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January 17, 2018
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If you have any appreciation for a young person working extremely hard to provide a better life for himself and his family, you had to enjoy Takk McKinley at the NFL draft. His emotional, raw reaction to being drafted while holding a framed picture of his late grandmother was the highlight of the first round. 

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It seems like McKinley, the UCLA defensive end who was the Atlanta Falcons jersey’ first-round pick, is going to be entertaining us for a while.

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Much like his emotion on draft night, there’s some NSFW language on his millionaire happy dance video, but if you’re not offended easily by bad words, enjoy this from his Twitter feed:

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How can you not smile watching that? McKinley has a few other gems on his Twitter account, such as …

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McKinley made an instant name for himself on draft night. Now we’re rooting for him to do well for the Falcons on the field, so he can keep the good times going.

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January 14, 2018
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Michael Vick says he wants to get into coaching

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Michael Vick is finished playing, but he hopes he isn’t finished with football. The former Pro Bowl quarterback told ESPN’s Adam Schefter he wanted to get into coaching.

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“I would love to coach in the National Football League one day,” Vick said. “At some point, I’d definitely love to help work with young quarterbacks and develop them and still compete, you know, with the team and with the coaches.

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The former Falcons and Eagles quarterback didn’t play last year (who had stints with the Jets and Steelers), and has said he’s abandoned any thoughts of playing again. But he thinks he has things to offer young quarterbacks, and wants to share it with them.

Cheap Brian Parker jersey “I think my heart is really into teaching, you know, the game of football,” Vick said. “I feel like I’ve learned so much from so many great coaches over the years. You know, I don’t want to bottle up a lot of knowledge, and [I] really can’t relay the messages that I want to relay to a high school kid because . . . you don’t have to dumb it down, but you can’t be as complex. And I get that.

“So [at the] collegiate level or professional level, you can express ideas. You can go into detail. You know you can coach hard, and that’s what I want to do.”

Vick said he hasn’t actually talked to any of his former teams or coaches about it, preferring to let the process “happen naturally.” That makes it sound like his hopes of signing a ceremonial deal with the Falcons, which they don’t seem to be as interested in as he is.

January 11, 2018
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Two numbers—28 and 3—will follow the Atlanta Falcons jersey the rest of their lives, defining them the same way 23 defines Michael Jordan, 44 defines Hank Aaron, and 3-1 defines Golden State (for the moment). The Falcons lost last year’s Super Bowl in a horrific and soul-crushing manner, and the only way to even hope to recover from that is to channel the spirit of the one who defeated you. And Falcons QB Matt Ryan jersey jersey is doing exactly that.

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“We’re on to 2017,” Ryan told the Falcons’ website, channeling Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s infamous “On to Cincinnati” brushoff. “You know, you learn from it, like we did. You deal with it, like we did. And then you move forward and you start preparing to try and be the best football team that this group can be. And that’s where we’re at.”

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The Falcons will have some challenges, starting with the fact that they’ve got a new offensive coordinator, Steve Sarkisian, in camp to replace the departed Kyle Shanahan. But as Ryan tells it, Sarkisian will be adjusting to a system the players know, rather than the other way around: “The system is pretty much the same as it was before, which is good,” he said. “You know we’ve got a lot of guys on our team who are back, who have a lot of experience in this system, who understand the rules, the scheme, the terminology really, really well.”

Cheap Travis Kelce jersey We’ll see soon enough just how well Ryan, Sarkisian, and the rest of the Falcons adjust to life under pressure.

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January 9, 2018
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What in the world is going on with Gerrit Cole?

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One of the most interesting categories of MLB players is mid-career starting pitchers. They’ve all experienced some success and wouldn’t have made it into the middle of a lengthy career without proving themselves capable of holding down a spot in a rotation. As pitchers grow older, however, even the best ones need to make adjustments. That’s what makes starters who have logged four to six seasons in the majors so compelling.

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It hasn’t worked out that way yet. Cole has been a very good pitcher, amassing a 3.23 ERA, 2.98 FIP and 1.21 WHIP with 538 strikeouts in 579 1/3 career innings heading into this season. He just hasn’t been a consistently great one. He made one All-Star team in his first three full seasons and showed up in the top 10 in Cy Young voting just once. He dealt with injuries in 2014 and 2016, but his performance has been uneven when healthy, too. It has been a good, if slightly disappointing, career to this point.

