Butter anyone?! Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown pranked with car full of popcorn

Who needs some popcorn?! Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown certainly doesn’t.

Brown’s Boston teammates had his car filled will popcorn after their win over the Timberwolves on Wednesday night.

Kurucs plays for Barcelona’s second team in Spain, starting while putting up solid numbers for a teenager in a pro league. At 6-foot-8 with solid length, athleticism and instincts, the hope is that over the course of the next few years he can develop into a high level player.

The key will be developing from a solid shooter to a great one over that period, as his frame and athleticism should get by at the highest levels.

Collins is a tough prospect to peg at this stage. On one hand, it’s arguable that only John Collins has out-paced him this season in terms of productivity on a per-minute basis. Collins averages nearly 24 points, 13 rebounds and 3.6 blocks per 40 minutes to pair with a 31.6 PER and a 70.7 true-shooting percentage.

In reality, Wall probably wouldn’t average over 15 assists per game, but he might be able to give Stockton’s record a run for its money if he was in Harden’s position. Remember, people scoffed at the idea of Harden averaging 12 assists per game entering the season, and he is on pace to lead the NBA in assists. Wall is more of a pass-first player than Harden, so the extra shooting around him would likely result in his assists jumping to astronomical levels.magic_042

Aaron Judge’s home runs prove ball is juiced, simultaneously disprove it

While Aaron Judge has always been a behemoth of a man with massive raw power, very few media outlets or scouts had Judge as a potential 50 home run hitter or more before this season. Just look at MLB Pipeline’s rankings assessment during the 2016 season.

The NL Central is easily the tightest division in baseball with the Pirates just four back of the Brewers and the Cardinals 4 1/2 games behind out of first after losing to the Mets on Wednesday.

The Cubs are finally playing the way most expected them to all season after winning the franchise’s first World Series in 108 years last season.
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What was most surprising in Wednesday’s win was pitcher Mike Montgomery’s performance. He allowed just one run on two hits over six innings pitched, but he also clobbered an upper-deck home run at Atlanta’s SunTrust Park.

As good as deGrom was for the Mets, Rockies starter Jon Gray was equally bad. Gray lasted just two innings in Friday’s loss, giving up eight runs on nine hits with just one strikeout and three walks.
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Having an even shorter night was Twins pitcher José Berrios, who was done after recording just five outs in the loss to the Astros. Though the Astros scored eight runs in the second inning, with seven coming off Berrios, he was only charged with two earned runs after a botched double-play attempt with one out continued the inning.

Yankees (45-42) at Red Sox (51-39) 4:05 p.m. ET — What will the Sox do for an encore following Friday’s walk-off win? They’ll send All-Star ace Chris Sale (11-4, 2.75 ERA) to the mound as he looks to add to his MLB-leading 178 strikeouts. The Yankees will counter with Luis Severino (5-4, 3.54).

That’s why Kessler saw his hold on the first-team reps in OTAs and minicamp become more of a split with Kizer

Tom Coughlin has become the face and voice of the front office, but Caldwell still holds the title, and he’s got a lot to prove. This is at least the third year of gushing about the smart signings, hirings and drafting the Jags have done, yet the overall record is … what it is. (They’re 15-49 on his watch.) Hiring Doug Marrone as coach was more of a Coughlin operation, but Blake Bortles is Caldwell’s baby.

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The poster boy for circumstances out of a team’s control affecting a team and its big decision-maker. Teddy Bridgewater’s blown-up knee created a domino effect of trading a first-round pick for Sam Bradford, replacing their offensive coordinator and much of the staff, making a hard choice about (not) extending Bridgewater and cutting ties with Adrian Peterson likely earlier than planned. Spielman is up for it, but this will be another challenging year.

That’s why Kessler saw his hold on the first-team reps in OTAs and minicamp become more of a split with Kizer, with Kessler wilting. Kizer’s football intelligence is doing him plenty of favors in picking up Jackson’s offense quickly. He already has a better natural feel for the passing game, and every day in practice, he reportedly has gotten sharper with his rhythm and mechanics.

Blast from the past: 1960 ‘Home Run Derby’ show set precedent for modern event

Baseball fans are pumped about the prospect of an Aaron Judge vs. Giancarlo Stanton faceoff for the Home Run Derby title Monday night, which might be the most anticipated matchup in the history of the event.

Sam Acho Womens Jersey But wait — what about the classic 1960 showdown between future Hall of Famers Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle? That matchup actually happened, on a short-lived TV series named Home Run Derby.
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This has been a possibility since Tom Thibodeau took over in Minnesota last summer. Gibson is one of his favorite players from their time together in Chicago, and the team has a significant need in the frontcourt for a defensive-minded power forward who can play next to Karl-Anthony Towns.

