Standing at under 6 feet tall, Isaiah Thomas finds it difficult to navigate his way through the trees on his way to the basket. When he does decide to go that route, he’s often fouled, as he shot 649 free throws in the regular season (fifth-highest total in the league).
The free-throw line is where Thomas shines, as he shot 90 percent from there, second-best among eligible players. But in Game 5 of the Celtics’ playoff series against the Wizards, Thomas didn’t go to the line once, and the point guard was not happy about it after the game.
“But it’s just, I don’t like it when they make stuff up. … If I didn’t do a good job or I didn’t do something [correctly], then I understand that. That’s your job. You got to write it. But when you make stuff up, that’s the part that I don’t get that kind of makes me mad.”
The media criticism reached a boiling point when Lue made the choice to bench starters LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love so they could get some rest. The media, fellow coaches and players from around the league weighed in, with many opinions bashing Lue’s choice.
“That’s why I know that the media has to do what they have to do, because when you Cheap Quality NBA Jerseys rest him, they cry, ‘Oh, he should play! [Michael] Jordan would never sit!’ And then you play him 42 minutes: ‘He’s playing too much!'” Lue said. “Like, what? So if you don’t play, you mad. If you play too much, you mad. … And I’ve come to the realization that it is what it is. That’s why I just try to tune Cheap Queensland Reds Jerseys the outside noise out.”
The 35-year-old is a three-time first-team all-defense choice. More notoriously, he’s the reason the league now bans gambling on team flights. It all goes back to an incident during which he lumped up teammate O.J. Mayo over a card game. As the story goes, Mayo owed Allen $7,500 but refused to pay and began selling out about how he wasn’t going to do so while claiming he was a better player and boasting about being a lottery pick.
Here’s how Allen responded, according to an ESPN.com article penned by Chris Broussard:
…Allen had enough and struck Mayo in the face. He then landed a succession of blows to Mayo’s eye, mouth, shoulder and the side of his head. Mayo was able to get off a swing, but Allen ducked to avoid it and then clocked Mayo once more for good measure.
Gasol, who has also played on the Grizzlies, Lakers and Bulls during his so far 15 Cheap Kids NFL Jerseys years in the league, is undoubtedly in elite company.
Turning point: At the end of the third quarter, the Thunder held a 77-72 lead. Coach Billy Donovan tried to give Westbrook, who played 42 of a possible 48 minutes, a short break before subbing him back in for the rest of the game. Donovan used a five-man lineup of Oladipo-Abrines-McDermott-Grant-Gibson. Less Cheap Kings Jerseys than three minutes into the fourth quarter, the Rockets were ahead 86-81. Yep, just like that.
OKC was outscored 27-9 in the six minutes Westbrook sat in Game 5. For the entire series, the Thunder finished plus-15 with Westbrook on the floor and minus-58 when he sat. Yes, the offense dropped significantly without a singular driving force like Westbrook available, but as ESPN’s Tom Haberstroh pointed out prior to Game 5, the defense was even worse. Donovan didn’t stagger Steven Adams’ minutes and separate him from Westbrook this series, and the Thunder’s defensive efficiency plummeted as a result.
Basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal will cover funeral expenses for Malachi Hemphill, a 13-year-old Georgia teen who accidentally shot himself on social media this past week.
After the game, the Celtics’ Avery Bradley said Rondo was calling them out near the end of the game.
I looked around and a few times in the game guys were putting their heads down, I think getting down on themselves. But as a team, we have to stay together. The other team is looking at that. They’re using that as motivation for themselves. I could even hear Rondo, like, ‘Yeah, they gave up. They gave up.’ But you never can let a team see that. You have to continue to be positive and go out there and play hard, no matter what the outcome is.
Perhaps the best example of this was in the fourth quarter when Marcus Smart Cheap Indiana Pacers Jerseys appeared to flip off a fan in the crowd after bricking a 3-pointer. Immediately after that, Rondo lobbed the ball up to Cristiano Felicio for an alley-oop.
The Celtics will need to improve on the court, and apparently their mindset, before Game 3 if they want a chance to get back in this series.
What happened: Toronto treated this one with the appropriate amount of urgency from the beginning and looked like the team that won 51 games during the regular season. The Raptors hit the Bucks with a 17-0 run in the first quarter to set the tone and didn’t drop their intensity from there. Despite Cheap Ireland Football Jerseys dealing with stiffness in his back, Kyle Lowry had his strongest performance of the series, posting a double-double (16 points, 10 assists) and finishing a team-high plus-29 for the game.
