Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard does everything late to beat Rockets, then gets drug-tested

Kawhi Leonard showed how talented he is on both ends of the floor in the final seconds of the Spurs’ game against the Rockets on Monday night.

With his team down a point with 32 seconds remaining, Leonard pulled up from deep and nailed a contested 3-point shot over Nene. Before anyone could even react to the made basket, Leonard pinned a potential game-tying James Harden layup against the backboard seven seconds later.

Asked for his MVP ballot before his team’s home game against the Thunder on Sunday night, Cuban responded (via the Dallas Morning News), “Harden, LeBron (James), toss up. (Westbrook’s) not. Look at Harden, he took a team that was 41-41 last year. Look what they’re doing now. Like I said, he (Westbrook) is having a great, incredible individual year. But the Rockets are a top-three record after everybody wrote them off because of James Harden. That’s the difference.”

Cuban made his Westbrook-is-no-superstar stance known during last season’s playoffs, just before the Mavs were eliminated in Game 5 by a Thunder team that also featured Kevin Durant. He reiterated that opinion in December, but walked it back in January.

While Westbrook is averaging a triple-double this season and the Thunder are on Wholesale Jerseys China pace to win 45 games with Durant now in Golden State, Cuban is back to his initial way of thinking.

“If I changed my mind, it would ruin all the fun,” Cuban said Sunday. “You got to win 50 games and a playoff series. It’s impressive, don’t get me wrong. It’s incredible. He’s unstoppable in his own way. But the criteria (are) the criteria. There’s lots of rewards for individual Wholesale NFL Jerseys Free Shipping accomplishments. But it’s a team game. That’s not to take anything away from Russ. It would be no fun if I changed my mind.”

the competition for outfield spots is fierce

The NL is loaded with outstanding third basemen. The two already on the team (Nolan Arenado and Jake Lamb) are having fine seasons, but think about this: Rendon has the best WAR of any third baseman in the majors, Turner is batting .382 in 59 games, and Shaw has 17 homers, 59 RBIs and a .911 OPS. Yikes.

Most years, the competition for outfield spots is fierce. This year, there are solid players but no glaring omissions. Want proof of that? Of the 10 players on the Final Vote ballot — five AL, five NL — there are zero outfielders.

Again, no glaring omissions. Realmuto is an outstanding player, and Cheap NCAA Jerseys it would be great to see him wearing his Marlins stuff in the game at Marlins Park.

I’d be pretty stunned if Gonzalez (2.77 ERA) and Wood (1.83 ERA) aren’t eventually on the squad. No spot has more additions/subtractions than pitchers.

It’s great to see non-closing relief pitchers become All-Star regulars, no doubt. A couple other guys probably deserve spots this year, too — Devenski has 66 strikeouts in 48 1/3 innings, Rivero has a nasty 0.82 ERA, Bradley’s at 1.23 and Kahnle has 53 strikeouts in 31 1/3 innings.

Charles Clay has not played up to his contract, and the Bills’ reported interest in free-agent tight ends signals a desire to improve at the position. But they did not address tight end in the draft.

“We’re just kind of going through one of those funks right now, I guess is the best way to put it,” said Yankees reliever Tyler Clippard, who in three appearances over a recent five-day span allowed nine earned runs while recording just Cheap NFL Jerseys Nike four outs. “I mean, it’s so hard to kind of pinpoint why.”

NBA free agency rumors: Market shifts favor Pelicans in Jrue Holiday pursuit, SN sources say

Jrue Holiday’s free-agency options are getting limited, and the odds are improving that he winds up staying put in New Orleans.

According to league sources, some of the potential Holiday Cheap Personalized Jerseys suitors have seen their interest drop off in recent weeks, and a glut of point guards available either by trade (Ricky Rubio, Eric Bledsoe) or free agency (George Hill, Jeff Teague) has watered down the market.

