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Looks like won’t be heading back to Indiana, as the Charlotte Observer reported early Wednesday that the fifth-year guard to a three-year, $27 million deal with the .

The third year of the contract is a team option. Charlotte watched Josh McRoberts leave for Miami and then got matched in pursuit of restricted free agent Gordon Hayward, leaving them to offer Stephenson to stay competitive.

He averaged 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game in a breakout season last year. 

More News 02/22/2020 oss Frank Lampard says he’ll be “proud” leading them in the Champions League against Valencia.Lampard is looking forward to his first Champions League game as a manager.”I will be proud to do it,” he says of the prospect of managing in the competitio C Dunajská Streda.Although yet to make a first-team appearance for DAC after spending the first half of the 2018/19 campaign with Rob Edwards’ title-winning Wolves under-23 side, Csoka trains with the senior side while starring for the club’s under- • by RotoWire Staff 08/01/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 04/05/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 04/01/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 03/31/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 03/30/2019 atov does not want to see his old team become over reliant on Bruno Fernandes.The Portuguese star made his debut in a 0-0 home Premier League draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers at the weekend.Now he has a chance to settle in with his teammates during • by RotoWire Staff

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Phil Jackson says the Knicks will be a playoff team

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president of basketball operations Phil Jackson said Friday that his expectations for year extension of their kould leave the club for Manchester United.Kane was linked to United after comments from ex-Red Devils captain Roy Keane on television.Keane said that United should go out and sign Kane in the summer to alleviate their goal scoring problems.But forever over the return of Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma.Silva says he won’t keep waiting to sign the Frenchman.“You are right, you are right,” Silva replied when asked if there would be a cut off point for his interest in Zouma.“Of course, one of O’Harait deal with sportswear firm Kappa until the end of the 2021/22 season, reports, /.According to Calcio Finanza, the original five-year agreement, due to expire at the end of the season, was worth €8 million (US$8.7 million)the team include the playoffs, a year after the Knicks didn’t make the postseason and then traded . 

Phil, on expectations: “We believe we’re gonna be a playoff team [this year]. Then we don’t know how far we can go.”

— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ)

Well, hey, it’s preseason. You’re supposed to have bold proclamations — 90 percent of the teams in the league might think they’re going to be playoff teams this year. 

But then, you have to also remember the Knicks play in the East. There’s every reason to believe the team can compete, just by virtue of a soft conference and, arguably, a soft division. The Nets got worse on paper and have a new coach to get used to. The Raptors look like a lock to win the division, but their success last season was a surprise. Boston’s still very far off from being a contender and Philadelphia is undercooked chicken. 

There are roster questions, big ones, including who starts at center and whether they’ll be able to defend adequately with and (the presumptive starter at point guard) on the floor. Their depth is not great. But Jackson has a magical effect on teams. It doesn’t hurt to set the expecation. And if they don’t get there, it’s unlikely Jackson will take heat for it. He’s just pretty heat-resistant in general. 

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USA Basketball takes on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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If you’ve been on.Can joins BVB for a €1m loan fee with a €25m option to buy.Juve confirmed:“Juventus Football Club S.p.A. announces that the agreement with Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA for the loan, until 30 June 2020, of the registration rights of th the Internet recently, you know all about . The challenge is to douse yourself in a bucket of ice in helping bring awareness and charitable donations to research toward stopping ALS. You accept the challenge or you stined for bigger things than Aston Villa.That’s according to former Tanzania coach Marcio Maximo.Maximo gave Samatta his international debut as a teenager and never doubted he could eventually cut it right at the very top level.He told The Sun: “Sdecline and donate money. Once you accept the challenge, you then nominate any of your friends or peers in a way to “palskjaer insists he doesn’t fear for his job.Unai Emery, Mauricio Pochettino and Quique Sanchez Flores have all lost their jobs in recent weeks, and Solskjaer is coming under renewed pressure after winning four of 14 league games this season.”No it doy it forward” with the challenge.

USA Basketball took on the challenge after challenged . Curry got his teammates  , , , James Harden, , and to join him in accepting the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Curry also went big by challenging Barack Obama, Oprah, and commissioner Adam Silver.

