Thunder make it clear to the Lakers: The West still runs through OKC

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OKLAHOMA CITY — About an hour and a half before tipoff, Scott Brooks was asked a question about the Lakers being 1-7 when scores 30 or more points.

“I didn’t know that stat was out there but I’m going to put that on the board,” Brooks said. “Give him 32 tonight.”

Well, the Thunder gave him 35.

And the Lakers are now 1-8 when Kobe scores 30 or more.

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With the Lakers’ disappointing 9-11 start, the focus has been centered around what they’re not doing. What their issues are, why they aren’t performing up to their standard. Following this most recent loss, a pretty comfortable 114-108 one by the Thunder, there will be the usual search for answers.

But Friday, the difference between the Thunder and Lakerclub.The Brazilian switched for Chelsea for North London this past summer in one of most surprising moves of the window.And Silva says his countrymen can handle expectations at the Emirates.He said: “It’s not so easy to move from one big club to anots was pretty clear: Oklahoma City has and . The Lakers do not.

Westbrook’s first half was one of the more explosive performances you’re going to see this season. He scored 27 on 10-of-16 shooting, hit a career-high five 3-pointers and punctuated is all with a devilish and-1 trey late in the first half. It sparked OKC to a 67-53 first half margin and sent a pretty clear message that this wasn’t likely to be the game the Lakers use to get back on track.

“I was able to make some shots early and just kept shooting,” Westbrook said.

Said Mike D’Antoni: “A lot of [the game] was Westbrook. He just went crazy on us.”

Thing was, Westbrook cooled considerably in the second half. He started 0-of-7, miss two free throws and didn’t score any points until the fourth quarter. For some teams, maybe that’s concerning, maybe that contributes to them losing a lead. Instead, the Thunder just built on it. Because instead of it being Westbrook, it was Durant’s turn.

“[Westbrook] came out tonight in the first half and was on fire and it opened it up for everyone else in the second and we were able to cruise on for a good win,” Durant said.

Durant scored 36 on 10-of-19 shooting and closed down any opportunity the Lakers had of coming back. A couple 3s, a couple mid-range pullups, a couple attacks at the rim — there was just no chance for L.A. to lean on Bryant or anyone else to rhich competition to prioritise next week.Mourinho will tell the club’s board to choose between Burnley on Saturday and RB Leipzig next week after his side were knocked out of the FA Cup on Wednesday night, reports the BBC.Spurs crashed out of the domeally get the Lakers close enough to challenge.

“It was fun. It’s always fun to beat the Lakers. They’re a tough team,” Durant said.

But there is that lingering thought, what almost feels like a given, that the Lakers are going to put something together at some point. They aren’t healthy now without and and they are clearly sorting through some issues. The Thunder are the West’s top dogs — defending conference champs and owners of the best record — but just because they have topped the Lakers eight of the last 10 times, including a five-game gentleman’s sweep last postseason, OKC isn’t crossing L.A. off.

“They’re a really good team,” Durant said. “They might not have Pau Gasol or Steve Nash, but they still have Kobe Bryant and out there.”

Said Brooks: “We all know the Lakers are one of the best teams. They don’t have the record right now, but they will. They’re going to get some guys healthy and Callum Hudson-Odoi to continue improving after his impressive performance against Nottingham Forest on Sunday.The 19-year-old has faced criticism for some lacklustre performances this season after returning from an Achilles injury in September.He re they’re going to get some rhythm, but they have the best center in basketball and they have one of the best players ever. Steve Nash will come back and [Mike] D’Antoni will continue to get that team better.”

The Lakers look different than the team that lost in five games to Thunder last May. But this result felt awfully similar. Kobe was asked after the game if this Laker team has changed since their last trip to OKC.

“Yeah it doesn’t seem like it,” he said.

There was a general feeling that even with the Lakers not being at full strength, Friday’s game in OKC was a chance to make a positive statement about being a legit contender to the Thunder. And like Brooks and Durant said, that still very well may hold to be true.

But even with the offseason shakeups, the changes in personnel, the subtractions, the additions, the starpower and all that summer buzz, it was pretty clear Friday: The Thunder are still the superior team. At least until proven otherwise.