Enter McDermott and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, who with their 4-3 defense hope to provide simplicity and efficiency in the wake of Ryan’s complicated 3-4. In comes offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, whose familiarity and ability to work with Tyrod Taylor should only fuel the fan base’s optimism regarding its starting quarterback.

Beginning with that player, we break down Buffalo’s new-look roster, position-by-position.

Hayward is also an excellent shooter off screens (83.0 percentile with 1.12 points per possession last season) and one of the better cutters in the league (84.9 percentile with 1.44 points per possession), which would add another interesting wrinkle to Stevens’ motion-based offense. Not only would it give Stevens another weapon to use following timeouts, but also the combination of Horford setting screens Cheap Paintball Jerseys on Hayward while Thomas looks to score in isolation would put a lot of pressure on defenses to be engaged Cheap Michael Jordan Jerseys For Kids one through five.

NFL playoff teams must have ignored talk of a devalued running game

A funny thing has happened in this pass-oriented, quarterback-driven NFL the emergence of the running game as a factor for so many of this year’s playoff teams.

Check the stats. Six of the NFL’s top 10 rushing teams made the playoffs, led in the NFC by No. 2 Dallas and No. 5 Atlanta. In the AFC, the top-seeded Patriots rank No. 7, and three other playoff teams rank in the top 10 (No. 6 Oakland, No. 8 Houston and No. 9 Miami).

Teams such as Pittsburgh, Green Bay, Seattle and Kansas City will host cold weather playoff games in which the running game likely will take on a larger role, which is fine with the Steelers and Chiefs, who ranked in the top half of the league in rushing.

Although Rodgers threw for 294 yards in the Week 6 loss, the Cowboys limited him to just one touchdown and picked him off early in the third quarter.

Rodgers had plenty time off a play-action fake to try and hit Randall Cobb Cheap Jerseys No Shipping Fees on a crossing route. But he didnt see safety Barry Church, who confused Rodgers before the snap by shading toward Jordy Nelson before dropping into a zone.

Rodgers is one of the more elusive quarterbacks in the league and his ability to keep plays alive with his legs is one of the things that makes him so dangerous. Along with ability to escape pressure, Rodgers also has one of the NFLs quickest releases.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning had 193 passing yards with a touchdown, but Cheap Jerseys Outlet Shop threw an interception and lost a pair of fumbles as the Cowboys sacked him three times. The Cowboys likely will blitz Rodgers, and a blitz against Manning led to a fumble.

Linebacker Sean Lee blitzed off Mannings right side and hit Manning high as Cedric Thornton was around Mannings legs. The ball slipped from Mannings hands and Thornton recovered it.

That allows Jordan Matthews to return to the slot role for which he’s suited

That was the issue with Jackson. Any potential for a turnaround of this franchise — in the long or short term — hinged on imaginary scenarios, not real plans. When Jackson brought in Noah and Derrick Rose last offseason, it was obvious to most observers that he’d set the team up for more abject failure, and only the most wishful of thinkers projected a Rose-Noah Knicks resurgence.

This offseason was heading in the same direction. Jackson was flailing and could not articulate where the Knicks were headed next. Dolan got wise. And the franchise without a plan moves on.

Now this is a story all about how the Eagles’ receiving corps got flipped upside down with Torrey Smith and Alshon Jeffery as the new princes in town. While Smith is back in a more comfortable role as a speedy deep threat who can burn No. 2 corners one-on-one, Jeffery steps into more of an upside No. 1 role than he had during his NFL Jerseys Authentic time with Jay Cutler in Chicago. They are perfect for Wentz to let loose downfield this season.

That allows Jordan Matthews to return to the slot role for which he’s suited, and Nelson Agholor into a pure spread-the-field option, because he’s proved he can’t handle much else. The Eagles can also go ahead and blow up their experiment with Dorial Green-Beckham, too. There’s more expandability for veterans here, as the team drafted both Mack Hollins and Shelton Gibson late.

