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In some games Carmelo Anthony carries the Knicks, and in others it’s Kristaps Porzingis who does

There is no reason for them to make a decision in the near future; they have the opportunity to wait and see how Rose progresses this season. It’s also worth noting that Rose can potentially make more money as a free agent. He can sign a max contract with a starting salary of more than $29 million this summer — for a total of five years and approximately $175 million. Though it’s unclear at this point if other teams see Rose as a max player.
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Thus far, Rose has played well, getting to the basket at will. But his shooting outside of the paint has been inconsistent. Rose is shooting 56 percent within the restricted area but 35 percent from midrange (22-for-62), according to NBA.com. He’s also hit 26 percent (7-for-27) of his 3-point attempts.

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek, who as a player was one of the top shooters in the NBA, had an interesting observation about Rose¡¯s shooting.

¡°It¡¯s a strange thing because I almost think sometimes when he¡¯s tired, he¡¯ll shoot it better because he¡¯ll shoot it on the way up [as he’s ascending into the shot]. In practice, he shoots it on the way up and gets the arc,¡± Hornacek said. ¡°He knows he wants to get it up higher. But sometimes I think that adrenaline gets going in the games, he¡¯s got all that energy, and he jumps high and that¡¯s when his shot tends to be flat.

¡°It¡¯s kind of a bizarre thing,” Hornacek added. “When you have the energy, you think it would be better. But he¡¯s working on it. You see him out here in the gym and he [works on his shot]. So that¡¯s a habit that he¡¯s had probably in the past that he¡¯s trying to get through.¡±

Teammates believe Noah will produce: Joakim Noah has struggled in his first 17 games as a Knick. He’s said time and again that he needs to play better. Noah’s teammate and friend Courtney Lee remains confident the veteran center will help the Knicks in the long run. So does Thunder coach Billy Donovan, who coached Noah in college at the University of Florida.

Porzingis is also among those who believe better days are ahead for Noah, who signed a $72 million contract to come to New York over the summer. Porzingis also credits Noah for helping him with proper technique in defending the pick-and-roll.

Authentic Womens Justin March-Lillard Jersey ¡°He has helped me tremendously, especially defensively. He’s always talking to me. He has a lot of experience and it¡¯s hard for me to see him struggle,” Porzingis said. “I know he wants to play better, he¡¯s 100 percent committed.

The Minnesota Vikings claimed former Green Bay Packers tight end Brandon Bostick off waivers on Wednesday

The Minnesota Vikings claimed former Green Bay Packers tight end Brandon Bostick off waivers on Wednesday. The Vikings’ official website reports the third-year pro will become the fifth tight end on their roster, joining Kyle Rudolph, Rhett Ellison, Chase Ford and Ryan Otten.

Bostick was at the center of the Packers’ infamous failed onside kick recovery that gave the Seahawks an opportunity to complete a come-from-behind victory in the NFC Championship. Bostick couldn’t hang on to the kickoff after Frank Clark Authentic Womens Jersey attempting to field it, and the Seahawks subsequently recovered and went on to win, 28-22.

The pressure now mounts on both the cities of San Diego and Oakland to find a solution attractive enough to entice the teams to stay put. Wide speculation across the NFL is that a small-market team that moves to L.A. could see its value rise up to 150 percent.

Manning is already the NFL’s all-time leader in touchdown passes and has a chance to further etch his name in the record books if he returns for his 18th season. He needs 2,148 yards to surpass Brett Favre’s record for most career passing yards (71,838), and is also seven regular-season wins shy of matching Favre’s mark (186) in that category.

If Manning decides to hang up his cleats, the Broncos could turn to backup Brock Osweiler as the team’s signal caller for 2015. A second-round pick out of Arizona State in 2012, Osweiler has appeared in 13 games for Denver, completing 17-of-30 passes for 159 yards with one touchdown. The team could also realize a significant amount of cap savings with Manning’s salary off the books. He carries a cap charge of $21.5 million in each of the next two seasons, and the team could gain $16.5 million in cap space for 2015 if he retires or is released.

Perhaps a change of scenery could benefit Bostick, who will compete for a spot on the roster. He Garry Gilliam Authentic Womens Jersey struggled to find the field while in Green Bay, playing just 34 snaps in 2014. At 26 years old, his best football could still be ahead of him.

