Way back in the preseason, I wrote an article examining the impact of a new head coach to a hockey team. The bottom line was that teams improved by nearly 6 standings points on average, but Boudreau’s first two clubs improved by an outlandish 23.5 points on average. The Wild, of course, saw a massive jump in their own standings numbers compared to the previous season, jumping from 87 to 106 points. If it hadn’t been for the disastrous slump in March, the Wild likely would have reached, if not surpassed, the 20 point improvement mark. As it is, an increase of 19 points was a welcome sign that Chuck Fletcher found the best man available when he hired Boudreau.

A basketball purist may complain how Westbrook marred the fourth quarter, but those two teams dueling was peak entertainment. When you’re dealing with the two players who have ostensibly had the two best seasons (since they’re presumably going 1-2 for MVP), that’s what you’re looking for. The NBA is entertainment, and we all want high stakes, something Rockets-Thunder Game 2 provided for us.
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It’s the same with Celtics-Bulls. The series itself hasn’t been great, but a No. 1 seed falling to a No. 8 seed is wonderful drama. It does feel like Boston is the victim of their own fantastic regular season, but this is still an upset, no matter how you look at it. The pressure — and the intrigue — now falls on Chicago, to see if they can complete the upset.

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Here’s how you watch a fantastic three-game slate of games.

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The Boston Celtics are back in their first-round series vs. the Chicago Bulls after a decisive 104-87 win on Friday night at the United Center. The secret to the Celtics’ success in Game 3? According to Avery Bradley, it was an inspirational speech from Kevin Garnett.

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There is the issue of Miller, who has clearly struggled throughout the playoffs. In eight games he has only accumulated a single assist. In Game 2, he was 1-5 on faceoffs (16.67 percent), which is probably why Vigneault is considering shifting him to the wing for Game 3.

Although Miller has not been on a line with Kreider nor Zibanejad in the playoffs thus far, he played with Zibanejad during the regular season. And throughout their Rangers£ª careers, Miller and Kreider have been featured on a line together. As Kreider and Zibanejad have created chances together, Vignuealt could hope that their play could re-spark Miller£ªs offense.

In the absence of offense from those who it was expected, Grabner and Fast have been two of the Rangers most consistent forwards on both sides of the ice. They have not only limited chances against, but have provided much-needed offense throughout the playoffs. Since the combination of Grabner and Fast has been key for the Rangers, Vigneault should consider keeping them together.

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The Cincinnati Bengals drafted Joe Mixon, a running back out of Oklahoma who punched a woman in college and broke bones in her face, in the second round. Bengals owner Mike Brown personally approved the pick, while “about half of the boards” of teams around the league did not even include Mixon due to the incident, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Then, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that an anonymous survey taken of all 32 teams, “only four said they would consider drafting” Mixon.

Dallas Cowboys legend Drew Pearson announced the team’s No. 60 overall pick and he was more than happy to get the boos from the Philadelphia fans in attendance. He got so into it he started yelling over it, thanking them for his long and successful career in Dallas and rubbing in the fact that the Cowboys have five Super Bowl titles. It was an incredible pick announcement, one of the best in NFL Draft history.

Oh and the Cowboys took a very, very good player in Chidobe Awuzie, a cornerback out of Colorado.

No one is really sure who the best quarterback prospect is in 2017. Trubisky is a popular pick to be the first passer off the board, but he only has one season as a starter. Watson led Clemson to a national championship, but his dual-threat game may be difficult to translate to the NFL. DeShone Kizer raises similar concerns — just without the sustained team success.

Patrick Mahomes is quickly rising up draft boards thanks to a tremendous spring. He led the FBS in passing yards in 2016, but he did so for Texas Tech, a program with a rich history of aerial brilliance and NFL flameouts.

Each of the draft’s top quarterbacks has major question marks surrounding his viability as a franchise passer. The need for a steady hand behind center has elevated all four to potential first-round status, but this group pales in comparison to the draft classes we saw in 2015 (Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota) and 2014 (Teddy Bridgewater, Derek Carr, Jimmy Garoppolo).

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King made a name for himself with a prolific 2015, punishing quarterbacks who dared test him by recording eight interceptions and breaking up 13 passes as Iowa enjoyed one of the finest seasons in program history.

He earned a boatload of accolades — consensus All-American, Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and the Jim Thorpe Award, bestowed upon the nation’s best defensive back— but he turned down an almost certain first-round NFL draft selection that spring to earn his degree in Iowa City, fulfilling a promise to his mother in the process.

Sure, his numbers dipped in 2016, but that is more a result of teams avoiding his side of the field than any significant on-field decline.

The questions now are how effective he can be as a cornerback, in what sort of role, or if he’s best suited sliding over to safety. King’s FBS production was unparalleled, but his size (5’10, 201 pounds) and athletic ability dropped him to the middle of a stacked class of defensive backs.

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We’re not saying that he didn’t commit this. We’re just saying ‘This is what people have told you’ about his character when you’ve asked about him. We just want to make sure we’re clear on that.

Gruden’s statements were based on conjecture from knowing and trusting the Raiders’ front office. Riddick’s statements about Conley’s character have zero bearing on the potential for him to be guilty of sexual assault. It’s important to remember the actual statistics on sexual assault.

Obviously if he laid a hand on that woman without her consent I hope he doesn’t get drafted ever. But at the end of the day if this woman’s lying about everything — congratulations to the young man.

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The second round of the NFL draft got underway along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia on Friday night. League commissioner Roger Goodell is famously a target of fans ire, and he regularly gets booed while stepping to the podium on draft nights. Goodell had a plan — and maybe it was tongue in cheek — to circumvent this problem for himself on Friday. He brought along a local legend.

