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ORLANDO, Fla. Cheap Shoes Clearance . -- Deshaun Watsons mission is not over.The Heisman Trophy hopeful and third-ranked Clemson Tigers are ready to return to the College Football Playoff and try to resolve some unfinished business from last season.Watson bolstered his candidacy for the sports biggest individual award by passing for three touchdowns and running for two more to lead the Tigers (12-1, No. 3 CFP) a 42-35 victory over No. 19 Virginia Tech in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game Saturday night.Winning consecutive league titles for the first time in 28 years likely will send coach Dabo Swinney and his players back to the four-team College Football Playoff for the second straight year, providing Watson with an opportunity to resolve unfinished business from last January , when the Tigers lost to Alabama in the national championship game.What a blessing to be a part of this journey, Swinney said, flanked by Watson. This guy is the best player in the country, and it isnt close.The Clemson star completed 23 of 34 passes for 288 yards, including TDs of 21 and 10 yards to Jordan Leggett and 15 yards to Hunter Renfrow for a 42-28 lead midway through the fourth quarter. He also rushed for 85 yards on 17 attempts for the Tigers. Theyve won back-to-back ACC titles for the first time since winning three straight from 1986-88.Watsons Virginia Tech counterpart, Jerod Evans, was just as impressive. The 6-foot-3, 238-pound ran for two touchdowns and rallied the Hokies from a 21-point deficit to make it close at the end.The Hokies (9-4, No. 23 CFP) scored on three straight possessions, trimming what was once a 35-14 deficit to seven points on Evans 5-yard run early in the fourth quarter and Cam Phillips 26-yard TD reception with just under 6 minutes remaining.Weve been there before. We were down 17 in the Notre Dame game and we were able to rally together to fight back, Hokies receiver Isaiah Ford said. So we were confident we could come back.Virginia Tech got the ball back with a chance to force overtime. Evans drove his team to the Clemson 23, where the drive stalled when Tigers cornerback Cordrea Tankersley intercepted a pass on fourth-and-6.They got here for a reason, Swinney said of Virginia Tech. We just couldnt put them away.Virginia Tech didnt take solace in playing Clemson close.They showed up here to win the ballgame. Its a pretty somber locker room because of that, coach Justin Fuente said.Obviously, we came up `a little short, but it wasnt because we werent out there competing, Fuente added. I think our kids poured their heart and soul into this and are going to learn some life lessons from this endeavor.SITE CHANGEThe game, originally scheduled to be played in Charlotte, N.C., drew a crowd of 50,628 -- about 20,000 shy of Camping World Stadiums listed capacity. The ACC moved the event to Orlando because of North Carolina House Bill 2, a controversial law that limits legal protection of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.EVANS BIG NIGHTVirginia Tech QB Jerod Evans finished 21 of 35 for 264 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He rushed for 46 yards on 21 carries, and joined Travon McMillian in scoring two TDs on the ground. Meanwhile, Cam Phillips had 12 receptions for 92 yards, and Isaiah Ford had four catches for 89 yards while becoming the Hokies career leader in receiving yards.THE TAKEAWAYClemson: Its been a yearlong quest to get back to the CFP, and the Tigers survived every test with the exception of a 43-42 loss to Pittsburgh in early November -- a game in which the Tigers turned the ball over three times but still came within a fourth-and-1 conversion of winning. Watson was overshadowed early in the season, when ACC player of the year Lamar Jackson was posting gaudy statistics for Louisville, however the Clemson quarterbacks performance Saturday night added to the sterling resume hes put together for Heisman Trophy consideration .Virginia Tech: The Coastal Division winners werent just happy to be in the title game. Fuente and his players were determined to make the most of the Hokies first appearance in the title game in five years. And for a half, they kept it close, weathering Clemson scoring on its first three possessions to build a 21-7 lead. Even after being outgained 148 yards to minus-14 while falling behind by three TDs in the first 10 minutes of the third quarter, Evans rallied his team to make a game of it in the fourth quarter.DISQUALIFIEDClemson LB Dorian ODaniel was ejected in the opening quarter after being penalized for targeting on a high hit on Virginia Tech RB Sam Rogers, who was dropped for no gain on a pass reception. 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Last season White went largely unnoticed due to the play of All-American corner Jalen Ramsey.With Ramsey leaving the Seminoles early and being drafted fifth overall by Jacksonville in the NFL draft, White will be the leader for a young but talented secondary.Its not really about that. I dont need anybody to tell me how good I am, said White about the lack of attention. I believe if I got out and just play the way I know I can play this year I will be where I want to be.White has made an impression during the first week of preseason practices as Coach Jimbo Fisher singled him out for making some nice plays.Marquez is Mr. Steady-Eddy out there on the field and can do a lot of things, Fisher added. Those other safeties are going to give him some opportunities (to make plays). Were expecting a good year.White played mostly special teams his first two years but started all 13 games last season. He was targeted 62 times and allowed just 20 catches for 225 yards (32 percent) and a touchdown. White also had two passes defensed and an interception.According to the analytics site Pro Football Focus, Whites 0.46 yards per coverage snap allowed is the best among returning cornerbacks from Power 5 conference teams. Only two of his allowed were for 10 yards or more. Cheap Shoes From China Online. White said he has been working on some of the finer details of his game, including doing a better job of playing the ball to the proper hand and chasing the running back in the break. He also has to serve as a mentor to the younger cornerbacks.Even though the Seminoles return one of the better safety duos in the nation in James -- who led the team in tackles last season as a freshman -- and Nate Andrews, who will replace Ramsey is one of the bigger questions on the defense. Sophomores Tarvarus McFadden and Marcus Lewis got plenty of work in the spring but dont have much game experience. Last season McFadden saw limited action in seven games and Lewis was in only four with that mostly being special teams.White also noted the early play of freshman Levonta Taylor, especially for his ability to be adept at reading routes for such a young player.With White being targeted only seven percent of the time by opposing quarterbacks last season, he knows it is tough getting recognition, especially with a lack of interceptions. White realizes he has taken advantage of those times when the ball comes his way.Florida State opens the season on Sept. 5 against Mississippi in Orlando.Hopefully Ill see a little bit more passes this year. I got to make the plays that I have, he said. I have to play my technique. Like the Houston game (last season in the Peach Bowl), I messed up trying to be greedy and trying to make a play. I cant do that.---AP college football website: collegefootball.ap.org ' ' '
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Mario Manningham, who started 10 games at wide receiver for the 49ers last season, has yet to practice this summer while he continues to rehabilitate a knee injury suffered in a Dec. 23 game. Kyle Williams -- who like Manningham tore knee ligaments last season -- and receivers A.J. Jenkins and Kassim Osgood each have missed practices this week because of apparent hamstring injuries. To make room on their roster for the two newcomers, the 49ers waived rookie centre Sherman Carter and rookie punter Colton Schmidt. Air Max Dk . Down by seven with 90 seconds left in regulation, thats where they looked comfortable. Billigste Nike Air Max . With Parker having a quiet game for once, Nicolas Batum and Boris Diaw provided the scoring as France won its first major basketball title by beating Lithuania 80-66 on Sunday. 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Instead, a high-priced and under-performing defense contributed to Buffalos 8-8 finish that extended the NFLs longest active playoff drought to 16 seasons.This year is already off to a tumultuous start.The troubling headlines began in February, when running back LeSean McCoy was investigated -- but eventually not charged -- for his alleged role during a nightclub brawl involving off-duty police officers in Philadelphia.More bad news came last week when Karlos Williams, McCoys primary backup, was suspended by the NFL for four games for violating the leagues substance abuse policy. And that was after Williams created a stir in June for being overweight upon reporting for mandatory minicamp.Then there are the injuries.Starting receiver Sammy Watkins had surgery on his left foot in April and is expected to miss the start of camp. Two weeks after drafting Shaq Lawson 19th overall, the Bills had the defensive end undergo surgery to repair a shoulder injury that nagged him at Clemson. Initially pegged as a starter, Lawson will instead miss at least the first month of the season.Even the media policy the Bills introduced in May was widely panned for being far too restrictive.Ryan countered the distractions with upbeat defiance following the teams final practice in June.I thought we had a good offseason last year, but not like this. Its so much different, Ryan said. I will challenge any team. I think weve won the offseason. But we need to win July.A number of things to look out for as the Bills open camp in Pittsford, New York, on July 30:TESTED TAYLOR: Tyrod Taylor is Buffalos unquestioned No. 1 quarterback after winning a three-way competition a year ago and delivering with a promising 8-6 record as a first-time starter. Strong-armed and mobile, Taylor oversaw an offense that led the league in rushing and scored 24 touchdowns of 20 yards or longer.The 26-year-old also showed signs of asserting himself as a leader. Nike Air Max Tilbud. Taylors not even swayed by the potential distraction of having to prove himself while entering