What should you expect from a healthy Paul Millsap?

Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, we pose a question to a panel of ESPN fantasy basketball experts to gauge their thoughts on a hot topic.

Today’s contributors are ESPN Fantasy’s Joe Kaiser, Jim McCormick, André Snellings and Kyle Soppe.

Paul Millsap returned from his wrist injury on Tuesday, tallying 9 points, 7 boards, 2 dimes, 1 steal and 2 blocks in 23 minutes. What are your expectations for the 33-year-old veteran for the rest of this season?

Clippers: Rivers made light of the previous meeting, saying: “We’ve kind of barricaded all the secret passageways. … We’re going to build a wall. And I’m not paying for it, Houston is going to pay for it.” … F Danilo Gallinari missed his third consecutive game with a bruised right hand. … G C.J. Williams was recalled from the G League. He last played with the Clippers on Jan. 10. Tyrone Wallace went back down.

Kyle Soppe: I think Booker still has room to grow as an NBA player, especially in terms of better shot selection and being more aggressive. However, in terms of fantasy numbers? This is as good as it gets.

The 2017-2018 Phoenix Suns are the perfect storm for a bucket getter. They possess a bottom-five defense and play at a top-five pace, which leads to the team routinely playing catch up. With all of those stars aligned, Booker’s usage rate is in the LeBron James/Kyrie Irving tier — a level of involvement that raises both his floor and ceiling to heights that will be hard to match in the future.

Jim McCormick: Millsap’s usage rate during those first 16 games with the Nuggets was 24.2 percent, while his usage rate during his final two seasons in Atlanta was 24.3 percent. His rebounding rate with Denver, however mediocre for a power forward, is right in line with last season.

I think Millsap’s first 16 games with Denver before getting injured offer a Cheap Knock Off Jerseys good bit of clarity for what to expect going forward; he averaged 13.1 shots and 11.9 rebounding chances (within 3.5 feet of an available rebound) in nearly 31 MPG and converted these opportunity Cheap Jerseys Zoom rates into 16.0 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 1.1 SPG, 1.3 BPG and 1.3 3PG. Solid, if unspectacular.

Clippers use dominating 3rd quarter to down Knicks, 128-105

Something was not right for the Los Angeles Clippers at halftime Friday, beyond just trailing the New York Knicks by three.

“It felt like we were just going to try and outscore them,” said Clippers coach Doc Rivers. “I asked them if it was an All-Star Game. Just no defense.”

That was corrected in a big way in the second half, the Clippers storming out with a 28-8 run and rolling to a 128-105 victory.

DeAndre Jordan had 19 points and 20 rebounds, Lou Williams scored 21 points, and Austin Rivers and Montrezl Harrell also had 19 points apiece for the Clippers.

New York coach Jeff Hornacek also saw a second half reversal for his Knicks, who have lost three consecutive games and 11 of their last 12.

Knicks: Friday marked the start of a four-game road trip, the longest remaining trip and their second-longest of the season. The Knicks are 8-25 on the road this season. … Entering Friday’s game, Kanter had averaged 16.3 points and 13 rebounds over his last 13 games, shooting 62 percent.

Clippers: F Danilo Gallinari missed his fourth consecutive game with what an MRI on Thursday revealed as a fractured right hand. Previously the Clippers thought it was sprained. Doc Rivers was uncertain when he would return. “I don’t think he’s going to be back soon,” Rivers said. Gallinari has appeared in only 19 of 61 games this season because of injuries. … Forty-five day contracts are expiring the next two days for guards C.J. Williams and Tyrone Wallace. Said Rivers: “I don’t know what we’re going to do. We’re trying to sign one of them. We don’t have enough guards to play.”

Gasol is expected to rest Saturday when the Grizzlies attempt to halt their longest losing streak in over eight years when they visit Orlando, a team familiar with lengthy losing streaks this season.

“Uh, basketball, that’s it,” Clarkson said of the incident. “Part of the game. If anybody say different, that they wouldn’t have did that, that they’d have did something different or anything else, they lying. Especially if it was at that [point] of the game. They know what’s up. That’s it.”

