Kevin Durant is arguably the second best player in the world but, like many others coming off of an injury, sometimes it takes a while to find a rhythm in the game and confidence in your knee. But it goes beyond the numbers, his mere presence would make all the difference. The Warriors' fourth quarter run began on the defensive end. We had to get some stops.
For all the talk of the Jazz not being able to score on the Clippers, the Clippers haven't done much against the Jazz this season. The ball was given to Chris Paul who tied it at 95-95 following his quick runner off the glass. Paul also had 11 assists, seven rebounds and three steals. The Jazz scored more in the paint, 42 points to 40, which is unacceptable when their star center is out and the Clippers have experienced big men DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin .
West Ham United are all but safe and have little other than pride to play for. However, a win seems unlikely as Sunderland have been allergic to scoring goals. I don't think we've ever been in real danger of ever looking like we're getting relegated, so we'll look forward rather than back. It was another moment of misfortune in a wretched season for Sunderland fans but they watched their team draw level on 26 minutes thanks to their own slice of luck.
Crystal Palace have alternated between victory and defeat in their four home Premier League games against Leicester, keeping a clean sheet in each win and failing to score in each defeat. "I have seen fouls given in oher games for what happened with Benteke goal, but there is nothing we can do about it now". He added: "I don't get a lot of time in games to show my quality on the ball because my priority is to protect the defence".
Tottenham's 4-0 hammering over Watford before Chelsea's fixture had closed the margin to just four points, meaning that the pressure was on Antonio Conte's side. "Then we conceded and lost a bit of confidence but then we managed the game and scored another with Marcos Alonso". If they return with their seven-point advantage still intact, they will be a huge step closer to a sixth title and fifth in the Premier League era.
I thought he was lucky in this situation that not more happened, but it will be pretty much impossible that he will play again this season. "Stoke is not too far away so we will give him all the time he needs, but it will be really close".
We spent a lot of energy fighting against Leicester. " We are still in a good position and we just have to concentrate on ourselves ". "There is a big difference from the Dutch league where I came from and the Premier League is a huge test".
Kyrie Irving scored 45 points and LeBron James collected 32 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists, but it was all for nought as the Cavs dropped into a tie with Boston. "I'm so thankful to play the game I love". During his second National Basketball Association season, Robertson averaged 30.8 points, without the benefit of a three-point line, to go with 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists per game for the Cincinnati Royals.
He started the knock with a single, then hit back-to-back sixes of the bowling of Sreenath Aravind. They (bowlers) have to vary their pace, bowl slow. While Jadhav cracked five fours and two sixes, Head hit two fours and a six in his innings. Kohli took the early initiative as he picked up a boundary each in the first two overs before blasting Dhawal Kulkarni for three fours in the third over.
Stevens said he was proud of the way Thomas had performed, and how his team mates had supported him. Game 2 will be played Tuesday in Boston . Point guard Isaiah Thomas scored a team-high 33 points Sunday in Game 1 of the Boston Celtics' first-round playoff matchup with the Chicago Bulls, one day after the death of his sister in a one-car crash.
Leonard scored 37 points, combined with 11 rebounds, in his best ever play-off display as the Spurs took control. Paul George scored 32 and Jeff Teague 23 for IN, which showed more fight, but has a steep hill to climb to win the series .
Scott Darling , his primary backup, has been a legitimately good option for the Blackhawks this season. That depth gives them a better shot at making a run at the Stanley Cup. A fantastic defense corp , most of all. Pekka Rinne is at his best . He now has stopped all 59 shots he's faced. At 5-on-5 , Crawford won the battle, but his.930 SP was faintly better that the.929 SP Rinne posted.
Hamilton crossed the line 6.2 seconds ahead of Vettel, the victor of last month's season-opening race in Australia, to claim his fifth win in Shanghai. "But later on Sebastian got behind me and we had a real race on our hands", Hamilton said. "He was managing the pace in the right way, our strategy was spot-on and, on an afternoon when there was lots of scope for making mistakes, he didn't put a foot wrong", Wolff said.