the final year of his contract.Very easy for me to stay positive, Taylor said. Im here to work. Thats what I came here to do. Were preparing for the 2016 season and Im looking forward to it.RUNNING OUT OF RBS? The Bills might be suddenly short on running backs with Karlos Williams four-game suspension and with rookie fifth-round pick Jonathan Williams facing potential discipline after being arrested in Arkansas on a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated.The Bills plan to be cautious in how much practice time McCoy gets after he was bothered by a foot injury in June, and after he hurt his hamstring in camp last year. Mike Gillislee, recently re-signed Boom Herron and James Wilder will compete for the primary backup spot to open the season.O-LINE: Four of five offensive line spots are set after the Bills re-signed left guard Richie Incognito and left tackle Cordy Glenn. The only position in question is right tackle with Seantrel Hendersons status uncertain as he recovers from offseason intestinal surgery to relieve the effects of Crohns disease. Jordan Mills, who took over for Henderson last season, and Cyrus Kouandjio will compete for the job.WHOLL CATCH ON? The Bills have holes to fill at receiver after losing Chris Hogan to free agency and following Percy Harvins retirement. Among those in contention are Greg Salas and Leonard Hankerson, two late-season additions last year, as well as free-agent addition Jarrett Boykin. Also in the mix are 2015 seventh-round pick Dez Lewis and Marquise Goodwin, who failed to make the U.S. Olympic team as a long jumper.TWINBILL RYANS: Ryan addressed concerns about his defense by hiring twin brother Rob Ryan as assistant head coach. Though Dennis Thurman retains the defensive coordinator title, Rob will hold an unspecified role involving the defense.Rex Ryan also shuffled other staff positions by hiring John Blake (defensive line) and adding former star safety Ed Reed (assistant defensive backs). Kathryn Smith takes over as special teams quality control assistant in becoming the NFLs first full-time female coach.---AP NFL website: http://pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL ' ' '
SESTRIERE, Italy -- Tessa Worley won her second straight World Cup giant slalom Saturday after first-run leader Mikaela Shiffrin struggled in her second trip down the 2006 Turin Olympics course. Cheap Air Max For Sale .After placing third in the opening run, Worley captured her 10th career giant slalom win to match the French record set by Carole Merle between 1988 and 1993.Worley finished 0.15 seconds ahead of rising Italian skier Sofia Goggia and 0.29 in front of defending overall World Cup champion Lara Gut of Switzerland.Its a tough day to win, said Worley, the giant slalom (GS) world champion in 2013. Those girls are fighting hard, and I try to fight a bit harder.It was a memorable day for the French team with Alexis Pinturault winning a mens GS on home snow in Val dIsere.Worley also won a GS in Killington, Vermont, two weeks ago.Shiffrin, the American who won the slalom at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, lost a big chunk of time early in her second run after getting thrown off course. 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The overall lineup of Secret couldnt match Arteezy, though, and Minenkovs Ember Spirit gradually pulled NaVi ahead as the game went on, securing enough advantage to go high ground and take the series advantage, putting it to 2-1 and match point for NaVi.A draft stage advantage in the fourth game put NaVi ahead from the start, where a surprise last-pick Huskar for Minenkov threw Secret for a loop. In combination with some excellent Shadow Shaman play from Ivan artstyle Antonov, the early aggression NaVi is known for shone, completely shutting down Maos Morphling and any hopes of victory. Pushing down two barracks in short order, Team Secret tapped out in just 18 minutes, ending the series 3-1. Natus Vincere took home the StarSeries cup, some prize money and the confidence gained in its first LAN victory of 2016. ' ' '
Rushiraj Barot won gold in the junior mens 25m rapid fire pistol event on day three of the ongoing ISSF Junior World Cup in Azerbaijan on Tuesday. Buy Retro Jordans Websites .Rushiraj had previously qualified for the final after a fifth-position finish scoring 556 in the qualification round, before recording his first win at the Junior World Cup stage.Rushiraj had finished ninth in the same event in the first Junior World Cup of the year held in Suhl, Germany, in May.India picked up four more medals, including one gold, to maintain a second place on the medal table, winning six gold, four silver and eight bronze for a total haul of of 18 medals so far. 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I dont know if it was quite a bad thing for us.Durant had 27 points and 10 rebounds, but little looked in sync for MVP Stephen Curry and the reigning Western Conference champions in a forgettable first game -- and quite a different one after the Warriors dominated at home and came out of the blocks last season with a record 24-0 start.Leonard scored 31 points by the end of the third, LaMarcus Aldridge added 26 points and 14 rebounds and Gregg Popovich thoroughly outdid a couple of his close friends on the opposite bench in reigning NBA Coach of the Year Steve Kerr and top assistant Mike Brown.Yes, San Antonio sent quite a message to the West.If there was an outcome I wasnt expecting, it was this one, San Antonios Manu Ginobili said. A 29-point lead against a team like them? I truly didnt expect it.Curry, last seasons first unanimous MVP, scored 26 points but was just 3 for 10 from 3-point range. Green had 18 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, while Klay Thompson was limited to 11 points on 5-of-13 shooting.The star-studded Warriors were sloppy, committing 16 turnovers, and got outrebounded 55-35. They are clearly still finding themselves just as Kerr expected -- though maybe not quite like this while.No, I didnt see losing by 29 points, Kerr said. Its going to be an ugly tape to watch. ... I think our guys were embarrassed tonight. I know I was.San Antonio exhibited smooth, crisp ball movement and looked polished in a game that had a playoff feel on Day 1.Two-time Defensive Player of the Year Leonard shot 10 for 21 and made all 15 of his free throws.Jonathon Simmons came off the bench to score a career-high 20 points, including a 3 to beat the halftime buzzer for a 64-46 advantage. 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Its the first time since Popovichs initial season as head coach of the Spurs in 1996-97 to be exact.He was like a security blanket for everybody. Even if things went awry, Popovich said. He was like the center of the universe and everybody knew how to act around that. With that pivotal guy gone, well have to wait and see who accepts that role.SAGER STRONGA special giveaway T-shirt with Craig Sagers likeness hung on every seat for the sellout crowd to honor the eccentric, beloved TNT sideline reporter as he fights leukemia. Warriors coach Steve Kerr wore a different colorful version earlier, then a wild tie for the game.Popovich offered a caring thought after Curry sent his best over the mic.Hes just an iconic and weird and wonderful guy all at the same time, and I mean that lovingly, he said.UP NEXTSpurs: They visit Sacramento on Thursday as the Kings open their new arena, Golden 1 Center.Warriors: Golden State plays at New Orleans on Friday to begin a stretch of three straight on the road and four of five away from Oracle. ' ' '
SESTRIERE, Italy -- Tessa Worley won her second straight World Cup giant slalom Saturday after first-run leader Mikaela Shiffrin struggled in her second trip down the 2006 Turin Olympics course. Cheap Air Max For Sale .After placing third in the opening run, Worley captured her 10th career giant slalom win to match the French record set by Carole Merle between 1988 and 1993.Worley finished 0.15 seconds ahead of rising Italian skier Sofia Goggia and 0.29 in front of defending overall World Cup champion Lara Gut of Switzerland.Its a tough day to win, said Worley, the giant slalom (GS) world champion in 2013. Those girls are fighting hard, and I try to fight a bit harder.It was a memorable day for the French team with Alexis Pinturault winning a mens GS on home snow in Val dIsere.Worley also won a GS in Killington, Vermont, two weeks ago.Shiffrin, the American who won the slalom at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, lost a big chunk of time early in her second run after getting thrown off course. 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Natus Vincere, Fnatic and Team Secret -- all three have tickets punched for The International 6, and a win at StarLadder would mean a huge boost headed into Seattle.While Team Secret secured a grand finals berth in Saturdays upper bracket final, NaVi and Fnatic had one final best-of-three to play to determine who would advance. Despite the two teams being in relatively even standing, NaVi looked dominant over Fnatic in the series. Mirana was the key in both games, used by both Danil Dendi Ishutin in the first game and Victor GeneRaL Nigrini in the second game. NaVi secured the 2-0 and a second chance at beating Secret, this time in the grand finals.The first game saw Natus Vincere struggle to find ground against an aggressive Team Secret. While NaVi found a few early kills on Johan pieliedie ?str?m, Jacky EternaLEnVy Mao and Artour Arteezy Babaev both got off the ground quickly and never let up. Team Secret took a series of kills on Nigrinis Beastmaster and never let Dmitry Ditya Ra Minenkov get his Weaver pick off the ground, eventually ending in a first game win for Secret.NaVi swung back harder in the second game off a surprisingly conservative lineup. Usually known for early aggression, Mineenkovs Terrorblade signaled a shift to a late-game push. Cheap Wholesale Air Max Shoes. Secret attempted to adapt, putting a great deal of early pressure on NaVi and shoving all five back onto their high ground. Team Secret could never put the final nail in the coffin though, and NaVi pushed back to bring the series to an even 1-1.The third game saw more explosive Mirana play, this time on Babaev, who found key eliminations across the map. The overall lineup of Secret couldnt match Arteezy, though, and Minenkovs Ember Spirit gradually pulled NaVi ahead as the game went on, securing enough advantage to go high ground and take the series advantage, putting it to 2-1 and match point for NaVi.A draft stage advantage in the fourth game put NaVi ahead from the start, where a surprise last-pick Huskar for Minenkov threw Secret for a loop. In combination with some excellent Shadow Shaman play from Ivan artstyle Antonov, the early aggression NaVi is known for shone, completely shutting down Maos Morphling and any hopes of victory. Pushing down two barracks in short order, Team Secret tapped out in just 18 minutes, ending the series 3-1. Natus Vincere took home the StarSeries cup, some prize money and the confidence gained in its first LAN victory of 2016. ' ' '