As of August 12, the ALS Association has raised $4 million, over 3.5 times what they were able to raise a year ago in the same time period. It’s all over Vine and Instagram, as well as YouTube videos. 

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Report: Quincy Acy likely to start for Knicks at power forward

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might be the opening-night starter for the at power forward. The third-year heart-and-hustle guy has impressed head coach Derek Fisher in training camp and preseason, and he’s the “leading candidate” at the position, . It was originally thought that either , who is out with a sore hamstring, or  would have the spot, but Acy has started the last three games.

“No I didn’t plan on coming here to start,’’ Acy told The Post with a chuckle. “I planned on coming here and playing hard to earn minutes. I guess I impressed enough with my defense to earn a spot. I don’t knoe left-back position is up for grabs after a serious injury to Charlie Daniels in Sunday’s loss to Manchester City.With Daniels and Lloyd Kelly injured, Diego Rico is the only recognised senior player in the position.But Howe has called on the club’sw what coach got going if I’m starting or coming off the bench or not playing, but I’ll be happy.’’

Fisher said from the get-go it’s not the most talented five players who will start and intangibles would factor in. Jose Calderon, Carmelo Anthony and Samuel Dalembert have locked up the starting point guard, small forward and center positions, respectively. Iman Shumpert appears to have staked his claim to the starting shooting guard job.

Then there’s power forward, for which four guys are competing. Aside from Acy, Bargnani and Stoudemire, there’s free-agent signee Jason Smith, who missed time because of the birth of his daughter but lit up the Sixers for 14 points Tuesday night in Syracuse.

Acquired from the in August, fe the matchwinner for their 3-2 triumph at Newcastle United.The Reds won 3-2 thanks to supersub Origi heading home late on.He said: “Today was a big fight. We knew it beforehand.”We came here with a big heart, it wasn’t easy and you could see they werw would have predicted Acy would be in this position. He’s only 6-foot-7, but he plays taller than that because of his relentless energy. While he’s improved the form on his jumper considerably since coming out of Baylor, he’s not what you’d call a sharpshooter. The logic for starting Acy is that he’d do the dirty work, pass from the high post and let and handle most of the playmaking. Then Stoudemire and/or Bargnani could provide some scoring punch off the bench.

The issue here is defense. Acy tries extremely hard, but he’s foul-prone and not a great rim protector because of his height. Generally, guys like him will be fan favorites but be looked at as rp Guardiola refused to offer any guarantees on the future of Leroy Sane.The German winger could return from injury in the coming weeks, but he is also the subject of long term interest from Bayern Munich.While it would take a huge fee to tempt City teserves. Of course, if you’re looking at Stoudemire and Bargnani as alternatives, then it doesn’t really matter. Starting Acy sounds fun to me!

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guard scored 23 points on Wednesday against the Bulls.

Walker shot 7-18 from the field, including 1-3 from beyond the arc. He sunk eight of his nine free throw attempts as well. Walker finished the contest with five rebounds and four assists. 

More News 03/11/2020 • by RotoWire Staff n regular contact with Gabriel Martinelli.Martinelli has been one of the bright spots for the Gunners this season following his arrival from Ituano over the summer.”I have been in c to form will help the club’s push up the table.The club’s inspirational captain has been out of action since Watford’s second Premier League game of the season.Speaking ahead of Saturday’s clash with Burnley, Sanchez Flores said: “He feels much bettontact with him over text and you can see he is so hungry to do well, 03/11/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/07/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/06/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/04/2020 • by RotoWire Staff fore his move to Brighton.Maupay was identified as one of Wilder’s top close-season targets after an impressive goalscoring season for Brentford, before he joined Brighton instead in a £16m deal.Wilder said: “We had discussions with Neal in the summ 03/03/2020 • by RotoWire Staff

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The will submit videotape to the on what by forward  during Sunday’s game, according to the Contra Costa Times.

and were struck in the face during separate second-quarter incidents. Barnes suffered a nasal fracture, chipped teeth and a mouth laceration that required stitchng Frenkie de Jong.The midfieldantes in Thursday’s 2-1 loss to Astana.Ethan Laird, Di’Shon Bernard and Dylan Levitt all played 90 minutes, while substitutes Ethan Gaibraith, D’Mani Mellor and Largie Ramazani all made their first-team debuts as substitutes.”It’s huge for the youth er is in his first season at Barca and has quickly established himself in Valverde’s starting XI.After victory over Celta Vigo, the coach said: “I’m not surprised by his adaptation, because he’s a great player and he haes, while Green suffered a bloody nose as a result of a elbow/forearm hit from Cunningham.

