Dwyane Wade to have MRI exam on injured right elbow

Bulls guard Dwyane Wade will undergo an MRI exam Thursday after leaving Wednesday’s 98-91 loss to the Grizzlies with a sprained right elbow.

I knew it was something a little bit more just because of what I heard, Wade told reporters after the game (via NBA Australia). I tried to play through it a little bit until the pain started getting a little bit more excruciating.

Game Kids John Hannah Jersey So, with the Pacers’ turnover Wednesday night, they recorded their 13th backcourt violation of the season, setting an embarassing NBA record. It should be mentioned that these stats only go back 21 years, so it’s possible a team had more prior to when people kept track of this information.

A few backcourt violations in a season is understandable. Maybe you make a pass that your teammate wasn’t looking for, or you don’t pay attention to where your feet are on the court. It happens. But setting the NBA record for it points to a larger issue.

Duron Harmon Game Jersey There’s still a chance the Bulls can tie the Pacers’ record, or Indiana could just keep committing silly turnovers.

Those Paul George talks are progressing quickly. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst says on SportsCenter some NBA executives do expect George to be traded. Rival teams have also told ESPN’s Marc Stein the Celtics do have a realistic shot at acquiring George before the deadline. But before Boston fans get too excited, The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski says there hasn’t been significant traction for potential deals involving George or Bulls star Jimmy Butler. This could go right up to the finish line.

Nerlens Noel was pulled from practice after learning he had been traded to the Mavericks. Joel Embiid made sure Noel knew he was appreciated on his way out.

Gordon Hayward cares not for Giannis Antetokounmpo, dunks all over him

The Bucks have a player named Giannis Antetokounmpo. You may have heard of him. He has really long arms and is really good at playing basketball.

Gordon Hayward doesn’t care. Gordon Hayward does what he wants.

While Antetokounmpo is the one who has dazzled with some great rim-rockers this season, the Jazz forward Hayward decided to put Antetokounmpo on a poster of his own.

The best part of the video is probably Hayward pulling a Derek Zoolander and delivering the icy, Blue Steel gaze at Antetokounmpo after the finish.

The Jazz and Hayward are becoming an increasingly fun team to watch, and that dunk helped secure a 109-95 Utah victory over Milwaukee.

The closest we’ve come to seeing Durant in that role was during his MVP season when he went through a 26-game stretch without Westbrook. His numbers in those games: 35.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game on 52.7 percent shooting from the field and 39.9 percent from the 3-point line. To put it into perspective how ridiculous that is, the only player in NBA history who has averaged 30.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists while shooting 50 percent from the field over the course of a season is Michael Jordan.

It isn’t crazy to think Durant would’ve joined Jordan as the only players to put up those numbers if he was in the same situation as Harden. It’s not the triple-double Westbrook and James would likely average, but it’s equally as impressive.
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All eyes are are on a quality group of starting pitchers

The Chris Carter experiment was an utter failure; the Yankees designated him for assignment twice this season. Cashman said in his interview with YES that Greg Bird is set to visit a doctor Monday and the team will know more about his status for the remainder of season after that. Still, Cashman said the team is a buyer heading into the trade deadline and is focusing on reinforcing first base and the pitching staff.

All eyes are are on a quality group of starting pitchers: the A’s Sonny Gray, the Pirates’ Gerrit Cole and the Tigers’ Justin Verlander.

Earlier reports said Verlander could hit the trade market in the coming weeks. In order for that to happen, Verlander must waive his 10-and-5 rights. The Cubs and Tigers have been engaging in talks, according to reports, but the Cubs seemingly are not willing to take on Verlander’s contract.
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The Cubs and White Sox made for strange bedfellows on July 13, culminating in a trade that sent highly sought-after left-hander Jose Quintana to the North Side. The White Sox received a king’s ransom in the deal, further bolstering their farm system.
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On the opposite side of the spectrum, what will the Royals do? With some key players — Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar — eyeing free agency after the season, could the 2015 World Series champs blow it all up and go back to Square 1?

On the other hand, those struggles lowered the return value the Pirates could command on the trade market, and the only thing worse than trading McCutchen at all would have been trading McCutchen in an exchange that made Pirates fans say, That’s all we got in return?

Browns QB battle: Rising DeShone Kizer can, should pass ‘safer’ Cody Kessler

Limited Youth A. J. Cann Jersey Kizer is no stranger to the heat of a highly competitive preseason environment given his battles just to get on the field in South Bend. As the preseason pressure is dialed up, Kizer should respond well. Kelly not given him much of an endorsement likely also has accelerated Kizer’s dedication to pleasing Jackson.

The Browns won’t begin to get out of their rut by sticking with Kessler from the get-go. Throwing Kizer into the fire is developing into a much better plan.

He can and should be the man for Week 1 vs. Pittsburgh.

The idea that the NFL bubble might be bursting after all these years 鈥?or is at least leaking 鈥?has to scare everybody in the sport, but, obviously, would scare the owners the most. The big bubble is television, and no matter how many other revenue streams the league uncovers in the next few years, TV is still the big cash cow, which means ad money 鈥?which means no one can ignore or shrug off the recent negative signs.

