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Most notably, both Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson were labeled oft-injured after suffering debilitating injuries in New Orleans.

Gordon missed 173 of 394 possible regular season games between 2011 and 2016 with the Pelicans, including injuries to both knees, his shooting wrist, and shoulder. In his first season in Houston, he won Sixth Man of the Year, playing 75 games and averaging 16.2 points on 37 percent three-point shooting.

Anderson underwent season-ending neck surgery in 2013 and missed 37 combined games the following two seasons. He played in 72 games as a stretch-four in Houston, shooting 40 percent from three-point range.
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Reigning All-Star MVP Anthony Davis played 75 games last season, but missed 68 games in his first four years in the NBA. Jrue Holiday suffered a stress fracture in his shin in 2014 and subsequently had a titanium rod implanted from the bottom of his knee to the top of his ankle.

Game Womens Sammy Watkins Jersey The Lynx have not been able to win a regular-season game in Indianapolis since May of 2007. No matter how good their record, the Fever are always a tough matchup for this Minnesota team.

Skylar Diggins-Smith might be the name that pops up, but it was Glory Johnson’s 23 points and 13 rebounds on Sunday that pushed the Dallas Wings to an 85-79 win over the second-best team in the league: the Los Angeles Sparks.

Earlier this season, Thomas said the Celtics could hold off on backing up any trucks if they’re going to sign another max free agent. But after the Gordon Hayward signing and John Wall, Stephen Curry and James Harden received max deals this offseason, Thomas made sure we knew he is ready for his.

76ers fans have big dreams, but that’s fine. Let them live.

This is the fourth of Limited Upside’s 30 team previews leading up to next season. We’re bringing together representatives from all 30 SB Nation team sites and other team-specific experts from the SB Nation/Limited Upside community to gauge the temperature of the fanbase heading into the season.

3’s Company, Tri-State, Ball Hogs, and the Killer 3s didn’t make the playoffs, but all four teams competed against one another at the Key Arena, as well.

These games already took place, but FS1, like every week, will air all four games at 8 p.m. ET on Monday. You can also livestream the action by using the Fox Sports Go app.

Behind Rashad McCants’ 19 points, Trilogy knocked off the Ghost Ballers, 50-39. Al Harrington chipped in with an extra 14 points, but the entire team didn’t shoot well from the field, connecting on 47 percent of its shots.

Game Youth Otis Sistrunk Jersey The Ghost Ballers fought hard in this matchup, but they couldn’t hit shots as well. Even though Ricky Davis and Ivan Johnson combined for 26 points, the team as a whole only made 12 of its 31 shot attempts.

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Bills trade Sammy Watkins to Rams, land Jordan Matthews from Eagles

The Buffalo Bills have traded Sammy Watkins and a 2018 sixth-round pick to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for E.J Gaines and a 2018 second-round pick, the teams announced on Friday. In a subsequent trade, the Bills received Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third-round pick from the Eagles in exchange for Ronald Darby.

Altogether, the trade nets the Bills second-round and third-round picks in 2018 but leaves the roster in a lesser state for the 2017 season. Matthews has been a relatively productive receiver in Philadelphia, but he doesn’t bring the big play ability that Watkins does.

This season, players will have the freedom to wear custom cleats during pregame, up until warmups, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell. The league will also be more flexible about the color of cleats players wear during games.

Previously, players could only wear the color of cleats their team chose. This year, players can choose white, black, their team’s primary color, or a secondary uniform color for their game cleats.

Serving the community has been a focus for Boldin, who was named the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year in February 2016. In April, he joined Donte Stallworth, Malcolm Jenkins, and Johnson Bademosi on Capitol Hill to fight for criminal justice reform.

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We haven’t even mentioned Alex Ovechkin or Nicklas Backstrom

It was a hopeful precursor to what it might look like if and when the Blues hoist Lord Stanley’s cup. This regular-season celebration and reception wasn’t a surprise, however.
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As Commissioner Gary Bettman said back in August, Having the opportunity to come to a great sports town like St. Louis where the Blues have incredible support from fans and hockey is vibrant on all levels.

Things were indeed vibrant all weekend, and that’s why I couldn’t help but laugh and shake my head. As a St. Louis native, it was humorous to witness the weekend of NHL pomp and circumstance.