Both forwards returned to the game Sunday, but Barnes is listed as questionable for Tuesday’s game at Memphis. Coach Steve Kerr expects Barnes to wear a protective mask.

“Some people would call it physical, but that’s not physical. That’s cheap,” Green said. “He didn’t put neither one of us out of the game, so you’ve got to come a little harder next time if you’re going to try to throw a cheap shot. If you’re going to do it, do it.”

Kerr also called Cunningham’s actions as “cheap shots” and added Cunningham made no attempt to get the ball in striking Green.

“I didn’t think either play was warras he’s been forced to give his No21 shirt to new signing Frenkie de Jong – without consultation.He told Marca, “It didn’t feel good that the board did not tell me that they promised De Jong the 21. “The transfer of De Jong’s number was something bented, let’s put it that way,” Kerr said.

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guard drew the start Wednesday and scored 12 points on 5 of 10 shooting, including 2 of 6 shooting from three-point range, in his team’s 105-80 loss to the Bulls.

Anderson was making just his second start of the season Wednesday and scored in double digits for just the third time this season. He also managed to chip in three assists in 24 minutes of action. Anderson’s next matchup will come against the 76ers Friday.

More News 02/21/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 02/09/2018 w contract talks with on-loan Sheffield United goalkeeper Dean Henderson.The Sun says United want to give England hopeful Henderson a pay rise to over £100,000-a-week – his FOURTH contract without ever starting for the club.The talks are scheduled a • by RotoWire Staff 03/07/2017 • by RotoWire Staff Milan coach Fabio Capello supports the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.The off contract LA Galaxy striker has initially joined Milan to the end of this season.“I think that Ibrahimovic is a good signing for Milan. He is a player who has character, w 02/06/2017 • by RotoWire Staff n’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.The German stopper gifted Karim Benzema a goal when he threw the ball straight at the striker before later spilling Gareth Bale’s long range effort.However, Alisson insists the loss cannot just be put 01/17/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 12/05/2016 • by RotoWire Staff

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forward is experiencing soreness in his left knee and at Oklahoma City, reports The Oklahoman.

James was not able to participate in the team’s shootaround Thursday morning. If James were to miss t Redknapp believes that it was the players who got manager Mauricio Pochettino sacked.Spurs are struggling in the bottom half of the Premier League, while they pulled the trigger on Pochettino’s sacking today.Speaking about Pochettino’s sacking, Redkhe game, it would be the first game he has missed this season.

More News 03/12/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/11/2020 • by RotoWire Staff at at Crystal Palace.The Hornets had started promisingly, but indecision saw early opportunities go to waste before Jordan Ayew capitalised on the visitors’ failure to close him down quickly enough by curling home from the edge of the penalty area. P 03/11/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/10/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/10/2020 • by RotoWire Staff o sign Nicolo Barella from Cagliari.Marotta also confirmed interest in Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku and Roma’s Edin Dzeko.He stated, “Dzeko and Lukaku are very interesting players who have different characteristics. They are both targets 03/10/2020 • by RotoWire Staff

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Odds Future: Stat lines odds for the upcoming season

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Bovada released a bunch of interesting stat line props for the 2014-2015 season on Thursday. Here’s a look at the best. 

Will score 50 points in one game during the 2014-2015 Regular Season?

Yes +1000 (10/1)

No -2000 (1/20)

Oh, this looks like easy pickings! It’s the Black Mamba! Vino! The Greater Laker! I mean, come on, Bryant dropped 50 super recently, right?

Yeah, it’s been five years since the Mamba put up half-a-hunny. But then again, . So there are points to be made on both sides. 

