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Fantasy NBA Daily Notes: Don’t sleep on the Grizzlies

In his 750th career start, Memphis’ Mike Conley scored 40 points for the first time as a professional on Tuesday night in downing the Portland Trail Blazers in impressive fashion. The performance marked just the second 40-point game by a Grizzlies player in the past decade and the first since Marc Gasol in January of 2017.

Conley isn’t the only fun story on this lottery-bound Memphis team, as trading Gasol to Toronto, among some other smaller moves at the deadline, created real value for several members of Memphis’ rotation.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

Chief among these rising assets is Avery Bradley, who posted a modest 14-point line last night but has slashed for 17.1 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 4.1 APG, and 2.1 3PG in 10 games, all starts, with the Grizzlies. While Conley is universally owned in competitive fantasy leagues, Bradley is found in free agency in 90 percent of ESPN leagues.5

The free-agent fun continues in Memphis with Delon Wright, sent over from Toronto in the Gasol blockbuster, as he’s averaged 21 points and 9.5 combined assists and rebounds the past two outings and can be found for the price of a few clicks in 98 percent of ESPN leagues. Even Joakim Noah flirted with a triple-double on Tuesday evening and is rostered in fewer than 10 percent of leagues.

In his last game against Denver on Nov. 27, LeBron scored 14 points, one more than he needs on Wednesday to move past Jordan for fourth on the all-time scoring list. The 14 points were a season-low at the time and are his second-fewest in a game this season. The only time James scored fewer against the Nuggets was on Nov. 5, 2003 — the fourth game of his NBA career.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

Denver is looking to bounce back from a close loss to the Spurs, with passing maven Nikola Jokic poised as a top DFS play tonight, given the Lakers have been uniquely generous on defense since the All-Star break.

With Vikings not tagging Anthony Barr, what’s next?

The clock had been ticking on Anthony Barr’s time in Minnesota after last offseason came and went without the linebacker receiving a contract extension. Now that the franchise tag window has passed, both sides are set to go in separate directions with Barr headed toward free agency.

The Vikings’ decision to let their former first-round pick hit the open market is among the least surprising news ahead of the new league year. Minnesota’s financial situation is tenuous. According to ESPN’s Roster Management System, the Vikings currently sit with $5,263,899 in cap space. The fact there just isn’t enough money to fork up for the franchise tag (an estimated $15.8 million for outside linebackers) and later come to an agreement on a long-term deal wasn’t lost on Minnesota’s decision-makers.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

“Anthony was my number one pick as a head coach, right?” coach Mike Zimmer said at the NFL combine. “I love him as far as the things he does for the organization, the football team. It’s just really going to depend on where the numbers go. … But the way it is with the cap, we have to budget where we’re going. So if it goes to, if Barr gets paid $18 million, it probably ain’t going to happen, you know?”6

Depending upon where he lands in free agency and what his next role becomes, Barr’s market could command somewhere in the $12 million to $15 million range. His value in a 4-3 scheme as an outside linebacker might not be as high as it would be should he move back into a role where he primarily plays on the edge and rushes the passer, similar to the type of responsibilities he carried during his career at UCLA.

What we know is this: The Vikings need to find a replacement for one of their defensive staples. Despite an up-and-down season in 2018 hindered by a hamstring injury, Barr is a very good off-ball linebacker and situational edge rusher. He led all linebackers in pass-rushing productivity, according to Pro Football Focus, generating 23 pressures on 94 pass-rush snaps last season. He wrestled at times to emulate the 2015 version of himself where he rushed quarterbacks like a defensive end while covering the back end like a safety, and his coverage skills were often critiqued, but Barr played a critical role over five seasons in one of the NFL’s top defenses. During his time with the Vikings, Barr notched 13.5 sacks and 31 QB hits, forced seven fumbles and had an interception. His production is one thing, but the impact he had on this defense goes beyond tangible things like stats.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

“He has a really good grasp on what we’re doing defensively,” Zimmer said in December. “He has a good grasp on what the offense is doing. He can communicate to the defensive line and the other linebackers and I think that helps a lot to be able to do the things we are trying to do.”

Barr wasn’t necessarily a “scheme fit” when he was drafted in 2014, but he became what the Vikings needed him to be in Zimmer’s defense. Finding a player whose value can match the former first-round pick’s could come from a number of different places.

Healthy Bosa says going No. 1 would be ‘dream’

In one of his first significant public discussions since his college football career was prematurely ended by injury, Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa said Saturday at the NFL scouting combine that he is fully healthy and ready to be the top pick of the April draft.

