The Celtics lucked into one clunker from James

Indeed, the age limit rule was introduced in the league’s 2005 collective bargaining agreement, but the first class it impacted departed high school in 2006. It included Greg Oden, Kevin Durant, Michael Conley and five other one-and-dones chosen among the first 21 picks in the 2007 draft.

There was no one-and-done rule in place for players who left high school the previous year, so nine young men who’d never played in college were chosen in 2005, including No. 6 overall pick Martell Webster and long-time pros Monta Ellis, C.J. Miles and Lou Williams.
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Through five games, there were scant answers. The Celtics lucked into one clunker from James, in Cleveland’s Game 3 loss. But here in Game 5, James was back to his dominant self, helping the Cavs close out Boston on its home floor with a 135-102 drubbing. For James, it was a typically brilliant stat line: 35 points, 13-for-18 shooting, 4 for 7 from the 3-point line, eight rebounds and eight assists.

James, who passed Michael Jordan on the list of all-time playoff scoring, played a nearly flawless game. He got to the basket at will, and took advantage of the Celtics’ lack of size, making nine out of his 10 shots at the rim. He made his four 3s, which means he took just one long 2-point shot on the night, a jumper from the right wing that he missed. Besides that, James had the kind of high-efficiency shooting chart that would make any analytics honcho drool.

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It has to be a five-man effort, Crowder said. There’s not really one guy that can do that. At the same time, you have to do a good job with showing it early. You can’t wait until he gets in the paint and then try to build a wall. You’ve got to do it early.

NBA free agency rumors: Rockets to extend James Harden, hope to add other stars

The Rockets plan to offer star guard James Harden a contract extension as they look to make themselves a more attractive destination for free agents this offseason, the Houston Chronicle reported Tuesday.

Golden State will get some additional rest before the NBA Finals, which start June 1 at the earliest. But even the added rest may not be enough for Kerr, who told ESPN after Monday night’s win that he’s still “day by day.”

According to the report, Kerr is still experiencing “a significant amount of pain and discomfort” in his back, which required surgery two years ago. Many thought Kerr had been improving as he’s traveled with the team to San Antonio, but he’s not improved to the point where he feels comfortable returning to the bench.

The police report listed the damage caused to the car at $3,150.45, which is a felony. Jackson, however, was given a lesser charge.

Jackson must now enroll in and successfully complete an anger management counseling course by October 31. He will also have to complete a minimum of 20 hours of community service by the same date.

Despite all of the drama off the court, Jackson could be the top pick in this summer’s NBA Draft. He is regarded as the best two-way player in this year’s class after leading the Jayhawks to the Elite Eight as a freshman.

Jackson has called his off-the-court issues “old business,” but NBA teams will likely still vet him intensely during the draft process to make sure he isn’t a high-risk player.redskins_033

James has led the way in the 2017 NBA playoffs

Hoo boy, has Durant come a long way. This is the same guy who, two years ago during the NBA All-Star weekend, told the media, You guys really don’t know s—. He went on to add that, I’m only here talking to y’all because I have to … Y’all not my friends.
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Limited Arthur Moats Jersey Much has changed, obviously, for Durant. His transformation from salty OKC grumbler to supersweet Warriors golden boy has been pleasant to watch, and it has come even as Durant has taken a considerable pile of criticism for his decision to pack and leave the Thunder to play for the Warriors.

Durant just as well could not have scored. Heck, he could have not played at all like he did twice in the first round against the Trail Blazers while nursing a strained left calf. In 21 games this season without Durant, the Warriors are 17-4.

James has led the way in the 2017 NBA playoffs, averaging 32.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists while shooting 56.6 percent from the field and 42.1 percent from 3-point range. Even by LeBron standards, his play has been phenomenal.

James (5,995) also passed Michael Jordan (5,987) for most career postseason points, moving into the No. 1 slot all time with a 3-pointer in the clinching Game 5 win against the Celtics. Yes, James has played much more in the playoffs than Jordan (212 games and 8,915 total minutes vs. 179 games and 7,474 total minutes), but LeBron has also taken 118 less field-goal attempts than MJ (4,379 FGA vs. 4,497 FGA).

It depends who they want to put with Jaylen Brown down the road. But either of those guys makes it easy for them to pass on Ball.

When coach Mike Budenholzer first came to Hawks, his team wowed fans and gained a cult following among NBA scouts and coaches with his pace and space style.

MLB Draft 2017: Twins select HS shortstop Royce Lewis with No. 1 overall pick

The Twins kept their choice for the top pick in the 2017 MLB Draft a secret until the very end.

When they finally did announce the pick Monday, it was Royce Lewis, who was selected first overall to begin the three-day, 40-round draft.

It’s an amazing feeling. I can’t even explain it, Lewis told MLB Network.

The Twins chose Lewis over Louisville’s Brendan McKay, who had a.343 batting average with 17 home runs and 56 RBIs as a first baseman and also struck out 140 batters over 104 innings as a pitcher with a 2.34 ERA. McKay, announced as a first baseman, went fourth overall to the Rays.

