NBA playoffs 2017: Cavs overcome largest halftime deficit in postseason history to stun Pacers

Down by 25 points at halftime, playing in Indianapolis, the Cavaliers could have folded and started looking ahead to Game 4.

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With the Cavs now holding a 3-0 lead, this series is all but over. Of course, that’s what any reasonable person would have thought about this game at halftime. The Pacers were hot from behind the arc in the first half, and were actually up by 26 at one point. Their 74 first-half points were a Pacers playoffs record.

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This is the first step in what promises to be an extraordinary league, bringing together the world’s best gamers and showcasing elite competition on an international stage, Brendan Donohue, NBA 2K esports league managing director, said. Our teams have expressed tremendous enthusiasm for esports, and we are looking forward to forming something truly unique for basketball and gaming fans around the globe.

Warriors mount comeback with Kawhi Leonard out, take Game 1 in stunning fashion

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A quick 5-0 run from the Spurs is answered with a 6-0 run from the Warriors. Gregg Popovich calls a full timeout at 8:40 in the first quarter to settle his team down. Golden State has a 6-5 lead, and its defense looks active early.

Leonard looks just fine to start the game, draining a midrange jumper from the corner. First lead of Game 1 to the Spurs.

Golden State arrives in the conference finals for the third straight year, but having used up as little stress as possible in the process, winning eight straight games by an average margin of 16.5 points. Going back to the regular season, the Warriors have gone 23-1 since mid-March. The Spurs, however, come in a bit tattered, surviving two grueling series against the Grizzlies and the Rockets with point guard Tony Parker injured in the latter series. That forced backup Patty Mills into the starting five and leaves Manu Ginobili as the de facto backup point guard.

Authentic Steven Stamkos Jersey Oh and, the Spurs’ best player, Kawhi Leonard, missed a chunk of Game 5 and sat out Game 6 with an ankle injury.

The Celtics, like the rest of the East, lack a defensive presence who can at least handle James for 15- or 20-minute stretches per game. In the West, you have Andre Iguodala or Kawhi Leonard, but there is no counterpart in the East. The Celtics will try thick, wide-bodied Jae Crowder, and the Cavs will run James through pick-and-rolls when they do. They will try undersized Avery Bradley, and the Cavs will get James into isolation in those situations. They will put rookie Jaylen Brown on James, but James has too many tricks on hand for a young guy like Brown. James routinely torched P.J. Tucker in the second round of the playoffs, and none of the Celtics’ options are as suited to defend James as Tucker.

it’s pretty evident he’s determined to bring in someone of value

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We obviously aren’t done. We sit here with six very good rotation players, we’re hoping to have Nene return, which would get us to seven I think very high-level rotation players. I think we want to get to eight to 10, Morey said. People last year were saying, ‘You’ve got a great system around James [Harden],’ and I considered consistently last year, ‘That’s good, but I think to win the title you have to add as many USA Basketball players as possible.’ And I would give that answer, I just think the more USA Basketball players you can have on your team, the better it is.

While that’s a sound strategy, it’s also a strong hint he’s looking at George or Anthony. Both players were on Team USA’s roster in 2016 and are really the only names on that 12-man team that are currently obtainable. Morey, of course, can’t come right out and say he wants those players, because that could be considered tampering.

Even if Morey can’t make a trade for one of those two, it’s pretty evident he’s determined to bring in someone of value. The Rockets have positioned themselves nicely for another trade, and that’s not even mentioning what they can do in free agency.

We got to go and try and get closer to Golden State by rounding our roster out [to] eight to 10 [rotation players] and see if we can get any other upgrades, Morey said on Mike & Mike.
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The Warriors’ superteam has clearly made an impact on Morey and the Rockets’ decision-making this offseason.

The Clippers will not fall apart completely. This deal keeps them out of tank mode, for now at least, and though they don’t have as much top-line talent on the roster as they did a week ago, we saw how much good having three All-NBA-type players did for the Clippers in the last four years. The Clippers have never been able to get out of the second round of the playoffs.

Raiders lock up guard Gabe Jackson with rich new deal

The Raiders may be moving to Las Vegas, but they’re not willing to gamble the protection of Derek Carr.

After making the fourth-year quarterback the NFL’s highest-paid player with a five-year, $125 million contract extension last week, the Raiders have locked up one of their coveted offensive linemen with another rich new deal.

“Any recognition that I may have received throughout our years in the NFL has been the result of a group effort involving all of my family,” said Jerry Jones, who will be introduced as part of the Hall’s 2017 class on Aug. 5 in Canton, Ohio. “Gene is the backbone of our family, and her influence guides and inspires all of us. She is my closest advisor, my best friend, and it is only fitting that she present me, and represent our entire family, at this very special time.”

Jerry Jones had played coy up until this week, saying he knew who his presenter would be but he wasn’t ready to make it public.

Jones’ enshrinement — making him the 16th person from the Cowboys organization to be inducted — will take place two days after the Cowboys kick off the preseason against the Cardinals in the Hall of Fame game.

Gene Jones is one of two wives who will present their husbands next month, along with Kurt Warner’s wife, Brenda. They will become the third and fourth women to present their spouses for induction, joining Kim Singletary (Mike Singletary, 1998) and Deanna Favre (Brett Favre, 2016).warriors_001-115x115

I couldn’t put my thoughts together about the game until a week afterward

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As a lifelong Falcons fan, I couldn’t put my thoughts together about the game until a week afterward, and I’m (obviously!) not on the team.

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The Yankees would go on to lose the game 10-4 and would lose 11-1 the next day. The Yankees were a half game up on the Red Sox in the standings when they entered Fenway for the weekend series and they left 2 1/2 behind after the sweep.

Fortunately, the rest of the season would go a lot better for the Bronx Bombers. They would capture their 21st World Series title, Jackson would become Mr. October and Martin would win his only title as a manager.

How they move up: Signing Gordon Hayward helps, but he has been named an All-Star just once in his career and missed out on the latest All-NBA squad, giving him a whopping one point on this scale. He’s arguably a better player than some of the stars on this list, but no one would mistake the Celtics for a superteam yet. A Hayward-Thomas-Horford big three won’t rival Cleveland’s star trio, but they have plenty of youngsters who — with time to develop — could help in the superteam department.

Newton sounded as if he took the decision to keep playing after the Week 14 injury into his own hands

This ground has already been traveled here. Yeah, it was wondered out loud whether the Panthers actually like Cam. Monday’s revelations of the throwing session last Friday — and Newton’s comments to the team website afterward — didn’t help matters.
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Newton sounded as if he took the decision to keep playing after the Week 14 injury into his own hands, for his own reasons.

Some of these kids, we saw them last year. Just something as simple as having clean water, you can tell the difference in their skin and how much healthier they are compared to the year before. So, that was pretty cool to see.
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Indeed, Avril plans on building a new house for every sack he registers in 2017.

People ask why I want to go back, he said. I could have easily been one of those Haitian kids. I was just fortunate enough that my mom was able to make it to the States, and we made something happen. But I could have easily been one of those kids.

It’s great to see Avril travel out of the country to to help others in need. Yes, he is a great player for the Seahawks, but he’s also a charitable man with a big heart.

Earlier this month, the Jets made it known they would be parting ways with the veteran receiver via trade or release. They ended up releasing him the next week when a trade couldn’t be worked out. Decker was part of a roster purge the Jets executed this offseason. He was scheduled to earn $7.25 million in 2017 and a pay increase in 2018.

When he found out he was leaving New York, Decker posted a heartfelt goodbye to the team and its fans:

Thank you @nyjets for the opportunity the last 3 years! I truly made some great memories and friendships that will last forever!