Rushiraj Barot won gold in the junior mens 25m rapid fire pistol event on day three of the ongoing ISSF Junior World Cup in Azerbaijan on Tuesday. Buy Retro Jordans Websites .Rushiraj had previously qualified for the final after a fifth-position finish scoring 556 in the qualification round, before recording his first win at the Junior World Cup stage.Rushiraj had finished ninth in the same event in the first Junior World Cup of the year held in Suhl, Germany, in May.India picked up four more medals, including one gold, to maintain a second place on the medal table, winning six gold, four silver and eight bronze for a total haul of of 18 medals so far. 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Having two big pieces back is going to be a key for us moving forward for years to come," said Knighthawks head coach Mike Hasen. OAKLAND, Calif. -- Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs put on such a basketball show they sent the loyal Golden State fans to a rare early exit. What a strange sight at Oracle Arena for opening night and Kevin Durants long-awaited Warriors debut.Leonard scored a career-high 35 points and the Spurs emphatically spoiled KDs first game for Golden State in a 129-100 rout Tuesday that the Warriors could hardly believe had just happened.We got punched in the mouth, Draymond Green said. I dont know if it was quite a bad thing for us.Durant had 27 points and 10 rebounds, but little looked in sync for MVP Stephen Curry and the reigning Western Conference champions in a forgettable first game -- and quite a different one after the Warriors dominated at home and came out of the blocks last season with a record 24-0 start.Leonard scored 31 points by the end of the third, LaMarcus Aldridge added 26 points and 14 rebounds and Gregg Popovich thoroughly outdid a couple of his close friends on the opposite bench in reigning NBA Coach of the Year Steve Kerr and top assistant Mike Brown.Yes, San Antonio sent quite a message to the West.If there was an outcome I wasnt expecting, it was this one, San Antonios Manu Ginobili said. A 29-point lead against a team like them? I truly didnt expect it.Curry, last seasons first unanimous MVP, scored 26 points but was just 3 for 10 from 3-point range. Green had 18 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, while Klay Thompson was limited to 11 points on 5-of-13 shooting.The star-studded Warriors were sloppy, committing 16 turnovers, and got outrebounded 55-35. They are clearly still finding themselves just as Kerr expected -- though maybe not quite like this while.No, I didnt see losing by 29 points, Kerr said. Its going to be an ugly tape to watch. ... I think our guys were embarrassed tonight. I know I was.San Antonio exhibited smooth, crisp ball movement and looked polished in a game that had a playoff feel on Day 1.Two-time Defensive Player of the Year Leonard shot 10 for 21 and made all 15 of his free throws.Jonathon Simmons came off the bench to score a career-high 20 points, including a 3 to beat the halftime buzzer for a 64-46 advantage. His status had been in doubt for the opener because of a calf injury.Green dunked off a pass from Curry early in the third to get Golden State within 10, only to pound his chest and yell before being hit with a technical.The Warriors had flurries of greatness trying to get back in it. San Antonio answered each time -- like when Golden State pulled within 50-42 in the second quartter before the Spurs closed the half on a 14-4 run. Cheap Jordan 11 Win Like 96 For Sale. Its a nice little slap in the face, Curry said. First game you want to come out and protect your home court and have the energy of the home opener live throughout the game. We didnt do anything to let that happen.Durant made a 14-footer 65 seconds into the game and hit his first four shots. But he didnt have much help early.San Antonio led 31-20 after the first, when the Warriors shot 7 for 20 with four baskets by Durant. Golden States other players were 3 for 15, and the Warriors got outrebounded 17-9.Durant, whose former Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Spurs in the Western Conference semifinals, wants to make sure this result doesnt start a trend.What we cant do is let these games pile up, he said. We cant panic. Its Game 1 of 82.TIP-INSSpurs: Pau Gasol had two points in 18-plus minutes of his debut for San Antonio. ... The Spurs won at Oracle Arena for the first time since a 113-110 victory on Nov. 11, 2014. ... Leonards previous career high was 33 on April 2 at Toronto.Warriors: Durant has scored 20 or more points in 65 straight games. ... C Zaza Pachulia scored two points in his Warriors debut. ... Golden States three-game home winning streak against the Spurs was snapped along with its run of four straight victories in season openers.NO DUNCANYou bet it was strange for Popovich to play the first real game without Duncan. Its the first time since Popovichs initial season as head coach of the Spurs in 1996-97 to be exact.He was like a security blanket for everybody. Even if things went awry, Popovich said. He was like the center of the universe and everybody knew how to act around that. With that pivotal guy gone, well have to wait and see who accepts that role.SAGER STRONGA special giveaway T-shirt with Craig Sagers likeness hung on every seat for the sellout crowd to honor the eccentric, beloved TNT sideline reporter as he fights leukemia. Warriors coach Steve Kerr wore a different colorful version earlier, then a wild tie for the game.Popovich offered a caring thought after Curry sent his best over the mic.Hes just an iconic and weird and wonderful guy all at the same time, and I mean that lovingly, he said.UP NEXTSpurs: They visit Sacramento on Thursday as the Kings open their new arena, Golden 1 Center.Warriors: Golden State plays at New Orleans on Friday to begin a stretch of three straight on the road and four of five away from Oracle. ' ' '
Its time for our last big preseason tradition: plopping all 30 teams into tiers to snapshot their place in the league hierarchy at this precious moment when everyone is 0-0. Scarpe Nike Air Max Scontate .These are not strict power rankings, and the order within each bucket doesnt necessarily matter. At least a half-dozen teams could slide up or down a tier, or even across three; the gooey center of the NBA is unusually muddled.TRILOGY PARTICIPANTSGolden State WarriorsCleveland CavaliersWeve never seen an NBA Finals trilogy, but as things stand today, any other outcome would be shocking.What LeBron did to Golden State last June should give pause to anyone anointing this four-headed super team. His performances while facing elimination in Games 5 and 6 -- a combined 82 points, 29 rebounds, 16 assists, and six aura-shattering blocks -- stand as the greatest back-to-back in Finals history. He imagined a way to beat this specific opponent, and then made it happen.He dragged Stephen Curry through an obstacle course of pick-and-rolls until he cracked just enough room for something -- a thundering drive, those dripping soft lobs to Tristan Thompson, cross-court lasers to spot-up shooters. He hounded Draymond Green on defense, switched onto Curry, and vaporized the Curry-Green pick-and-roll that had been the launchpad to a thousand open 3-pointers.By Game 5, the Cavaliers understood the enormity of the Golden State challenge -- how one half-second of miscommunication on defense could undo 20 seconds of excellence, and how severely the yappy, grinning Warriors would punish tiny errors. The Cavs had played hard before then, but they had not pushed themselves beyond that, and into the haze of total mental and physical exhaustion. They know now what it takes to beat this juggernaut. They know they can summon it, because they already did.The Warriors, of course, underwent some minor renovations over the summer. Kevin Durant takes Harrison Barnes place in the vaunted Death Lineup, erasing one of the two spots where opponents -- including Cleveland when Kevin Love played -- would hide their big men. If both Tristan Thompson and Love are on the floor against that group, one of them will guard Andre Iguodala. Whos the other one guarding?Playing two traditional bigs against this lineup will be much harder than it was against Version 1.0. Good thing the Cavs cinched up their wing depth by adding Mike Dunleavy Jr. and ending their staring contest with J.R. Smith. Still: Keep an eye on Iman Shumpert. Several teams, including Minnesota, have inquired about his availability in the past few weeks and gotten the impression Cleveland is ready to talk, according to several league sources. The Cavs wont salary-dump Shump for nothing, but given their tax situation, cutting payroll by a few million promises exponential savings.The Cavs need Shumpert, or at least the fully realized version of a player like him, to scamper and switch with Golden States small lineups. Without him, they risk overtaxing Dunleavy, Richard Jefferson, and their extra bigs.Its easy to suggest opponents defending the Death Lineup simply ignore Green and Iguodala - that any shot from one of them is a victory. But ignoring them means giving up wide-open driving lanes, and suddenly youre faced with a choice: concede a layup, or send help from Curry, Durant or Klay Thompson. You cant script a plan that helps only off Golden States weaker players, and allows them only jumpers.Durant gives them too many options -- new switchproof pick-and-roll combinations with Curry, and old-school throw it to the third-best player in the NBA on the block dump-ins when a hyperalert defense smothers Golden States prettier stuff.When it counts, the Warriors will play this super-small group even more than they did the original. It should be better on both ends, with an uptick in rim protection; Durant is 7-feet tall, and blocked more shots last season than Barnes has in his career. It is unclear how you even