The case for: He’s going to have as many shots as he wants and Byron Scott will never take him out or tell him to stop shooting; he scored 47 just a year and a half ago; he’s super-pissed about the ESPN criticism. 

The case against: Two severe leg injuries, the defense will be primed on him, he’s 36, and players just don’t score over 50 anymore. Only six guys have done . 

The verdict: It’s 10-to-1 that one of the greatest scorers of all time in a really pissed off state on a bad team with no other great options will hit it. You can talk yourself into this one pretty easily. 

Will get traded during the 2014-2015 Season?

Yes -175 (7/4)

No +125 (5/4)

The case for: The have struck out on big free agents and the trade. That second superstar just isn’t coming. If they’re really going to rebuild, they’re not going to do it with Rondo, and they’re not going to do in a contract year. There have been strong suitors for him for years, including Houston and Sacramento. 

The case against: Danny Ainge will let him go when his body is cold in the ground. Dude just won’t give up the ghost. 

The verdict: Never Trust Ainge. 

Will get traded during the 2014-2015 Season?

Yes EVEN (1/1)

No -140 (5/7)

The case for: Um, well, he’s been disastrously bad and he costs a lot of money. 

The case against: SVG is going to want time to figure out what he has, moving him is difficult. 

The verdict: Nah, let’s stay away from this one, your return on investment isn’t great here. 

Will any Player Average 30 minutes per game or more during the 2014-2015 Regular Season?Yes -200 (1/2)No +150 (3/2)

The case for: Hahahahahahah. 

The case against: “LOL,” as the kids say.

The verdict: I have no idea about this, it’s possible with . I just find it hilarious this is something you can bet on. 

Will the be sold during the 2014-2015 Regular Season?

Yes +400 (4/1)

No -600 (1/6)

Well, this is officially a thing now. There have been rumors for the past year that Mikhail Prokhorov was ready to bail. The fact that there’s an actual line on it seems notable. 

The case for: They according to Grantland, and let’s just say the . 

The case against: Prokhorov has billions and billions and billions of dollars and can take his time, plus the new media deal is going to jack up the price significantly more, likely even beyond projections.

Will play in NBA game in the 2015-2016 Season?

Yes +125 (5/4)

No -175 (4/7)

Well, now I’m just sad.

Let’s move on. 

Will Andrew Wiggin win the 2015 Slam Dunk Contest?

Yes +600 (6/1)

No -1000 (1/6)

The case for: Andrew Wiggins is awesome, can nearly glide from halfcourt, and has name recognition through the roof. 

The case against: There may not be a slam dunk contest since previous versions have nearly killed it. 

The verdict: At +600 I love this one. That’s pretty great return on value. 

Bovada also released a complete list of stats over/unders. Some highlights: 

2014-2015 Regular Season – Total Points – Over/Under 18

Horford has averaged 18 points per game or more in one season. It was last year’s. When he played in just 29 games. I don’t know what that says. Pass. 

2014-2015 Regular Season – Total Points –

Over/Under 15½

He’s averaged over 15.5 twice in his career, including last year, in which he played in all 82 games. But the Celtics have a better roster this year, and more depth, and Green could very well be traded and lose the starting spot. I like the under. 

2014-2015 Regular Season – Total Rebounds –

Over/Under 9

Run screaming to take the over on this. Sullinger is going to play heavy minutes, the Celtics have no bigs, they may trade , and Sullinger is a monster rebounder. Over, over, over. 

2014-2015 Regular Season – Total Points –

Over/Under 17

Williams has averaged less than 17 points per game when he played over 12 games in a season just once since his sophomore season. It was last year. But the Nets have no depth. But Williams was not good last year. But…

2014-2015 Regular Season – Total Points –

Over/Under 22

I like the over. I think this is going to be a monster year for Jefferson. There will be better spacing which will open up things for Big Al. And the will play in more meaningful games which means more overtime and more minutes. 

2014-2015 Regular Season – Total Assists – Over/Under 4½

Come on the over train… and ride it. Woo-woo! 

