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Blogging the Bombers | New York Daily News

Pittsburgh rapper Jimmy Wopo dead at 21 after drive-by shooting

Up-and-coming rapper Jimmy Wopo was killed in a drive-by shooting in Pittsburgh Monday, his manager said. He was 21. Two people were shot in the Middle Hill neighborhood around 4 p.m., Pittsburgh police announced. One victim was taken to the hospital in stable condition; the other died at the hospital....

ClutchPoints

Michael Porter Jr. says injury story was overblown

Michael Porter Jr. used to be regarded as the top overall prospect for the upcoming 2018 NBA Draft, but a back injury he suffered during his days with the Missouri Tigers has apparently cost him that lofty estimation. It didn’t help his stock that he reportedly canceled a workout last week due to a sore […] The post Michael Porter Jr. says injury story was overblown appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Los Angeles Times

Angels' bullpen needs some relief and a save

This was one loss the Angels couldn’t pin on their bullpen. Jaime Barria, making his ninth major league start, gave up six runs to the Arizona Diamondbacks in four innings Monday night, a sour note for a starting staff that has generally acquitted itself well despite a baffling array of injuries....

ClutchPoints

Michael Porter Jr. might just have elevated his stock to the No. 2 pick

Michael Porter Jr. might just find things unchanged after a torrid year where he has experienced his share of injuries, his first — a back ailment that cut his season short after the first two minutes of his season opener with Missouri, and most recently a hip spasm that made him miss his second pro […] The post Michael Porter Jr. might just have elevated his stock to the No. 2 pick appeared first on ClutchPoints.

NESN.com

Gordon Hayward Injury: Celtics Forward Expected To Be Cleared By Mid-August

The updates on Gordon Hayward are getting better and better. The Boston Celtics forward missed nearly all of last season... Read More »

NetsDaily

DLo in ‘now’ mode as movie about his draft decision debuts

After a year that saw him show flashes of his potential, but also saw him miss more than 30 games to injury, D’Angelo Russell is getting ready for his defining moment. No more controversy, no more health issues, DLo is in now mode. And New Era, one of his sponsors, is ready as well, with “Path to the Cap,” a short documentary about growing up in Louisville and reaching that moment at the Draft when he put on his team’s cap, walked up on stage and shook the commissioner’s hand, “definitely a life-changing moment for me.” as he says. That first right of passage for every NBA...

The J-Notes

Summer of Spida begins: Donovan Mitchell cleared for basketball activities

According to a tweet from the man himself, Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell has been cleared to return to basketball activities after being held out with a foot injury. The 2017-18 Utah Jazz season was an overwhelming success in practically every way, particularly due to the rise of Donovan Mitchell. Nevertheless, that doesn’t change the […] Summer of Spida begins: Donovan Mitchell cleared for basketball activities - The J-Notes - The J-Notes - A Utah Jazz Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Hoops Habit

What Paul George’s rumored return means to the OKC Thunder

It is rumored that Paul George will come back to the OKC Thunder after his knee surgery. This could be big for the team if true. The Oklahoma City Thunder‘s Big 3 experiment failed last year, but a big piece of it could return next year. Paul George could re-sign in free agency after he had […] What Paul George’s rumored return means to the OKC Thunder - Hoops Habit - Hoops Habit - NBA News, Rumors, Analysis, Opinion and Stats

Fox Sports

Bagley, Porter headline list of top forwards in NBA draft

Marvin Bagley III dominated at Duke, while fellow freshman Michael Porter Jr. barely saw action at Missouri due to injury. Yet they'll likely be the first forwards to hear their names called during Thursday's draft.

The Republican

NBA Draft rumors 2018: Michael Porter Jr. says hip injury reports were exaggerated, feels great

Likely lottery pick Michael Porter Jr., who spent last week climbing up draft boards and cancelling workouts, told ESPN Radio's Will Cain that he "feels great" heading into Thursday's NBA draft.

