And now, so is this series. Perhaps the 76ers have enough left in the tank to eventually get by the Hawks, but it’s going to be a longer, tougher job than it looked like when Game 4 began.Portland Trail Blazers
The Bucks held Durant to just 20-for-53 shooting in Games 3 and 4 in Milwaukee. But after Milwaukee was able to be aggressive guarding Durant in those games, the officials called a tighter game in Game 5, resulting in Durant taking 16 trips to the foul line, and both Jrue Holiday and P.J. Tucker -- the two primary defenders against Durant -- picking up some early fouls.Sacramento Kings
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Portland, seeking a replacement for Terry Stotts, also will interview Clippers assistant Chauncey Billups and Spurs assistant Becky Hammon this week, sources told Wojnarowski.Phoenix Suns
Durant is also the first player to play all 48 minutes of a playoff game since LeBron James did so as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2018 Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics.Washington Wizards
Through both the ups and downs of their 117-111 Game 2 loss to the Utah Jazz on Thursday, the Clippers displayed two qualities that should leave them feeling both inspired and frustrated. They should feel inspired they can punch back. They should also feel frustrated they cannot deliver both a lethal first jab and a devastating knock-out punch.
Overshadowed at times by the frustrating nature of the Boston Celtics' 2020-21 campaign, Jaylen Brown finished his ascent to All-Star status and showed no signs of letting his foot off the accelerator.
It was a wild season in New York. It began with expectations from fans outgrowing reality. After being included in the 2020 bubble, the Rangers were supposed to take a step forward. Instead, they looked stagnant. Goaltending struggled early, and the defense was leaky. After a breakout 41-goal campaign in 2019-20, Mika Zibanejad had a slow start -- which he later surmised was an aftereffect of recovering from COVID-19.
Can something go wrong in a season when nothing was supposed to go right, by design? The Senators were awful, but maybe not as awful as expected. Their points percentage improved from 2019-20. Their goals per game (2.75) was a tick up over last season (2.68). Their team defense produced 2.36 expected goals per 60 minutes at 5-on-5, but some truly terrible goaltending (.896 save percentage) erased any of those gains.Pittsburgh Penguins
While Matthews’ goal-scoring ability was extremely impressive, the numbers McDavid put up this season were very similar to a certain other great that wore the Oilers blue and orange. Putting up video game numbers means you get the most outstanding player honor.
The NFL's play of the season is being called the "Hail Murray." Kyler Murray's 43-yard prayer was answered by DeAndre Hopkins among and above three Bills defenders to give the Cardinals a 32-30 win. It was perhaps the craziest moment in an already wild day in the NFL...a day that saw the return of Jameis Winston after Saints starter Drew Brees left the game with a rib injury, as well as a Ravens-Patriots game that was almost invisible at times, thanks to some wacky New England weather. ESPN analyst and former NFL cornerback Domonique Foxworth takes us through Sunday's biggest moments, and examines the NFL's new proposal for diversity in coaching and management. Then, Pablo discusses the path of new Marlins GM Kim Ng, MLB's first female GM.Columbus Blue Jackets
Re-signing Miller was a mistake. There was nothing over the last few years to suggest the B's could rely on him to be healthy and available late in the season. Miller has played well for the B's, but his injury history is a massive concern. It's time to move on to a more dependable defenseman from a health perspective.Toronto Maple Leafs
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That’s a lot to ask of any big man against the NBA‘s MVP, but through two games, Ayton has continued his torrid start to his first-ever postseason by rising to that challenge. Jokic has been held below 30 points in only three of his eight playoff games so far, and two of those have come against Phoenix.Washington Wizards
Paul George wasn’t terrible in Game 2, but he similarly has yet to make his mark on this series. It’s far more likely Leonard takes the lead there, but no matter what, the Clippers haven’t shot as well as they’re used to, they’ve been torched by Mitchell (who may not be 100 percent), and they’ve still been in both games. The Jazz are a damn-good team that’s fully capable of making short work of the Clippers if they don’t come to play, but there are still a few signs LA will make things interesting again in Game 3.San Antonio Spurs
Former Oklahoma City Thunder wing Paul George has gained a reputation for struggling in the playoffs, but he looked dominant in the Los Angeles Clippers’ Game 3 win over the Utah Jazz.Toronto Raptors
“I’m OK,” he said. “I’m standing up, I’m walking. I finished the game. I’m going to keep getting back up. I’m going to keep fighting. That’s been me since I started playing basketball, so I’m going to keep fighting. That’s been my motto. Whatever happens, get back up and keep it going.”Sacramento Kings
No such chants were heard in Milwaukee for Game 3, of course, but maybe they would’ve been helpful, since Giannis was whistled for a 10-second violation in the first half on Thursday. At halftime, ESPN analyst Jay Williams let him have it:
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“We’ve all been in that situation before,” said Lightning forward Patrick Maroon, the only player to win the Cup in 2019 and 2020. “He wants to win his first championship. That’s why we play this game. We play to win. He’s been working hard for us, he’s been a great addition for us, so hopefully the guys can keep working hard for him and finding ways for him because he deserves it.”