Clarkson was referring to an unwritten rule in basketball: The team that has the win comfortably in hand should simply milk the clock in garbage time rather than go for any late buckets.

Minutes earlier, Saric hit a 3-pointer right in front of the Cavs’ bench to Cheap Authentic NFL Jerseys give the Sixers a four-point lead with 2:09 remaining and turned to say something Best Place To Buy Cheap Jerseys to Cleveland players before running back on defense.

Clarkson said that play didn’t factor into him throwing the ball at Saric.

“Oh, I ain’t even see that,” Clarkson said. “You know, it was just part of the game.”

The Lions announced Friday that general manager Bob Quinn’s contract has been extended through the 2022 season.

Quinn recently hired former Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia as the team’s new head coach. Patricia’s contract also runs through 2022.

Added Quinn: “Matt is driven to succeed, has extreme passion for the game and excels in preparation.”

But drive, passion and preparation might be where the Patricia-Belichick parallels end, and that’s a good thing in the mind of Quinn. In 2016, before his first season with Detroit, the GM told ESPN, “You have to be your own man and (have) your own way to communicate with people, communicate with the team, communicate with staff.

Patricia in New England developed a reputation as a “players’ coach” thanks to his approach to the personal side of the profession. During Rob Ninkovich’s retirement press conference last July, the former Patriots linebacker looked Patricia in the eyes and told him he loved him, thanking the coach for “the time you have given me away from your family.”

Rosen, who turns 21 on Saturday, admits he spent last weekend “a little bit in work mode kind of” when meeting with the wide range of NFL influencers that attend Super Bowl-related events.

“I had a suit on and was trying to be very politically correct and put together,” Rosen said. “I talked to a lot of different people about a lot of different things; a lot about football and some that had nothing to do with football. And then a lot Cheap NFL Jerseys Nike about how to conduct myself on the field, off the field. I had some really awesome, productive conversations with some really incredible and powerful people.”

Asked what he believes is the biggest question NFL teams have about his makeup as a person, Rosen said, “There’s been some people talking NFL Jerseys Paypal about my love for the game or whatever, whether it’s my main interest. I’m just really excited to get in front of them and show them who I really am and, once they draft me, show them exactly how hard I do work.”

Memories of their 34-28 overtime loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl LI are likely to linger for the Falcons for a long time.

But the hurt from the 28-3 lead the Falcons blew to New England last February has risen closest to the surface of their psyche this week with a Super Bowl rematch Sunday night against the Patriots in Foxborough, Mass. having arrived.

Jacksonville possesses multiple units that operate at an elite level. The Jaguars can run the ball with Leonard Fournette behind an overlooked offensive line, and they can rush the passer. Jacksonville leads the NFL with 33 sacks; the next-closest team has 24. They may not be a great team, but in this NFL, the ability to do a couple of things great is good enough. The Jaguars also have outscored opponents by 73 points, the second-best margin in the league. They have a road to 8-4: Chargers, at Browns, at Cardinals, Colts.

Brett Hundley has all the physical tools necessary, and with time and the talented roster around him, he can navigate the offense. Their bye week comes this week, the perfect time to regroup.

What if Hundley can’t adjust? He was awful passing in his first start, throwing for just 87 yards. It’s a team that was 4-6 with Rodgers at one point last season.

Sunday’s delicious late-afternoon matchup between the 10-2 Eagles and 9-3 Rams in Los Angeles is unquestionably the game of Week 14.

“These are the games that you better be ready to go for because they are a great football team,” first-year Rams coach Sean McVay said. “It’s an exciting matchup.”

The Eagles rank first in the NFL in scoring differential (plus-146), and the Rams second (plus-139). The Eagles’ offense is averaging the third-most yards per game (385.1), and Rams’ Cheap Bruins Jerseys the fourth-most (372.7). The Eagles’ defense is allowing the sixth-fewest points per game (17.92), and the Rams’ the seventh-fewest (18.50).

The Eagles appeared to be on cruise control en route to home-field advantage throughout the playoffs until they were tripped up by the Seahawks last week. They are now tied with the Vikings with the best record in the NFC, though Minnesota has the tiebreaker edge at the moment based on strength of schedule.

