Jimmy Butler is the best player in the Bulls-Celtics series

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Jimmy Butler stood out from the pack in the Bulls’ Game 1 victory over the top-seeded Boston Celtics on Sunday, powering a conciliatory effort to pacify the Celtics’ late-game comeback attempt.

Butler scored 30 points on 9-of-19 shooting, racking up nine rebounds, three assists, a block, and a steal along the way to lead Chicago to a 106-102 win on Easter. He scored 23 of those points in the second half, including a 15-point fourth quarter that stiff-armed a Celtics team searching for late-game heroics.

Even while Isaiah Thomas gave Boston 33 points on 10-of-18 shooting, Butler gleamed as the better player on the floor.

Womens Brad Nortman Jersey Andrew Luck had offseason surgery on his throwing shoulder that has been lingering for some time now. On Monday, Luck admitted that the injury initially happened in Week 3 of the 2015 season against the Titans, according to Stephen Holder.

Prior to his confirmation, it was never certain exactly when the injury occurred. In that game, Luck led the Colts to a 35-33 victory, that included his two touchdown passes 56 seconds apart in the fourth quarter.

Holder added that Luck wasn’t happy with the lack of progress in his treatment plan that the Colts had him going through last season. It led to the decision for Luck to finally have it surgically repaired.

It was a big change of pace from what Colts owner Jim Irsay said during the Colts’ Week 4 trip to London, when he told the Indianapolis Star, “There isn’t some kind of chronic shoulder injury or anything like that, I promise you.” Irsay added, ““There are no surgeries planned. He is fine and the shoulder is something that just disappears into the woodwork when he wins his next MVP or when he wins a Super Bowl.”

The Bengals opened up as significant 6.5-point favorites for this matchup

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The Bengals opened up as significant 6.5-point favorites for this matchup, though the line has narrowed slightly throughout the week. Cincinnati was favored by 5.5 points at the lowest, according to OddsShark.

Five of SB Nation’s experts picked the Bengals to hold at home in this one, while Stephen White is the dissenting opinion and believes the Browns will pull off the unlikely upset.

You know why the Patriots lost? Because they didn’t play well enough. When Tom Brady and Bill Belichick got in front of the media at their post-game press conference, they repeated the same boring stuff they always say after a game. What they said may not have made headlines, but it was the truth: The team didn’t play well enough to win. There were missed passes. There were dropped balls. There was blown coverage.

Isaac has soft touch on the low block and has great mobility for a player his size.

The Nets have a host of needs, and they won’t be able to address them this summer swapping for Boston’s late-first round pick. But in this alternate reality, using cap space to pick up a power forward of Jonathan Isaac’s caliber would improve the Nets’ frontcourt.

Isaac has soft touch on the low block and has great mobility for a player his size. He competes at both ends of the court and runs the floor for easy buckets in transition, just like Nets coach Kenny Atkinson ordered. Brooklyn only has Trevor Booker, Quincy Acy, and Andrew Nicholson competing for the four spot.

Isaac would need to earn his stripes, but he could become part of a Nets team that is building a foundation for the future. He’d choose the Nets for immediate playing time and the opportunity to work with Atkinson.

NBC is “disappointed” with the NHL for forgoing the Olympics. It’s good to remember that NBC holds the NHL’s national television rights and the Olympic television rights.
The lack of NHL participation also is a big boost to the KHL, who could see Russian players return next season to get a shot at the Olympics.

Current NHL players aren’t being silent about the news either. Henrik Lundqvist has tweeted his disappointment. Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic also put out a cryptic picture of the Pyeongchang Olympic logo on his Twitter account. It’s likely many more NHL players will express their displeasure with the league in the coming days, and we’ve listed them all for you right here.


That’s because Golden State’s defense is tailor-made to stop the Rockets

Houston’s ability to scorch teams from deep behind the three-point line usually rips apart defensive game plans. Not so with the Warriors. That’s because Golden State picks up shooters 28 feet away from the basket, sometimes further. Watch Klay Thompson and Patrick McCaw in this clip.

The Warriors’ defense is also a reason why Harden, arguably the league’s most feared isolation player, has turned the ball over so frequently. The Warriors take the three-pointer away, then make calculated gambles helping on a driving Harden.

With the seasons having gone as they have, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise to see the Saints a strong betting favorite, even on the road. New Orleans opened as a 6-point favorite and line has since shifted even further in its direction. Some oddsmakers currently have New Orleans pegged as a 10.5-point favorite.

