Carmelo and La La Anthony are reportedly separated, living in separate homes

At the beginning of April, Clippers shooting guard J.J. Redick spoke to Sporting News about a number of subjects, including how his team viewed its championship window. His answer to the question put into perspective just how cruel the postseason has been to the Clippers.

We think, as long as we have this roster, we are capable and have the potential to (win a championship), Redick said. Last year, we had injuries in the playoffs. The year before, we blew a 3-1 lead, but nobody talks about the fact that (Clippers point guard) Chris (Paul) missed the first two games of that series because of a hamstring injury. We had to deal with the (former Clippers owner Donald) Sterling mess the year before.

I don’t know if it’s the Clippers’ curse or whatever, but we’ve had to deal with a lot at a bad time. For our group, we look at this postseason as another potential championship. That’s how we’re looking at it. First thing’s first: we need to get out of the first round.

It’s been a rough season for Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony, and the turmoil has reportedly taken a toll on his personal life.

According to TMZ, Anthony and his wife La La have separated, as La La has moved to a different home in New York.

The report states that the split was amicable, but that the current NBA season has been extremely stressful on the marriage for several months. It also stated that Carmelo and La La are still on good terms, both appearing at their son Kiyan’s basketball game.

Based on recent comments by Knicks president Phil Jackson, it seems likely Anthony will be on the trade block this offseason, though it should be noted Anthony’s no-trade clause is a huge roadblock to any potential deal.

The couple, who got married in 2010, reportedly have no Cheap Girls Softball Jerseys plans Cheap Germany Soccer Jerseys for divorce, instead seeming content for the time with separation.

Raptors’ Serge Ibaka taunts after rejecting Bucks’ Thon Maker

Smart is sturdy as they come at 6-4, 225 pounds. He’s not the Celtics’ best defender. That’d go to Avery Bradley, but he’s to not afraid to body with anybody. And he certainly doesn’t scare easy.

In his short career, he has stepped to Cousins, Wall and even LeBron James.

He made a hard foul and I ain’t take too fond of it, Smart told reporters of his dust-up with Wall. I let him know what I had to say. I ain’t backing down from Cheap Football Jerseys Xxl nobody, and that’s gone be understood from here on out. I don’t know what he thought, but he got the message.

Beverley has the same Chicago blood running through his veins that’s made Allen one of the NBA’s most feared defenders. He’s earned it at every level from the West Side’s famed Marshall High School to Arkansas, then playing overseas and being cut in the NBA before sticking with the Rockets.

Considered a dirty player by many, the dude simply doesn’t give a rip. He’s there to make the opposing point guard’s life a living hell for 48 minutes, and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep his spot.

Serge Ibaka absolutely swatted Thon Maker’s layup attempt in the third quarter of the Toronto Raptors’ NBA playoff game vs. the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday.

Ibaka spent the ensuing seconds taunting with his arms up as the Raptors completed a four-on-five successfully with a DeMar DeRozan and-one finish at the rim.

The Raptors are beginning to look like the team we’d hoped would show up in the playoffs.

Toronto may have lost its home-court advantage after falling in Cheap Gaa Jerseys Game 1, but if Ibaka can sway how Milwaukee attacks the basket, that shouldn’t matter.

Cavs’ J.R. Smith hopes to play in Game 3 after missing second half

J.R. Smith was on the floor for 19 minutes of Monday’s Game 2 win over the Pacers, but scored just three points in the 117-111 victory.

Smith was dealing with a tender left hamstring and was kept Cheap Fan Jerseys out of the lineup in the second half.

Lue did talk to both players, he said, to keep them ready in case they had to go back in. But he opted to keep Deron Williams and Channing Frye on the court, because they were part of the unit that put up a big run against the Pacers to key the historic comeback.

He called media speculation that he asked Irving and Love permission to keep them on the bench, crazy.

That was the craziest thing I’ve ever seen, Lue said, via ESPN. A grown man asks somebody permission to do something, I never understood that. They always make a story out of something when it comes to us.

Lue relayed a conversation he had with Love that summed up how he thought the situation was much ado about nothing.

When I say, ‘Kevin, I had to ask you, could I bench you?’ They Cheap Football Jerseys were saying, ‘S—, get out of here, man. You know you didn’t do that. You didn’t want to put us back in in the first place.’ But I mean, to ask for permission? That’s crazy, Lue said.

SN presents the ‘All Bout That Life’ team

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, my babies. The NBA Playoffs are here.

Following Wednesday night’s round of regular-season finales, both the Eastern and Western Conference’s first-round pairings are set, and we’re just waiting for the teams to get ready to rumble (no Michael Buffer). Like I always say (at some point the league needs to break me off with some dough for this slogan), Every game is an episode.

Pachulia did think he was going to make one, in a blowout win over Portland in the first round of the playoffs. Most of those 28 attempts, he said, were end-of-quarter heaves. But against the Blazers, he was open. That was a legit one, he said. I shot it and, well, the bad thing is it didn’t go in. The good thing is it hit the rim. I hit the rim.