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Podcast: Raptors offseason review and a dinosaur roller coaster

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In this edition of the CBSSports.com Podcast, Matt Moore talks with of about how much the Raptors really do like , and  of Sun talks the future ned Portuguese Primeira Liga side Vitoria SC on a season-long loan.The striker is yet to feature for Wolves’ first-team this season, having last appeared for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side in November 2018.A loan move at Nottingham Forest followed last wof Jonas Valanciunas. of  joins us to discuss what the overall plan of the oeat at the hands of League One club Sunderland to dash their Carabao Cup aspirations.Max Power’s 25-yard stunner after just nine minutes of play proved the difference at Bramall Lane.Blades boss Chris Wilder was scathing over his team’s performance wrganization is and how becamalentino Lazaro admits a move to Newcastle United is no guarantee.The 23-year-old’s agent, Max Hagmayr, was in attendance for Newcastle’s win against Chelsea, but stressed that there is no agreement for a deal. Hagmayr told FCInter1908.it: “I was in e a Raptor, and of on how fans have managed this up-and-down offseason for Toronto. 

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son due to a right shoulder injury, his agetriker

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Trail Blazers forward will miss the team’s final two games of the season due to a right shoulder injury, his agetriker Wilfried Bony has impressed Le Havre coach Paul Le Guen.A free agent, Bony has been training with Le Havre for over a week as he chases a contract with the Ligue 2 outfit.”It looks like a good match and I would like him to stay a little longernt told CSNNW.com. ni Silva says that he got help from Manchester United star Paul Pogba in dealing with agents.The Guinea-Bissau international is now 25 and was once a highly regarded talent emerging from the Anfield academy.However, he struggled to get his career goiBatum, who had missed the past six games due to soreness in his right shoulder, met with Dr. Nealnothing has changed at Arsenal since Freddie Ljungberg became interim manager. The Swede has won just one in five since replacing Unai Emery on a temporary basis. Pepe says that despite trying his best, Ljungberg has failed to rejuvenate the ailing G ElAttrache on Monday, who recommended resting the injury. “He’ll be healthy soon,” Ndiaye said. “He just needs to get some rest. The good news is there is no surgery needed. We were glad to hear that.”

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Report: Mavericks eliminated from chase for Dwight Howard

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ESPN reports that the have been officially informed they are out of the sweepstakes. The Mavericks were thought to be underdogs for the free- agent center going into Friday, and this tweet from Mark Cuban shortly after the news broke only confirmed it. 

Time to get back to work. The Mavs are back open for business.

— Mark Cuban (@mcuban)

So now, presumably, Howard is down to evaluating the , , and for where he lands. that before the Warriors’ acquisition of , Howard had limited it to Houston and LA, but , Houson and Golden State lead the pack. 

For Dallas, despite what Cuban says, it’s a disastrous blow to them. They dumped a championship team immediately after winning the ring in an effort to get , Dwight Howard, or both. Now they’re left with nothing. They can get , or shoehorn . But the reality is that they can’t get the championship-caliber player to put next to and extend his championship contention. They can try to get one-year contracts and do what they did last year, aiming for , but after going 0-2, you can’t feel good about their chances. 

Hindsight is 20/20 and the move, considering the new CBA and the upcoming class of free ageour finish this season.Victory over Norwich City have Wolves three points outside the Champions League places.Raul said, “We are there, we are close, we are fighting. “We are there fighting for the fourth place, like four or five teams. It is specialnts, along with the superstar world evolvm at the table? Do Manchester United push through with their pursuit of Erling Haaland…?The he in question is Mino Raiola. And the short answer to the above is, ‘yes’.Per-Joar Hansen, Norway’s assistant coach, let the cat out of the bag – United aring, certainly merited Cuban’s decision to blow it up. It was the right move at the time. But like many good ideas, it didn’t work ooronavirus outbreak.Premier League football has been postponed until the weekend of 4 April.Parish said in a club statement that staff would not be placed on statutory sick pay “for health issues relating to Covid-19”.He also promised that matchday sut, and now all the Mavs are left with is an aging superstar worthy of a better end than this, desperation, and the ashes of a championship team. 

Howard continues to debate the three remaining teams: Houston, Golden State, and the Los Angeles Laker. A decision is expected … eventually.

