Chris Paul on future with Clippers: ‘We just lost 20 minutes ago’

In some quarters, George drew praise for wanting the last shot. But he was castigated elsewhere for hammering a teammate.

He’s not a winner by saying that (stuff) in public, said Cheap China NFL Jerseys one GM. That’s no way to support a teammate, but that’s how Paul rolls.

He’s been erratic as a playoff performer, and has been called out for his lack of consistency by Indiana team president Larry Bird. But George is famously tougher on teammates than he is on himself, even when the team is winning a few rounds in the playoffs. When the Pacers competed against Miami for the top spot in the East in 2013 and 2014, they had strong veteran leaders like David West and George Hill. If Magic makes a deal for George or signs him as a free agent in 2018, he’ll need to import similar strong-willed vets, or else there is a good chance that George’s negativity will adversely impact younger teammates.

Chris Paul’s season is over, but that doesn’t necessarily mean his time with the Clippers is.

Shortly after Los Angeles’ Game 7 loss to Utah in its first-round NBA playoff Cheap Custom Hockey Jerseys series, a reporter asked Paul whether he would exercise his early termination option in July.

Paul has played in 76 career postseason games, the most of any player without making a conference finals appearance. That includes a six-year stretch with the Clippers, who, with their loss to the Jazz on Sunday, have failed to make the second round of the playoffs two years running.

It wouldn’t be out of the question for Paul to consider leaving the Clippers for a team with a better shot of at least a conference title — and he certainly has that opportunity now that the fourth season of his contract with the Clippers has concluded.

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Watch Kyrie Irving set up LeBron James dunk with lob off backboard

The top four teams dominated the conference for most of the season, but there’s more parity in the East when compared to the West. From whether the Pacers can contain LeBron James at point-center to Bradley Beal’s off-ball movement, let’s look at which factors could swing each series.

Although the Cavaliers took a huge step back defensively this season, they’ve been a historically good team on offense. They finished the season behind only the Warriors and Rockets in offensive efficiency with 110.9 points per 100 possessions and had some of the highest scoring lineups in the entire league.

The tweet, with the words LA Clippers followed by three smiley face emojis, was quickly deleted. Yet it sparked plenty of speculation. Was Porzingis — who was unhappy with the Knicks’ struggles and off-court drama last season — trying to send a not-so-subtle message about his preferred destination?

There’s another explanation. ESPN’s Ian Begley reported Cheap Bike Jerseys For Men Sunday that Porzingis was sleeping when the Clippers tweet was sent and that his representative said his Twitter account was apparently hacked.

After Porzingis skipped his postseason exit interview with the Cheap Braves Jerseys Knicks last month, ESPN reported several teams had reached out to the Knicks to inquire about his availability. Coming on the heels of that news, the last thing the 7-3 star needs is a hacker messing around with his Twitter account.

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Tony Parker injures knee in awkward landing

Tony Parker had to be carried off the court Wednesday after injuring his left knee early in the fourth quarter of San Antonio’s playoff game against the Rockets.

Parker attempted a running jumper in the lane, but his left knee buckled as he landed on the court at AT&T Center. The 34-year-old veteran guard remained on Cheap Authentic NFL Jerseys the floor as action transitioned to the other end of the court following his miss.

Jackson, a 17-year NBA veteran as a player, worked for ESPN six years before leaving to coach the Warriors from 2011-14, just before Steve Kerr took over and led the team to an NBA championship in 2015 and the league’s best regular-season record the following season. Since coming back, Jackson has become a member of the network’s NBA Finals broadcast team along with fellow former coach Jeff Cheap Baseball Jerseys Kids Van Gundy, analyst Doris Burke and play-by-play man Mike Breen.

He also serves as a regular analyst during the conference finals, NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC and key regular-season matchups.

Mark’s expertise as a former head coach and former player, combined with his passion for the NBA, make him one of the best game analysts in the sport, Mark Gross, ESPN senior vice president for production, said in a statement. Mark is beloved by NBA fans and well-respected in the basketball community. Beyond that, he’s a terrific teammate to Mike, Jeff, Doris and our entire crew.

Momma, there goes that man . . . again.

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Floyd Mayweather interested in buying NBA team

At the time, the Clippers couldn’t escape the dark cloud of Sterling in the midst of their first-round series against the Warriors, and players faced constant questions about his disparaging comments. They managed to defeat the Warriors in seven games (the last time Golden State was eliminated by a Western Conference team) before facing the dynamic Thunder duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

The NBA has invited more than 60 prospects for June’s two-round draft to the combine, which runs from May 9-14 at Chicago’s Quest Center.

Ball, a 6-6 guard who averaged 14.6 points, 6 rebounds and 7.6 assists last season while leading the Bruins to the Sweet 16, might not be alone in skipping the combine. Other top prospects might also decline the invite, according to the ESPN report.

