the Clippers leaders don’t seem to be worried.

Austin Rivers has been one of the players to heed the call. Rivers is averaging 18.8 points over his last 10 games. He’s increased his points per game by seven from his season average.

With all the drama the Clippers have seen this season, they’re still 30-17 and now have Griffin back. And he couldn’t have come back sooner with a big game against the Warriors looming on Saturday.

“We know what we have to do,” Griffin said. “Nobody is going to weep for us. We’ve had our tough breaks, but we are still standing.”

The next few weeks will tell us how steady the Clippers’ standing is. If L.A. can remain in the fourth spot while Paul is out, the team could be in prime position for a second-round matchup with the Warriors. If not, the Clippers could face a first-round series on the road against a tough Western Conference foe.

Either way, the Clippers leaders don’t seem to be worried.

“I want a ring,” Jordan said. “I’m not settling for anything else. It’s our time, we gonna get through this.”

Blake Bortles was entering a pivotal year in 2017 regardless. Now Jacksonville has Tom Coughlin running the show, and the team’s new football czar might not be as patient with the quarterback who has thrown 51 interceptions in three seasons.

The defense needs to help with the turnover margin, too, which is why corner A.J. Bouye and safety Barry Church were signed in free agency. Not to mention Calais Campbell, a new menacing force for the defensive line.rangers_136-115x115

Tuesday bought some early buzz surrounding Pistons center Andre Drummond.

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At first, it appeared Jimmy Butler was on his way to Boston, finally freeing the star from the dysfunctional season plaguing Chicago. The Bulls pulled out in the end, which ended speculation, but it’s worth wondering if it was because they wanted to keep Butler, or the Celtics just weren’t offering enough.

Tuesday bought some early buzz surrounding Pistons center Andre Drummond. Isaiah Thomas tweeted a speculative emoji, which was matched by Drummond. Drummond then changed his picture to him waving goodbye.

Taurean Prince Womens Jersey Drummond is having a down year offensively, but he’s one of the best rebounders in the league, and still very young despite his veteran status. He would have helped Boston get more physical in the paint.

James Harden missed a 3-point attempt near the end of the third quarter of the Rockets’ 110-104 win over the Nuggets, but Troy Williams had his teammate’s back, and there wasn’t much Mason Plumlee could do about it.

Boston Celtics (50-28) at Atlanta Hawks (39-38), 8 p.m. ET, TNT — There’s no respite for the Celtics, as they hit the road to face an Atlanta team that’s still playing meaningful games and has been off since Sunday. A win Thursday is key for Boston’s chances to catch Cleveland for the No. 1 seed. The Celts and Hawks have split their first two meetings of the season, each winning on the other’s home court.

NBA free agency rumors: Why Cavs signing Derrick Rose does (and doesn’t) make sense

The Cavs’ offseason has been, to use Kyrie Irving’s word, peculiar. While the rival Warriors reloaded by re-signing Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant and possibly improved by adding a few key role players (Nick Young, Omri Casspi and rookie Jordan Bell), the Cavs parted ways with general manager David Griffin and vice president of basketball operations Trent Redden and made few moves on the free-agent market (retaining Kyle Korver and adding Jose Calderon and Jeff Green).
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Only six MVPs have been point guards, and they’ve been players known to take excellent care of the ball.

Even with 19 games to go, Westbrook already has more turnovers than point guards Steve Nash (276) and Rose had (278) in their MVP seasons.

It’s fair to mention that Westbrook has the ball in his hands more than anybody. He leads the NBA in usage percentage (42.1), which estimates the percentage of team plays used by a player while he’s on the floor. With players that involved, turnovers are going to happen, but this much for an MVP? Come on.

There’s no denying that Westbrook’s season has been absurd. He scores from everywhere on court, skies for rebounds and pushes the pace like he’s some superhero playing slam ball.
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Westbrook just doesn’t measure up with MVPs of the past, and the numbers support that.

