Nobody worried about nightlife during the playoffs.

Lillard knows that if his Trail Blazers are to compete for the Finals, they’re going to have to take down the Warriors. Obviously the Spurs and Rockets have strong teams as well, but at the end of the day, the Warriors’ talent is above everyone else.

The Jazz-Clippers came went seven games, and Utah was able to pull out a 104-91 victory on Sunday. One might think the Warriors’ players should be focusing on the game and not partying it up, but apparently it was a consensus that Los Angeles would be the better place to be.

“The problem with Utah is that you’re just sitting there and your mind is like dead because in L.A., you still got energy for the game,” Andre Iguodala said. “Because you’re in L.A., you’re like, ‘Man, this is just the vibe in L.A.’ but in Utah, it can kind of lull you to sleep.

“And then you’ve slept too long or I’m bored out of my Cheap Reversible Jerseys For Basketball mind and now you got to try to pump yourself up for the game. You know you’re in the playoffs and you’re supposed to be pumped anyway, but the vibe is just like, ‘Man, let’s just get out of here.'”

Iguodala did concede that L.A. did have a downside, since players could be out late in the morning and “that could lead to trouble.”

Leave it to Draymond Green, though, to keep things in perspective.

“It’s the playoff,” Green told ESPN. “Nobody worried about nightlife during the playoffs.”

Cavaliers survive feisty Raptors to complete second-round sweep

The Cavaliers waltzed into the Eastern Conference finals Sunday, completing a second-round sweep of the Raptors with a 109-102 win at Toronto.

Cleveland has not lost a game in the first two rounds of the two Cheap Red Wings Jerseys most recent postseasons, becoming the first team in NBA history to start 8-0 in back-to-back playoffs.

The Cavs’ Game 4 win also marks an NBA-record 11th time LeBron James’ team has swept its opponent out of the playoffs. James set the record with Cleveland’s first-round sweep of Indiana last month, the 10th playoff sweep of his career.

While coming back from a 3-0 series deficit was an unrealistic expectation even for the most diehard Toronto fan, the Raptors tantalized the home crowd early, building an 11-point lead with 2:38 left in the first quarter.

But, as we learn over and over again, rarely is a lead safe in Cheap Retro Jerseys the NBA, particularly against a team of Cleveland’s caliber. By the end of the quarter, the game was tied, 28-28.

The Cavs took control after the break, leading by as many as 14 in the second quarter, holding a 61-49 advantage at halftime, and opening their lead to 19 in the third.

“So those guys, everybody else was in there playing. It wouldn’t be fair for them and to this team for me to keep going and not give guys who’ve been playing well and things like that to just keep going and allowing myself to keep making mistakes. So I think it’s from a maturity standpoint. Other people might look at it differently.”

Celtics’ Marcus Smart benched himself in Game 1 vs. Wizards

Marcus Smart was having a rough time in Game 1 of the Celtics’ series against the Wizards.

So much so that he decided to bench himself in the fourth quarter so the team could rally.

“I just decided to take myself out. Things were going wrong and I was making a couple mistakes,” Smart said Monday, via ESPN.com. “Everyone else was playing good, so I decided to take myself out and let those guys keep going, and really calm myself down and get ready to go back into the game to finish the game.”

Smart finished with six points, four assists, three rebounds and three blocks. At the beginning of the fourth quarter he committed two turnovers and two fouls and was eventually subbed out for Isaiah Thomas, who lost a tooth earlier in the game.

LaVar, though, was tight-lipped about sales and is also not saying who makes the shoes or how much they cost to make.

A previous ESPN.com report said three major basketball Cheap Quality Jerseys shoe companies — Nike, Adidas and Under Armour — have shown no interest in partnering with LaVar and Lonzo Ball. While LaVar is strident he does not want a traditional endorsement deal for his son, he told Le Batard the largest endorsement offer Lonzo received was for $2 million over five years.

“I was not in this for no endorsement deal,” LaVar said (via SportsBusiness Daily). “They’ve Cheap Queensland Jerseys been endorsing cats all these years. I don’t want endorsement deals. I want the co-brand.”

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are friends again, Kendrick Perkins reveals

One of the highest-profile beefs in the NBA right now may not even be a beef at all. The shattered friendship of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook is in the process of being Cheap La Kings Jerseys repaired, at least according to Kendrick Perkins, who used to play with the duo in Oklahoma City.

