Manu Ginobili unleashes furious dunk against Rockets

At age 39, Manu Ginobili is one of the oldest players left in the NBA playoffs. But he can still elevate better than many younger foes.

The Spurs guard proved this Tuesday night against the Rockets when he sent in a slam over Houston’s Ryan Anderson in the second quarter.

Ginobili is no stranger to reminding people of his athleticism during the playoffs; his most notable example was in Game 5 of the 2014 NBA Finals against the Heat.

Though he vowed to play in Game 6, Leonard officially is listed as questionable as he deals with the sprained left ankle he suffered midway through the third quarter of Tuesday’s Game 5 victory.

The Cavs broke out the showtime early — really early — in their NBA playoff series vs. the Raptors.

Kyrie Irving and LeBron James combined for the type of dunk that’s usually reserved for the fourth quarter of blowouts, not the opening minutes of the first quarter in Game 1.

If those two were trying to tell Toronto the defending champs aren’t messing around, then message delivered. But, geez, guys, maybe wait until the W is secure.

This is what happens when you come to the restaurant, you’re trying to get a free dessert. You lie, tell ’em it’s your wife’s birthday. Haha, woo! Happy birthday, sugar! You got free dessert babe!

Westbrook’s wife, Nina, was actually born in January. Let the record show that Westbrook is padding birthday stats. Typical.

This makes us wonder what else Westbrook has lied about.

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Allen Iverson fires back at Tim Hardaway’s criticism of his signature crossover

Hall of Famer Allen Iverson heard Tim Hardaway’s analysis of his classic crossover move, and he had a little something to say about it.

Hardaway, who played more than a decade in the league and starred at point guard for the Warriors and Heat throughout the 1990s, refused to let Iverson take credit for popularizing the killer crossover. In his mind, the only thing Iverson did was break the rules.

We’re playing for pride now, Teague said after the game. We’re all competitors in here and we all believe in one another. We ain’t getting swept. We got pride and we ain’t getting swept so we’re going to move on and come out ready to play.

Coach Nate McMillan shared a similar sentiment in his postgame news conference.

We’re going into that game not to give them a ‘W’ on Sunday. We’re going in there and trying to extend this and it will show if you’re not playing with that mindset. I expect us to play with that mindset, he said.

Coming back to Teague, not getting swept is important to him from a personal standpoint, because LeBron James has been his kryptonite. Teague came to Indiana this year after playing for the Hawks in his first seven seasons, and those Hawks teams were eliminated by James’ Cavs the last two years.

Not only were they eliminated, but they were swept. That means Teague has lost 11 straight postseason games to James and the Cavs, and he’ll fight hard to make sure that streak doesn’t extend to 12. That will be easier said than done.

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Kevin Durant still questionable for Game 3

Kevin Durant doesn’t have to play in the Warriors Game 3 matchup with the Portland Trail Blazers Saturday night. The Warriors are up 2-0 as the series shifts to Portland and are 1-0 without Durant in the lineup so far this series.

However, the question remains, when will Durant be back?

This is where Lue sees Smith potentially making a difference as the Cavs, despite their somewhat uninspiring start in this series, push for a 3-0 lead.

Defensively, just challenge Paul George, make his offensive life miserable, just make his offensive life hard and compete, Lue said. He’s going to make some shots — and some tough shots, at that. But just make him work. For everything he gets, no easy baskets, not falling asleep and losing him in transition and just bringing that defensive intensity and tenacity that he brought in Game 1.

Smith will be appearing in his 93rd career playoff game. He has been part of Cavaliers teams that reached the past two NBA Finals and won the championship in 2016. Lue said he had not yet been informed whether Smith will have any minutes restriction for this game.

Turning point: The fourth-quarter eruptions by Millsap and Schroder stand out, especially the big 3-pointers Schroder drilled when his primary defender dared him to shoot by going under ball screens. But it was what the Hawks did when Schroder was out that allowed him to play the part of the hero later in the game.

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He meant that with every fiber in his being.

Randolph’s checkered past is well-documented as is his transformation into the face of the Grizzlies’ franchise, and he’s embracing his status as one of the game’s true OG’s. Peep the way he laughed it off and gave baby-faced Devin Booker a pat on the back after the second-year pro pushed him over this season.

Randolph wouldn’t have given Blake Griffin, Lou Amundson, DeMarcus Cousins or Steven Adams a pass like that.