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Joakim Noah says Derrick Rose critics need to ‘shut up’

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has led the Bulls to the second round of the playoffs on a bad foot. He led them Monday to a 1-0 lead over the mighty . He is the ‘ emotional core, their best healthy player (or what passes for healthy in Chicago these days), and their best defender. He’s also tired of people criticizing point guard for not playing. From ESPN Chicago: 

“Derrick’s a brother,” Noah said. “And to see him go through this is tough, but at the end of the day it’s really funny how quick people are to judge. But people don’t know what it’s like to lead a mpions League title winner Sami Hyypia has promised Jurgen Klopp’s stars a ­lifetime of hero-worship if they lift the Premier League title this season.Hyypia reckons the street scenes that followed their Champions League triumph against Tottenham inteam, especially after you tore your ACL.

“If you tore your ACL and you have to be the starting point guard and have the expectations that Derrick has, then maybe you can judge, but everybody who hasn’t been in that situation before should really shut up because I feel like it’s just so unfair to him and to this team. We’re fighting, and everybody’s going to just s— on somebody who’s been giving saul says he’s never spoken to Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte, despite being linked to the Nerazzurri.He said, “I am flattered to see that a club like Inter are interested in me. I try not to read rumours, but it means I’m doing well.”I’ve never tao much to this organization. It’s crazy to me.”

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One of the common criticisms of Rose has been specifically related to Noah. Noah has played through a painful plantar fasciitis condition for much of the year and been a Defensive Player of the Year candidate. It was so bad he could barely walk, yet he lead the Bulls in Round 1 over the . If he can play to that level through that kind of pain, why can’t Rose?

But Rose’s problems aren’t about the knee. It’s about comfort and mental or emotional readiness. Those elements are much different and a lot harder to quantify or adapt to. Whether it’s taken Rose too long isn’t for anyone outside of Rose’s closest circleed his tactics for their 3-3 draw with Genoa.Roma led three times during the game, but were always pegged back.Fonseca said, “When a team concedes goals, it’s not just the fault of the defenders.“Getting on to the rebounds and second balls was im to say, and maybe not even then. 

I’ve gone back and forth on the question several times. His teammates are all playing through pain, so why isn’t he out there? But it’s his body, and he has a right to play when he’s ready. 

But if Noah wants everyone off his back, that’s good enough for me. If nothing else because I’m afraid Noah will tear me apart if I don’t concede. 

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Pacers’ George Hill is not happy with the turnout against the Lakers

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30 (Pacers fans) out there. These are the same people that wants autographs after the game. We’re out there in the community. We’re doing our job, doing what we’re supposed to do on and off the court. Something has to change. I tip my hat to this team. We’ve been trouble free. Been out in the community shaking hands, we’re winning. It shouldn’t feel like an away game, especially with an important like this. Tonight, that’s what it felt like.”

“They always say your fans are your sixth man and you feed off that energy. Energy is down and we turn the ball over and we’re hearing cheers. We’re missing shots and we’re hearing cheers. That kind of brings your head down cause you know you’re at home. It shouldn’t be like that. Now we see how it is. We have to move forward, don’t worry about. Stay focus on what’s in this locker room and don’t worry about the rest.”

“(We’re) not a ity Shield clash with Manchester City is simply a “curtain-raiser”.Klopp won his first trophy with the Reds by beating Spurs in the Champions League final this past June.And the German coach hopes he will have two by Sunday night.”It’s a final,” he steam that’s in the bottom in the East. We’re one of the top three teams in the East. We’re winning the Central Division and it should show. Right now it’s not and it’s been all season long where it’s not showing and I don’t think there’s nothing else we can do as an organization and as players. Now it’s up to the community.”

Hill has a point to some degree. The Pacers returned to the playoffs in 2010-11 season after a four-year hiatus, following the dismantling of a troubled team that was set up for great success with tough, physical players. Last season, the Pacers catapulted to third in the East standings by winning 42 of 66 games. This season, they’re 40-25 and have the secondbest record in the East.

Despite this new culture of winning and being one of the topr Nabil Fekir.OL president Jean Michel Aulas has admitted Fekir will be allowed to leave this summer.The France international saw a move to Liverpool collapse a year ago over medical issues. But Le Progres says the European champions remain keen.Live teams in the conference, the fans haven’t been pouring into the Fieldhouse. When the team snuck into the eighth seed of the playoffs three years ago, the Pacers drew the second-lowest percentage of attendance at just 74.5 percent; only the Philadelphia 76ers were lower. Last season, the Pacers jumped up to the third seed in the conference and the attendance was still reported at just 78 percent, fifth worst in the NBA. 

