Predatory LeBron, the center battle and more keys to Celtics-Cavs

Everyone has their favorite games within series. Game 1 of some series — including Houston-Golden State — can take an outsized importance. Game 5 of a 2-2 series is pivotal. After that, one team will be facing elimination, so the stakes are naturally higher.

In Game 3, Thompson and Nance stopped worrying about Boston’s ball handlers, aside from perhaps a token pause of recognition, and tracked Horford wherever he went:

They vaporized Horford. He took four shots. A total of 19 Boston possessions ended directly via a Horford pick-and-roll, meaning one of the two participants — or a Celtic player one pass away — finished the trip with a shot, turnover, or drawn foul, per Second Spectrum tracking data. That player was Horford only three times. Only one of those three possessions produced a good shot.

Before Game 3, Horford had been the last Celtic to touch the ball on almost 30 percent of possessions in which one of his screens led directly to a shot, according to Second Spectrum.

There is a lot more going on here.

Not to be dismissed is the story that claimed Belichick last season was restricting access of Brady’s personal trainer, Alex Guerrero, which reportedly peeved Brady. I believe there was plenty of fire causing the smoke that was that story. Brady also can’t be happy about the departures of Nate Solder, Danny Amendola and Dion Lewis in free agency, plus the trade of wide receiver Brandin Cooks.

Brady has been sending mixed messages this offseason. “I plead the Fifth,” he said earlier this month when asked whether he feels appreciated by the Patriots. His follow-up to that quote “Everybody in general wants to be more appreciated at work. (Belichick) is not the easiest coach to play for, (but) he’s an incredible coach, we’ve Cheap Reversible Jerseys had Cheap Pirates Jerseys a great relationship and he’s the best for me.” got less attention.

Vikings wideout Cayleb Jones hit with PED suspension

Maybe since they were working over the Best Cheap Jerseys From China weekend, the NFL office thinks today is Friday.

The league announced that Vikings wideout Cayleb Jones had been suspended four games for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances.

Jones has spent the last two seasons on the Vikings practice squad.

B.J. Hill, DL North Carolina State: Another needed piece to anchor New York’s new three-man base front. A four-year starter who averaged nearly 50 tackles over the past three seasons, Hill is a good athlete who’s quick on his feet but needs to get stronger. Only posted eight career sacks for the Wolfpack, so he has work to do if he’s going to get snaps on passing downs. 

Technically, no discussions are supposed to occur before the draft ends. As a practical matter, discussions always start before the draft ends. As one source explained it to PFT, the discussions this year began during the sixth Cheap Authentic Jerseys From China round.

This gave teams and agents several hours to lay the foundation for the the deals that eventually were done. And many of the deals were done before the draft ended, subject of course to the player actually being drafted.

Troy Apke is the white guy who ran a 4.35-second 40 and left Deion Sanders flabbergasted. And Prime Time was the only person on Earth surprised by Apke’s blazing sprint. The rest of us are highly evolved citizens of a post-racial utopia who show no surprise or amusement whatsoever at such things. So let us all cluck our tongues at Sanders one last time and congratulate ourselves for transcending old preconceptions and stereotypes. Tsk-tsk. With that, we conclude this capsule by saying Apke is a straight-line athlete. Wait…is that a cultural stereotype too?

Double trouble TEs? Eagles select Dallas Goedert

Philadelphia wasted little time to fill the void of tight end Brent Celek, whom the Eagles released on March 13.

The ambiguity is especially challenging for defensive players, who know they might wind up falling if other teams make aggressive moves to draft quarterbacks.

Derwin James, the versatile safety from Florida State, said he’s been joking with fellow prospects since they arrived in the Dallas area earlier this week, trying to predict where everyone will end up. James has no idea if one of his scenarios — with USC quarterback Sam Darnold going No. 1 to Cleveland followed by N.C. State defensive end Bradley Chubb to the Giants — could come true. Other players have answered back to James, foreseeing him with the Buccaneers, who currently own the No. 7 pick.

We don’t even know No. 1. Anything can happen, James said.

It was a cool moment. It gets cooler.

Shortly after hanging up the phone, Goedert, a tight end from South Dakota State, was officially announced as the Eagles pick on the television broadcast by ex-Eagles kicker David Akers, who was on stage at the draft in Arlington, Texas. Quickly, Goedert received a few text messages. It might have been from a 701 area code, from Bismarck, N.D.