New Orleans is an obvious pick to win the matchup straight up, but there is more of a question when betting against the spread. The Saints’ 6-3-1 record against the spread isn’t nearly as good as their 8-2 record straight up. Even more troubling is that most of New Orleans’ success against the spread has come at home, where the Saints are 5-0-1 ATS. Their record against the spread drops to 1-3 on the road. Atlanta is just 2-8 ATS this season, but has fared much better at home, going 2-3.
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Both teams have been known to have prolific offenses in recent years, and the total opened at 53 points. New Orleans is once again lighting up the scoreboard, averaging 28.8 points per game, the second-highest total in the NFL.
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Damian Lillard crashed into courtside seats and took out Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor

Damian Lillard went crashing into a pair of empty chairs in the front row during the fourth quarter of the Portland Trail Blazers’ loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday.

Authentic Youth Paul Molitor Jersey It just so happened that Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor’s chair was connected to the ones Lillard obliterated, causing a domino effect that sent a billion-dollar man crashing to the ground.

Play never stopped, so Lillard spryly bounced up and got back on defense, but it was a scary moment for the 75-year-old Taylor, who was the last of a group of courtside spectators watching alongside the Timberwolves’ bench.

Thankfully, all parties involved were unharmed.
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Taylor got the last laugh as his Timberwolves edged out the Trail Blazers, 110-109, despite a 25-point effort from Lillard. It was his guys, Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, who combined for 63 points on 53 percent shooting to pull away with a late win.

Garoppolo isn’t the only quarterback to have his stock boosted by Romo’s retirement. Colin Kaepernick and Jay Cutler now become the No. 2 and No. 3 options in a limited portfolio, even if Cutler’s tanned butt is sending out hints he’s also nearing retirement. The draft’s top three passers — Deshaun Watson, DeShone Kizer, and Mitchell Trubisky, in some order — just saw their value rise as well. Though none of the three are considered elite prospects, the chance all could find starting roles at some point in 2017 just rose significantly.

NFL’s Color Rush uniforms aren’t going anywhere

On Tuesday, the NFL approved eight rules, three bylaws, and one resolution, but one that didn’t pass would allow NFL teams to opt out of wearing the much maligned color rush uniforms. The was withdrawn by Washington before a vote could take place, according to Mark Maske.

He put it in NBA terms, as well. It’s like moving the Boston Celtics from Boston, the Lakers from L.A., you just don’t move certain franchises.
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Aside from losing the team, Green doesn’t think a franchise like the Raiders should be moved out of the metropolitan area of their city. It’s one thing if you’re moving them from Oakland to Fremont or something, but Las Vegas?
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The Warriors are going to be making a move similar to the one Green referenced soon. They’ll be leaving energetic Oracle Arena in Oakland in 2019 for the Chase Center in San Francisco.

Surely he wouldn’t be happy if the Warriors moved to Seattle or Mexico City.

The Colts gave up a first-round draft pick to trade for Richardson in September with the hopes of finding a more balanced offensive attack. Richardson was the most sought-after running back coming out of college in 2017, rushing for 1,679 and 21 touchdowns for Alabama in 2011 and looking like the next great all-around back.

However, Richardson has struggled significantly in the NFL, averaging just 3.6 yards per carry his rookie season for the Cleveland Browns while putting up 12 touchdowns. With the Colts, Richardson has just 272 yards rushing at 2.8 yards per carry and just two touchdowns, and has just 24 yards total rushing yards the past two games combined.

Richie Incognito blames Dolphins locker room environment in interview with Jay Glazer

That was the thrust of Richie Incognito’s interview with Jay Glazer of Fox Sports. The embattled Dolphins guard stuck to the misunderstood friendship line that’s been parroted throughout the week by Incognito and his teammates. That includes a threat to defecate in Martin’s mouth.

The veteran guard did tell Glazer that he regretted the use of racial epithets. He said that was a “product of the environment” in the team’s locker room.

“I’m proud of my guy for having my back and telling the truth,” Incognito said.

Incognito said that the two communicated with that kind of language, claiming he got a text message from Martin that said “I will kill your entire f’ing family.”

“I wanted to see my buddy, I wanted him to call me back,” Incognito said justifying the language he used in the voicemail message revealed Monday by Adam Schefter.

