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Each week during the 2020-21 NBA season, we will take a deeper dive into three of the league’s biggest storylines in an attempt to determine whether the trends are based more in fact or fiction moving forward.Charlotte Hornets
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All-NBA forward Jayson Tatum was also asked about the trial, and revealed he planned to have "the talk" -- a euphemism for the all-too-common conversation Black families have with their children to warn them of the risks of interaction with police. "This is all new to me, the parenting thing," he began. "And when I have those talks, obviously I know I'm going to have to have them [with his son Deuce] one day, and now I understand."

"I thought the Wizards played well defensively," Kerr said. "Did some good things to get the ball out of Steph's hands. But nothing that Steph hasn't seen before. I thought we were gassed. I thought that included Steph and everybody -- we just didn't look like we had our legs out there tonight."

The Celtics entered Charlotte on Sunday favored against a Hornets team playing without Gordon Hayward and LaMelo Ball and laid an egg, falling 125-104 for their third loss in four games.Orlando Magic

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NEW YORK (AP) — The last time the New York Knicks had a winning streak this long was also their last playoff appearance.Oklahoma City Thunder

The 17 players on the Boston Celtics’ roster have peculiar taste — and distastes — just like the rest of us. Some of us have some pretty reasonable dislikes when it comes to culinary options, and some of us have some right out of left field.

Once he had retired from the NBA, a series of both retro and newly created sneakers were released within the past five years. Bryant coined the term "Protro," grounded on the insight that he wanted to upgrade his past shoes with modern constructions and technologies -- a pro-level, updated retro edition of his past sneakers.Cleveland Cavaliers

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Heading into Wednesday night's game in Indianapolis, both Pacers coach Nate Bjorkgren and his Thunder counterpart Mark Daigneault are trying to find the right combination for success, even if success looks different for each team.Phoenix Suns

“Even when LeBron comes back, he doesn’t play 48 minutes,” Vogel said. “We have to win the minutes that he’s out. This has been an area that has been hit or miss for us the last two years – performing when Bron is out. So these extended minutes should be a silver lining in helping us be better in those stretches.”Oklahoma City Thunder

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Every team has its fan favorites. Some teams also have that one player that fans love to hate on.Charlotte Hornets
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Avdija lay on the floor for several minutes following the injury, as teammates covered his lower right leg with a pair of warm-up pants from the bench as the training staff arrived.

Three of the Blazers' next four games come against the Memphis Grizzlies. Memphis (29-38) is currently the eighth seed in the Western Conference and just 2.5 games back of the Blazers. Portland, losers of five of its last six games, is in a tailspin at the worst possible time. The team has to right the ship, starting Friday night against Memphis, or face the real possibility of watching Memphis leapfrog them.Washington Wizards

Porter Jr. was just one of a group of Houston players who tried to protect Brown, and his efforts helped prevent Brown’s assailants from inflicting more damage.

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While Bucks fans are furious over the ending of the game due to the call, Suns fans may say that turnabout is fair play. Of course, we are talking about the controversial timeout rewarded to Milwaukee in the final seconds of regulation despite the fact they failed to gain possession of the ball.
Did not act on a "spot or choose" proposal from the Ravens for the winner of the overtime coin toss. In that scenario, the team would have the option to choose either which team will have the first possession of overtime or where the ball would be spotted.
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While San Francisco doesn't have the same roster it did when it went 13-3 and won the NFC championship in 2019, many key factors remain. Linebacker Fred Warner, tight end George Kittle, left tackle Trent Williams and defensive end Nick Bosa are established as foundational players for the long term.

A reporter asked Shula if he was worried about the rookie catching passes out of the backfield, considering Kirby had problems with his right eye. He had 20/40 vision out of that eye, although the NFL rumor mill had spun that into Kirby being “legally blind” on that side.NFL Cincinnati Bengals Team Face Coverings

Brees ended up returning before the New Orleans Saints eventually fell in the playoffs to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While it appeared he would retire, chatter did remain about a possible comeback.NFL Chicago Bears Team Face Coverings

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If the measure to increase the duties of the replay official doesn’t stop a clear and obvious officiating error from affecting a game this season, the Ravens’ proposal will likely come up again in 2022.NFL Indianapolis Colts Team Face Coverings

Kwity was born with the promise of education, a promise he made good on. When national powerhouses came calling for him, he committed to nearby Boston College at first, then followed coach Don Brown from Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, to Ann Arbor, Michigan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in African-American studies last December.