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The disappointment is growing this year. Cole is on pace for the worst season of his career; through 12 starts, he has a 4.83 ERA, 4.61 FIP, 1.34 WHIP and 66 strikeouts in 76 1/3 innings. Now in his fifth season at 26 years old, Cole seems at a crossroads. He’s still young enough to find another level and establish himself as a true ace. Failing that, he’s most likely to remain the solid No. 2-style starter he has been during his first four seasons. Of course, there’s always the chance that he turns in the opposite direction, with 2017 serving as the beginning of his regression years. Not everyone can flag a ride at the crossroads.

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mlb jersey youth cheap dirt There’s one big shift this season. Cole still prefers his four-seam fastball to his sinker, and still favors the slider as his go-to breaking ball. The change, however, is his changeup. Cole is throwing it 13.4% of the time this season after never throwing it for more than 7.5% of his pitches in any previous season.

It’s not immediately clear why Cole has fallen in love with his changeup. The best use of the pitch is typically to negate platoon advantage, but Cole had limited lefties to a .253/.320/.369 slash line over the first four years of his career. This season, with the change a larger part of his arsenal, they’re hitting .299/.327/.598 with 10 homers and 13 doubles in 171 plate appearances.

Cole’s results with the changeup have been no better than average. It has an 11.4% whiff rate, which isn’t special for what is supposed to be a swing-and-miss offering. In fact, among pitchers who have thrown at least 150 changeups this season, Cole has the fifth lowest whiff-per-swing. Hitters are 11-for-40 when putting the changeup in play, with five of those hits going for extra bases.

The pitch looks even worse when you isolate for left-handed batters. Cole has held them to a .226 batting average, but when they make contact they usually make him pay. The .226 isolated slugging percentage against Cole’s changeup is on par with Anthony Rizzo Jersey’s season-long ISO. To be fair to Cole, even the best changeups get hit hard when they’re put in play. That’s simply the nature of the pitch, no matter who’s throwing it. The issue, however, is that the best changeups also produce far more whiffs and groundouts than Cole’s has, and, furthermore, he didn’t need the pitch in the past.

Command isn’t really an issue, as demonstrated by this zone profile from Statcast. Cole has been able to keep his changeup down in the zone, exactly where any pitcher wants it.

Cole gets about a 7–8 mph differential between his changeup and fastball, which isn’t ideal, but still a wide enough spread to mess with a hitter’s timing. No, neither command nor velocity can explain Cole’s changeup problem.

The issue appears to be that it just isn’t a very good pitch. It can be effective at times, as it was here getting Joey Votto Jersey to whiff for strike three.

All too often, however, it looks more like this.

Cole’s changeup usage isn’t even close to being at the root of his struggles this season. It is noteworthy, though, that a pitch he never relied on in the past has a larger presence this season, even though it hasn’t been very good. His usage of the pitch will be something to monitor for the rest of the season.

DeGrom’s woeful season hit what the Mets hope is rock bottom last week, when he surrendered eight runs on 10 hits in four innings in a loss to the Rangers. It was the third time this season he allowed at least five runs in a start, which is equal to the number of times he has held opponents to one or zero runs. Over deGrom’s last two outings, he has been knocked around for 15 runs on 18 hits, including four homers, in eight innings, raising his ERA more than a run and a half in the process. He now owns a 4.75 ERA, 3.91 FIP and 1.44 with 94 strikeouts in 72 innings. He has about as challenging as possible a week ahead, with the Cubs on Monday and Nationals on Saturday.

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Foltynewicz has been deGrom’s opposite in his last two starts. He has tossed seven scoreless innings in both of his two most recent outings, allowing a total of six hits while striking out 14 and walking four. He lowered his ERA nearly a full run to 3.48, and while his 4.19 FIP and 1.28 WHIP both suggest he has been a bit fortunate, his overall body of work deserves the benefit of the doubt. Foltynewicz starts twice this week, taking on the Nationals in Washington on Monday and the Marlins at home on Sunday.