Appearing on TNT’s Area 21 starring Kevin Garnett, Perkins was one of many players to join the set to discuss a number of basketball topics. While talking about what the Thunder guard did this season, he just casually mentioned that Westbrook is on talking terms with Durant again.

During the Wizards’ Game 3 win on Thursday, Celtics star guard Isaiah Thomas was engaged in a not-so-friendly interaction with a heckler at the Verizon Center. The Cheap Lions Jerseys incident was caught on video by Instagram user The Sporty Traveler, who said in the caption things got a little heated from the bench when Thomas decided to address the disrespectful fan.

Washington went on to win 116-89 in Game 3 before tying the series at two games apiece with a 121-102 victory in Game 4. After a 53-point explosion in Game 2, Thomas has been largely held in check by the Wizards. He has averaged 16 points on 10-of-22 shooting in Boston’s last two blowout losses, finishing at minus-49 in 60 total minutes of playing time.

Maybe Thomas can find his scoring touch back at the friendly confines of TD Garden. At least he won’t have to deal with hecklers.

NBA playoff bracket 2017: One factor that will determine each Western Conference series

Now that the 2016-17 NBA regular season is over with and the Western Conference standings are set, we can finally turn our attention to the postseason.

For the third season in a row, the Warriors enter the playoffs with the best record in the NBA. They are the overwhelming favorites to beat a Trail Blazers team in the first round that scrapped and clawed their way to the No. 8 seed. Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum are having their best seasons yet, but they don’t have quite enough firepower to take down a Warriors team featuring Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Kevin Durant.

Because all eyes were on the revamped Warriors and Durant in the Cheap Kids NBA Jerseys early going, Pachulia found himself taking on more criticism than he had in his life.

I have never been on a team where expectations were so high, he said. This is the first time in my career, even though I have been on good teams. This is a totally different animal, right? Everyone is expecting a championship and nothing less. Also, the Warriors are a really hot topic all over the world — a lot of fans, a lot of eyes, a lot of media. Our fans, and opponents’ fans as well, they Cheap Kings Jerseys pay a lot of attention to us. This team had played so well, they had gone to two Finals, with a certain roster.

Here I am, coming and replacing Andrew Bogut, who was a fan favorite here. Coming here, people were looking, they had seen me play for different teams. But they were looking at, ‘OK, what is he going to do, he is going to replace Andrew Bogut?’

LaVar Ball: Unlike Lonzo, Michael Jordan could never sell $495 shoes

LaVar Ball is opening his mouth again, this time to compare his son’s shoe line to Michael Jordan’s.

According to LaVar, the reason Michael Jordan wasn’t able to sell extremely expensive shoes like Lonzo Ball was because, Michael Jordan couldn’t command [$495] for shoes.

George Irvine brought me to Indiana and in my mind Cheap Jordan Jerseys he was the beginning of NBA basketball with the Pacers in our building process for the years to come, Pacers president Donnie Walsh said in a release. He had a great basketball mind, which allowed him to function at a high level as a coach, administrator and purveyor of talent. George was a once-in-a-lifetime friend and one of the best men in my life.

As a player, Irvine starred at Washington and was twice Cheap Kids Football Jerseys named to the All-Pac-8 team. The Seattle native was drafted by his hometown Supersonics but opted to sign with the upstart ABA’s Virginia Squires.

The Squires added rookie Julius Erving in Irvine’s second pro season and George Gervin the following year, though Irvine would outlast them both in Virginia. In his five seasons with the Squires and one more with the Denver Nuggets, the 6-foot-6 Irvine averaged 9.5 points per game while shooting 51.7 percent from the field — ninth-best in ABA history.

Isaiah Thomas fined $25K for cursing at heckler

The NBA has fined Celtics’ point guard Isaiah Thomas $25,000 for an incident involving a Washington heckler during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals last week.

The situation in question was caught on video (note: link contains explicit language) as Thomas apparently says to someone in the crowd, I will f— you up and you know that.

The NBA announced Tuesday it was reviewing the incident. In Cheap Ice Hockey Jerseys announcing the fine, Kiki VanDeWeghe, the NBA’s executive vice president of basketball operations, cited Thomas for directing inappropriate language toward a fan.

Thomas did not have the best of nights in Game 3 as he went 3 of 8 shooting and scored just 13 points on Washington’s home floor and complained about the officiating after Boston’s loss. The Celtics guard had scored 53 points in Game 2.

Thomas followed up his Game 3 performance with 19 Cheap Ireland Football Jerseys points on 7 of 14 shooting in Game 4. Game 5 is scheduled to tip off at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday.