Overall, this is a reasonable salary on a short-term deal that happens to expire at the same time as Jimmy Butler’s contract (and potentially Jeff Teague’s, depending on his player option decision). Gibson is a starter-quality player getting lower-end starter money, and that’s exactly the role he’ll play. It’s worth noting that they’re paying for his age 32 and 33 seasons, but Gibson has yet to show any drop-off from his career-long level. He’s also going to a place he’ll be comfortable, which should help with the transition period many free agents go through.

Spoelstra played college ball at the University of Portland

“I was getting after team in film session about defensive rotations, rebounding, hell, everything to be honest,” Spoelstra told Sporting News. “We weren’t very good. Next thing I know Whiteside gets up and says, ‘we’d still beat any team you played on,’ to which I said, ‘barely.’ We all laughed.”

Spoelstra played college ball at the University of Portland, and professionally for Tus Herten in the German league. It wasn’t a stretch to say Whiteside’s joke was accurate, but it was also time to get in gear. At first, the 13-game streak was a novelty for a team that had only won 11 games prior. But the Heat kept smiling and laughing, while still winning games.

Whiteside had plenty of experience in finding the laughs in darkness during his days with the Kings. Fans knew the talent was there, but the Kings organization wasn’t sure he’d become anywhere near the double-double machine he is today.

“We had to learn to laugh to keep from crying,” Whiteside said. “When we stayed losing in Sac, it made me stronger. I decided that no matter how bad things looked, I’d always find ways to smile. It may not seem like I smile much on the court, but I laugh all the time off it.”

Frustrations were high for San Antonio at the end of the third quarter as Dewayne Dedmon was involved in a scuffle with Harden along with Nene, who intervened by grabbing Dedmon’s neck. Nene was ejected for the grab while Dedmon and Harden received technical fouls.

The Cavs’ comeback was even more remarkable for the fact that Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving did not play in the fourth quarter, with James praising the roles played by Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert, Deron Williams and Kyle Korver.

NBA playoffs 2017: Hawks had to hit bottom to finally put it all together

Not even the best roller-coaster designer could script as many twists and turns as the Hawks have had this season.

Limited Mens Vladimir Tarasenko Jersey Ten days ago, the Hawks were scuffling after a 2-9 stretch, which included two losses to the lowly Nets. It was so bad that several people in and around the Hawks organization looked at the daunting five games left on the schedule with a twinge of fear.

Atlanta’s consecutive playoff streak was in peril. When things were at their lowest, the Hawks got it together. In an unexpected deviation of character, Paul Millsap stood up after the second loss to the Nets.

White privilege is wonderful, Spencer said to a shocked Barkley. I want to expand and deepen white privilege. We are living at a time in which white people are losing social dominance day by day.

The immediate question that arises from this interview: Why give someone like Spencer the spotlight and publicity when you already know his views?
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I am glad we had (Spencer) on the show because I want to know who my enemies are, Barkley said (via Sports Illustrated). I give him credit for having the balls and gumption to go on television and say his thing because there are a lot of people who think like him and we don’t even know they are around. I don’t like this dude, obviously, but he doesn’t hide behind it. There are so many people in America who think like him but we don’t know who they are.

Kawhi Leonard to play in Game 1 against Warriors, coach Gregg Popovich says

The Spurs chances against the Warriors just got better.

Matt Barkley Authentic Jersey After missing Game 6 of San Antonio’s Western Conference semifinals series against the Rockets with an ankle injury, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich says the all-star forward is ready to go. Leonard was a full participant in Saturday’s practice and will play Sunday in Oakland when the conference finals begin at 3:30 p.m. ET., reports Melissa Rohlin of the San Antonio Express-News.

Still, this is a much-anticipated series and has been since the Warriors added Kevin Durant last summer to a core that includes Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. The Spurs or Warriors have represented the West in the Finals every year since 2012, but the last time these two teams met in the playoffs was 2013, when the Warriors were just beginning their ascent in the West and the Spurs were still in the midst of their dynasty (they would lose in the Finals in 2013, and win the title in 2014).

So we’ve never really seen a Spurs-Warriors series with both teams at their peak. This will be as close as we have gotten.
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In the most recent game against the Warriors, the Spur who stood out most was veteran center Pau Gasol, who notched 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists off the bench. Coach Gregg Popovich made a change in the series against the Rockets and moved Gasol into the starting five, and it’s unclear whether he will stick with that here in the conference finals.

