NBA playoffs 2017: First-round predictions from NBA 2K17

Game Robert Alford Jersey The NBA Playoffs begin this weekend and typically there aren’t many surprises to come out of those seven game first round series. To get an idea of whether any might be on the horizon this year however we turned to ‘NBA 2K17’ to simulate them. Each series was simulated 15 times with accurate rosters and playoff rotations to get the best idea possible of how the specific matchups may play out.

Golden State had no trouble dispatching the Blazers, winning all 15 series and never once being pushed to a full seven games. The Warriors won 4-1 in 8 of the simulations and pulled off four sweeps.
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The struggles of the Cavs since the All-Star Break are nowhere to be seen here as LeBron James and company steamrolled the Pacers. Cleveland swept Indiana five times though they were taken to a seventh game on two different occasions.

For the past two years 2K Sports has run a competitive event that utilizes the game’s online Pro-Am mode. Participants control their single character, known as a MyPlayer, who has had their abilities and ratings built up by paying money for advantages and spending extensive time earning upgrades through playing. Teams of five then control all their own individual characters on the respective teams, with no fatigue or injuries playing a role, in games with five-minute quarters. It’s unclear how the new eLeague will provide the necessary competitive balance between the teams and the players involved.

Here is a rundown of what you need to know about the NBA Draft measurements this season.

Game Vince Wilfork Jersey At 6-6, 235 pounds, Crowder, a former high school football standout, is Boston’s most comparable athlete to LeBron James, who is deceptively listed at 6-8, 250 pounds. Crowder will likely draw the duty of being the primary defender against the four-time MVP (at least early on). Reserve forward Jaylen Brown has the Celtics’ best defensive rating among wings in their regular rotation, allowing 98.7 points per 100 possessions, but at 6-7, 225, is a much slimmer opposition. Celtics coach Brad Stevens forcing a rookie to check James would be a suicide mission.

Game Cameron Meredith Jersey Crowder’s rating is the next best at 104.3. He simply must man up and do a better job than the last time the Celtics faced Cleveland on April 5. James finished with a game-high 36 points on 14-for-22 shooting and added 10 rebounds and six assists to lead his team to a 114-91 win on the road. James had his way with Crowder, Brown, Bradley and Marcus Smart. LeBron even took it to Horford at times.

But every once in a while, there are players that didn’t have previously known numbers, and even a few that catch us by surprise. Still, you may be asking yourself: why does this stuff matter? Well, positional size in the NBA is important to roster building. The bigger a player is for his position and skill set, the more effective he’s likely to be especially defensively and the larger his margin for error is in terms of sliding up or down positions.

Here is a rundown of what you need to know about the NBA Draft measurements this season.

Could Jimmy Butler trade join historic draft day deals in changing course of NBA history?

On June 29, just a week after being traded, Jimmy Butler was introduced as the newest member of the Timberwolves.

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Coach Joe Gibbs told The Washington Post each position group engaged in some form of team-building activity, and the defensive backs played paintball.

It was kind of bizarre, but every now and then something like that happens, Gibbs said of what he called a freak accident.

As for the midrange attempts that seem to go against everything the Rockets stand for, their reliance on 3-pointers and shots at the rim actually makes them more predictable against elite defenses. Knowing they want 3-pointers, layups and nothing in between, the Spurs had success running the Rockets off the 3-point line and contesting their shots at the rim with Pau Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge in the playoffs.

Although executing that game plan is much more difficult than it sounds 鈥?there aren’t many teams with the discipline to stick to it for 48 minutes and the versatility to execute it 鈥?it’s a big reason why they were able to outlast the Rockets in six games.

Jim Boeheim calls triangle ‘worst offense ever’

Jim Boeheim is not a fan of the triangle offense. He’s also not a fan of the way the Knicks have treated Carmelo Anthony in recent seasons.

Boeheim and Anthony teamed up together at Syracuse in 2003 to win the national championship. Since then, Anthony has become an NBA star, but his career has been a bit beleaguered in New York.

Another source added: “We love him here. He would fit.”

Colon was popular with Mets fans and teammates over a three-year stint with the team from 2014-16, during which he won 15, 14 and 15 games and was an All-Star in 2016. He served as a steadying veteran on the staff and a mentor in the clubhouse, particularly with Spanish-speaking players.

However, he fits with the Mets in another way this season: He has been hampered by injuries, only coming off a three-week stay on the DL on Wednesday because of a strained oblique.

The Mets are looking for a veteran pitcher who could help fill the void left by Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey and Robert Gsellman (Zack Wheeler also has been on the DL but is expected to be activated Saturday).

