I need to get it 100 percent before I step on the court again

New York Knicks (18-22) at Toronto Raptors (26-13). The Knicks are reeling, losing nine of their last 11 games, although they did beat Chicago in their most recent outing. Getting their second win a row is a tall task. The Raptors have beaten the Knicks in four straight meetings, including by a 118-107 count at the Air Canada Centre earlier this season.

Making things more difficult for New York, Kristaps Porzingis is not expected to play for the second straight game due to a sore Achilles.

“I need to get it 100 percent before I step on the court again,” Porzingis said Saturday. “We have a tough schedule ahead of us and I would like to be back as soon as possible, but I have to make sure I’m healthy and can give 100 percent to the team.”

It’s another sad chapter in the ongoing saga of race relations among the Hawks’ brass and their fanbase, most of which has its roots in and around metro Atlanta area, which has one of the nation’s largest black populations.

In 2014, former Hawks GM Danny Ferry made derogatory comments about African-born NBA standout Luol Deng. An investigation into those comments produced similar evidence against former Hawks owner Bruce Levenson, who once said, “The black crowd scared away the whites,” and added, “There are simply not enough affluent black fans to build a significant season ticket base” in an email in 2012. The revelation of those comments ultimately led to him selling the team. (Note: Nielsen estimated African-Americans’ purchasing power would reach $1.3 trillion Premier League Cheap Jerseys this year. That’s more than enough to sustain the Hawks’ profitability.)

What’s even more ridiculous than Wilcox’s initial comment, given Texans Cheap Jerseys his position with the team and its history, are the ones he chose to use in apology.

Steve Kerr marvels at Kevin Durant’s ‘amazing’ defense

Kevin Durant’s offense was the highlight of the NBA Finals opener between the Warriors and Cavaliers, but it was his efforts at the other end of the floor that stood out for returning coach Steve Kerr in Game 2.

One could say James had more off nights than Jordan in the playoffs and leave it at that, but debates are never that easy. Let’s look at the other factors around those games to see if they even matter.

Jordan’s teams still finished 4-2 in those playoff games, and one of the losses was in the first round of the 1987 playoffs against Boston in his third season. James’ teams are 3-8 in that situation, but this is just the second off night he’s had since returning to Cleveland. The last game before Sunday happened in 2015 against the Bulls, a game the Cavaliers won by 21 points.

Neither James nor Jordan could hit the 3-pointer consistently in those losses. In those 11 games, James wen 4 of 44 from 3-point range with five games at 0 of 4 or worse. Jordan, meanwhile, went 3 of 20 from 3-point range in those six games.

James spent his first seven seasons in the NBA and led the Cavs to five straight playoff appearances that included a trip to the NBA Finals in 2007. But after earning the top seed in the Eastern Conference with 61 victories in the 2009-10 season, the Cavs lost to the Celtics in the second round of the playoffs. James then famously left Cleveland to team up with fellow All-Stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, boasting that the trio would lead the Heat to seven titles.

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A collection of numbers balls, all placed inside a machine, rumbled and bounced and crashed into one another, much like the very atoms that matter itself is composed of.

At one point early Saturday evening the machine stopped and spit out four of the many balls. And just like that, the fate and future of an NHL franchise was forever changed.

Meanwhile, Calle Jarnkrok is showing us all why he is here. He’s undoubtedly the best defensive forward on the team.

For all the talk of Laviolette’s system and what it does for the offense, it’s important to remember that the Predators’ defensive play has been carrying them all season. So far that trend has carried into the playoffs, leading them to an impressive first round sweep and now to a 2-1 series lead over the Blues.

It’s been a joy to watch. For as much as people talk about offense with this team, the Preds have really been winning these games with solid defense.

So who’s doing it? Here’s a look at the top shot-suppressing NFL Jerseys Wholesale players in this postseason (minimum 80 minutes TOI, courtesy of naturalstattrick.com):

Look at the Blues! Through eight playoff games, they have no players above 50% in shot attempt percentage. The closest is Carl Gunnarsson at 47.7%, which isn’t even really that close. They are really forcing Allen to win games for them, while hoping to capitalize on occasional mistakes by the other team. That strategy worked like a charm against the Wild, by the way.

People absolutely looked at it that there was a group of guys on the Panthers that just had too good a time

Browns chief personnel man Sashi Brown has known for two weeks what he wants to do with this pick. You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn’t consider Garrett the top Cheap MLB Authentic Jerseys player in the draft. Although the Browns need a quarterback, the value just isn’t there.

After considering running back Leonard Fournette and safeties Jamal Adams and Malik Hooker here, I stuck with Thomas in the end. He gives them a different type of pass rush presence on the defensive line.

He’s wise beyond his years when it comes to social media. Garrett deleted his Instagram and Twitter accounts following his true freshman season at Texas A&M.

“It’s just unnecessary,” he told his parents, via ESPN. “There’s too much foolishness on there.”

Marino put together a legendary career at the University of Pittsburgh but still slipped to the 27th pick of the 1983 NFL draft. That slide was due, in part, to a heady crop of passers, including John Elway, Jim Kelly, Ken O’Brien, and Tony Eason. It also could be attributed to a disappointing senior season.

Or it may have also been a function of drug rumors that swirled around the prolific passer and his partying ways in the Steel City. While Marino never publicly failed any tests, his Cheap MLB Baseball Jerseys Panthers were a team known for partying their ways. Marino’s agent, Marvin Demoff, admitted as much.

“People absolutely looked at it that there was a group of guys on the Panthers that just had too good a time,” Demoff said. “It was never about addiction.”

“[Marino] told me that the school had heard about a group of players using marijuana or drugs, and they internally tested all the players. They were all clean.”

Despite a lack of public evidence, talk of Marino’s partying persisted. Was it the reason why he lasted so long on 1983’s draft boards? Probably not — but the Dolphins were certainly happy with the outcome.

NFL draft 2017: Dates, schedule, times, order, and more

Boulware is a ruthless player, but he has clear physical limitations. With Boulware’s lack of desired size and speed — he’s only 6’ tall, and his only NFL combine number that was above average for a linebacker was his three-cone drill — the linebacker will fight an uphill battle toward a role on defense. Special teams looks to be his likely role for a while.

While Boulware is an instinctive player, that only gets guys so far when it comes to the NFL. Because he’ll face competition from bigger, stronger and quicker athletes in the NFL, his size concerns are likely what caused his slide in the draft.

After months of workouts, tape study, and mindless speculation, NFL draft week is finally here. Over three days, the league’s 32 teams will replenish their rosters with a crop of college football stars, all of whom are looking to make their mark at the pro level.

The first round of the draft will take place on Thursday, with the second and third rounds on Friday night. The final four rounds will be on Saturday. ESPN and NFL Network have complete coverage of the draft, and fans can stream it online at WatchESPN.

The Cleveland Browns are on the clock with the No. 1 overall pick, and Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett is widely expected to be the first name off the board. Cleveland also holds the No. 12 overall pick, setting up some potential scenarios where it could trade up to grab a quarterback of the future.

Now, maybe I’d be a little higher on McKinley if he was bigger than 6’2, 250. The fact that he has long arms is a positive, but it is not going to replace the lack of height and anchor he has, especially when he is also deficient in technique. Like, Khalil Mack was of a similar size MLB Jerseys Cheap and Cheap Jerseys Rugby athleticism, but his pass rushing technique and McKinley’s are on totally different planets.