Who’s right behind Redskins (8-6-1), Buccaneers (8-7): Washington beat Chicago to stay right behind Green Bay and Detroit, so a win over the Giants means the Redskins are in as a second wild card from the East. Tampa Bay needs a win against the Panthers and an improbable series of events to win, including the Lions winning and Redskins tying.

Who’s out Vikings (7-8), Saints (7-8), Panthers (6-9), Cardinals (6-8-1), Eagles (6-9), Rams (4-11), Bears (3-12), 49ers (2-13): Minnesota, New Orleans and Carolina all were added to the elimination group in Week 16.

Colin Kapernick can become a free agent this offseason. Which means that the NFLs owners, executives and coaches have a chance to put their Rae Carruth comparisons where their mouths are.

To be fair, those would be their anonymous Rae Carruth comparisons, like the one made in an eye-opening Bleacher Report story on the eve of the season, when the topic of Kaepernicks pre-game protests went viral. Several front-office types strongly denounced him and his actions, but the money shot was the one that said Carruth, the former wide receiver still serving a murder sentence, was the last player as widely-hated by executives as Kaepernick.

LeBron James guns for Michael Jordan record: ‘It’s a personal goal of mine’

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Watch out, Michael Jordan. LeBron James is coming for you. Or specifically your postseason points record.

The Cavaliers star needs 28 to surpass Jordan’s 5,987 postseason points, the NBA record.

It’s just a personal goal of mine, James said Thursday, via ESPN.com. It has nothing to do with passing the rings, passing the points, passing MVPs. It’s just my personal goal to keep me motivated — that’s all.

Like I’m the reason why (expletive) Orlando couldn’t make the playoffs for five, six years in a row? Am I the reason that Brooklyn gave all their picks to Boston? Like, am I the reason that they’re not that good (laughs). I can’t play for every team, so the truth of the matter is I left one team. It’s one more team that you probably would’ve thought would’ve been a contender. One more team. I couldn’t have made the (entire) East better. I couldn’t have made everybody (else) in the West better.
Authentic Youth Cedric Peerman Jersey As he admits, he left the Thunder which provided one less true threat to Golden State. But the Eastern Conference would have played out the same, and the Western Conference may have had the same, or similar results, as well. The Spurs were a great team, and there’s no guarantee it wouldn’t have been Spurs vs. Warriors in the Western Conference Finals anyway.

Even NBA commissioner Adam Silver realizes the league will never have true parity, because it’s a different sport.

We’re never going to have NFL-style parity in this league, Silver said in June last year. It is the nature of this league that certain players are so good that those teams are likely almost automatically, if that player remains healthy, to become playoff teams, and especially mixed with other great players.

Sure, Durant doesn’t help the parity problem, but he’s not solely to blame for it.

Rodgers has been on the disappointing side of so many such games.

Prescott’s remarkable rookie season won’t be remembered by a long lost Cowboys Super Bowl ring. It will recognized for it’s brilliance in resilience, all the way to the end.

Rodgers has been on the disappointing side of so many such games. Yet he keeps digging deeper to play better, no matter who’s out there executing or not executing with him. He has based his confident career on never believing the Packers are out of anything.

Prescott has a head start with that. He found out that his best stacked up with the best. While Rodgers is the one who walked off as the jaw-dropping hero, Prescott can look at his performance and stellar numbers (24 of 38, 302 yards, 3 TDs, 103.2 rating) and know he answered Rodgers in every way, and as the more efficient passer to boot.

Don’t lump this with another Cowboys choke job, or declare whether or not it’s Romo in there, it’s the same old disappointing playoff result for Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett.

To be clear, the Dolphins didn’t have much of a chance after the first quarter. They couldn’t protect Moore from the Steelersrush. He is, after all, the backup for a reason.

Afterward, head coach Adam Gase said Moore cleared everything,” from team and NFL personnel. Moore said he felt fine, that he just needed a second there. Which, of course, is what you would expect them to say… and what the league protocol is there to safeguard against.

But Moore took some hit’s and made some decisions that will always raise the question of whether they would have happened regardless of the results of that Dupree hit. Getting chased down and stripped from behind by James Harrison. Running into blocker Jay Ajayi and fumbling as the pocket collapsed. Throwing straight to Ryan Shazier dropping back into coverage, when it seemed as if the entire Heinz Field crowd and a national TV audience saw him there before Moore threw it.
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Patriots president hits Colts, Ryan Grigson with Deflategate zing

Two years ago the Patriots made a mockery of the Colts in an AFC championship game beatdown on their way to Super Bowl XLIX.

‘I do think that issues of addressing it more in a treatment and less punitive measure is appropriate,’ Smith told a group of Post reporters and editors Tuesday. ‘I think it’s important to look at whether there are addiction issues. And I think it’s important to not simply assume recreation is the reason it’s being used.’

Currently, a player who tests positive for marijuana (or a misses a league-mandated drug test) is subject to fines and suspensions. The current stairstep approach to addressing failed or missed drug testing:

The league’s stance on revising policies related to marijuana has been consistent: It would agree to change them only if advised to do so by medical experts.