This season, they’ve established themselves as one of the best home teams in the NBA and they still are only 20th in attendance percentage. They have gone up in the percentage that they draw at 82.5 percent, but they are still being outdrawn (percentage-wise) by 19 other teams in the league, including six non-playoff teams. 

I’ve talked to Pacers fans about the lack of support in recent seasons, and I get a pretty consistent response that the brawling team of the 2004-05 season really destroyed interest with the fan base. They’ve been happy to follow the team on television and through the internet, but it has kept many fans from monetarily supporting the team.

Both sides have a lot of credence with what they’re saying on some level. The fans didn’t want to support an organization by their Europa League elimination by Olympiakos last night.The Gunners were dumped out on the away goals rule after conceding in injury-time.Aubameyang remarked at the final whistle: “Very, very disappointing. What can I say? It is very, very hard. that employed guys whom they feel weren’t giving back to the community as much as they were taking away from it. That can take a lot of time to get over. At the same time, this Pacers team isn’t that 2004-05 team. They’re mostly a group of good guys who keep themselves out of trouble and play hard basketball successfully. 

Something will have to give eventually. But for now, Hill’s frustration has clearly boiled over and he’d like the fans to offer more support at the games.

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Friday’s game at Charlotte. Allen has been dealing

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The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that Heat guard could sit out Friday’s game at Charlotte. Allen has been dealing with a soli accepts thebinho admits playing for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool “is not easy”.The midfielder says he needs to be at the very top physically to meet the demands of Klopp’s system.Fabinho told El Pais: “Playing for this team is not easy. It is not easy to be up to pressure is on today against Sassuolo for a big performance.This is no ordinary match, as many star names from the past will be in attendance to mark the club’s 120th birthday.“We are not a club like the others and it is a particularre ankle, and the Heat could decide to rest him. The report does say that Allen did particiooking at Gent striker Jonathan David.The Canadian star is enjoying one of the best seasons of his career.He has scored 21 goals and managed 10 assists in 35 games.Jeunes Footeux suggests that the Gunners, Everton and Leicester City are among severalpate in at least some portion of Thursday’s practice and will travel to Charlotte.

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uard said Monday he is hoping to return to the li

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After missing the past four games with a lingering heel injury, Nets guard said Monday he is hoping to return to the lineup at some point this week, the New York Daily News reports. new signing Leonardo Campana.The 19-year-old came last month to the Premier League team.An Ecuadorian international, Campana is with the senior team on their mid-season break in Marbella.The striker may go back to the under-23 team later in the seasoJohnson is pushing to return Wednesday at Cleveland, but the consensus around the team is that ners are only helping Liverpool’s confidence.Sadio Mane scored deep in stoppage time to seal a comeback win over Aston Villa last weekend.The Reds followed that up with a resilient 3-1 win over Manchester City on Sunday, taking them eight points cleaSaturday against Charlotte is a better target. “I don’t want this thing to linger,” Johnson said. “But weper Hugo Lloris suffered a dislocated elbow during their Premier League defeat to Brighton.The Spurs captain sustained the injury as he landed after dropping the ball on the goal line after only three minutes – a mistake that gave Brighton their fire’re making progress. I’m able to cut and kinda get up and down the floor and kinda be pain-free, to an extent. … We’ll see how it feels after workouts.”

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Kobe Bryant to see specialist regarding bone spur

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The after L.A.’s loss to the in Milwaukee that G has a bone spur in his left foot. He’ll see a specialist Friday regarding the injurhis players.Since the manager’s arrival in September, the head coach has seen several first team squad members spending their time in the treatment room.”We still don’t know exactly how is [Tom Cleverley’s] injury,” said Sanchez Flores.”They are justy. 

It’s yet another in what has now become a fairly ridiculous streak of injuries for the Lakers. After losing to a leg fracture early in the season, suffered a torn labrum, missed significant time with a torn plantar fascia in his foot, was lost to a hip injury, and, earlier this week,  was forced to have knee surgery after suffering a torn meniscus.

Oh, yeah, and missed time with an abdominal tear and Howard had back surgery last year. 

Bryant also missed time earlier this month after suffering a severe ankle sprain. Bryant has played through pain and injury in the past, including dislocated fingers and the ankle sprain. 

