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The league is betting that sort of versatility proves more entertaining than even a polished, repetitive post-up game or some Shaq-style brutality. They’re probably right. (They are also pining for a new Shaq-ish player to bring some diversity. “If there’s another Shaq,” Vandeweghe said, “you can bet that team will post up a lot.”)
Switching will become an even more sought-after skill as the cleanest way to snuff the drive-and-kick attack. Coaches say they will spend more time coaching that, and teaching proper defensive positioning — stances, footwork — so that guys of all sizes are better at keeping opponents out of the paint. “That technique on the ball is going to be so much more important than ever,” Thibodeau said. “You have to contain dribble penetration.”
Casey said he might devote more time to a zone defense in future seasons. A few team officials even proposed scrapping the defensive three seconds rule so that plodding rim protectors could stay on the floor.
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Embiid drops to 73rd.
That’s still a solid return on the 96th pick. But thanks to Embiid’s back-to-back policy, you’re not actually getting top-30 production. Even if it feels like it when he’s on the court.
You’re getting eighth-round production.
With all of the hype and momentum building around Embiid, you would be derelict to not at least put out some trade feelers. If the back-to-back policy sticks (as it should), Embiid will miss at least 11 of his team’s remaining 49 games.
Now, that’s only a 22 percent production drop, so Embiid’s prospects will improve in ROS terms. I still say explore offers. Because his value is about to peak.
And a closer look at the schedule reveals the peak’s precise date.
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With Dwyane Wade resting his knee and Rajon Rondo out of the rotation, Jimmy Butler had the green light all night and he made the most of it. The last time Wade sat, Butler went for 40 points. Monday night? He went for 52, including 17 in the final four minutes. Butler virtually beat the Hornets on his own as the next highest scorer for the Bulls was Nikola Mirotic with 12 points.
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The A¡¯s weren¡¯t literally sold this winter, but it almost feels like they were. Managing partner Lew Wolff was the despised face of the group, and when he divested and stepped down it symbolized a changing of the guard. The figurative king is gone, which is the first step toward finding a better one. Majority owner John Fisher is now the managing partner, and Dave Kaval is the new team president.
As you can see above, the Habs have some large contracts coming off the books at the end of next season, most notably Alexei Emelin¡¯s $4.1 million-average deal, and Tomas Plekanec¡¯s recent two-year extension. That¡¯s more than enough space to both find cheaper replacement options (or at least offer new extensions at lesser values), and increase Price¡¯s salary.
With that situation considered, next on the to-do list is getting a new deal for Alex Galchenyuk before this season comes to a close. Marc Bergevin took a gamble on a two-year bridge deal with the young player, and now that Galchenyuk has emerged as a top player in the league, he will need to commit a significant portion of cap space to the team¡¯s number-one centre.
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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton went to the locker room early in the team’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday after suffering an injury to the thumb on his throwing hand. The Bengals initially announced that his return to the game was questionable, but downgraded him to out shortly thereafter.
After the game, Dalton said he had a fracture in his hand and that he would see a hand specialist on Monday, according to Josh Kirkenhall of Cincy Jungle. Dalton will miss the team’s Week 15 game against the San Francisco 49ers, head coach Marvin Lewis announced after the game, according to Coley Harvey of ESPN.
There’s no word on whether or not Dalton will miss time beyond that game. It could be season ending with the best-case scenario being an appearance in the playoffs, according to Bob Holtzman of ESPN, but there is nothing official from the team yet.
Side note: After yet another edge rusher earned Hoss of the Week after having matched up primarily with the Broncos’ right tackle this season, I’m going to suggest that Denver go ahead and invest in an upgrade at that position this offseason. Nothing personal, Donald Stephenson, but I’m just sayin’.
Ford gave Stephenson the blues around the corner repeatedly on Sunday, and seemingly every time Trevor Siemian had to hold the ball at all, Ford ended the play breathing down his neck.
Ford got started early on beating Stephenson with a simple dip-and-rip move on third-and-10 on the Broncos’ first drive of the game. Ford’s teammate Chris Jones also got a good rush on the play, beating Broncos right guard Michael Schofield back into Siemian’s lap and forcing him into a bad throw that fell incomplete. Jones pushed Siemian as he delivered the ball downfield and knocked him into Ford who blasted him good. That play doesn’t show up on a stat sheet, but you can best believe that both Stephenson and Siemian remembered it the rest of the game.
Just because he remembered it didn’t mean that Stephenson would fare any better trying to block Ford the rest of the game, however.
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“Playing for pride” is a phrase you hear a lot — enough to kind of lose sight of what it means. Fortunately, the Cleveland Browns delivered a real-life example on Saturday.
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Look, a lot of things had to happen for the Browns to finally win a game. They had to be at home against a team in the San Diego Chargers that had to take a long trip to get there, had a ton of injuries to key players and had nothing to play for. That opponent also had to miss a makeable game-tying field goal attempt in the final seconds. It wasn’t easy, and it surely could have gone the other way for Cleveland.