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''There's not another player on the floor in my opinion that would have gotten a tech for the same thing Dwight did,'' Rivers said. ''Not one player would have gotten that tech. But it just happened to be Dwight Howard, and he gets techs.''

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But the Lakers are in fifth with a bit of a cushion from a potential spot in the play-in tournament (seeds seven through 10). Having Davis around should help.Oklahoma City Thunder

For the Bucks, this game in Charlotte marks the second stop on a four-game road trip, with stops in Houston and Chicago to follow.

The Thunder's losing streak is at 13 games, but even with the extended absence of winning, players and coaches are still adamant the team's mood isn't crumbling. "Honestly, spirits are super high," guard Ty Jerome said. "I mean, we got a super competitive bunch, as everybody at this level is, so you know we hate losing. But spirits are high." The longest losing streak in Thunder history (since the franchise relocated from Seattle to Oklahoma City for the 2008-09 season) is 14. With their next two games against the Sixers and Celtics, chances are good there will be a new mark. -- Young

"We’re looking at each and every game really as a must-win situation," Young said. "We have to start by going out there and beating a really good team tonight, but just have to believe and continue to go out there and play."Detroit Pistons

"Incredible, man," Green said of Curry's run. "The rim is about the size of an ocean, literally. A couple of those ones he hit tonight, it's incredible. The way he's leading us, it's been incredible to watch. His scoring is just a byproduct of that -- the leadership, the demeanor that he's taking on the floor each and every night to give guys, the example that he's setting."Denver Nuggets

Harden has missed the Nets' past six games. He last played on April 5 against the New York Knicks, when he logged just four minutes before suffering a strain. Harden had been dealing with some hamstring tightness before exacerbating the issue against the Knicks. He had been progressing well in his rehab and traveled with the team on its current road trip to continue to ramp up his 3-on-3 and 4-on-4 workouts.San Antonio Spurs

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Added Calhoun: "I just thought it was awesome. That was a heck of a play to make. He just stuck it like no problem."

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Jean Segura, who has a 10-game hitting streak and is batting .405 over his last 12, bats second. He and Bryce Harper are the Phillies’ two hottest hitters at the moment. Segura’s batted sixth or seventh in all but one game this season and the Phillies have needed that offense at the bottom of the order because they’ve gotten nothing out of the centerfielders in the 8-hole.

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His catcher, Kurt Suzuki, told reporters, “Command wasn’t as he would like. But when it was time to make pitches, he made pitches. That was kind of the whole theme of his outing was making pitches when he needed to.”Colorado Rockies Face Coverings

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This was Fulmer's second start and fifth appearance this season. He pitched five innings of two-run ball in a 6-4 win over the Houston Astros in an April 14 start. He made three appearances out of the bullpen before shifting back to the starting rotation.Pittsburgh Pirates Face Coverings

He's got three hits, two walks, two runs scored, an RBI and a couple of stolen bases in his 13 trips to the plate in six games. Back from injury, he's expected to be part of the mix as the White Sox continue to search for a way to fill the hole in left field created by Eloy Jiménez's injury.Minnesota Twins Face Coverings

Since spectators were not allowed to attend games in 2020, Giants fans potentially will get their first chance to see MadBum in a different uniform at Oracle Park when Arizona visits San Francisco June 14-17.
Pittman Jr. is expected to take over as the alpha in the room, working primarily from the X-receiver role. Hilton re-signed on a one-year deal and should be seeing most of his work as the flanker. Campbell will work as the flanker as well but could see most of his work in the slot. Pascal returns on a one-year tender and will provide excellent depth while the rest of the group battles it out for the remainder of the roles. Patmon could be a favorite to be the WR5 entering the draft. Draft Take: The Colts have to get more explosive, which means a wide receiver could very well be coming in the draft. Although Chris Ballard has stated his contentment with the room, it should be expected that the Colts will draft a wide receiver prospect at some point after the first round.NFL New Orleans Saints Team Face Coverings

The 49ers’ strong offseason has expectations rising for a club that had a disappointing 2020 campaign. Bet MGM released win totals for the 2021 NFL season, and despite coming off a 6-10 season, San Francisco’s number is set at 10 wins – which is tied for the second-highest mark in the division.NFL Carolina Panthers Team Face Coverings

Fields’ athletic skills and high-level intelligence are attributes that undoubtedly place him among the top players in the draft.