Just last month, the Ogden Raptors, the short-season Single-A affiliate of the Dodgers, announced “Hourglass Appreciation Night,” which the team touted as a “better way to remind the world that baseball needs no clock” by featuring “18 hourglass-shaped color commentators,” and later boasted “gorgeous women whose curves rival those of any stud pitching prospect!”

After intense pressure from fans, both male and female, and members of the media, including myself, the team canceled the promo. In years past, would we have questioned that night? In the pre-social media era, would a sexist idea have so quickly reached the masses and been benched?

Baseball is America’s pastime. And much of what baseball was is a thing of the past.browns_042

Shady win by Washington NFL team in Supreme Court, but it still counts

Give the legal team for Washington’s NFL team credit. Its approach to reclaiming its federal trademark to the Redskins name was one of the more cynical, disingenuous, backhanded moves imaginable.

And apparently, it worked.

Monday’s Supreme Court decision giving First Amendment protection to trademarked slurs doesn’t automatically hand the team victory. It’s still one battlefield in an ongoing war. Those who are fighting to the last breath to get the team to change the offensive name got what seemed like a solid win in 2014. That’s been reversed.

I was on a flight, so clearly (Dorsey) couldn’t get to me. So you know he left me a voicemail, but the issue is they released me so late on Friday I wouldn’t become a free agent until Monday anyways. So I would at least think that, you know, have the respect for me enough to at least have a conversation with me. You know what I mean, not really find out through a voicemail, Maclin said, via
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Part of the reasoning behind the Chiefs’ release of Maclin was his decline in productivity — he had only 44 receptions for 536 yards and two touchdowns in 2016. Maclin said part of the reason he had his worst NFL season was because he never fully recovered from a groin injury.

Astros taking ‘conservative’ approach with Dallas Keuchel recovery

Dallas Keuchel’s return to the Astros might take a bit longer than expected.

The 29-year-old southpaw is taking it slower and easier as he continues to recover from a neck injury stemming from a nerve problem, Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Sunday.

AJ McCarron Womens Jersey That should change. A defense that features Butler and Andrew Wiggins on the wings has shut-down potential on the perimeter. The Timberwolves still have Ricky Rubio 鈥?for now 鈥?at the point, with a frontcourt of Gorgui Dieng and budding star Karl-Anthony Towns. The Wolves need to fill out the bench, but their frontline starters should put them into the playoff mix, for the first time since Kevin Garnett led them to the conference finals in 2004.

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Pritchard didn’t like how the news of George’s intentions were leaked to the media. He said how everything has gone down has been a challenge for him and the entire front office.

Decker first visited with the team on Wednesday and watched practice with general manager Jon Robinson.

The Titans have made it a priority to surround quarterback Marcus Mariota with more talent the past two offseasons. Last year, they added running backs DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry as well as receivers Rishard Matthews and Tajae Sharpe. This offseason, Decker joins draft picks Corey Davis, Taywan Taylor, and Jonnu Smith as new targets for the Titans’ franchise quarterback.

Braves give first-round pick Kyle Wright $7 million bonus

The Braves love to sign players to under-slot contracts so they can save money for the later rounds. They did it with their first-round pick in 2016 Ian Anderson and were able to sign their second pick Joey Wentz to a big deal even though he was ranked much higher than a second-round pick.

They had no such luck with Kyle Wright this year.

The Fireflies (39-26) are 15-3 over their last 18 games and have made up a six-game deficit in slightly more than three weeks to overtake Greenville.
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Tebow? Well, he did have a hit and RBI in Thursday’s win, but since hitting two home runs in his first three games with the Fireflies in early April, he has exactly one more since.

Tebow’s 61 strikeouts put him among the top 15 in the league, and he is hitting only .161 on the road. Overall, he has picked things up in June (.278) after struggling through May (.194) and is slashing at .228/.327/.349 with the three homers and 21 RBIs.

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Columbia opens a three-game series at Charleston (32-35) on Friday to close the first half. The first- and second-half division winners advance to the postseason in August.

Other notable sophomore slumps from quarterbacks, like Sam Bradford, Matt Ryan, and Robert Griffin III, were a direct result of injury. All three of these players earned Offensive Rookie of the Year honors in their first season. Then they missed games in their second years, which made it impossible for them to live up to the previous year’s performances.

For every player who has suffered through a down year in their second season, you can find a player who improved in year two. Russell Wilson didn’t just improve his statistics slightly in his second season with the Seahawks. He led the team to a commanding 43-8 Super Bowl win over the Denver Broncos.

