In Holiday’s words, they’ve “endured the most,” and it’s true. Antetokounmpo still faces questions about his game and ability as a No. 1 player on a title team, his unorthodox style being hard to embrace. Middleton, a second-round pick by the Pistons who evolved steadily through the years but wasn’t the ideal second option on a title team because he wasn’t viewed as an extreme shot-creator, created shots nobody else could late.Atlanta Hawks Face Coverings
Nance’s descending salary sneaks him into the mix and he’s exactly the sort of versatile big who really could have helped Boston last season. The difficulty here is that the Cavaliers would be seeking some combination of young talent and draft capital to part with Nance.Orlando Magic Face Coverings
On Saturday, Nigeria swatted the ball off the rim while Team USA was at the free-throw line, which proved to be a crucial tactic considering the 90-87 surprising win.
Then there was Devin Booker, who scored just 10 points on 3-for-14 shooting -- his lowest scoring total of the playoffs -- after scoring 58 points combined between Games 1 and 2.
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Midway through the third quarter, Phoenix cut Milwaukee’s advantage to 74-70 and it was tense at Fiserv Forum. The Bucks went on a 27-9 run that also included a 19-0 run, and Antetokounmpo had 10 points during that decisive stretch.Cleveland Cavaliers Face Coverings
Overall, all five of these teams will have their reasons to possibly trade for Lillard. Miami and Toronto could be in the mix, but feel like dark horses. Golden State would be so much fun, but the Warriors play in the same Western Conference as Portland and the pieces may not fit. As for New York or Philadelphia, it could end up being an Atlantic Division arms race when it comes to Lillard.
Jaroslav Halak was a very good backup goalie behind Rask for the last three seasons, but Swayman took over his job during the regular season and into the playoffs. Does Halak want to return? Could he find a better opportunity on the open market?
This young man can score. After finding his feet in his rookie campaign, the versatile forward erupted for 53 goals and 58 assists in 92 games with Shawinigan these past two seasons (he was a bit quiet in the playoffs). Exceptionally mobile and adept in tight spaces, Bourgault makes and executes on-ice decisions quickly. Armed with a sneaky-good wrist shot, his passing is crisp and precise. He's also competitive and smart.Detroit Red Wings for NHL Face Masks
Nonetheless, this would be a massive commitment for the Rangers to make, if they can lure him away. While figuring out how to work in Eichel's $10 million cap hit through 2025-26 is plausible, a bigger priority for the Rangers should be extending Zibanejad -- which could cost them more than $8 million annually.Arizona Coyotes for NHL Face Masks
While his chapter in Chicago has come to a close, a new one is beginning in Edmonton. And Keith, who turns 38 on Friday, sounded as hungry and motivated as ever to prove critics wrong and chase another Stanley Cup.
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Shayne Gostisbehere, who was drafted by the club and has played six full seasons in Philadelphia, very well could be the most intriguing to the Kraken among the Flyers' blueliners likely to be exposed. We detailed that all here, along with who could be the biggest loss on the back end.Carolina Hurricanes for NHL Face Masks
This would have been a little tougher before the playoffs, but Samsonov's performance there should silence the doubters.
"And you take it personal, also. There's a team that's building the wall of three people and two guys behind and trying to stop you. Now you have to not take it personal and make the right play, find the right guy. I feel like I did that better since two years ago. ... But I was always a capable passer before the wall was created. [It] is funny that there's a defense out there called the Giannis Wall. It's funny to me, you know?"Memphis Grizzlies Face Coverings
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So, after the Suns absorbed two straight losses to the Milwaukee Bucks to level the NBA Finals at two wins apiece, perhaps it's no surprise that Devin Booker quoted his coach ahead of Saturday's Game 5 in Phoenix.
Johnson has been playing with the Olympic team as a member of the USA Select team and developed into a favorite of decision-makers and staff.