begin to defend it. The looks Golden State has generated out of it in the preseason have been almost laughable.Yeah, they have some issues. Zaza Pachulia is learning the ropes, and the depth beyond the top seven is unproven. JaVale McGee ruins everything. Theres a non-zero chance a vengeful Sam Presti is paying him to sabotage the Warriors. On some nights, Golden State will go cold from deep. Give Cleveland two of those nights in June, and they have a chance.But Pachulia will catch on; we are only eight months from his achieving hero status for stabilizing the rag-tag Mavs. Someone on the bench will pop. And when the Warriors put their five best guys on the floor, they turn the game into a math problem almost no one can solve.AINT NEVER GONNA GIVE UPLos Angeles ClippersIf Blake Griffin can be the best player in the world for two weeks, the Clippers are the only Western Conference team with the explosiveness and precision to challenge Golden State in the playoffs. We saw this Griffin during the first round against San Antonio two years ago. He laid waste in the post, directed fast breaks, and emptied the tank on both ends over 41 minutes per game.Hell have to switch across five positions, pressure ace 3-point shooters, rush back inside to control the glass, and then bully Golden States only weak spot on the other end. DeAndre Jordan will have to do the same. Together, they have a vertical brutality the Warriors cant match.The Clippers just havent maintained integrity over enough full defensive possessions in all those demoralizing losses to Golden State. Jordan or Griffin will nail the first switch, trail their new guy for three seconds, and then botch Golden States next screening action -- leaving a fatal pocket of airspace.Over 19 games across the past three seasons, the Warriors have blitzed L.A. for about 109 points per 100 possessions on 40 percent shooting from deep.You cant hit every dance step against the Warriors; they put you through too damned many. But the Clippers must hit more to overcome their structural disadvantages -- a hole at small forward, and a lack of size along the perimeter. Chris Paul isnt quite 6-0, and J.J. Redicks arms are short; they can do only so much when they switch onto Durant or Green. (The occasional Paul-Green battle on the block presents some tense, tangled violence, and the possibility of simultaneous groin shots.)Hell, Klay Thompson is comfortable going right at, and over, Redick. Jamal Crawford may not be able to play real minutes in this matchup; the Warriors offense bamboozles him. Austin Rivers could play more, including in three-guard lineups with Paul and Redick -- a setup in which Griffin may have to guard Durant straight-up against certain Golden State groups. They might need Wesley Johnson, and needing Wesley Johnson has never turned out well for anyone.The Clippers are probably a guy short -- and maybe two. This group hasnt made it beyond the second round. Their collapse against Houston remains inexplicable, even two years later. But at full throttle, they are awesome, and Griffin has another level still in him.BEST OF THE RESTSan Antonio SpursIts cool if you want them in a higher tier. They posted a beefier scoring margin than the 73-win Warriors, after all. Theyll win 55 games, and Kawhi Leonard has a realistic shot at the MVP-Defensive Player of the Year double dip. Just throwing a simple post entry pass around Leonard is like playing Operation, complete with hand trembling from anxiety.At least one or two of the younger bench guys will gain Gregg Popovichs full trust, allowing him to cut Pau Gasols minutes against Golden State -- just as he did with another aging legend last season. They are ultra-long around the basket, and should remain a top-three defense. Gasol and Aldridge will drag both opposing big men 20 feet from the rim, rain long jumpers, and pick out cutters all over the floor.They just feel light on the zip factor. Some of that is by design; they want to slow the pace, back you down on the block, and exploit the midrange area everyone ignores. They are tailor-made, in theory, to play tall-ball against the Warriors smaller lineups.But a lot of those post-ups will result in tough floaters and turnarounds; Green is an unmovable cinder block, and Durant is long enough to challenge everything. Contested midrange looks only get you so far against elite defenses. When that shot clock dwindles, you need a guy who can get buckets from nothing -- a high-flier with some off-the-bounce skills, a pick-and-roll ace, or some pogo-stick to cram lobs and put-back dunks. You need to survive for five or six minutes on transition points and free throws.The Clippers have more of that volatility than the Spurs -- especially on nights when Tony Parker looks his age.Boston CelticsThe clock is quietly ticking. Cheapo deals for Avery Bradley and Isaiah Thomas expire after next season. If Boston lands their big fish before then, theyll pay what it takes to keep them -- assuming at least one remains after the Great Theoretical Celtics Megatrade. If the Cs cant find their match, they face a dilemma: Pay those guys something like $50 million combined annually and lock into a team that might top out at 50-ish wins, or deal one of them at next seasons deadline -- if not before. Remember: Both are blocking younger lottery picks.Lots can happen between now and February 2018. This Boston team could exceed expectations, or hover around 48 wins; the Celtics seem quietly confident they could push the Cavs this season if a few breaks fall their way. LeBron could finally age (ha, ha). The new collective bargaining deal will probably make it easier for players to sign contract extensions, a change that could pump up trade value for Thomas and Bradley even as their deals approach expiration; teams that nab them would have an easier time extending them on the spot.If the Celtics conclude this seasons team cant make real playoff noise, Bradley becomes a sneaky interesting trade piece even though Danny Ainge loves him. (Thomas is indispensable; Boston has no one else who can skitter into the teeth of enemy defenses.)But Boston should make playoff noise. They had the scoring margin of a 50-win team last season. Al Horford reanimates every limb of an offense that suffocated amid cramped spacing. Hes a better shooter than every other Boston big, save Kelly Olynyk, and by far the most well-rounded pick-and-roll option of the Brad Stevens era -- key for a team that ranked an ugly 27th in points per possession on plays their screeners finished with a shot, turnover, or drawn foul, per Synergy Sports.Boston should also do better from deep than the dreadful 33.5 percent it hit last season. The Celtics nailed just 34 percent from the corners, fourth-worst in the league; Marcus Smart shot an unthinkable 20 percent on those short triples, and Bradley dipped to 33 percent -- an outlier for him.Toss in a defense that should be among the three or four stingiest, and Boston starts in a dead heat with Toronto for the No. 2 seed.Toronto RaptorsThere is a lot of hand-wringing over the departure of a center who can barely catch a basketball. Bismack Biyombo was great for the Raptors, and durable, but he also benefited from playing on hybrid reserve units with Kyle Lowry and Patrick Patterson -- Torontos best traditional power forward.Slide this seasons backup center -- Jared Sullinger, Bebe Nogueira, one of the rookies -- into that same template, and the Raptors will do fine. Jonas Valanciunas is ready for more, anyway, and with DeMarre Carroll healthy, Toronto will finally explore some explosive lineups. The group of Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Carroll, Patterson, and Valanciunas, for instance, logged just 16 minutes all of last season.Slide Carroll to power forward, and Toronto might discover switchy lineups that make up for shaky rim protection on the back line by preventing anyone from driving there in the first place. Norman Norm Powell could help unlock some of those groups.Toronto might slip a hair on defense, and theyll feel Biyombos absence on the boards now and then. But these guys have enough talent and shared corporate knowledge to coast by teams that spend the first 40 games getting to know each other. Love the Drakes.ROCK SOLID PLAYOFF TEAMSIndiana PacersIndy traded some defense (and maybe some rebounding) to juice a moribund offense, but they didnt add enough shooting in the bargain to open space for all their slasher types. The roster may add up to exactly the sum of its parts.And thats fine. The Pacers have enough talent to hit the No. 4 range even if the players dont complement each other in the magical way that lifts a team to a higher plane. They have Paul George, a surefire top-10 overall player. Paul George is a boss. Myles Turner will grow into his new last-line-of-defense responsibility faster than a typical 20-year-old. The fortified bench should hold steady after last seasons version almost single-handedly blew Indys first-round series against Toronto.Portland Trail BlazersThere is a ton of skepticism around the league about Portland. The Blazers enjoyed near-perfect health last season, and slid into an unexpected power vacuum when Utah, New Orleans, Phoenix, Sacramento, and Houston imploded. They ranked an ugly 21st in points allowed per possession, and played above-.500 ball only during a sizzling midseason jaunt against mostly bad teams.But watch the Blazers, and you see a mature team comfortable in its own skin -- and primed for the kind of organic improvement that comes when young teammates marinate together. Theyre well-versed in Terry Stotts read-and-react offense, and they should come out of the gate a bit better on defense now that theyre starting Al-Farouq Aminu at power forward. That lineup fouled at a low rate, crucial for the Blazers, who spent most of the season hacking the bejesus out of everyone. The smaller, switchier group is just better at keeping the ball in front of them.That will still be a challenge for Portland in reserve lineups unless Stotts really shrinks the rotation; Meyers Leonard, Festus Ezeli, and Ed Davis are all basically centers, and the Blazers will have trouble chasing smaller opponents when any two of them play together.Cut the hacks, and Portland has the foundation of sturdy defense. They entice a ton of midrangers, and shut off both the restricted area and those juicy corner 3s. Opponents shot a preposterous 42.5 percent on the few wide-open 3s they managed, per tracking data provided to ESPN.com, and