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We know Isaiah is dangerous, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. When he gets going, the crowd really gets into it, their team gets into it and it opens up a lot of things. When you try to take him out of the series, try to make it tough on him, you’ve got to give up something else. . . . But our main objective (was) to make it physical on Isaiah, try to take him out, and we did a good job of that.
Thomas said he was not surprised by anything he saw from the Cavaliers. They played how they played throughout the season, he said. I just missed shots. Didn’t get a rhythm. Next game, I will definitely be more aggressive to get into the paint, make plays and make stuff happen.
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Tyler Dorsey played well in five-on-five Thursday, and measured out longer than expected (albeit still not great) at 6-foot-4.5 with a 6-5-plus wingspan. You wish he had more positional size, but he might be able to play next to a true point with these measurements as a scoring guard.
Tony Bradley came in at nearly 6-11 with a 7-5 wingspan, a good measurement for a player whose athleticism will likely confine him to the center position in the NBA. Still, he also came in at a 12 percent body fat, and will need to get into better shape to reach his ceiling.
Zach Collins was measured publicly for the first time, coming in at 7-foot with a 7-1 wingspan. Those numbers aren’t great, but if the 9-3 standing reach he came in with ends up being true, then he’ll be fine.
There was a time, not long ago, when folks in Boston lamented the fact that no NBA free agents ever wanted to play for the Celtics. The team’s major acquisitions over the year, from Bill Russell through Larry Bird and on to Kevin Garnett, came through trades, and until last summer, it could be argued that the most significant free-agent signing in team history had been someone in the range of Jason Terry or end-of-career Dominique Wilkins.
So maybe it is a good sign for the franchise that the complaint about Boston’s offseason forays is not the fact that the team has not signed big-time free agents, but that the locals want to see bigger transactions paired with those deals.
O.J. Mayo did help Memphis make the 2011 and 2012 playoffs, but he left the organization in 2012 via free agency. After short stints with Dallas and Milwaukee, Mayo was dismissed from the NBA for a drug violation last year. He is eligible for reinstatement in July 2018.
Love went on to be a two-time All-NBA selection with Minnesota. In 2013-14, he became the first player in NBA history to notch 2,000 points, 900 rebounds and 100 3-pointers in a season. He established himself as one of the top 20 players in the NBA, and in August 2014, he was traded to the Cavaliers for No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins.
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Love was a key part of Cleveland’s 2016 NBA championship run, and Wiggins is a cornerstone piece of the Timberwolves’ future. If the Timberwolves did not trade for Love in 2008, then it is unlikely Wiggins or Butler are ever acquired, and one of the brightest young cores currently in the NBA is never formed.
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Already a six-time NBA All-Star, Jermaine O’Neal had two years and $44 million remaining on his contract, and the Pacers did not want to pay that much. So Indiana traded O’Neal and a second-round pick to Toronto for T. J. Ford, Rasho Nesterovic, Maceo Baston and the No. 17 pick (Hibbert).
What a difference a year makes. During the 2016 NBA Playoffs, Nick Young tweeted his hate for Golden State fans.
If the Boston Celtics’ assembling of Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett introduced the term “Big Three” to everyday NBA conversation, the Miami Heat popularized the term unlike any team before or after. Search the phrase “Big Three NBA” on Google Trends and the results shows the use of the term peaked in July 2010, when Wade, James and Bosh signed with Miami.
Oscar Robertson was the original Russell Westbrook, averaging a triple-double in his second year in the NBA. The Bucks averaged 62 wins in the regular season in the four years he spent in Milwaukee, where he played alongside Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bob Dandridge to win the 1971 NBA championship. Abdul-Jabbar, who needs no introduction, averaged 31.7 points and 16.0 rebounds per game that season, while Dandridge chipped in 18.4 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. Oscar Robertson averaged a cool 19.4 points, 8.2 assists and 5.7 rebounds in the regular season.
The 2002 Kings nearly toppled the might Lakers in the Western Conference Finals, before losing Game 7, in a season when Sacramento boasted both the league’s fastest and most-efficient offense. Chris Webber averaged 24.5 points, 10.1 rebounds, 4.8 assists and more than one steal and one block per game, while Mike Bibby ran the offense and Peja Stojakovic averaged 21.2 points as a lethal three-point threat. With a pair of good outside shooters spacing the floor for Webber, the Kings’ threesome would fit nicely and play a very entertaining brand of basketball.
Zach LaVine was mostly seen as the third option in Minnesota behind top players Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. He’s now headed to Chicago after being sent in a deal involving Jimmy Butler, and suddenly he’s one of the faces of the franchise.
While this will be a new role for the 22-year-old, LaVine told the Pioneer Press he’s ready to step up.
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Max Scherzer did what Max Scherzer does. He tossed eight innings, struck out 10 Mets batters, and got the win for the Nationals. This was the fifth game in a row he has struck out at least 10 batters.
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While three strikeouts for a closer might not be out of the realm of possibility, to strike out 48 batters and walk none to start a season is simply unheard of. But that is exactly what Kenley Jansen has done for the Dodgers. He struck out the side in Los Angeles’ 3-1 win over Cincinnati Friday to earn his 14th save on the year.
The Pirates led 5-4 entering the top of the ninth but reliever Juan Nicasio gave up four runs without recording an out to allow the Cubs to rally for a 9-5 win.
As bad as Nicasio was Friday we can’t leave Joe Biagani out of the discussion. He pitched one-plus inning in Toronto’s 11-4 loss to the White Sox, giving up seven runs (six earned) on eight hits and one walk.
Lakers — Yes, the LaVar Ball show will follow his son to the Staples Center after the Lakers selected the UCLA point guard with the No. 2 pick in the draft. With that being said, Lonzo Ball has all the tools NBA teams look for in a future leader and game changer.
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(Note to management, although Allen, who knows Williams, what he means and who he means it to: You don’t want those problems. At all.)
It’s infuriating, because even as the soap opera in the front office gets soapier by the year, this is still the opportunity Williams had earned and was worthy of getting from another organization. Washington gets lots of credit for being the one to give it to him.
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Hill is proud of his speed, with T-shirts printed last December depicting Hill as half-man/half-cheetah and declaring him as the fastest cat on the planet. The shirts were sold locally, and Hill donated the proceeds to the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired. Hill also plans to co-host a free football camp this summer with Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith, a longtime friend.
That’s quite a change from when Hill entered the NFL with several questions about his character after a domestic assault charge while in college. He was accused of punching his pregnant girlfriend and choking her in 2014. He was dismissed from Oklahoma State’s team and finished his final college season at West Alabama. He pleaded guilty to domestic assault and battery by strangulation and was sentenced to three years probation with a mandated anger-management course and attendance in a year-long batterer’s program and had to undergo a domestic-abuse evaluation.