Bryant was vither it’s on the pitch, in the dugout or around the front office. Arsenal are undergoing an overhaul like no other. Mike Ashley.The Scot, in an interview with talkSPORT, urged supporters to create a united front ahead of the new Premier League season. Despite the signings of Joelinton, Allan Saint-Maximin and Jetro Williams, the Newcastle faithful were livid withAaron Ramsey. Danny Welbeck. Petr Cech. And Stephan Lichtsteiner. They’ve all been shown the door by Unai Emery. But the manager won’t sibily hampered Thursday night, with as many turnovers as made field goals in a loss to Milwaukee. 

We’ll keep you updated on the Black Mamba’s condition. 

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Spurs-Grizzlies Game 3: A second-quarter comeback by Spurs

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The unraveled early against the in Game 3, then put themselves back together and wound up with a pretty nice sweater, all things considered. After a first quarter where had four turnovers after having five in the first two games of the series combined, San Antonio responded with a blistering 65 percent shooting quarter, cut down on the turnovers and outscored the Grizzlies 27-15 to slice the Memphis lead to four, 44-40, at the half. The Grizzlies were hyperactive to start, emphatic and forcing the game on their terms, but when the Spurs woke up, everything changed. The Grizzlies have to feel shaky about being up only four and wondering what they have to do to put tver Manchester City on Sunday.The Molineux outfit ran out 2-0 winners at the Etihad thanks to a brace from Adama Traore.He said: “I think everyone needs to take credit, the whole team, the whole squad and the whole club.”A lot of people have said we he Spurs behind them. It’s a lead, but it doesn’t feel like it. Once the Spurs stopped turning the ball oven Sessegnon.The Fulham full back had a disappointing season in the Premier League, as the newly promoted side were relegated.But the England U21 star is still highly rated.Ast half of 2019/20 campaign with 1.53% increase in stadium attendance, reports www.fcbusiness.co.ukThe LaLiga Santander and LaLiga SmartBank stadiums registered a total attendance of 7,605,952 in the first half of the 2019/20 campaign. The record-breccording to The Sun, Spurs are closing in on a £25 million transfer for the r with reckless abandon, everything changed.

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t loss to Leicester City in the Carabao Cup semi-f

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Rockets center reportedly demanded a trade this off’s penalty shootout loss to Leicester City in the Carabao Cup semi-final.Leighton Baines’ stoppage-time equaliser capped off a two-goal fightback from the hosts.But Kasper Schmeichel’s spot-kick heroics sealed victory for the Foxes, and Ferguson admiseason, after the team’s signing of Dwight Howard appeared to signal his demotion to a reserve role. On Friday at media day, Asik tried to put the report behind him, mostly by .

“You guys can ask as much as you can (about the trade demand), but I’m not going to say anything about this,” Asik told USA Today. “I think (Howard) is the bes happy with victory over Aston Villa on Saturday.De Bruyne struck in the 3-0 – which also saw teammate Fernandinho sent off.He said, “In the first half maybe we lacked a bit of intensity and the rhythm was not really there, but in the second half we t center in the league, and that’s a great addition for the . So we’ll see how it goes, starting tomorrow.”

Asik did mention the possibility of playing next to Howard at times, similar to how Howard used to be used in Orlando with Marcin Gortat. However, there will be a learning curve involved, as coach Kevin McHale acknowledged.

“They’ll determine how much (they play together),he Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan on Thursday night.Franco Vazquez opened the scoring just three minutes into the second half when he headed Oliver Torres’ cross past Jonathan Joubert.Sevilla doubled their lead when Vazquez netted his second after Mun” McHale said of Howard and Asik. “If it works really well, it’ll be a lot. If it looks like crap, it won’t be much. We’re going to find out. But we’re going to give it every opportunity to work.”

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13 NBA owners listed among Forbes 400 richest Americans

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Shocking information here: If you own an NBA team, you’re probably doing pretty well financially speaking. 

, 13 current owners were included. There were 32 professional sports teams represented in the list, with owners making up 14 of those. 

The richest NBA owner is Microsoft co-founder and Seattle Seahawks and owner Paul Allen, who ranks 26th on the list with an estimated worth of $15.8 billion. The richest exclusive NBA owner is owner Rich DeVos, who is 60th on the list at $6.8 billion. 

(Obviously this list is just of Americans and doesn’t include owner Mikhail Prokhorov, who is worth an estimated $13.5 billion.)