The Rams lost to the Vikings in Week 11, but they beat the Saints (9-4), so Cheap Basketball Jerseys UK a Rams win Sunday would give them head-to-head tiebreakers over two of the three teams battling fighting for first-round playoff byes.

As for the future of marijuana in the NFL, it’s as cloudy as Britton’s living room during those post-practice smoke-outs.

From Stanford man Richard Sherman on national TV after his team won the NFC Championship “celebrating” with a long, loud, crazed, classless trashing of the receiver he covered, Michael Crabtree, to players scoring and then grabbing at their crotches, to Seattle receiver Doug Baldwin, another Stanford man, choosing the Super Bowl, for crying out loud, to mime an end-zone defecation, then defiantly defending his behavior as meeting his and his teammates’ standards.

The Browns gave Cooper a look last year, but waived him after five games. Now, after three NFL deaths, the 27-year-old finds himself in O-line heaven: Dallas.

Austin was a 5-foot-8 speedster and all-purpose weapon coming out of West Virginia, and the Rams traded up to get him. He immediately established himself as a triple threat — running, receiving and returning — and in 2016, the Rams signed him to a $42 million extension. However, he has yet to have a breakout season — Austin has only one game with 100 or more receiving yards, just five with 100 or more yards from scrimmage. That’s probably why the Rams signed Robert Woods to a five-year, $39 million contract in March.

“There is a police-state mentality in the NFL,” says Jackson.

A retired coach who worked in a state where marijuana is now legal agrees: “As far as the NFL goes, [legalizing pot] is a nonstarter.”

While the league remains intractable, Fettner the sports agent believes that a progressive view will benefit all parties. “NFL testing for marijuana is not doing anybody any favors — including the NFL,” the agent sums up. “It makes them look bad, it makes the players look bad, and it glamorizes marijuana, which is the exact opposite of what you want to be doing. Marijuana has become less of a big deal for everyone — except for the guys who make the rules.”

Patterson, a dynamic receiver and return man out of Tennessee, was the Vikings’ third pick of the first round, and they sent four picks to the Patriots to take him. He scored an Cheap Authentic NFL Jerseys NFL-record 109-yard kickoff return as a rookie and made the Pro Bowl as a return man. However, he lost his starting job to seventh-round pick Charles Johnson the following year as he failed to Cheap Atlanta Braves Jerseys click with new QB Teddy Bridgewater and his numbers dropped.

Whatever happens the rest of the season, it sure appears that Sean McVay can coach.

And it’s not Wade Phillips’s defense that’s doing the heavy lifting, it’s McVay’s offense leading the way.

Before his College Football Playoff performance against Clemson and Georgia, Payne Best Cheap Jerseys From China was a first-round pick. But his play in those two huge games will not go unnoticed. He’d fit perfectly in the Redskins defense and could help keep Preston Smith and Ryan Kerrigan productive.

The Packers don’t have an immediate need at cornerback, but they’ve always valued the position, and Ward is a top-10 talent in this draft class. He can help keep the position a strength and allow the Packers to invest in offensive and defensive line throughout the rest of the draft and free agency.

Arizona is a prime contender to trade up for Josh Rosen (or Baker Mayfield), but if the Cardinals stay put, they’ll likely look to bolster their receiving corps or keep their defense strong. Landry had a down 2017 season but is still a first-round talent.

The Ravens might move on from recent first-round receiver Breshad Perriman this year, and it’s clear they need help at the position. Ridley is a great fit for their offense, and Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome is known for coveting Alabama players in the draft.

Edmonds repeatedly shows an ability to make short and wide elusive maneuvers, keeping a low center of gravity and firing upfield with vision and top-end speed. He has flashed versatility as a third-down running back, and his hip fluidity and body control should translate well to a role as a pass-catcher in the NFL, an area in which he’ll likely have immediate NFL value.

A standout defender for UConn the last three seasons, “Foley” Fatukasi has been tremendously disruptive this season, being used as a nose, three-, and five-technique along the defensive line. For a 300-plus-pound defender, he works in space and on the edge with great control and Buy Cheap Jerseys upfield leverage. He offers outstanding lower-half strength and explosiveness off the snap to win with leverage and put himself in position to punish as a pass rusher.

