Here's everything you need to know about the play-in setup this season, including how it works, when and where it's happening, and the most likely matchups, according to ESPN's Basketball Power Index (BPI).
And yet we as fans subconsciously assign greater weight to these end-of-game feats, even if the scoreboard doesn’t. If a Portland Trail Blazers fan is queried to share their favorite Lillard fourth-quarter buzzer-beater, they’ll likely have multiple moments to pick from in their memory bank. But if asked to recall, say, their favorite Lillard first-quarter shot, they might draw a blank.
Westbrook was selected fourth overall in the 2008 NBA Draft by the then-Seattle Supersonics right as they were moving to Oklahoma where he would play as a rookie in their first year as the Thunder. Westbrook would go on to become a league MVP, lead the league in scoring and become the first player since Oscar Robertson to average a triple-double, all in a OKC uniform.Sacramento Kings
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The past seven days were massive for the Sixers, who moved a full three games clear of the Nets (including tiebreakers) for the top spot in the Eastern Conference with 16 games to play. That gives Philadelphia the inside track to claim that top spot -- and thus only having to beat either Brooklyn or Milwaukee to advance out of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Still, two games in Milwaukee loom later this week that, if the Sixers lose them, could throw the race back up in the air again. -- BontempsOklahoma City Thunder
While Brown did not in Monday night’s game in Miami, the team noted that his absence was due to unrelated soreness in his left knee, which has forced Brown to miss the team’s last five games.New Orleans Pelicans
Sabonis missed Monday's game with a sore lower back and Lamb missed with a sore left knee.Memphis Grizzlies
A team that drafts and develops him now could save themselves reaching for a tackle down the road.
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.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Dolphins have received calls about their sixth overall pick and are open to making another deal.NHL Team Logo Face Coverings Shop
In the NWSL, there has been little in the way of initiatives since last year, which the league says is due to a bare-bones league office staff of about 15 people. The NWSL did announce a sponsorship deal with Ally, part of which includes "significant Diversity, Equality and Inclusion initiatives over the life of the sponsorship."
The Colts cornerback room isn’t a massive need. But if we’re taking a long-term view at the position, some youth could be targeted in the draft. They re-signed Xavier Rhodes and T.J. Carrie to one-year deals while Marvell Tell is expected to join the group after opting out of the 2020 season.NFL Miami Dolphins Team Face Coverings
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes recovering from offseason turf toe surgeryNFL Tennessee Titans Team Face Coverings
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Chicago has several needs, ranging from offensive tackle to cornerback to wide receiver to quarterback, which certainly should keep Bears fans on their toes.NFL Cincinnati Bengals Team Face Coverings
Telesco was wildly successful in last year's draft, especially with quarterback Justin Herbert -- who was named offensive rookie of the year -- but, bottom line, the Chargers need to protect him.
“Good luck trying to block the right people now,” Brady wrote. “Going to make for a lot of bad football.”NFL Denver Broncos Team Face Coverings
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Add to that a lack off-field bonding time with his new teammates due to COVID-19 restrictions and a DUI arrest that hung over his head all season and the 2020 campaign was one to forget for the 2015 first-round pick of the Chargers.
The Pro Bowl is probably the one live sporting event you really haven’t missed during the COVID-19 pandemic.NFL Green Bay Packers Team Face Coverings
Previously an undrafted free agent and backup, last year Williams emerged as a solid part of the Rams’ defense, playing in all 16 games and starting 10.NFL Tennessee Titans Team Face Coverings
The Red Sox used nontraditional information, for instance, to target right-hander Garrett Richards in free agency this winter, thanks to elite spin rates on both his fastball and curveball. They similarly trusted the data on soft-throwing left-hander Martin Perez, who limits exit velocity.Detroit Tigers Face Coverings
"Hos is, in my opinion, as good as anybody in the game at those moments," Tingler said, "and I think a big part of it is he wants those at-bats, he wants those moments when the game's on the line and things like that. He's as good as anybody in the game at delivering those."