Flopping was one of Divac’s fortes during his 16-year playing career, and, through less than two seasons, it appears he’s doing the same as a top-level front office executive. So, while Hield’s uptick in production can’t eliminate the idiocy of the Kings’ agreeing to the Pelicans’ trade terms (because there couldn’t have been much negotiation), it does provide a glimmer of hope amid another gloomy season for a franchise that hasn’t played in a postseason game since the first iPhone was still a year away from reaching consumers.

Someone is hilariously sending personalized potatoes to NBA stars

Someone has been pulling off a very successful potato prank, as NBA stars across the league are opening up their mailbox to find a personalized spud.

Dirk Nowitzki got one.

Erving, who scored more than 30,000 points in a 16-season professional career in the ABA and NBA, will coach one of the eight five-player teams in the league.

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Former NBA players announced as participants include Mike Bibby, Stephen Jackson, DerMarr Johnson, Rashard Lewis, Corey Maggette, Jermaine O’Neal, Bonzi Wells, and Jason Williams.

The league will conduct a draft in April and begin its 10-week barnstorming, mini-tournament season June 25, shortly after the NBA Finals and NBA Draft.

Potential Paul George buyers beware: George won’t give a long-term commitment outside of staying in Indiana or a future signing with the Lakers, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes. As Sporting News’ Sean Deveney points out, if the Pacers are thinking they won’t be able to meet George’s standards, it might be best to deal him now.
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Turner Sports/ reporter David Aldridge says the Pelicans hope to get some money off the books before the deadline. Alexis Ajinca (two years, $10.1 million) and Quincy Pondexter (due to make $3.8 million next year) are prime candidates.

Thunder’s Taj Gibson drains 61-foot football throw at halftime buzzer

Taj Gibson chucked the ball like a quarterback, and sunk it through the net in the closing seconds of the half in the Thunder’s Thursday night matchup against the Trail Blazers.

That shot gave the Thunder a three-point advantage heading into the break.

Gibson was acquired by Oklahoma City along with Doug McDermott in the final hours of the NBA trade deadline on Feb. 23, in a deal that sent Cameron Payne, Joffrey Lauvergne and Anthony Morrow to the Bulls.

OKC didn’t trade for him with the assumption he’d drain shots from deep, especially that deep, but teammate Russell Westbrook will take all the scoring help he can get. It was just the fourth 3-point make of Gibson’s career in 35 attempts.

Back in Milwaukee for draft night three months later, the front-office staff had zeroed in on Antetokounmpo as their best-case scenario with the 15th pick. The mock drafts would call that a stretch. Sporting News had Antetokounmpo going 19th, as did Sports Illustrated. One ESPN mock draft had him slipping to 26th.

Hammond had no doubts. “We were sitting with the 15th pick,” he said. “How do you get value at 15? He was our guy. If there were risks, we felt he was worth it.”

This season, Morris has 200 assists to just 35 turnovers. That’s an outrageous near-6-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio, which is even crazier when you also consider that he’s responsible not just for creating for his teammates, but also being the driving shot creator behind an Iowa State team that is peaking at the right time after winning the Big 12 Tournament.saints_022-223x223

Sammy Sosa’s pinkish skin tone sets Internet abuzz

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That was so 1998ish. Today, fans are looking at Sosa and asking, What the heck happened to his face?

Sosa appeared this week on ESPN wearing a bright pink hat, and his skin tone appeared to closely match the hat.

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Not playing in the game was Chicago third baseman Todd Frazier, who is on his way to New York. The Yankees sent reliever Tyler Clippard along with three prospects to the White Sox in exchange for Frazier and pitchers Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson, who spent his first seven MLB seasons with the Yankees and was an All-Star in 2011.

The Dodgers (65-29) have the best record in baseball and are on pace to win 112 games, which would be the most by a NL team since the Cubs won 116 games in 1906. What’s even more impressive with the Dodgers’ torrid pace is they began the season by winning just 10 of their first 22 games. Since April 26, the Dodgers are 55-17 and have built a 10 1/2 game lead on the D-backs.

It’s worth noting Cody Bellinger, who drove in the only run of Tuesday’s game, did not make his MLB debut until April 25. Justin Turner, who is hitting .370 this season, also missed three weeks with a hamstring injury. With Bellinger and Turner both in the lineup, the Dodgers are a remarkable 37-9.