At Harbour Town, Kuchar shot a 64 - the day's best round - to improve 52 spots and tie for 11th. About the only thing he hasn't done is win, something he looks to remedy this week. Donald appeared done after driving out of bounds on the second hole and leaving the birdie-able par-5 with a double-bogey seven. That left him four off the pace in a share of sixth as Dufner surged into first place with a brilliant 65.
The Kolkata Knight Riders ( KKR ) registered a record-breaking T20 win, with all 10-wickets intact against Gujarat Lions in their opening match at Rajkot. The heroes of MI s thrilling run-chase were one-down batsman Nitish Rana , who kept them in the hunt when wickets fell around him to make a 29-ball 50, and Hardik Pandya who cracked an 11-ball 29 to clinch a thrilling win.
San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) drives between Memphis Grizzlies defenders Troy Daniels (30) and JaMychal Green (0) during Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Saturday, April 15, 2017, in San Ant. Leonard had a postseason career-high 37 points and made all 19 free-throw attempts. Tony Parker added 15 points for San Antonio. He made a lot of great plays for us.
The day before, it was reported the 28-year-old point guard's sister died in a vehicle crash. He somehow plays like that ... "I'm not sure what to say - I'm not feeling comfortable with him sitting on the sideline crying like that", Barkley said on TNT's pregame show, according to Yahoo Sports .
For the year, the Cavaliers finished just 22nd in the National Basketball Association in defensive rating. What does that mean? The road to the playoffs was indeed a hard one for the Cavs , but James is not anxious. Guard Archie Goodwin scored 20 points to lead the Nets. The Raptors (51-31), who rested DeMar DeRozan and Serge Ibaka, got 25 points from shooting guard Norman Powell.
While goals were scarce in New York's 2-0 victory in Game 1, there were three in the first period alone Friday. Michael Grabner, Mats Zuccarello, and Rick Nash scored for NY. "It hasn't changed. We go home and get ready for a game". Midway through the third, the Rangers only had 14 total shots on goal, prompting Alain Vigneault to pull out the line blender, mixing and matching the Rangers forwards as he was desperate to create any offence against the Habs, who dominated all night long.
CLEVELAND (AP ) - Blown big leads. After beating the Indiana Pacers 117-111 on Monday night in Game 2 of an Eastern Conference first-round playoff series, the Cleveland Cavaliers are feeling pretty good about themselves. Irving's seminal moment came at the end of the third quarter. IN erased a 10-point deficit with nine minutes left in Game 1, and then in Game 2 cut the Cavs' 18-point lead after three quarters to four with 19.5 seconds left on a George 3-pointer.
However, the Clippers' recent hot streak suggests that are peaking at the flawless time . Defensively, they forced the Spurs to commit 10 turnovers and scored 13 points directly off the turnovers. So what are the major issues or dynamics to keep an eye on for Utah? The Jazz play in relative obscurity compared to the Warriors and Rockets. There's another candidate, however, who represents the arduous task of building a contender from the bottom up: the Utah Jazz's Dennis Lindsey.
Nikita Kucherov scored his 40th goal, and Alex Killorn added a goal. They haven't beaten goaltender Braden Holtby in three seasons and the Holtbeast has success against them in the playoffs. Nylander noted that his side had "nothing to lose going into the series" and Babcock observed something similar ahead of the game against Columbus when asked about pressure on his young team.
Every playoff I've been involved in, if you've got a team that's evolving, you've got a better chance so you want to focus on a few things that we want to clean up or keep. But the 19-year-old speedster with terrific instincts has looked extremely comfortable skating directly into the National Hockey League playoffs, having done so after playing a mere four games in Providence following his jump to the pro game from Boston University.
Lackey did not get an opportunity to pitch versus the Dodgers previous year during the regular season. Wade Davis (1-0) tossed a scoreless inning for his first win with the Cubs , who blew a 2-0 lead before the dramatic finish to their rain-delayed home opener.