2014-2015 Regular Season – Total Pointsaitland-Niles up in northeast London and progressed through the club’s youth ranks to represent the first team in the Premier League and Europe. “Growing up in London, there’s a lot of peer pressure out there and you can get swayed by the wrong peopl –

Over/Under 15½

The play slow, they have a lot of weapons, and Gasol’s not 31 anymore. I like the under. 

2014-2015 Regular Season – Total Points –

Over/Under 26½

The Cavs are going to score all the points. Even if James misses time for rest and injury, his scoring total should remain high. It’s not a lock… but it’s close. 

2014-2015 Regular Season – Total Rebounds – LeBron James

Over/Under 6½

Stay away. James has a league of great rebounders beside him now, and yet, he just tracks down caroms like a heat-seeking missile. 

2014-2015 Regular Season – Total Points –

Over/Under 20

I mean… he’s sharing shots with LeBron, Kevin Love, , maybe , Anderson Varejao, and Shawn Marion. If Irving’s averaging 20, the Cavs could be in trouble. 

2014-2015 Regular Season – Total Assists – Kyrie Irving Over/Under 6

Irving has been criticized as a playmaker, but he has great vision and excellent touch on his passes. The over here seems pretty safe. 

2014-2015 Regular Season – Total Points –

Over/Under 17½

That’s a lot of points. You might consider teasing this and Ellis’ under (19). 

2014-2015 Regular Season – Total Points –

Over/Under 17½

Lawson has better teammates to spread shots to, but he’s also set to have a monster season with the defense unable to focus on him, if he stays healthy. He’ll have more energy on offense with the defensive help, and a firmer grasp of the offense. 

2014-2015 Regular Season – Total Points –

Over/Under 13

Again, COME ON THE OVER TRAIN… AND RIDE IT. 

2014-2015 Regular Season – Total Points –

Over/Under 15

He may not start. He’s not part of the team’s long term plans. Bail on this. 

2014-2015 Regular Season – Total Points –

Over/Under 23½

COME ON THE… oh, you know. 

2014-2015 Regular Season – Total Points –

Over/Under 19

Howard looks healthy, motivated, and the should have better spacing this year with and the bigs they picked up. Gotta like this over 

2014-2015 Regular Season – Total Points –

Over/Under 13

Aw, now I’m just sad again. 

2014-2015 Regular Season – Total Assists –

Over/Under 10

Too tight. He went over last year, under the three years prior to that. Depends on his health, which is just too inconsistent. will also be in a lot of blowouts this year and won’t need him for the fourth. 

2014-2015 Regular Season – Total Points – Kobe Bryant

Over/Under 23

I think the under is the play here. I really do. It’s probably a stay-away but they have to mange his minutes to some degree. 

2014-2015 Regular Season – Total Points – Jabari Parker

Over/Under 18½

I want to pull out the Quad City DJ’s again here, but I’ve also been playing with the on 2k15 all week. I’m a little bit high on Jabari Parker at this point. 

2014-2015 Regular Season – Total Points –

Over/Under 22½

2014-2015 Regular Season – Total Blocks Per Game – Anthony Davis

Over/Under 2.7

2014-2015 Regular Season – Total Rebounds – Anthony Davis

Over/Under er Bournemouth.Milner performed superbly while deputising for Andy Robertson at left-back and produced a brilliant goalline clearance insial striker is a free agent after his contract with Marseille expired last month.Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini would like to sign Maxi Gomez from Celta Vigo, but has been offered Balotelli as an alternative.The Telegraph says Pellegrini isn’t convi the second half to deny Ryan Fraser a certain equaliser.Klopp said, “Having Millie not available and Hendo in the10

THERE WE GO! 

2014-2015 Regular Season – Total Assists –

Over/Under 6

Tough one here, but I think the over is the play. He’s got worse weapons, but more comfort in the offense. And with more run-and-gun guys, they could play even faster. I lean towards the over but it’s awfully close. 

2014-2015 Regular Season – Total Points –

Over/Under 23

Cousins has evolved into a Godzilla-type monster, and that team has no one else. Hammer the over. 

2014-2015 Regular Season – Total Points –

Over/Under 17

Lowry’s in his prime, and I think he takes a bigger chunk of his offense. Another over play. 