In 1997, high off the success of the film and with director Joe Pytka and animators set to return, Warner Bros. began plotting the sequel, which would include Oscar-winner Mel Brooks voicing the villain.Sacramento Kings Face Coverings
Khris Middleton and Devin Booker – two stars playing in the final minute of a tight NBA Finals game – crashed into each other midair, Middleton falling to the floor.Dallas Mavericks Face Coverings
Team USA has two more exhibition games to play in Las Vegas before leaving for Tokyo next week, vs. Australia on July 16 and vs. Spain on July 18. Durant and company will have a chance to prove that they’re a better team than they were a week ago.Charlotte Hornets Face Coverings
"My son’s second name is going to be Matiss, but except that, if that wasn’t me, or my wife or son, that would be 50 other people. He died as a hero, and that’s not me saying, that was the doctors saying. If he would just sit, it would’ve happened nothing. As Sabrina said, ‘he saved his last puck.’ I just want to let you know that he was a hero, and he saved a lot of lives. And I’m pretty sure he did that with a smile, because it’s true.”
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On loan from the Kitchener Rangers to HDD Jesenice in the Slovenian pro league, Pinelli collected 11 points through 13 games in an altogether light competitive season. A more notable tour with Canada's under-18 group resulted in an additional four goals and seven assists in seven contests. A play-driving center and innovative puck-handler, Pinelli thrives in the offensive zone. But he's only a so-so skater who needs to work on his explosiveness and acceleration.
Evgeni Malkin also has a NMC. Both Crosby and Malkin would’ve been protected anyway, naturally.Kansas City Chiefs for NHL Face Masks
Earlier this month, Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said the trade "phones have been busy" ahead of the expansion draft and the 2021 NHL Draft, but he doesn't sound like he wants to rush into anything:Edmonton Oilers for NHL Face Masks
Kraken management has been careful not to assign a timeline to success. As Francis told me shortly after he was hired two years ago: "I think if you go back and listen to the comments that Vegas had leading up to the expansion draft, their plan was to draft and develop well and be patient in the process. I think George [McPhee] and Kelly [McCrimmon] did a fantastic job. They had an unbelievable first season, and the franchise has been in good position ever since. So hopefully we can draft some good players in the expansion draft, and draft some good players in the amateur draft, and take the time to develop those guys."Anaheim Ducks for NHL Face Masks
Rather than losing Ryan Graves, Colorado traded him to New Jersey. Rather than worry about whether 2020 playoff hero Anton Khudobin would get snapped up, Dallas took goaltender Ben Bishop’s suggestion to expose him instead. Rather than trading or risking the Kraken nabbing defenseman Matt Dumba, Minnesota bought out Ryan Suter and Zach Parise for the expansion draft and other reasons.Seattle Kraken for NHL Face Masks
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It’s hard to gauge what the future of Anthony is in the league. What’s for certain is he can still play and is more than willing to adjust for the betterment of the team.Boston Celtics Face Coverings
TM: I will say, I’m pretty prepared for the NBA for this one because I’m a big booray player. [Laughs] I like cards a lot. I won’t be in the varsity game because those might be a little too high stakes for me. I’m going to try to get a junior varsity table so I don’t lose all my per diem. But I love playing cards and playing ping pong and watching YouTube videos that can range from music videos to basketball videos to fashion and cars. For music, I have a very wide range and selection in music. I can listen to Keisha Cole one day and there is another day where I can listen to Kodak or Key Glock. I listen to chill music and I have my tempo rap playlist, which is what I call the more upbeat stuff that gets me going. My top five from rap are Lil Durk, J. Cole, Drake, Lil Baby and Meek Mill. But that’s always changing based on when albums release and stuff like that. I like R&B, too, like Rod Wave and Giveon and Brent Faiyaz. I’m also pretty big