NBA says Dwight Howard should not have been ejected

The NBA worked quickly in jumping to Dwight Howard’s defense after the Hawks center was ejected in Monday night’s 114-98 win against the Celtics.
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Howard was ejected late in the third quarter after receiving his second technical foul, for taunting, after hanging on the rim following a massive dunk. The NBA said later Monday night that the play should have been ruled non-unsportsmanlike and thus not have counted toward an automatic ejection.

Howard finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds in 28 minutes of action.

Despite me getting kicked out, I think guys really stepped up and played great; it was a good team win, Howard said, via ESPN.com. I apologized to the guys and told them I need to do a better job of keeping my composure and some other things, and they understood.

Thornwell entered the NCAA Tournament just outside of the top 50 on the Sporting News Big Board. It would be fair to move him into that range now, though, after he led South Carolina to its first ever Sweet 16.

At 6-5 with long arms and an NBA-ready frame, Thornwell won the SEC Player of the Year award this year and was something of an underrated statistical darling that went unnoticed due to South Carolina’s pace of play deflating his numbers. Thornwell is currently ninth in the KenPom player of the year algorithm, posting impressive metrics across the board. He does this along with being All-SEC caliber defensive player, too.

Game Kids New Orleans Saints Jersey The Thunder and Bulls are nearing an agreement that would send Cameron Payne, Joffrey Lauvergne and Anthony Morrow to Chicago in exchange for Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick, per The Vertical’s Shams Charania.

Mesmerizing GIFs show NBA stars transforming from rookies to veterans

Today’s NBA veterans have changed a lot since their rookie seasons.

Just check out these amazing GIFs, created by SportsBettingExperts.com, that show the facial transformations of NBA stars LeBron James, Stephen Curry, James Harden, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Chris “Birdman” Andersen.

It’s safe to say that Durant has changed the least, while Chris “The Birdman” Andersen has changed the most.

Fox really seems to have turned the corner from a knee injury suffered earlier in the season. He put in his best performances of the campaign during the SEC Tournament, and has tossed up over 17 points per game over his last six contests.

Fox will need to keep improving his strength physically in order to deal with the grind of long seasons, but he affects the game in so many ways on both ends of the floor that it’s difficult to see him not translating in some capacity. If he irons out the jump shot, he could end up being a top-10 point guard at the next level.

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve seen more of the razor’s edge that Monk lives on as a prospect due to his singular nature of his prospectdom. Monk at this stage is essentially just a scorer, albeit an elite one.

Neither of those mean anything if Thomas doesn’t know what to do with it, of course, which brings us to the final point..

Thomas’ attitude isn’t something we can measure as easily as his scoring ability or the impact his teammates have on his success, but it explains how he’s been able to sustain this historic run. Earlier in the season Thomas told Mass Live that his teammates count on him to carry them in the fourth quarter, and he can “just go out there without a care in the world.” The latter is somewhat reflective in his quarter-by-quarter scoring breakdown.steelers_125

July 17, 1990: When the Twins turned two around-the-horn triple plays on the Red Sox

The 1990 Twins didn’t have much luck on their way to a 74-88 record, but on July 17, 1990, the ball bounced Minnesota’s way twice in a game against the Red Sox.

Womens Albert McClellan Jersey That was the night the Twins turned two around-the-horn triple plays at Fenway Park. It’s the only time that’s happened in MLB history.

Triple Play No. 1 (fourth inning): After a walk to Wade Boggs, a double from Jody Reed and a walk to Carlos Quintana to load the bases, Twins pitcher Scott Erickson got former Twin Tom Brunansky to ground to third baseman Gary Gaetti, who stepped on the bag and threw to second to start the 5-4-3 triple killing. Triple killing? Yeah, let’s go with that. (Ironically, a double play is known as a twin killing, but there’s no common nickname for a triple play.)

Asdrubal Cabrera also responded with a denial. But as much as they completely denied the report, neither really came off particularly convincingly.