I have checked, and there is no truth to the rumor that the Mavericks took Romo to McDonald's after the game for a Happy Meal, or that they officially waived Romo and gave Dak Prescott a four-year contract. The reason Romo couldn't play Tuesday night is because his contract wouldn't have been honored. "This is an honor that I could never dream of", said Romo, who rose to fame as an undrafted player out of lower-division Eastern Illinois in 2003.
SAN ANTONIO (AP ) - The Spurs responded to another late-game meltdown as they have all season: relying on a little 3-point shooting and a whole lot of Kawhi Leonard . And I applaud Fizdale for saying it. Memphis definitely got the short end of the stick with 15 free throws compared to San Antonio's 32, and it is odd to see the Grizzlies not getting respect from the officials - something that Fizdale alluded to.
Pekka Rinne , Predators - Never mind Rinne's shutout streak. It's incredible how quiet 22,175 fans can be when they're all trying to figure out what just happened. Kasperi Kapanen scored his second goal of the game at 11:53 of the second overtime and Toronto defeated Washington to even their best-of-seven series at one game apiece.
The Senators won on each of their past three visits to Boston , two of them this season. Who has the edge when the Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators meet up in a crucial Game 3 of their series tonight at 7PM ET? The winning goal went in just after tired Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara was guilty of a delay-of-game penalty in the closing seconds of regulation - and Ottawa scored just as he was stepping back onto the ice.
This isn't the couple's first hard patch, and it might not be their last. However, Carmelo may soon be reporting to work in another zip code. According to some rumors, Carmelo could be traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he would play alongside longtime friend LeBron James .
It is mine. In this case I wasn't able to do the right motivation. "Sometimes it is also normal that they have a period where they do not score . I want to play in the Champions League next season". "We are lucky to have the pressure". Beaten manager Antonio Conte took responsibility for Chelsea's defeat. Certainly Chelsea do not look like ending the season in peak form and Spurs are indeed playing some exhilarating and effective football.
Spain worldwide Isco has featured for just 77 minutes in Madrid's nine Champions League games so far in 2016-17, despite being fit for nearly all of the campaign, and remained on the bench when Marco Asensio, James Rodriguez and Mateo Kovacic entered from the bench during last week's 2-1 quarterfinal first leg win at Bayern Munich.
The deal includes $4 million in 2017. ESPN's Field Yates confirmed the offer sheet , via Mike Rodak of ESPN.com, who noted the Bills would be entitled to a fifth-round draft pick if they allow Gillislee to join the Pats. He's averaged 5.6 yards per carry across 23 career games and scored nine total touchdowns in 15 appearances last season. Gillislee is an intriguing target for a Patriots team already boasting a backfield of specialists in Super Bowl hero James White, elusive Dion Lewis ...
Then, just a few hours later, the National Football League informed the Broncos and Aqib Talib that he will not face any disciplinary actions for the incident last June where he shot himself in the leg. After a four-month investigation, the Dallas Police Department elected not to file charges, concluding their case in the June 5 shooting. He did not need surgery.
Playing their first postseason game in 11 years, the Edmonton Oilers rolled out to a two-goal, first period lead. Another injured forward could return Friday in Joe Thornton, who sat out the last three regular-season contests as well as the series opener due to a knee issue.
Roberto Firmino scored Liverpool's winning goal for the second straight game as his team climbed back above Manchester City into third place. "Maybe we didn't "rest" players ahead of Thursday (when United play Anderlecht in the Europa League), we just chose the team we thought was the best team", Mourinho told Sky Sports at Old Trafford .
He saw out a further 20 minutes against Bournemouth on Wednesday but, after the game, manager Jurgen Klopp revealed that he had had no choice but to withdraw his side's playmaker. Robbie Savage is backing Liverpool to finish in the top four and to secure a place in next season's Champions League competition. "Today you could feel it immediately in the dressing room", he said.