No matter. Pachulia is hunting bigger game these days, making the first trip of his career to the conference finals. He is the fifth guy in the Warriors’ starting lineup, the center, easily overshadowed by the starpower of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Kevin Durant. But he has filled his role for the Warriors well, working as a defender, a screener and a rebounder.

Pachulia averaged 6.1 points and 5.9 rebounds this season, playing 18.1 minutes per game for a team that pioneered successful small lineups. The Warriors won 67 games, easily Cheap Embroidered NFL Jerseys the best in the league, and as he now sits in the Bay Area waiting for the start of the West finals, it sure looks like everything’s turning up Zaza.

I have been privileged, Pachulia said. I have gotten to play for one of the best coaches in my career, and I have picked up a lot from my teammates and coaches about how Cheap Euro Jerseys to play this game the right way.

Chris Paul gets dumb question this time after Clippers’ Game 5 loss

Unfortunately for Redick and his teammates, Los Angeles was unable to escape that curse or whatever in this year’s playoffs. The Clippers fell to the Jazz in their seven-game series, but it wasn’t just losing to Utah. The Clippers lost Blake Griffin to a big-toe injury in a Game 3 win and couldn’t build on their 2-1 series lead. Griffin’s absence and another first-round exit added another brutal chapter to the book full of LA’s recent postseason misery.

Dating back to 2013, the Clippers have blown five straight playoff series leads. The numbers are stunning when you consider this team has three All-Star level players (Paul, Griffin and DeAndre Jordan) in the starting lineup and a championship coach (Doc Rivers) who has led the team Cheap DUKe Basketball Jerseys to four consecutive 50-plus win seasons. (Clippers owner Steve Ballmer may not want to look at what’s below.)

Welcome to Clippers playoff postgame, where stupid happens.

Tuesday night, after the Clips lost to the Jazz and fell behind 3-2 in their West playoff series, LA point guard Chris Paul had to field a stunner of a question Cheap Elite NFL Jerseys about whether there’d be a Game 7.

The questioner seemed hopeful CP3 would get real and give everyone a juicy headline by saying his team was done. When that didn’t happen, the interrogator persisted. The challenge became Defend your optimism.

Paul’s reaction (What?) was understandable and along the lines of Doc Rivers’ incredulous expression after a question following Game 1. At least the question to Rivers was about actual game play. We need more (and smarter) questions about game play. The question to Paul was just bait placed in front of a frustrated athlete: Please go off script and create heat. Paul left the line dangling.

Russell Westbrook blocks Thunder teammate’s shot in loss to Rockets

Russell Westbrook gave his all in the Thunder’s final game of the NBA season against the Rockets. He went as far as to block a shot by his own teammate, Jerami Grant, late in the fourth quarter. He then grabbed the ball, took control of the possession, and proceeded to miss an off-balance runner.

Westbrook finished with 47 points on 15-of-34 shooting, 11 rebounds and nine assists in the Thunder’s 105-99 loss in Game 5 of their NBA Western Conference playoff series.

There was no way Westbrook was going down without a fight, and though blocking a teammate isn’t the best option to win, this play perfectly sums up what this season was for the MVP favorite. He gave 100 percent at all times during every game, sometimes to a fault.

Grant will probably forgive him for this one, considering what Westbrook did on the court during the season.

Blame percentages: This one feels like it’s all on the Clippers given the lead in Game 6, but we must account for Paul’s early injury and divine intervention here — divine intervention meaning Smith and Brewer going a combined 6 of 12 from beyond the arc despite both shooting under 30 percent from 3 for their careers.

The final breakdown: Game 6 collapse (57 percent), Smith and Brewer defying the will of the basketball gods (21 percent), Paul missing the first two games which resulted in Cheap Dream Team Jerseys a 1-1 split (13 percent), Game 6 hangover leading into Game 7 loss (8.5 percent), Harden’s beard (0.5 percent).

2016: The stars appeared to align in LA as Stephen Curry Cheap Dog Jerseys went down with a knee injury at the start of the 2016 playoffs. If the Clippers handled the Trail Blazers in the first round, they would advance to play a potentially weakened Warriors team in the conference semifinals. Unfortunately, any dreams of a title run came crashing down quickly.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich reportedly left a $5,000 dinner tip in Memphis

Gregg Popovich is an extremely good tipper, and every waiter and waitress in America should work tirelessly to get him inside the door. Maybe.

According to a Reddit user, the Spurs coach left a $5,000 tip on an $815 dinner bill at McEwen’s Memphis. The Spurs are in the middle of a first-round NBA Western Conference playoff series vs. the Grizzlies, which is tied 2-2. Game 5 is Tuesday night in San Antonio.

The basketball hall-of-famer and TNT NBA analyst Cheap Cycling Jerseys is one of the most brazenly loquacious figures in all of sports. Now, he plans to use his propensity to pontificate to spark and lead a national conversation on race aimed at producing solutions, according to Shadow & Act.