This is a ridiculous 180 from the rags the Eagles have had at Cheap Liverpool Jerseys the position since DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. There’s no reason to rein in Wentz now.

the safeties acquired in free agency to replace Aaron Williams and Corey Graham

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Corners and safeties under McDermott, in theory, should benefit from more zone coverage. But the secondary features several new faces — as far as starters go, only corner Ronald Darby and potential nickel man Kevon Seymour are retained as guys who played in Ryan’s more challenging, man coverage-based scheme.

Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer, the safeties acquired in MLB Baseball Jerseys free agency to replace Aaron Williams and Corey Graham, will be needed more as ballhawks than run-supporters. Both are capable. In contrast, the corners who were left on islands in Ryan’s scheme will be more involved in rush defense.

That said, rookie first-rounder Tre’Davious White will have an immediate impact as a likely starter opposite Darby. Newcomers Shareece Wright, Leonard Johnson New York Giants Cheap Jerseys and Charles James will earn reps at corner, too.

The Bills’ roster as a whole features a handful of Pro Bowl-caliber players but hardly any solid depth, so health will be even more important than usual.

Given a new coaching staff implementing a fresh culture, a front office in its infancy and a work-in-progress roster, don’t expect Buffalo to pull an upset and reach the postseason in 2017. But don’t expect more of the chaos for which the organization has become known, either.

Jeff Fisher video reveals harsh reality of NFL coach firings

When Jeff Fisher was fired by the Rams in December, the NFL world let out a crude-but-unanimous cheer. Many had viewed the head coach’s firing as an overdue inevitability, Sporting News included.

The Celtics were long considered the top Cheap Qld School Basketball Jerseys suitor for Hayward with his former Butler coach Brad Stevens now in Boston. But a late push from Miami executive Pat Riley muddled Hayward’s future in recent weeks.

Utah, which has the ability to offer Hayward by far the largest contract (a five-year deal worth an estimated $180 million), brought newly acquired point guard Ricky Rubio to a meeting with Hayward on Monday.

“That’s our fault man,” the player could be heard saying. “Y’all just lost the greatest thing next to this team. Y’all ain’t never play in front of a head coach like that.”

Hayward and Stevens have already proven they can lead a team deep into the postseason with a run to the NCAA championship game in 2010. Now the Celtics hope Hayward, who has averaged just under 16 points for his career, but was near 22 points per game last season, can help the Celtics overtake the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference.

“Coach Stevens was so great about it, all of it. He helped me lay out my options, and talked it through from both sides… but in the end, when I needed it, he also gave me my space. And he also let me know that it was my choice to make and that he would be there for me, on the other side of it, either way. And of course I ended up deciding to leave: I declared for the draft, and got drafted, and started my new NBA life in Utah. But it always meant a lot to me, to know how, in that moment, even with our lives at this strange crossroads together, Coach Stevens was someone I could Cheap Qld School NBA Jerseys count on.”

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen slams L.A. fans for lack of All-Star votes

Kenley Jansen is one of four Dodgers players selected to next week’s MLB All-Star Game.

But none of those four players will be a starter July 11 in Miami, and that Cheap Dodgers Jerseys does not sit well with the Dodgers closer.

Jansen put Dodgers fans on blast Sunday, saying it’s their fault players like Corey Seager and Justin Turner are not in the game as starters.

“I’ll say it loud and clear again: It’s the Dodger fans’ fault,” Jansen told reporters Sunday. “We should have voted for those two guys. They deserved to be the starters.”

Reds shortstop Zack Cozart got more fans votes than Seager to nab the NL starting spot. Cozart has a slash line of .322/.403/.958 with nine home runs and 33 RBIs, while Seager is hitting .305/.404/.923 with 13 homers and 42 RBIs.

He also brings a solid defensive presence, although stats may not show it. He and Steven Adams can protect the rim while allowing other star players a reprieve on that side of the ball.