Despite the successes the team has enjoyed over the last 10 years, winning zero championships since 2011 and advancing past the second round just twice is still pretty disappointing when you consider the talent this roster has had over that span.
But defensively, they had an identity crisis. The Coyotes' 3.11 goals against per game was the highest of Tocchet's tenure. They were 26th in expected goals against in all situations (2.78 per 60 minutes). The usually dependable goalie battery of Darcy Kuemper and Antti Raanta battled through injuries and ineffectiveness.Pittsburgh Penguins
Islanders fans seized on the tirade, chanting "New York Saints" during their penalty kills. Some fans wore halos to the game, while others wore a bishop's hat with an Islanders logo on it.Vegas Golden Knights
Evans has one goal in four playoff games this season. The 25-year-old from Toronto had three goals and 10 assists in 47 regular-season games this year.
There are a lot of reasons why the team hasn't won a Stanley Cup post-2011. Bad drafting is probably the main one.Buffalo Sabres
The injury spoiled a memorable two-way performance by deGrom, who has has five RBIs this season – compared to four earned runs allowed.St. Louis Cardinals
Aaron Judge wasn't in the Yankees' lineup when Aaron Boone ran down the list for reporters earlier on Sunday.
Wood threw just eight sliders in his last appearance, but went back to his out pitch often against the Diamondbacks, throwing it 21 times and getting six swinging strikes.Los Angeles Dodgers
Probable starting pitchers: Tigers LHP Tyler Alexander (0-0, 4.56 ERA) vs. Mariners LHP Justus Sheffield (5-4, 4.77 ERA).
Davies still claimed the win. He has not allowed a run in his last two outings, throwing at least six innings in each.San Diego Padres
There were two positive tests -- one for a player and one for a staff member -- among 8,868 tests in the past week, a 0.02% positive rate.Chicago Cubs
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"When I say something, it's been thought through before. It's not just something on a whim," Donaldson said. "I would say this: With Gerrit Cole, he was the first guy to pitch since the [minor league] suspensions had happened and he was the first guy you could see spin rates going down. Since Gerrit did that -- we're going off an interview that was done four or five days ago -- there have been 12 or more guys already whose spin rates have magically dropped in the last week."
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If the team is serious about winning they’ll do whatever it takes, and that involves keeping Baez around for the long haul.Atlanta Braves
In 2002, four years after Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa captivated America with what we later learned was a steroid-fueled quest to set a single-season home run record, and one year after Barry Bonds beat them both with a steroid-aided 73 home runs while then-Commissioner Bud Selig grimaced, owners and players agreed to determine how big a problem they had.Detroit Tigers
That’s where the Cubs’ data points seem to meet when it comes to signing Báez or any of the team’s other championship-core players fast-approaching free agency.Chicago White Sox
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The A's jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning Friday when Chapman drove in Mitch Moreland with a double and Brown crushed a two-run homer that traveled 405 feet to right field.Texas Rangers
On Sunday, we will see one of the most anticipated match-ups of the NFL season - Deshaun Watson taking on Lamar Jackson. The last time these QBs faced off, they were in college. Watson on his way to winning a national championship with Clemson. Jackson at Louisville, about to win the Heisman Trophy. Now they are NFL MVP candidates. Domonique Foxworth joins Mina Kimes to breakdown the Sunday showdown that features two of the league's most exciting signal callers.
Thomas, who is also a senior project engineer at Water Corporation, gets a reaction when people find out about their viral image history.Pittsburgh Penguins
"We knew it was going to be tight. On the first goal, I was trying to make a play, and you see what can happen. They can go the other way and score," Stamkos said. "We knew it was going to be extremely tough. We've been in this position before. There's definitely no panic in this room."
The Buffalo Sabres won the 2021 NHL Draft Lottery on Wednesday night, and as a result, own the No. 1 overall selection the league’s upcoming entry-draft.
Ryan Pulock made it 2-0 in the third period as his shot from the point eluded Vasilevskiy. Jordan Eberle drew the lone assist.Columbus Blue Jackets
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“From my standpoint, we can be a lot better, and we will be. We knew that they were going to have their A-game.”Vegas Golden Knights
Minnesota Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson brought up New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole’s decreased spin rate in a June start against the Tampa Bay Rays. Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer has struggled in his past two starts with news looming of league punishment. New York Mets players defended Jacob deGrom after he was accused of using foreign substances by a social media user. Pitchers, especially big-name pitchers, have been under the proverbial microscope.
An injury to Scherzer could hold significant ramifications for the Nationals and next month's trade deadline. He is in the final year of a seven-year, $210 million contract and could be one of the game's biggest trade targets.