Westbrook recognized the uniqueness of his accomplishments late in the regular season as he led the Thunder to the sixth-best record in the Western Conference in their first season without longtime running mate Kevin Durant. But asking him about his stats, following a loss, even if he went for 51 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds, isn’t the move. It’s lesson a reporter learned the hard way after Oklahoma City fell 115-111 in Game 3 of their series against the Rockets.

Bracket predictions, series picks for first-round matchups

The 2017 NBA playoffs tip off Saturday, and we have picks and predictions for each first-round matchup of the playoff bracket.

The Warriors once again enter the NBA playoffs as the odds-on favorite to reach the Finals, but there are some teams ready to unseat the defending Western Conference champions.

Parity is the name of the game in the Eastern Conference bracket. LeBron James and the Cavaliers lost their No. 1 seed to the Celtics, but the defending champs are still considered favorites to make the Finals.

Let’s take a look at the full NBA playoff bracket, and our playoff picks and predictions for each first-round matchup.

And maybe by the end of this Warriors’ run, Pachulia will finally knock down a 3-pointer. One can dream. In the meantime, he is just soaking in this experience.

Sometimes, he said, you are in a situation where you want to speed up time, but right now this is the opposite. It doesn’t happen a lot in life. I want time to go very slow so I can do this as much as I can. It wasn’t easy, trust me. There were bumps on the road, a lot of tough moments. But look where we are.

It’s not wrong for George to want the last shot, and it’s not right to criticize him for passing it up when the situation calls. Contrast George’s final possession to Cheap Hockey Jerseys Youth Joe Johnson’s buzzer-beater against the Clippers. Johnson brought the ball up against an unset defense, got a switch against a subpar defender in Jamal Crawford and drove to the basket unimpeded as Clippers defenders hugged their Cheap Hockey Jerseys assignments (In those moments of the game, guys are not going to help, Johnson said after the game).

No, really, look at Chris Paul literally hugging Gordon Hayward.

NBA scores: Russell Westbrook doesn’t ‘give a f—’ about stat line after Thunder loss

Russell Westbrook ended the fourth quarter of a close NBA playoff game against the Houston Rockets with an ugly 4-of-18 shooting display in which he hoisted a number of contested attempts. This was as ugly as a 51-point triple-double can look, and the Oklahoma City Thunder went on to lose Game 2 of their series 115-111.

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Robinson is a versatile athlete who can score in a variety of ways, and is also an active defender.

We’ll miss Devin here, but he’ll always be a part of the Gator family, Gators coach Mike White said. We’re excited for Devin as he continues to pursue his dream and grateful for his role in helping reestablish the culture and success of the Florida basketball program.

Despite some losses, Florida is expected to compete again next season with recruits Isaiah Stokes, DeAundre Ballard and Chase Johnson signed on to play. The Gators will also have Virginia Tech transfer Jalen Hudson — who sat out last season.

Orioles pitching gives up 15 more runs, ties century-old record for ineptitude

The Baltimore Orioles’ pitching has been so horrific in June, the staff has tied a dubious mark for ineptitude that has stood for almost a century.

Friday night, Orioles hurlers gave up 11 hits, allowed eight walks and three home runs in a 15-5 loss to the Rays. It was the Orioles’ 20th straight game of giving up at least five runs, tying an Cheap Jerseys In US MLB record set by the Phillies in 1924.

Starter Ubaldo Jiménez struggled mightily, yielding nine earned runs before getting the hook after 2 1/3 innings.

Jimenez, whose ERA now stands at 7.26, isn’t the only O’s pitcher who’s been part of the June swoon. Chris Tillman has given up 19 earned runs in his last 10 2/3 innings, and fellow starter Kevin Gausman has an 8.02 ERA in June. Wade Miley has a 7.94 ERA in five starts this month. Dylan Bundy, who has been generally good this year, has been overworked lately and has a 7.63 ERA in his past three starts.

He is well on his way to another All-Star season with the NC Dinos, who are tied for first place in the KBO standings (46-27-1 as of June 27) with the Kia Tigers.

Na has expressed his desire to play in MLB, but not before he reaches goals Cheap Jerseys MLB With Free Shipping in the KBO.

“Before I go to the major leagues, I have to be the best player in Korea,” he said Ii a January 2016 interview. “It’s a long outlook from now, but there is a big dream in the corner of my heart.”