J.R. Smith and his wife, Shirley, decided to honor all the mothers who have babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Cleveland Clinic Children’s on Mother’s Day by giving each woman her own bouquet of flowers.
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Shirley, who also goes by Jewel, documented the special day on her blog, describing the sweet moments and how her and J.R.’s daughter Demi was involved.
Even in Game 1 there was a moment when Marcus Smart and Tristan Thompson got into it, going chest-to-chest while barking at one another. Isaiah Thomas stepped in as well to defend his teammate and the result was a double foul on Smart and Thompson.
The talk about dirty play was a topic heading into the series. The Cavs have mostly downplayed it, especially team leader LeBron James, who wasn’t about to be baited into a question about whether Olynyk is a dirty player.
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I’m not about storylines, James said Tuesday when asked about Olynyk. We just come to play basketball. You guys are trying to create storylines. I’m not for it. The only storyline is Celtics vs. Cavs and who is going to win this series.
While the Cavs look to stay away from the violence, they are clearly expecting to see some fight out of the Celtics in the rest of the series. The key, however, will be the ability to control your emotions and not let their antics force you to retaliate.
Ryan Raburn played the hero Monday for the Nationals, providing a walk-off bloop single to left field to beat the Mets 3-2.
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Raburn, a pinch-hitter from the eighth inning, benefited from Yoenis Cespedes’ bad jump to plate the winning run. Mets manager Terry Collins announced after the game that Cespedes was again dealing with a hamstring cramp which hindered him on the play.
Smoak’s home run was the 1,070th home run in June and broke the record for most in any month in MLB history. Smoak’s homer, which came in a 7-4 loss to the Red Sox, was just one of 32 on the night, including a solo homer by A’s first baseman Matt Olson to break up Foltynewicz’s no-hit bid.
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Nationals (47-33) at Cardinals (38-41) 7:15 p.m. ET 鈥?In the midst of an underrated season, Gio Gonzalez (7-2, 2.87 ERA) will take the mound against Michael Wacha (4-3, 4.50). The Nationals are riding a two-game losing streak after losing 8-1 Friday night in St. Louis.
While Paul lacks the size of Harden to see over the top of defenders, he’s long been amongst the best pure creators in the NBA. He’s averaging 9.9 assists per game for his career on only 2.4 turnovers per game. His assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.8 last season was better than everyone in the league but Andre Iguodala.
Think of him almost as a mini-Harden who takes much better care of the ball. He can find both shooters and cutters with ease, and he knows how to make teams pay if they give him space to score. Plus, surrounding him with the same players Harden had success with last season such as Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson should make him equally as dominant individually.
Nick “Swaggy P” Young is headed to San Francisco.
The former Los Angeles Lakers guard has signed with the Golden State Warriors according to ESPN.
Free agent guard Nick Young has agreed to a one-year, $5.2M deal with the Golden State Warriors, agent Mark Bartelstein tells ESPN.
Young averaged 13.2 points and 2.3 rebounds per game last season for the Lakers and joins the likes of Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala, who all re-signed with the Warriors this offseason.
Golden State continues to try to lock up free agent center JaVale McGee but they may not have the money to do so. He reportedly set up a meeting with the Clippers Wednesday.
The Bengals’ bill was going to come due eventually, and it arrived last season: Things were already falling apart before A.J. Green’s injury. The implosion from years of risky signings didn’t deter Brown and Marvin Lewis from grabbing Joe Mixon in the draft, though. They need to get back into contention fast (which is a tall order in the AFC North) to justify continuing on this path.
Another impressive debut from a rookie general manager; the Lions were on track to win the NFC North before Matthew Stafford hurt his thumb late in the season. The fact that Quinn is still working with a coach he did not hire, Jim Caldwell, and who has not given him a reason to make a change, is worth watching this season, too. Meanwhile, Stafford is surely aware of Derek Carr’s new contract, so that’s something else on Quinn’s plate.
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Chew on this: The Cavs, Celtics and Raptors combined still have barely more SuperPoints than the Warriors. That’s why the Celtics haven’t been considered legitimate championship contenders despite nabbing the Eastern Conference’s No. 1 seed.
The analytical look is a bit more favorable for the Celtics’ supporting cast. Jae Crowder ranked in the top 30 by RPM this past season (don’t look at Thomas’ ranking). But this Celtics team isn’t anywhere near the 2007-08 superteam that beat the star-studded Lakers in the NBA Finals.
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.
For instance, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and the war chest of future first-rounders could produce a 2020 superteam in time for LeBron’s supposed decline. If Danny Ainge has a change of heart and pulls the trigger on a trade, look for the following names to be on their radar: Cousins, Jordan and Drummond.
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When asked for his take, given his role in forming two famous superteams, James pushed back: I don’t believe I’ve played for a superteam. I don’t believe in that. I don’t believe we’re a superteam here. So, no, I don’t really, I don’t.
Elite Kids Joe Theismann Jersey Carmelo Anthony is a long way from being a member of the Cavs, or any other team for that matter, but the wheels are beginning to turn.
It started with Gase, Archie Manning said of the exchange at the annual Manning Passing Academy at Nicholls State. He said, ‘Hey 18, Tannehill went down.’ He said, ‘I think he’s going to miss some time. The first question I’m going to get at the press conference in the morning is if I’m going to try to bring you to Miami. What do you want me to tell them?’
The text message came back from Peyton, ‘You tell them I could probably come play, but there’s no way I can miss carpool the next two weeks.’ So, he was done.
It’s hard to blame Gase, who served as Peyton’s offensive coordinator from 2013-14 in Denver, for trying. Even if Peyton claims he’s enjoying retired life.
Jerrell Freeman Authentic Jersey I did not miss it like a lot of people told me that I would, Peyton said. People would say, ‘Don’t go to games. You’re going to feel miserable. It’s not what you want to do.’ And that just wasn’t true. I enjoyed being at games; I enjoyed being a fan.
I heard Derek Jeter say, they asked him if he missed it. And he said, look, if you could parachute in just for the World Series, yeah, he’d love to do that. But, as far as everything that goes into getting ready for that, I did it for a long time, and I got to kind of end on my terms and was very much at peace with it all year.