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Debunking the biggest myths about what the Warriors have done to the NBA

CLEVELAND Consider LeBron James impressed. He’s seen the Warriors now 16 times in the last three NBA Finals, and this version with Kevin Durant on board has him stumped. He has called these Warriors a juggernaut, said they rank right up there with the best teams he’s ever seen and added that any of the Warriors stars could lead a franchise without anybody else.

Game Mens Zane Beadles Jersey Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green give the Warriors four All-Star players who are still on the happy side of 30 years old. Curry is 29, and Durant turns 29 in September. Thompson and Green are 27. It’s a wrecking-ball foursome that stands on the brink of a championship and a possible perfect 16-0 playoff run, one that has the rest of the league as well as fans, broadcasters and folks in the league office worried about the impact of a collapse of competitive balance.

Cavs take the lead … but Curry answers. Love drills a 3-pointer to put Cleveland ahead 71-69, then Curry finishes the traditional 3-point play to push the Warriors back on top. Close playoff game!

Pachulia hit nothing but air on a midrange jumper and picked up his fourth foul on a moving screen. Then Green picks up his fourth foul in transition after running into James. The Cavs have cut the lead to one and seem to be grabbing momentum.

Game Mens Dez Bryant Jersey Irving hits a buzzer-beater to close the half, but the Cavs trail by six heading into the locker room. Thompson (21 points), Durant (16 points) and Curry (14 points) are sharing the scoring duties. James has done it all again for the Cavs with 27 points, four rebounds and three assists. Irving offered some assistance with 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting. Cleveland is working incredibly hard, but Golden State is just relentless in its attack. Let’s see if the Cavs can hold on this time.

Dwyane Wade likely to exercise option to stay with Bulls

Dwyane Wade is leaning toward exercising the $24 million player option on his Bulls contract for next season, an apparent change of heart from his stance that he did not want to stay in Chicago if the team was to undergo a rebuild, ESPN reports.

The Bulls are reportedly shopping Jimmy Butler, and the willingness to trade their best player indicates rebuilding is exactly what they intend to do.

While Wade is paying attention to the Bulls’ offseason maneuvers, including how they handle this week’s NBA Draft, he’s likely to stay put regardless of what the team does, according to the ESPN report. His likes playing in his hometown of Chicago, and at the age of 35, he probably won’t find another team willing to pay him what he’s slated to make next season with the Bulls.

Wade has until June 27 to let the Bulls know of his intention.

Lowdown: D.C. United won three of the first four MLS Cup championships, and they did that by working through the Crew. Columbus pushed the series to a third game in 1998 and 1999, but D.C. United won those games by scores of 3-0 and 4-0, respectively.

Lowdown: Dolph Schayes led the Nationals with 21.3 points per game in the 1950 series, but the Knicks won the following season behind four players who scored in double figures. New York also won the rubber match in 1952 behind 19.8 points per game from Max Zaslofsky. The winning team lost the NBA Finals each of those three seasons. redskins_088

LeBron James’ LA home spray-painted with n-word

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LeBron James was the target of a possible hate crime.

The gate of James’ $21 million Los Angeles home was spray-painted early Wednesday morning with the n-word, according to police.
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Officers responded to James’ home around 6:45 a.m. and found the offensive graffiti, according to CBS Los Angeles.

The graffiti has since been covered up, according to police.

Atlanta 鈥?Justin Patton, C, Creighton. The Hawks should be able to lock up an eventual replacement for Dwight Howard in this draft, with Howard sitting on two remaining years on his contract. Allen, John Collins, Bam Adebayo or Patton would make some sense, though the Hawks are intrigued by Jordan Bell. Patton is considered a project, but his development in his freshman year indicates he’s a quick learner. He is very athletic for a 7-footer, and has shown he has some natural talent working out of the high post. He runs the floor well, and a little added athleticism on the break would be useful for the Hawks.

Portland (from Memphis) 鈥?Jarrett Allen, C, Texas. Allen has some pretty high offensive upside 鈥?he is raw but is a strong finisher in the paint and needs to add a jumper. Allen has gotten consideration from lottery teams, but some number of the pack of lottery-type big men are going to sweat out a fall on draft night, and that could mean guys like Patton, Allen, Leaf and John Collins. The Blazers like Bell, too, but he could be gone by this point. And, of course, with three picks, the Blazers might also deal No. 20.

NBA Draft 2017: Celtics-Sixers trade finalized, Markelle Fultz expected to go No. 1

The Philadelphia 76ers will have the first overall pick in the NBA Draft for the second consecutive year after finalizing their deal with the Celtics on Monday and moving up from the No. 3 spot.

Jason Jones Elite Jersey Most expect the Sixers to take Washington guard Markelle Fultz first overall and pair him with Ben Simmons, who missed what would have been his rookie season with a foot injury after going No. 1 last year.
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Billups’ relationship with Gilbert dates back over 10 years, as Billups endorsed Gilbert’s Detroit-based mortgage company, Rock Financial, when he played for the Pistons, ESPN notes. Billups is also close with Cavs coach Tyronn Lue.