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Notably, these youthful Leafs are the second team in history with a trio of 60-point rookie scorers (Matthews, 67; Mitch Marner, 61; William Nylander, 60).

We haven’t even mentioned Alex Ovechkin or Nicklas Backstrom, who quietly finished fourth in league scoring. This series has no shortage of star power.

The unfortunate reality of the aforementioned Group of Death is that the NHL will be out — at minimum — one of its top four teams in the first round. One of those casualties is guaranteed to come from this series. The defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins may find the road to a repeat difficult without top defenseman Kris Letang, but the Blue Jackets are reeling, too, having lost six of seven heading into the playoffs. Did we mention Sidney Crosby vs. Brandon Dubinsky?

Nationals vs. Astros odds 2017: Favored Houston looks to buck trends against Washington

The Washington Nationals are 12-1 in their last 13 games against the Houston Astros, including a current stretch of eight straight wins. The Nationals hope to keep that dominance going on Andrew Cashner Jerseys
the road this Tuesday night against the Astros.

Washington is a +150 betting underdog in Houston at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Tanner Roark will start for the road team against Charlie Morton and the Astros, who are going off as -175 favorites at home.

“But for me, personally, the street name has always been a consistent reminder that it is our job to ensure the Red Sox are not just multi-cultural, but stand for as many of the right things in our community as we can — particularly in our African-American community and in the Dominican community that has embraced us so fully. The Red Sox Foundation and other organizations the Sox created such as Home Base have accomplished a lot over the last 15 years, but I am still haunted by what went on here a long time before we arrived.”

What complicates matters for the organization, and prevents it from simply saying “It’s changing today, the time has come,” is that the road is a public road. It is supported by taxpayer money Zach Fulton Jerseys
and falls under the city’s jurisdiction. It is only closed on game days, but that still leads some to believe that the team can make this decision unilaterally.

Not only do the Red Sox have to agree that the time has come but so do any other businesses that abut the road. Fortunately, one other owner (the D’Angelo family) does, and they are on board with a potential switch as well.

Dodgers vs. White Sox 2017 odds: Streaking Los Angeles heavy Tuesday betting favorite

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are 9-0 over their last nine games with three straight series sweeps against the Miami Marlins, Kansas City Royals, and Arizona Diamondbacks. The Dodgers will be going for a 10th straight win Tuesday night in the first game of a two-game series against the Chicago White Sox.

Los Angeles is a -300 road favorite in Chicago at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Clayton Kershaw takes the mound for the Dodgers against Miguel Gonzalez and the White Sox, who are massive +250 home underdogs.

But it’s not just Judge and Stanton, though they are the favorites. Another rookie slugger, Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers, is in the field, as is last year’s rookie power sensation Gary Sanchez, Judge’s teammate in New York.

Minnesota Twins slugger Miguel Sano and Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas are also in the field. Justin Bour along with Stanton gives the host Miami Marlins two players to cheer. Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon rounds out the field.
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Chauncey Billups knew about Kyrie Irving drama when he turned down Cavs job

When Chauncey Billups turned down the Cavs’ GM job, it came as a bit of a surprise. Who wouldn’t want to be in charge of a team that’s made three straight NBA Finals appearances with the best player in the league? But Billups revealed Tuesday morning that he knew what we all know now.

Witten and Elliott developed a closer relationship as workout partners during offseason practices and have even spoken since the ban was announced. While Witten still holds himself to a high standard when it comes to fighting domestic violence, he is hopeful the experience will help Elliott mature as a player and person.

“There’s a lot of things there that I just don’t know,” Witten said. “I’ve heard what Mr. (Jerry) Jones has said, and I’ve looked at him as a mentor for 14 years, and I still think a lot of things that just don’t know. There’s a recent investigation that was dropped, too, so that’s something where you grab a teammate and you support him in ways. But that doesn’t mean you come off your standard of what you stand for.

“Quite frankly, it’s uncomfortable even having the conversation right now, but you go through it, and (you’re) in a position to be a leader, and you continue to show the way and allow guys to grow, and I know that’s been a tough year on him. I think that his mindset has been such what he’s said, what he’s already released, I think that that’s a pretty good perspective on what he’s trying to do moving forward.”