2014-2015 Regular Season – Total Rebounds –

Over/Under 9

Valanciunas is set for a monster season. Could see being traded which would boost his boards as well. 

2014-2015 Regular Season – Total Points –

Over/Under 16½

Bounceback season plus better coach plus better teammates = [cash register noise]. 

2014-2015 Regular Season – Total Points –

Over/Under 18

Little high for a guy who takes way too many long twos. Play the under here. 

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guard dropped 28 points on Wednesday against the Pacers.

Ginobili shot 10-18 from the field, including two from beyond the arc. He hit six free throws, and dished out four assists during the contest. 

More News 08/27/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 08/22/2018 • by RotoWire Staff ace for Bolton Wanderers whizkid Dennis Politic.The 19-year-old has alerted scouts from both clubs with his performances for the League One club this season.Football Insider says Wolves are compiling a dossier on the winger as they weigh up their opt 04/25/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 04/22/2018 • by RotoWire Staff senal have seen a second bid of £25million rejected for Celtic left-back Tierney.The Sun says Arsenal’s offer has been turned down due to the structure of the proposed deal.The Scottish giants are open to letting Tierney leave for the Premier League 04/17/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 04/10/2018 • eds United boss Marcelo Bielsa is delighted with the impact of on-loan Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah.Nketiah came off the bench to grab his fourth goal in six games, then won a decisive penalty kick for victory over Barnsley.Bielsa said: “Nketiah iby RotoWire Staff

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power forward scored a team-high 30 points on 10 of 15 shooting both from the field and the free-throw line in his team’s 120-100 win over the Pelicans Saturday.

Griffin set a season high with 15 free throws attempted Saturday but couldn’t match his 72.5 success rate on free throws coming into the game. It was the fourth time this season the power forward has scored at least 30 points. Griffin also racked up seven rebounds, five assists and one steal in 30 minutes. The Clippers take a seven-game winning streak into Monday’s matchup with the Suns.

More News 2D ago • by RotoWire Staff Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho admits he lost his passion for the game while at Manchester United.Before victory at West Ham, Mourinho finally admitted that he was unhappy in the north west of England. “I have to admit, yes [I lost my passion],” Mourin 02/07/2020 as urged Neymar to quit PSG and move to Real Madrid.Such a deal would mean another windfall for Neymar’s former club.”I hope Neymar goes to Real Madrid, it would be the best place for him,” Peres explained.”He was totally wrong to leave Barcelona, he • by RotoWire Staff 01/22/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 01/07/2020 • by RotoWire Staff e fulltime job.The London Evening Standard says the Gunners consider Ljungberg as a genuine contender to be their next permanent manager and will offer him the job if he instigates a sufficient turnaround in fortunes.The 42-year-old’s first game as i 01/06/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 01/05/2020 • by RotoWire Staff

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2014 Outlook: Robin Lopez

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center adjusted well in his first season with his new club and is primed for another solid campaign in 2014-15. Lopez was dominant on the glass and thout Solly March for December after he underwent groin surgery.The winger missed Saturday’s clelder Ilkay Gundogan has admitted to the importance of Fernandinho to their side.The Brazilian is seen as the fulcrum of the City midfield, despite the big money summer signing of Rodri from Atletico Madrid.And Fernandinho will have to fill in at cenash and had surgery on Monday.”He has had some surgery at the start of the week,” boss Graham Potter said ahead of the game against Arsenal.”So he will be finished the season as the team’s second-leading rebounder, only behind LaMarcus Aldridge. The 26-year-old posted averages of 11.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.7 blocks while shooting 55.1 percent from the field and 81.8 percent from the free throw line. His field goal percentage was his best since his second season in the league in 2009-10. He also managed to play all 82 willing to sell Olivier Giroud in January.The Telegraph says Giroud, Pedro and Marcos Alonso could all be up for grabs if the Blues receive worthwhile bids for the experienced trio.Giroud and Pedro’s contracts both expire next summer and will be allogames for the second consecutive season. We expect Lopez to increase his numbers across the board, so consider him a top-15 center targeted as early as the fourth round.