As the the significance of the games intensifies, so will the chippiness of the exchanges among competitors in the heat of battle. At some point, it might (read: probably will) jump off. You never know. In anticipation of the inevitable, we thought we’d gift you with a guide to separate the authentic from the fugazi, the ones who’ll talk about it from the ones who’ll be about it, the studio gangstas from the Roscoe P. Coldchains, the Danny Grangers — remember when he suddenly tried to become an enforcer in the 2012 playoffs against the Heat? — from the … well, you get the picture.
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Russell Westbrook has been fined 15,000 for using inappropriate language during a postgame interview, the NBA announced on Friday.
The moment came after the Thunder’s 115-111 Game 2 loss to the Rockets in Houston, when a reporter asked Westbrook about his 51-point triple-double performance.
I guess if you cuss you get fined, he said. So soon as somebody else cuss, then Cheap Hockey Jerseys Youth make sure when they cuss at me, I hope they get fined too. It is what it is, but I’m OK with it. I’ll take it.
The Rockets currently have a 2-0 series lead over the Thunder.
Despite Porzingis’ frustrations, a trade is highly unlikely: He’s the Cheap Hockey Jerseys Canada centerpiece of the Knicks, and the lone bright spot on a team that has dealt with unflattering drama between Carmelo Anthony and Phil Jackson — not to mention the drama between owner James Dolan and Charles Oakley. Trading Porzingis would only add to the team’s dysfunction.
The Supreme Court of the United States issued a ruling on Monday that should benefit the Washington NFL team’s bid to regain trademark protection for the term “Redskins.” In Matal v. Tam, the Cheap Jerseys Ireland Court ruled that the disparagement clause of the Lanham Act violates the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment, and is thus unconstitutional. All eight Justices joined in part of the decision, with four offering a concurring opinion on part of it. All agreed the disparagement clause of the Lanham Act was a problem.
Here’s what that looks like in practice. When Bogaerts is ahead in the count, he hits .309 with a .364 slugging percentage. When he’s behind in the count, he hits .303 with a .487 slugging percentage. When you watch Bogaerts hit, there are times when he’s ahead in the count 2-0 or 3-1 and you’re thinking, “All right, time to crush one,” and he gets a hittable pitch and either takes it (ARG!) or slaps it into the outfield for a single. Singles are great, but for strong hitters in hitters’ counts who get a hittable pitch, singles are a missed opportunity.
But there’s another side to that coin: When you don’t change your approach, you get better at executing it. Think of a pitcher who only throws one pitch. He’s going to be incredibly good at that one pitch, right? That’s Bogaerts. He’s what you get if you turned Mark Trumbo inside Cheap Jerseys NBA China out.
Pick your adjective to describe how bad Green Bay’s secondary was last season. Most of them would fit. The Packers allowed a league-worst 8.1 yards per attempt and ranked 31th in pass defense. The Cheap Jerseys AUStralia team declined to address that in free agency but spent a pair of second-round picks on Washington cornerback Kevin King and N.C. State safety Josh Jones, and the latter will work in behind Ha-Ha Clinton Dix and Morgan Bennett.
Green Bay lost Micah Hyde via free agency but brought Davon House back in return, and at least one from the combination of Damarious Randall, Quinten Rollins and Ladarius Gunter needs to step up and be better.
Those cornerbacks can’t be that bad again if the Packers want to make that run to the Super Bowl.
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 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 and Charles James Cheap Jerseys Cn will earn reps at corner, too.
The Vikings announced earlier this week that Randy Moss would be inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor on Sept. 11. Wednesday, he talked about the honor with the media. But the most emotional moment came when he was asked what he would say to his former coach Dennis Green, who passed away in Cheap High Quality Soccer Jerseys July of 2016:
A disciple of Bill Walsh, Green’s 1998 Vikings went 15-1, setting the NFL record for most points in a season. The record now belongs to Peyton Manning and the 2013 Denver Broncos.
During that season, Moss pulled down 69 receptions for over 1,300 yards while collecting 17 touchdowns, the most in the NFL.
The Yankees (38-29) provided the opportunity last week, with a disastrous seven-game California road trip that produced just one win against the Angels and zero wins against the A’s.
And the Red Sox (39-30) took advantage of the opportunity, going Cheap Ireland Rugby Jerseys 4-2 last week — including two wins in three road games against the AL-leading Astros — to pull into a virtual tie atop the standings. The Yankees are a couple measly percentage points in front of the Red Sox (.567 to .565) because they’ve played two fewer games to this point.
