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Scottie Pippen: ‘I don’t have clutch genes’

Scottie Pippen is taking himself out of the conversation.

Even though Kerr is not on the sideline during games, he’s still been offering his thoughts during practice and video review.

LeBron contributed 31 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists en route to passing Michael Jordan in going third on the all-time NBA Finals scoring list, while Kyrie Irving landed 40 of his own.

The Cavs memorably came back from 3-1 down against the same opponents to clinch the championship last year, and LeBron concedes he is tired of having to the climb the proverbial mountain.

But listen, at the end of the day we just got some resilient guys. The Warriors have championship DNA, and we do as well. We’re battle tested, they’re battle tested.
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And getting swept is something that you never want to have happen. Especially this point. You get all the way to the Finals, you hate to get swept, lose two games on your home floor.

So I think a lot of guys had that in their mind today, and they came out and played like it.

They [still] got us where they want us. Listen, at the end of the day, we want to just try to put ourselves in position to play another game, and we did that tonight and hopefully we can do it Monday night where we can come back here.

Game Mens Walt Aikens Jersey So our mindset is try to go up there and get one. Which is probably one of the toughest environments we have in this league, along with our building. And so we look forward to the challenge and the matchup.

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Watch Stephen A. Smith get every NBA Finals prediction wrong since 2011

The internet is the gift that keeps on giving. Twitter user @LeKingJames23 put together this video of ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith getting every NBA Finals prediction wrong since 2011.

But with Embiid inside (and Robert Covington on the wing wreaking havoc with his active hands), Fultz will have the perfect security blanket. The 76ers had what would have been the best defense in the NBA with the Cameroonian 7-footer on the floor last year, allowing just 99.1 points per 100 possessions, per NBA.com. In large part, that has to do with Embiid’s rim protection, as opponents shot just 40.8 percent at the rim against him 鈥?the best mark in the league. It’s worth noting that this all happened in a small, 31-game sample where Embiid didn’t play back-to-backs, but it seems clear he’s a high-end defender, and one who should help Fultz.

Tyler Ennis Womens Jersey These are all complementary pieces to one another, something that seemed extremely difficult to accomplish just a year ago when the 76ers selected Simmons. The 6-10 power forward presented quite a few challenges in how to maximize his abilities, due to his lack of rim protection, floor spacing and the need to have the ball in his hands. But just a year later, it’s incredible how things have come together with players on similar timelines to one another.

Andy Dalton Womens Jersey Robertson, 32, supported him plenty as an older point guard, averaging 19.4 points and 8.2 assists in his first season of four final seasons not with the Cincinnati Royals. It was an outside-inside combination that was hard to stop from a 66-16 regular season through 4-0 finals sweep of the Baltimore Bullets.

Kobe and Shaq may have been the best of frenemies, but for three glorious seasons under Phil Jackson, they formed the NBA’s unstoppable inside-outside force. O’Neal had a lot of fun on the Hollywood hardwood as everyone hacked and failed during his prime. Bryant complemented that physical nastiness inside with his fierce competitiveness and clutch shot-making from everywhere.

It was a much different look for Jackson than the triangle in Chicago with O’Neal as the literal center piece, but it produced a similar three-repeat.

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Head2Head: Is the Raiders-Texans QB matchup really that bad?

The Texans have a quarterback who was benched because for poor play. The Raiders have the first rookie signal-caller to make his first NFL start in a playoff game.

But just how bad is the quarterback matchup between Houstons Brock Osweiler and Oaklands Connor Cook Not as bad as you may think.

You dont have to go back too far to find comparable quarterback situations.

Ryan Lindley started in place of an injured Carson Palmer two years ago for the Cardinals. Lindley had only two starts with a 56.8 quarterback rating going into his playoff start at Carolina. The Panthers, went 7-8-1 that season but won the NFC South despite Cam Newton’s career-low 82.1 rating. The Panthers won, 27-16, as Lindley threw for only 82 yards with two interceptions.

First, the 2016 Panthers lost six games by three points or less. Coleman said that failure to win close games is a reflection on us executing on our end.

This is beyond the Xs and Os,he continued. it’s about winning your one-on-one (matchup) or when youre in position youve got to make the play or throw the block or whatever it may be. Whatever the circumstance, we didn’t get it done.

The same can be said of Hyde and the Packers getting it done after overcoming a 4-6 record to move one step away from a berth in Super Bowl 51.

Theres been a lot of stuff happen to our team this year where we know we can bounce back,Hyde said. it’s eight straight (wins) now that weve pulled off. We never expect it to be easy, but at the same time, we know our guys in the locker room. We all going to help each other out and play to the best of our ability.vikings_098

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AFC, NFC championship games: Schedule, odds for Steelers-Patriots, Packers-Falcons

The AFC and NFC conference championship games are set, but the point spreads for Steelers-Patriots and Packers-Falcons were expected to fluctuate all week leading up to championship Sunday.