ClutchPoints

Kings considering Michael Porter Jr. at No. 2

The Sacramento Kings are perhaps the biggest wild card in this upcoming NBA Draft, now reportedly “strongly weighing” drafting Missouri forward Michael Porter Jr. with their second overall pick, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times. This very fact can put Porter right where he was pre-injury, as he was previously considered a […] The post Kings considering Michael Porter Jr. at No. 2 appeared first on ClutchPoints.

The Dream Shake

Rockets 2018 season recap: Chris Paul made a huge difference

How did CP3 do in his first season in Houston? On June 28, 2017, the Rockets made one of the biggest trades in franchise history, trading eight players for future Hall-of-Fame point guard Chris Paul. The trade came with a lot of praise, but a lot of criticism as well. How will he make it work with James Harden? He’s never made it to the Conference Finals. He’s not a playoff performer. I think it is safe to say that Paul disproved all three of those criticisms this season. Despite missing a good chunk of the first quarter of the season with a hamstring injury, CP3 turned the Rockets from...

ClutchPoints

Bucks could be looking to trade Eric Bledsoe, Jabari Parker

The Milwaukee Bucks could be looking to package two of their star players in recently-acquired point guard Eric Bledsoe and injury-plagued forward Jabari Parker, according to fantasy guru Chris Sheridan of GetMoreSports. “I expect the Bucks to move Eric Bledsoe and Jabari Parker, because Giannis Antetokounmpo does not enjoy playing alongside those two.” The Bucks […] The post Bucks could be looking to trade Eric Bledsoe, Jabari Parker appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Kyrie Irving talks about the difference of playing for Brad Stevens

The Boston Celtics and superstar point guard Kyrie Irving were able to overcome a lot of adversity due to injuries during the 2017-18 NBA season, especially when Irving had to miss the entire postseason with a knee injury. The leadership of Celtics head coach Brad Stevens undoubtedly had a lot to do with it, as […] The post Kyrie Irving talks about the difference of playing for Brad Stevens appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Clipperholics

REPORT: Clippers ‘Have Concerns’ About Kawhi Leonard’s Injury

According to Tania Ganguli of the LA Times, the LA Clippers “have concerns” about Kawhi Leonard’s injury. The Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes have all but officially begun, and the LA Clippers are right in the thick of things. Leonard has LA as his preferred destination, and the Clippers are rumored to be interested in acquiring him. […] REPORT: Clippers ‘Have Concerns’ About Kawhi Leonard’s Injury - Clipperholics - Clipperholics - LA Clippers News, Rumors, Scores and More

ClutchPoints

Kyrie Irving hasn’t gotten over Gordon Hayward’s injury

It’s been eight months since Gordon Hayward broke his ankle that spelled the end of his debut season with the Boston Celtics. It was a tough blow to the team, but they persevered well enough to remain as among the top teams in the East led by Kyrie Irving. Unfortunately, Irving was also put on […] The post Kyrie Irving hasn’t gotten over Gordon Hayward’s injury appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Blogging the Bombers | New York Daily News

Ackert: Patience pays off for Michael Conforto as Mets were growing tired from lack of production

PHOENIX -- Patience pays off. While the Mets were growing impatient with his slow start to the season, Michael Conforto has been trying to be more patient at the plate. The Mets lone All-Star in 2017, who missed the end of last season due to shoulder surgery, has diligently been working on letting...

Lakers Nation

NBA Trade Rumors: Lakers Have ‘Concerns’ About Severity Of Kawhi Leonard’s Injury

As Kawhi Leonard does not want to return to the San Antonio Spurs for the 2018-19 NBA season, the Los Angeles...