if sheer randomness pushes that number down, the Blazers could at least hit league-average on defense.Houston RocketsThe only question that matters -- and one that got a little more pressing with the news from our Calvin Watkins that Patrick Beverley may need knee surgery: Just how bad is Houstons defense going to be?There is a lot of evidence that an elite defense is a slightly more powerful predictor of championship contention than an elite offense, and the same may be true on the downside. Only seven teams that fell into the bottom five in points allowed per possession made the playoffs over the past 20 seasons, according to data compiled by ESPN Stats & Information. Those teams ranked about third on average in offensive efficiency.The prognosis gets better if you are merely not terrible; a full 32 teams, about 1.5 per season season, squeaked into the playoffs with bottom-10 defenses. Meanwhile, a bunch more -- 42 -- got in despite bottom-10 offenses over that same 20-year stretch.Houston is going to score the hell out of the ball. If they stay healthy and trudge closer to 20th in overall defense, they should win enough games -- something in the high-40s -- to secure a spot. Thats not easy for any team featuring Ryan Anderson, an unhidable saboteur, and it definitely wont be easy if Houston gets the comatose version of James Harden and Eric Gordon. Some of these guys have scary injury histories.But Harden is in shape, and the Rockets have enough solid defenders -- including two centers -- to achieve some minimum level of competence. Having perhaps the second-best offense in the league will help; its easier to set your defense and get stops after a bucket -- or even better, a free throw.Oklahoma City ThunderIt isnt going to be pretty. The Thunder are poor on shooting, and they just dont have the personnel to whip the ball around in artful passing sequences that build to an orgasmic crescendo. Their offense post-Durant is a straight-ahead battering ram heading toward walls of defenders.And on a lot of nights, they will run right through those freaking walls. You think Russell Westbrook is worried about those three defenders waiting at the dotted line? When he misses at the rim, the leagues best offensive rebounding team is ready to pounce.The Thunder no longer have the luxury of taking nights off on defense, but they have the goods to play into late April.Utah JazzIm already (gulp) on record calling a 50-win season.BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT PLAYOFF TEAMSDetroit PistonsDetroit was ensconced in the solid playoff tier before Reggie Jacksons knee problems ahead of a packed early schedule. Analytics gurus at other teams have mocked my freaking out about Jackson missing perhaps a quarter of the season; they project the injury might cost Detroit just one or two wins.Theyre probably right. But the Jackson-Andre Drummond spread pick-and-roll literally is Detroits offense. They can try to mimic it with Ish Smith, but his jumper is busted; defenders will duck 10 feet under Drummonds picks to cut off Smiths roadrunner drives.Stan Van Gundy has antidotes; Drummond will set two or three screens in a row so that Smith can play hide-and-seek, and set some picks below the foul line -- so Smith is already in range for his delightfully loopy floater. Smart defenses with their feet set will navigate all that on a lot of possessions, and stall out Detroits offense. Help defenders will flood the paint from every direction until Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Marcus Morris, and Tobias Harris prove consistent from deep.Van Gundy has talked about diversifying in Jacksons absence, and both Morris and Harris can soak up some creative duties. Drummond has honed his righty hook and passing chops to the point that throwing it to him on the block isnt an awful option. The bench should be better than last seasons sinkhole.The margin for error is small without Jackson. Drummond is still learning to protect the paint, and Detroits defense suffered after it slid Harris into a small-ish starting lineup.But roster continuity and Van Gundy are a powerful combination. The young guys will improve, and Van Gundy will have them dialed in each night.Charlotte HornetsThis teams offense is at risk, especially if Cody Zeller and Marvin Williams arent ready for the start of the season. Zeller is a grunt guy you barely notice, but hes a turbo screening machine on and off the ball, and speed matters to a team without anyone who can just go and get buckets. Help defenders zip inside to bump Zeller rolling to the rim, and Charlotte flits through the little corridors that initial rotation pries open.Those pathways hold oxygen for their side-to-side, drive-and-kick attack. Close them a beat earlier, and you can suffocate their offense. Roy Hibbert doesnt arrive in the lane as quickly as Zeller, or present the same threat level once he gets there.As is, Charlotte generated the lowest share of corner 3s in the league last season; Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum handle the ball high on the wings, and they need Williams, the only other reliable long-range gunner among the starters, to set picks for them. The bench feels a little less reliable, and overstocked with big men. Opponents shot just 36 percent on wide-open 3s last season, the fourth-lowest mark in the league, and a variable that could flip the other way.But every damn night, you can count on Steve Clifford team to clean the defensive glass, shut down the opposing transition game, avoid fouls, and force a ton of midrange jumpers. They basically start every game up 4-0.Atlanta HawksIve written and talked a lot about these guys already. We know the questions, and Tiago Splitter is already injured. But Atlanta has top-level talent, and a coach, Mike Budenholzer, who maximizes his roster. One of the rookies will skip a grade at the Budenholzer University For Project Wings, and the Hawks are high on Malcolm Delaney as Dennis Schroders backup.My gut says one of these three misses the playoffs. I just cant decide which one, so for now, I have them all getting in.PRIME CONTENDERS FOR NO. 8: WESTDallas MavericksMemphis GrizzliesI already predicted both these stalwarts would miss the playoffs. I dont feel great about myself.Denver NuggetsNew Orleans PelicansMinnesota TimberwolvesThat leaves one spot for three teams that could all range between 35 and 43 wins. If we knew Jrue Holiday would return within, say, the first month of the season, the Pelicans would have a leg up. They have the player with the highest ceiling for this season -- yes, a hair ahead of Karl-Anthony Towns -- and an interesting group of wings to surround him in lineups big and small. If they disappoint again, Alvin Gentrys job could be in jeopardy.The Wolves return a starting lineup that poured in 113.5 points per 100 possessions last season -- better than Golden States league-best mark. That lineup was horrific defensively, but Tom Thibodeau will at least get them into the right spots on every possession. Being a year older will help everyone. The bench is shaky, especially on the wing, and its unclear if Kris Dunn is ready to run an NBA offense.Denver is young, deep, and healthy. All three of Danilo Gallinari, Nikola Jokic, and Jusuf Nurkic can initiate the offense, easing the burden on Emmanuel Mudiay. But Mudiay is still 20, with so much to learn, and the Jokic-Nurkic combo has to prove it can survive on defense.Right now, Id lean slightly toward Minnesota for the No. 8 spot, pending a definitive return date for Holiday.PRIME CONTENDERS FOR NO. 8: EASTMilwaukee BucksMy pick for the No. 8 seed before Khris Middletons devastating hamstring tear. Milwaukees bottom-10 offense didnt improve a lick after it moved Giannis Antetokounmpo to point forward, but it was onto something. The Bucks became uncomfortable to play against. They imposed awkwardness.If Antetokounmpo defended a power forward and the Bucks got a stop, that poor sap was stuck guarding a combination of The Flash and Rubber Man running a pick-and-roll in semi-transition. Switch a little guy onto Antetokounmpo to snuff that emergency, and Greek Freak would bum-rush that dude onto the block for a limbsy post-up.Milwaukee had zero spacing even with Middleton healthy, but they were smart slipping through the little crevices they could open:Parker is a gifted, rampaging slasher. Antetokounmpo and Greg Monroe are slick high-post passers. (By the way: Milwaukee is already preparing for the possibility Monroe opts into his deal for 2017-18, league sources say.) The Bucks knew defenses would adjust to a steady diet of Antetokounmpo pick-and-rolls, so they mixed things up. Antetokounmpo would start some possessions in the corner or at the elbow, and sometimes act as the screener in the pick-and-roll -- an inversion that confused defenses.He is comfortable driving from anywhere, even against defenders hanging 10 feet off of him, and long enough with those go-go-gadget arms to thread wraparound passes at weirdo angles. He can grab-and-go after rebounds, and the Bucks would be smart to let him loose in transition.Antetokounmpo developed a nice lob chemistry with Miles Plumlee, and their defense -- a mess all season -- improved once Plumlee replaced Monroe in the starting lineup.Milwaukee looked ripe for a bounceback. And then disaster struck Middleton, its best all-around player last season. Milwaukee needs two dangerous 3-point shooters around the Antetokounmpo/Parker/Plumlee trio, and its harder for them to get there now without compromising other elements.Tony Snell has untapped potential, but hes not in Middletons universe as a 3-point bomber and secondary playmaker. (I was kind of excited to see how Michael Carter-Williams would fare as an offensive focal point when Antetokounmpo rested.) Parker is clueless away from the ball on defense, and the Bucks need a major renovation on that end now that the league has figured out Kidds helter-skelter pressure scheme; only three teams allowed more wide-open 3s last season, per NBA.com, and opponents lived in the restricted area.Washington WizardsMy backup pick for the No. 8 seed until news broke that Ian Mahinmi, Washingtons prized free agent acquisition in the Busted Summer of #KDtoDC, had surgery to repair a torn meniscus. Ugh. Can something go right for these guys?Fortunately, the Wizards are loaded with centers behind Marcin Gortat. John Wall is reaching peak speed after two knee surgeries, and the Wiz are confident they can keep Bradley Beal healthy