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He has positioned himself to potentially start (or at least play a significant role) this season. Not that he views it that way. He still seems to think of himself as the two-star recruit who was the last pick in the 2020 draft.NFL Cincinnati Bengals Team Face Coverings
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That team was the New England Patriots. They’d go on to win their first of six Super Bowls that same year.

Lee completes his career with 802 tackles, 60 tackles for loss, 14 interceptions, two forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries in 118 career games. He started 92 games, all for the team that drafted him.NFL San Francisco 49ers Team Face Coverings

Plenty of players will be looking to change their numbers. They could choose to go after the number they wore in college or a number that they think suits them better than their current one. A few Baltimore players have already chimed in on the new rule, indicating that they’re excited about the possibility of switching to something different.

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Short's stint in the majors might be cut short because Miguel Cabrera is preparing to return from a left biceps strain. He could rejoin the team as soon as this weekend, and that might make Short the odd man out.Milwaukee Brewers Face Coverings

With Lucchesi's demotion and what seems to be the Mets' plan to use four starters for now, it's fair to believe that Jacob deGrom will pitch on regular rest on Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox.Detroit Tigers Face Coverings

Taylor Rogers wasn’t great in the truncated 2020 season, but he could be ready to take some of Colome’s save chances forward. Rogers has been on point in the fresh year, allowing just one run, unearned, over 7.2 innings. He’s walked one batter — and it was intentional — and struck out nine. He’s still available in about half of Yahoo leagues. It's last call, handshake hounds. 

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Diaz has had his fair share of struggles and there have been times where the fans haven’t loved him. Well, with Diaz off to a strong start in 2021, his popularity is only growing more thanks to his walk-up song. Wait, what?
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“Well, we have Rodney Hudson and DeAndre Hopkins. I don’t know if any of you guys have graded those picks, but I feel very, very good about those,” Keim said.Arizona Diamondbacks Face Coverings

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The right-hander was summoned in the seventh inning to relieve Bauer and face Manny Machado. The last time Graterol faced the Padres was during the NLDS in October. His outing ended with Cody Bellinger robbing a home run from Tatis, a pumped Graterol spiking his glove, and Machado taking exception. The Padres third baseman screamed at Graterol, who responded by blowing him kisses.Chicago White Sox Face Coverings

After the New York Yankees won on Tuesday evening thanks to a wild pitch and a bases loaded walk, the team fell back to reality on Wednesday with a loss to the Atlanta Braves. The Yankees, sitting at 6-11, traveled to Cleveland to face the Indians with the hope they could turn things around. They certainly did not get off to a strong start.
“They could cover up their notes all they wanted to, because they weren’t making the picks,” he said. “I was making the picks.”NFL Seattle Seahawks Team Face Coverings

But it is noted in a lot of NFL mock drafts that he is most likely going to the Cincinnati Bengals at the fifth pick of the draft.NFL Cincinnati Bengals Team Face Coverings

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"Both of those players have really done a nice job for us over the first three years," general manager Andrew Berry said Friday. "We view both of those guys as young players who continue to ascend."

Titans players are the latest to share their response to the NFL Players Association’s call for players to skip the voluntary work this year. The statement makes no mention of what players from the Titans will do, but says that the players are in solidarity with those who don’t participate and respectful of those that do.

And while he remains a backup, the former No. 2 overall pick and Heisman winner is out to prove he can be a starter once again. NFL Dallas Cowboys Team Face Coverings
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Some notable NFL players could be changing their numbers, with a lot more single-digit outfits potentially in demand.

The 6-2, 220-pounder clearly has a new mindset, as he knows he now has the shot to running things offensively for his team next season. With that said, Winston isn’t going to backdown and wants to do everything in his power to try and win the job himself.NFL Miami Dolphins Team Face Coverings

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The Collective Bargaining Agreement says: “Players are required to cooperate with investigations of alleged player misconduct conducted by the NBA. Failure to so cooperate, in the absence of a reasonable apprehension of criminal prosecution, will subject the player to reasonable fines and/or suspensions imposed by the NBA.” There could be a reasonable apprehension of criminal prosecution in regards to the fight. That seemingly wouldn’t excuse failing to cooperate into an investigation of the league’s coronavirus policy.

