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MessagePosté le: Jeu 12 Avr - 05:40 (2018)    Sujet du message: season with a broken foot. Répondre en citant

Lets bounce around the NBA again as we do each week.10 things I like and dont like1. Kevin Love, looking like himself againPsst. Kevin Love is playing almost like Minnesota Love again -- you know, the guy most people in the league considered a top-10 player. He doesnt play as much, but the per-minute numbers this season are similar to peak Love. The Cavs work to get him post touches, and have him do lots of stuff beyond standing in the corner like a glorified James Jones.I perked up when I saw Love drain this triple during another inevitable Cleveland win over the Drakes last week:That looks very much like the gorgeous elbows-centric action Rick Adelman ran for Love in Minny. Love starts it with an off-ball screen for J.R. Smith, an innocent decoy with a nasty effect: Loves man, Pascal Siakam, has to spend a precious second patrolling Smiths cut toward the rim. Thats all Love needs to mosey up to LeBron, snag a dribble handoff, and let fly before Siakim can recover.Squint, and you see seen Kevin Martin and Nikola Pekovic flitting around Love on an ugly two-toned court:Lets not exaggerate this. The Cavaliers still fall apart whenever LeBron hits the bench, and Love is still a third banana. Hes dropping dimes at the lowest rate since his rookie season. He gets only about 3.5 elbow touches per game, the same as last season, and way, way, way, way down from the nearly dozen per game hed snag with the Wolves. (The notion that he got more once Tyronn Lue took over for David Blatt is a myth.) He will spend a lot of time calling for the ball in the corner.But even when hes just doing that, there is comfort in the knowledge that he can do more. There is a lot of truth to the idea that you could plug a bunch of one-dimensional stretchy bigs into Loves spot, save some luxury tax money, and lose very little production in the aggregate. The Cavaliers have investigated this in some depth.Love is just better than those guys. Want Ryan Anderson instead, since hell be content spotting up? Cool. Hes a worse defender than Love, and hes not in the same universe as a playmaker.Love is really good, and as these Cavs grow together, they should dust off more of Adelmans playbook.2. Jamal Murray, wanting that ballMurray is not shy, including in demanding the ball when hes open. But there is no Dion Waiters-esque greed in his requests, or shoulder-sagging despair if a Nugget teammate doesnt oblige. Murray is just so damn excited to be open, he cant help but express himself. He jumps, and claps, and hollers -- and if no one sees him, hell zoom someplace else where he might spring open again.There is a caffeinated joy to Murrays game. Mix in the brash confidence of a quick-release gunner, and you have the most exciting rookie outside Philadelphia.3. Miami, going starlessThe Heat barely have an NBA rotation right now, so its hard to nitpick any of Erik Spoelstras substitution patterns. But I get queasy anytime Miami plays with both Hassan Whiteside and Goran Dragic on the bench -- even if the numbers dont necessarily support my anxiety.Miami has played opponents about dead even during those minutes, per nbawowy, and teams have destroyed them with both their stars on the floor. The to stagger or not to stagger? question is trickier than critics imagine. The Dragic-Whiteside pick-and-roll is the fulcrum of Miamis offense, so do you milk it by maxing out the minutes those two play together -- hoping to ride out some bench mob droughts with good defense? Or stagger them more, and see how each functions independently?There is a ton of noise in all those early-season lineup numbers. It just feels rickety when Miami tries to magic up points without both its stars.4. Larry Nance Jr.s touch-pass reboundsThe first time Nance did this, I thought it might have been an accident. Then he did it again, and again, and it became clear the rebound touch-pass was a thing -- another way in which Nance thinks one step ahead of most players.That is a genius alternative to a wild, no-chance-in-hell putback attempt falling out of bounds.Nance has exceeded the Lakers sunny Year 2 expectations, especially after knee issues nagged at him most of last season. He has been an explosive jack-of-all-trades for a five-man bench crew that outscored opponents by almost 10 points per 100 possessions -- a mammoth margin -- before injuries busted up Luke Waltons rotation.Nance looks healthy and bouncy again; hes shooting a preposterous 81 percent in the restricted area,?fifth best among 271 players who have attempted at least 20 such shots, per NBA.com. He moves the ball, cuts hard, and generally does all the gritty things that make the people around him better.He still needs to buff some rough spots. His jumper is unreliable, and he never gets to the line. Scouts drooled over Nances vaguely Draymond-y ability to switch across multiple positions on defense, but he has been inconsistent chasing guards; lineups pairing Nance and Julius Randle