NBA wrap: Spurs spoil LeBron James’ 30,000th-point celebration

With a jump shot in the closing seconds of the first quarter Tuesday night in San Antonio, LeBron James became the seventh player in NBA history to score 30,000 points in his career. The celebration didn’t last long.

The milestone basket put the Cavaliers up 29-25 after one quarter, but by the end of the second quarter, the Cavs were down by eight, 63-55.

Known more for his defense than his scoring, Kings seventh-year shooting guard Garrett Temple dropped a career-high 34 points, including 19 in the fourth quarter, as Sacramento won in Orlando 105-99 in a matchup of teams tied for the NBA’s worst record (14-33). The win ended the Kings’ season-high eight-game losing streak, and trade deadline buyers must have been paying attention to what Temple was up to.

The Thunder snuck past the visiting Nets 109-108, but Carmelo Anthony doesn’t get much of the credit. ‘Melo scored just 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting, had exactly zero assists and registered a minus-7. He played about six minutes and scored only four points in the fourth quarter, when OKC erased an 11-point deficit.

Following months of being excluded from “The Process” in Philadelphia, Okafor finally landed in a better situation when he was acquired by the Nets in December. As a former No. 3 overall pick, Okafor has shown flashes of his potential, but his season average of 5.4 points over 11 games? Not quite All-Star caliber.

Defense wins championships, but not necessarily All-Star games. The 2017 All-Defensive Second Team guard hasn’t quite been an All-Star offensively this season, shooting 22 percent from 3-point range and 33 percent from the charity stripe.

An eight-year veteran that has only appeared in 10 games this year for the Timberwolves, Aldrich has managed to receive the same amount of peer votes (three) as he has made field goals this season.

With career averages of 5.3 points and 3.9 rebounds per game, Ajinca has been a serviceable big man in the league; he received a couple of votes too many for a player that will not log one minute this season due to injury.
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Draymond Green ejected after NBA-leading 13th technical

The Warriors fell 125-105 to the Thunder on Tuesday night, but Draymond Green wasn’t on the court to hear the final buzzer.
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Green received his second technical foul during the fourth quarter, earning an automatic ejection. He has been called for an NBA-leading 13 technical fouls this season.

The incident occurred with just over eight minutes remaining on the clock. Green was called for an offensive foul, didn’t like the call, so he flipped the ball in the officials’ direction. He looked surprised when awarded a technical.

Green had five points, eight rebounds, seven assists and four blocks in 31 minutes before his exit. After the game, he chose to guard his words.

I’m going to save my money, Green said, via ESPN.com, referring to the fact he likely would have been fined had he said anything negative about the officials.

Keep Marc Gasol healthy. The Grizzlies have been terrible lately, and they’ll probably be terrible next year, too. The franchise needs to explore trade options for star center Gasol this offseason to give the front office a chance to jumpstart the rebuilding process. Gasol has been injury-prone in his career, and one more major health woe for Gasol in March or April would be devastating.
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Last week, NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Alaa Abdelnaby said on Philly Sports Talk that James was looking at private schools in the area during the All-Star break.

I’ve told this to a few other people, and I have no problem saying this, my brother lives in the Philadelphia area and he told me that LeBron, last week through a superintendent, was in the area checking out some private schools during the All-Star break, Abdelnaby said.

On Thursday, however, Kyle Williams Jersey James denied those rumors saying, Pennsylvania? Nah. What are you talking about? Over the All-Star break, I was on vacation and then went to Los Angeles. He later said the report was disgusting.

The Ringer’s Bill Simmons, who is not a reporter in the traditional sense but is tied into the NBA world, wrote last month: NBA insiders have been gossiping about an increasingly cozy Philly–LeBron’s circle connection since November.

Josh Rosen, Baker Mayfield competing at NFL Combine not good look �� for Sam Darnold

Maury Wills Womens Jersey Sam Darnold chose not to participate in throwing drills at the NFL Combine. In a top-heavy quarterback class in the ’18 draft, that decision may come back to burn him.
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The former USC QB, unlike UCLA’s Josh Rosen and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, who did everything in Indianapolis, decided to watch in his earlier position group instead of proving why he should be the consensus No. 1 QB and No. 1 overall pick in April.

The top non-Norwell targets for the Vikings’ scheme would be the Titans’ Josh Kline and the Jaguars’ Patrick Omameh. The Giants’ Justin Pugh is a good candidate to bounce back elsewhere. Should the Vikings get Cousins, the Redskins’ Shawn Lauvao could keep serving him well at left guard. Two former Vikings, Alex Boone and Brandon Fusco, are two older free agents floating out there, as well.