by more carefully monitoring his minutes and off-day work.Scott Brooks wont repeat Randy Wittmans mistake of rushing into a go-go, fast-breaking style for which a creaky roster was unprepared. Morale will improve. Some non-public SportVU numbers show Wiz opponents had the biggest positive gap between the field-goal percentage wed expect given the quality of their shots, and their actual field-goal percentage -- i.e., that Washington suffered some bad luck.The Wiz are scary thin on the wing, and Beal is 1-for-4 in making it through a season healthy. But Wall is a star when hes focused -- pick up the defense again, buddy! -- and the Wiz are damn good when Wall and Beal share the floor. They should win this sad slap-fight for the No. 8 seed, and if one of the teams above them here falls out, it would be a disaster for Washington to miss the playoffs again. Another lottery appearance could cost Ernie Grunfeld his job. Hes not a U.S. Supreme Court justice.Chicago BullsDont let these guys whitewash the fact that they sold Fred Hoibergs pace-and-space offense -- not Hoibergs adaptability, but that particular system -- as the missing ingredient to nudge them one step further than Tom Thibodeau could. Just over a year later, theyve provided Hoiberg the leagues most hilarious collection of non-shooting ball-handlers.Perhaps it is not quite as bad as it looks. Jimmy Butler shot 38 percent from deep in both 2012-13 and 2014-15. Dwyane Wade is an accomplished midrange gunner, though he shot below 40 percent on long 2-pointers in each of the past two seasons. Playing alongside LeBron made him an expert in cutting off-the-ball when defenders ignore him.Chicago will stagger minutes so that Doug McDermott plays a ton with two of the Wade/Butler/Rajon Rondo trio. These guys have hoops IQ coming out of their ears, and every member of their five-deep frontcourt offers something a little different. Depth gets you through the 82-game slog when injuries and fatigue strike.Scoring will be work with five defenders planting feet in the paint. Things will stall out if Rondo holds the ball on offense as long as he likes. Watching Rondo and Wade lollygag together in transition defense -- a lazy little tea party -- will drive Hoiberg nuts.But the Bulls have talent and smarts to grind out 40 wins, and once you get there, youre a break or two from sneaking in.ATTRACTIVE DREKBrooklyn NetsDeez Nets have enough real NBA players to put up a passable fight most nights. They are optimistic Justin Hamilton is a real rotation guy, and even whispering about soothing Anthony Bennetts broken self-esteem. Jeremy Lin will put up numbers, and Brook Lopez showed a little more variety last season in his two-man game - including a nifty give-and-go chemistry with Shane Larkin. They will run, and jack lots of 3s. When they trot out the all-scoring wing combo of Bojan Bogdanovic and Sean Kilpatrick, they might almost look like a dangerous NBA offense.Lopez also told me he has ideas for a new Nets mascot after the mercy-killing of Brooklyn Knight, so the Nets have that going for them. Which is nice.They just have too many unproven guys and soft defenders. Theyre going to be bad, and they know that. They want to establish a culture from the ground up, unearth one or two young rotation guys, and begin mapping out some kind of vision.Determining Lopezs place in that vision will be a season-long challenge. In theory, they should trade him now; hes coming off a monster healthy season, and he has two years left on his contract -- happy things that might entice teams spooked by his past foot injuries. Hes 28, so he wont be around when the Nets are relevant. Sean Marks, Brooklyns new GM, has already shown in swapping Thad Young for the No. 20 pick that he will sell a little low on veterans to replenish Brooklyns raided draft pick cupboard.On the flip side, remove Lopezs $22 million salary for next season, and the Nets could enter free agency $50 million below the salary floor. Without much to sell beyond the city, will the Nets be able to spend on anyone better than Lopez?Philadelphia 76ersJoel Embiid shoe-horning the process into every possible context might be my favorite subplot of the season. Bryan Colangelo wants the Hinkieites to move on, and there goes his franchise centerpiece parroting Sam Hinkies pet phrase -- and even co-opting it as a nickname!We all know whats going to happen: Philly will be less bad, net another high pick, trade one of Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor (probably Noel) for some future asset, and pray Embiid and Ben Simmons are healthy at the end of the season. Almost everything else is noise.Cynical dot-connectors around the league wonder if Colangelo might look to install his own hand-picked coach after the season if Philly disappoints. I cant get there. Brett Brown is massively popular, and he deserves every chance to see this through after three years coaching a team constructed to lose. The team signed him to an extension just last season, and Colangelo would risk a backlash moving away from him anytime soon.Los Angeles LakersIts such a relief to watch the Lakers for something other than the carnivalesque. If Timofey Mozgov provides anything as a dive-and-dunk guy, the Lakers have a chance to be decent -- and downright fun -- on offense. DAngelo Russell keeps the ball on a string and defenders on his back, and he can jack 3s off the bounce. Julius Randle isnt a modern playmaking power forward, but he manufactures a different sort of spacing by facing up, torching suckers off the bounce, and drawing help near the rim.Bump Randle or Larry Nance Jr. up to center in small-ball groups, and Luke Waltons Warriors-infused motion offense will sing. Thats also a nice way to sneak Luol Deng and Brandon Ingram some time at power forward. If Nance hones his jumper, he may end up a better choice than Randle to start alongside L.A.s ball-dominant guards.The defense is going to be ugly. The Lakers again owe their pick to Philly if it comes below No. 3, and barring a major surprise, theyll be sweating on lottery night.Phoenix SunsPhoenix sports perhaps the best pile of young talent and future picks outside Philly (ironic, since it flipped the leagues most coveted traded pick to Philly in exchange for Brandon Knight), including Devin Booker, an untouchable with a preternaturally diverse offensive game. They also have Tyson Chandler, Jared Dudley, Leandro Barbosa, a six-year playoff drought, and an owner who has been vocal about his impatience to break that drought.These guys dont appear willing to just let the kiddos play, and swallow the losses. Thats fine; losing sucks, and there is value in veteran mentorship. Squint, and you can see the outlines of a feisty team: Eric Bledsoe is back, and he should help the leagues most turnover-prone team value the ball. Surround a Bledsoe-Chandler pick-and-roll with some shooting (Booker, Dudley) and playmaking (T.J. Warren), and Phoenix could cause some stress. (They also plan to run more Portland- and Dallas-style flow offense, with bigs handling at the elbows and a ton of off-ball movement, to take some pressure off of Bledsoe.)But any lineup featuring Booker, Warren, and Dudley will bleed points and rebounds, even with Bledsoe and Chandler bookending it. The bench is almost like a post-grad team of guys beefing up their college applications, though one of them, Marquesse Chriss, could start by the end of the season.The Suns have to avoid doing something dumb to chase a short-term high.THRASHING ABOVE THE DREK, REACHING FOR NO. 8Orlando MagicTackled these guys at length over the summer. Frank Vogel will turn around a defense that has been porous since the Dwightmare, especially if he settles on some combination of Aaron Gordon, Serge Ibaka, and Bismack Biyombo in the frontcourt to protect late-game leads.Its just unclear if an offense can function with defenders sagging off Elfrid Payton, Gordon, and two big men at the same time. Evan Fournier might be Orlandos best pick-and-roll guy, but where in the hell is he going dribble in that forest? Its hard to win when you launch few 3s and rank dead last -- two years running! -- in free-throw rate. Its fighting math, and over 82 games, math wins.Still: They have the talent and coaching to hang around a sad playoff race. This is a big year for Payton. You dont lavish D.J. Augustin with a four-year, $29 million contract if you are convinced Payton is your future point guard. Scott Skiles wasnt.New York KnicksTeams with injury-risk starters and unproven reserves are just a bad bet in the regular-season. The Knicks spasmed through more roster turnover than almost anyone, and it will take time for them to figure out how they want to play -- how much triangle they want to use, how Carmelo Anthony and Joakim Noah will share the elbows, and the best way to mesh Derrick Roses pick-and-roll speed with Melos slicing triple-threat game.Placing the Knicks here is really a vote of no-confidence in Rose. He just hasnt been good in years, even when healthy, and he needs the ball to be of any use. If Noah moves in and out of the lineup, the Knicks may struggle (again) to get stops. They ranked 18th in points allowed per possession last season, and that may overstate things; opponents shot just 35.4 percent on wide-open 3s, per SportVU data provided to ESPN.com, tied with Dallas for the lowest such mark in the league.Miami HeatA team that didnt take or make enough 3s last season lost its four most prolific bombers. Tyler Johnson should help if he gets more time off the ball. Luke Babbitt is the starting power forward on the Anthony Morrow Theoretical 3-Point Shooters Who Never Play. Josh Richardson scorched last season, but hes still recovering from knee issues.These guys will play really hard. They blitzed the league after the All-Star break, and the core young guys - Richardson, Johnson, and Justise Winslow - fly around the court with the sort of snarling hunger that inspires everyone else to find their inner nasty. Expect a lot of Winslow at power forward, if only because the Heat dont have better options.Goran Dragic produced like a borderline All-Star whenever Erik Spoelstra detached him from Wade, and Hassan Whiteside is a monster.Miami just doesnt have shooting or reliable depth around them.Sacramento KingsEvery year, we look at the Kings roster and talk ourselves into it: You know, if it all comes together, they could win 40 or so games! It doesnt appear to be coming together. In the past two months alone, Rudy Gay essentially