There are 11 other NBA owners on the list including Stan Kroenke (, $5.3 billion), Micky Arison (, $5.9 billion), Dan Gilbert (, $3.9 billion), James Dolan (, $3.3 billion), Tom Gores (, $2.7 billion), Mark Cuban ganised for a group of young players to join the first-team in Qatar after Tuesday’s League Cup quarter-final against Aston Villa.Critchley will take charge of a side made of academy players at Villa Park, with aManchester United are weighing up a summer raid on Benfica’s academy.O Jogo says United scouts were in attendance to watch Benfica against Liverpool in the UEFA Youth League.A United official was watching players from both sides, it is claimed.Benfica won 4-1 to knock Liverpool out of the competition. select few then headed to Qatar for W( $2.5 billion), Josh Harris (Sixers, $2.5 billion), Robert Pera (, $1.95 billion), Herb Simon (, $1.95 billion), Donald Sterling (, $1.9 billion), Glen Taylor (, $1.7 billion) and Tom Benson (, $1.3 billion).

Remember final victory over Arsenal confirmed his club’s return to the Champions League group stage. The Ligue 1 giants avoided having to go through the qualifying rounds after the Gunners lost 4-1 to Maurizio Sarri’s side in Baku.”Bravo to Chelsea for this bthat one time there was a lockout in 2011? Yeah, they don’t either. 

Oh, and if you’re wondering, Bill Gates came in No. 1 at an estimated $72 billion.

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Eye on Basketball Podcast: Play Roy Hibbert, save the world

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I’m live from Miami and Matt Moore is live from Memphis, so we’re ready to discuss both conference finals after Wednesday night’s thrilling Game 1 overtime win by the  over the .

The hot topic is Pacers coach Frank Vogel taking  out of the game with 2.2 seconds Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge.The Sunday Post says Sturridge is a potential target for Rangers with the club ready to cash in on Alfredo Morelos.The Colombian bagged 30 goals for Steven Gerrard’s side last o.The Japan international is on-loan at Mallorca from Real Madrid.Pedraza says: “He is similar to (Lionel) Messi, if he gets the ball he can solve the game, he can create you a penalty … He has the conditions to be a big team player. “He had a timeseason and has made no secret of his d left, leaving the rim unprotected for the  game-winning layup. Is the threat of ‘s midrange jumper more concerning than James driving to the basket? Could the Pacers have defended it differently? Would it have mattered? And should the Pacers feel good about getting the Heat to play their style of basketball?

In the Western Conference Finals, what is the mindset of the going back home down 0-2 to the ? Should the Grizzlies remain calm or is there genuine concern for the way they’ve played through most of the first two games? Can the Spurs play Memphis’ style of basketball if they get dragged into the mud? Should people be worried about ‘s struggles so far in the first two games? 

We discuss all of this,s confident they’ll reach the Champions League knockouts after last night’s draw at Valencia.That result, combined with Ajax’s 2-0 win over Lille, leaves Chelsea’s hopes hanging in the balance but Christensen insisted he is confident they can finish plus in-arena announcers, meat sweats and confusing connecting flights.

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Report: Phil Jackson waiting on Kings-Seattle resolution

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Phil Jackson hasn’t been in the NBA since he stepped away from coaching the Los Angeles Lakers after being swept in the 2011 playoffs. He doesn’t appear to have much interest in coming back to coach on the sidelines again, but he does want to be involved in shaping an NBA organization. He has plenty of offers from teams looking to build up their roster and a reputation to be among the elite in the league.

While we know the Toronto Raptors have been going hard after securing Jackson’s services to bring him to the front office, he doesn’t seem ready to commit to a decision with a team just yet. He’s still weighing his options, and one of those options could be a potential move to Seattle if the Sacramento Kings sale goes through to the Hansen-Ballmer group.

, Phil Jackson wants to wait until there is a resolution to the Kings’ sale situation before he makes his decision.

One factor to explain that uber-patient approach emerged Friday night, when a source close to the situation acknowledged that Jackson wants to wait until the Seattle group trying to buy the Sacramento Kings is completely ruled out as an option before giving serious thought to where to work next season. ESPN.com reported recently that Jackson has “hit it off” with Chris Hansen, who leads the Seattle consortium that on Friday upped the valuation of its offer to buy the Kings to $625 million. It has been widely presumed in front-office circles that Hansen wants to install Jackson as the team president of the new Sonics if they can successful complete the purchase of the Kings they’ve been chasing since January.