Nelson has been electric in his last three starts, totaling a 1.71 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 27 strikeouts in 21 innings. He has notched quality starts in five of his last six trips to the mound, and now sports a 3.45 ERA, 3.15 FIP and 1.27 WHIP, with 71 strikeouts against 17 walks in 70 1/3 innings. Of all the encouraging developments in Milwaukee this season, Nelson’s leap may have the largest ripple effects. The team has done a great job acquiring young offensive talent over the last few years, and Nelson is showing that he can be a rock in one of the first few spots in the rotation. He has a favorable week lined up, drawing the Cardinals on Monday ad Padres on Sunday.

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Porcello leads the majors in four stats. Two of those, starts and total batters faced, are largely the function of being healthy and going at least six innings in almost every start. The others, losses and hits allowed, while not a direct reflection of the way a pitcher has thrown the ball, certainly aren’t positive. The defending AL Cy Young Award winner has had a rough go of it this year, racking up a 4.46 ERA, 4.02 FIP and 1.49 WHIP in 80 2/3 frames. He has been bad lately, allowing at least four runs in three of his last five starts, and at least eight hits in all of them, without completing seven innings in any of them. In fact, it has been more than a month since he has made it through seven innings, a streak of six starts without doing so. Porcello is scheduled to take the ball on Monday against the Phillies, and Saturday in Houston against the hottest team in baseball.

Darvish is giving up a ton of home runs this season—an odd and unexpected tendency for one of the game’s more feared pitchers. Darvish has already surrendered 12 jacks in 82 innings this year. He gave up the same number in 100 1/3 innings last year, and 13 in 144 1/3 frames in 2014. His HR/9 is up to 1.32, and his HR/FB ratio is 15.2%, both of which would be career highs.

Darvish has watched at least one of his pitches sail over the fences in nine of his 13 starts this season, and he has allowed multiple homers in the same game three times. He’s slated for two starts this week, both of which are against teams that can rake. The Astros, who Darvish faces on Monday, are tied for second in the majors with 99 homers. His opponent over the weekend, the Mariners, aren’t anywhere near as dangerous top to bottom, but feature three dangerous power hitters—Nelson Cruz Jersey, Robinson Cano Jersey and Kyle Seager Jersey—in the middle of their order.

Newcomb was in the Prospect Watch last week, and days later the Braves promoted him to the majors. Did Braves GM John Coppolella read last week’s column before giving Newcomb the call? All we can say for sure is we don’t know. What we do know, however, is that, regardless of the cause, Coppolella is happy Newcomb is in Atlanta.

Newcomb looked great in his MLB debut, allowing one unearned run on four hits in 6 1/3 innings against the Mets, striking out seven while walking two. He took a tough-luck loss, but that didn’t sour the night too much. Newcomb should be in the majors to stay.

Newcomb remains widely available in fantasy leagues, but that should end soon. The 24-year-old was one of baseball’s top pitching prospects, and he’s set to make about 16 to 18 more starts this season. With his fastball-curveball combo, he’s going to be capable of missing bats at the highest level. Even if that’s all he provides with any consistency in his rookie year, it will make him a player worth owning in all formats.

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January 6, 2018
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Celtics have renewed zest, swagger after Game 3 win

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CHICAGO — For the better part of the past week, the Boston Celtics Jerseys have been in a fog. There had been an anticipation and an excitement as the top-seeded Celtics prepared for the start of the postseason, but the mood of the team understandably shifted when All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas’ sister died in a car accident on the eve of the first-round opener against the Chicago Bulls Jerseys.

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The locker room had been quiet and somber. Players weren’t certain how to act or how best to comfort Thomas after he elected to stay with the team for Games 1 and 2 in Boston. Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge tried to get players to tell jokes to each other Thursday, hoping to somehow ease the frustrations after Boston lost the first two games of the series.

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Thomas used the two-day break in the series to sneak home to Tacoma, Washington, on Wednesday morning to be with his family and grieve the loss of his sister, Chyna. He flew to Chicago and joined the team Thursday night. He seemed to have renewed energy and zest in the hours leading up to tipoff of Friday’s Game 3.

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Game 4 is on Sunday night in Chicago.