He’ll pair nicely with incoming All-Star Paul George, who the Thunder will reportedly trade for. Then you pair those two with Terrance Ferguson, who was selected 21st overall in the draft and you get good replacements for Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis and Taj Gibson.

Patterson’s deal puts the Thunder out of the running for Rudy Gay, as the money just won’t be there. While Gay would have been better, Patterson is a solid consolation prize. OKC’s next move will be to re-sign Andre Roberson, which ESPN reported will be “almost a lock.”

Presti is building a roster that is much improved from last season, giving Westbrook a break from having to do every single thing. The only downside to the excitement for next season is that it’s likely George will leave after one year to go play for the Lakers. But as it stands now, the Nike NFL Jerseys From China Thunder could make some noise in the West.

NBA Finals: Kevin Durant, Warriors live in the moment and by the 3-pointer

CLEVELAND Kevin Durant snagged the rebound of a Kyle Korver miss and dribbled up the floor with the Warriors trailing by two. He pulled up for a 3-pointer over the outstretched arm of LeBron James, and all that talk about changing teams, legacy and the balance of the NBA Finals came down through the net with 45.4 seconds left.

“I just wanted to take the shot,” Durant said. “It was a good time. There was 45 seconds to go. We were down two. If I miss, we could have got another stop.”

It went in, of course, and it’s Durant’s signature moment, for now. That go-ahead shot helped close out a pivotal 118-113 victory at Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday.
The same can be said of the current Cavaliers and Warriors squads.

Pairing three stars together does not automatically mean they are going to Cheap Laker Jerseys Sale form a “Big Three.” It has to work structurally. Aldridge and Paul are relatively slow for their positions. Leonard is a freak athlete, but he does not have elite foot speed.

San Antonio simply could not match up with Golden State’s quick, electric guards on a consistent basis. Paul would do little to remedy that situation.

If the Spurs are is truly interested in making a big splash this offseason, they may want to consider Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal, who is signed through the 2020-21 season.

Beal and teammate John Wall have a well-documented history of not always getting along. The logistics of the trade financially and value wise would take some negotiating, but purely from a basketball standpoint, Beal would be an ideal running mate alongside Leonard.

Once the NBA Finals conclude, and draft picks have been made, it will be Cheap Lebron Jerseys interesting to see which teams are aggressive this offseason in an attempt to catch the Warriors and Cavs.

Warriors’ Stephen Curry finding NBA Finals redemption, one ankle-twisting play at a time

Stephen Curry had the ball on the right wing with about nine minutes to play in the third quarter of Game 2, coming off a pick-and-roll with Draymond Green that had left LeBron James guarding him. Curry darted first toward the baseline, where James seemed to hem him in. So Curry wheeled out, back to Cheap Jerseys Vip the right wing, taking James with him.

He wasn’t quite sure how all this was going to play out. “Honestly, I was rushing to begin with because I felt like there was an angle here, an angle there, and there wasn’t because a huge crowd around on that right side of the floor,” Curry said.

He shifted back and forth, making James change direction — “a little hesitation,” Curry called it — so many times he looked like James was fresh off a merry-go-round. He composed himself before finally pushing into the lane with a left-handed dribble, curling past James and through Kevin Love and finishing with a slick, up-and-under layup off the glass.

The Warriors have enough firepower to put together a similar run with Durant on the bench. They a won a title in 2014-2015 and a league-best 73 regular-season games in 2015-16 while leading the NBA in scoring both seasons prior to his arrival. However, the Cavs would’ve almost certainly had a better shot at stretching their lead and putting that much more pressure on the Warriors to avoid enduring two more days of potentially embarrassing 3-1 jokes and having to head back to Cleveland for Game 6.

Instead, the Cavaliers never got closer than four, and the Warriors went on to clinch the championship on their home floor for the first time in franchise history, leaving the rest Cheap Jerseys With Numbers of the league to wonder if anyone will be able to come close to competing with them for the immediate future.