But like Reggie Miller said on the broadcast, You gotta know you personnel. That’s one guy you really don’t want to mess with.

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What happened: The Spurs found their Spursiness again. Kawhi Leonard had another standard game of hyper-efficient scoring, putting up 28 points on 9-of-16 shooting after largely existing as a facilitator in the first half while facing constant double-teams.

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Four big reasons why Celtics can’t stop Bulls

Whichever way you look at it, the Celtics shouldn’t be in this position against the Bulls. From a historical standpoint, only one other No. 1 seed has lost the opening two games of a series to the No. 8 seed. That team went on to win, although it was a best-of-five series back then. Based on what we saw throughout the season with the Celtics winning 53 games and the Bulls needing a victory on the final day of the regular season to make the playoffs, they shouldn’t be the worse team through two games. Tied at 1-1? Maybe. Down 0-2? Not a chance.

And yet, here the Celtics are facing a must-win situation on Friday to avoid going into a hole no team has ever climbed out of. To understand how they’ve gotten to this point and how they can get a much-needed win on the road, let’s take a look at four reasons why the Bulls got the better of the Celtics in Game 1 and Game 2.

He took $2.9 million to fill Bogut’s void and be part of the championship favorites, and the increased scrutiny that entailed. He never regretted it, though, even with the financial risk.

Two things, Pachulia explained. First, it was a risk, right? But I made the decision and the kind of person I am, I don’t regret a decision once I make it. If things don’t go the way I am expecting them to go, then that is just the experience. I am not going to look back and cry about it. But, second thing, I am glad I made the decision because it has been an amazing journey and ride so far. Hopefully, it is going to be better before we finish it because it is a really special moment to be part of this amazing organization. I don’t worry about the money. Dub Nation, it is priceless.

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NBA trade rumors: Several teams have asked Knicks about disgruntled Kristaps Porzingis

Several NBA teams called the Knicks about a possible trade for Kristaps Porzingis after he skipped an exit meeting with Phil Jackson and general manager Steve Mills, according to ESPN.

It’s still pretty sore, Lowry told reporters. I have to be able [to] play defense, run up and down, make cuts, and I think the making cuts part will be most important. Going straight forward will be OK.

Cory Joseph, who scored 22 points in 25 minutes in Game 2, likely would replace Lowry in the starting lineup if he’s unable to play.

Lowry’s ankle injury is unusual, ESPN.com noted, in that he turned it inward instead of rolling the ankle outward, more typical in basketball. Lowry described the sprain as high on his ankle but said it wasn’t a high ankle sprain.

This one is a little bit different, Lowry said. I want to be out there 100 percent with my teammates, playing and trying to win games, protecting home court. I wish I could be out there with my teammates. That’s the goal. The goal is just to play. I have to wait.

The Raptors trail in the series, 2-0, and badly need Lowry, who has averaged 20 points and eight assists in the series.

Yep. The Bucks dominated this one from the start and never looked back. Toronto was completely out of sync and had no answers the entire night. Dwane Casey’s squad can’t play with this kind of effort again, or this series won’t last long.

Turning point: Uh, at the tipoff? The Raptors shot 3 of 15 to start the game while the Bucks went 12 of 18. Toronto didn’t make a shot outside of the paint until the second quarter. Milwaukee held a 32-12 lead at the end of the first, and it got worse from there.

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Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers teammates donate $224K in playoff bonuses to team staffers

The Portland Trail Blazers’ season ended on a down note, as the Golden State Warriors swept them in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

But that short playoff run will pay dividends for many members of the Trail Blazers’ organization.

When Howard was told that he came up as flagged for not having insurance and a suspended registration, the Hawks big man seemed confused and insisted he had insurance, according to the police report. But Howard was unable to present an insurance card to the officer.

Howard was issued a citation for not having insurance and received a verbal warning for speeding, even though he was going 95 mph in a 65 mph zone.

His car, a 2016 Audi Rs7, was impounded. The Hawks declined comment about the incident.

They’re playing so much harder and with so much more passion than us right now, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said during his in-game interview with ESPN after the first quarter. We gotta get involved in this game, or this score’s gonna continue to grow.