The Giants used four right-handed relievers Thursday night, and while only one was pitching on consecutive days, there is a good chance one or more of their four lefties will relieve tonight. While a full stack is tough to get to, righties Miguel Rojas, Adam Duvall, Jesus Aguilar and Jon Berti all have above-average power against opposite-handed hurlers. The savings they provide will allow gamers to target Darvish and/or Kershaw Friday night.
Anthony Rizzo will go down as one of the best Cubs of all-time when it's all said and done. In the meantime, he keeps moving on up the franchise record books.Pittsburgh Pirates Face Coverings
DeGrom's feats go beyond the Mets and his own records. His 50 strikeouts are the most by a pitcher over the first four starts of a season, breaking the mark of 48 tied earlier this week by the Cleveland Indians' Shane Bieber and originally set by the Angels' Nolan Ryan in 1978.Houston Astros Face Coverings
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NEW YORK -- Gerrit Cole shook his head, disgusted. Aaron Hicks put hands on hips and bowed his head. By the end of the afternoon, pretty much all of the New York Yankees were appalled, along with their loudly booing fans.
Probably the most-hyped draft prospect this year who doesn't play quarterback, Pitts donned No. 84 for the Florida Gators. But how cool would a 6-6, 246-pounder who can fly look in, say, No. 1 while screaming down the seam on an NFL field?NFL New Orleans Saints Team Face Coverings
To build the board, no one is above asking for guidance from myriad sources, be they human, data or spiritual.
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At this point, it feels like they may wait until after the draft to address the position. Another free agent on their radar has been Richard Sherman, who anticipates a deal in early May once teams have made their draft selections. If the Saints can’t add a promising prospect, they could turn to Sherman or other available veterans like Casey Heyward, Steven Nelson, Gareon Conley, Josh Norman, or Darqueze Dennard.NFL Minnesota Vikings Team Face Coverings
The 49ers used the No. 1 overall choice on quarterback Alex Smith in 2005. Smith retired Monday after 16 NFL seasons, the first eight spent in San Francisco.NFL Miami Dolphins Team Face Coverings
The Philadelphia Eagles are proclaiming an open competition at the starting quarterback spot in 2021, and it’s unintentional comedic gold.
In fact, those old restrictions had already been expanded over the years. The difference now is mostly everyone can wear single digits.
The NFL owners approved a rule change on Wednesday proposed by the Kansas City Chiefs that loosens jersey number rules. Get ready for a lot more players rocking single-digit jerseys.
– Not much of a downfield threat. Caught 19 screen passes and had an average depth of target of just 7.7 yards (320th)NFL Houston Texans Team Face Coverings
Chief among them is big-money edge defender Trey Hendrickson, who will wear No. 91. Corner Mike Hilton will wear 21 to Chidobe Awuzie’s No. 22 and tackle Riley Reiff will don No. 71.
“I just want to show I’m still an elite player. Prove I can still dominate… gonna see this season.”NFL Dallas Cowboys Team Face Coverings
Last month, the Dolphins traded the No. 3 overall pick to the San Francisco 49ers for the No. 12 selection, a 2022 third-round pick, and first-round picks in 2022 and 2023. They then traded that 12th pick, a fourth-round pick (No. 123 overall), and a 2022 first-rounder to the Philadelphia Eagles for the No. 6 pick in this year's draft and a 2021 fifth-rounder.