Last year’s No. 1 overall pick, 6-10 forward Ben Simmons, also skipped the combine, which teams use to put prospects through drills but also perform medical checks. Simmons missed his entire rookie season because of ankle and foot injuries.

Ball is among a handful of players considered for the top Cheap Authentic Jerseys pick in this year’s draft, along with Washington guard Markelle Fultz, Kansas swingman Josh Jackson, Kentucky guard Cheap NFL Jerseys Paypal De’Aaron Fox and Duke forward Jayson Tatum.

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Rockets’ Patrick Beverley plays in Game 4 after learning of grandfather’s death

Rockets guard Patrick Beverley suited up for Game 4 of his team’s NBA playoff series vs. the Spurs on Sunday shortly after learning of his grandfather’s death.

Beverley was visibly shaken during warmups in Houston. Reports Best Site To Buy Cheap Jerseys followed that Beverley’s grandfather had died.

Nene has been a major contributor for the Rockets during this postseason, providing big minutes off the bench. He had a 28-point performance in the first round against the Thunder as he went 12-for-12 from the field.

While he wasn’t a major factor, averaging about Cheap NFL Jerseys 16 minutes in the series vs. the Spurs, Nene provided valuable depth for Houston as an extra big man. The Rockets will need to find someone else with size to replace him, perhaps forward MontrezlHarrell.

While we know Nene is out for the playoffs, we’re not sure what’s next for the 34-year-old center. The Rockets said their medical staff is currently reviewing treatment options and will provide an update on his health at a later date.

What happened: The Bulls missed Rajon Rondo, who could be out for the rest of the series with a fractured thumb. The offense was out of sync early, and the Bulls often settled for outside shots and isolation plays rather than ball movement. The Celtics jumped out to a 33-15 lead, shooting 12 of 21 from the field and 7 of 11 from 3-point range in the first quarter. While Chicago did close the gap with a 24-7 run to end the first half, Boston attacked in the second half and never let the Bulls close the gap.

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Kyle Lowry ‘probably doubtful’ for Game 4 against Cavs

The Raptors’ season is one loss away from ending, and All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry will likely be on the sidelines watching with an ankle injury.

I’m probably doubtful, honestly, Lowry said regarding his Game 4 status against the Cavaliers, via ESPN.com. I don’t think I’ll be able to play. … It’s not looking great, but I’m not giving up on it.

Thank God for the NHL playoffs, Barkley said. That’s what I be watching in the back instead of these blowouts.

Shaquille O’Neal didn’t visibly react to Barkley’s comment, but Ernie Johnson dismissed it with a Well, whatever.

It’s refreshing to see an analyst — and a former player — offer fair criticism in the booth instead of just spouting the company line that everything is great. But is Barkley going too far with these hot takes ripping the current state of the NBA? In December he said the league is the Best Cheap Jerseys From China worst it’s ever been and last season he said the league was full of awful basketball.

NBA and TNT executives surely have some thoughts on the colorful Baseball Jerseys For Sale analyst trashing the league’s product. So far, Barkley apparently hasn’t crossed the line.

X-factor: Jose Calderon, the 35-year-old journeyman from Spain, logged 20 huge playoff minutes Monday night. Calderon scored 10 points, dropped five dimes and finished a game-high plus-29. Jose Calderon! Plus-29! 2017 NBA playoffs! Calderon replaced Schroder and gave the Hawks a solid option on offense without sacrificing too much defensively. Sure, the Wizards attacked him in a few mismatches, but it wasn’t enough to offset what he brought to the table.

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LaVar Ball responds to outrage over Lonzo Ball’s $495 ZO2 sneakers

With Boston’s ability to always surround him with four 3-point shooters — Al Horford, Kelly Olynyk, Amir Johnson and Jonas Jerebko can each step out to the perimeter as centers — it AFL Cheap Jerseys gives the defense a mighty small margin of error in those situations.

Assuming the Bulls can keep games close enough to try and find a solution to Thomas in crunch time, it could make for an interesting first round series. Jimmy Butler is one of the best two-way players in the NBA, and he could find himself checking Thomas down the stretch. Thomas is nearly impossible to slow down in one-on-one situations, but Butler has as good of a shot at it as anyone.

While most of the NBA’s pick-and-roll leaders had career years shooting pull-up 3-pointers, DeRozan went about his business as usual. According to Basketball-Reference, 54.5 percent of his shot attempts this season came from the long 2-point range variety. That’s up from 46.1 percent last season and down slightly from 56.6 percent two seasons ago. And even though DeRozan didn’t make Authentic NFL Cheap Jerseys the most out of the 3-point line like others did, he still ranked in the 84.3 percentile with 0.97 points per pick-and-roll possession.