Goodell walked to the draft stage alongside former Eagles quarterback and current Guy On TV Who Really Loves Philadelphia Ron Jaworski. He was booed anyway; the presence of Jaworski did little to quell the peoples outburst toward the commish.

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At 61 and 211 pounds, Wilson is a big, physical cornerback who, to some, resembles a linebacker and thrives in big matchups. He shadows receivers well, tracking routes step for step. His fluid hips prevent many gaps in coverage, making even quick outs a tough sell. According to Pro Football Focus, this led to just 16 receptions against him last fall — or just 1.2 per game.

Hes aggressive near the line of scrimmage and explodes toward the ball when its heading his way, leading to three interceptions and six pass breakups on just 49 targets in 2016. Hes also able to use that aggression to shed blocks and attack runners, where he tackles well.

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Jabrill Peppers was selected in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night by the Cleveland Browns with the No. 25 overall pick.

Peppers was understandably excited for the next step in his football playing career, and celebrated with some dancing that was flawless in its execution.

The Browns will certainly be hoping that Peppers is that elusive and quick on the football field by the time the 2017 season comes along. Peppers leads us to believe that will primarily be at safety. The Browns got a first-round pick next year out of this selection, and that makes the pick get a higher grade. Picking Peppers though is a wild selection, though. He doesnt have a real position, so it seemed like he wouldve made sense in a defense with more pieces already in place. Still, hes an interesting building block and a bold choice for a team that continues to add early draft picks.
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Getting the rangiest safety in the draft is one hell of a way for Chris Ballard to begin his tenure as the Colts general manager. The safety position was a mosh of Andrew Williamson, T.J. Green and Clayton Geathers, so Hooker will presumably go straight to the top of the heap and take over at free safety.
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This is a big surprise, but boy does it make sense. Since drafting Marcus Mariota there hasnt been much of an effort to surround him with weapons, but now they get the top receiver in the draft. Davis was a little unheralded due to his competition and injuries, but hes a big-bodied receiver who can make the big plays.

There was talk that Jamal Adams could go as early as No. 2 overall, so getting him outside the top five is good value even though safeties dont typically go this early. The Jets pass defense needs help and Adams will plug in right away and help, and probably boost the run defense as well.

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2014’s NBA playoffs rendition of Pitbull and Ke$ha’s “Timber” is without a doubt in this world the best intro song ever made. The lyrics were flawlessly stupid and three years later we still remember it in all its glory.

Before we are introduced to 2017’s hit, let’s take a look at some of the most memorable ensembles of the past five years.

Execution: This was definitely the best theme song in terms of it actually being a good song. The graphics were corny but also ahead of their time so no complaints there. This was certainly good, but forgettable in terms of the video. Could have used some dancing athletes.

Execution: Somehow this 2013 video looks and feels like it was made 30 years ago and I’m here for it. The Joakim Noah chest pounds, the LeBron moves, the excessive Howard dancing… Well done.

The Pacers, reluctant to leave Cleveland’s shooters open for three, were hesitant to give Teague help when he was isolated. This seek-and-destroy offense is nothing new for Cleveland — we’ve seen the Cavs employ this same tactic against Steph Curry and Isaiah Thomas.

If Indiana wants to steal Game 2 they’ll need to stop switching everything on defense, or bring over a double team to give poor Jeff Teague a break.

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Senior defensive end Jalyn Holmes will soon have a stepdad, and hes got his coach to thank for making his final spring game truly special.
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This video by Cleveland.com details how Holmes was able to sneak away from the team at halftime and head up to the stands to watch his mother, Tasha, get proposed to by her fiance, Vaughn Parker.

Winner: Patriots. Raiola has been a steady starter at center through a long career, and Bell was a dynamite rookie who never lived up to early expectations with the Steelers. Light was a three-time Pro Bowler, one-time All-Pro, and anchor of an offensive line that won three Super Bowls.

Womens Anthony Davis Jersey There were approximately 40 of Tashas family and friends on hand at the game to see the special moment. Holmes came into the stands with some teammates and they spoofed an interview. Then Parker got down on one knee.

According to the video, the couple met while Holmes was a high schooler and his mom needed some advice after the young man was involved in a fight. The original plan was to propose later Saturday night, but on Meyers urging the proposal happened during the game. We wish them both the best in wedded Buckeye bliss.

But we still didnt know how he would do if given another chance. Accorded a team and a franchise that was in complete sync with his ideas, DAntonis coaching career has come full circle. Coaches rarely get third acts in this profession, and fewer still thrive with that opportunity.

The Rockets had one of the most prolific offenses in history and were six points better offensively per 100 possessions than last season. That helped translate into 14 more wins than the previous campaign, as Houston went from playoff bottom-feeder to arguably the third-best team in the league.

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Mets closer Jeurys Familia pitched an inning for Double-A Binghamton on Monday as he prepares to return from a 15-game suspension under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy.

Familia worked a 1-2-3 sixth inning against Portland in his second appearance this season, throwing six of his nine pitches for strikes. He is eligible to return to New York’s roster Thursday, when the team wraps up a three-game home series against Philadelphia.

Familia’s suspension stems from an altercation with his wife last fall. He was arrested Oct. 31 on a simple assault charge, but prosecutors later dropped the case. Under the domestic violence policy, a player can be disciplined absent a criminal conviction

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The goal should be to make the Dolphins one dimensional. Take away the run, and make these receivers get open consistently. The Chargers should play a lot of Cover 1, where the corners can just play, instead of think. Let them know that they have help over the top and in the middle (where there would be a robber helping), so they can sit on routes and protect the sideline.

Be sure to check out SB Nation’s team blogs, The Phinsider and Bolts From the Blue, for more analysis and highlights from the game.

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