The Packers currently lose out in the tiebreaker to both Chicago and Detroit in the battle for the top spot in the and right now sit on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoff picture. A win on Sunday over the Eagles, who somehow are still in the race for the NFC East title, will go a long way with at least one of the Lions or the Bears having to lose on Sunday (unless it’s a tie).

Nick Foles is coming off a seven-touchdown game against the Oakland Raiders and faces a Packers pass defense that ranks 20th in the league. While he likely won’t repeat his record-tying performance, this is a difficult game for Green Bay defensively.


Jets vs. Bills 2017 odds and lines: No clear favorite in Buffalo

The Buffalo Bills host the New York Jets in Week 11, and there is no clear favorite. According to OddsShark, several books have even odds on the game. The line opened at minus-1.5 in Buffalo’s favor, but has since fallen.
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The Bills’ playoff hopes are all but over after getting crushed by the Pittsburgh Steelers, 23-10. They entered the game as 2.5-point underdogs and never came close to beating that line. E.J. Manuel made his return from a knee injury, but wasn’t much better than the practice squad fodder who filled in for him. The Bills fall to 3-7 on the season and 5-5 against the spread.

The Jets are fresh off a bye and firmly in the wild card hunt. They had a big win over the New Orleans Saints in Week 9, 26-20. New York was a 6-point dog and made some bettors very happy by winning. They are now 5-4 in the standings and 6-3 against the spread.

I probably blame Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis more than anybody for that loss. It was a gift sent from heaven that the Bengals were even in overtime. They could have punted it with the Ravens still sucking pretty bad on offense. I also believe kicking a field goal would have been a better move than the play they ran.
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Having said that, even if you go for it on fourth-and-2, you had damn sure better throw the ball past the sticks.

They put Gio in a bad situation, but at the same time, he has to know you can’t make a bad situation worse.

Gio is a better back than BenJarvis Green-Ellis, and its not really close, but when you do something that stupid there just isn’t any way to argue that he should be the starter.

NCAA Tournament 2017: Xavier continues Cinderella run by knocking off Arizona in Sweet 16

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The man looks like he was pushed into a pool by rowdy teens. We’re only a tiny amount of fabric cling away from full-on nipple exposure. After that game he tried to explain what happened.

I want to clarify one thing: I didn’t sweat on that day any more (than usual). It’s that I didn’t try out the shirt that I wore. Clearly made an error not having an undershirt and no question I had a bad night, coupled with the fact that we lost. If anything, people may have talked more about me and less about our team, and that may be a good thing as well.

Miller’s sweatiness has declined since that game, but you can still see it — if you look hard enough.

Not even thinking money. I’ve got more than enough money saved. If I stopped playing basketball now, I’ll be all right, Rose told reporters in Utah on Wednesday night. I want to win. I want to be happy and feel at peace with myself wherever I’m at. But being at the negotiating table, you never know. I’m not going to negotiate with people where money is the No. 1 thing I’m asking for. I want to win.

Rose will test free agency this summer for the first time in his career. He has remained relatively healthy in his first season with the New York Knicks, playing in 62 of the Knicks’ 71 games entering Thursday night’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers. Rose hasn’t missed any time because of knee issues, which have plagued him in the past.

Jeff Hornacek expects the Knicks to run the triangle exclusively next season and said he is unsure New York can be a playoff team with its current core unless players fully embrace the system.
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Cam Newton to undergo surgery on throwing shoulder

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is undergoing surgery on his throwing shoulder on March 30, the team announced on Tuesday afternoon.

According to the release, the injury happened in Week 14 when the Panthers were taking on the Chargers. Newton completed the game, and an MRI showed that he had a partially torn rotator cuff.
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Head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion said, As a result of the MRI, we modified all of Cam is work in the weight room and on the field for the final three weeks of the season.

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The Ducks play a heavy style of hockey, so maybe this is just wishful thinking on our part. Yamamoto is 5鈥? but oozes skill. Teams passed on Johnny Gaudreau and Alex DeBrincat because of their size. They all regret it. Anaheim would do well to take Yamamoto here.

Comtois isn鈥檛 the most skilled winger in the draft. He doesn鈥檛 have the best shot. But he does have elite speed and a high-energy style that puts opponents back on their heels. He could end up as a top-line winger. He could end up as a bottom-six penalty killer. Whatever role he slides into, Comtois will play it well and make a noticeable impression.