The Celtics now have an All-Star level point guard

Game Luke Kuechly Jersey Crowder probably has the most overlap positionally with Hayward, but also possesses much of the same positional versatility. While Crowder is signed for three more years at one of the best deals in the NBA, Bradley and Smart are about to get expensive after this season. For a team that might get crazy expensive following Isaiah Thomas’ contract, it could make sense for the Celtics to look to offload one of them to make the space.

Overall, though, this is a simple addition. The Celtics now have an All-Star level point guard, wing and big to build around all on the same aging curve. They also have young, top-three picks in Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, as well as a couple of the Bradley, Smart and Crowder trio. Oh, and they might have multiple top-five picks next season.

Game J. R. Sweezy Jersey Boston has arguably the most enviable position in the NBA right now. They might not have the juice to beat Cleveland and get to the NBA Finals next year yet — after all, they overachieved this season, and will lose a couple of roster players — but they are set as the next team in the East as the Cavaliers age or LeBron James potentially leaves.

Why it might not happen: Hiram Bithorn Stadium has a capacity of 18,264, and until Puerto Rico becomes a state (if that ever happens), there will be massive economic roadblocks to putting a full-time professional sports team there.

To that end, Tucker is as diligent in trying to perfect his craft as the NFL’s non-specialists. Besides practicing extensively at team headquarters with his long snapper (Morgan Cox) and holder (punter Sam Koch) under the eye of special-teams coaches Jerry Rosburg and Randy Brown, Tucker scours video of his kicks to make sure the technique is sound.

Former NFL players trying to open medical marijuana dispensary

Several former NFL players have long been outspoken about using marijuana for medical use, and now two of those players are diving further into the game to normalize medical marijuana.
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Former quarterback Troy Smith, a Heisman winner who saw the most success with the 49ers, has joined forces with former Browns player Eric Metcalf and high school coach Ted Ginn Sr. to secure the rights to a marijuana dispensary in the Cleveland area.

According to the source, Spears, 35, also could be packaged with other acts to fill the 12-minute slot Feb. 4 in Minneapolis, as she did at Super Bowl 35 in 2001, in an iconic performance of Walk This Way in Tampa, Fla., with Aerosmith, ‘N Sync and Mary J. Blige, among others.

The Daily News quoted Spears from an interview last summer in which she was asked point-blank by BBC Radio 1 if she would be game for another Super Bowl halftime.

Yes, she answered, I would probably do that.

The Daily News’ final, pointed assessment:

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Kyle Lowry is back from a wrist injury

He has also been a willing power forward, playing about a third of his possessions at the 4, according to Basketball-Reference.com. Anthony was effective in that role for Team USA in the Olympics, and he has been more effective as a power forward in the NBA. According to 82games.com, Anthony had a PER of 22.6 as a power forward this season, compared with 16.4 as a small forward.

The size of his payout is imposing, but the contract is down to two years, and maybe less on the (very) slim chance that Anthony exercises his option next summer.

“I like Carmelo, I think he takes a bad rap,” an Eastern Conference executive said. “He doesn’t get in trouble, he has put up with a lot from that organization and I think a lot of guys would have lashed out by now. Give him credit for that. But anyone who brings him in has to ask, does he make your team better, looking at everything including his (salary) number? In most cases, that’s going to be no.”

Kyle Lowry is back from a wrist injury, which means Toronto’s All-Star backcourt duo of Lowry and DeMar DeRozan is ready to terrorize opponents in the playoffs. DeRozan averaged 27.3 points this season, fifth-best in the league.

The Raptors might be a bit underrated heading into the playoffs. They haven’t played many games with all of their pieces together. This is a deep team that has size, good guards and defensive stoppers.

Milwaukee is sort of playing with house’s money after losing Jabari Parker to another major knee injury this winter. Giannis Antetokounmpo stepped up by averaging 22.9 points and 8.8 rebounds per game while making his first All-Star team. This team may not have enough depth to win a playoff series — yet.
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A couple of Boston’s better players come off the bench.

The defending champs will arguably have the three biggest stars on the court during this series, but the Celtics are a more cohesive unit. They have a more balanced scoring attack highlighted by Kelly Olynyk’s 26-point outburst Monday.
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A couple of Boston’s better players come off the bench. Smart and Olynyk would start on a lot of rosters, which is why Boston chose to stand pat at the trade deadline instead of packaging them to acquire a big-name star at the expense of depth.

Olynyk’s pick-and-pop ability makes him similar to Love. He doesn’t have the foot speed or rebounding tenacity Love possess, but he can do some of the same things on offense, exemplified by his Game 7 explosion against the Wizards.