“I’ve been talking myself up pretty good to [NFL teams],” Bosa said. “I’m ready to get on the field, get on the bench … and definitely leave no doubt.”cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Bosa said he will participate in a full workout Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium when the defensive linemen and linebackers will go through their on-field work. He added he will meet Sunday night with the Arizona Cardinals, who have the No. 1 pick in the draft. He said Friday he will meet with the other teams in the top eight of this year’s draft as well.5

Bosa’s junior season at Ohio State ended in September when he suffered a core muscle injury. He eventually withdrew from school in October to both rehab the injury and begin his preparation for the NFL draft in earnest.

The Fort Lauderdale, Florida, native gave the most specific description of the injury to date Saturday, saying he suffered a “bilateral core muscle injury … it’s a groin, lower abdomen thing,” and noting that repairs were made to both sides of the injury. He said he knew immediately the severity of the injury.

“I felt it. I know what a serious injury is. I knew my season was in jeopardy,” he said.

He added that he has been training “at full speed” for about two months and that he felt 100 percent — “like myself” — for a few weeks.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Bosa suffered the injury in the third quarter of the Buckeyes’ Sept. 15 win over TCU and had surgery Sept. 20 to repair it. At the time, Bosa’s family had been given a recovery time of 12 weeks, so Bosa and his family made the decision to withdraw from school.

Sancho exclusive: ‘I’m happy that I’ve opened doors’ for young English players with Dortmund move

A different club, a different league, a different town, a different country. Life, in football and beyond, has changed so much for Jadon Sancho since his move to Borussia Dortmund 20 months ago that it can be a bit a difficult to take it all in.

“If you’d asked me three years ago where I’d be today, I couldn’t give you an answer,” the 18-year-old told ESPN in a TV studio buried beneath the Signal Iduna Park main stand, with a huge smile on his face.nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal

“I wouldn’t have thought it would be here and me doing this well,” he said. “[The biggest surprise to me is] just how everything has gone so far. It’s gone so quickly. It’s all crazy right now.”6

The Camberwell, London-born winger has become the face of an idea, a shining star for the argument in favour of career-furthering migration. He’s the teenage conquistador who has shown his generation of English academy alumni a whole new world of possible progress across the English Channel.

“It’s a good feeling, a nice feeling,” he said of his pioneering role. “It’s a good thing to give other players the opportunities somewhere else and not just at home. Give them a wider vision of what’s out there. I’m happy that I’ve opened doors.”

But as more and more Bundesliga clubs are scrambling to sign the best British talent, desperate not to miss out on the next Sancho, the former Manchester City player warned other youngsters stranded in the Premier League’s nebulous “upside down” between the reserves and the first squad that going to the German top flight is not necessarily a cure-all.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

“They do ask me what it’s like, and I tell them truthfully: It’s not easy. It’s difficult.”

Sancho admitted that he “never knew” the Bundesliga was as “tough and physical” as he found it to be after signing for the Black and Yellows in the summer of 2017. “You’ve got to be very sharp. You just have to be on point,” he said.

Kevin Muscat confident Melbourne Victory can make Champions League impact as injuries mount

On the eve of an AFC Champions League campaign and with the race to the A-League finals in the home straight, Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat has issues.

Any realistic chance the defending champions had of taking top spot from Perth evaporated into the steamy Geelong night air on Saturday when Newcastle inflicted a 2-0 loss.

It was the fourth match in succession that the Victory failed to claim maximum points and the fifth in a row where they fell behind on the score sheet.

In addition to scoring concerns, Muscat is dealing with injuries and suspensions.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

Georg Niedermeier missed the GMHBA Stadium encounter after a red card in the Melbourne derby, while star Swedish striker Ola Toivonen (illness), skipper Carl Valeri (hamstring) and winger Elvis Kamsoba (knee) were also absent.5

To rub salt into the wounds, James Donachie has a suspension coming after he was sent off in injury time for a second yellow card.

Muscat is taking a glass-half full approach ahead of Tuesday night’s opening Champions League clash with Korean side Daegu FC at AAMI Park.

“With the illness and injury, the players have done remarkably well considering all of the disruptions from week to week,” Muscat said.

“At this point in time is it starting to affect us? I don’t think so because the performance didn’t earn the result but there was a lot to like about it.nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal

“We’ll go into Tuesday night’s game with confidence, I’ll make that clear now.