Carson Wentz nearly won the NFL MVP award last seson. He’s a XX-year old star in the midst of a long Cheap Hockey Jerseys Canada recovery process to heal his injured knee in time for the start of the season in September. He has things to do.

He took the time to send those text messages Cheap Football Jerseys Xxl to Goedert anyway. He sent out a supportive tweet, too.

Unless they trade back to acquire more picks.

The Saints gave up the 27th overall pick, a fifth round pick (147th overall) and next year’s first round selection to the Packers to move up and select Davenport.

Wow. Giving up a future first round pick for a raw pass rusher seems like a bit of a stretch for the Saints. After the trade was made, a lot of people were thinking it would be Lamar Jackson’s name that would be called, making him Drew Brees’ protege.

After the Lions lost out on a lot of defensive talent over the last nine picks, Quinn and Matt Patricia went with a big surprise in grabbing center Frank Ragnow out of Arkansas.

Ragnow stands at 6’5, 312. His selection will move Graham Glasgow over to guard on the offensive line. It was thought by many they make take offensive guard Will Hernandez and keep Glasgow at center, but Quinn went the other way with it.

For their troubles, the Raiders took the 15th overall pick, a third round pick (No.79) and a fifth round pick (No.152) from Arizona.

Fitzpatrick becomes the first player selected from the national champion Crimson Tide. This young man has the size, speed and instincts to play just about anywhere in the secondary. He’s also a very good run-stopper.

This is a guy that was on the radar of many Lions fans, as Vea is an immediate starter in the NFL on the defensive line at 6’4, 347 pounds.

He’s a bit of a surprise to the Bucs, who spent a lot of time in the offseason reworking their defensive line (signing Jason Pierre-Paul, among others), but it doesn’t matter. This dude’s going to play and play well.

The first game of the regular Thursday Night Football schedule sends the Ravens to Cincinnati against the team whose last-minute touchdown in the season finale in Baltimore Cheap Bike Jerseys For Men knocked the Ravens out of the playoffs and put the Bills in. Tyler Boyd Cheap Donegal Gaa Jerseys might need to keep his head on a swivel.

I said,’Congratulations. See you in New York,’ Barkley said. And we said we look forward to playing each other.

A few minutes later, after they put their signature on dozens of blank sheets for trading cards, Barkley playfully took the Giants cap off his head and put it onto Darnold’s — before, with a quick flick of his wrist, taking it off to return it where it belonged.

It isn’t hard to imagine the two of them, decades from now, reliving this night for a documentary maker. But, hours after stepped into the NFL Draft spotlight, they looked exhausted. They just wanted to meet their families, celebrate again and then get some sleep.

Barkley was waiting on that freight elevator at AT&T Stadium for Darnold, who wrapped up his final interview and jumped inside. Then the doors closed slowly behind them.

The long night was over. The link between the two young players was just beginning, and will last forever.

No date was circled at the moment of the schedule’s release Cheap NFL Jerseys USA faster than the Titans’ Week 10 home game against the Patriots was circled by Malcolm Butler. Bill Belichick benched Butler in the Pats’ Super Bowl 52 loss to the Eagles, for still-hazy reasons. Butler signed with the Titans in the offseason. Dion Lewis also left the Patriots for Tennessee in free agency. Former Patriots player and coach Mike Vrabel coaches the Titans. Their combined chips will never outweigh Butler’s.

The Raiders will open at home against the Rams on Monday night in Jon Gruden’s return to coaching. They don’t face another 2017 playoff team until Week 13… again at home, against the Chiefs. The Chargers, their AFC West rival, play three playoff teams in a row to start the season, then none until, also, Week 13, in Pittsburgh.

Where’s Cam, as in Cam Newton, one of the league’s most prominent, recognizable faces, the MVP three years ago when the Panthers reached the Super Bowl, a top jersey-seller his entire career? Newton’s Panthers made the playoffs last year and have a fair chance to go back again this year, yet he and his team will play in prime time just twice in 2018. That’s three fewer than Jimmy Garoppolo. The first isn’t until Week 11, on a Thursday night, in Pittsburgh. The second is a Monday night in Week 15 against the Saints in Charlotte, a rematch of their wild-card game last January. Is it him, or the stench of the franchise being sold Best Quality Cheap Jerseys by its disgraced owner, or some combination of the two? Either way, it’s bizarre.