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  • @hornets • 9m

    Official Site of the Charlotte Hornets: Healed and Healthy, PJ Washington Excited to Finally Play on NBA Court

    A significant sprain in his left foot couldn't slow down former Kentucky Wildcat PJ Washington over the final two games of his collegiate career as he averaged 22.0 PPG and 7.5 RPG off the bench against Houston and Auburn in the NCAA Tournament six months ago.

    But the lingering ailment was enough to derail his first NBA Summer League in July before it got started after the Hornets decided to play it safe with their prized rookie forward. It's become a growing trend in recent years for teams to be overly protective with their draft picks in Las Vegas, but that didn't make sitting out any easier for Washington.

    A significant sprain in his left foot couldn't slow down former Kentucky Wildcat PJ Washington over the final two games of his collegiate career as he averaged 22.0 PPG and 7.5 RPG off the bench against Houston and Auburn in the NCAA Tournament six months ago.

    But the lingering ailment was enough to derail his first NBA Summer League in July before it got started after the Hornets decided to play it safe with their prized rookie forward. It's become a growing trend in recent years for teams to be overly protective with their draft picks in Las Vegas, but that didn't make sitting out any easier for Washington.

  • @celtics • 19m

    Fansided: Unveiling the 2019-20 Boston Celtics "death lineup"

    The 2014-15 Golden state Warriors revolutionized the game of Basketball when Steve Kerr used 6-7 forward Draymond Green as the team's primary center in that year's NBA Finals. Kerr showed that you can not only win, but dominate when using five versatile wing players on the floor at once. The 2019-20 Boston Celtics can follow that model in hopes of similar success.

    With a roster chock full of perimeter players, Boston finds themselves with a "good problem" of scheming up ways of how to utilize all of their talented bodies. Though the Boston Celtics cannot exactly replicate the makeup of the vaunted "death lineup" of Golden state, they could form a position less quintet that serves the essential functions of said unit.

    The 2014-15 Golden state Warriors revolutionized the game of Basketball when Steve Kerr used 6-7 forward Draymond Green as the team's primary center in that year's NBA Finals. Kerr showed that you can not only win, but dominate when using five versatile wing players on the floor at once. The 2019-20 Boston Celtics can follow that model in hopes of similar success.

    With a roster chock full of perimeter players, Boston finds themselves with a "good problem" of scheming up ways of how to utilize all of their talented bodies. Though the Boston Celtics cannot exactly replicate the makeup of the vaunted "death lineup" of Golden state, they could form a position less quintet that serves the essential functions of said unit.

  • Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician: Syracuse vs. Clemson film room: How Brent Venables disrupted Orange's young offensive line

    We've all acknowledged over the course of this season that there's a bit of an issue with the Syracuse Orange's offensive line. While the play has improved for the past three weeks on a largely inexperienced line, with three new starters in place at present, I figured I'd take a look at an actual breakdown of what is happening up front.

    From the start of this game, Syracuse was up against Brent Venables, who is one of, if not the the best defensive coordinator in the country. He's a coach who can game plan well and also adjust on the fly to what he's seeing on the field.

    We've all acknowledged over the course of this season that there's a bit of an issue with the Syracuse Orange's offensive line. While the play has improved for the past three weeks on a largely inexperienced line, with three new starters in place at present, I figured I'd take a look at an actual breakdown of what is happening up front.

    From the start of this game, Syracuse was up against Brent Venables, who is one of, if not the the best defensive coordinator in the country. He's a coach who can game plan well and also adjust on the fly to what he's seeing on the field.

  • @NBA • 26m

    SI.com: Jerry Colangelo on Team USA Collapse: 'This Will Bother Me Until the 2020 Olympics'

    LOS ANGELES -- Disappointing.

    Embarrassing.

    A reason for reevaluation.

    Just a few of the words and phrases that flooded the internet in the aftermath of USA Basketball's seventh-place finish at the FIBA World Cup. It was the U.S.'s worst finish in a major international tournament, slipping below the humiliating sixth-place Team USA picked up at the World Championships in 2002, widely viewed as rock bottom for the pro version of the U.S. squad.

    So: Has Team USA hit a new low?

    "You can't compare the two years," USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo told SI.

    LOS ANGELES -- Disappointing.

    Embarrassing.

    A reason for reevaluation.