“It’s exciting and we’ll use these extra games that we’ve got to get better and better for the run into the end of the [A-League] season.”

Farquhar makes first outing since hemorrhage

Danny Farquhar took the mound in a game again. That was more than enough on Saturday.

Farquhar’s spring training appearance for the New York Yankees was his first game since the 32-year-old reliever collapsed in the Chicago White Sox dugout on April 20 because of a ruptured aneurysm and brain hemorrhage. The right-hander got one out and was charged with five runs in an 8-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

“I felt great out there,” Farquhar said. “I was happy to be back on the mound. Obviously, the results weren’t great, but I call it a good day. I felt like a baseball player, again.”cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Farquhar allowed three hits and walked two while throwing 19 pitches in the fourth inning. He is in camp with the Yankees on a minor league deal.

“The fact that he’s on the mound and gotten to this point is pretty awesome,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “I found myself a little more emotional than I even thought. Even though it didn’t go great, I think he really appreciated how special it was for him to be back out on a mound.”6

Farquhar’s teammates moved to the top step of the third-base dugout and clapped as he walked off the mound with his glove held in his right hand.

“It felt like for better or for worse they had my back,” Farquhar said. “It was nice to have that support. I’ve never been high-fived so much giving up five runs in my career.”

Farquhar’s wife, Lexie, and children Madison (7), Landon (3) and Liam (1) were among a dozen family members and friends at the game. Madison could be heard yelling “Daddy” from the stands.

“I heard them from the beginning,” Farquhar said. “My mom, my daughter. They were screaming.”cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

“I loved having my family here,” Farquhar added. “It means the world to have them here and see them after. Just to see how my wife was feeling, how my kids loved me. They didn’t care how good or bad I did today. It brings life into perspective on what’s important.”

Josh Bell started the inning with an opposite-field double off the wall in left. After Melky Cabrera lined out to right, a Kevin Kramer single was sandwiched between walks to Erik Gonzalez and Ke’Bryan Hayes.

Would you rather have a team of 25-homer hitters or all Gold Glovers?

This debate was a topic of discussion on last week’s Baseball Tonight podcast with Buster Olney: Would you rather have a lineup of eight 25-homer players or eight Gold Glovers? Fun question. With eight 25-homer dudes you’re going to hit 200 home runs, although 200 home runs isn’t what it used to be — 11 teams reached that figure in 2018. The Gold Glove team is going to be brilliant on defense, but you have no idea what kind of offense they bring to the table.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

Buster, Tim Kurkjian and myself went with the Gold Glovers. Producer Josh Macri went with the 25-homer team. So did the listeners, as the 25-homer lineup easily won the poll on Twitter with 65 percent of the vote.5

Well, I looked into this … and let’s just say that Buster, Tim and myself were correct and Josh and the rest of you were wrong. I was surprised the poll results (with over 11,000 votes) weren’t closer, because when I think of Gold Glovers, the first names that pop into my head are Nolan Arenado, Mookie Betts, Yadier Molina and Andrelton Simmons, two superstars with the sticks and two solid hitters with legendary gloves.

Now, I suppose the 25-homer defenders could make this argument: Gold Glove winners are often selected because they had good seasons at the plate that aren’t necessarily representative of their true ability. That might be somewhat true (although more so before they reworked the way Gold Gloves were awarded a few years ago). For example, Jacoby Ellsbury’s lone Gold Glove came in 2011, which also happened to be his best offensive season, as he hit 32 home runs.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Most Gold Glovers, however, have long careers. Probably the most obscure Gold Glove winner over the past 10 seasons was Darwin Barney, the National League Gold Glover at second base in 2012. He spent three seasons as a regular, with eight seasons total in the majors. On the other hand, many members of the 25-homer club have brief careers or short stints as regulars or just one fluky 25-homer season.

So I’ll stick with my guess: Go with the Gold Glovers. Trust your old baseball writers, my friends.

Harris, Butler lead first ever 76ers win in OKC

Jimmy Butler’s magnanimous presence in the locker room is unmistakable. He walks around singing loudly along to songs, taking his personal portable speaker to the showers and barely missing a lyric while he courts a lighthearted debate with Mike Scott and Jonathon Simmons — a debate drowned out by Butler’s country music.