American Race, a two-night television event will premier May 11, running from 9-11 p.m. ET. Part 2 will air the following night, occupying the same time slot.

Barkley will hit various spots throughout the country, initiating and engaging in conversation with folks from various ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds in hopes of building mutual understanding among those on different ends of the spectrum as it relates to race. The show promises to tackle topics such as police brutality, stereotyping in media and the plight of Muslims in America. Viewers Cheap Denver Broncos Jerseys can also expect to see how Barkley’s views are challenged as a result of the talks.

Warriors’ Steph Curry tweaks Giants’ Madison Bumgarner

So Johnson knows what he needs. He’s got to import a Cheap College Jerseys special player. George checks a lot of boxes. The Pacers star is a top-10 player at peak performance. He has struggled with consistency in the playoffs, but has already played in 63 playoff games. And he doesn’t turn 27 until May 2. Still in his prime, he already has made two trips to the Eastern Conference finals, both times being denied a trip to the NBA Finals by the best player in the sport, LeBron James. A SoCal native, he’s been talking about playing for his hometown team, the Lakers, for a long time. He’s never made his long-term intentions a secret within the Pacers’ locker room, according to former teammates. He wants to wear the purple and gold.

There is little doubt that the Pacers are at a crossroads with their franchise player. In July, George could score a mega-extension in the form of a designated veteran exception — it could end up being a six year, $223 million deal — if he makes an All-NBA team. But in light of what has happened this entire season, right through their Game 3 debacle when they blew the biggest lead in playoff history, you really have to wonder if Indiana wants to go in all-in on George.

There was an instance of Bay Area superstar-on-Bay Area superstar crime Monday afternoon.

During media availability ahead of Game 1 of the Warriors’ series against the Jazz, a reporter asked Golden State guard Stephen Curry what he’ll do on his off-days in Utah.

Curry, of course, was tweaking Giants ace pitcher Madison Bumgarner, who suffered shoulder and rib injuries last month when he fell off a dirt bike during an off-day visit Cheap Custom Jerseys to the mountains outside Denver.

Odds are this was friendly joke made at Bumgarner’s expense. You’d think two of the biggest athletes in the Bay Area have met enough times to be on friendly terms.

Still, the Giants probably are not laughing, because MadBum is out at least three months.

Rockets GM calls out physical play of Thunder’s Steven Adams

Rockets GM Daryl Morey didn’t explicitly criticize officials with a tweet Monday afternoon, but it’s clear he wasn’t pleased with at least one play that took place in Sunday’s Game 4 against the Thunder.

Morey tweeted out a picture taken by Houston Chronicle photographer Brett Coomer that shows what appears to be Steven Adams putting James Harden in a headlock. Obviously still photos don’t tell the whole story, but the picture shows what appears should have at least resulted in a foul.

The way we look at it is, plan on him not coming back, Green said after practice Monday, via NBC Bay Area. That’s the way we’re approaching this thing.

Kerr, 51, also missed the first 43 games of the 2015-16 season due complications from a pair of back surgeries in the summer of 2015. Warriors assistant Mike Brown, who coached 83 playoff games while with the Cavaliers and Lakers, has been handling head coaching duties in Kerr’s absence.

We’re not going to sit here and say if we can get to the conference finals, Steve may be back for the conference finals or if we get to the Finals, Green said. Mike Brown Cheap Authentic Hockey Jerseys is our coach, we have the rest of our staff and that’s what we’re rolling Cheap China Jerseys with.

The Warriors are slated to take on the Jazz in the second round of the playoffs beginning Tuesday in Oakland. Golden State is hoping to get a boost with the return of point guard Shaun Livingston and forward Matt Barnes after announcing their injuries have progressed.

Taylor enjoy offensive explosions to lead Nationals past Reds

Reds fans traveling to Nationals Park for Saturday’s 18-3 loss will likely have some powerful nightmares about Trea Turner and Michael A. Taylor.

The two young Nationals sluggers were major contributors in Washington’s Cheap Jerseys In The US lopsided win. Turner reached base in all six of his at bats, collecting five hits with four runs scored, two RBIs and a walk. Taylor went 4 for 5 with four runs scored, two home runs and three RBIs.

Bradley has the talent to serve as Arizona’s closer, but may be better off using him in a role similar to what Miller currently has in Cleveland. Indians’ manager Terry Francona uses Miller in more of a “fireman” role, bringing in the lefty to get outs at the most important time of the game, whether it be in the fifth inning or the eighth. Bradley has been used the same way.

Bradley and Miller’s stuff on the mound is also similar. Bradley is averaging 96.4 miles per hour on his fastball as a reliever in 2017, after hovering around 92 mph as a starter. Miller’s fastball sat at 90-92 mph as a starter before climbing to an average of 94 mph as a reliever.

Miller and Bradley also each boast devastating sliders, which have become more effective in the wake of their increased fastball velocity.

Miller has much more of a track record than Bradley, but the similarities are obvious. Both were failed starters who gained velocity and lowered their walk rates en route Cheap Jerseys Mastercard to becoming more effective as relievers.