Although Elliott was never charged in the alleged 2016 assault, he’s had his fair share of other issues off the field. He was cited in April for driving 100 mph in a 70-mph zone, he appeared on video to expose a woman’s breast during a St. Patrick’s Day parade in March, and more recently was accused of punching a nightclub DJ in Dallas, though police suspended that investigation because the accuser was not cooperative.dolphins_122

MLB power rankings: 13 teams best suited to win in October

Before we get to 2017 juggernauts like the Dodgers, Astros, Yankees, Cubs and Nationals, let’s start this post-trade deadline power ranking with a quick history lesson.

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In 1972, Gene Tenace hit four World Series home runs after hitting five in his 82 regular-season games that year.

In 1987, Tom Lawless smacked a home run and gave us this unforgettable bat flip in Game 4 of the World Series. Lawless hit just two regular-season home runs in his 343-game major-league career.

Goldschmidt’s game, though, gave the Cubs an idea of how to handle him Friday.

Meanwhile, the most overlooked player Thursday may have been Indians’ starter Corey Kluber. The Klubot was the footnote in the lead-up to the Indians’ matchup with the Yankees because it was Sonny Gray’s debut, but he was anything but a footnote in the game. He tossed a complete game three-hitter that featured one run, one walk and 11 strikeouts in a 5-1 Indians win. The Yankees surely hope they don’t have to face Kluber in Game 1 of the ALDS.

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Rockies closer Greg Holland, MLB saves leader, out after kitchen mishap

Nikola Mirotic Kids Jersey Rockies closer Greg Holland’s huge bounce-back season has been sidetracked by a kitchen knife.

The MLB saves leader with 33, Holland cut the index finger on his right (throwing) hand in a kitchen accident earlier this week and is day to day, manager Bud Black told reporters Wednesday (via ESPN.com).

The 31-year-old lefty is a dependable innings eater who is 5-7 with a 4.29 ERA in 119 2/3 innings this season. Perhaps more importantly, he has plenty of post-season experience dating to his time as a member of the Cardinals from 2008-2016. In seven post-season starts, he has a 3.94 ERA.

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The Twins will get right-handed prospect Zack Littell and lefty prospect Dietrich Enns from the Yankees, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. In addition to Garcia, the Twins are also sending the Yankees cash considerations in the deal.

The Yankees are fortunate to have a hitter who possesses a speed/power combination as a leadoff hitter. In Tampa Bay, the Rays have primarily used three players at the top of the order: Mallex Smith, a traditional speedster, and a power tandem of Corey Dickerson and Souza.

Dickerson, after a brief glance at his batting history, seems completely out of place at the top of the lineup. Dickerson is more of a free swinger (6.4 percent walk rate), yet he prefers not to change his approach when hitting first.

How much money is too much to pay an NFL quarterback?

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Kirk Cousins is going to be expensive for Washington to keep longer than the 2017 season. After giving him the franchise tag for a second consecutive offseason, Cousins is set to make $23.94 million and become a free agent next spring.

Washington failed to negotiate a long-term deal with the quarterback before Monday at 4 p.m. ET. Now, Cousins will be locked into a one-year deal and unable to negotiate a new contract until the 2018 offseason.
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In NFL Network’s countdown of the top 100 players in the league, Winston landed at No. 57. That’s probably a tad premature considering Blake Bortles and Philip Rivers are the only two quarterbacks with more interceptions over the last two seasons.

If Winston can continue to grow as a player and a passer, he’s well-positioned to be one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL and take the Buccaneers on a playoff run for the first time since Jon Gruden was the team’s head coach. And just because it’s Jameis, it’ll probably come with some ridiculousness, too.

Lastly, when you start with a run-based offense, it opens up the play action for success. Play-action passes are generally easier reads for the quarterback. The linebackers feel run, suck up, and you throw a crosser behind them. Not as complicated as spreading it out.

Without much help at wide receiver, Mariota had a much-improved second season before breaking his ankle in Week 15. Mariota threw for 26 touchdowns and just nine interceptions. He had a top-10 quarterback rating, and his offense was just above league average.

Where Mariota shines, where it counts the most, is in the red zone. Lots of offenses can move between the 20s. That’s easy. The field is spread out, and there are plenty of holes to find long chunk plays. In the red zone, things happen fast.