Adam Henrique Womens Jersey The Vikings gave Linval Joseph a worthy contract extension last summer, and he delivered another monster run-stopping season. Behind him in the rotation, however, there was a big drop-off. Tom Johnson faded as a 33-year-old starter and will be a free agent. Shamar Stephen, their busiest reserve at nose, is also unsigned for 2018.

With Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer, the team has had a good eye for loading up on defensive depth in the draft. If the Vikings want to spend some here, the Panthers’ Star Lotulelei is likely to fit their budget better than the Seahawks’ Sheldon Richardson would. The Raiders’ Justin Ellis and the Titans’ DaQuan Jones would be adjusting to new schemes, but they have upside in the Vikings’ 4-3.

Maybe Orlando Brown Jr. should not have told reporters Thursday that he’s been fat his whole life.

The former Oklahoma Junior Seau Youth jersey offensive tackle turned in one of the worst performances at the NFL Combine this week in Indianapolis.

It began Thursday when the 6-8, 360-pound lineman did only 14 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press. That was the worst among offensive linemen as UTEP’s Will Hernandez did 37 reps. Brown, who left Oklahoma a year early and was considered a first-round prospect, blamed his poor bench press performance on his breathing. He vowed to do better at the Oklahoma pro day March 14.

Manziel did not detail the exact problem.

Releasing Tyrod Taylor ‘not in our plans,’ Bills coach says
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Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott said Wednesday at the scouting combine in Indianapolis that releasing quarterback Tyrod Taylor is not currently in the team’s plans.

Tyrod is a good player, McDermott said. At this point in the process, I’ve learned being around this league around 20 years, it’s way too early to take anything off the table, other than cutting him at this point, which is not in our plans.

He’s a good football player that has taken a team and been instrumental in getting us to the playoffs.
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Taylor is under contract through next season at a salary-cap number of $18.08 million. He is due a $6 million roster bonus March 16, two days after the NFL’s trading and free-agent signing period opens.

So it’s a matter of time before Karlsson is traded, as Travis Yost spells out in his thorough breakdown of the situation here. When Karlsson goes, what should the Senators expect back for him?

Manziel called it a reckless, reckless plan.

He said he made the trip because he had three or four friends in Cleveland from Texas who were in party mode, and he was having problems at home.

One of those problems led me to Vegas, he said. I felt like I couldn’t solidify or try and fix my home life without going out there.

On Monday before the trip, Manziel said his friends had arrived and the group spent the night drinking and shooting pool at his home in suburban Cleveland. Manziel arrived Tuesday morning at an offensive line meeting and said the concussion from the previous game (a loss to Kansas City) or the drinking the night before Haason Reddick Authentic Jersey led him to leave the meeting after 15 seconds.

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Super Bowl 2018 ratings: Overnight rating down 3 percent compared to Super Bowl 51

Despite the NFL’s declining ratings in recent years, the Super Bowl is consistently the biggest draw in American professional sports. Sunday night’s game was no exception, with the Philadelphia Eagles’ dramatic win over the New England Patriots getting a 47.7 overnight rating on NBC. The game peaked in the fourth quarter with a 52.2 rating.

Pink succeeded Luke Bryan as the most recent national anthem singer. Bryan sang the anthem before last year’s Falcons-Patriots Super Bowl in Houston.

For the Patriots, their game plan is to score points and make Foles beat them. Philadelphia wants to run the ball to control the clock. Look for New England to take away Philadelphia’s powerful rushing attack. Foles and Brady will play huge roles in this game.

We could have gone through the playoffs. No one could really stop us as bigs. We go to the Finals if we went, Davis told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols in an interview over All-Star weekend.

[Teammate Rajon Rondo] reminds us of it: ‘You guys are the two best bigs. I know what it takes to win championships; we got it.’

This is the part that bit Bryant. When the ball hits the ground, it starts to shift around.

If he loses control of the ball, and the ball touches the ground before he regains control, the pass is incomplete. If he regains control prior to the ball touching the ground, the pass is complete.

Bryant did not regain control before the ball touched the ground. That was enough for officials to rule that this one wasn’t a catch.

In this case, there was a lot of ball movement when Bryant hit the ground. But it’s completely at an official’s discretion to decide how much movement is too much and when a player actually gains possession. Because of that, this rule will be controversial until the league finds a way to improve it.

“His first reaction was, `I’m OK, I’ll be OK,” Wolves forward Taj Gibson said. “But he was smiling. That was a big thing and it was a huge relief for everybody in this locker room. He’s a warrior so we’ve just got to hold it down for him.”jays_956_78942825b723dbc5-180x180