It’s worth noting the Celtics went 1-3 versus the Cavs during the regular season. Rosters fluctuate and momentum has swung in Boston’s favor a bit, but Cleveland, being able to draw back on past success, will likely enter the series with the same confident swagger it displayed against Toronto.

One matchup that usually goes under the radar is the battle between coaches.

K-Dog, rookie Jaylen Brown said after the game, recalling the criticism Olynyk got early in the year. He does what he does, man. Kelly’s been contributing all year, but they were kicking him early in the year, saying this and that about him. Now, everyone loves him. So I am happy for him.

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Home Run Derby 2017: Wish list of MLB sluggers to join Giancarlo Stanton

The most important Home Run Derby invitation has already been accepted. Giancarlo Staton, the reigning champion and face of the Marlins franchise, will try to win his second consecutive Home Run Derby title in his home ballpark on July 10.

But what about his challengers? We just don’t know yet, but we have suggestions. The derby format adopted in 2015 has been a success — timed rounds and head-to-head competitions were the primary changes — and this year’s event should be exciting no matter which MLB sluggers participate.

Pick your adjective to describe how bad Green Bay’s secondary was last season. Most of them would fit. The Packers allowed a league-worst 8.1 yards per attempt and ranked 31th in pass defense. The team declined to address that in free agency but spent a pair of second-round picks on Washington cornerback Kevin King and N.C. State safety Josh Jones, and the latter will work in behind Ha-Ha Clinton Dix and Morgan Bennett.
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Green Bay lost Micah Hyde via free agency but brought Davon House back in return, and at least one from the combination of Damarious Randall, Quinten Rollins and Ladarius Gunter needs to step up and be better.

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Naturally, given the prestige of the position and an already-chaotic situation, quarterback is where we begin to break down the new-look Bears.

Considering draft picks and guaranteed money, no team in the NFL has more invested at quarterback with less evidence to justify its spending. For both Glennon and Trubisky, upside is the word used to validate the employment.

Pirates honor umpire John Tumpane after heroic act on Pittsburgh bridge

After stopping a woman from jumping off Pittsburgh’s Roberto Clemente Bridge, John Tumpane was honored on Thursday by the city.

The umpire was greeted with applause from the PNC Field crowd prior to Thursday’s Pirates-Rays game in Pittsburgh.

If you’re a loyalist to the Rockets’ back-to-back championships in 1994-95, feel free to replace Barkley with Kenny Smith, Otis Thorpe or Vernon Maxwell, but for the sake of this exercise we’re going with Barkley. Sure, there’s no point guard on this three-man squad but put three Hall-of-Famers on the court together and chances are they’ll figure out how to play together.

This trio was part of the 2004 Pacers team that won a franchise-record 61 games in the regular season. Miller was in the back half of his career when Artest and O’Neal entered the league, but at his peak, he was one of the best shooters in the NBA. Artest could also shoot a high enough percentage from outside to keep opposing defenses honest. This group wouldn’t lack toughness or competitve spirit.

It would be nearly impossible to create a list of the top 10 Trail Blazers of all-time and not include Porter, Drexler and Robinson. Porter, a 6-3 point guard, spent his first 10 seasons in Portland, where he averaged 15 points and seven assists while shooting 38.5 percent from three. Drexler was a Hall-of-Fame shooting guard who averaged 27.2/7.9/5.8 in the late ’80s and Robinson developed into a 20-point-per-game scorer who was also a three-point threat at 6-10. This trio made a pair of NBA Finals appearances in the early ’90s.
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Superteam standings: Ranking the contenders on star power

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Minutes after his Cleveland Cavaliers lost the 2017 NBA Finals to a juggernaut Golden State Warriors squad, LeBron James was still playing hard-nosed defense.

When asked for his take, given his role in forming two famous superteams, James pushed back: I don’t believe I’ve played for a superteam. I don’t believe in that. I don’t believe we’re a superteam here. So, no, I don’t really, I don’t.

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For what it’s worth, the 2011-12 roster that went to the Finals drew a score of 26 SuperPoints, a figure that would land in second place on this current list.

If we based the rubric purely on team wins, the Spurs would be at the top of this list. But no one’s calling this a superteam. This is a super franchise starring Leonard. The Spurs became the first team in NBA history to win over 60 games with only one All-Star on the team (Leonard).

How they move up: First, they probably have to find a GM. Then, they have to pray for internal development. As is, the Cavs have no cap space and probably can’t add any significant players unless they break up the current big three.

Or there’s this: convince Carmelo Anthony to take a buyout with the Knicks and sign for the midlevel exception ($5.1 million). The crazy thing? Adding Anthony would still leave the Cavs 11 points behind the Warriors in star power.