In the fifth, the left-hitting deGrom faked a bunt and nearly swung out of his shoes on Snell’s first offering with runners at first and second and no outs, but he missed. Snell balked before the next pitch, advancing McKinney and Jose Peraza. That allowed them to score easily when deGrom laced a single toward left-center field.Colorado Rockies
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So while there might be a little rain falling on the parade right now, don't think for a second that it automatically means there will be no parade at the end of the year.Pittsburgh Pirates
“All it takes is a little hot streak,” Roberts said, “and then all the numbers are corrected.”Los Angeles Dodgers
"Our preference was to have more of a bright or loud color, but we thought that it was a reflection of the desert," Hall said. "It was a color that we already had, so it's not an escape from what we have already, but I think our fans would have been more shocked if we had completely abandoned our colors."San Francisco Giants
It has been forgotten that, during his time with the Indiana Pacers, George had some massive playoff moments. But those have been overshadowed by the failures since then -- from the first-round loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, when Damian Lillard ended the series with a bomb over him from nearly half court, to last year's collapse against the Denver Nuggets, when George fired a 3-pointer off the side of the backboard during the Clippers' Game 7 loss. His "Playoff P" moniker has become the subject of an endless series of jokes as a result.
But Antetokounmpo should be able to dominate him, if he’s in the right spots and not facing a wall of defenders. The box score states Antetokounmpo had a serviceable game, 18 points and 11 rebounds after 34 and 11 in the series opener.Washington Wizards
“They turned it up with their physicalness and aggressiveness,” Ingles said. “Biggest difference is they played a lot more small, double-teaming Donovan, blitzing him. We were still prepared for it, but we didn’t execute it.”
Embiid, who's been dealing with a meniscus tear in his right knee, appeared to suffer a possible injury at multiple points in Friday night's Game 3 vs. the Hawks on the road, and both times Hawks fans audibly cheered his visible pain.Phoenix Suns
There is no smoke here yet, but it's a situation to keep an eye on moving forward, especially if the Pelicans stumble out of the gate next season.Sacramento Kings
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Kawhi Leonard scored 23 points to lead Los Angeles. Paul George chipped in 20 points and 11 rebounds. Luke Kennard added 18 points while making a team-high four 3-pointers.Portland Trail Blazers
For starters, Durant, Harden, and Zion were all hurt for a decent stretch of the season, so none of these exceptions are too shocking. Trae Young wasn’t even an All-Star and I’m not sure what the issue with him is as he was third in assists on a per-game basis and 15th in scoring for a team that earned the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference. He does have some extremely tough competition at the point guard position, which is what I believe is the only reason he and Russell Westbrook (who had a historic season yet again) were left off of the lists.San Antonio Spurs
Ultimately, it will depend on the inclinations of new team president Brad Stevens, part of those aforementioned shake-ups within the organization.Portland Trail Blazers
Considering the Bulls need a point guard, you would thing that Walker is a good fit. However, it is the money he is owed that should be a major deterrent for Chicago’s front office. It simply would not be a wise decision to make. Yet, the Bulls can still make a move for Boston point-man, but it should be for Marcus Smart.
The reasons why Kobe Bryant wore No. 8 were twofold. One, No. 8 paid homage to the number he wore as a youth in Italy, where his family resided during the time of his father playing professionally in Europe. Two, it harkened back to his days participating at the Adidas ABCD camp where Bryant wore No. 143. 1 + 4 + 3 = 8.Phoenix Suns
Donovan Mitchell, the best player on the No. 1 seed Utah Jazz, rolls through on Knuckleheads this week. As one of the NBA’s young superstars, Spida keeps it real, per usual, and takes us through his skyrocket to NBA stardom.
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This year, the NBA chose Jrue Holiday and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green for the All-NBA Defensive First Team.Sacramento Kings
"I mean, what else can you get?" Lue said. "Four or five wide-open 3s, we just didn't make. So we knew Rudy [Gobert] was going to help. We knew our shooters was going to be open, and we just got to step up and make shots, and we don't. We just got good shots and we didn't make them. Hopefully next game, they go down."Toronto Raptors
“They're playing with the pass well,” Budenholzer said. “They’re playing with their teammates well. You know, I think at the end of the day, they're both playing at a high level, the scheme and the coverage matters. They're taking advantage of opportunities.”Portland Trail Blazers
Based off this timeline, the Bulls will provide an official update on White’s shoulder following re-evaluation in October. If that is the case, White may very well miss some time at the start of the 2021-22 season.
With the Miami Heat getting swept out of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs, here are three players that won’t be back next season.
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Paul's high school teams never won a state championship. His Wake Forest teams didn't make a Final Four. And he's still never been to an NBA Finals. If that led some to count him out, whatever that means, maybe it's understandable.
Embiid finished with 17 points and 21 rebounds, but it was clearly not his finest night and he seemed out of rhythm the entire game.Utah Jazz
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