March 2018

Tyronn Lue has made good on his word and switched up the struggling Cavaliers’ starting lineup.

Cleveland (27-19) suffered its 10th loss since Dec. 25 on Tuesday, and on Thursday, Lue benched Jae Crowder, put Tristan Thompson in at center and moved Kevin Love to power forward for Friday’s home game against the Pacers (26-22).

The Cactus League is notoriously difficult for outfielders because of the carry on fly balls, the blinding sun and the absence of cloud cover, so any atmospheric conditions that Gordon encounters during the regular season should be relatively benign by comparison. He realizes it is best to roll with the inevitable mistakes, but that’s not in his nature.

“I’m going to beat myself up,” Gordon said. “I’ll be agitated, for sure. That’s just how I am. I want to play good, and at the end of the year, we’ll assess how well I play. I definitely want to help us way more than I hurt us. Hopefully, I don’t hurt us too often.”

This meeting was the first time Lillard and Allen, who feared Lillard would request a trade, spoke privately, and the owner took the opportunity to ask questions as to why the team wasn’t more consistent throughout this season.

According to the report, which cited unidentified sources, Lillard did give a “vote of confidence” for head coach Terry Stotts and discussed players to target who could help balance out the roster.

The Blazers are currently 25-22 and are sitting seventh in the Western Conference. In each of the past four seasons, Lillard helped lead his team to the playoffs but they haven’t advanced past the second round.

The Blazers found themselves in a similar situation three years ago with LaMarcus Aldridge where the team was asked to prove that they were committed to bringing in talent that could lead to a championship team. Aldridge became an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2014-15 season and signed with the Spurs after beginning his NBA career with the Blazers in 2006.
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In a video released Thursday by UNINTERRUPTED with Kevin Durant and Cari Champion, LeBron James opened up about a number of subjects, including being a rich black man, his thoughts on the president and much more.
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The video was filmed in January as the trio rode around Akron, Ohio, James’ hometown. Eventually, Champion asks the Cavs star about the current climate in America, referring to his tweet where he called President Donald Trump a bum.

The climate is hot, James responded. The No. 1 job in America, the appointed person is someone who doesn’t understand the people. And really don’t give a f’ about the people. When I was growing up, there was like three jobs that you looked [up to] for inspiration. It was the president of the United States, it was whoever was best in sports and it was the greatest musician.
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Decide on Aaron Gordon. Gordon will be a restricted free agent this summer, and he will have at least three suitors. The Magic have little else going for them on the roster, but they’re seeking to rebuild completely, and they have not been certain that something close to a max contract for Gordon is something they want as a foundational piece. The team can match any offer for Gordon, and likely, it will match. But the remainder of the season will be a factor in that choice.

Simmons nearly posted a triple-double in the Challenge as he had 11 points, 13 assists and six rebounds in the World’s 155-124 win over the U.S. Mitchell was good himself with Authentic Matthew Spencer Jersey seven points, seven assists, five steals and showed off with a huge dunk in the opening minutes.

His prowess caught the eye of Simmons’ teammate and second-year man Joel Embiid.

He’s really good, Embiid said. I like his game. He’s athletic. He can score the ball [and defend]. I like his game a lot.

Mitchell will also compete in Saturday’s dunk contest and certainly has a good chance of winning if Friday is any indication.

Simmons wouldn’t comment on the Rookie of the Year race, instead saying he’s just focused on helping the 76ers make the playoffs. As good as he is though, Embiid still has his favorite for the Rookie of the Year, even if it does come with a little bit of bias. He has to go with his Philadelphia teammate.
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Offensively, point guard Jeff Teague, who thrived at times both with the Atlanta Hawks and the Indiana Pacers, will go back to having the ball in his hands a lot more. It’s a role he’s comfortable in and should have no problem adjusting to. Still, the former All-Star is realistic about the hole in the Timberwolves’ lineup.
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You can’t replace Jimmy, Teague said. So, as a group, you just got to come together and play as well as you can, but missing Jimmy, yeah, it’s going to be huge.

The long play of drafting the game’s most important position makes more sense for the Jets to get out of the cycle of overspending on veterans. They have to be confident enough in Cousins for them to make the move, because he also could become another expensive mistake that would handcuff them in their relentless pursuit of the Patriots.