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Matt McGloin is the “next man up” for Raiders coach Jack Del Rio, as the quarterback prepares to make his first start since his rookie season in 2013.
The Falcons and MVP candidate Matt Ryan aren’t just putting together one of the best offensive performances since the merger — they’ve also run up points against the best defensive competition.
How about this? The Browns win their first game of the season and avoid becoming the second team to go 0-16. However, the 49ers and Jaguars win, too! The Browns’ FPI chances for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft improved from 85 percent to 94 percent following Week 16.
Say what you want about QB Jay Cutler, but he has never thrown at least three interceptions in back-to-back games, something fourth-year QB Matt Barkley just accomplished for the Bears. The Bears cap off their season in Minnesota this Sunday.
Blake Bortles has thrown for 300 yards 11 times in his career. Saturday’s win against the Titans was the first time the Jaguars won when Bortles threw for 300. Despite the win, could the Week 17 game at the Colts be Bortles’ last as the Jags’ starter?
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Multiple injuries at the quarterback position derailed a promising season for the Arizona Cardinals in 2014, as they limped to a 2-4 finish after a 9-1 start and fell to the Carolina Panthers in the wild card round of the playoffs. Coming into this season, guaranteeing protection for starter Carson Palmer was the top order.
Arizona has accomplished that goal this season, ranking among the best in the league in sacks allowed. The Cardinals have allowed just 23 sacks this season, fifth-fewest in the league. They have won their last eight games, and sport a 12-2 record going into a Week 16 game against the Green Bay Packers.
That means getting through their divisional rival St. Louis Rams on Sunday. It might not sound like a tall task, but the Seahawks couldn’t beat the Rams on the road in Week 1. The Rams won 34-31 in overtime, and the Seahawks ended up starting the season losing four of their first six games.
Game Mens TJ Brodie Jersey More recently, they have won their last five games and can hit the playoffs with a lot of momentum if they win their next two. Seattle has two very tough games coming up, though. The Rams tend to play them hard and the Cardinals will host them in the finale in Week 17. But the Rams looked a lot better at the start of the year than they have of late — they’ve won two in a row, but that was following a five-game losing streak.
J.J. Watt Mens Jersey Among the experts, the Rams are getting no love. All eight pickers at CBS Sports, the entire 13-man panel at ESPN and all seven experts here at SB Nation, plus the OddsShark computer, think the Seahawks will win this game.
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Instantly upon Prescott’s foot tap, Witten makes a pre-snap move from right to left, forcing the Vikings to reveal their coverage, intel that will help Elliott determine where to track the ball. If a defensive back shadows Witten, the Vikings are in man.
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If not, they’re in zone. This time the safeties remain in zone, but out of respect for the 10-time Pro Bowl tight end, they roll coverage to Witten’s side of the field. That means, if Elliott has read his keys correctly, Dallas has put seven would-be tacklers at a distinct disadvantage before the snap.
He was scheduled to meet with doctors on Tuesday, but Rivera didnâ€™t indicate it was anything serious.
Aside from consistency, durability has been one of Olsenâ€™s strengths. He hasnâ€™t missed a game since his 2007 rookie season at Chicago, a string of 156 games that is the second-longest active streak in the NFL among tight ends behind Jason Witten’s 216 games.
Greg Olsen can become the first tight end with three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.
Olsen has started all 76 games for the Panthers since being acquired in a trade with the Bears in 2011.
That Olsen missed a few series was unusual. Rivera recently talked about how the 31-year-old tight end never wants to take a down off in a game or practice.
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Getting Olsen more rest is something Rivera admitted the staff has to be conscious of during the next few seasons.
Barring an injury, Olsen should continue to climb the charts for tight ends. He needs only 128 yards to move into seventh-place all-time and 696 to catch Hall of Famer Ozzie Newsome (7,980) for fifth place.
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The Colts in turn had to get over the mental hurdle of losing to the Texans, and were also starting three rookies on the offensive line.
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None of those things was an issue for the Colts, and their defense smothered the Vikings’ offense all game.
Limited Mens Stephen Paea Jersey Rookies Ryan Kelly, Le’Raven Clark and Joe Haeg teamed with Jonotthan Harrison and Anthony Castonzo to help quarterback Andrew Luck go 21-of-25 for 250 yards with two touchdowns, and the Colts gained 161 yards on the ground. And just as important, the Colts didn¡¯t give up a quarterback sack.
After giving up 31 sacks in their first eight games, the Colts have allowed only nine sacks in their past six games.
At 1-13 and in the throes of a 13-game losing streak, the 49ers tried anything and everything to find a solution to the gaping hole in the middle of their defense. And, as has happened with pretty much every problem they’ve encountered this season, none of those answers was the right one as the Falcons cruised to a 41-13 victory and remained in the NFC playoff hunt.