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio admitted following the game he thought about replacing Cook after halftime, with the Raiders trailing 20-7. The problem is Matt McGloin’s left shoulder was still sore from last week’s injury that knocked him out of the regular season finale against the Broncos. Though Del Rio considered going with McGloin anyway, his coaching staff convinced him to stick with Cook.
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The coaches really felt like there were other things that were kind of contributing, that it wasn’t going to be a big change based on changing the quarterbacks, Del Rio told reporters following Saturday’s loss in Houston. So we stayed the course with it. I know (Cook) got a lot of experience in the last game, the last game-and-a-half. He did some good things, and then he did some things that he can certainly learn from.

Cook, a fourth-round pick from Michigan State, was only starting because of McGloin’s shoulder injury and the fact that starter Derek Carr was out with a broken leg, suffered in Week 16.

The Raiders offense had just 13 yards of offense in the first three series Saturday against the Texans. Cook was 18 of 45 for 161 yards with a touchdown and those three picks. The Raiders had a season-low 203 yards of offense against the NFL’s top-ranked defense.
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The Raiders were also without Pro Bowl left tackle Donald Penn, and his absence was undoubtedly one of those contributing factors Del Rio mentioned.

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The Rock roasts Tom Brady’s awful impression of him

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Dwayne The Rock Johnson is not a fan of Tom Brady’s acting skills. The former WWE star absolutelyroasted Brady’s Facebook post on Tuesday, where the Patriots quarterbackdid an awful impression of thePeople’s Champto promote hisnew pricey Under Armour pajamas.
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Sweet tap dancing baby Jesus, said the Rock after watching Brady’s video. What in the f did we just watchThomas what was that I mean you’re sitting on some rocks, which I guess that is supposed to be profound because my name is The Rock, and your legs [are] open like Kermit the Frog, like you’re getting ready to sing Rainbow Connection… Who the fa€“ directed that,aJets fanHad to of been a Jets fan.

The Rock ends the video by wishing Brady good luck in the playoffs and tells the quarterback to just leave the acting to him.

Once the most PR-savvy of all sports leagues, the NFL can’t get out of its own way. The latest example: the idiotic Eagles ejecting veteran reporter Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer from the press box Sunday for violating the fan code of conduct.

When other journalists objected to McLane being kicked out Sunday, the Eagles threatened to eject everybody. Eagles beat reporter Les Bowen live-tweeted the drama on Twitter.

Eagles Sr VP Anne Gordon made it clear to everyone objecting that she would be happy to eject us all, and that fallout did not concern her.

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‘The Freeze’ is the best new mascot in MLB

The speedy man races fans in between innings at SunTrust Park, while wearing ski goggles and a blue speed suit.

Authentic Womens DaMarcus Beasley Jersey He reached social media stardom after a fan face-planted while racing him on Friday.

The man behind the ski goggles and arctic-blue bodysuit — 26-year-old Nigel Talton of Fort Valley, Ga. — has been a member of the Braves’ grounds crew since 2012 and a track athlete since his junior year at Peach County High School, where he also played football. Talton ran for Iowa Wesleyan, where he broke a 23-year-old record during his freshman year before transferring to Shorter University. The first chance to showcase his running prowess for the Braves organization came during one of the final games at Turner Field last season, in another between-innings contest — usually reserved for fans — called the stolen base challenge.

MLB fans have been warned, race The Freeze at your own risk.
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When we would put Jessica in different sports, and sometimes you got a cheaper deal when you signed up two kids, like a two-for-one deal, Nicole says. So when Jessica played soccer, so did Jordon. When Jessica swam with the swim team, guess what — little brother went, too. When she was in gymnastics, guess what — we got a better deal and signed him up, too. Those are sports that can expose you to different things. You can learn.

Thing is, Jessica might actually be the best athlete in the family.

She was the best high school softball player in Kentucky during her career at Ballard — she was the 2012-13 Gatorade Kentucky Player of the Year and was named 2014 Miss Softball by the Kentucky Softball Coaches Association, just to name a few awards — and went to the University of Tennessee to play softball. She transferred to Louisville after her freshman year, and now she’s on the Cardinals’ track-and-field team as a javelin thrower.

She’s unbelievable, Jordon says.

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Without her none of this would be possible.

The same can be said of Adams in many ways even though his mother isn’t here to help him enjoy all that he continues to accomplish.

“Everything happens for a reason,” he said. “With having great people around me I was able to get through this. It’s tough to lose my mom at a young age, but she shaped me into the man I am today and the man I am on the football field.

“Without her none of this would be possible.”

Before he could do that, however, Cliff Avril received a phone call and text from Gurley, who vouched for Peete.