told the team to get bent; the league suspended Darren Collison, Sactos overmatched starting point guard, for eight games; Collisons backup, Ty Lawson, missed a flight back from Vegas; and Vivek Ranadive, the teams owner, blamed everyone else for every bad decision the Kings have made since he has been the boss.Teams outplay their on-paper talent when everyone, from the owner down to the 15th guy, care about the same things. Dave Joerger showed he could get that kind of buy-in from a ravaged motley crew in Memphis last season, and hell bring some basic organizing principles to a defense that didnt seem to have any. Slowing the pace will help DeMarcus Cousins settle into post position, and run more inside-out offense.There is just too much turmoil swirling across the organization. Cousins has never been a unifying force that insulates the team from melodrama.In simpler basketball terms, its tough to win in the modern NBA with the type of collective guard play the Kings project to get from Collison, Lawson, Arron Afflalo and Ben Get Me the Hell Out of Here McLemore. Sacramentos roster tilts big, and that doesnt make a ton of sense when your franchise player -- the guy that has to play 35 minutes for you to win games -- is a center. Air Max Vendita Online . Both players have lower body injuries that will keep them out of the lineup until at least January 31, which is the first game they can be activated from IR. Air Max Outlet Online Italia . JOHNS, N. http://www.italiaairmax.it/ . -- About a third of the way through the regular season, the Washington Wizards are at . PHOENIX -- Paul George had some big numbers -- and shut down high-scoring Devin Booker.George had 25 points and 13 rebounds and the Indiana Pacers pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the struggling Phoenix Suns 109-94 on Wednesday night.George defended Booker and helped hold the second-year guard to 13 points on 4-of-13 shooting. Booker also committed four turnovers.Hes young and really good and has got a lot to learn playing with the physicality, George said about Booker. Tried to get him out of his spots, tried to get him uncomfortable. Thats what you have to do with guys that are so good with getting into a rhythm.Myles Turner added 20 points, and Jeff Teague had 19 points and a season-high 11 assists.Indiana had a 9-0 run midway through the fourth quarter to open a 97-87 lead.We were able to get stops. We were able to get out in transition, George said. We did a great job of just getting good looks. Not any shot we took was bad, I thought.Eric Bledsoe led Phoenix with 15 points, and Tyson Chandler had 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Suns shot 40 percent from the field and made only 9 of 33 3-pointers. They have lost five of six.Indiana has won four of six. The Pacers havent won or lost more than two games in a row this season.We have a young group, Suns coach Earl Watson said. We have to set the tone and identity on how we want to play. From now on, moving forward, defensively aggressive is how we have to play.Rodney Stuckeys 12-foot turnaround with 17 seconds left in the third quarter gave Indiana its largest lead of the game to that point, five, at 82-77. But Jared Dudley hit a 3 at the quarter buzzer on the next possession to make at 82-80 to start the fourth.The Pacers led 23-22 at the end of the first quarter, which saw four lead changes, five ties and neither team leading by more than four points.The Suns struggled with their shooting for all but the final few minutes of the seecond quarter. Air Max Outlet Italia. They led 53-49 at halftime thanks to a pair of 3s from Marquese Chriss and one from Booker. Turner and George had 12 first-half points each.The Pacers made 45 percent of their shots and the two teams combined to commit 39 turnovers.We made shots, we made plays when we needed to, Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. It was a grind game for us.TIP-INSPacers: McMillan, on his teams 36-point loss to Golden State on Monday night in which Klay Thompson scored 60 points: It wasnt a good film to watch. We talked about that, but we do have to move on. ... George missed a free throw in the second quarter, ending his streak at 31.Suns: Suns F P.J. Tucker spoke to the crowd, thanking military members and veterans moments before ceremonies commemorating the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. Officers took the court with Suns players during starting lineup introductions. ... F T.J. Warren missed his ninth straight game due to a minor head injury.A COOL GRANDChandler played in his 1,000th game, the 122nd NBA player ever to reach that milestone. Twenty-seven players played one of their 1,000 games as a Sun, but only three hit No. 1,000 in a Phoenix uniform -- Chandler, Danny Ainge and Steve Nash.FREE THROW DIFFERENCEThe Pacers made 32 of 41 free throws, the Suns 17 of 18. That wasnt lost on Watson. I dont know how you compete in a game when free throws, the difference is that big of a gap, he said. Of course I am biased but I dont think every one of those fouls are fouls.LOB CONNECTIONChandler and Booker connected for a pair of crowd-pleasing alley-oop dunks, one in the first quarter and another in the second.UP NEXTPacers: At Dallas on Friday night in the finale of a five-game trip.Suns: At the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night, then home for the next three. ' ' '
DETROIT -- Cleveland ace Corey Kluber has left a game Monday night at Detroit after only four innings because of right groin tightness. Air Max 720 Cheap Online .Kluber threw only 60 pitches. Cleveland led 4-2 and can clinch the AL Central title with a victory.The Indians are already dealing with injuries to starters Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar, and a serious injury to Kluber would further hamper the teams chances at an extended postseason run.Kluber allowed two runs and five hits. He gave up a two-run homer to J.D. Martinez in the second but got out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the fourth. The Indians took the lead with two runs in the top of the fifth, then reliever Dan Otero came to the mound for Cleveland. Clearance Air Max 720 . -- Lou Brocks shoulder-to-shoulder collision with Bill Freehan during the 1968 World Series and Pete Roses bruising hit on Ray Fosse in the 1970 All-Star game could become relics of baseball history, like the dead-ball era. Cheap Wholesale Air Max 720 . Kiriasis and brakeman Franziska Fritz finished two runs in one minute 55.41 seconds -- a mere 0.01 seconds ahead of Meyers and Lolo Jones, who likely bolstered her Olympic hopes by helping give USA-1 a huge push in the second heat. http://www.airmax720canada.com/ .J. -- Marty Brodeur beat the Pittsburgh Penguins yet again. Johanna Konta has confirmed she is working with Kim Clijsters former coach,?Wim Fissette, as she looks to build on her breakthrough 2016.Konta rose to No. 10 in the world this year -- becoming the first British woman to do so since 1984 -- before she split with her coach,?Esteban Carril.That news quickly followed the death of her personal adviser, Juan Coto, last month at the age of just 47.It has therefore been a stressful time for Konta, but she has wasted little time in finding a new coach.Fissette, who has worked with Simona Halep and Victoria Azarenka as well as Clijsters and others, has been by her side during preseason training, and is expected to continue in an official capacity on the road to Januarys Australian Open.No. 1 consideration is always availability, Konta told British media about working with Fissette.Then its about -- for me and I guess for every player -- the connection with the coach, like with any relationship how you work ttogether, the chemistry on court. Nike Air Max 720 Canada. So it was about finding that and he was the first coach I trialled. Things are going well.I wanted to go where theres a bunch of players congregating and that was the place to be, so Im jumping on the bandwagon.Konta was speaking for the first time since Cotos sudden death, and she underlined the Spaniards importance in her recent rise.I know that Juan would be supportive of me continuously improving [her personal and emotional side] because its more than just tennis, its about my life, she said.Hes still very much a part of everything that I do, everything that I will continue to do in this sport and this career, and most likely beyond that as well.He has gifted me with an incredible amount of tools and habits that I still to this day am looking to improve, every single day. ' ' '
ROME -- Enzo Maiorca, a legend in free diving, died on Sunday in his native Sicily. Jordan 1 Shoes For Sale . He was 85.Giancarlo Garozzo, mayor of Syracuse in Sicily, said Maiorca died there but didnt cite cause of death.Maiorcas friendly rivalry with diver Jacques Mayol inspired much of a 1988 film, The Big Blue, directed by Luc Besson. The two divers competed against each other starting in 1966, taking turns as the record holder for free diving.When they reached 249 feet (about 73 meters) in 1970, the International Federation ruled the depths too dangerous and refused to accept further records.Italian media, who had dubbed Maiorca the lord of the abysses, reported that when Maiorca was 57 he dove to a depth of 101 meters (373 feet).After quitting competitive diving, an Italian navy statement says, Maiorca dedicated himself to protecting the marine environment.Maiorca has said he abandoned spear fishing after he felt the beating heart of a grouper he had speared and was trying to capture.I tried my best but the fish was simply fighting to survive, DIVER magazine quoted him as saying in 2014.Maiorca was quoted as saying he did scuba diving into his 80s, but that his free-diving days were behind him.The Sicilian newspaper Il Giornale di Sicilia said Maiorca learned to swim at age 4 but quoted him as saying he had a great fear of the sea. Cheap Jordan 1 Retro.com) - Richie Incognito has reportedly been admitted to a psychiatric care unit in Arizona. Discount Air Jordan 1 .J. -- New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz will miss the rest of the season after having surgery on his left knee. http://www.airjordan1discount.com/ .com) - Richie Incognito has reportedly been admitted to a psychiatric care unit in Arizona. New Zealand 582 for 4 decl. (Latham 136, Taylor 124*, Williamson 113, Guptill 87, Watling 83) and 166 for 2 decl. (Williamson 68*, Taylor 67*) beat Zimbabwe 362 (Ervine 146, Moor 71, Chibhabha 60, Sodhi 4-60) and 132 (Mawoyo 35, Guptill 3-11, Sodhi 3-19) by 254 runs Scorecard and ball-by-ball detailsAfter wondering whether they could pick up 20 wickets on unresponsive Zimbabwean surfaces before the series began, New Zealand did it twice to seal the rubber 2-0. They took seven for 35 on the final day in Bulawayo to round up a Zimbabwean line-up that was as unlucky as they were uncertain.Two poor umpiring decisions in the morning session opened Zimbabwe up and the middle and lower order could not muster the fight they had shown earlier in the series. Martin Guptill proved a surprise destroyer-in-chief, finding turn that neither of New Zealands specialist spinners had produced, although, Ish Sodhi finished the match with seven wickets including a career-best four for 60 in the first innings.Zimbabwes hopes of batting out the day started well as nightwatchman Donald Tiripano and Craig Ervine saw off 70 minutes of play. They left well, coped with movement from Trent Boult and the short-ball symphony from Neil Wagner. They were dealing with spin equally well until Mitchell Santner sent Tiripano a delivery that pitched on leg, went on with the arm hit the batsmans pads and seemed to miss the stumps. Umpire Paul Reiffel, however, upheld the appeal.Prince Masvaure, who sprained an ankle in warm-ups on the third day had recovered to join Ervine, but looked edgy. He had faced 10 balls when he tried to turn Santner to short leg and gave Henry Nicholls a chance but the ball popped out of his hands. Cheap Jordan 1 Sale. Two balls later, Masvaure thought a single was on and was halfway down the pitch at the non-strikers end, but got back in time to avoid any damage.With Williamson keeping the field spread, Zimbabwe were hopeful of getting to lunch without further damage. But Guptill found a way through Ervine, dragging the batsman forward to defend and having him caught behind. Replays indicated there was daylight between bat and ball though.After the break, it appeared the sting had been taken out of the Zimbabwean tail. A combination of poor shot selection - Sean Williams drilled a drive off a Guptll half-volley to Williamson at short cover while Peter Moor played for turn when there was none from Sodhi - and more poor umpiring decisions led to their undoing. Reiffel ruled Graeme Cremer lbw even though he had hit the ball and Michael Gough ruled Masvaure out caught though the ball had lobbed off his pad to slip. New Zealand needed only 44 minutes to wrap up the five wickets they needed.Despite the decisions, the end result reflects the difference between the two teams. While New Zealand had three centurions in each Test, Zimbabwe only had two in the series and could not string together enough big partnerships. Zimbabwe were unable to bowl New Zealand out even once and managed just 12 wickets in the series but showed that with more cricket, there have the talent to improve. ' ' '
(STATS) -- Any deficit in the FCS playoffs was going to trouble unbeaten Sam Houston State considering it had trailed against only one opponent all season -- for a mere 3 minutes, 14 seconds of first-quarter clock. Wholesale Blazers .So the Bearkats werent prepared for the kind of lead James Madison built against them Friday night.No team would be.Fourth-seeded James Madison scored early and often while eliminating the fifth-seeded Bearkats 65-7 in the national quarterfinals at Bridgeforth Stadium in Harrisonburg, Virginia.James Madison (12-1), which won the CAA Football title under first-year coach Mike Houston, advances to the FCS semifinals for the third time in program history. It will play next weekend against the winner of Saturdays matchup between No. 8 seed South Dakota State and No. 1 seed North Dakota State. The Dukes previously reached the semis in their 2004 national title season and in 2008.Their point total was the sixth-highest in playoff history and the winning margin was the second-biggest to Montanas 70-7 win over Troy in the 1996 semifinals.While game temperatures were in the mid-20s, and not to the liking of the visitors from Texas, James Madison was red-hot in the teams first-ever meeting, taking a 21-0 lead in just over 11 minutes of action and extending it to 35-0 within the first five minutes of the second quarter.Sam Houston (12-1), top-ranked in the STATS FCS Top 25 to end the regular season, hardly resembled the team that entered the game No. 1 in the FCS in both points and yards per game. Jeremiah Briscoe, who had thrown for 4,459 yards and an FCS single-season record 57 touchdown passes, completed only 13 of 44 pass attempts for a season-low 143 yards, throwing two interceptions (Raven Greene and Curtis Oliver) in the third quarter. The junior also was called for intentional grounding in his end zone, resulting in a safety.We had a great week of practice, there was no doubt in my mind that we were going to come out and play well tonight, Houston said. Defensively, that was as impressive of a performance Ive seen in a long time. It speaks to the improvement of the secondary of the past several months. I thought we clicked in all phases -- offensively, defensively and special teams. Very proud of the kids and coaches.We got beat by a really good football team that I thought played at a very high level, Sam Houston coach K.C. Keeler said. We feed off our offense and our point production has been off the charts. Jeremiah really struggled. He didnt take a single snap the entire week of practice (because of an elbow injury). We didnt know if he was going to play until game time. His elbow, he injured in last weeks game, so I thought our timing was off. I thought he threw the ball OK, but the timing was off. Its a shame, but we got beat in all three phases.JMU quarterback Bryan Schor threw for 236 of his 251 yards in the first half, with both a touchdown pass and run. Khalid Abdullah rushed for 141 yards and three touchdowns, and Trai Sharp gained 144 yards and two touchdowns on the ground as part of the Dukes 607 total yards.In the first quarter, Abdullah capped an early drive in which he gained 52 rushing yards by scoring from 14 yards out. Schor then completed a 64-yard pass to Domo Taylor to set up his 1-yard touchdown run. After a Sam Houston possession quickly stalled, Rashard Davis weaved his way for a 72-yard punt return for a touchdown -- his fourth of the season.A lot of people may overlook special teams, but its one of the biggest on the field, Davis said. We look at special teams for momentum-boosters and we feed off of them when big plays happen. They play a key role in big games like this. It was the first time Sam Houston hadnt scored in the first quarter since falling to Jacksonville State in last years playoff semifinals. It only got worse when the Dukes special teams delivered again early in the second quarter as Robert Carter Jr. blocked a punt and freshman Bryce Maginley scooped up the ball for a 20-yard touchdown return.On their next drive, Schor hit tight end Jonathan Kloosterman for a 10-yard touchdown pass, making it 35-0 with 10:40 remaining in the second quarter.It was exactly what Sam Houston had been doing to many opponents in the first half of games. The Southland Conference champion had been seeking to reach the national semifinals for the fifth time in six seasons.James Madison hasnt lost to an FCS opponent, only to ACC member North Carolina. The Dukes will host their national semifinal if South Dakota State wins Saturday, otherwise theyll go on the road to face North Dakota State, the five-time reigning FCS champion. Blazers Online Cheap . 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Worcestershire 277 and 181 for 4 (DOliveira 81) lead Northamptonshire 148 (Rossington 55, Leach 5-70) by 310 runsScorecard Joe Leachs third five-wicket haul of the season and 81 from Brett DOliveira put Worcestershire in complete control on the second day against Northamptonshire. The visitors, having taken a first-innings lead of 129, closed 181 for 4 in their second-innings, a lead of 310.Leach added two more wickets to his three on the first evening to help bundle Northants out for just 148 - comfortably their lowest total at Wantage Road this season. DOliveira then led Worcestershire into a commanding lead with a fourth score over fifty in the Championship this season.A century opening partnership with Daryl Mitchell saw Worcestershire seize the game. He and DOliveira survived the odd play-and-miss but it was a chanceless partnership to demoralise Northants, who are now staring at a second defeat of the season with two days to go on a dry wicket beginning to show signs of turn.Worcestershire utilised sunnier afternoon weather to build their lead, first between DOliveira and Mitchell - who eventually fell lbw to Seekkuge Prasanna for 47 - and then for the second wicket with Tom Fell, who closed 36 not out.DOliveira was composed and clever, scampered keenly between the wickets and tucked Prasanna finely past short square leg for a fifty in 92 balls with three boundaries. He lifted Rob Keogh down the ground for four through long-on but, shuffling down the pitch again, Keogh fireed a ball down the leg side and David Murphy completed a smart stumping with DOliveira 19 short of a third century of the year. Nike Blazer Clearance. Keogh struck again next ball, bowling Joe Clarke, but Tom Kohler-Cadmore survived the hat-trick, only to be trapped lbw by Prasanna for a 13-ball duck before the close.The day began very overcast with Northants 64 for 3 and the home sides hopes of getting back into the game pinned on Richard Levi and Adam Rossington. But Levi never settled having resumed 11 not out and after adding 16 at-times-awkward runs, he pulled Matt Henry straight into the air off a top edge and was caught for 27 by wicketkeeper Ben Cox running towards square leg.It was the first of two important wickets for Henry who produced a beautiful away-swinger to draw an edge from Rossington - Cox dived to his right to take a smart catch. Rossington had at least provided something for his side with a half-century in 61-balls but he fell in the penultimate over before lunch. Another Henry away-swinger saw Prasanna taken at second slip in the first over after lunch.DOliveria helped clean up the tail, trapping Azharullah and Ben Sanderson lbw with consecutive balls across two overs, before Murphy was the last man out - held at point to hand Leach, who earlier had Steven Crook caught at second slip, 5 for 70 and 36 wickets in the Championship this season. ' ' '
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