Bulls finish off ‘circus trip’ in style with easy win over Sixers

The Chicago Bulls surprised plenty of people with their 4-2 “circus trip,” a two-week journey capped off by a 105-89 cakewalk over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night, but they didn’t shock themselves.

Out of all the positives that have come Jay Ajayi Authentic Womens Jersey from the Bulls’ impressive 10-6 start, the one that stands out most is this group’s belief in itself. Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade always believed this group was going to be better than most NBA pundits and fans believed it was going to be. A month into the season, that optimism has been rewarded in the form of victories and a continuity the Bulls haven’t had in several years.

The 32-year-old willed New York to a 113-111 overtime victory against the Charlotte Hornets on Friday with 35 points, 14 rebounds and five assists.

His final two points sealed the Knicks’ win.

Anthony said afterward that he would have passed up the chance to take the game winner if he had an open teammate, and he provided evidence earlier in the game to support that stance. The 13-year veteran had two key assists to Willy Hernangomez in the final three minutes of the fourth quarter and another assist to Porzingis that led to a 3-pointer in the Knicks’ second-to-last possession of overtime.

But Anthony also wanted another chance to seal the game after missing a shot at the Jelani Jenkins Authentic Womens Jersey end of regulation.

“I wanted that shot. I wanted that moment, to be honest with you,” he said. “I felt like I had an opportunity to close it in regulation and in overtime I did want that situation.”

He got it, and the Madison Square Garden crowd reacted with an ovation that has been reserved, lately, for Porzingis highlights.

Vandy outfielder No. 1 among 2017 MLB draft prospects

The 2017 draft class is different than those we’ve seen the past few years. It lacks the depth of some recent classes, but features an above-average group of first-rounders, with an especially strong crop of college pitchers and some high-upside high school outfielders.

Southern California is as good as it Shaq Thompson Authentic Jersey has been in years, and it’s a banner year in Kentucky, of all places. We’ve even got a few smaller colleges represented in addition to the usual passel of SEC prospects. It’s a good year to pick at the very top, and the back half of the first round is better than normal, but the difference between picking third and seventh — which was determined on the season’s final day — is significant.

That said, while the game is constantly evolving, that evolution turns slowly. I don’t think you’ll see significant changes in bullpen strategy, either in the postseason or the regular season. It’s important to realize that Francona was in a unique situation. Injuries to Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar had depleted his rotation, and then Bauer cut his finger in the middle of the postseason, so in going with a three-man rotation (except for one Ryan Merritt start in the ALCS), Francona had to have quick hooks and rely more on Miller and closer Cody Allen.

Plus, Miller is really good. It’s a little easier to trust a guy to throw two-plus innings when he has fanned 326 batters in 198 1/3 innings the past three seasons. There are few pitchers of Miller’s ability out there — for one inning, let alone two. The way the postseason played out for the Indians also worked out perfectly for Francona. Miller had to pitch back-to-back days just twice and had at least three days of rest in five of his 10 appearances.

It’s worth noting that Jansen and Chapman Star Lotulelei Authentic Jersey are also elite relievers — we’re talking about three of the four most dominant relievers in the game (Baltimore’s Zach Britton being the fourth).

Aroldis Chapman struggled in Game 7 of the World Series throwing 35 pitches one night after going an 1 1/3 innings.

Even then, however, Miller and Chapman — perhaps as a result of all their previous work in the postseason — faltered in Game 7 of the World Series. Miller gave up four hits and two runs, including a home run to David Ross, in his 2 1/3 innings. Chapman gave up the game-tying, two-run home run to Rajai Davis in the eighth inning. That was his third blown save of the postseason, as he allowed five of his 11 inherited runners to score.

the NFL has delivered a trio of games with major playoff ramifications

NFL football is a Thanksgiving tradition. Important games on Thanksgiving are not. Thanksgiving football has seen a lot of one-sided contests over the past few years. It doesn’t help that the Detroit Lions are usually out of contention by this point. Years of 8-8 Dallas teams gave us some Turkey Day turkeys as well.