Dodgers use four wild pitches to overtake Rockies

The Dodgers won their 10th straight game in wild fashion.
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Quite literally.
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The Dodgers scored five runs off four wild pitches and even got an RBI double from their closer in a 12-6 win over the Rockies.

The battle of National League West leaders at Dodger Stadium had a little bit of everything, including two home runs by Cody Bellinger, who now has 24 in 57 games this season. The Dodgers (51-26) found themselves trailing 6-4 heading into the seventh.

Seeing the trophy, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said (via the Tribune-Review), That is Lord Stanley. 鈥?Beautiful thing. It’s a beautiful thing.

I went to a lot of the Penguins (playoff) games, but it really is exciting just to see the Stanley Cup, linebacker Ryan Shazier said. It just gives guys motivation and makes us want to be great this season. When you have a team in your city that constantly wins, it just motivates you to be better. They set the standard pretty high, and we have to go reach it.

It’s been a whirlwind week for the Penguins since they clinched their fifth Stanley Cup on Sunday with a win against the Nashville Predators. Team members showed off the Stanley Cup at PNC Park at a Pirates game, where Sidney Crosby threw out the first pitch. An estimated 650,000 fans turned out Wednesday for a parade honoring the team.

Thursday, it was Steelers minicamp. Tomlin undoubtedly hopes his team can return the favor early next year, with the Lombardi Trophy.

(I have) a lot of respect for what they’ve gone through and accomplished, Tomlin said. Really appreciate them showing a token of their appreciation for our support by bringing it over and allowing us to get a little glimpse of it. Hopefully we represent Pittsburgh and Western PA in a similar way here in a few months.

Cubs’ Jake Arrieta hits fifth home run of career against Pirates

Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta has won the N.L. Cy Young Award, pitched two no-hitters and led all pitchers in single-season wins. He has also won a Silver Slugger Award last season.

Facing a 2-2 count, Arrieta crushed a pitch from Ivan Nova into the first row of the left field bleachers, tying the game 2-2. It was his fifth career home run, all of which have come since 2015.

He has the second-most home runs by a pitcher over the last three seasons, behind only the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner, who has hit 10.

That’s one way for a pitcher to get run support.

The Blazers pick Swanigan here, a killer rebounder that also has a ton of skill for passing and shooting the basketball. The key is going to be defense. If he can get into good enough shape to defend the perimeter and play the 4, this makes a lot of sense. If he can’t and is stuck at the 5, well, the Blazers have Jusuf Nurkic and just took Zach Collins. But he’s an NBA rotation player, in all likelihood.

This is a bit of a reach for us. We had Kuzma at No. 46 on our board, as his overall consistency was poor over the course of his career at Utah. One game, you’d get high effort, and he’d go for 20 and 15. The next, he’d go for nine and five. But in terms of his skill, he can knock down 3s as a stretch-4, which is interesting given what the Lakers have on their roster currently.
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Game Youth J.J. Wilcox Jersey This pick will go to Utah as the Jazz give up 30 and 42 to move up and take Bradley. Bradley is a statistical darling on a per-minute basis, but he’s also a reach here for us. Athleticism is a major concern, as he is heavy footed and doesn’t have a ton in the way of explosiveness. Maybe the Jazz can do as much for him in the way of explosiveness as they did for Rudy Gobert. If they get a backup center, they’ll be happy with this. I’m skeptical, though.

NBA Finals 2017: Kyrie Irving’s big night still not big enough for Cavs

The Cavaliers knew they’d need more from Kyrie Irving to climb back into the NBA Finals on Wednesday.

Irving delivered more. He gave them 38 points on 16-of-29 shooting (though he was 0 for 7 from 3), six rebounds and three assists in Game 3. With every stutter-step, pull-up jumper and weave through the lane, Irving gave Cleveland a shot to beat the Warriors.

And yet, even with Irving going for 38 (and LeBron James scoring 39), the Cavs lost 118-113 and fell into a 3-0 hole heading into Game 4. The Warriors are now 15-0 during the 2017 NBA playoffs.

“That’s a bunch of B.S. That’s just Baby talking. I’ve heard Baby say to me multiple times, ‘You know why Doc is so good, Doc is so great’ — and then now he’s saying bad things about him. It’s a huge contradiction. It makes no sense to what he’s doing,” Rivers said. “That has never had a play in the team. I’ve earned every stripe that I’ve gotten. I’ve earned every playing time.”

Part of Davis’ complaints also stemmed from the fact he felt he wasn’t playing enough with the Clippers.

“You got me on the bench, knowing that I could play, but you still go play Spencer Hawes,” Davis said in February. “You’re just trying to cover your own butt because Spencer’s not panning out the way you want him to pan out, and I just don’t like that.”redskins_047