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2014-2015 NBA Division Previews: Northwest

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The Eye on Basketball team gets you ready for the 2014-15 NBA season with our division-by-division previews.

endured a seven-game absence because of a right ankle sprain in the ‘s first season. was a rookie, Scott Brooks was a first-year head coach and Durant’s replacement on the wing was Kyle Weaver. Since then, Durant has never missed more than two games consecutively.

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The MVP is now sidelined with the first serious injury of his life, a Jones fracture in h Brugge have opened talks with Brighton for Percy Tau.The South Africa international is still struggling to qualify for a UK work permit.HLN says talks are now underway about a move to Club Brugge, though there’s no confirmation whether it will be fois right foot. He was ruled out for at least six weeks when he had his surgery in mid-October, and he’ll be re-evaluated on Nov. 27. The Thunder have an unforgiving schedule in a conference that looks even more competitive than last season. Are they still the frontrunners here?

I’d cautiously say yes. Westbrook is a legitimate superstar, and Oklahoma s first season with Juventus has been a learning process.The former Ajax captain has grown as the season has go on.“There are more eyes on you and people expect a great deal, all of which is new compared to my time at Ajax,” De Ligt told Ziggo SporCity should still be able to space the floor for him. As long as he and remain healthy, the Thunder can stay afloat until Durant’s return. It won’t be easy to win the division title, though, not with the around.

The Blazers won a somewhat shocking 54 games last season, and basically everybody’s back. They didn’t make any moves to boost their league-average defense, but there’s no real reason to expect a drop-off, either. Portland should be extremely optimistic about its chances given the Durant injury, and should be better than ever. This should be a close race.

It’ll be difficult for any Western Conference lottery team to get back in the playoff picture, but Denver has a chance. Let’s put it in simple terms: the horribly injury-ridden Nuggets won 36 games last year, and now they’ll have and starting on the wing. Those two, plus better health, a year of experience for head coach Brian Shaw and some production from promising rookies and is worth 10-15 wins or so, right? 

Another way to look at it: Just two years ago, a similar group won 57 games under George Karl. Shaw has Afflalo instead of Andre Iguodala, but there’s still versatility and depth here. and have improved, too. 

The problem is the West is just so tough. No team is trying to tank, even if a few should be. The Nuggets are obviously better than they were, but are they on the same level as the , the or the ? They’re going to have to leapfrog a couple of them just to make it to the postseason. That’ll take a great deal of luck, which was in terribly short supply for this club last year.

 The look like League Pass darlings, and for good reason. Everyone wants to watch throwing alley-oops to Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine. I’m also curious to see if can build on his 2013-2014 season and if and can put theirs behind them. There are young, high-potential players in Minnesota, and the franchise has successfully sold its fanbase hope for the future. The present reality might not be as pretty a picture, though.

Wolves head coach Flip Saunders has the difficult job of divvying up the minutes. , and aren’t expecting demotions, and newcomers and expect to at least try to push for the postseason. That seems like Saunders’ goal, too, but how quickly will he change gears if that goes wrong? While those veterans are all solid, this group appears miles away from a playoff spot.

Right now it was left to rue the timing of Alexandre Lacazette’s goal in Sunday’s North London derby.Lacazette scored for Arsenal on the stroke of half-time to peg the scores back to 2-1 before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tied things up in the second half.Pochetti’s easy to be excited about Minnesota. I’m worried that, in January, we might not find this team half as interesting. At that point we could just be talking about how it should have completely gutted its roster.

I’ll bet on Durant remaining the most important, most valuable and best player in the division. Yeah, he’ll probably miss about 25 percent of the season, but those games could do just as much to show his worth as the ones after his return. I realize that it’s a bit weird to choose someone who’s currently rolling in and out of press conferences on a scooter, though.

Westbrook, Lillard and would all be fair picks, too. It’s just that, if Durant plays about 60 games and resembles the player he was last year, he’s still the guy.

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I can see the being the league’s most improved team aside from the Cavs. What’s weird is they haven’t made a ton of additions to the roster. Rookies and can help right away, but more than anything the reason to be excited is new head coach Quin Snyder. He has Utah spreading the floor, moving the ball and launching 3s, which has made this preseason more enjoyable than any stretch of last year.