Considering the Mets have put many of their veterans such as Curtis Granderson and Jay Bruce on the trade block it does beg the question, is the clubhouse really is strong as Collins says? With the way Cabrera reacted to the question it’s easy to see that there is an unhappy undertone at least with one player.

Womens Ricky Wagner Jersey I got nothing, Cabrera said. That’s not my choice.

Cabrera asked for a trade a few weeks ago after he was moved to second base which he did not take well. He basically reacted as if it were a demotion.

When you look at Rosario’s numbers at Triple A (.328, 7 home runs, 52 RBI) it is curious why he hasn’t been called up. Rosario is already on the 40-man roster, so the team wouldn’t have to DFA anyone or anything of the sort so why is he laboring in Triple A with a .328 batting average?

The Rosario watch has begun.

The Raptors are in trade discussions with the Pacers that involve sending guard Cory Joseph to Indiana

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Washington traded its pick in the draft, No. 52 overall, to New Orleans for point guard Tim Frazier, according to multiple reports. Frazier, 26, will be joining his fifth team in four seasons; he previously was with the Celtics, 76ers andTrail Blazers before joining the Pelicans in March 2016. Last season he averaged 7.1 points and 5.2 assists in 23.5 minutes per game. He made 35 starts as New Orleans dealt with a slew of injuries.

The Clippers have been in contact with several teams, including the Suns, while exploring the market for center DeAndre Jordan, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes.

Phoenix reportedly shot down discussions with LA regarding a potential trade of Tyson Chandler and the Suns’ No. 4 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft in exchange for Jordan.

The Raptors are in trade discussions with the Pacers that involve sending guard Cory Joseph to Indiana, according to ESPN. Joseph, 25, averaged 9.3 points per game last season.
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The Cavaliers and Rockets are discussing a potential trade that would send guard Iman Shumpert to Houston, according to ESPN. Cleveland would receive a draft pick and trade exception as part of the deal.

So maybe Carmelo Anthony is ready to team up with one of his Banana Boat buds. That was the word early Monday from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who reported that sources told him Anthony is now willing to waive his no-trade clause for a move to the Cavaliers (where he’d finally get to play with King James) or the Rockets (where he’d get to play with Chris Paul but also for Mike D’Antoni).

Woj reported the Knicks probably wouldn’t be able to get much in return for Anthony, who’s, um, steering this boat. New York doesn’t want to take back power forward Ryan Anderson in a trade, Woj added.

Just last week, Anthony’s estranged wife, La La, said Anthony didn’t want to leave the Knicks because he wanted to be close to his son. What has changed, other than Phil Jackson being forced out of the Garden? Like most of this Melo drama, that’s not clear.

Expos players persuaded Tom Brady to forgo baseball, play football

Once upon a time, 17-year-old Tom Brady faced a tough decision: play football at the University of Michigan or be drafted by major-league team and play baseball in the minors?

We obviously know which route the Patriots quarterback took, and it has led him to five Super Bowl victories.

However, it was players with the now-defunct Montreal Expos who convinced Brady that he should follow his passion for football, even though he was an excellent catcher and batter, according to Sports Illustrated’s MMQB.

During his senior year at Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, Calif., Brady excelled as the school’s quarterback and also was captain of the baseball team. His baseball talents attracted the attention of John Hughes, a scout for the Expos.

They got Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez from the Nationals for what many people saw as an average player in Adam Eaton. Then they got back the No. 1 overall prospect in baseball along with others for Chris Sale this offseason as well.

They have no plans to sell any lower on No. 1 starter Jose Quintana at the trade deadline this year.
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Elite Kids Bob Gainey Jersey According to FanRag Sports, while the White Sox deny they are looking for a Chris Sale-type return for Quintana, both the Astros and the Yankees are claiming the price is too high.

The White Sox apparently asked for both No. 3 overall prospect Gleyber Torres, and fellow top-30 prospect in Clint Frazier from the Yankees, while they also asked for both Futures Game participant Kyle Tucker and another top-20 prospect in Francis Martes from the Astros.