Collins was maybe the most productive player for his age in the country this season

Kennard might be the most consistent shooter in the draft, and pairs that shooting with a terrific offensive game off the bounce — both in the pick-and-roll and when attacking closeouts. He’s also an excellent passer for his size. The question will be whether a team can get anything out of him defensively.

Collins was maybe the most productive player for his age in the country this season. Don’t believe me? At 19 years old, Collins is around the same age as Lonzo Ball, Jonathan Isaac, Dennis Smith and Zach Collins. The only freshmen to put up 19 points, nine rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game in the last 25 years? Kevin Durant, Michael Beasley and Joe Smith. He has a lot of holes defensively, but his overall production shouldn’t be overlooked.

Charles Barkley does not like the way he looks.

The Basketball Hall of Famer and current NBA on TNT analyst said following Game 4 of the NBA Finals he will go on a six-week health retreat in San Antonio this summer to get his “fat ass in shape.”

“I’m going to a fat farm,” he told his NBA TV colleagues after Cleveland’s 137-116 victory over Golden State. “I’m embarrassed at how fat I’ve become. I’m not healthy.

“I’m not getting any younger and, one thing you don’t see is a lot of fat old people.”

Barkley joked that fellow TNT analyst and Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal could go with him. Barkley won’t be able to drink alcohol nike_vikings_1828and will be eating healthy foods while exercising daily.

“Next season when I get back, I’m going to be so sexy,” Barkley said. “You all are going to be like, ‘Damn, Chuck looks good.'”

Lamar Odom reportedly escorted out of strip club at 3:30 a.m.

D.J. Alexander Youth Jersey Lamar Odom reportedly got escorted out of a strip club around 3:30 a.m. Sunday after breaking in line.

According to, Odom and two female friends showed up at the Red Tie Gentleman’s Club in Van Nuys, Calif., and skipped the line waiting to get inside. In a video shot by a bystander, several people waiting in line can be heard shouting, Let him in, or He got us a ring, referring to Odom’s play on two Lakers’ NBA championship teams.
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The former NBA star underwent rehab after a three-day binge at a Nevada brothel in late 2015 ended with him being discovered nonresponsive. Odom was in a coma and spent several days on life support before recovering.

With Embiid, the Sixers seem to have the sweet-shooting, rim-protecting center needed to pair with Simmons. In Covington, the team found a versatile defensive maestro to take tougher defensive matchups (and hopefully knock down shots as long as his performance ins 2016-17 was more of a down year). And in Fultz, the team has found its point guard that can play both on and off the ball, that can knock down shots and distribute in the halfcourt.

There’s no sure thing that all of this works out. Simmons and Fultz have yet to play a game, and Embiid has only played 31. That’s not enough to know just how low the floor or how high the ceiling is for this trio yet (or if the ceiling even exists). But while this deal was consummated by Bryan Colangelo and the current 76ers front office, it has the fingerprints of the past regime all over it. Under Sam Hinkie, the organization built up a treasure trove of assets in order to get as many cracks at the superstar table as they could.

Derek Fisher arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after flipping Cadillac in L.A.

Derek Fisher, a former NBA player, head coach and president of the players’ union, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after his Cadillac flipped on the 101 Freeway in Los Angeles at about 3 a.m. Sunday morning, the L.A. Daily News reports.
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Womens Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Jersey I’ll probably be replaying that play for a while, Kyrie Irving said following the 118-113 loss. It hurts. Did some great things tonight. Came down to the stretch, and they made some big time plays. But it definitely hurts. I’m human, as well as my teammates, and to lay it all on the line like that, you want to come out on the winning side. But we gave a great effort, and the result just didn’t turn out the way we wanted to.

I seen him getting ready to pull up, he uses a rhythm dribble to get a good look, and when K.D. shoots, he falls forward, and I wanted to get a contest, James said. The last thing I want to do is foul a jump shooter. So I wanted to jump and contest it, but I know he — when he shoots, he kind of leans forward a little bit. So I just stayed there, high hands, contested, and he made it.

At the same time, Howard is a financial risk for the Hawks. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft has averaged a double-double in each of his 13 NBA seasons, and is one of the last true centers in the game.

A higher precedence has been placed on stretch 4s and mobile big men that can step outside and shoot. Even guys like DeMarcus Cousins and Al Horford have transitioned into outside-inside threats.

By NBA standards, Howard is a dinosaur walking his last steps before the meteor hits. The game has moved on from the post feed, transitioning instead to the pick and pop that requires a big man to step outside and hit open shots.