LaVar Ball just can’t help himself.

The outspoken father of former UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball tweeted a message to those who were outraged at the $495 price of Lonzo’s signature Big Baller Brand sneakers.

Buyer beware, though — the BBB website says it offers no refunds or exchanges.

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Paul Millsap responds to Markieff Morris calling him ‘crybaby’

Hawks forward Paul Millsap and Wizards forward Markieff Morris just can’t seem to get along.

Both players have been edgy toward each other all series, but Morris might have officially lost the battle after his play and comments following Saturday’s 116-98 Game 3 loss that still kept the Wizards up 2-1 in the series.

Morris, who only scored nine points on 4-of-14 shooting, took it upon himself to call Millsap out after the game. Nothing says sore loser like calling your opponent crybaby, and Morris did just that.

After missing five weeks with a knee injury toward the end of the regular season, Durant returned to play just four games before suffering a calf injury.

Head coach Steve Kerr realized there is a lot of basketball left to play, and the Warriors are going to play it safe when it comes to Durant’s health.

[We want] 100 percent health, Kerr said. If it was Game 7 of the Finals, he’d play because we’re not talking about anything that could damage his career. But what we’re talking about is something that if potentially could get worse and knock him out for a few weeks, then it’s not Cheap New York Giants Jerseys worth it.

Durant understands that the trainers are his friends, even if they don’t clear him in time to play Saturday night.

They’ve got my best interest, Durant said. Obviously, I played through injuries before, but I was out for a month and I came back and got injured again. So I don’t want that to happen again if I do push it. I don’t want to play one game and sit out another two weeks. So I’m just trying to be smart about it. But also I’m still itching to get out there on the court. I feel good.

Golden State currently leads the series 2-0.

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Chris Paul gives jersey to Clippers fan in Utah after win over Jazz

Straight up — Zaza don’t care.

He decked Russell Westbrook then stood over him like Muhammad Ali did Sonny Liston. Sure, he got fined for it, then matter of factly told Sporting News’ Jordan Greer he wasn’t changing his game for anything in this Q&A.

Ibaka grew up in the Congo. Every day, regardless of whether he had food, electricity or even shoes, he woke up at 4 a.m. to run and be ready for the opportunity to make something of his life. The man dated Keri Hilson for years.

He literally made everything out of nothing.

There’s no way he’s letting Robin Lopez’s mop head slap the ball Cheap MLB Jerseys away from him.

The Los Angeles Clippers received tough news as they learned they will be without Blake Griffin for the rest of the postseason with a toe injury. He left in Cheap NBA Basketball Jerseys the first half of the team’s Game 3 win in Utah and didn’t return to the game.

The Clippers persisted without him though, and took a 2-1 series lead. Chris Paul was upbeat after the win, searching out an L.A. fan wearing a replica of his jersey in the stands in Salt Lake City.

With the way Chicago’s offense looked minus Rondo, coach Fred Hoiberg may want to consider putting Butler at point guard. Jerian Grant and Michael Carter-Williams are not the answers here. The two combined to shoot 3 of 10 with three assists. They simply don’t provide the same level of playmaking and basketball intellect as Rondo.

Highlight you need to see: Thomas will hit you with that hesitation.

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Why Puig’s pimping, Dyson’s bunting weren’t worth getting mad about

Stay close to the fainting couch as you read this: We had two breaches of baseball etiquette late Wednesday night, and one of them involved Yasiel Puig.

Well, they were breaches by the strictest reading of the unwritten rulebook, the one that says “Thou Shalt Not Admire a Home Run for Too Long” and “Thou Shalt Not Bunt to Break Up a No-Hitter/Perfect Game.” (That’s actually how they’re unwritten.)

Let’s start with Puig. He watched his three-run homer a couple of beats too long for the Mets’ liking. The fourth-inning blow gave the Dodgers a 5-1 lead, and LA went on to win 8-2.

Mets first baseman Wilmer Flores jawed at Puig when Puig finally Cheap Jerseys Custom rounded first base. Puig almost stopped his trot to get in Flores’ face.

The chance that a Von Steuben Parade — or frankly, any parade — is happening at the same time is unlikely, and “borrowing” a car is unwise, but there are easy substitutes for both. Instead of dancing around and lip syncing to “”Danke Schoen” and “Twist and Shout,” head to the closest karaoke bar. Don’t joyride. Do go-kart.

While the players are getting their Ferris, Cameron, and Sloane on, the coaches will have their own roles to play. They’ll be roaming the city too, trying Cheap Jerseys Made In China to catch the players redhanded, Principal Rooney style. One coach will act as the Jeannie, a frenemy that gives players a free pass if their paths cross — but only once. — Sarah Hardy

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