have hemorrhaged points after a promising start.Nance is just getting started in the NBA, but hes almost 24; the Lakers must hope for progress soon. If it comes, theyll have a clear starter-level player -- and some interesting bigger-picture choices.5. Al Horford, full extensionHorford is still finding his way in Boston after missing almost half the season so far. Hes been conservative picking his spots to score as he feels out his new teammates, and his defensive rebounding -- a team-wide crisis -- has sunk to a new low.Horford has never been the most assertive player, but it feels like hes waiting to exert whatever level of assertion hell provide for when Boston needs it. In the meantime, hes contributing in other ways. Hes thrived in facilitator mode, and hes emerged almost out of nowhere as a premier shot-blocker.Horford is rejecting 2.6 shots per game, double his career average, and hes been unnerving jump-shooters with mad dash full-extension close-outs:Normally, only Anthony Davis-level super-athletes emerge from that far away to get a fingertip on long jumpers.Horford has a knack for caulking gaps, and hes so adaptable, he can stretch different parts of his game (except rebounding, natch) depending on roster needs.6. Sponsoring things that suckHold on a second while I close the screen door, ease myself into a tattered chair, crack a beer and yell at the impolite children on my lawn.I get that weve lost this battle, but do we really need to sponsor every trivial event in an NBA game? In Utah, a law firm sponsors official in-game replay reviews. Seriously. While the referees huddle around a TV monitor, the giant overhead screen flashes a message: Officials review presented by Siegfried & Jensen.Official reviews suck! Everyone hates them! Sponsoring an official review makes me less likely to purchase your product! Can I just have a moment of peace and quiet?7. Richaun Holmes, with touch!For the normals: Richaun Holmes is an NBA player for the Philadelphia 76ers. He is their fourth-string center. When the other three centers are healthy -- and sometimes even when just two are -- he might not play at all. Hes a little undersized in some matchups, and he has struggled horribly on the defensive glass for most of his two seasons.But hes an athletic rim-runner who dabbles with a 3-pointer, and he has shown glimpses this season of a refined touch on floaters:Even Andre Drummond-style dive-and-dunk guys need some bankable moves to escape crowds in the paint. Sometimes, you catch the ball too far from the rim to slam it. Sometimes, the next layer of defense is in your grill the moment you grab the ball.Some smart team will try to poach Holmes from the Sixers overcrowded frontcourt while its still overcrowded. But Holmes has two cheapo years left on a Sam Hinkie Special, and the Sixers may keep him as a hedge against trades sending out Nerlens Noel (sooner) and Jahlil Okafor (later, provided Joel Embiid stays healthy).8. The vanishing Ben McLemoreRemember Ben McLemore, 2013 lottery pick, selected over C.J. McCollum, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Steven Adams, and Giannis Antetokounmpo? The NBA is my obsession, and when the Kings started McLemore out of the blue against Dallas on Tuesday, my initial reaction was something like: Hey, Ben McLemore! I forgot about that guy! Kawhi Leonard murdered his soul in Sacramentos second game of the season, when he just straight-up grabbed the ball out McLemores hands -- twice!McLemore promptly went 3-of-11 in the Kings win over the ravaged Mavs.This is why trading DeMarcus Cousins would be so painful. The cupboard is bare. The Kings have whiffed on so many lottery picks. The jury is out on Willie Cauley-Stein (and his hands) and Georgios Papagiannis, but the (very) early returns dont suggest either is a foundational player. Sacramento owes various future picks to Chicago, Philadelphia, and Orlando.Trading Cousins for a bounty of young guys and first-rounders would not give Sacramento extra bites at the lottery apple, or a half-dozen intriguing prospects. It would give them a ground-zero level amount of those things -- a normal amount. To trade a star and end up with that? Egads.9. Ish Smiths careful snakeryDetroit hung in a little better than expected during Reggie Jacksons absence. The Jackson-Andre Drummond pick-and-roll constituted almost all of Detroits offense last season, and without Jackson, negative nellies envisioned defenses stalling out the Pistons by ducking under every Drummond screen -- and daring Smith to brick away.Opponents did that, of course. Sometimes it worked. Sometimes Smith zipped into the lane before his defender could slither around Drummond. Stan Van Gundy also diversified the offense, adding a ton of sets on which Caldwell-Pope flies up from the corner, grabs a dribble handoff and continues into a turbo pick-and-roll.Smith also managed the offense with care, especially during a hot streak just before Jacksons return. Hes sporting a minuscule turnover rate, and one way to survive on offense is to make sure you at least get a shot off every time down.Hes also