It’s hard to get much better results than what Donald has generated with the Rams.

Donald is set to earn $8.7 million for the remaining two years of the rookie contract he signed in 2014. But after three seasons establishing himself as arguably the NFL’s best defensive tackle, Donald is seeking a pay raise in the first year he is allowed to sign a renegotiated rookie contract based upon rules of the NFL’s labor agreement.

Donald wasn’t a full-time participant in the Rams’ voluntary offseason workout programs because of his contract situation. Although he only did conditioning drills during the mandatory veteran minicamp, Donald avoided a fine of $80,405 that could have gotten levied had he failed to report.

Donald, who turned 26 in May, said he has altered his own offseason conditioning program this year working with different trainers.

Instead of just throwing the bar with heavy weight in the weight-room, I’m trying to work on my flexibility and things like that to help me long-term with my speed and explosiveness, Donald said. I’m trying to fine-tune little things I didn’t do in prior years just to get a little bit better.
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It’s hard to get much better results than what Donald has generated with the Rams. He leads all NFL interior linemen in sacks (28) and tackles for loss (57) over the past three seasons.

Such success is one reason Donald’s role probably won’t change too much even with new coordinator Wade Phillips shifting the Rams from a 4-3 to a 3-4 scheme.

Game Youth Mike Alstott Jersey I’m going to be a three-tech and stay at defensive tackle, Donald said. In certain situations, we’re going to see what happens. We might be moving around. But with a good defensive coordinator like (Phillips), he’s definitely going to put guys in position to be successful to help the team try to win games. That’s what it’s about.

Clippers nearing sign-and-trade for Danilo Gallinari

The Clippers’ backcourt may have taken a hit with the exodus of Chris Paul and J.J. Redick, but the frontcourt is shaping up nicely.

According to ESPN, the Clippers are nearing a sign-and-trade agreement with the Nuggets regarding Italian shooting forward Danilo Gallinari for three years and $65 million.

To make the deal work, Atlanta is getting involved. The Clippers will send Jamal Crawford, Diamond Stone and a future first-round pick to the Hawks, while Denver will receive draft compensation.

Gallinari, 28, averaged 18.8 points per game over the last two seasons. Now essentially replaced by Paul Millsap in Denver, Gallinari will slide into the L.A. lineup alongside De’Andre Jordan and Blake Griffin.

The Bulls on Thursday agreed to trade star wing Jimmy Butler and the No. 16 pick (Justin Patton) in this year’s NBA Draft to the Timberwolves for guards Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn and the No. 7 pick (Lauri Markkanen).

Dunn was the No. 5 pick in last year’s draft out of Providence. LaVine, a first-rounder of the T-Wolves in 2014 out of UCLA, is coming off an ACL injury.

Chris Paul will become an unrestricted free agent after opting out of his contract with the Clippers and there’s a chance he leaves Los Angeles for another team in the Western Conference. Namely, the Rockets.

ESPN’s Chris Haynes appeared on SportsCenter on Saturday and his top storyline was Paul potentially signing with Houston. The Rockets have a “serious chance of luring Chris Paul away,” Haynes said.

Eric Decker signs with Titans, giving Marcus Mariota another new target in 2017

It didn’t take long for Eric Decker to find a new home. Just a few days after the New York Jets officially released him, the 30-year-old receiver signed a one-year deal with the Tennessee Titans, the team announced Sunday. The news was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
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Dorsey and Reid joined the Chiefs in 2013 and helped the team go 43-21 with at least nine wins each season, with 11-plus victories in three separate seasons, and three postseason appearances.

I want to thank Clark, the Hunt family and the Chiefs fans for the opportunity to be a part of Chiefs Kingdom over the last four seasons, Dorsey said. I believe this team is well positioned for the future and I wish Coach Reid, the players and the entire organization all the best.

Elite Tevin Coleman Jersey Kansas City went through three coaches in seven years before Reid, who will be the Chiefs’ longest-tenured coach since Marty Schottenheimer.

Reid was headed into the fifth and final year of his contract before the extension; terms were not disclosed. Over the past 26 regular season games, the Chiefs own a 22-4 record, the best in the NFL over that time span.

My family and I have been very pleased by the success the franchise has sustained over the last four seasons under coach Reid, Hunt said in a statement. He has already established himself as one of the best coaches in the league, and he is well on his way to solidifying a place among the all-time greats. We are proud to have him leading our football team, and I look forward to working with him to bring a championship to Chiefs Kingdom.