#Raiders owner Mark Davis said the "I Can Breathe" wording came from George Floyd's brother Philonise, who said "Today, we are able to breathe again."NFL Atlanta Falcons Team Face Coverings
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The Warriors also won't be at full strength Saturday night. Superstar guard Klay Thompson has missed the entire season recovering from a torn Achilles, and 2020 No. 2 overall draft pick James Wiseman recently was ruled out for the remainder of the season after having knee surgery.Sacramento Kings
Turner, 25, is averaging 12.6 points and a league-leading 3.4 blocks per game this season. The NBA Defensive Player of the Year candidate is under contract through the 2022-23 season.Washington Wizards
The move made sense. Parker, the former No. 2 overall pick out of Duke in the 2014 NBA Draft, has averaged 14.8 points per game during his career but barely saw the floor with the Sacramento Kings. Boston needed some bench scoring after the near-debacle on Thursday night against the Los Angeles Lakers, so Parker could provide that.
Portland Trail Blazers Damian Lillard is one of the greatest three-point shooters in the history of the NBA.Indiana Pacers
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That has led to some speculation the Warriors might try to trade Wiseman for veterans to win now, but the buzz around the league is it will take a godfather offer for the Golden State to consider it.
James averaged 19.3 points and 5.7 assists in EuroLeague competition this season, but his time in Russia came to an end last month when he had a confrontation with coach Dimitris Itoudis. While he was still under contract with the club, CSKA Moscow let James look for a way back to the NBA and United States.San Antonio Spurs
As someone who coached great pitchers, including Hall-of-Famers Pedro Martinez and Tom Glavine while with the Mets, and studied biomechanics to help analyze deliveries long before analytics ruled the day, Peterson offers something of a professorial viewpoint on deGrom.
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The Cleveland ace not getting at least eight strikeouts in a game would be a shock at this point.
The Yankees are off to their worst start since 1997, when they went 5-10 with Joe Torre as manager. That team bounced back and won 96 games before reaching the playoffs as a wild card. Cashman said he has faith in the current roster to turn its collective performance around.Baltimore Orioles Face Coverings
Howard, the organization’s much-ballyhooed top pitching prospect, turned in the most impressive appearance of the eight he’s made so far in the majors. In his second appearance this season, he faced four batters in a tight game and retired all of them. He struck out the side in the top of the eighth moments after Harper had tied the game at 5-5.New York Mets Face Coverings
The Padres dropped two out of three in a heated weekend series against the Dodgers, then were swept by the Brewers. More importantly: their starting pitching depth is really being tested, with Adrian Morejon slated for Tommy John surgery and Dinelson Lamet's status in question. But Ryan Weathers has stepped up in the No. 5 spot of a rotation that still features Yu Darvish, Blake Snell, Joe Musgrove and Chris Paddack. -- Gonzalez
This should be the norm! No person or profession should be above the law. It won't bring George Floyd back but I'm glad justice was finally served.Arizona Diamondbacks Face Coverings
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And while the NCAA's response and actions were more educational or symbolic, it was the athletes of the 1,110 schools in the NCAA that created the biggest impact across campuses. Their own statements, actions and protests raised more awareness and aimed to bridge the equality gap in college athletics.Baltimore Orioles Face Coverings
To go even deeper, two of those relievers combined for five walks in 0.1 innings of work. It is tough to win any game when the other team is getting so many free runners on base. The other instance of this unwanted stat came back on April 5 when the Tigers walked 11 Minnesota Twins in a blowout 15-6 loss.
On the NHL encouraging everyone to "use their platforms and privilege for systemic change," Davis cited former NHL players Anson Carter and JT Brown working with the Alliance for Criminal Reform. "They're sitting on this committee with people like Ariana Grande, Diddy, Chris Paul," Davis said. "This is something, historically, the NHL would never be actively involved in."New York Mets Face Coverings
“It’s the same with pitching. Sandy Koufax used to come down to spring training with the Mets, and he’d tell our pitchers it took him years to learn how to find that efficiency. He’d say he had to ‘learn to take the grunt out of it’ and throw free and easy before he became a great pitcher. I believe that’s what you’re seeing with Jake.”
