We should spin toward the future instead.

Curry came alive in the third quarter. He has 26 points and is tied with Durant as a game-high plus-19. The Cavs are only shooting 35.8 percent from the field. This is all Golden State.

Thompson and Draymond Green combined: six points, 3 of 18 from the field. The Warriors lead 80-64 with 3:56 left in the third quarter. This doesn’t seem fair.

It’s also fruitless to run down the Kevin Durant narratives. He’s no longer chasing that ring. He has that ring, and he earned that ring by blowing through the NBA Finals with 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game. This was his crystalized-in-time moment, and any criticism of him at this point is spinning wheels.

We should spin toward the future instead. Golden State won its 16 playoff games by an average of 16.3 points per game and beat the Cavaliers in the four victories by an average of 13.8 points per game despite a triple-double in the form of 33.6 points, 12.0 rebounds and 10.0 assists per game from James. This series had moments, but it wasn’t close.

At this point you have two choices. You could get wound up about the competitive balance of the league, regular-season rest patterns and free-agency moves. Or you could cross your fingers and hope Cavs-Warriors IV is better.

The second choice is better in the short term because that’s where we’re at. If next year’s NBA Finals aren’t more competitive than this, then we might have a problem.

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Mets’ Asdrubal Cabrera has MRI, ligaments intact

Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, who left Saturday night’s game against the Marlins with a painful thumb injury, will hopefully only miss a short time, GM Sandy Alderson said Sunday.

An MRI revealed that the ligaments in Cabrera’s left thumb are intact, Alderson told SiriusXM MLB Network Radio.

Cabrera landed awkwardly on his glove hand trying to make a backhanded stop of Marcell Ozuna’s grounder in the third inning. He went down on the outfield grass in obvious pain and was removed from the game.

The injury could open the door for the Mets to call up their top prospect, shortstop Amed Rosario.

Mets manager Terry Collins thinks Rosario is ready.

“From what I saw in spring training, I do think he can handle it,” Collins told reporters after Saturday’s game. “He’s got tremendous actions. He’s got very, very good hands. And if anybody can help him through this particular instance, we’ve got a clubhouse full of guys that can certainly help him. But that will be Sandy’s call.”

In a lot of ways, big-league baseball is a microcosm of America — the effervescent melting pot of cultures and nationalities that gives the country its distinct identity.

But if there’s one thing that differentiates the U.S. from the rest of the world when it comes to baseball, it’s that the U.S. team seems to lack its own identity.

This year’s tournament is probably the Team USA’s best chance to win the WBC since its inception, but a championship will likely only come when the U.S. finds Cheap China NFL Jerseys itself as the tournament progresses.

Browns’ Jabrill Peppers addresses drug-use allegation

New York had only one pick, but it avoided the quarterback trap and got the needed stud for Todd Bowles’ secondary in Jamal Adams. The safety’s natural playmaking ability makes him a good bet to be the front-runner for defensive rookie of the year.

Cleveland didn’t get a quarterback, but it got a few more picks and ended up with three needed prospects instead of two.

Getting Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett at the top alone would have made for a stellar first round, but the Browns also got intriguing, athletic chess pieces for both sides of the ball in Michigan safety Jabrill Peppers and Miami tight end David Njoku. Sashi Brown should be very happy.

Browns first-round pick Jabrill Peppers says he’s never “done any of those drugs” in response to an accusation by a former ESPN Radio personality.

Peppers, speaking to reporters Friday at rookie minicamp, is part of the NFL’s drug program because of a diluted urine sample from the Scouting Combine.

Logic says Kaepernick should get a similar look as the one the Browns gave Robert Griffin III last year, but that hasn’t happened. The ship probably has sailed on starting jobs for Kaepernick, as neither the Browns nor Texans have shown interest, but at least one team should be looking to add him for a few million.

There’s no reason contending teams with bad backup situations (Dallas, Seattle, etc.), teams with aging QBs and no solution (Arizona) or teams with starters who generally miss time (Pittsburgh) should not reach out. Kaepernick should get a chance before the summer, but the NFL Cheap Jerseys odds grow less certain with each passing week.

We haven’t even got to the part where Steven Matz hasn’t pitched yet this season.

This is why you shouldn’t say or tweet “Meet the Mess!” when the Mets lose by five runs. Save it for a day, week, or season like this. One minute the Mets were in the World Series, then we turned around to tip the valet, and now there are scorpions everywhere.