The Warriors aren’t an aberration. They’re a reflection of the trend. A lot of people who deeply love the game have written exhaustively of “The Process,” the nickname assigned to former GM Sam Hinkie’s supposed rebuild of the 76ers. But does rebuilding by continually showing up in the lottery room cough, tanking, cough, cough and picking near the top of the draft lead teams anywhere but back to the lottery room?
Three weeks from the 2017 All-Star Game, three Houston Astros are in position to start the game July 11 at Marlins Park, according to updated fan voting announced Tuesday by MLB.
The Diamondbacks felt like nothing more than a punchline over the past few seasons. Yet, they currently hold a firm lead on a Wild Card spot. What’s changed in Arizona? They’ve had one of the most productive offenses in baseball up to this point. The Diamondbacks have scored the fifth-most runs in the league (342), and they’re in the top 10 by BA, HR, RBI, R, and SB. That sounds like a team capable Cheap Jarome Iginla Jerseys of scoring a lot of runs.
The usual suspects are contributing to these results. Paul Goldschmidt is on pace to have one of the best seasons of his career. Similarly, Jake Lamb has built on a productive 2016, and it appears that he’s taken another step forward. Brandon Drury, David Peralta, and Chris Owings are all performing at or above league-average production. These pieces together have given Arizona a potent offense.
Perhaps even more surprising has been the success of Arizona’s starting rotation. Zack Greinke has rebounded from a disappointing 2016, and he’s looking more like the pitcher the Diamondbacks thought they were acquiring. However, Greinke isn’t the only story here. Three of the other four starters in the Diamondbacks rotation are giving the team above league-average production.
Robbie Ray has been the most impressive of this group. Over 13 starts, Ray has gone 7-3 with a 2.62 ERA. He’s striking out a career-high 11.7 batters per nine, and he’s surrendered zero earned runs in four of his last five starts.
The Seahawks are facing a major loss come draft day, as the NFL is considering stripping the team of their second-round pick due to the mishandling of Richard Sherman on an injury report.
According to ESPN, the NFL may strip the draft pick because Seattle failed to document the fact that Sherman played part of the season with a sprained MCL.
Despite failed NFL tenures in Philadelphia and San Francisco, Kelly is getting serious consideration as a coordinator on the professional level.
Tom Coughlin reportedly encouraged new Jaguars coach Doug Marrone to explore hiring Kelly.
Citing an unidentified league source, Mortensen reported that after the Jaguars decided to keep Nathaniel Hackett as their play-caller, Kelly was headed to New England to meet with Belichick.
What Kelly’s contact with Belichick means is unclear as the Patriots prepare for the AFC championship, but, ESPN noted, Kelly’s football knowledge goes well beyond uptempo offenses.
Writes Mortensen: His command of the science of football is highly regarded in enough circles to be an asset in more than one way.
Mingo was a big miss for the Browns, who selected the former LSU linebacker sixth overall in the 2013 draft. He never had more than 42 tackles in a season and had a total of seven sacks over three years in Cleveland. He was traded to the Patriots last August for a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft. Mingo appeared in every game for the Patriots this season, but had just 11 tackles while primarily playing on special teams.
Then there’s the aforementioned Jones, who was Cheap Jerseys Borntrade selected by the Falcons with the No. 6 pick in the 2011 draft. That selection was originally owned by the Browns, but the Falcons sent five picks to the Browns Cheap Jerseys Direct to move up from the 21st spot.
The whole saga of the Indianapolis Colts, Chuck Pagano and Ryan Grigson added another chapter Sunday, with news that the team had brought in psychologists to help improve the two men’s relationship.
ESPN reported one source said the meetings between coach Pagano, general manager Grigson and psychologists were like marriage counseling, trying to improve the relationship between the two.
The former Jaguars coach has agreed to be the new defensive coordinator of the Los Angeles Chargers, according to ESPN.
Bradley had previously worked as the defensive coordinator of the Seahawks, but left Seattle following the 2012 season to be the head coach in Jacksonville. Bradley never had a winning season with the Jaguars and was fired on Dec. 18 with two games remaining in the team’s 2016 season. He went 14-48 in nearly four seasons with the Jaguars.
But as a defensive coordinator, Bradley helped build a stout Cheap Jerseys America defense that led the Seahawks to a Super Bowl championship in 2013.
The 49ers were also trying to land Bradley, but they have yet to hire a head coach likely waiting for Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan to come available.
In San Diego, Bradley will inherit a young, talented defense with defensive end Joey Bosa, who was named the Pro Football Writers Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Bradley should be able to help Anthony Lynn, the Cheap Indiana Pacers Jerseys former Bills offensive coordinator hired by the Chargers last week, adjust to his first head-coaching job.