into putting on clothes and taking pictures and that kind of fashion stuff. I love shoes. I’m a big shoe guy. I’m very excited to get my shoe game up a little bit more when I get into the NBA. I’d say my Mt. Rushmore of shoes are the 'Tiffany' Nike Diamond Supply Co. x Dunk Low Pro SB, Jordan 4 Retro Off-White Sail, Jordan 1 Retro Dior -- I don’t know for sure if it’d be low or high, I’d have to make that decision whenever I’m able to purchase them -- and then it’d probably just be another pair of Nike Dunk shoes. I love those a lot, they are a really trendy shoe right now and they’re really comfortable and you can rock them with almost anything. You can rock them with shorts, pants, forever. Outside of sneakers, I’m a big Crocs guy. If I’m going to a workout, beforehand and after, I’m wearing my Crocs, my fuzzy Crocs. They’ve been through a lot with me. I must say that. I’ve been wearing them a decent amount. I have a pair of Alexander McQueen sneakers as well. Those are pretty nice shoes that I like to dress up in. I can rock a good loafer. I don’t really have many loafers but as I get into the NBA and start to get a little more money, I will be expanding my variety in footwear for sure.Washington Wizards Face Coverings
Adding another star to compensate for Leonard’s absence would not necessarily be easy either, based on their lack of financial flexibility.Sacramento Kings Face Coverings
A good way to gauge trade ideas is to ask yourself which team is giving up too much, and if you waver on a decision, then you are probably on the right track. This deal settles into that zone, nicely, and Sacramento has plenty of options to offer alternative assets to make this package a little more palatable for either side. Portland Trail Blazers Face Coverings
“I thought I was gonna get dunked on, to be honest with you,” he admitted. “You risk it. You kind of feel it. I felt him rolling to the rim behind me, so I knew the only chance to get a stop is just jump toward the rim and try to cover that angle for him to score.”
While their impassioned reasoning that the five-time NBA champion's pedigree surpassed that of LeBron's and that Kobe shared far more similarities to Michael Jordan than King James checked out, they were taking for granted that Kobe actually wanted to star in the film. He did not.
New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman and Texas Rangers outfielder Adolis García wore hats during Tuesday's game with the messages “SOS CUBA” and “Patria y Vida”, which means “homeland and life,” a play on the Cuban Communist Party’s motto of “homeland or death.”Atlanta Braves Face Masks
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The speedy Eaton has compiled a .278 average, .768 OPS, 65 homers, 165 doubles, 46 triples, and 317 RBIs in 10 big league seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks, White Sox and Nationals.
For the father of Robert Anthony Cruz, the emotions were running high. Cruz, the young undrafted free agent who in his Instagram post spoke of agreeing to his first professional contract with the Nationals, made sure to give the news to his father in person. New York Mets Face Masks
"There was a lot of hype. There is a lot of hype," says Blue Jays second baseman Marcus Semien, who joined the club this year. "Last year, when you say he had a down year, I’m pretty sure his OPS was like .780. OK, so he had a down 60 games and everybody’s like, ‘Oh, no.’Chicago White Sox Face Masks
Introducing his son to Tatis was the top priority for Freeman during his fifth All-Star week. In the clubhouse before the Home Run Derby, the 2020 National League MVP told Tatis making Charlie happy was the one job of the day.
"I didn't think I was going to tear up, but instead I cried,” Bachman said. “It hit me really hard, and I am just grateful and ready to get to work."Minnesota Twins Face Masks
When Duncan Keith signed a 13-year contract extension with the Blackhawks in December of 2009, the move was supposed to keep him tied to Chicago for the rest of his NHL career. Both parties would've loved a storybook ending.Las Vegas Raiders for NHL Face Masks
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But if in a few weeks' time Jakub Voracek and his cap hit have moved to Seattle and Tarasenko is still available, perhaps we'll have a different conversation.