Winning has a way of curing a lot of what ails teams. But Boston’s locker room felt different after Friday’s game. Thomas, who departed the locker room before reporters entered after Games 1 and 2, was smiling and talking with teammates after the victory.

“I think it was good for him to go away and be with his family and come back with sort of a fresh start,” Celtics forward Jae Crowder said.

Added center Al Horford: “I thought Isaiah was great. cheap jerseys … He was very poised. I’m definitely proud of him, the way he’s been able to handle everything and the way he got it together and put [on] a great performance tonight.”

As players gushed about what Garnett’s video message did to inspire the team, there was a renewed swagger about the Celtics. The tenor of this series already had begun shifting Friday morning, when the Bulls announced that Rajon Rondo would be out indefinitely with a fractured thumb. Boston’s victory only confirmed that the series is far from over.

And Boston’s inspired play Friday left players more confident in the team moving forward.

“We weren’t coming here hoping to get a win,” Bradley said. “We knew we were coming here to win both games.”

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Bradley scored 15 points as Boston put five players in double figures. He added seven rebounds and seven assists over 36 minutes, all while embracing the defensive challenge of guarding both Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade.

“Avery did a lot of good things,” Stevens said. “I couldn’t take him out of the game.”

Green’s presence helped space the floor at the start of both halves, and he battled through a twisted ankle to play 20 minutes. Boston’s bench players responded with quality minutes, particularly in the second half, while Thomas got an extended rest spanning into the fourth quarter.

Asked if he got what he wanted out of the lineup change, Stevens deadpanned, “I was hoping to win.”

The Celtics can build off this. The fog isn’t going to just disappear, and Stevens acknowledged that Thomas will still have moments that are difficult as he copes.

But Boston looked a lot more like its old self Friday. Now the Celtics are hoping they can build off it and get back to playing the fun brand of basketball that had them excited about the postseason a week ago.

January 3, 2018
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There was a controversial ending to Monday’s Game 3 between the Ottawa Senators Jerseys and Boston Bruins Jerseys, with Bobby Ryan Jerseys scoring the game winner after drawing a soft penalty and avoiding one of his own.

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The ending didn’t sit well with Bruins fans after watching their team come back from a 3-0 deficit only to squander the win and fall behind in the best-of-seven series. After filling the arena with chants of “bull—-.” some knucklehead fans littered the ice with trash, mostly in Ottawa’s end where bottles and other debris were thrown toward some Senators players.

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As the mayhem continued and Senators players rushed off the ice and down the tunnel toward the dressing room, a few fans were caught on video trying to steal sticks from players as they exited. Ryan, presumably public enemy No. 1 in Boston, had to wrestle back Erik Karlsson Jerseys’s from a goofball fan in a Bruins jersey who tried to yank it from his cold, soft hands.

Cheap Matt Martin jersey Bruins fans are taking a pounding on social media, and justifiably so, given this isn’t the first time they’ve made it rain with garbage in their own arena after a playoff game.

Fans at the cheap jerseys TD Garden threw trash and debris on the ice following a Game 7 overtime game against the Montreal Canadiens Jerseys in 2011 – a game in which the Bruins won, no less. During another playoff series with Montreal in 2014, Bruins fans targeted P.K. Subban Jerseys on Twitter with a slew of racist and hateful tweets targeting the then-Canadiens defenceman after he scored a double-overtime winner in Boston.

To be fair, Bruins fans aren’t the only ones who have a tendency to behave badly, and unfortunately they won’t be the last, either.

December 31, 2017
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Three Strikes: Rays’ power surge fueling offense; Rockies are baseball’s hottest team

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The Rays have been one of the most surprising teams in the league this year, especially on offense, where Corey Dickerson Jersey, Logan Morrison Jersey and Steven Souza have led a home run barrage. That was on full display Friday.