Despite plenty of college experience, his best football may be ahead of him in the NFL.

Maybe it’s time to accept that this is simply a mediocre team that isn’t likely to develop into anything more formidable.

A third straight non-playoff season would raise more questions among outsiders about Coach John Harbaugh and QB Joe Flacco, but the Ravens are patient and seem fully committed to both.

The Cowboys return from their bye for a busy week in which RB Ezekiel Elliott’s immediate playing status must be clarified and players must find out whether owner Jerry Jones’s stand-or-else mandate for the national anthem will mesh with what the league figures out at the owners’ meetings Tuesday and Wednesday. Oh yeah, there also is a football game to be played Sunday at San Francisco.

Many people see that Thursday’s game should be the tipping point for the NFL to reconsider the games, but then owners also have to consider dollar signs, receiving $1.86 billion from NBC, CBS, Twitter and Amazon over the two-year Thursday night TV and streaming package that ends after this season.

The NFL on Monday defended its replay reversal of Austin Seferian-Jenkins’s TD-turned-fumble, but its case remains unconvincing. It was baffling even to former NFL officiating czars Mike Pereira and Dean Blandino. That’s not saying the Jets would have beaten the Patriots if the Cheap Football Practice Jerseys TD call Cheap Epl Jerseys had stood, as it probably should have. But they would have had a chance.

While Tom Brady is the league’s biggest star and the league’s greatest-ever QB, Aaron Rodgers is probably the NFL’s most indispensable player. And now the Packers have lost him, quite possibly for the season. They don’t have a backup like Jimmy Garoppolo to step in, as the Patriots would have minus Brady. Coach Mike McCarthy is pledging to go with Brett Hundley as the starter, squelching talk that Colin Kaepernick or Tony Romo could get a call. But it’s difficult to imagine the Packers being a factor in the NFC’s Super Bowl chase with the untested Hundley at QB.

The Vikings still need to win to wrap up the No. 2 seed, punching their ticket to a home game in the divisional playoffs.

The Ravens know regardless of what else happens, a win over the Bengals will get them back into the playoffs, a familiar feeling in the Joe Flacco-John Harbaugh era. They will rebound from the off-but-victorious home game against the Colts and build on their 20-0 win in Cincinnati back in Week 1. Baltimore marches on as a very dangerous wild card because of its defense.

They won’t hold back in routing another division foe, as the Bears have a shaky offense that doesn’t match up well against the hosts’ defense. This is a hard end-of-rookie-season assignment for Mitchell Trubisky.

The Steelers won’t be sympathetic about helping the Browns get their first win, as the No. 1 AFC seed is still within reach. Pittsburgh won by only a field goal in Cleveland back in Week 1, but the AFC North rivals have gone in completely different directions before this finale. Expect a bunch of Le’Veon Bell, too much for the Browns.

Put simply, Markelle Fultz is still the best Point Guard prospect since Kyrie Irving. Fultz has a natural ability to change speeds, which doesn’t just make him dangerous in transition, it helps him control the pace of the game. He’s a playmaker with instinctual passing vision. He’s got a hard to beat first step, an impossible to guard spin-move, and can use hesitation to get where he wants, or to get the hesi pull-up jimbo he wants. Traditionally he’s been a good spot-up shooter, good off the dribble, and a good finisher at the rim thanks to his athleticism and body control. If he improves his free-throw shooting, his ability to get to the basket should translate into an ability to get to the line. Oh and he’s got a 6’10” wingspan. Which means he has the potential to be both an above average rebounder at his position and a versatile defender who can switch across two to three positions.

If all that sounds like a bunch of subjective, eye-test, opinion-based, Philly-biased, aggrandizing fluffery to you, let’s dig back into some of his college numbers and highlights, since he’s only got four injury-plagued games to draw from in the pros. Things like playmaking, passing vision, creativity, footwork and handle generally show up a little more readily in the footage than they do the analytics. So let’s start there. Fultz has a lot of ways to get his own shot and a lot of ways to get to the rim and a lot of ways to finish when he’s there. In other words, he’s Cheap MLB Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Supply got a lot of ways to score. Here are a few examples…

The Seahawks were done against the Rams before that game even started.