The price is so high that the Astros and Yankees are looking elsewhere for pitching help. If the White Sox want to trade Quintana they are either going to have to find a more desperate taker than Brian Cashman and Jeff Luhnow or adjust their expectations.

Thomas had gotten a foot caught up with Wizards center Marcin Gortat and hit the floor face first.

“I’m not dealing with that,” Morris said. “I said what I had to say to him. It is what it is. Hard foul.”

Earlier, Thomas had gotten a foot caught up with Wizards center Marcin Gortat and hit the floor face first. Thomas then whacked his head on the nose of Porter with 7:47 to play in the third quarter and, finally, it felt like we had a real Celtics-Wizards series on our hands: There was blood. Porter returned once the bleeding stopped, but before he did, Thomas and Morris each were hit with technical fouls for being too aggressively chatty with each other during the ensuing timeout.

Now, that’s more like it. There has not been much defense played in this series through two games, but we should still get the kind of rough-and-tumble Celtics-Wizards shenanigans that this series was billed to be. And with the Wizards heading back to Washington in a near-desperate situation in Game 3, we could see more.

“We’re not playing tough enough,” Morris said. “We had the advantage late in the game, and all we had to do was play tough. We didn’t have to make shots, we didn’t have to get stops, we just had to play tough.”

Hey, that might mean more blood.

Now we’re talking. This is what an intriguing first-round matchup looks like. Two explosive teams with championship aspirations will clash earlier than they probably would have hoped, but the winner of this series can make a big run.

Russell Westbrook entered the record book with his legendary season. Not only did he pass Oscar Robertson for most triple-doubles in a season, but he also averaged a triple-double (31.6 ppg., 10.7 rpg., 10.4 apg.). He needs help from Victor Oladipo and Enes Kanter to win this series, though.

James Harden is ready to lead Houston past his former team after averaging 29.1 points, 11.2 assists and 8.1 rebounds per game. The Rockets were just 4-5 in their last nine games, but they have an explosive backcourt and a number of versatile bodies in the paint.falcons_098

Ejections mar Wizards’ blowout of Celtics

The Wizards should be celebrating their most impressive win of the postseason. But instead, Washington’s leaders are questioning whether their teammates will be able to keep their composure to knock off the Eastern Conference’s top seed.

Paul Millsap also had a huge game, scoring 19 points with nine rebounds and seven assists.

Giannis Antetokounmpo’s supporting cast: The Greek Freak was terrific in Monday night’s 118-93 Game 5 loss to the Raptors. He scored 30 points on 12 of 19 shooting with nine rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks, but he received little help from his teammates. Malcolm Brogdon (19 points) and Greg Monroe (11 points) were the only other Milwaukee players to reach double figures.
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Game 5: Thunder (1-3) at Rockets (3-1), 8 p.m. ET — This could mark the end of Russell Westbrook’s historic season. While his numbers have been gaudy, inefficiency and inconsistency have spurned Westbrook at times this season. James Harden will be fit to play despite dealing with a bum ankle, and he has stated (and shown) that he doesn’t need to score to help his team win. Houston fans will do all they can to end this series quickly and bide some time for Harden to rest.

Elite Youth Montee Ball Jersey Entering the playoffs, though, there is the expectation he should be able to lug whomever is standing nearby to another Finals. It’s not going to be so easy, even if three wins in three playoff games presents some illusion it might be. Because these Cavs have serious limitations that were sorely obvious as they fell behind 74-49 in those first 24 minutes.

they’re going to keep hearing how bad they were Tuesday night.

Maybe this is what qualifies as Pop being humbled: He gave direct answers to direct questions and wasn’t dismissive. Those direct answers were mostly indictments of his players, sure, but it’s doubtful he was using the media to get his point across. It sounded as though the players had already gotten the message in a less sanitized way.

