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LeBron James wants to get the Cavaliers back to the NBA Finals for the third straight year, with a chance to repeat as champions.

But the Cavaliers are limping into the playoffs, going 10-14 since March 1 to lose control of the top seed in the Eastern Conference. James says he has the answer to turn things around, but he’s not sharing.

Hopefully the leak was solved; he had another procedure. It’s gone on for nearly two years. Very unusual, I believe, Lacob said. We feel really bad for him, the players. Everybody understands it. We just have to be in his court here and support whatever it takes for him to get back, and I’m sure they will eventually solve it. Hopefully sooner rather than later, and hopefully we’ll have him coaching on the court sooner rather than later.
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Kerr, who did not travel with the team to Utah, missed his fifth straight game Saturday night as the Warriors took down the Jazz to take a 3-0 lead in the second-round series. The 51-year-old coach also missed the first 43 games of the 2015-16 season due complications from a pair of back surgeries in the summer of 2015.

The team had been optimistic he could return at some point during the playoffs, though Kerr admitted he won’t be back until he feels like he can stay for good.

Despite his absence, the team is getting along just fine without Kerr as assistant coach Mike Brown handles the coaching duties in his absence. Golden State is 7-0 in the playoffs, the longest winning streak in a single postseason in franchise history. The Warriors could complete their second straight sweep with a Game 4 win over Utah on Monday after eliminating Portland in four games in the opening round.

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Kevin Durant said flatly after Game 1 of the Western Conference finals that, You can’t listen to people on Twitter, man. They’re irrational. And he has a point. But that doesn’t change the fact that the NBA has a problem, one that goes beyond the ankle injury suffered by star Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard on Sunday.

In case you missed it, the basics are these: With 7:55 to go in the third quarter and San Antonio leading by 21, Leonard went up for a shot in the left corner. Warriors big man Zaza Pachulia went out to challenge the shot, got a hand in the face of Leonard and had his foot come down in the vicinity of Leonard’s landing spot.

Kevin Durant doing Kevin Durant things. KD is the only Warriors starter shooting 50 percent or better from the field, and he’s grabbing the reigns of the offense with his team down 21 points midway through the second quarter. It’s not much, but it’s a sign of life.

Manu Ginobili is beating Green down the floor in transition. He is 39 years old. What is happening right now?
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Elite Youth Adam Gotsis Jersey Mike Brown calls a full timeout with 9:03 left in the second. Spurs 37, Warriors 19. San Antonio is shooting 57.7 percent (16 of 27) while the Warriors are down at 30.4 percent (7 of 24). And there’s this…

New Orleans — Retain their first rounder if 1-3 (otherwise it goes to Sacramento): This trade deadline’s biggest transaction sent DeMarcus Cousins to the Pelicans, and one of the pieces New Orleans included was their own first-round selection with top-three protection. New Orleans won’t end the season with one of the three worst records, but some good lottery luck could still be a possibility. If the Pelicans retain the pick this year, it has top-one protection from 2018 to 2020 and then would be unprotected in 2021.

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Rockies (47-34) at Diamondbacks (50-30) 9:40 p.m. ET — The two NL wild card holders meet up in a series that promises to provide plenty of offense. Colorado had the day off Thursday, so they should be refreshed and ready for a competitive series. Arizona is fresh off a 10-4 loss against the Cardinals, so they will have to rebound quickly. The Rockies will send Jon Gray (0-0, 4.38 ERA) out to make his first start since April 13. He will face off against breakout star Robbie Ray (8-3, 2.87 ERA).
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Kids Jaye Howard Jersey Why him? Because maybe, just maybe, if Goldschmidt won the derby in front of a national TV audience, people would finally start to understand how great of a player he has been for the Diamondbacks the past few years (here a quick stat: Goldschmidt leads the NL in fWAR, at 26.6, since 2013). Also, he has the longest home run of the year for any NL player, a 468-foot shot off Ivan Nova in mid-May (actually that one’s tied for the NL’s longest with Arizona teammate Jake Lamb, who hit his 468-foot homer off Tyler Anderson).

But Wilson grinded it out and showed his floor is very high when both he and his support weren’t right. That should make coach Pete Carroll and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell feel confident that the next level of Wilson’s breakout was simply on delay. There were stellar results when the offense transitioned to be more pass-oriented down the stretch in 2015. There’s no reason to think Wilson won’t find that gear again with all those injuries gone.

With Lacy, there are some natural comparisons to Lynch. He at least looked the part of Beast Mode at times for the Packers, when his weight, which he appears now committed to keeping under control, didn’t affect his power. He was better than many thought in his last season in Green Bay, averaging 5.1 yards per carry before succumbing to an ankle injury.