    Just a few of the words and phrases that flooded the internet in the aftermath of USA Basketball's seventh-place finish at the FIBA World Cup. It was the U.S.'s worst finish in a major international tournament, slipping below the humiliating sixth-place Team USA picked up at the World Championships in 2002, widely viewed as rock bottom for the pro version of the U.S. squad.

    So: Has Team USA hit a new low?

    "You can't compare the two years," USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo told SI.

  • @Nationals • 26m

    Fansided: Washington Nationals: Yasmani Grandal an intriguing trade candidate

    The Washington Nationals were one of the most complete teams in the league in 2017, but they had one major hole: catcher. Matt Wieters and Jose Lobaton combined to form one of the weakest catching tandems in the league, which proved to be detrimental in the end.

    Perhaps it is fitting that the two catchers committed the most costly errors in the Nats' final postseason game of 2017. Wieters had arguably the worst game of his career, struggling mightily both at the plate and behind it. Lobaton also had an inexcusable mistake, getting picked off of first base in the eighth inning.

    The Washington Nationals were one of the most complete teams in the league in 2017, but they had one major hole: catcher. Matt Wieters and Jose Lobaton combined to form one of the weakest catching tandems in the league, which proved to be detrimental in the end.

    Perhaps it is fitting that the two catchers committed the most costly errors in the Nats' final postseason game of 2017. Wieters had arguably the worst game of his career, struggling mightily both at the plate and behind it. Lobaton also had an inexcusable mistake, getting picked off of first base in the eighth inning.

  • @BlueJays • 26m

    Batter's Box Interactive Magazine: Jays at Orioles, 17-19 September

    The Jays head out on the final road trip of the season, having kept their unspoken commitment to losing more than 90 games for the first time in more than 20 years. As a very, very great man once said, "it's too late to stop now."

    But there's no need to actually lose 100 games, surely. That hasn't happened to a Toronto team since the Carter administration. John Lennon and John Bonham were alive to witness it. So were Alfred Hitchcock and Jean-Paul Sartre. That was a long time ago, it was.

    So let's not go there.

    The Jays head out on the final road trip of the season, having kept their unspoken commitment to losing more than 90 games for the first time in more than 20 years. As a very, very great man once said, "it's too late to stop now."

    But there's no need to actually lose 100 games, surely. That hasn't happened to a Toronto team since the Carter administration. John Lennon and John Bonham were alive to witness it. So were Alfred Hitchcock and Jean-Paul Sartre. That was a long time ago, it was.

    So let's not go there.

  • @Rangers • 27m

    Fansided: Texas Rangers can use final stretch of season as measuring stick

    As we approach the end of the 2019 season, to say the year has been full of ups and downs for the Texas Rangers is an understatement. As of now, they sit at 74-77 which based on preseason expectations, is actually pretty positive. Still, they're a long way off the pace of the AL West leading Houston Astros trailing by 24 games in the division. In the Wild Card, they trail the Tampa Bay Rays by 15 games. While the record isn't terrible, that gap is concerning for a team that is hoping to compete within the next season.

    As we approach the end of the 2019 season, to say the year has been full of ups and downs for the Texas Rangers is an understatement. As of now, they sit at 74-77 which based on preseason expectations, is actually pretty positive. Still, they're a long way off the pace of the AL West leading Houston Astros trailing by 24 games in the division. In the Wild Card, they trail the Tampa Bay Rays by 15 games. While the record isn't terrible, that gap is concerning for a team that is hoping to compete within the next season.

  • DRaysBay: Random Ray of the Week: Nick Anderson

    Hello, and welcome to the beginning of weekly series in which we will randomly choose one member of the Rays in franchise history to do a quick synopsis of their career and check out any highlights -- if there are any available.

    I took every player in franchise history whose last name started with the letter 'A' and randomized them and the player who was generated was...Nick Anderson.

    Nick Anderson was a 32nd round selection by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2012, however, he did not sign, thanks somewhat to some issues in his past regarding the law, and instead chose to pursue an opportunity in the Independent Leagues.

    Hello, and welcome to the beginning of weekly series in which we will randomly choose one member of the Rays in franchise history to do a quick synopsis of their career and check out any highlights -- if there are any available.

    I took every player in franchise history whose last name started with the letter 'A' and randomized them and the player who was generated was...Nick Anderson.

    Nick Anderson was a 32nd round selection by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2012, however, he did not sign, thanks somewhat to some issues in his past regarding the law, and instead chose to pursue an opportunity in the Independent Leagues.

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