Well, not this year. Just in time to help you avoid talking politics with the family members you disagree with, the NFL has delivered a trio of games with major playoff ramifications. Grab that second helping of pumpkin pie and get back on the couch as soon as possible.

The opener, Minnesota at Detroit, is the most important game of the week for determining Tom Savage Authentic Womens Jersey which 12 teams make the NFL playoff field. In fact, it’s the most important game of the year so far. If the Lions win, they become the NFC North favorites, making the playoffs 62.4 percent of the time, while the Vikings make it only 43.4 percent of the time. But if the Vikings get a win on the road, their playoff odds climb to 86.1 percent while Detroit’s odds fall to 18.9 percent.

“He always carried the ball the right way, so it was not a major concern for us,” Garrett said of Elliott’s fumble issues in Week 2, before adding that the Cowboys have emphasized on “recommitting to that focus and making sure it’s the No. 1 priority.”

Elliott is the NFL’s leader in carries (233), rushing yards (1,102), yards per game (110.2), and is tied for third in rushing touchdowns (9).

“He has gotten better and better every week,” Garrett added.

Elliott has fallen off the pace of Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson’s rookie rushing record Tyler Ervin Authentic Womens Jersey of 1,808 yards, but he continues to carry Dallas’ second-ranked rushing offense.

Elliott is on pace to rush for 1,763 yards and 14 touchdowns on a heavy workload of 373 carries.

Dickerson also holds the NFL record for most rushing touchdowns (18) and attempts (390) in a rookie season.

The Dallas Cowboys have a pair of rookies making a strong case in the NFL’s MVP race.

And though quarterback Dak Prescott has become the more frequently discussed player of the two, running back Ezekiel Elliott is on pace for a historic campaign.

Pelicans’ Jrue Holiday will return from leave of absence on Friday

New Orleans Pelicans’ point guard Jrue Holiday will make his season debut on Friday, Nov. 18 against the Portland Trail Blazers, Pelicans general manager Dell Dempa announced.

Holiday took an indefinite leave of absence to support his pregnant wife, former soccer star Lauren Holiday, as she battled a brain tumor. The fact that Jrue Holiday is close to returning to action signals that Lauren Holiday’s Pete Maravich Authentic Womens Jersey recovery has progressed well enough for him to feel comfortable returning to work.

Lauren Holiday was diagnosed with a brain tumor early in September, while she was pregnant. She gave birth to a healthy baby girl later that month. After that, she was cleared to have brain surgery, which she underwent in October. The tumor was successfully removed and she was expected to make a full recovery.

Besides the extra finger bling, there are changes with the Cavaliers this season. LeBron James is making a concerted effort to let Kyrie Irving shoot more — you’ll frequently see him immediately give it back to Irving after a kickout pass, in a position where he might take in himself in year’s past. Kevin Love didn’t shoot too well on Tuesday (5-of-16 from the floor), but his shots feel more in the flow of the offense than they ever have. The team is showing tremendous courage to keep playing without Delly on the roster, and this is only mostly a joke. It’s probably easier to see these things knowing Cleveland is the NBA’s reigning champions, but they still seem poignant.

The win moves the Cavaliers to 9-1 on the season, and it looks like they’ll be the inevitable No. 1 seed who is likely destined for the Finals. So far, the Raptors look like their most likely challenger. We thoroughly enjoyed last year’s Cavaliers vs. Raptors matchup, so what’s wrong with one more? But you also can’t watch Tuesday’s game and not feel even a little sympathy for the Raptors.

Whatever it is, and for however long it’ll last at this peak, take a second and Rodney Hood Authentic Womens Jersey appreciate it. You may not get many more chances to watch a player dominate in quite this way.

Tasker blocks a punt during Super Bowl XXVII

Tasker headed up north to Buffalo on a Saturday afternoon and played his first game as a Bill on Sunday. It was also Levy’s first game as head coach of the Bills, beginning what would be an 11-year run in Buffalo and the last head-coaching job of his career. The special teams guru saw something in Tasker that he believed could spark a resurgence in Buffalo. The Bills hadn’t made Reggie Bush Authentic Womens Jersey the playoffs since 1981, and were in the middle of another losing season at 2-6 when the team fired its previous head coach and brought in Levy.