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And the players really sound as if they’re in no mood to take a step back. As much as major segments of the public smirk at them about their envy of their NBA counterparts, the players really are wondering why their careers are so fragile, their health put at the most risk, and their sport the most lucrative by light-years 鈥?but their salaries, guarantees and freedom are dwarfed by those in any other sport.

MLB trade rumors: Angels, Blue Jays, Royals reportedly interested in Dee Gordon

Authentic Cornelius Lucas Jersey The Marlins’ playoff hopes are fading quick, which means they could soon start selling some of their star players.
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The July 31 trade deadline is fast-approaching, and Miami (41-46) is currently 10 1/2 games behind the Nationals in the National League East, and nine games behind the Rockies for the final wild card spot.

Despite their poor playoff standing, Miami possesses a number of intriguing pieces. Contenders have been keeping an eye on who hits the trading block in the coming weeks, and some may have already reached out to the Marlins.

According to MLB insider Jon Heyman, the Angels, Blue Jays and Royals have all inquired on the availability of Dee Gordon.

I never want to play football thinking about money. I think that you get in trouble doing that. 鈥?If I’m gonna build my life [based] on money, shame on me. That’s not where I draw my security from, never should be.

We want to win, that’s all that matters. Stats good, stats bad; let’s just win. And usually the good stats help you win, but I’ll trade stats for wins any day. So hopefully we can put a lot of wins up this year and do something special.

I’m just taking it in stride, enjoying the summer break, and my agent will handle it and we’ll see where it goes from here. You know, at the end of the day, the Lord’s in control of my life, and I’m gonna submit to Him. And He’s gonna lead me through whatever He wants to lead me through, mountaintop experience and valley experience.

My agent will get it handled, whatever he feels is best. You know, the team knows what they’re doing, and it’ll all work out. Whatever happens, it’ll be just fine. And the good news is I’m with Washington this season regardless and can’t wait to get started.

MLB trade rumors: Angels, Blue Jays, Royals reportedly interested in Dee Gordon

The Marlins’ playoff hopes are fading quick, which means they could soon start selling some of their star players.

The July 31 trade deadline is fast-approaching, and Miami (41-46) is currently 10 1/2 games behind the Nationals in the National League East, and nine games behind the Rockies for the final wild card spot.

Despite their poor playoff standing, Miami possesses a number of intriguing pieces. Contenders have been keeping an eye on who hits the trading block in the coming weeks, and some may have already reached out to the Marlins.

According to MLB insider Jon Heyman, the Angels, Blue Jays and Royals have all inquired on the availability of Dee Gordon.

I never want to play football thinking about money. I think that you get in trouble doing that. 鈥?If I’m gonna build my life [based] on money, shame on me. That’s not where I draw my security from, never should be.

Game Womens Joe Namath Jersey We want to win, that’s all that matters. Stats good, stats bad; let’s just win. And usually the good stats help you win, but I’ll trade stats for wins any day. So hopefully we can put a lot of wins up this year and do something special.

I’m just taking it in stride, enjoying the summer break, and my agent will handle it and we’ll see where it goes from here. You know, at the end of the day, the Lord’s in control of my life, and I’m gonna submit to Him. And He’s gonna lead me through whatever He wants to lead me through, mountaintop experience and valley experience.
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My agent will get it handled, whatever he feels is best. You know, the team knows what they’re doing, and it’ll all work out. Whatever happens, it’ll be just fine. And the good news is I’m with Washington this season regardless and can’t wait to get started.

NBA playoffs 2017: Behind Paul Millsap’s ‘winning play,’ Hawks even series with Wizards

An improbable bucket with 4:58 left in the fourth quarter by Paul Millsap punctuated the Hawks’ 111-101 victory over the Wizards in Game 4 of their first-round series.

Millsap grabbed an offensive rebound and immediately lost his balance after contact from Marcin Gortat. He caught the ball in the middle of the paint and ended up outside of the lane, hurling the ball toward the basket as he tumbled to the floor.

“For all the kids out there you gotta practice that play,” Millsap said with a wry smile. “It was just a hustle play. I practice fall-away shots. There’s a place for those. I’m trying to work for boards, and I felt the contact, so I threw it up.”

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The Hawks led 97-93 at the time and the Wizards, behind a standout performance by Bradley Beal (32 points on 11-of-23 shooting), were streaking. Mr. MMA himself Markieff Morris had just scored a bucket to bring the Wizards within four.

On the ensuing possession, Millsap snatched the most important of his nine rebounds, and the putback gave him the biggest bucket of his 19 points, plus the free throw to put Atlanta up by seven. While Millsap tried to downplay the moment, Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer credited Millsap’s finish as a major key to victory.

“It was a huge play,” Budenholzer said. “But that’s also what Paul does, even when he’s not shooting well, he always finds a way. We call those winning plays.”

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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.