chilled a bit, and added a crafty change-of-pace zigzag to his game:Smith loves to snake the pick-and-roll -- NBA parlance for dribbling one way around a pick, and then quickly veering back the other direction. He even canned enough midrange jumpers out of this action to keep defenses honest.Detroit is 12-12, with a league-average offense and a top-five defense. They would have signed up for that once Jacksons knee started aching.10. Maurice Harkless, not harmless in the postHarkless has emerged as Portlands most dependable wing beyond the star tandem of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. Hes shooting a tidy 37 percent from deep on a career-high number of attempts, and playing with a palpable confidence. He doesnt need an acre of space to launch from deep anymore.When Lillard and McCollum swing the ball to him, Harkless is attacking off the bounce with zero hesitation. Hes even posting up smaller players, and hes been so good at it, the Blazers will look for him down low in a favorable matchup. He has a new mean streak to his game.Harkless is 15-of-25 on post-ups so far this season after going 20-of-47 combined over his first four seasons, per Synergy Sports.Harkless is a solid defender prone to blips of hazy confusion, but he does not look out of place as a heavy-minutes starter on a solid team. Not bad for a wayward soul Portland swiped from the Magic for free. Mens Nike Air Max 97 Sale .com) - Following a late-game loss to the reigning NBA champs, the Toronto Raptors will look to sustain their recent high-level play as they travel to Indiana to take on the Pacers. Nike Shox Gravity Australia . By having more great seasons. 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He racked up more than 1,000 yards in his debut season last year even though he only played in 14 of 18 games. "Pay attention to the stats, youll miss the mark all the time," he said Monday after practice at the teams training camp. Simpson played 25 career games with the NFLs Indianapolis Colts and three with the Washington Redskins before moving to the CFL. The five-foot-nine, 204-pound Miami native averaged six yards a carry with the Bombers last year and added 276 receiving yards. "Great things will come if you focus on, you know, your pads getting low, your vision, (your consistency), so I dont focus on the stats -- theyll come if I play right," he said. Simpson changed his workout and diet in the off-season and added a little weight. He also felt that he had paid perhaps too much attention to the need for speed he was told would come with a move north. "Last year I felt like I was a little bit too light," he said. If 2012 was a breakout season for Simpson, it was a disaster for Chris Garrett, who opened camp expecting to be Winnipegs starter and then tore an Achilles tendon. In 2011, hed managed 576 yards in just six games after replacing Bombers veteran Fred Reid, who suffered what turned into a career-ending injury. Garrett is now back and says he feels great entering his fourth CFL season -- all with the Bombers. "The foots feeling great you know, theres no soreness, Ive got good explosion off it," he said. "I trained really hard in the off-season to come back. Im out here running around without .dddddddddddd.. any weakness so Im pretty happy with how things are going with it." Winnipeg coach Tim Burke says there is room for both imports but it could mean only a practice roster spot for a third, although they might also find a spot on the expanded 46-man roster. He knows it could be an issue. "Not everybody wants to be on the practice roster so if that scenario comes up, that will be their decision," Burke said. The third running back on the depth chart right now is import Will Ford, who was Simpsons backup last year. The Bombers also have non-imports Carl Volny and Anthony Woodson on their roster. Both were injured last season. Woodson only dressed for two games before a season-ending shoulder injury. Volny spent half the season recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and made only one start in the finale against the Montreal Alouettes. The Bombers lost another receiver to injury Monday when Wallace Miles pulled a hamstring. He isnt expected to be out for long, said Burke. The team also added another Canadian to replace draft pick Michael DiCroce, gone for the season with a broken foot. The newcomer didnt have far to travel. Taylor Renaud played high school football at St. Pauls Collegiate in Winnipeg and led the Atlantic Conference in receiving the last two years with Acadia. He said he was back home to find a job when he got the call. "Being a kid I always dreamed about running out of that tunnel so stepping out on that field today was an amazing experience," he said. The team has also released import linebacker Daniel Sheffield. Burke said Sheffield decided to retire when he got a high-school coaching offer. Wholesale Jerseys China Stitched Jerseys Jerseys NFL Cheap Cheap Jerseys 2019 NFL Jerseys Wholesale Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys ' ' '
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