Levy would go on to rebuild the Bills into an AFC powerhouse, with All-Star and Hall of Fame players including Andre Reed, Jim Kelly, Kent Hull, Thurman Thomas, Bruce Smith, Cornelius Bennett, Daryl Tally, and James Lofton. With Tasker, Levy believed the Bills could make an immediate impact at special teams.

It impacted the Pac-12, where one-loss Washington no longer has to worry about passing the eye test against a Louisville team that was ranked ahead of the Huskies before suffering its second loss of the season.

It impacted the Group of 5, as Houston should now be ranked after beating two top-10 teams (Oklahoma and Louisville) but is still unlikely to win its division, let alone the American Conference.

That’s what’s so fascinating about this playoff system. Rarely is a loss by a contender confined to the box score of those two teams. The immediate and most obvious repercussion from Thursday night, of course, is that Louisville’s playoff hopes are likely over. The Cardinals didn’t look anywhere near a top-four team, and couldn’t overcome their fourth slow start of the season. Louisville was fortunate to beat Duke, Virginia and Wake Forest in spite of pedestrian performances, but in this case, Houston was simply the better team.

So all eyes turn to Clemson, where the pressure to win out is immense — not just on the road against an improved Wake Forest team, but also against rival South Carolina.

If Clemson wins at Wake Forest on Saturday, the Tigers will clinch the ACC’s Riley Reiff Authentic Womens Jersey Atlantic Division. If they don’t, Louisville will win the division and play in the ACC title game — against a Coastal Division opponent that probably will be unranked.

The process begins in September, when the initial list of Modern Era nominees is released. Over the next few months, the committee votes remotely to whittle the list down to 25 semifinalists by November and then 15 finalists by January. The members finally meet face-to-face the Saturday before the Super Bowl to choose that year’s Hall of Fame class: between four and eight players, each of whom need to be approved by at least 80 percent of the committee.

Mavs owner Mark Cuban was asked to reflect on the trade that delivered Rajon Rondo from Boston

Take a stroll through those 19 trades that Ainge has made since July 2013 and you’ll see a pattern: The Celtics haven’t come out on the wrong end of any of their recent deals. Some of them might be closer to a push — particularly those that were made with regard to roster space or cap flexibility — but more often than not, the Celtics have emerged with the better haul.

Nowhere is that more obvious than the Kevin Garnett/Paul Pierce blockbuster that may eventually become the gold standard for winning a deal. But there are other gems in there that don’t get quite as much attention and have contributed to Boston’s quick climb.

That would include the December 2014 trade Authentic Mark Gastineau Jersey that delivered Jae Crowder from the Dallas Mavericks. Crowder, sidelined by an ankle injury, won’t get a chance to play against his former team when the Mavericks invade TD Garden on Wednesday night, but their visit here is a reminder of just how much things have changed for both teams.

Informed that rivals were wondering whether Authentic Matt Forte Jersey a big deal was in the offing, one member of Boston’s front office downplayed the chatter but noted that he certainly hoped a big deal would materialize soon.

This incredible flow chart made by CelticsHub contributor and salary cap guru Ryan Bernardoni gives you an idea of how, through trades, Ainge turned the starting five from Boston’s 2008 title team into many of the faces that Boston hopes will help it compete for its next championship.

Last season was just stupid. Griffin and Paul went down with season-ending injuries in the same game of a first-round playoff series against Portland, and Damian Lillard put them out with four straight wins.

There is a chance that Boston could be at full strength against the Warriors if both Horford and Crowder respond well to activity on Thursday. But Stevens cautioned that it will take time for his team to fully re-congeal.

Jackson made the statement in response to a question about James’ decision to leave the Miami Heat and sign with the Cavaliers, in the context of Pat Riley’s tenure as Heat president

D’Antoni warned his group about losing games like this. You need to win in November, because every game has playoff implications. You want to stack up victories so you won’t have to play in desperation mode in March and April.

Phil Jackson planning to stay with Knicks, not opt out

New York Knicks president Phil Jackson has an opt-out clause in his contract after this season, leading to speculation in NBA circles that he will leave New York and return to the Los Angeles Lakers as an executive in 2017.