Leo Komarov-the poly-lingual insane uncle of the checking line-laid a beastly hit on Ovechkin then shutdown-slash-scoring centre Nazem Kadri detonated big, bad Brooks Orpik with his shoulder. Filip Forsberg erased Chicago's two-goal third period lead by himself. Kevin Fiala finished the job, scoring with 3:16 left in the extra frame to put the Blackhawks in a 3-0 series hole.
Bottas, in three races to date as Rosberg's replacement, does not seem to be at the level required to chase the title and at one point in Bahrain was holding up the quicker Hamilton. "I tried my hardest to catch up". They had the opportunity at the end of the day to get some extra points for the team and fight for the victory. After the Mercedes drivers were put on different tyre strategies, Bottas moved out of the way for Hamilton on two occasions during the 57 lap race, but on the second ...
Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic insists Chelsea have enough experience to keep their composure in the title race after Sunday's 2-0 defeat at Manchester United cut their lead at the top of the Premier League table to four points with six games left.
The Falcons have scheduled another home preseason game against Jacksonville for August 31. The new stadium will not only serve as the home of the Atlanta Falcons, but also Atlanta United of Major League Soccer and the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.
Middlesbrough nearly sprung a surprise when Alvaro Negredo cancelled out Alexis Sanchez's stunning 42nd-minute free-kick, with Daniel Ayala going close to putting his side in the lead with a close-range header moments later. They were on the front foot, threatening to breach Arsenal's new-look three-man defence, as Grant Leadbitter went close with a long-range strike. Alexis Sanchez scored the opener for Arsenal .
After a run of eight consecutive wins in the Premier League combined with slip ups from Chelsea, Mauricio Pochettino's men have managed to close down the initially sizeable lead that the Blues had over them in the Premier League to just four points.
Phaneuf, a 12-year veteran, scored the victor from the point as Alex Burrows provided a screen. "To get that ovation was just..." he said, before trailing off. "You don't want to put your foot off the gas there, you want to keep at it and not really change anything", Stafford said. "There are probably a lot more words, but they called it.
Isaiah Thomas is averaging 33 points and six assists while Al Horford is averaging 19 points and seven rebounds. Tune in to Tuesday night's Celtics-Bulls Game 2 on 98.5 The Sports Hub - the flagship station of the Boston Celtics . "You don't know what kind of defensive coverage they're going to throw at him [Tuesday]". "[Isaiah] was incredible - he's an unbelievable player and an awesome person", said Boston coach Brad Stevens.
Palace is the only team from the bottom half of the table set to face more top six clubs than Leicester before the season ends and Shakespeare is wary of slipping into the relegation zone. Indeed, this is the first time Leicester have won three in a row against the Eagles in all competitions since March 1925 - they've never won four consecutively against them.
A 3-0 win for Manchester United at the Stadium of Light has left Sunderland 10 points off safety at the bottom of the English Premier League. "The game was good and we get 1-0 (up) and they get the red card". United will lock horns with Anderlecht in the first leg of the Europa quarter-finals while they will take on Chelsea in their next Premier League clash.
The NCAA tabbed Albany, Buffalo and a pair of locations in New York City to host games during that time frame. The NCAA received more than 3,000 bid submissions from NCAA member schools, conferences, sports commissions and cities vying to host predetermined rounds for 84 of the NCAA's 90 championships.
The Taoiseach led tributes last night to former US Ambassador to Ireland and Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney , who died at the age of 84. From a personal standpoint, I was honored to call him a friend and always appreciated his unwavering support of the Penguins. Mr. Rooney was a champion and a true Pittsburgh icon.
After Game 1, Pacers forward Paul George made it clear to reserve C.J. Miles that he would always be the one to take the last shot of a close contest. Stephenson started cold shooting, but wound up with 13 points. That extends beyond simple coaching decisions and into rotations. The missed opportunities allowed IN to stay within striking distance throughout most of the game , giving the Pacers an opportunity to get the win at the end.
Game 2 will be played in Boston on Tuesday night. BOSTON-Isaiah Thomas took the floor to a deafening cheer for the Boston Celtics' playoff opener against the Chicago Bulls on Sunday night, just a day after his sister was killed in a auto accident.