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.

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.

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.

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.

Saints’ Alvin Kamara emerging as prime fantasy football sleeper

The summer months are officially underway, which means fantasy football drafts are just around the corner.

Fantasy football can be as fickle as it is exciting because of positional uncertainty. Drafting running backs has become a difficult endeavor with so many teams implementing a multi-back backfield.

No, the Bills’ new regime has not expressed an obvious, long-term commitment to Taylor. But the 27-year-old QB’s status in Buffalo is clear at least for 2017.

Dennison, beyond his history working with Taylor as quarterbacks coach in Baltimore, is known for his implementation of West Coast Offense principles — “nickel-and-dime” passing, routes based on timing, ball control, QB options and field-stretching deep throws. Taylor’s last Cheap Jerseys And Hats two coordinators, Greg Roman and Anthony Lynn, utilized similar schemes.

In theory, Taylor’s skill set fits perfectly. He’s able to both burn defenses with shots downfield and keep defenders honest with his feet. Dennison has nine years of NFL offensive coordinator experience, and QBs in those nine years have combined to average 7.2 yards per attempt. Taylor’s Cheap Jerseys China career average is 7.4, so don’t expect him to be coached out of his comfort zone.

It’s on Taylor to continue to develop in his third year as a starter, which would have been the case regardless of who was hired to coach him. If he fails to do so, Cardale Jones and rookie Nathan Peterman (and, sure, T.J. Yates, whom Dennison coached in Houston) will be waiting to pounce on a possible opportunity.

MLB scores, standings, live updates for Monday

The Dodgers continue to groove.

LA pushed its winning streak to 10 on Sunday with a 12-6 win over the Rockies, thanks — again — to some dingers from rookie Cody Bellinger. The young Bellinger is on a historic Cheap Green Bay Packers Jerseys homer pace for rookies, with his two Sunday bringing his NL-leading season total to 24. This is just one reason why fans are willing to forgive him for not knowing who Jerry Seinfeld is.

Here are the winners and losers of the 2017 NBA Draft:

Timberwolves — Minnesota could have gone the entire night without drafting a player and still would have come out on top Thursday night. Why? Because they stole Jimmy Butler out from Cleveland and Boston’s clutches, providing the franchise with a veteran leader to go with a plethora of young stars.

Minnesota also selected Creighton center/power forward Justin Patton with the No. 16 pick. Patton is a high-upside guy that could develop into the team’s starting power forward.

No one is going to topple the Warriors in the Western Conference any time soon, but the Timberwolves took a huge step in the right direction.

A’s slugger Ryon Healy went 3 for 4 with two home runs off Cheap Indiana Pacers Jerseys of Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka as Oakland handed New York their fifth straight loss with a 5-2 victory. Healy is now hitting .288 on the season with 17 home runs and 42 RBIs.

While Schoop was great Saturday, Wainwright was flat out terrible as he has been in his last three games. He lasted just 1 2/3 innings Saturday giving up seven hits (three of which were homers) a walk and nine earned runs. In his last three starts Wainwright has given up 20 earned runs in 10 1/3 innings of work.

Miami held on to win the game by the same score.

Ellis reached first base. The Marlins then had some trouble defensively, and Scherzer walked out of the eighth inning losing 2-1 while allowing just two hits and two unearned runs.

Miami held on to win the game by the same score.

Scherzer, who took the tough-luck loss, dropped down to 8-5 this season Cheap Ireland Jerseys with a 2.09 ERA despite striking out 11 Marlins. The reigning NL Cy Young award winner looks like a major threat to repeat.

The Nationals hold a commanding lead in the NL East, yet they still lose an alarming amount of close games. Most of their problems can be attributed to a shaky bullpen. It will be important for Washington to address that issue before the July 31 trade deadline.

When Reggie McKenzie first came to Oakland in 2012, the Raiders cut Stanford Routt, Kamerion Wimbley, and John Henderson. The team also renegotiated the contracts of Richard Seymour, Carson Palmer, and Michael Huff, clearing cap space and making all three easy to part with in 2013.

Oakland went 4-12 in 2012 and managed just seven more wins in the next two seasons of the McKenzie era, before finally improving and coming away with 19 wins in the last two.

The Jaguars and Browns are still floundering and hoping years of futility are going to yield results soon.

Losing helped all of those franchises net early draft picks, but losing wasn’t the goal. And even though New York’s recent roster moves undoubtedly make the team worse in 2017, it frees up cap space and open room for younger players to compete and be potential stars of the Jets’ future.

The Jets are adamant that they’re not tanking.