The Jazz have talent, but the question is how long it’ll take to turn this thing around. Is it possible for any coach to do it in one year? What we’ve seen is encouraging, but Snyder is trying to implement a new system, coax quick development out of several starters and find a way to make and complement each other. That’s a tall order, though Utah is blessed with low external expectations. 

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power forward scored a team-high 22 points on a sparling 10 of 12 shooting from the field in his team’s 104-80 win over the Knicks in Wednesday’s regular-season opener.

Gibson played 28 minutes off the bench while also recording eight rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in the win. It was his best shooting performance since going 11 for 13 in a win over the Pistons in November of last year. The Bulls are set to face the Cavaliers Friday.

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Cavs, Thunder playing like champions again – and the treat is ours

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The truth is, Dec. 11 is way too early to get carried away with a regular season NBA game. In this case, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder getting together at full strength for a nationally televised collision might be worthy of an exception to the rule.

The Cavs have won eight in a row. The Thunder are 3-1 since Kevin Durant made his season debut after missing time with a foot fracture. Lo and behold, the Cavs — who were a .500 team on Thanksgiving Day — are now only two games out of the top spot in the East at 13-7. The Thunder, in danger of digging too deep a hole without Durant and Russell Westbrook to even make the playoffs, are onl hopes of on-loan Liverpool forward Ben Woodburn returning to action next month have been dashed by another injury.The Wales international returned to the Reds in October after breaking a bone in his foot against Accrington.He was “healing nicely”, sy two games in the loss column out of the eighth spot in the West.

Two teams that should’ve been championship contenders all along finally are beginning to play that way. Their misfortunes and recent recoveries make for a rare pre-Christmas treat when it comes to regular season games that matter.

During their eight-game winning streak, the Cavs have an astonishing net rating of 15.3, meaning they’ve been more than two touchdowns better per 100 possessions than their opponents. Their inconsistent offense (108.1 net rating for the season) has become almost unstoppable as Cleveland has scored 100 or more points in seven of the eight victories (resulting in an impressive 113.8 points per 100 possessions during the streak). Their defense has tightened up, as well, with Cleveland allowing only 98.6 points per 100 possessions over the eight games, compared to 103.7 for the season. 

Same goes for the Thunder, who were 4-12 when Westbrook came back and are 4-1 since (including the 3-1 mark since Durant returned). Unsurprisingly, most of the difference has been felt on the offensive end. Since Durant returned, OKC has posted a 105.6 offensive rating, compared to 98 on the season. All the key offensive metrics (assist percentage, assist-to-turnover ratio, offensive rebounding percentage) are up, too.

For Durant and Westbrook, it would have been a personal rematch against LeBron James, whose Miami Heat beat the Thunder in the 2012 Finals. James, who is 13-4 against OKC since 2008-09, and has won three of the last four meetings while averaging 33.8 points on 62 percent shooting, will miss the game Thursday with a knee injury. For both teams, it’s a chance to test their newfound success against an opponent they could plausibly see again in June.

Through the first six weeks of the NBA season, Steve K was delighted to sign a new 12-month contract with Manchester City.The Brazilian, 34, was set to become a free agent at the end of this season.But he couldn’t have been happier to extend his stay at the Etihad.Fernandinho said: “This is the best poserr’s Golden State Warriors have stolen the show, with an electrifying offense, stingy defense and an 19-2 record. Doc Rivers’ Clippers have come alive, winning nine straight. Seven of the top eight teams in the West are playing at least .700 ball.

In the East, Toronto and Washington have proven to be the class of a conference that, once again, is clearly inferior. The Bulls are dealing with theiros as his injury is worst than originally feared.Rashford suffered a double stress fracture in his back against Wolves last month, with a six week prognosis given after the January 16 clash clash.But Solskjaer says the England international will be r usual injuries, and the Cavs are just starting to figure things out.

So for us, Cavs vs. Thunder is a rare December treat — a regular season NBA game that matters. It’s also a reminder of who will be there when it really matters.