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Five different Rays left the yard and the team racked up 15 hits in a 13–4 win over the A’s. Souza got the scoring started in the first with a three-run jack, his 11th of the season. Mallex Smith Jersey hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning, and Morrison followed with his 17th bomb of the year. Tim Beckham Jersey led off the fifth with his 10th homer of the year, and Dickerson capped the scoring with a three-run shot four batters later, his 14th of the season.

babe blue baseball uniforms for sale The Rays scored at least one run in each of the first five innings of the game, putting at least three marks on the board in three of them. Souza was the individual hero, going 3-for-5 with a triple and single, in addition to his three-run homer. If one player stood out, though, it was Smith. With Kevin Kiermaier Jersey on the DL after breaking his hip on Thursday, Smith took over as the everyday centerfielder, and likely leadoff man, on Friday. He went 2-for-3 with the homer and three stolen bases, bringing a new element to the top of the Rays offense. He will also push Dickerson down to the two-hole, giving him more RBI opportunities.

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When is 449 feet not all that impressive? When you’re Stanton.

O.K., so it’s still pretty impressive. What’s remarkable is that this homer—this homer—is just Stanton’s third-longest of the season.

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According to Statcast, this 449-foot flight left Stanton’s bat at 110.6 mph. A few more noteworthy facts about this homer.

Stanton’s homer was the first to sail over the top of the batter’s eye at PNC Park, which opened for the 2001 season.

Stanton’s two dingers longer than it this season measured 468 feet and 460 feet.

Stanton now has 40 homers with exit velocities of 110 mph or greater in the Statcast era, the most in the majors. Nelson Cruz Jersey is second with 26.

Craig Minervini, who covers the Marlins for Fox Sports Florida, tracked down the landing spot of Stanton’s homer and shared a few pictures. First, the vantage point from where the ball finished its flight. Notice that you can barely make out the batter.

Wacky view few have seen from above CF @ PNC Park. After @Giancarlo818 449 ft HR. Camera guys never seen one up here pic.twitter.com/Wr6Ni2Eafn

— Craig Minervini (@CraigMinervini) June 10, 2017

Second, it appears Stanton dented a railing with his moonshot. We’ll have to wait and see if Bob Nutting, the principal owner of the Pirates, sends him a bill.

We believe, based on where CF cameraman told me ball hit, that highly likely this dent was caused by @Giancarlo818 pic.twitter.com/kLKfg0kD2A

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So, yeah, Stanton has some pop.

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The Rockies have always been able to hit, and while their offense has actually been slightly disappointing this year, there are no concerns on that side of the ball. Charlie Blackmon Jersey is having an MVP caliber season, slashing .336/.380/.625 with 14 homers and 52 RBI. Nolan Arenado Jersey is doing his thing again, hitting .289/.351/.562 with 14 roundtrippers of his own. It’s hard to hold down a Rockies offense for long.

What’s different this season is the pitching. Colorado pitchers have racked up 8.1 fWAR, seventh most in the majors. The gamble on Greg Holland has already paid immense dividends. The former Royals closer has been electric, converting all 23 of his save opportunities while totaling a 1.14 ERA and 0.89 ERA with 32 strikeouts in 23 2/3 innings. The rotation, meanwhile, has been shockingly effective, considering the circumstances.

Jon Gray Jersey, the team’s ace, has been on the DL since April with a foot injury. That left the Rockies with just one pitcher, Tyler Chatwood Jersey, with more than six starts to his name before this season. The other four starters currently in the rotation, Antonio Senzatela Jersey, Kyle Freeland, German Marquez Jersey and Jeff Hoffman, combined for nine starts prior to 2017. They’ve made 36 this year, totaling 22 wins with a 3.55 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in 212 2/3 innings.

When Gray returns, which could be as soon as late this month, the Rockies will have someone capable of anchoring a rotation starting every fifth day. They’ll need him to remain atop the NL West, which is neck and neck with the AL East for best division in baseball. The Diamondbacks and Dodgers are both double-digit games over .500 with good reason to believe they, and not the Rockies, are the class of the division. For now, however, it’s hard to doubt baseball’s hottest team.

December 27, 2017
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Blues Jerseys coach Mike Yeo said before the start of his team’s series against the Minnesota Wild Jerseys that one player wouldn’t win or lose the series for his team.

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“He’s been unbelievable, a big reason why we got these three wins, and it gives us a lot of confidence,” Schwartz said of Allen.

Wholesale Sean Malone jersey “He’s in the zone and he’s really backstopping us right now. He’s making some big, timely saves, which gives us a lot of momentum.”