With Hodges’ unexpected absence, the Niners had just two inside linebackers healthy and available when the game started. Mind you, this is a position where the team long ago lost starters NaVorro Bowman and Ray-Ray Armstrong and backup Shayne Skov to season-ending injuries. The Niners turned to veteran Michael Wilhoite to start alongside Bellore and crossed their fingers that it would all work out.
It didn’t. Three plays into Atlanta’s first possession, Bellore suffered an elbow injury that ended his day. From there, the 49ers tried safety Vinnie Sunseri in Bellore’s place. Sunseri had played all of 13 defensive snaps in his career, none at inside linebacker, and was quickly targeted by Atlanta’s passing game as he yielded an 8-yard catch on third-and-2 to set up the Falcons’ first touchdown.
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Referee Ed Hochuli first marked the ball at the 23. Then he picked it up and placed it at the 27. Dixon’s right knee had touched the ground at the 27 when he stumbled, as an ESPN replay later showed.
According to the NFL rulebook, the replay official — or senior vice president of officiating Dean Blandino and his staff in New York — is permitted to “consult” with the referee to ensure the correct application of rules and other administrative matters.
Dixon’s catch was never officially put under review.
Matthew Stafford, Lions: Look, there’s only so much future President Jim Bob Cooter can do. I have no idea whether Stafford’s injured finger will affect him, and the Giants’ defense is playing as well as any in the league right now, giving up the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing QBs and having allowed more than one touchdown pass just once in the past eight games.
Forsett and Derby are the newest faces and yet could have plenty to say about how the Broncos finish things out. Forsett is expected to get plenty of work against the Patriots because of his familiarity with the offense — he has played for Broncos coach Gary Kubiak for two seasons on two other teams — as well as his relative freshness given the Ravens and Lions didn’t use him much this season before releasing him.
After a slow ramp-up — he was a game-day inactive for his first game and targeted once in his second outing with the Broncos — Derby has been the most-targeted tight end over the last four games and has turned 14 targets into 12 receptions.
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While no kicker has declared early for the NFL Draft since Janikowski, a few punters have. Last year, Bradley Pinion of the San Francisco 49ers was the only punter drafted after he declared early from Clemson for the 2015 NFL Draft. Two years earlier, Brad Wing left LSU early, although he wasn’t drafted in the 2013 NFL Draft and has since found a role with the New York Giants.
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How much money should Cam Newton have made this week?
Cam Newton stuck around in garbage time of the Panthers 38-10 to pad his stats and cement his case for league MVP (a individual award traditonally given to the QB who wont win the superbowl). Throwing TDs in the second half of a week 17 blowout is the equivlant of signing up to bring napkins and paper towels to your company office party, but Newton should of stepped aside and let Derek Anderson handle mop up duty. Id like to of seen a bit more leadership out of Newton and set a good example for fellow QB/former theif James Winston by showing him that sometimes the best way to lead is to let someone else have a turn.
Other thing about Newton is he dosen’t take numbing shots or opiates, yet his teammates are paying for a insurance policy for him that covers pain medicaton and just literaly throwing there money down the toilet. He also just welcomed the birth of his first child named Chosen, so he obvously hasnt been using his Health Savings Account for condoms either folks because with a name like that, youd think the kid would of ended up in a Resevoir tip. So he’s wasting his teamates time ,money, and healthcare, and smiling all the way to the bank.
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After Mark Melancon signed with the Giants and Aroldis Chapman agreed with the Yankees, Jansen was left with two suitors beyond the Dodgers — the Marlins (with former manager Don Mattingly) and Mens Jarome Iginla Jersey the Nationals (who lost Melancon).
Jansen’s agent said Washington offered more money, but Jansen preferred the comforts of returning to his only organization and the one that switched him from catcher to closer after Edwin Encarnacion Authentic Jersey five obscure Minor League seasons.
Unlike the bidding for Jansen, L.A. has always been favored to re-sign Turner, who lives in nearby Orange County and has found a professional home with the Dodgers, who signed him three years ago after he was non-tendered by the Mets.
Although Turner is the most accomplished third baseman in this year’s free-agent class, he hasn’t been seriously linked to any club other than the Dodgers.
A clubhouse leader who has emerged as an offensive force, Turner had a slash line of .275/.339/.493 and set career highs in runs (79), hits (153), doubles (34), triples (three), homers (27), RBIs (90) and games played (151) coming off knee surgery. Turner, who recently turned 32, finished ninth in NL MVP Award voting.
Turner was particularly good against right-handed pitching (.305, with 22 homers), and he hit .325 with runners in scoring position and .300 with runners on base, even though he was slow to get started as he recovered from the surgery.
In the postseason, Jansen was a workhorse, making seven appearances — throwing multiple innings in three of them — and recording three saves. It’s been a huge few days for Jansen, who got married over the weekend in his native Curacao, with Turner attending, as well as teammates Yasiel Puig and Scott Van Slyke.
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