The Clippers found an answer, trimming the Jazz lead down to single digits before halftime. Unfortunately for LA, the team had to do so without Blake Griffin, who injured his right big toe in the second quarter and did not return to the game. (The Clippers later announced Griffin will miss the rest of the playoffs.) So what do you do with one of your best players sidelined? You give the ball to Chris Paul, and you get the hell out of the way.

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Twitter roasts Tom Brady’s whiffed tackle on pick-six

The Patriots were sure feeling a bit deflated (yes, dated, we know) heading into the locker room during Super Bowl 51. It was Murphy’s Law on the field for New England, and no one probably felt more responsible than Tom Brady.

Brady threw a pick-six in the second quarter. He went for a tackle on the Falcons’ Robert Alford, and it went just about as well as you’d expect.

Owens’ pluses and supposed minuses won’t change by next February. Can a voter’s mind, or perception, or pulled-out-of-thin-air criteria, change by then — without flushing every claim to integrity down the toilet?

Seriously, it can’t, now that all this is out there in the open. All the information that was consciously chosen, or rejected, or ignored, or blown Authentic NFL Cheap Jerseys completely out of proportion. You don’t get to say a year later, “Well, actually …”

The Falcons quarterback, days away from playing in Super Bowl 51 against Tom Brady and the Patriots, was the No. 54 ranked quarterback in 247Sports’ 2003 rankings. Ryan’s name wasn’t even listed on Boston College’s press release highlighing the Golden Eagles’ 14 top recruits, per ESPN’s Vaughn McClure.

“I was a 170-pound, triple-option quarterback,” Ryan said. “So, yeah, I Rg3 Cheap Jerseys remember being like a three-star guy.”

The Browns have a litany of quarterback options, and none of them are great.

“I expected everything that you guys wrote,” Jackson said. “I watched everything you guys wrote about what he was and what he wasn’t. I mean, I heard it from everywhere, too. I think the guy, since he’s been here, he’s been outstanding. I think you guys know me. I don’t judge people by what everybody else says. I kind of judge them by what I see.

“But everybody has a reputation before them, so his was a little bit different. He’s not any of that that we saw here. The guy’s been outstanding in our building, and I think that’s what’s most important.”

The Browns have a litany of quarterback options, and none of them are great. It is assumed that Cody Kessler will start until this year’s second-round pick DeShone Kizer is groomed into the starting role. The team also has former Stanford star Kevin Hogan.

Osweiler has the most experience — little of it is good — out of those options. If he can show some arm strength and increased accuracy in training camp, the Browns may have found an unlikely steal to finally solidify their rotating door at quarterback.

Now there’s an issue of whether the league will punish the Patriots. As you may Cheap Eagles Jerseys have seen during this offseason with the Richard Sherman fiasco, it’s against league rules for teams to hide injuries. The question here is whether the Patriots noticed the concussion symptoms from Cheap Authentic NBA Jerseys Brady, or whether the quarterback hid them from team doctors.

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Jay Cutler hire by Fox Sports is an affront to football fans

Say it ain’t so, Fox Sports. Jay Cutler? Come on.

This is just a late April Fools’ joke on your NFL audience, right? You can’t be serious about hiring such a dour, arrogant, unfriendly, unlikable, underachieving former player to be a color analyst on one of your top broadcast teams.

The most anti-media, anti-fan player the NFL has seen in years is now coming into our living rooms and sports bars via grim hi-def. That is unless a starting quarterback of a playoff team goes down with an injury before or during the 2017 season. Cutler has indicated he may leave Fox in the lurch and return to the field.

Fox and Cutler are telling us he has changed since being humbled by Bears fans and becoming a father. I don’t buy it, because I know too many coaches and players who did not like working with him.

I also had a negative experience with Cutler a couple years ago.

“My gun had been registered in Florida, where I had a house at the time, but the registration had expired,” Burress explains. “It wasn’t registered at all in New York. So my gun wasn’t as legal as I thought it was. Also, I didn’t know that there was a state law in New York that called for mandatory jail time for carrying a loaded handgun without a valid New York license.”

Burress uses his own ignorance as an example of how players can assume too much power. He wants young NFL stars to know they are “not more important than anybody else just Cheap Michael Jordan Jerseys because (they) play in the NFL.”

Burress’ piece also touches on lessons he learned about trust and relationships. While not blaming the NFL, he details how the rookie symposium he attended left him helpless in terms of financial management.

The entry, published Monday in The Players’ Tribune, is worth a read in full. You can check it out here.