But Jackson said in an Matt Bosher Authentic Womens Jersey interview with ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan that it was “never important” for him to return to Los Angeles as an executive.

The Knicks have won a combined 49 games over the past two seasons and are 3-6 this season entering Monday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks.

Jackson, who last spoke to reporters who regularly cover the team in late September, told MacMullan that he wasn’t concerned about New York’s slow start because the club didn’t play together in the preseason.

Offseason acquisition Derrick Rose missed more than two weeks of the preseason attending a civil trial in Los Angeles, and Joakim Noah, also Matt Bryant Authentic Womens Jersey acquired during the offseason, missed 10 days due to a hamstring injury.

Jackson also said he wasn’t frustrated with the frequency with which the Knicks are running the triangle offense. ESPN reported last week that Jackson had been unhappy with how often the Knicks ran the triangle, which is happening with less frequency under first-year head coach Jeff Hornacek.

“No,” Jackson said when asked if he was frustrated over the club’s triangle usage. “When they run it, I want them to run it the right way. If you are going to do it, use your skills and run it the right way. I’m not frustrated at all. Derrick Rose missed three weeks of training camp. It’s totally understandable where we are as a ballclub. We have guards that do a lot of stuff off the dribble. I want them to understand they can do things off the pass. It has to be a combination.”

He later added: “I don’t care about the triangle. I care about systematically playing basketball.”

Kobe Bryant is gone and the team is coming off its three worst seasons ever. Team president Jeanie Buss and former Lakers tell Outside The Lines how things went sour and why they could sweeten.

Doyle says the negative did not wear out because of overuse

It’s an image that only one still photographer on the sideline, the Montgomery Advertiser’s Patricia Miklik Doyle, managed to get on film.

“In the scheme of things, that just didn’t seem like an image that would have that kind of reaction,” Doyle said. “So for me, I was just Adam Oates Youth Jersey always dumbfounded that so many people wanted that picture.”

Perhaps it’s that in the moment, the dog displayed exactly the kind of feistiness that Georgia fans expect from their mascot, creating a legacy that lives into eternity.

Uga V died three years later, and when Georgia and the Seilers buried him at Sanford Stadium, inscribed on his grave marker was the epitaph, “Defender of his Turf.”

Matchup to watch: Washington defense vs. USC QB Sam Darnold. The Huskies have one of the best defenses in the country, but how much will they miss their leading pass-rusher, Joe Mathis, in this matchup? Mathis has missed the past three games and is out for the season with a foot injury, and Darnold has been integral to the Trojans’ five-game winning streak, throwing 18 touchdowns and just three interceptions during that span. His mobility is a big reason no Power 5 player has been sacked at a lower rate (1.4 percent).

Upset watch: This is only the Wolverines’ second trip outside their home state all season. It’s also the second time under Kirk Ferentz that Iowa has faced an opponent that’s 9-0 or better. The last time? 2008, when Iowa upset No. 3 Penn State. The Hawkeyes were 5-4 then, too.

Remember when: The Oregon-Stanford game was big? There’s still plenty at stake for both teams, but this is the first time since 2008 that neither team will win the Pac-12 title.

Don’t forget about: No. 16 West Virginia at Texas. Mountaineers fans want to know why their one-loss team is ranked so low, and selection committee chair Kirby Hocutt said it’s because they have played only one team ranked in the Top 25, No. 13 Oklahoma State, and lost. Texas is coming off back-to-back wins and will have home-field advantage against a Big 12 team that clearly has no margin for error.

Under-the-radar game: No. 9 Auburn at Georgia. The focus has already shifted to the Iron Bowl, but wait a minute: This isn’t a gimme road trip. The last top-10 team to visit Sanford Stadium? No. 9 Auburn, which lost 34-7 in 2014. Georgia has won eight of the past 10 games in this series.

Dubious distinction: Notre Dame plays Army on Saturday in San Antonio, and the only year in which Notre Dame lost to both Army and Navy was 1944, according to ESPN Stats & Info. Each of those games was played at a neutral site.

Hand it over: Clemson can clinch the Bobby Orr Youth Jersey Atlantic Division with a win against Pitt. Clemson hasn’t lost to an unranked team at home since October 2008, when it lost to Georgia Tech.