No pressure: It’s just a decision that will dictate the Jets’ next four seasons.
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Barkley will pass all the NFL Combine tests. He’s big, fast, quick and checks all the character boxes. He didn’t have to play in the Fiesta Bowl against Washington, but he did and racked up 175 total yards and two touchdowns in his final collegiate game. It’s clear Barkley can do everything on a football field after totaling 5,038 yards from scrimmage, 500 kick return yards and 54 touchdowns in three seasons at Penn State.
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That’s just part of the reason the Browns need to draft Barkley in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. No. 1 or No. 4 — doesn’t matter. Barkley is the best available player on the board.

He might not be the best value, however, and that’s the question Browns general manager John Dorsey and coach Hue Jackson will have to address when dealing with Barkley. This tweet from NJ Advance Stephen Anderson Womens Jersey Media’s Matt Lombardo says a lot about Jackson’s close-to-the-vest feelings on Barkley:

The Browns could shop for a running back later in the draft. Someone like San Diego State’s Rashaad Penny or Tennessee’s John Kelly would fit. They have other needs to address, especially at quarterback. Logic suggests the Browns split those first two picks with a quarterback — like USC’s Sam Darnold or UCLA’s Josh Rosen — and a defensive player, such as Alabama’s Minkah Fitzpatrick.

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Running backs and offensive linemen went through workouts Frank Robinson Youth jersey at the NFL combine on Friday, the first day of drills for the top prospects for the 2018 NFL draft.
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ESPN NFL draft experts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay recap how the best backs and linemen — including Saquon Barkley, Sony Michel, Orlando Brown and Quenton Nelson — fared, and Scouts Inc. analyst Steve Muench breaks down the under-the-radar prospects who are rising up draft boards. We’ll also look ahead to Day 2 of workouts, as the quarterbacks, receivers and tight ends will participate in testing and drills on Saturday.

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Seifert: $71 million guaranteed from the Broncos. That’s what it will take to outbid the Jets, who might be more aggressive but offer less in the way of long-term hopes.

Garoppolo was an expensive necessity in a league that’s proved the value of elite quarterbacks time after time. He was also one a frugal San Francisco front office could afford. Before the signing, the team had a projected $117 million in salary cap space to spend in 2018, per Spotrac 鈥?more than any other team in the NFL and more than three times the league’s average.

We don’t know the structure of Garoppolo’s deal, and it’s tough to use former highest-paid player deals like the ones given to quarterbacks like Derek Carr and Andrew Luck as a template because they were extensions while Garoppolo was headed for free agency. Let’s assume the first year of the deal tacks on an above-average cap hit to take advantage of the team’s space and leave breathing room for the future. Even if that number is $30 million, that still leaves the franchise with approximately $87 million to spend 鈥?more than any team but the Browns.

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Bryant does take two steps, but it appears that he’s going to the ground the entire time, meaning he did not establish himself as a runner.

If a player goes to the ground in the act of catching a pass (with or without contact by an opponent), he must maintain control of the ball until after his initial contact with the ground, whether in the field of play or the end zone.

Clint Capela had 25 points and 11 rebounds for Houston, getting his 10th double-double over the past 13 games. Chris Paul added 14 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.

The Rockets trailed for much of the first half before going ahead to maintain the NBA’s best record.

“Probably the biggest story was that our defense after the first six minutes was not very good,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said. “Then after that, we really locked them up and everybody contributed. Everybody played well and that’s what we need going forward.”

The Rockets outrebounded Minnesota 50-42.

“Once we gang rebound, we’re off to the races,” Harden said. “If we don’t, it makes it harder for our offense and then our defense.”

Andrew Wiggins led Minnesota with 21 points, and Jeff Teague and Karl-Anthony Towns both had 18. Towns added 13 rebounds.

Butler, an All-Star this season, entered Friday leading the NBA in minutes played 37.3 per game. Butler played 25 minutes on Friday, scoring 10 points. Minnesota (36-26) is 2-4 without Butler in the lineup this season, his first with the Wolves since leaving Chicago.

Without Butler, the Bulls (20-38) are 12th in the Eastern Conference and have altered their rotation to give more younger players a chance. Center Robin Lopez and swingman Justin Holiday sat out Thursday’s game against Philadelphia after it was announced that coach Fred Hoiberg would turn to Cristiano Felicio and David Nwaba in the starting lineup.

Things happen in practice, happen in meetings, happen in all kind of stuff, he said. We’ve dealt with that and that’s the end of it from us.

New England’s Tom Brady-led offense will score points, so the Eagles will have to match that. Of course, the Eagles’ defense must generate tons of pressure on Brady. But they cannot simply rely on their defense to win this game. Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, stepping in for the injured Carson Wentz, has to play mistake-free football and take some chances.jays_930_4e1648a59a8ca3dc-180x180

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