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Wilson was arrested near Toyota Stadium in suburban Frisco. There was a fireworks show and an FC Dallas game going on there at the time, but it is not clear as of yet whether that had anything to do with Wilson’s arrest.

The Cowboys have not yet commented on the situation.

The 24-year-old made headlines last July when he missed the beginning of training camp after being hit in the eye by a paintball.

He ended up playing in every game last season, making 34 tackles.

Welcome the first of the four rookie general managers (pending the Chiefs’ hire), and congratulate him on making such a good early impression. Lynch is generally considered to have owned his Bears’ counterpart on the draft-day trade down one spot from the second pick. Stockpiling picks and stripping down the roster gives him a little bit of a cushion, and a little bit of a honeymoon.

There’s a glimmer of hope now a year after Roseman’s return to power in the Eagles’ front office. After mortgaging so much of the future to get Carson Wentz as their franchise quarterback, Roseman snapped up Alshon Jeffery (albeit for one year) to help him and recently extended Jason Peters to protect him for the next few years. It likely will mean nothing in the standings, but the Eagles needed the overhaul post-Chip Kelly, and Roseman has been good enough so far.warriors_010-115x115

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Yankees’ manager Billy Martin exited the visitor’s dugout to retrieve Torrez and call upon reliever Sparky Lyle to replace him. But what happened next is part of baseball lore and has been re-enacted in movies and TV shows.

Martin was so incensed with Jackson’s lackadaisical play in right that when he returned to the dugout, he told Paul Blair to run out and replace the right fielder. This surprised Blair, it surprised Jackson, it surprised the fans watching in the ballpark and it surprised everyone watching the game on TV.

Jackson was talking to the other pitchers in the bullpen when Blair made it out to right field. He turned around, saw Blair and asked him what he was doing there. When Blair told him, Jackson couldn’t believe it and his expression was shown clearly on television. He pointed at his chest and mouthed, Who me?
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After Jackson jogged back to the dugout, the manager and his star player nearly came to blows and they had to be separated by coach Elston Howard. Then, as Jackson made his way down the tunnel to the visitor’s clubhouse, Martin tried to go after him again. That time, he was held back by coaches Dick Howser and Yogi Berra.
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The only way I’ve been able to deal with the loss is joking about it. There’s not a scenario you could come up with in which I couldn’t make a Falcons Super Bowl joke out of it. I am now mentally wired this way now — same goes for many other Falcons fans. It somehow gets worked into damn near every conversation we could have.

In some ways, it’s easier for the players to get past it than the fans. They’re too busy working hard preparing for next season, while we’re sucked into trash tweets and reminders of that once-beautiful Sunday evening that turned into a nightmare.

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I had sweaty hands and I was nervous before practice, and I was like, ‘What is wrong with me?’ said quarterback Philip Rivers, who has spent his entire career with the Chargers. Going into the last minicamp in Year 14 and here I am nervous before going out there is a little ridiculous. But it was because of the fact that I’m not walking out that door with a helmet in my hand again.
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My last practice today went better than my first. I threw an interception my first pass (as a rookie), so I was a little better. My last one ended better than my first one did just about 13 years ago and some change. But gosh, (there’s) a lot of football memories on the field, but more than that, off the field probably just (with) all the time spent with guys.
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Rivers has eight children who were all born in San Diego and said leaving Chargers Park for the final time evokes emotions beyond football.

It’s just not my memories professionally and as a teammate in this organization, but my children have memories of us coming up here, Rivers told reporters Thursday, via ESPN. It’s definitely a special place. It’s been special, but all things, shoot, come to an end at some point.

Cons: Cleveland assumed Osweiler’s $16 million in guaranteed money as part of that Moneyball style trade with the Texans, but how much more do they want to invest in a quarterback who has played for three teams in three seasons with 26 TDs and 22 INTs for his career. If he’s just stopgap, then why play him?

Jackson should promote a fierce three-way competition in training camp and keep an open mind throughout the process. We’re guessing Kessler starts the preseason opener, but Kizer could push for — and perhaps overtake Kessler — if he comes out ahead of schedule.

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If you follow Adam Schefter on Twitter for his breaking NFL news, you’ve likely stumbled across a response to one of his tweets claiming, my wife left me. The origins are pretty unclear, and the response isn’t limited to Schefter, but he’s received his fair share of estranged marriage declarations.
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Gilbert was given a four-game suspension in May for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. His season-long suspension likely stems from an additional violation of that policy.

Gilbert has struggled to make an impact in the NFL since the Browns selected him eighth overall in the 2014 NFL Draft. Former Browns teammates told reporters Gilbert was constantly late to meetings and just didn’t seem to care about football.

Gilbert recorded just 35 tackles and one interception in 23 games and only three starts during his two seasons with the Browns. Following his 2016 release, he was signed by the Steelers last September and had one tackle while appearing in 12 games primarily on special teams.