The Mets are in last place, and everything is broken. This being the internet, which is an extension of the real world, there has to be someone to blame. Can we blame somebody? Let’s blame somebody.

The latest pitcher to suffer major UCL damage is Yu Darvish. The Texas Rangers ace meets today with Dr. David Altchek, the Mets’ team physician and an expert in TJ surgery. Although no decision had been made at the time this post was published, the chatter leading up to today suggests that Darvish might soon become the next ace to go under the knife.

By not signing a traditional long-term deal now, Lonzo ensures that he has no strings attached if his stock goes up in the future.

“If Lonzo gets drafted by the Lakers and has an incredible campaign, do the companies go back and think, ‘maybe this isn’t that crazy?’” Rovell said.

Of course, this is all a big gamble. Ben Simmons — the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft — signed a five-year, guaranteed $20 million contract with Nike last year. The Balls have taken a step back and decided that a few million guaranteed for the new few years is worth passing on for the possibility of making upwards of 10 times that.

But LaVar has bet on himself and his sons plenty of times before and delivered on lofty promises. Critics are quick to ignore LaVar’s profitable personal training business, or the life the Ball family breathed into an underperforming high school basketball program that couldn’t break .500 until Baseball Jerseys For Sale the Ball family arrived.

Laugh at Lavar Ball all you want — but don’t underestimate him just yet.

Trubisky took most of his college snaps out of the shotgun

McCaffrey’s career average of 6.2 yards per rush is the most important stat of his college career, as his success as a running back will be paramount to making the early pick worthwhile, even if he contributes elsewhere.

Pretty well! McCaffrey can fit virtually anywhere, because he’s such a dynamic athlete. In a weird twist, McCaffrey’s offense in Carolina might be more college-like than the pro-style unit he played for at Stanford. With Cam Newton and McCaffrey in the same backfield, the Panthers should have two terrifying running threats in the backfield at the same time on most downs. Plus, McCaffrey can flex out as a receiver whenever.

Trubisky took most of his college snaps out of the shotgun, and transitioning to taking snaps from under center may be a challenge. It’s a matter of timing on the snap and dropback, and that’s not easy to master. Although Trubisky is a self-described student of the game, it may take him some time for him to learn.

His pocket awareness leaves something to be desired, as well. While he reads coverage well, he doesn’t always anticipate blitzes effectively. These are things that can be corrected with a combination of effective coaching and experience.

Apparently so! Stop what you’re doing and say “Mitch Trubisky” quickly a few times in a row. It’s not easy, right? Well, that’s how he got his nickname.

According to Trubisky, he earned the nickname when a Cheap Youth Baseball Jerseys family member of one of his coaches at UNC said his name too quickly.

“It was just kind of, ‘What’d you say, Mr. Biscuit?’” Trubisky said. “And it just caught on.”

And even though he went by Mitch in college, don’t call him that in the NFL. At the combine, Trubisky asked everyone to call him Mitchell from now on.

Russell Westbrook was the best thing about the NBA all season

The Year of the Brodie began the same way as every classic tale of vengeance, redemption, and maturity: with a text message. When Kevin Durant notified Russell Westbrook he was leaving Oklahoma City for the rival Golden State Warriors with that text, the most transcendent individual season in recent NBA history was set into motion.

Lonzo Ball is projected as the No. 2 overall pick in the upcoming NBA draft, but that sneaker price, regardless of how good he will be in the future, is absurd for a rookie. Especially if it’s under his father’s Big Baller Brand and not a major sneaker company like Nike, Adidas, or Under Armour.

The result is a 55-win team that has as good a shot as anyone to disrupt the Warriors’ quest for a title. (This is to say no one has a good shot, but that the Rockets are among the teams that have some measurable, if poor, shot of doing so.)

Even better, the Rockets are built in a self-perpetuating way. For as long as the 27-year-old Harden can play like this, Houston can put shooting and defenders around him, tweak the roster and system, and win big. The vision doesn’t really rely on the whims of anyone other than Harden. So long as he’s invested, the Rockets can stay the course.

Morey’s personality rubs some the wrong way, and there’s a good bit of schadenfreude when things go poorly for him and the irreverent Harden. But the man has been successful.

Plenty of other GMs could learn a lesson from how he’s rebuilt the Rockets around a new vision, how he’s refused to allow Houston to get stale, how he’s been unafraid to push the boundaries of NBA tactics. For whatever faults we can assign to Morey, we can’t take away his victories. And isn’t Cheap Soccer Jerseys Free Shipping that what matters most in this business?