He has to face the reality that he behaved boorishly and foolishly, Deters told Cincinnati.com. There has to be a demonstration of trying to fix his behavior In all these kinds of cases, factors include getting help and remorse how genuinely sorry he is about it.
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The 33-year-old Jones got into trouble for several off-the-field incidents early in his career, and the NFL suspended him for the entire 2007 season and part of 2008. The one-time All-Pro had avoided trouble since joining the Bengals in 2010.

Sanders had 79 receptions for 1,032 yards and five touchdowns this season, so he didn’t exactly struggle. Romo’s addition might help all of Denver’s receivers find more consistency, though.
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Even if Romo is added to Denver’s roster, Siemian and/or Lynch likely will still play a role with the team on Sundays, because Romo hasn’t completed a full season since 2012.

Yankees’ Aaron Judge mashes hardest hit home run of Statcast era

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The home run came off of Orioles starter Chris Tillman, who entered tonight allowing just four home runs on the season. Judge’s Yankee teammates Didi Gregorius and Starlin Castro each connected on bombs as well, running up Tillman’s season total to seven home runs on the year.

Clemens wanted $25,000 to sign with the Mets. They offered $10,000. They probably should have given him the extra $15,000. They had another chance to get Clemens; they had three first-round picks in the 1983 draft (fourth overall, 20th and 27th), but they chose Eddie Williams with the fourth overall pick and then the Red Sox took Clemens with the 19th overall pick. So close, but so very far away.
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Only two players the Mariners picked in their first-ever draft made big impacts in the major leagues. Dave Henderson, who was the club’s first pick (No. 26 in the opening round) had a solid 14-year career for six clubs, primarily the Mariners and A’s. Phillips was the other guy, compiling a career WAR of 50.8 over his 18 seasons in the bigs. Problem was, he didn’t sign with Seattle, and was drafted in the first round of the 1978 draft by the Expos. We should point out that Henderson and Phillips eventually made an impact together; both were starters for the 1989 A’s, a club that won the World Series.

In 2005, his fourth season in the big leagues, Lee finished fourth in the AL Cy Young voting. Getting to that point was quite the trip. See, in 1997 Lee was drafted out of high school in Arkansas by the Marlins, but he didn’t sign. Then in 1998, he was drafted by the Orioles in the 20th round out of a Mississippi community college, but didn’t sign.

The Falcons’ historic Super Bowl 51 choke, in five acts

How did the Atlanta Falcons conjure up the greatest choke job in North American sports history?

Let’s allow the most esteemed of sportswriters, Ernest Hemingway, to handle that one.

“Gradually, then suddenly.”

They owned a 16-point lead in Super Bowl 51 after the New England Patriots, following a drive that advanced all the way to a first-and-goal at the Atlanta 7, were forced to settle for a field goal with 9:44 remaining in regulation. At that point, the Patriots were going to need a near miracle to find a way to win their fifth championship.

Alex Smith, 32, doesn’t present any real age concerns. Coach Andy Reid and Kansas City seem comfortable staying with Smith’s steady floor and limited ceiling. But Smith has been around a while with limited playoff success. Although the situation is not as dire as some make it out to be, this is a good time for the Chiefs to add another potential starting QB with Smith having only two more seasons left on his contract.

There’s a lot of Donovan McNabb in Watson, and that should pique Reid a little more as John Dorsey and the rest of Kansas City’s personnel team takes a longer look.

Can new coach Kyle Shanahan and new general manager John Lynch convince Jeffery to come out West with an uncertain QB situation? That’s the trick, but there’s no doubt Shanahan, after working with Julio Jones and the Falcons, knows it’s critical to have an attention-demanding target to set up complementary, versatile receivers in his diverse passing offense.

Sitting on a gold mine under the cap, the 49ers easily have the means to give Jeffery the money he wants. Combining that move with, say, a trade for Jimmy Garoppolo would be a great coup.texans_028

Blount is overrated as a straight-up power runner to get consistent chunks of yards

Womens Scottie Pippen Jersey This is an interesting team to have a huge amount of projected cap space. With the development of Marcus Mariota, the growth of their offensive line and the rebirth of running back DeMarco Murray, the Titans look like a team ready to turn the corner.

They are in a position where the timing might be perfect to use free agency to fill voids around a young, cheap nucleus. The Titans have never been big spenders and have more or less gone into a spending shell since being burned by their decision to extend running back Chris Johnson years ago. But if there is a time for them to attack premier free agents, it should be now.

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Blount is overrated as a straight-up power runner to get consistent chunks of yards — he had to gain only one yard for 12 of his 19 scores this season. His strength comes more when he explodes past a would-be tackler for a lengthy rumble. That’s where Jones must clean up and not be too aggressive in flying upfield. If he can’t bring down Blount, he at least needs to buy time for his teammates to rally.

When Blount isn’t in, Jones will need to switch gears into sound coverage against Lewis. It’s all about who can be faster and quicker, and Jones needs to do his best to stay with Lewis laterally in a difficult change of pace from Blount. Either Blount or Lewis having a big game spells doom for Atlanta.