Parise and Suter, both 36, signed matching 13-year, $98 million deals on July 4, 2012. The Wild swooped in to sign Suter away from the Predators and Parise away from the Devils, viewing the Minnesota natives as prized free-agent signings who would help shape the franchise.Tennessee Titans for NHL Face Masks
• “The Blackhawks filed Friday a motion to dismiss the negligence lawsuit filed against them by the Michigan high school hockey player who was allegedly sexually assaulted by former Hawks video coach Bradley Aldrich in 2013.” [Chicago Sun-Times]Calgary Flames for NHL Face Masks
The Oilers had a record of 35-19-2 in the regular season. Their 72 points were good for second in the North Division. Connor McDavid put together one of the greatest single seasons of offense in NHL history, when adjusted for era: 105 points in 56 games. Leon Draisaitl had 84 points in 56 games. Mike Smith proved his critics wrong, finishing 12th in goals saved above average (15.1).
This just-turned 18-year-old is so fun to watch. A relentless skater, creative playmaker, and wonderful stickhandler, Koivunen erupted for 10 points in seven games at the under-18 Championship. He's strong on the puck and wants to be involved in every play. Some NHL team will have plenty of raw skill to work with once he's done his run with Kärpät. And he'll likely be less raw by that point.
The Winnipeg Jets started the series short-handed, without forwards Pierre-Luc Dubois and Nikolaj Ehlers. They won Game 1, keeping McDavid and Draisaitl scoreless. They did the same thing in Game 2, getting Dubois back and relying on Connor Hellebuyck to shut out the Oilers. Game 3 was the pivotal moment of the series: McDavid and Draisaitl each had three points, but Ehlers returned and scored the game winner in overtime.
After leaving the Blackhawks, Aldrich was convicted in 2013 in Michigan of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a high school student and is now on that state's registry of sex offenders.Winnipeg Jets for NHL Face Masks
NEWARK, N.J. -- The New Jersey Devils have re-signed restricted free-agent forward Michael McLeod to a two-year, $1.95 million contract.Miami Dolphins for NHL Face Masks
The Boston Bruins are among the teams to watch this summer for a couple of reasons. One is they have several important players hitting free agency later this month. They also have to make an organizational decision on whether to run it back and make another aggressive run for a Stanley Cup title, or take a step back and restock a cupboard that's bare of quality prospects.Toronto Maple Leafs for NHL Face Masks
Let's be honest, Blackhawks management didn't expect this to be a playoff team, not after spending the preseason preaching transparency, then having GM Stan Bowman trot out for a series of interviews explaining the rebuild (which apparently had already begun).
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• Philadelphia Flyers forwards James van Riemsdyk ($7 million AAV through 2022-23) and Jakub Voracek ($8.25 million AAV through 2023-24), as well as defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere ($4.5 million AAV through 2022-23). All three played for Kraken coach Dave Hakstol when he was with the Flyers.St Louis Blues for NHL Face Masks
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But in this case it would be because it would be the first time that Bowman will have to face the media this offseason. That is significant because the Blackhawks are currently facing allegations that a former assistant coach had sexually assaulted two former players during the team’s 2010 Stanley Cup run. The team is accused of refusing to go to the police when presented with that information. Bowman was the general manager of the team at the time. The team recently hired an outside firm to investigate the allegations. To this point nobody from the Blackhawks organization has spoken publicly on the matter or fielded questions on it.
Should Dillon or Schultz go, that clears $4 million (or just shy of it) in cap space and allows the Capitals to make their blue line look a bit more clear. A sneakily underrated selection, if the Kraken decide to go big in other spots on their roster, could be Trevor van Riemsdyk (who makes $950,000). If he is the selection, the Capitals will have a busy week after the expansion draft is through.Cleveland Browns for NHL Face Masks
More additions on the way? Since the Flyers were quiet at the trade deadline, it seemed GM Chuck Fletcher was gearing up for an active summer. Philly will be in the mix for a new backup goalie (with Brian Elliott coming off the books) as well as defensive help (the Flyers never adequately addressed Niskanen's absence).Kansas City Chiefs for NHL Face Masks
The Boston Bruins could use another scoring winger, which makes Zach Hyman an interesting option for the Original Six club in NHL free agency.Chicago Blackhawks for NHL Face Masks
All players with no-movement clauses are required to be protected,. Teams have the option to submit a protected list of either eight skaters and a goalie, or seven forwards, three defensemen and a goalie in advance of the draft on July 21.