While Billups – currently an NBA analyst on ESPN – has no front-office experience, multiple NBA teams see potential for him in an executive role. The Hawks, for example, recently interviewed him for their GM job.

This was the Anthony Davis draft, with the Kentucky star going No. 1 to New Orleans. Charlotte had the second pick and took Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, oft-injured and still looking to develop an offensive game. Michael Jordan could have had Bradley Beal (3), Damian Lillard (6) or Andre Drummond (9) instead of Kidd-Gilchrist. Again, Warriors GM Bob Myers looked like the smartest guy in the entire draft room, finding Draymond Green in the second round at No. 35.

Robinson, the first overall pick in 1987, helped San Antonio turn into a consistent winner. His misfortune with injury allowed the team to draft Duncan in the same spot a decade later. It didn’t take long for one of game’s greatest centers and best all-time power forwards to become twin tower anchors for the Spurs at very different stages of their careers. They carried Gregg Popovich’s early teams with their combined scoring and rebounding.

Falcons fan happily knocks cheesehead hats off Packers fans

Packers fans love their cheesehead hats, but Falcons fans could do without them. Especially this Falcons fan, who went skipping around the Georgia Dome Sunday knocking cheesehead hats off Packers fans’ heads.

The original account that posted the videos of the fan was deleted, but just like everything shared on social media the videos will live on forever.

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Much like Curry’s dizzying dribbling displays and deft shooting from long range (just count how many kids throw up ill-advised 30 footers the next time you go to a youth or high school basketball game), Bell’s performances are awe-inspiring but not easily imitated.
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Bell seemingly has always had that ability.

It dates to his prep days at Groveport Madison High School in Ohio. In a 2015 interview with SB Nation, Bell’s former running backs coach Bryan Schooner recalled a play when Bell made like a statue after receiving a punt before going up the sideline, reversing field and scampering into the end zone for a score. (Watch from to 4:41 to 5:15.)
That’s the beauty of playing of running back, Portis said. I never went into a play saying, ‘Oh, I’m going to do a jump cut here or make this move at this exact point.

You have to take advantage of these opportunities.

How does Green Bay get back to the Super Bowl Here are five things that need to happen.

Fix the pass defense: This is the No. 1 priority. SN’s Vinnie Iyer detailed how the Packers should overhaul the defense, and that means defensive coordinator Dom Capers must re-think some concepts within the 3-4 scheme.

Graham quickly realized he was facing the same odds. But rather than mope, Graham said he ‘put my head down and worked.’

‘Every day, I literally did rehab three times a day,’ he continued. ‘I have a facility in my house. I grinded as hard as I could, kind of in the shadows.’

When he was around the Seahawks during the 2016 offseason, Graham was unable to practice. But he had a good feeling his second season in Seattle working with quarterback Russell Wilson would be smoother than his first.

‘It’s interesting because usually you get that chemistry off the field in the offseason,’ Graham said. ‘But for me while the guys were working, I’m sitting there eating (sunflower) seeds and watching, which for me was one of the hardest things.

‘But Russ has that trust in me. He knows that at big moments even when a guy is near me just throw it up and chuck it and I’m going to make a play on the ball.’

That’s the league’s collective love, spending so many hours and billions of dollars trying to get back to L.A. since the Rams and Raiders left in 1995. And that, of course, is also the love of individual owners, such as Dean Spanos, whos in this for himself, period.

Negotiations with governments over stadium deals are complicated, but theyre also simple: Owners such as Spanos want someone to give them a stadium, and theyre not going to stop until someone gives them one.

Justin Turner back from DL to give Dodgers boost

The Dodgers activated third baseman Justin Turner ahead of Friday night’s game against the Reds.

Mens Ahmad Brooks Jersey Turner had been out since May 18 with a right hamstring strain. He was batting a tidy .379 with one home run and 17 RBIs before his injury.
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Turner needed just one game in his rehab stint. He went 1 for 3 with Advanced Class A Rancho Cucamonga on Monday.

Not only will Turner provide Los Angeles with a boost as they continue to fight in the ultra-competitive National League West, but he will also give fantasy baseball owners something to cheer about heading into the summer months.

If any pitcher could have found success in Colorado, it’s a guy like Sale, right? We will never know, because Sale decided to turn down a reported $100,000 signing bonus and instead attend Florida Gulf Coast to get an education and hone his skills. Three years later, the White Sox took him with the 13th overall pick.

Ellsbury has played more games against the Rays than any other team in the majors, which isn’t surprising considering he’s spent his career in the AL East playing for the Red Sox and Yankees. In an alternative universe, though, he would have starred for the Rays instead of compiling 12 homers and 37 stolen bases in 145 games against the Rays. Rather than signing with Tampa Bay as a 23rd-round pick in the 2002 draft, Ellsbury went on to star at Oregon State and three years later he was the 23rd overall pick in the first round by the Red Sox.