Carl Hagelin Elite Jersey We talked about it during the game, halftime, after the game, Popovich said.

Eddie George Elite Jersey With Game 3 not until Saturday, they’re going to keep hearing how bad they were Tuesday night. Now that’s humbling.

De’Aaron Fox came in at slightly under 170 pounds Thursday, a low number for a point guard that caused a stir online. It’s a concern, but here’s why I tend to be less worried than others. Players tend to lose weight during the college basketball season. For instance, last year I talked to Brice Johnson about this, and he mentioned that it wasn’t uncommon for him to lose 10 to 15 pounds during the playing season. Fox’s season ended relatively late as Kentucky went to the Elite Eight, and he’s been training hard out in Thousand Oaks on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Fox does need to put on more bulk and retain that weight, but it’s not a reason to ring the alarm yet either.

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk was 6-7-plus, but only measured out to have a 6-5 wingspan. That gives him the same standing reach as Fox, who came in over four inches shorter in terms of height. Overall, it was an extremely disappointing combine for Mykhailiuk, who had to withdraw from the rest of the events after spraining his ankle on Thursday. He’s still only 19 years old after arriving to Kansas at 16, which means there’s plenty of time for him.

NBA trades: With bold move for Paul George, Thunder have eyes on keeping Westbrook

Whoever was going to take on Paul George — who is a free agent in the final year of his contract — this summer was destined to take a risk. The Thunder, with a lot to lose in the coming season, decided that risk was worth it.

In a move that shocked league observers and executives on both coasts and everywhere in between, Oklahoma City made a bold deal with the Pacers Friday night, securing Paul George for next season in what will either be the beginning of a beautiful friendship with Russell Westbrook or one grand finale for OKC’s days as an NBA contender.

This should, at least, be a fascinating experiment on the Thunder’s part. Both Westbrook and George will be 2018 free agents, and both have been rumored —George more seriously — to have interest in heading to Los Angeles after next season.
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It’s often discussed how Philip Rivers hasn’t had enough threats around him during his career. Last season — despite No. 1 receiver Keenan Allen missing nearly the entire season — the Chargers wideouts had the third-best average in yards per catch. They also had the second-most catches of 40 yards or more. Tyrell Williams was the team’s leading receiver with 69 receptions, 1,059 yards and seven touchdowns. Inman was second, with 58 catches, 810 yards, and four scores.
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Allen will be back in 2017, and if he’s able to maintain health, could have a big year for the Chargers. They also selected Mike Williams, who was a constant problem for defenses during college, with the No. 7 overall pick in the draft. Dabo Swinney has churned out some great receiving prospects since his tenure in Clemson started, and the Chargers will expect a lot out of Williams.

Blue Jays beer thrower sentenced to probation

Ken Pagan, the Toronto man who threw a nearly full beer at Baltimore Orioles outfielder Hyun Soo Kim during a playoff game, has been sentenced to 200 hours of community service and ordered to stay away from major league ballparks for one year.

“I have been a passionate baseball fan since getting hooked as an eight-year-old in the summer of 1983 and I am fully aware of the disgrace I brought to the game and the embarrassment this caused, particularly to the Toronto Blue Jays organization and the great fans of Toronto,” Pagan said in court, via The Star.

Freeman played nine innings at third base for Triple-A Gwinnett across two games Saturday and Monday. That marked his only game action at a position other than first base since he played five games at third in the Gulf Coast League in 2007.

But that’s the side of the diamond Freeman will call home for now, thanks to Matt Adams’ hot hitting since he was acquired to step in for Freeman after the All-Star suffered a broken wrist May 17.

Freeman was in the midst of an MVP-caliber season when he was injured, slashing .341/.461/.748 with 14 homers in 37 games. Adams, meanwhile, has a .285/.333/.589 slash line with 12 homers in 39 games since coming to Atlanta.

Now the second-place (albeit below .500) Braves will try to maximize their offensive output with both bats in the lineup.
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