"For years, Pekka has been the face of our franchise on and off the ice," Poile said in a statement. "The role he played in making the Predators organization into something so much more than just a hockey team cannot be understated, and what he means to our team and community makes him one of the most special players and people you'll ever meet. It's cliché of what you would want from your best players, but Pekka gave us a chance to win in every single game he played and led our team during the most competitive era of our franchise."
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As different as the series might seem at 2-1 versus 2-0, with Antetokounmpo dominating and the Bucks awaiting home court again in Wednesday's Game 4, the Suns remained confident in their ability to limit the two-time MVP and maintain control of the Finals.Los Angeles Lakers Face Coverings
TM: Honestly, I feel like I put on a good face sometimes. [Laughs] There are times where I definitely overthink. That’s a fault of mine. I don’t want to sound like some all-being who just knows everything about the game of basketball. But I think about the game at a pretty high level. I catch myself overthinking and I’m not just playing. That’s another reason why I try to keep a calm demeanor and try not to overexert myself. I know if I do that, it’ll affect my game. But overall, it’s just about controlling my emotions. I can’t get mad about what a ref does. I can’t get mad if my jump shot isn’t falling. It is what it is. That’s the way the game is so I’m just making sure I’m calm for my teammates and myself.Phoenix Suns Face Coverings
It took only two months for Irving to change his stance. In December, the Nets star explained to the media how happy he was having Nash as a head coach:
Remember when it was rumored that Kevin Durant was going to be a target for the Golden State Warriors? We all laughed it off, but the joke was on the rest of the league after Durant indeed signed with the Warriors and then won a title with them.
Tuesday's game also featured a strong performance from Zach LaVine, a late addition to Team USA who has been building a case for more playing time this week. LaVine was in Popovich's starting lineup for Jayson Tatum, who sat out to rest a sore knee, and made a statement with 15 points, five rebounds and three assists.Portland Trail Blazers Face Coverings
''I hate it, but it's that simple. We didn't sweep but one series, so this is what happens in a series. That's why they make it seven games. This is the finals. It's dramatic. We got to protect home court and win the game tomorrow.''
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If the Thunder want to tear it down for real, they could get started with a 19-year-old who could develop into a superstar sooner than later. Cunningham has an upside higher than Gilgeous-Alexander’s; however, as a prospect, he is still yet to show anything real and tangible. Such a trade feels unlikely. Edwards summarized it well:Atlanta Hawks Face Coverings
Giddey's best asset is his court vision, passing and playmaking. The Australian's offense outweighs his mediocre defense, which needs help. But at 18 with pro experience already in Australia, he's got time to hone his craft and adjust to the league's style.
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One Wizards star is no longer on Team USA, so why not replace him with another? Westbrook won gold with the U.S. in the Rio Olympics in 2016 and could return for back-to-back golds this year. Of all the guards currently on the roster, Westbrook brings some up-tempo playmaking flare that could benefit all the talented scorers on the wings. Brooklyn Nets Face Coverings
In Game 3, the Suns player who had the most free-throw attempts was guard Devin Booker, who successfully converted three of his five shots. There were six other players to reach the charity stripe for a grand total of 11 attempts, where they made eight of them. As for the Bucks, they made 20-of-26 free-throw attempts in Game 3.Toronto Raptors Face Coverings
Ayton’s eyes lit up and his smile widened when he learned about Thompson’s praise of his current skills and long-term trajectory.Boston Celtics Face Coverings
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