The Steelers released Gilbert in February and he remains a free agent. Because any team that might sign him would have to wait a full season before Gilbert could play, the year-long ban might be a death sentence for Gilbert’s professional football career.

The biggest warning sign for Simmons is simple lack of experience. He’s made a lot of progress over the last year and clearly has the tools to be a regular major league shortstop, but with just (44) games of Double-A under his belt, and no Triple-A experience at all, promoting him now is a risk. Simmons may have some growing pains as he adjusts to the majors, but is likely to be the long-term solution.

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There was something to the way Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue approached Game 2 of the NBA Finals that, theoretically, bore a resemblance to entering a lion’s den in a meat suit.

Youth Rocky Bleier Jersey Where conventional wisdom might suggest that the Cavaliers’ best chance to pull an upset here in the third iteration of their championship matchup against Golden State would be to slow the game, force the Warriors into the halfcourt and let LeBron James bully his way to a win, Lue — as has been his wont in these series — went the other way. He got his Cavs to push the pace against a team that has mastered the art of fast play in the past three seasons.

Again, Lue and the Cavs were dealt a harsh lesson: Quicken the game against the Warriors at your own peril. Game 2, a 132-113 win for Golden State, was played at warp speed, with a pace of 108.5 possessions per 48 minutes. That built on the extreme pace of Game 1, which was 102.5.

We had a lot of unforced turnovers, James said Saturday. Some of them was aggression. I had two charges — that’s aggression, I can take those. But I also had some where I got caught up in the air, trying to make some skip passes, and they were able to pick them off.
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Those are like pick-sixes. It’s like throwing the ball to Deion Sanders. For the most part, it’s going to be a touchdown going the other way.

Even with his preternatural passing ability, James can’t afford to leave his feet without knowing where the ball will end up. That might work against smaller guards (like we saw with the Celtics in the last round), but the Warriors are too long and too quick for that type of play. This is what happens.

SB Nation’s Mike Prada suggested the Cavs toss the ball out of bounds if they get stuck, not unlike a quarterback lofting the ball into the crowd to live another down. It sounds crazy initially, but is it really any worse than watching Durant dunk again and again?

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Graham did that far more effectively this season with 65 catches for 923 yards and six touchdowns. His emergence played a key part in Seattle overcoming offensive struggles in the running game the Seahawks dropped to No. 25 from No. 3 in NFL rankings the previous season and winning the NFC West with a 10-5-1 record.

But reaching the second round of the playoffs wasn’t good enough for Graham or a franchise that had consecutive Super Bowl appearances in the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

‘We’re a much better team than that,’ Graham said. ‘People look at the record and think 10 wins is a fantastic season. But when you have as good a team as us and you’re sitting at home this past weekend, you know that there’s more out there and you’re meant for more.

It’s been an interesting process for everybody, Taillon told reporters prior to Monday’s game against the Rockies, who just happen to own the best record in the National League. It’s not something we saw coming into my 2017 season.

While Taillon wasn’t great, he was solid and gave the Pirates five quality innings with five strikeouts and a pair of walks. He scattered five hit’s and left with the Pirates holding a 4-0 lead in what was eventually a 7-2 Pittsburgh victory.

The Pirates (29-35) are still in last place in the NL Central, but are only four games back of the first-place Brewers in the tight division.

Despite being the NL’s best team, Monday’s loss leaves the Rockies (41-25) just a game up on the idle Dodgers in the NL West.
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Former Kansas star Josh Jackson received a diversion agreement that stipulates he attend anger management classes, refrain from alcohol and recreational drugs for 12 months and write an apology letter, according to court records obtained by The Kansas City Star.

After Boston takes Markelle Fultz at No. 1, as most GMs expect, the Lakers will probably select Ball. He may never play on the level of Durant, the best player on the court in the 2017 NBA Finals against LeBron James. But as Jerry West has made painfully clear to his old point guard, Magic Johnson, he’s got no room for error.

However, after a day in which Sixers fans were camping out to see the No. 1 prospect at a workout that was pushed back an hour because the former Washington Huskies star got caught in traffic, it’s understandable he was not perfect. Either way, Fultz said he would love an opportunity to play in Philly.

Fultz was one of eight draft prospects who worked out for the Sixers Saturday as six practiced in the morning and Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox had the workout preceding Fultz.
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Earlier in the day, Joel Embiid tweeted out a picture of a locker with Fultz’s name already on it.

If that’s not enough to get Fultz to want to play in Philly, the rumor swirling is the 76ers are considering trading their No. 3 pick, the Lakers 2018 pick they possess, and their 2019 pick to the Celtics for the first pick in the draft on Thursday.

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