NESN.com

Why Kyrie Irving Is ‘Still Stick’ About Gordon Hayward’s Gruesome Injury

Gordon Hayward’s debut season with the Boston Celtics was over before it started. Just five minutes into the Opening Night... Read More »

ClutchPoints

Report: Michael Porter Jr. could go top 5

Michael Porter Jr., a forward from Missouri, missed a large part of his freshman year due to a back injury. In fact, according to Chelsea Howard of Sporting News, Porter only played the first two minutes of Missouri’s season opener. However, this setback has not prevented NBA teams from potentially drafting Porter as a top […] The post Report: Michael Porter Jr. could go top 5 appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Kyrie Irving looks back on how tough it was to sit out entire playoffs

When Kyrie Irving was traded to the Boston Celtics, he was supposed to be one of the pieces to help them finally get past LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Irving dealt with injuries all season, though, and he wasn’t able to help the team on the court at all during the playoffs. The man […] The post Kyrie Irving looks back on how tough it was to sit out entire playoffs appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Los Angeles Times

Four Angels go on disabled list, giving them 15 on it now

As bad as things appeared Wednesday — the Angels losing Garrett Richards and Zack Cozart to injury within a few minutes of each other — the situation actually was worse. On Friday, not only were Richards and Cozart placed on the 10-day disabled list but they were joined by Nick Tropeano and Jim...

Golden State Of Mind

Warriors’ Kevon Looney had the breakout season nobody was expecting

After two uneventful years mired in injury, Looney emerged as the most important center during the Warriors’ 2018 playoff run. Kevon Looney’s first two years in the league were uneventful. He had injuries in both hips, was out of shape, and looked like he was on his way out of the league. After all, the success rate of late-first rounders is fairly low, and missing on them is no big deal. The Warriors declined his team option for the 2018-2019 season last October, signaling they had little trust in his development. But since then, Looney has emerged as a consistent bench player on a...

Fox Sports

Do LeBron’s emotions get the best of him?

Will James regret his postgame injury in the NBA Finals?

Los Angeles Times

Angels get Andrelton Simmons back, but Justin Upton forced to sit with bad back

Here’s how unlucky the Angels are these days when it comes to injuries: Even when they welcome back a player, they end up losing someone else. So Saturday, as Andrelton Simmons returned from a sprained ankle, Justin Upton was unable to play because of tightness in his lower back. The left fielder...

ClutchPoints

Teams comfortable with risk surrounding Michael Porter Jr.

A back surgery that kept him out for most of his freshman season at Missouri and a recent hip strain hasn’t done much to deter teams from leaning toward selecting Michael Porter Jr., according to Mike Fisher of 247 Sports. Previously lauded as a top-two prospect in the NBA Draft coming out of high school, […] The post Teams comfortable with risk surrounding Michael Porter Jr. appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Hoops Habit

Boston Celtics: 5 goals for the 2018 offseason

The 2017-18 season was a success, but here’s a look at five goals that the Boston Celtics must do over the offseason to make next year even better. There’s no denying that what the Boston Celtics did during the 2017-18 season was impressive. The amount of injuries that they had, mixed in with young talent, […] Boston Celtics: 5 goals for the 2018 offseason - Hoops Habit - Hoops Habit - NBA News, Rumors, Analysis, Opinion and Stats

Lakers Injury Report: Josh Hart Out For Season?!

Los Angeles Lakers rookie Josh Hart suffered a fractured bone in his left hand during practice in Miami. He underwent a successful surgery to repair the fracture but his timetable for return could sideline him the rest of the season.

Lakers Injury Report: Brandon Ingram OUT After Injury In Miami!

The Los Angeles Lakers announced Brandon Ingram underwent an MRI that revealed a strained left groin, and he will be re-evaluated in one week. The timetable means Ingram will miss at least three games. He’s hopeful to return Sunday against the Cleveland C

Lakers Rookie Lonzo Ball After His First Game Back Since Injury

Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball returned to action Friday night, helping his team beat the Dallas Mavs, 124-102. Zo played 17 minutes in his first game back since being sidelined with a knee injury on January 13. He finished the game with 9 pts, 7 re