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Marcus Morris added 25 points. He is averaging 21.7 points per game in his last six appearances, which includes a season-high 33 points against Detroit on April 11.Denver Nuggets

Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell praised God for the outcome, while his teammate Rudy Gobert hoped that one day, justice will feel normal rather than a cause for celebration.Detroit Pistons

Since that meeting in New York, the Raptors are 4-1 in their last five games and on their second four-game winning streak of the season. They are 7-4 in their past 11 games after losing 13 of 14 games from March 3-31.Washington Wizards

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A pair of Lakers guards -- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Talen Horton-Tucker -- wore Bryant's signature sneakers Monday night against the Utah Jazz and vowed to continue to do so.Sacramento Kings

Walker got into a groove right from the tip, scoring 11 first quarter points. With Jaylen Brown out for the game and Jayson Tatum struggling from the field once again, Cardiac Kemba took the matters into his own hands as he’s done most of his career.

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But the Colts have had success with both approaches, the gregarious, childlike love of the game that Rivers carried and the quieter personality of Luck. As different as their personalities might be, though, there is one clear similarity between Wentz and Rivers in the way they’ve approached their first few months after joining Indianapolis.

Jimmy Garoppolo should also be mentioned as a success among this group, because he won two games for the New England Patriots after being selected 62nd overall in 2014 -- then won another 24 after being traded to the San Francisco 49ers. And 2020 second-rounder Jalen Hurts could join the list is he locks down the Eagles' starting job.NFL Pittsburgh Steelers Team Face Coverings

Brown spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers and was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection and four-time first-team All-Pro.NFL Chicago Bears Team Face Coverings

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Whatever the words, that’s what it is — unless and until Rodgers has a restructuring or an extension that makes it much more difficult to trade him before June 1, 2022, the Packers have the ability to move on from Rodgers (and on to Jordan Love) after 2021, and then after 2022, and at the absolute latest after 2023. Rodgers surely isn’t a fan of that approach, but he’s opting to measure his words carefully. He saw how quickly the Cheeseheads curdled on Brett Favre after the team nudged him to retire and he strong-armed his way back into the league. Rodgers seems to be determined to not end up being vilified, like Favre was.

After his retirement, Coleman went into coaching and served as head coach of the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff from 2008-17.NFL New Orleans Saints Team Face Coverings

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"They were such peaceful, good people," said Ralph Norman, a congressman who represents Rock Hill. "[Robert] treated everybody in town at some point. ... His wife and my wife were in a singing trio that went over and sang at different functions, and we went skiing and were in the same church for a long time. They were some of our best friends. This is just horrific, unbelievable."NFL Seattle Seahawks Team Face Coverings

In most mock drafts, you’ll see the Washington Football Team selecting an offensive tackle in the first or second round of the 2021 NFL draft. Washington needs to address the left tackle position in 2021, so picking one early in the draft makes sense.
He took off running, lofted the ball high over his head. The coach sprinted too, keeping Kwity's pace on the sideline, hollering at Kwity to keep the ball close to his chest. No matter. Even with Kwity holding the football aloft -- ball security be damned -- he was uncatchable.NFL New Orleans Saints Team Face Coverings

"I'm encouraged where we are with the core players that we have, with the coaching staff that's here," Telesco said. "But we've got some work to do."

He’s not a great route-runner, will struggle with contested catches and lacks desired size, but he can really fly and has home run potential from anywhere on the field,” “Eskridge is a linear route-runner with good tempo when working down the field but will need a more limited route tree featuring crossing routes, slants, posts and over routes so he can rely on his speed rather than route-running. He can rise up and get the tall throws but catching through contact is where he is likely to struggle. He has gadget potential in the quick game and is a potentially dangerous kick returner, but his biggest selling point might be as a field stretcher from the slot.NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers Team Face Coverings

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As a result, the Cowboys cornerback corps now consists of Trevon Diggs, who had a rough rookie season, and lots of mediocre slot defenders who looked lost last season (Jourdan Lewis, Anthony Brown). Meanwhile, Keanu Neal arrived in free agency to help the safeties, because everyone knows that the best way to improve a leaky defense is to sign former Atlanta Falcons.

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The defensive line coaches who want a more athletic player over a mauler on the interior will prefer Nixon. His athleticism was on display during a 71-yard interception return for a touchdown. He led the Big Ten in tackles for loss in 2020 with 13.5.

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"What I'm hearing is it's Mac Jones and it's in the 90th percentile in terms of likely to be picked," Mortensen said. "When they made that trade from 12 to three, that was the pick. But there was a 10 percent margin, and I'm trying to sort out who has the edge with Trey Lance and Justin Fields, and I was told it's probably Trey Lance over Justin Fields. But this Mac Jones, you'd have to put your money down -- I know Vegas says differently -- that it will be Mac Jones."NFL Cleveland Browns Team Face Coverings