Allen has been the star of the first three games. He’s stopped 114 of the 117 shots he’s faced for a .974 save percentage and 0.91 goals-against-average against a Wild team that ranked second in the NHL in scoring during the regular season.

Colton Parayko also scored for the Blues and Alexander Steen Jerseys added an empty-netter for St. Louis, which will try to sweep the series Wednesday night in St. Louis.

“They’ve stuck to their game plan and we’ve stuck to ours and it was a real tough test for us out there the second half of the game,” Allen said.

“They pushed really hard and put us on our heels a bit and we grinded and we got it done. A huge win for us.”

Charlie Coyle Jerseys scored for Minnesota, which got 28 saves from Devan Dubnyk Jerseys. Dubnyk has allowed just two goals in each of the three games, stopping 92.3 percent of the shots he’s faced, but the Wild have lost all three games.

“We’ve played three pretty good hockey games and we’ve just to keep playing hard,” Dubnyk said. “Putting pucks to the net and trying to get some bounces and see if we can turn the momentum.”

Schwartz had a power-play goal at 15:19 of the second period to put the Blues one win away from the second round. He scored with 2:27 left in the third period of Game 2 to give St. Louis the 2-1 win.

On Sunday, the Blues scored just 3:25 into the first period when Parayko beat Dubnyk high with a shot from the high slot after a nice pass from Patrik Berglund Jerseys. The goal was the third in 23 playoff games for Parayko, who scored four goals in 81 games this season.

St. Louis outshot Minnesota 15-9 in the first period, but couldn’t build on its early lead. Vladimir Tarasenko Jerseys and Steen both hit the post.

Minnesota tied it with a goal from Coyle with 7:01 left in the second period. Coyle scored off a rebound of a shot from Zach Parise Jerseys, giving the Wild their first even-strength goal of the series and Parise his third point in three games.

The Blues scored their first power-play goal cheap jerseys of the series from Schwartz with 4:41 remaining in the second period. Schwartz, who took a high stick from Ryan White Jerseys to earn the penalty, scored his second goal of the series off a pass from Steen behind the net.

Minnesota put 19 shots on goal in the third period, but couldn’t score.

The Wild pulled Dubnyk for an extra attacker with 2:10 remaining and Steen scored his first of the playoffs, assisted by Berglund and Vladimir Sobotka, into the empty net with 1:11 left.

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December 24, 2017
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Lowry leaned forward and said: “We got our ass busted.”

cheap throwback jerseys nba The Busting Bucks are in accelerated growth mode, maturing ahead of schedule and at the exact wrong time for the Raptors.

cheap plain basketball singlets wrestling The lineup the sixth-seeded Bucks sent out for the opening tip had started a total of 18 playoff games in their careers before Thursday night. The Raptors who returned from last season’s squad each played 20 games in the 2016 playoffs alone. It made no difference. The young Bucks took control immediately and led 32-12 after one quarter.

Khris Middleton went for 20 points and added 7 assists in the Bucks’ Game 3 victory. Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty ImagesWhat drags down Milwaukee’s experience curve is the presence of two rookies, Malcolm Brogdon and Thon Maker. Well, the worst thing you could say about them in Game 3 was they had the lowest plus/minus of the starters, at plus-10 and plus-13 respectively. And the only indication of the Bucks’ youth in this series is that they drew back the curtain just enough to let some light shine on the Raptors in Game 2, a game Milwaukee realistically could have won to put it in position to sweep.

Doesn’t it give Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd heart palpitations to roll out such a young lineup?

“I’m a young coach, so I think we all fit with the experience level,” said the 44-year-old Kidd, who played in the NBA as recently as 2013.

“The guys on the floor and on the bench support them, and the coaching staff has done everything to prepare them for this moment. It’s up to them to be basketball players, and they’re very comfortable with doing that. We try to keep things simple and have fun with it, and they do all the work.”

And what has made the Bucks come so close to realizing their potential?

“I think we’re starting to do it with our defense more,” Khris Middleton said. “Learning to play smart basketball and use our length.”