There has been a lot written, said and assumed about how Butler fits with the Philadelphia 76ers and what happens beyond this season, but as coach Brett Brown said after their 108-104 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, Butler was the one trying to bring everything together.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

“There was an unselfishness,” Brown said. “I think that connects the dots to so many things. It’s a very unselfish group, and I thought Jimmy Butler tonight, especially, went way out of his way to live by that standard we’ve set. He was our bell ringer tonight.”7

The Process methodically, incrementally, painstakingly built the 76ers, but this group has sort of been assembled on the fly this season. Butler’s addition was the first significant shake-up, but following that with adding Tobias Harris right before the trade deadline is the big swing. And without Joel Embiid, the Sixers leaned on Butler’s playmaking (20 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists) and Harris’ scoring (32 points on 11-of-19 shooting). After the Thunder tied the game 93-93 with with 4 minutes, 40 seconds left, Harris went on an 8-0 run by himself as the Sixers took control.

“Take the shots you’re comfortable making, and he made ’em,” Butler said of Harris. “We want him to continue to be that player for us, and he’s going to win us a lot of games.”cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

The win broke a 19-game losing streak to the Thunder. It was the Sixers’ first win against OKC since Nov. 15, 2008, and only the second ever against the team since it relocated to Oklahoma City. Looking around the Sixers’ locker room, the longest tenured player is T.J. McConnell, but he has been with the team since only 2015, part of seven of those losses. How different were things on that November day in 2008? The teams took 21 3-pointers

Fantasy NBA Daily Notes: LeBron vs. Giannis

The Magic outscored the Warriors 14-2 in the final three minutes to pull out a compelling victory on Thursday. Orlando missed just one shot from the field during this clutch stretch, while Golden State went 1-of-7. This stretch is tied for the Warriors’ worst point differential in the final three minutes of a game under Steve Kerr.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

The Magic finished 8-3 in February and led the NBA in defensive efficiency (100) and net efficiency during that span (plus-11.9). Thursday also marked the Magic’s 18th outright win as underdogs, second most in the NBA behind the Hawks (19).6

It’s best to embrace variance when it comes to the Magic’s scoring microwave, Terrence Ross. The former Washington Huskie scored 28 points a week ago in Toronto against the team that drafted him and yet followed that with a three-point showing against the Knicks on Tuesday. Against the Warriors, Ross bounced back yet again with a team-best plus-17 net rating and scored 16 points off the bench in the critical win, evidence he’s going to shoot his way through any interim cold stretches.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

During Orlando’s stellar recent stretch of play, Ross has averaged 17.8 PPG, 4.2 RPG, and most importantly 3.2 3PG the past 12 games. Another quietly crucial element to Ross’ game is elite free throw efficiency, as he’s made 87 percent for the season and 96.6 percent from the stripe the past month. Ross doesn’t do much beyond shoot and score, but he’s a difference-maker in those categories and remains available in free agency in more than 60 percent of ESPN leagues. Ross should continue to thrive as Orlando’s version of Lou Williams in the weeks ahead.

How Matthew Dellavedova is inspiring the Cleveland Cavaliers

Matthew Dellavedova finds himself in a different situation in his second stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers than when he left in the summer of 2016. Back then, the team was coming off its first NBA championship win, and would subsequently make the Finals for another two years after Dellavedova signed with the Milwaukee Bucks.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

Now, back at the Cavs after a mid-season trade, Dellavedova returned not to a championship — or even a playoff caliber team — but to a squad struggling to find its identity, not to mention wins.

Dellavedova says it was “different” coming from Milwaukee back to Cleveland.5

“I guess coming from Milwaukee where they’re top of the East, we’ve got some work to do here,” Dellavedova tells ESPN. “You just got to look at it as a challenge and see the long term vision, and make sure we’re working on getting better.”

A new, but familiar, environment also means that Dellavedova has gotten a chance to play more after falling out of the Bucks rotation towards the end of his tenure there. In just 12 appearances for Milwaukee, Dellavedova averaged 8.1 minutes and 1.7 points per game – both career lows. Since being traded in early December, he’s played 33 games for the Cavs — mainly as a backup to Collin Sexton — but Dellavedova has seen his own productivity increase. So far he’s averaging 7.5 points, 4.4 assists in just over 20 minutes a night.

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“It’s been great getting out there and playing, especially the last couple of months you can see the improvement,” he said.

Wherever he’s been, Dellavedova has been lauded for his leadership skills. In Milwaukee, coach Mike Budenholzer praised Dellavedova for being one on the locker room leaders, despite not playing many minutes. Back in Cleveland, it’s no different. Head coach Larry Drew appreciates having a player with Dellavedova’s pedigree to mentor the young players on his team.