Russell Wilson is still running around and doing his thing, but the lack of rushing and line support is getting to him. Meanwhile, Seattle’s injury-ravaged defense is no longer holding things together. The Cowboys will control the clock with Ezekiel Elliott while their defense continues to be sparked by Sean Lee and the young secondary. Wilson keeps it close, but Dak Prescott eventually puts it away.

The Patriots haven’t been carried by Tom Brady in recent weeks. The running game and receiving corps have battled through some injury hits, and the defense has scraped to keep things in reach of victory. New England is more gritty than pretty now, which is perfect for this time of year. Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy are hot, but they’ll be cooled off in this rematch.

The Giants found some extra energy against the Eagles, and it will carry over into a good matchup on the road. Drew Stanton is returning for Arizona as starting QB with limited help, while Eli Manning is playing as well as he can to stay in New York’s plans for 2018.

Without Tatum’s immediate contributions, Boston’s offense would struggle more than it has. It’s reasonable and appropriate to expect that some regression still may be coming — the NBA season is much longer than the 29 games Tatum suited up for at Duke.

They currently have the best record in the Eastern Conference while starting a 19-year-old and a 21-year-old, while missing their prized 27-year-old free agency addition, and with a gaggle of younger players on the bench with varying amounts of potential. But the Celtics also will receive the Los Angeles Lakers’ pick this season if it falls between the second and fifth selection. Currently, the Lakers have the second-worst record in the league.

Let’s imagine that the Celtics do get that pick — they just need Los Angeles to not win the lottery, or else it goes to Philadelphia — and can pick between three highly prized centers, Mo Bamba, DeAndre Ayton, and Marvin Bagley. Or they could potentially draft Luka Doncic, the Slovenian wunderkind who would give the Celtics an embarrassment of riches on the wings. This MLB Jerseys Cheap is essentially what the basketball pioneers at Free Darko once imagined: the Wholesale NFL Jerseys Free Shipping game played with five do-everything wings. While a center might be the more traditional pick, especially with the oldest core player being Horford, Doncic would represent the ultimate basketball experiment.

Johnny Manziel could soon revive his professional football career in Canada.

The CFL on Thursday announced commissioner Randy Ambrosie will approve a contract for the free agent quarterback to play in 2018 if one can be negotiated with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, who hold Manziel’s rights.

Since last summer, the Canadian Football League has been engaged in a Wholesale NHL Jerseys thorough process to determine the eligibility of Johnny Manziel. This process has been conducted with the cooperation of Mr. Manziel and independent of the team which currently holds his CFL rights, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

It has included an ongoing assessment by an independent expert on the issue of violence against women, a review by legal counsel, and an in-person interview of Mr. Manziel conducted by the Commissioner. As well, Mr. Manziel has been required to meet a number of conditions set by the league.

As a result of this process, the Commissioner has now informed Mr. Manziel and the Tiger-Cats he is prepared to approve a contract for Mr. Manziel should one be negotiated.

A few hours later, thanks to Alabama’s 24-6 bludgeoning of Clemson, it had become a lot more than just a chant. It was a full-blown SEC celebration that will culminate in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game presented by AT&T (8 p.m. ET Jan. 8 on ESPN and ESPN App) with an all-SEC final in the city where the SEC plays its conference championship game every year (Atlanta).

They say the SEC doesn’t dominate any more, but I beg to differ, Alabama center Bradley Bozeman said.

Even SEC executive associate commissioner Mark Womack couldn’t resist NFL Jerseys Authentic as he strolled across the field amid the Alabama confetti falling from the top of the Superdome roof.

I’m trying to figure out how a one-team league has both of the teams playing for the national championship, Womack chortled.

Yep, the collective groan heard around the rest of the college football world late Monday was reminiscent of the one heard at the end of the 2011 season, when Alabama and LSU met in a rematch to decide the BCS National Championship. That game was also in the Big Easy, and it helped pave the way to the College Football Playoff.