“I think I was able to be on that stage last week because Kershaw and other people on the Dodgers extended a helping hand to me when I was at rock bottom,” Darvish said. “When I played catch with him after the 2017 season, I wasn't the kind of pitcher who could consider himself to be at his level. Our status was completely different, our substance as pitchers was completely different, right?Kansas City Royals Face Coverings
Detroit’s pitching staff was beset by control issues in the opener on Thursday, walking 12 batters. The offense, which produced 20 runs against the Astros, went silent the next two days.Minnesota Twins Face Coverings
He has been the reason for two walk-off wins this season and has become a solid clubhouse presence.
“I was really pleased with the results we got,” he said. “I was thinking the worst.”Seattle Mariners Face Coverings
Roberts admittedly managed the series with the larger picture in mind. He said he called on the relatively inexperienced Dennis Santana out of the bullpen after Seager’s throwing error because he wanted to refrain from using Corey Knebel and Blake Treinen.
Right-hander Michael Fulmer will start Game 1 of the doubleheader, followed by righty Spencer Turnbull in Game 2. It will be Turnbull's first start of the season. He tested positive for COVID-19 about two weeks before Opening Day and made two starts in April for the alternate training site team. He went 4⅓ innings in his most recent outing.Texas Rangers Face Coverings
He had a career-best 13.8 strikeouts per 9 innings in 2020, and his fastball velocity keeps going up each season.Milwaukee Brewers Face Coverings
"The one thing I have seen that is helping out the most is being able to block. It's helped me out blocking a lot, it doesn't take a toll on your body as much as the other stance would," he said. "That's why the idea of having a hybrid and maybe going 50-50 with it — 50 percent of the time in my regular stance and 50 percent down on a knee — might be a good idea.
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"Miami, Baltimore, New England all have a tight pipeline connection with Bama players," ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said. "Trusting what Nick says about a player, knowing they are being coached as well as anybody else and treated as NFL players in meetings and practice is very important."NFL New Orleans Saints Team Face Coverings
https://twitter.com/dpbrugler/status/1362951046583226373?s=20 Togiai (6-foot-2, 296 pounds) has garnered some eyes as of recent and it is obvious why he is flying up draft boards. A true 1-tech, he plays with great functional strength, throwing up 40 reps at his pro day, fantastic leverage and intelligent hand usage. His potential as a three-down player is limited due to his rather average athleticism and undeveloped pass rush repertoire but is still able to slim through gaps when given the opportunity. While not a dynamic player by any stretch, Togiai is a player any team can benefit from having and he would pair perfectly with Woods as two solid rotational run stoppers.
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Among the Packers players with offseason workout bonuses, Za'Darius Smith ($750,000), David Bakhtiari ($700,000), Kenny Clark ($600,000), Aaron Rodgers ($500,000), Davante Adams ($500,000) and Adrian Amos ($500,000) have the biggest incentive to participate. Minnesota Vikings players became the latest group to announce, through the NFLPA, that they would "exercise our right to not attend, in-person voluntary workouts." They became the 20th group of players from an NFL team to make that decision.
Horn is without question one of the top defensive prospects in the NFL Draft for the 2021 group. Dallas fans would love the idea of him joining the team’s secondary. It’s no secret the Dallas defense has struggled in recent years, with the defensive backs giving up big plays countless times. It’s been frustrating to see, no doubt.NFL Buffalo Bills Team Face Coverings
Against man coverage in general last season (Cover-0, Cover-1, 2-Man), Wilson was ridiculously efficient, completing 63 of 85 passes for 1,026 yards, 636 air yards, 15 touchdowns, no interceptions, and a passer rating of 151.8. One of Wilson's primary attributes is the ability to quickly isolate the open receiver in single coverage -- especially benefited by backfield deception -- and pull the trigger decisively.
Hayes told ESPN before entering the hospital last month that he had been placed on a waiting list for a transplant at the Mayo Clinic and Northwestern Medicine in December after being hospitalized over 20 times in the past year.NFL Washington Redskins (Football Team) Team Face Coverings
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