It got so bad at one point that Hoiberg actually felt like he had to bench Rondo, despite everything. He did just that to begin the calendar year, benching him for five games and then bringing him off the bench for a few months, until injuries vaulted Rondo back into the starting five. Rondo will forever be one of the most interesting players the league has seen in the past decade, but his relevancy in a modern NBA is fading quickly.
So much of the work fell to Butler on a nightly basis, who shouldered the burden (albeit with the occasional complaint) tirelessly while recording his best season yet. He was better in virtually every area: points, rebounds, assists, and efficiency, all while being able to take on the lead defensive assignment with generally good results when asked to do so.
But there were more interesting one-man shows around the league this year, like Russell Westbrook. It took work to suffer through watching the Bulls only to see Butler work his magic, especially Cheap UK NFL Jerseys as Chicago slogged their way to a record even worse than last year’s by a game. To nobody’s surprise, Wade had his worst season to date, putting up points but only sometimes caring about anything besides that. (Even in a playoff game, he couldn’t always care.)
With all of these players going through some weirdness, I’m less convinced that the parlay will happen. While I’m not comfortable saying that both Abreu and Quintana will continue their funks indefinitely, I’m pretty comfortable suggesting that neither of them have to snap out of it. The White Sox, if they were going to make a run with Sale, needed contributions of all the above players. That they’re all struggling is proof that it doesn’t have to happen so nice and neat, not that they’re do and the White Sox will be even better in May.
Kelsey Plum, recently drafted by the WNBA’s San Antonio Stars, helped the Spurs out in their T-shirt toss Tuesday in playoff Game 5.
This is a super fun way to involve the other San Antonio team in the playoffs.
Plus, now the Spurs don’t need a T-shirt cannon — they’ve got Kelsey Plum’s cannon of an arm!
Plum was drafted first in this year’s WNBA draft out of the University of Washington. She had a record-breaking NCAA season, scoring the most points in a single season and career in all of women’s NCAA history. She also averaged 32 points a game with the Huskies.
With an incredible T-shirt toss (or really hard T-shirt throw) like that, Plum could have done well passing a football, too!
The 2017 NBA playoffs are here, after a rather amazing — and record-breaking — regular season. While the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are the favorites to meet again in the NBA Finals — which would be the first time in league history two teams met in three straight Finals — both have faced obstacles this season.
The Warriors won a league-best 67 games, the first team in NBA history to win at least 65 games in three straight seasons. They finished the season quite strong, with 15 wins in their last 16 games, but also lost Kevin Durant for five weeks with a knee injury and will have to acclimate him back Cheap Mitchell And Ness Jerseys
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His fundamentals allow him to engage pass rushers at the line and keep them in his sights, though an often ineffective Vandy offense led to a frustratingly high sacks-to-big-play ratio the past two seasons.
But that’s not the kind of high-profile assignment that makes a left tackle so valuable.
Holden’s pass block numbers aren’t great — he allowed 11 pressures and seven sacks last fall. He’s not an elite athlete for the position, which means faster defensive ends and linebackers can turn the corner on him with a speed rush and collapse the pocket from the outside. While he’s a disciplined tackle who rarely commits penalties, it’s clear he’ll need to continue growing to be an NFL left tackle.
And that’s OK! Holden has been on a steady path of improvement throughout college and his career remains on an upward trajectory. The fear is whether he’s maxed out his room for improvement based on his physical limitations. That’s what kept him from being a day one selection, but he’s more than worthy of a mid-round pick as a player who can both contribute right away while working toward a greater role.
This might not be a popular pick, but the Battle of Unpopular Owners has a strangely enticing pull to it. The Niners have won the past three matchups between these two teams. Maybe Kyle Shanahan, who once coached in Washington — and reportedly coveted Kirk Cousins this offseason — can lead his new team to a victory over the quarterback he drafted back in 2012.
This year’s crop is full of quarterbacks with undeniable upside and Cheap Jerseys Vip terrifying downside. Maybe that’s the case every year, but among the fivesome of Nathan Peterman, DeShone Kizer, Patrick Mahomes, Chad Kelly, and Joshua Dobbs, you’ve likely got (in some unknown order) three busts, an Cheap Jerseys Soccer China average QB, and a star. Good luck finding the gem.
Butt is a reliable receiver with strong hands who can shield defenders, and he will quickly establish himself as his quarterback’s go-to security blanket in the NFL. He recognizes defenses well and knows where to sit in coverage. He works best five to 15 yards downfield, where he can Cheap Denver Broncos Jerseys run over opponents to gain extra yards rather than streak down the field with a safety in tow.
Butt is an average athlete who lacks explosion and speed, but he can develop into a strong run blocker who can slip out on short, underneath routes in a rollout-heavy scheme. His second torn ACL is a concern. If he manages to remain healthy and prove the knee isn’t an issue, Butt should be in the NFL for the next 10-plus years.
There are many good and smart reasons that you can think of for why the Toronto Raptors will beat the Milwaukee Bucks. There’s one reason to think they won’t, and that one exhibited itself in the Bucks’ 97-83 Game 1 win: they don’t have the best player on the floor.
Giannis Antetokounmpo was incredible on both ends of the floor as Milwaukee Cheap Jerseys In Canada stole Saturday’s game on Toronto’s home floor. Let his stat line do the talking: 28 points on 13-of-18 shooting, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals, and one emphatic block.
It was Antetokounmpo with the first four points for Milwaukee to open the game, and eight in the first quarter. It was Antetokounmpo with statement dunks like this, which set a tone and showed a brand of athleticism with which Toronto couldn’t keep up.