Arrieta’s rocky path to stardom in the majors has been well-documented the past couple years, but those stories have mostly focused on his time with the Orioles. If Arrieta had signed with the Reds out of high school in 2004 鈥?or with the Brewers after Milwaukee drafted him in the 26th round out of juco a year later 鈥?who knows what his path might have looked like? Instead of throwing a no-hitter against Cincinnati, maybe he would have thrown a no-hitter for the Reds against the Cubs (or some other team).

Now Garoppolo, Shanahan and the Browns are about to be the focus of trade rumors.

As quarterback Tom Brady dinked and dunked New England’s offense down the field, Atlanta’s defense gradually began to run out of gas. A Patriots touchdown came after a three-and-out by Atlanta’s offense. A Patriots field goal was then followed by the game’s true turning point — a Ryan fumble forced by Dont’a Hightower and recovered by Alan Branch at the Atlanta 25-yard line. The Patriots converted that turnover into another touchdown.

Why the Falcons were attempting to pass on third-and-1 while holding a 16-point lead midway through the fourth quarter will draw comparisons to another infamous play call that Quinn is all too familiar with — Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell’s “Second-and-Dumb” decision to throw at the goal line rather than run Marshawn Lynch against New England in Super Bowl 49. Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson was intercepted, and New England won its fourth Super Bowl of the Brady/Bill Belichick era.

As great as his offense was during the 2016 season, this is how Kyle Shanahan’s tenure with the Falcons will be most remembered as he leaves to become San Francisco’s new head coach.

Now Garoppolo, Shanahan and the Browns are about to be the focus of trade rumors.

Garoppolo has two career starts, both in 2016, when he threw for a combined 496 yards and four touchdowns as the Patriots started 2-0 with Brady suspended. Garoppolo showed poise and talent that made him a second-round pick in 2014, but that’s his resume in a nutshell.

Critics will say his short-term success was a product of the Bill Belichick system.

After all, the Patriots have pulled this trick before, cashing in on Matt Cassel (in 2009) and Ryan Mallett (in 2014). Neither panned out with their new teams.texans_041

Packers land stud WR; Jets rebuild secondary

The more I’ve heard, the more likely it is that the Browns don’t pick at this spot on draft day. But if they do, Garrett, not a quarterback, will be the pick. He is bound to see some overcorrection in his draft grade after two straight years of hype, but he’s a top 10 defensive prospect this century.

Despite having Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner, the 49ers could add yet another first-round defensive lineman. Allen is as safe and reliable of a defensive anchor as one could ask for, and he’d keep a strength for new GM John Lynch as his first draft pick in a rebuilding effort.
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Dwight Lowery Limited Jersey Veteran defensive end Cliff Avril, who had 11.5 sacks last season, will be in the exact same position Bennett was last season and should certainly angle for an extension by years end. Finally, linebacker KJ Wright is the fourth star defender to have his contract expire after the 2018 season.

While these are not immediate concerns this March, this could lead to cap space that the Seahawks may essentially put in escrow rather than spend this offseason to help them fit all of these extensions under the salary cap either in December or next year.

The Jets’ secondary is a problem, but neither Buster Skrine nor Marcus Gilchrist are worth the salaries the team is paying them. The Jets could save over $8 million by cutting them. If the Jets do move into full cost-cutting mode, that also opens up the possibility of releasing veteran kicker Nick Folk and nose tackle Steve McLendon to open up another $5 million.

The hardest decisions come with center Nick Mangold and linebacker David Harris. Both have been with the Jets for about a decade, but it is hard to justify $15.6 million in charges for two older players in a rebuilding effort. The Jets will need to either cut those two or extend their contracts to a more affordable price, ensuring one day they retire as Jets.

Ray Lewis gives awkward pregame speech for Patriots and Falcons in empty garage

Ray Lewis gave a pregame speech to the Patriots and the Falcons in an empty garage — and we’re not sure why.
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Things got really awkward when he told the empty room to look around this locker room and look in these man’s eyes.

The Combine is so over-hyped, especially in recent years as NFL Network began to carry wall-to-wall coverage from Friday to Monday. The promos say, Watch the Combine coverage to see who will separate themselves from the rest of the draft class.

That’s hardly the case, unless a previously undiagnosed injury is uncovered during the extensive physicals and causes a player to be downgraded.

His hometown Falcons, who will remember getting gashed by Brady and Co. in the Super Bowl, also will recall Berry’s heroics in Kansas City’s thrilling road victory over Atlanta in December. Another suitor could be the Titans, who have a secondary in need of playmakers and $68 million of cap room. Berry played college football at Tennessee, so he has a connection to the area.

Authentic Kids Adrian Peterson Jersey In terms of possible concerns about Berry’s long-term health, the Chiefs’ hierarchy must trust the expert opinions of their team doctors. If Hunt, Dorsey and Reid receive a positive prognosis for Berry’s future health, they should go ahead and lock him up for the long haul.

That’s what teams have to try to do with their superstars, and Berry clearly qualifies as such a player in Kansas City.