“It was one of those deals where I got a chance to talk to Todd and he kind of explained some of the reasons why he felt so strongly about Coach Peete,” McVay said. “When you’ve got a key player like that, I think you want to be able to try to demonstrate that you’re going to listen to your players, their opinion matters. And somebody of his caliber and the type of guy that he is, very important to us. And that definitely played a factor in why we were able to retain Coach Peete. He also earned the opportunity because of what he has done as a great coach, as well.

“He felt like, from a technique, fundamentals, understanding the position, allowing him to see the big picture, how does he fit with regards to protections. I know, last year, he was used a lot more in protections on some of those third-down situations where you’re responsible for blitz pickups and things of that nature. And I think that’s what allowed him to, kind of, expand his game and continue to try to be that every down back that I know he’s striving to be. It was just a lot of the things you’re looking for with your coaching staff and what they’re trying to represent. I feel like Todd saw a lot of those things and that was why he wanted to get a chance to continue to work with him.”texans_086

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NFL Draft 2017: Top 10 quarterback prospects in this year’s class

“You can tell he’s been around that his whole life with all his dad has taught him,” Falcons right tackle Ryan Schraeder said. “He’s a walking book of football knowledge. His system is unique to him and his father.

“Those guys really are geniuses in terms of designing game plans to attack, and the plans change every week. It’s fun, it’s engaging, it keeps your mind growing.”

Like Mike, Kyle isn’t just locked into his playbook. He understands it means nothing if he’s not good to those he’s counting on to execute it.

Almost every year, around this time, the narrative of a disappointing quarterback class percolates into nationwide NFL draft discussions. This year, with six junior quarterbacks in the draft, all of which are expected to be selected, NFL teams are still playing catch-up on their film and, more importantly, character evaluations.

But don’t let the media discussion fool you: It’s an above-average quarterback draft class that might have more top 100 QB picks than the last five draft classes.

Game Womens C.J. Watson Jersey While North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky and Clemson’s Deshaun Watson dominate the discussion, it is Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes who might be your team’s favorite passer in this draft.

“The NFL does bond communities together and can be a bridge that unites people,” Goodell said. “That’s something we’re proud of. We have a unique positon on Sunday to hold an event that will bring the world together.”
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Goodell deflected other Trump-related questions during his annual state-of-the-league news conference Wednesday in Houston, four days before the Patriots play the Falcons in Super Bowl 51, but had plenty of other topics to address.

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Dion Lewis injured on final play of regulation

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The Patriots rallied to force overtime, but might not have one of their top playmakers in the extra period.

Running back Dion Lewis injured his right leg on the final play of regulation. Instead of throwing deep or attempting a free kick after they got the ball back with three seconds remaining in a 28-28 tie, the Patriots faked a Tom Brady rollout to the right when sending Lewis to the left.

But as he tried to cut back, Lewis injured his right hamstring as his right foot got caught in the turf at NRG Stadium in Houston.

Not that Brady cares, but because those accomplishments in the eyes of the majority do indeed already define his career, they’re the reason why his retirement would not be met with debate. Only admiration. Brady has absolutely nothing left to prove.

Of all the notable NFL retirements after Super Bowl victories 鈥?John Elway, Jerome Bettis and Peyton Manning being the most recent examples 鈥?none featured the sport’s unquestioned all-time best at his position. The closest comparison is linebacker Ray Lewis, who announced his impending retirement weeks before his Ravens reached and won Super Bowl XLVII. And Lewis, because of an injury, started only six games during his final regular season in 2012. Brady, who started all 12 for which he was available, claims he felt better physically as the 2016 season progressed.

Which raises the question: Why would Brady retire when he clearly still can perform at an all-time level and shows no signs of regression?

Youth Bruce Matthews Jersey And a Brady retirement after New England’s win in Super Bowl 51 certainly would qualify as significant. It also would make perfect sense, and it would have all the makings of the most timely retirement in sports history.

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Sabathia said players took in a Penguins hockey game during an off day in Pittsburgh.

Playing Major League Baseball, playing in New York especially, there’s obviously a lot of positives that come with that and a lot of opportunities that come your way,Gardner told Sporting News. But there are things that some people may not expect or some people may think from the outside looking in are a little different than they actually are. Just try and help them with that.

One way to do that is to spend time together away from baseball, though age disparities can make that tougher. When the team is home, veterans often have families to tend to. But on the road, there’s frequent bonding.
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In April, Sabathia said players took in a Penguins hockey game during an off day in Pittsburgh. Other times, the vets and youngsters will hit the mall or catch a movie. The veterans are also good to pick up a check.

I’ve gone out to dinner with those guys 10 or 12 times and I haven’t picked up a meal,Judge said. They’ve picked up every single meal. I offer, I ask, but they’ve always been great about that.
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Albert Pujols, third among non-Hall of Famers at 27.3: Another player who’s faded with time, though Pujols generally wasn’t on-par with Trout early in his career;
Andruw Jones, fourth among non-Hall of Famers at 25.5: A respectable hitter in the early part of his career, Jones vaults onto this list due to his sublime, underrated defense.