This makes sense because the allure of heading to the Pacific Northwest and trying to build the new Seattle Supersonics into a title contender with an aggressive ownership group is something that Jackson would love. The Sonics could instantly have an incredibly rabid fan base, and it would be a big market for Jackson to command on the basketball scene. Any progress the organization makes would boos Lazaro has admitted that he is not sure about his future at Newcastle United.The Austrian winger is at Tyneside on loan, but there is no talk about a permanent deal just yet.He arrived from Inter Milan in January, and has enjoyed his time with the ct Jackson’s reputation immensely there.

With Chris Hansen raising the bid another $75 million to try to convince the owners that the purchase agreement that he has with the Maloof family should be approved, he’s certainly showing plenty of determination to make good on his promise to bring a team back to Seattle. However, the value of a tea.Corriere della Sera says Leeds are among a trio of clubs from around ing Fiorentina for success under Rocco Commisso.The free agent is impressed by the Viola’s summer market.He said, “Commisso lives in New Jersey, a 15 minutes’ drive from my home. I met him at the end of July, he and his entire group: they’re seriouthe world trying to sign free agent Buffon.The Italian legend left PSG this summer at the end of his contract but is not yet ready to call it a day.Buffon, who turned 41 in Januarym in a market like Sacramento hovering above a valuation of $500 million does seem to benefit the owners around the league, should they ever want to sell their teams, because it means bigger markets could command a much steeper and historic price.

For now, Jackson gets lumped into the rest of us waiting to get a ruling on the Kings’ situation. Recently, a group of 12 NBA owners recommended to the Board of Governors that any possible relocation to Seattle be denied. But we still need more time before we find out which ownership group will end up purchasing the organization and then where Jackson might decide to work next season.

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Jazz big man Enes Kanter will have season-ending shoulder surgery

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This season has been promising for Jazz second-year big man , but now it has been cut short because of a shoulder injury that requires repair. 

Kanter had a tough rookie season. He came into the league right before the lockout, picked third in the draft (which brings on expectations of instant impact), and he had to wait months before he could even talk to the coaching staff. Once the season started, teams barely had a training camp and the shortened season meant teams didn’t have much time to practice either.

It’s pretty hard for a rookie to come in and feel comfortable with what’s going on, especially when being a rookie in the is already hard enough. Kanter took it in stride but struggled to find consistency in his play. His lack of athleticism hurt his ability to finish plays against more athletic big men. He didn’t play horribly, but he just wasn’t able to find a groove to get him a solid spot in a big-man rotation that included ,  and .

This season, Kanter started off slowly but has been on a tear since the All-Star break. In his last 18 games, he’s seen his minutes increased to 18.5 per game, and he’s putting up numbers of nearly 20 points and 10 rebounds per 36 minutes during this stretch. He’s making 55.3 percent of his field goals and has been a great free-throw shooter at 86.7 percent. He even had a 23-point, 22-rebound game against the Charlotte Bobcats to kick off MaSports says Bentaleb is on Tyneside having a medical with Newcastle, ahead of a loan move from Schalke, which is managed by former Huddersfield boss David Wagner.Bentaleb has had an agreement with Wagner to seek a move away from S veteran Christian Fuchs says their young players need to go up a level next season.The long-serving Foxes defender has talked up his young teammates James Maddison and Ben Chilwell, but has warned they may find it difficult to sustain the level of p04 since before Chrirch. 

Unfortunately for Kanter, his season is now over. The team announced he’ll have surgery on his left shoulder, which will end his season, even if the team makes the playoffs.

Following several medical consultations, it has been decided that Enes Kanter will undergo a surgical repair on his injured left shoulder. The procedure will be performed on Wednesday, April 10 in Chicago by Dr. Guido Marra. As a result, Kanter will miss the remainder of the season.

A return-to-activity timeline will be determined following the completion of the surgery.

Kanter hasn’t played since March 27 against the Phoenix Suns when he dislocated his shoulder going for a loose ball. Thisuesday to seal their place in the Carabao Cup fourth-round.Danny Ings scored twice while there were also goals for Cedric Soares and Nathan Redmond.It was Saints’ first win at Fratton Park since 1984.”This is more than only reaching the next round,” season, he averaged 7.2 points and 4.3 rebounds in 15.4 minutes during the 70 games he appeared in.

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