Kobe Bryant’s daughter already has a nasty turnaround jumper

We always hear about the sons of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, and how good they are at basketball. But I think we have a real sleeper on our hands.

Kobe Bryant posted an Instagram video of his daughter, Gianna, working on her turnaround jumper. Take a look.

She’s 11 years old and you can legit see shades of Kobe in this shot. Plus, she’s already working out with headphones on like a pro!

I’m calling the 2028 WNBA Draft right now. Gianna Bryant will go No. 1 in that draft and I hope it’s with the LA Sparks.

I wonder if she’ll wear No. 8 or No. 24? I’m buying whichever jersey it is.

I’m not even gonna touch on the fact that if she wants to play basketball Cincinnati Reds Cheap Jerseys in her life, she’s gonna have one of the greatest players of all time guiding her and training her as she grows up because you already know.

This is the easiest part. In the final two minutes, players who are Create Cheap Jerseys intentionally fouled off the ball shoot one free throw, and then that team gets the ball back. If the NBA changes the rule this summer, this is probably how they will do it.

You could also allow the team that is fouled to choose a shooter, like you can on technical fouls, though this feels like an overly complicated solution.

Another option is one shared by former Cavaliers head coach David Blatt, who explained that intentional fouling just isn’t allowed overseas. This would put the onus on the referees.

Cardell Hayes sentenced to 25 years for manslaughter in death of Will Smith

Cardell Hayes, the man who killed former New Orleans Saints defensive end and Super Bowl champion Will Smith, was sentenced to 25 years in prison Thursday afternoon before his and Smith’s family.

Eager to get some of those sweet primetime ratings, compete with the NBA playoffs, and keep its name in the news during the offseason, the NFL decided in 2010 to move the first round to Thursday nights, turning the event into a massive gala of pomp and pageantry. The second and third rounds got moved to Friday night, with less hype than the previous night but still considered a big deal. Only the fourth through seventh rounds somewhat survived in the old format, starting on Saturday morning and going all day.

It was a pretty big gamble, but the results paid off. Seemingly every Packers-Cowboys game becomes an instant classic. From the “Dez dropped it” game to last year’s intense Divisional Round contest in which Green Bay upset Dallas, these two teams have been involved in some of the more memorable games of recent memory.

The first round of the 2010 draft managed to beat the NBA playoffs in the ratings, and the draft has since cemented its spot as a fixture on the sports calendar. Now we have a red carpet show with fancy outfits just to drive home the point that this is more of a party than a sporting event.

So yeah, while older NFL fans are nostalgic for the two-day format, it’s hard not to get caught up in the glitzy way the draft presents itself nowadays. At least we can Cheap Jerseys NBA still count on New York Jets fans booing every pick their team makes, no matter if it’s actually a good Cheap Jerseys From USA choice.

What are some specific areas where this offense can get better?

NFL rules prohibit you from talking Xs and Os with new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian until the offseason program begins, but how different do you anticipate the offense will be from the one run by Kyle Shanahan?

I think things will stay really, really similar to what we’ve done the last couple of years. He’s one new guy coming in, but we have a lot of guys coming back. I think he’s going to adjust to the guys that are in the system that we’ve been running, a system that everyone is so familiar with and had a lot of success with.

What are some specific areas where this offense can get better?

This is a radical misunderstanding of what intelligence is. Intelligence is not nihilism. It is not Bart Simpson walking around in an “Everything Sucks” shirt. Stats and analytics don’t exist to be used for public posturing of intellectual superiority. They exist to add to the wonder of things, not to tear them down. This new trend of being unmoved by great performances has become almost as bad as dunk truthers, who rush to any video of a great dunk to yell about why people shouldn’t be impressed by it. Nothing about that is interesting, cool, or smart. It’s just boring.

Should the Browns take Myles Garrett with the No. 1 overall selection — a move that’s no guarantee, somehow — they’d be in great shape to continue that trend.

Teams have typically struggled when overextending for an offensive player — potentially a side effect of the “playing with house money” feeling that comes with having multiple firsts. Several skill Cheap Jerseys Supply players taken with one of a team’s two first-round picks include disappointments like Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Site Trent Richardson, Felix Jones, Knowshon Moreno, Tavon Austin, Troy Williamson, and Dustin Keller.