“None of us on the team think that we’re going to tank,” running Cheap Jerseys America back Matt Forte, one of the few players over 30, told the Associated Press. “So all I have to say about that is: Bring it.”

Fans’ mockery of Phil Simms reaches crescendo on social media

TV viewers could either laugh or cry at how lopsided the AFC and NFC championship games were Sunday, and they chose to laugh mostly at the expense of poor Phil Simms of CBS Sports.

Simms and, to a lesser extent, play-by-play partner Jim Nantz, have become popular targets on social media in recent years.

Maybe it’s the duo having to call Thursday Night Football games, on top of CBS’ top Sunday afternoon games, that’s produced Simms fatigue.

But Simms mockery seemed to reach a crescendo Sunday.

Sundays game promises to be a high-scoring affair with the Packers and Cowboys ranked fourth and five, respectively, in scoring offense this season.

It will be up to a Cowboys defense that ranks 14th in yards allowed to slow down a Packers offense that has been on fire for two months.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers put an exclamation point on his MVP-caliber season with four touchdown passes against the Giants.

Hes been hot for about nine years,Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Cheap Jerseys Authentic of Rodgers, who has thrown 19 touchdown passes without an interception during Green Bays win streak.

One of the biggest winners of the 2017 Shrine Game week of practice, McNamara is a complete athlete at the position who checks all the boxes and showcased this week Cheap Jerseys Cn that he was under-utilized at USC. With strong hands, fluid movement in the seam and on the perimeter, and quickly-built repertoire with the quarterbacks, I’d expect McNamara to have a strong game performance.

NFL review: Dolphins lax in concussion protocol on Matt Moore hit

An NFL review has determined the Dolphins failed to strictly follow the league’s concussion protocol when quarterback Matt Moore took a massive hit in their wild-card playoff game against the Steelers earlier this month.

The rosters for the AFC and NFC teams were announced in December, but much has changed the starting lineups, including injuries and postseason runs.

The 44-man Pro Bowl teams are comprised of 21 offensive and 18 defensive players plus five specialists, including a long snapper. Andy Reid and the coaches from the Kansas City Chiefs will lead the AFC Pro Bowl team, and Jason Garrett and the coaches from the Dallas Cowboys will head the NFC squad.

Ten players from the two teams participating in Super Bowl 51, the Falcons and Patriots, were selected to the original Pro Bowl roster this season: Linebacker Vic Beasley Jr., kicker Matt Bryant, running back Devonta Freeman, wide receiver Julio Jones, center Alex Mack and quarterback Cheap Hockey Jerseys Youth Matt Ryan of the Falcons, and quarterback Tom Brady, linebacker Dont’a Hightower, safety Devin McCourty and special teamer Matthew Slater of the Patriots.

The Pro Bowl players were determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counted one-third toward determining the 86 Pro Bowl selections. A long snapper was chosen by each head coach as a ‘need’ player. The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its all-star teams. In 1995, the NFL became the first professional sports Cheap Ireland Soccer Jerseys league to offer online all-star voting.

Panthers’ Michael Oher still in concussion protocol, report says

Michael Oher hasn’t made any progress with his head injury.

The Carolina Panthers offensive tackle has yet to clear the NFL’s concussion protocol after only playing three games in September this season, according to a report from the Charlotte Observer.

A grand total of $1 per year, as originally reported on Thursday by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The Raiders paid $3.5 million to play in O.Co Stadium in Oakland in 2016, though that amount certainly isn’t the highest in the league: The 49ers pay an annual rent of $24.5 million to play in Levi’s Stadium while other teams, like the Panthers, own the stadium in which they play. Other teams simply don’t pay rent at all.

The matter of rent is a small matter compared to how the proposed stadium will be funded, however. The Raiders have already pledged $500 million to the $1.9 billion stadium, and the state of Nevada approved $750 million in public funds to go toward the stadium as well. The family of Sheldon Adelson, who has helped facilitate the Raiders’ potential move to Las Vegas, would contribute $650 million.

Of course, that all hinges on whether the Raiders can receive approval from 24 of 32 NFL owners during the owners’ meeting in March.

Ryan Schrader, RT, Falcons: Center Alex Mack is the high-priced, free-agent stud. Left tackle Jake Matthews is the blossoming, pedigreed first-rounder. But Schrader is right with US Cheap Jerseys Club them with his run blocking and edge pass protection. Consider that Michael Bennett, Nick Perry Cheap Orioles Jerseys and David Irving are among the pass rushers he could face on that side in the playoffs. He’s been an unsung hero in Matt Ryan’s MVP-caliber season.