

There’s a piece of this narrative I am morally obligated to mention here: Diversity in NBA coaching is still bad. There are currently nine head coaches of color in a league that is 80 percent black. Spoelstra and Tyronn Lue are becoming institutions. David Fizdale is set for at least Cheap USA Hockey Jerseys a few years. Doc Rivers is his own boss. Nate McMillan goes into next year on fairly thin ice.

Garrett’s pick is interesting because Jones was retired for decades before Garrett was born.

This could be a running back or pass rusher, but the more pressing need for Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping Green Bay is a cornerback. White is a player who can step right into a starting lineup thanks to his experience.

There’s been a lot of speculation that Watt will end up being a first-round pick, and this is the last logical landing spot. He would give Pittsburgh a linebacker who can rush the quarterback and stay home and stop the run.

His choice of favorite player says a lot about him. Deacon Jones, the Pro Football Hall of Famer was credited with coining the term “sacks,” which Garrett had 31 of during his Aggie career.

Garrett’s pick is interesting because Jones was retired for decades before Garrett was born. Most young DEs probably look up to current players like DeMarcus Ware, Von Miller, or J.J. Watt.

Jones was also known for his vocal opinions and for his off-field pursuits, such as an acting career. Like Garrett, he was more than just an athlete. It’s a great year for NFL teams in the market for budding pass rushers and defensive backs. Players like Myles Garrett, Derek Barnett, Jamal Adams, and Wholesale Jerseys From China Jonathan Allen are all waiting to start their pro careers as potential top 10 picks of the 2017 NFL draft.

Clubs in need of a franchise passer aren’t as lucky.

This year’s draft will infuse the league with defensive talent this spring, but teams like the Browns, Bears, and Jets will be left wanting when it comes to elite quarterbacks. Mitchell Trubisky and Deshaun Watson may develop into the foundation for a Super Bowl offense, but each has his share of weaknesses that will have to be sorted out first.

Giants draft touchdown machine Wayne Gallman in the 4th round

By selecting Wayne Gallman with the 140th pick in the 2017 NFL draft, the New York Giants now have a runner who runs angry with the ball in his hands. Nicknamed the “Wayne Train,” the 6’0, 215-pound bruising back might not be as explosive as LSU’s Leonard Fournette or Florida State’s Dalvin Cook, but he has the size and strength to thrive at the next level.

During his three seasons at Clemson, Gallman ran for 3,429 and 34 touchdowns, with 30 scored in his last two seasons.

The Giants should be ecstatic about drafting the Clemson product because Cheap Jerseys Soccer China he’s hard to tackle, loves to run north and south, and can finish runs with some of the best backs in this draft.

Follow the action with our 2017 NFL draft tracker with pick-by-pick results and analysis updating in real-time for all seven rounds.

After the Browns are the San Francisco 49ers, who are starting over after firing Chip Kelly, who went 2-14 in his only year as head coach. They also made a bold move at general manager, hiring former Fox Sports analyst John Lynch despite no front office experience. Rounding out the top five picks are the Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Tennessee Titans.

Aside from the Browns, the Titans and New Orleans Saints also have multiple draft picks. Tennessee got the No. 5 pick from the Los Angeles Rams, who traded it away to draft Jared Goff last year. The Saints sit at both No. 11 and No. 32 after getting the New England Patriots’ first-rounder in the Brandin Cooks swap.

The Rams, Patriots, and Minnesota Vikings (who traded their first-rounder for Sam Bradford last year) are the only teams without a first-round pick, although each of them could easily trade back into the round if the right offer comes up.

The draft begins at 8 p.m. ET and will be televised on both ESPN and NFL Network. Viewers can stream it online at WatchESPN.

Will Holden wasn’t supposed to be Vanderbilt’s starting left tackle

Will Holden wasn’t supposed to be Vanderbilt’s starting left tackle. Instead, that job was reserved for Andrew Jelks — a more-hyped recruit in the Commodores class of 2012. When Jelks went down with a pair of season-ending injuries the past two years, however, Holden was ready to step up. He turned that opportunity into All-SEC honors and, on Day 3 of the 2017 NFL Draft, a spot in the Arizona Cardinals’ draft class.

“He had a calling, and right now he feels like it’s his time to show what he can do. He explained to me, ‘I can do things now that I couldn’t do when I was initially with the 49ers.’ That’s the kind of shape he’s in.”

Oubre says Coffee has been training for four months for his comeback and will be in contact with all 32 teams to see if any are interested in bringing him in for a workout.

When Coffee retired in 2010, he didn’t cite the military as the reason for his departure. He said that he was choosing faith over football.

“I feel like it’s His will,” Coffee told the Mobile Press-Register in 2010, shortly after he announced his retirement. “It’s something that I really felt like I shouldn’t have entered Cheap Jerseys In China the NFL in the first place. I don’t know what call God has for my life, but it wasn’t football.

“I’ll be happier, not necessarily because I’m without football, but because I’m letting Him do His work. Whether it was leaving football or leaving something else, another job, it Cheap Jerseys NFL doesn’t matter. I’ll be happy because I’m following His will.”

But now — less than a month before his 30th birthday — Coffee is ready to return.

While Boston’s track record with the top pick

Now, eight years and one league later, the Breakers are again the owners of the No. 1 draft pick, though this time it came from last year’s last place finish, Boston’s second time at the bottom of the table in as many seasons. With that top pick at the 2017 college draft, Boston again went for a promising young talent with some time with the USWNT under her belt. On a January day in Los Angeles, Rose Lavelle became a Boston Breaker.

In the context of Rodriguez — like if you’re reading this while still in Cautionary Tale circa 2009 — Boston picking up Lavelle is a terrifying prospect. It’s almost enough to make you wish someone else got her. Also, if you are still in 2009, don’t get attached to WPS; it gets super sad toward the end.

While Boston’s track record with the top pick — and just in general — may not be that great, it’s also maybe not quite fair to compare Lavelle to what happened to A-Rod nearly a decade ago. Though the two share the distinction of going first and getting a boost from the USWNT hype train, that’s about where the similarities end.

Carter initially chose the fledgling USFL over the NFL, which explains how low he was drafted by the Miami Dolphins. Carter, however, joined the Vikings in 1985 and enjoyed a productive career during which he compiled 7,733 yards and 73 TDs in 11 years.

Kenn spent his entire career with the Atlanta Falcons and was a solid tackle through Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale that 17-year run. Kenn made the Pro Bowl five times and was a three-time All-Pro Cheap Old Basketball Jerseys selection. He played in all 16 games in 10 of those seasons.