Mike Conley is as important to the Grizzlies as Russell Westbrook is to the Thunder


You might think no team this postseason could rely as heavily on their star point guard as much as the Oklahoma City Thunder relied on Russell Westbrook, but think again. In Memphis, the exact same thing is happening when Mike Conley leaves the floor.

In 66 minutes when Conley hasn’t played against San Antonio, the Grizzlies have been outscored by 60 points. Whenever he leaves the floor, they hemorrhage points and completely fall apart. Here are the two players compared, for reference.

So where do the Nationals go now? For the time being, they’ve got Michael Taylor in center field, who isn’t nearly as fearsome as Eaton is with the bat or the glove. They could also shuffle their other players around a little bit: Harper could play some center and so could Trea Turner, who spent the 2016 season in that spot. But there won’t be a perfect replacement, of course, because what the Chicago Blackhawks Cheap Jerseys Nationals want is Eaton back. But they’re in a better place than most teams: Their core is solid enough to withstand this kind of loss. At least until they get their hands on a time machine. Then they’ll get Eaton back, and no one will remember any of this ever happened.

Cody Bellinger hit his first-ever major league home run last night and followed that up with his second one later in the game, so it’s a good time to read Grant Brisbee’s article on Bellinger’s potential.

Bellinger’s second home run was part of a three-homer comeback that tied the Dodgers and the Phillies in the ninth inning last night, and who doesn’t like watching three homers hit essentially together?

Chris Paul is still the Point God


Chris Paul is still the most well-rounded, technically sound and excellent point guard. He proved it again on Friday as the Clippers beat the Jazz 111-106 in Salt Lake City.

The Bucks have made a clear statement that they should be feared. Even if they somehow seize up and fall apart in a series loss, something nobody is predicting at this point, consider how damn young they are. We see teams rise and fall out of the Eastern Conference constantly — remember how the Knicks were good for a season, and only that? Remember the Indiana dynasties that fell obsolete so, so quickly? Now, Milwaukee might be doing the same thing to Toronto, who has run in the top of the East for a few seasons now. The Bucks, unlike any of those teams mentioned before, are built to last long into the future.

They have Antetokounmpo, who is 22 years old. They have the emerging Maker, who looks like another score for them. All around them are more young faces, and while this team isn’t near their final form, they have time to develop into that. Antetokounmpo, especially, has no ceiling on how high he can soar. Will he be the league’s best player in five years? There’s honestly a good chance.

But the Bucks don’t need to worry about the future, because right now, they’re here in the present and beating up a team that some called a dark horse finals NBA Jerseys For Sale squad. So far, so good.

Please fear the deer. What started as a catchy slogan has now become a public service announcement. After watching the fate that befell Toronto on Thursday, we really just Orioles Cheap Jerseys don’t want to see anyone else get hurt.

Capitals vs. Penguins 2017 live stream: Game time, TV schedule, and how to watch NHL playoffs online


The Washington Capitals may not actually have their backs against the wall. But they’ll probably enter Game 3 feeling like it.

Washington heads to the Steel City on Monday for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Pittsburgh Penguins are fresh off a 6-2 rout in Game 2 on Saturday that gave them a 2-0 series lead.

The loss was a demoralizing one for the Capitals. Elite goalie Braden Holtby got pulled for backup Philipp Grubauer after his worst start of the playoffs. Holtby is 4-4-0 with an unimpressive .911 save percentage in seven playoff starts this season. Prized players like Kevin Shattenkirk also had terrible performances. The Capitals held a closed-door meeting after Game 2.

They’ll need to figure out how to stop Sidney Crosby, Phil Kessel and their Paypal Cheap Jerseys forward cohorts. Kessel scored twice in Game 2, and Crosby has four points in the first two games of the series.

Launch angles or exit velocity, probably. I don’t even know how to analyze Best Cheap Jerseys From China this stupid sport anymore. It’s passed me by.

Except this explanation might be a little more simple: Sometimes young players learn the game better as they gain more experience. I jumped the gun last year with this headline …

DeShone Kizer will probably be Browns’ starting QB in 2017


An uneven, losing season at Notre Dame did little to dampen the Cleveland Browns’ enthusiasm for DeShone Kizer. The Browns drafted the two-year starter with the 52nd overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, hoping he can become their franchise quarterback.

Kizer’s draft stock fluctuated this spring. His performance in the NFL Draft Combine’s athletic drills was underwhelming, but then then he somewhat redeemed himself by showcasing a powerful and accurate arm when asked to throw in front of scouts. His workout at Notre Dame’s pro day was more of the same — questionable measurables, but the ability to throw the hell out of a football.

One thing that’s not in question? His sense of style. Kizer donned a gorgeous, lavender-Sasquatch suit on Thursday night, supporting the Andrew Weishar Foundation in the process.

Salata, 90, was a 10th round pick in the 1951 NFL Draft, a time when 30 rounds existed. But even though he wasn’t a last pick, he’s changed the way the selection is viewed and even forced the NFL Cheap Authentic MLB Jerseys to change a rule.

The amount of publicity Irrelevant Week generated in the first few years after it was Cheap Euro Jerseys created led the Los Angeles Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers to actually battle over the selection in 1980.

Los Angeles was slated to pick 332nd, but intentionally passed to allow Pittsburgh to pick and hand the Rams the 333rd and final pick. But the Steelers didn’t want it. So a stand-off ensued until Pete Rozelle forced the Rams to pick and instituted a rule, commonly known as the “Salata Rule,” that mandated the team awarded the final pick is the one to use it.