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Milwaukee switches one condor-wingspanned player for another on defense, and a Raptors offense predicated on DeRozan and Lowry beating their man off the dribble couldn’t get around them. Nor could the Raptors shoot over them, missing 16 of 22 3-pointers. DeRozan went 0-for-8 overall, making him the first 25-points-per-game scorer to go 0-for-3 or worse in a playoff game in the same season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He didn’t get a point until he made two free throws midway through the second quarter. Lowry wasn’t much better, with 13 points on 4-for-10 shooting.

“I still think we can win the series,” Lowry said. “It’s a terrible feeling, the way we got our ass beat. It’s a terrible feeling. [But] our confidence is not changed. We’ll be fine.”

What if it’s not a matter of confidence? What if there’s nothing the Raptors can do about it? What if the series is happening to them more than it’s happening with them?

They were destroyed Thursday and the Bucks didn’t even get a monster game from Giannis Antetokounmpo, who still made 7 of 10 shots, grabbed eight rebounds, scored 19 points, and blocked a shot with his elbow — seriously.

The Bucks just looked so much better. Deep into the fourth quarter, the game well in hand, the Bucks were still playing sharply, moving the ball all over with an everyone-on-the-floor-touches-it kind of possession that resulted in a wide-open 3-pointer by Matthew Dellavedova.

The only thing the Raptors did well and convincingly was show frustration. Serge Ibaka slammed the ball to the ground so hard it bounced higher than the shot clock above the basket after he was called for goaltending. cheap jerseys And Lowry took exception to Dellavedova crowding him as he called timeout, and Lowry raised his elbow to send a message.

It was Toronto’s lowest playoff score since the Raptors scored 63 in Detroit in 2002. Meanwhile, the Bucks had their biggest home blowout in the BMO Harris Bradley Center, which suddenly is hosting one of the best crowds in the NBA. The were at full volume from the outset, with the “Cream City Clash” fan group singing chants like a college student section.

“The crowd was unbelievable,” Antetokounmpo said. “It was fun.”

Fun at the Raptors’ expense. Worrisome for the other denizens of the Eastern Conference.

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In Toronto, Tyler Bozak Jerseys’s tip-in put a charge into the Air Canada Centre. Ditto with Nashville when the Predators scored in OT for another win over Chicago.

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They had some extra fun in Boston and Calgary, too, before Ottawa and Anaheim finally broke through.

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“Those are the most fun games to play, definitely” Bozak said.

Wholesale Derek Grant jersey There’s been fun to go around in these playoffs.

Eleven of 24 postseason games have gone to overtime in the first round, including all three games between Toronto and Washington and two between Ottawa and Boston. All eight first-round series have included at least one OT finish. The record for an entire postseason is 17 overtime games in 2013.

And with underdogs like Nashville, Toronto and St. Louis threatening early upsets, these playoffs are getting an cheap jerseys extra boost.

“It was a 10,” Predators coach Peter Laviolette said of the atmosphere Monday. “I’m not sure there’s another place like it.”

Nashville got its win behind a backhand goal from 20-year-old Kevin Fiala 16:44 into OT, the longest game of the night. Fiala and teammates Mike Fisher Jerseys and James Neal Jerseys jumped together into the end boards to celebrate a 3-0 series lead over the top-seeded Blackhawks.

The quickest end came in Calgary, where Anaheim stunned the Flames. Perry scored 90 seconds into extra time, helping the Ducks rally from three-goals down to win – a first in the team’s postseason history. Around the Saddledome, fans in red sweaters threw up their arms in frustration before quietly making their way to the exits.

Boston’s TD Garden crowd didn’t disperse so easily. Bobby Ryan Jerseys’s winner came on the power play following a disputed roughing call against the Bruins’ Riley Nash Jerseys, and fans rained boos on the officials and threw items onto the ice in protest.

And then there’s the party in Toronto, which hadn’t hosted a playoff game since 2013. Bozak’s goal 1:37 into overtime, putting the Leafs ahead of Washington 2-1 in their first-round series. Bozak celebrated by jumping on Nazem Kadri Jerseys, who passed the puck to set up the winner, and then the pair was mobbed by the rest of the squad.

“It’s a lot of emotion,” Bozak said. “You just want to be with your teammates and celebrate.”