Kershaw is a leading candidate for the NL Cy Young Award, but will be competing with teammates Bellinger, Turner and Corey Seager for NL MVP honors.

NBA trades: Avery Bradley heads to Pistons as Celtics clear cap space

The Celtics’ scramble to clear salary cap space for the Gordon Hayward signing has created another ripple effect.

It’s not the same — there’s no doubt. The ballclub loves (Francona), Mills said, via

They love how he’s around every day. The one thing that he has always done, is empowers his coaches to do their jobs in the dugout, in the clubhouse, on the field pregame, on the field during the game. And because he has done that so well in the past, I think it has really kind of helped being able to continue to do that as we move forward.

The cardiac ablation was performed because Francona was suffering from an irregular heartbeat. The procedure involved catheters being inserted into the Francona’s veins or arteries, then radio-frequency energy to destroy the tissue causing the irregular heartbeat.

Limited Womens Ryan Quigley Jersey The Hornets are nearing the luxury-tax line, with a bit more than $2 million to spare. Including contracts that are not fully guaranteed, they have 14 players on their roster. They’re still looking at adding a veteran big man on a low-cost deal, however, sources told Sporting News.

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No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz suffers sprained ankle in 76ers’ Summer League game

Markelle Fultz has 76ers fans worrying about his health before the season has even begun. The Knicks extended Hardaway Jr. a four-year, $71 million offer sheet the Hawks are not expected to match.
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Per Pro Basketball Talk, the Rockets could move non-guaranteed contracts plus draft picks to the Knicks to facilitate a deal for Anthony. While Eric Gordon or Ryan Anderson could also be part of the package, the Knicks are likely more interested in Gordon than taking on the $60 million and three years left on Anderson’s deal. Gordon is scheduled to make about $40 million over the next three years.

A trade from the Knicks to the Rockets would reunite Anthony and coach Mike D’Antoni, a partnership that didn’t go well when both were in New York.
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Denver has found itself now having what is undoubtedly one of the best frontcourts in the NBA, and the Nuggets only had to pay a premium for two years to do it. With Millsap being 32 years old, there was a risk that term could significantly hamper the team signing going forward into future. That’s not the case here, though, as the Nuggets have the ability to get out of dodge after 2019 if necessary.

For Millsap, it has to be something of a disappointment that the market for his skills never quite materialized in the way it could have for him to end up with a four-year max deal. Minnesota chose to prioritize both the point guard and power forward position as opposed to getting one elite player, taking them out of his market. Boston is in a holding pattern while Gordon Hayward makes his call. Phoenix decided to go with a youth movement. Houston spent its assets on Chris Paul before free agency.

Clint Frazier sends Yankees past Brewers with walk-off home run

This is a value signing for the Spurs from a player who likely took a discount to stay where he was comfortable in San Antonio. Mills averaged nearly 16 points and six assists per 36 minutes last season while hitting 41.4 percent of his 3s for a 57.6 true-shooting percentage. Those are great numbers for an awesome backup guard.

More than that, though, it’s the versatility Mills can provide for a team that will be missing Tony Parker for a portion of the year next season. Sure, Mills is still at his best running off screens and using his lightning quick release to knock down 3s, but he’s also improved his ability to step in as a point guard when necessary over the years. Despite his size limitations, the six-foot guard has worked to become a pesky defender that won’t be a liability in most situations.

Clint Frazier picked the fastest way to earn the hearts of Yankees fans: helping them win a game.

The young outfielder blasted a walk-off home run Saturday to lead the Yankees to a 5-3 home win against the Brewers. It was the the 22-year-old’s second home run of the season, and first at Yankee Stadium.

New York trailed 3-2 entering the bottom of the ninth inning, but Didi Gregorius and Jacoby Ellsbury reached base, setting up Frazier’s game-winning moment.

Yankees fans are used to seeing rookies hit home runs. Aaron Judge already has 30 this season, which leads MLB.

While Frazier is not a pure power hitter like Judge, he packs a punch with a powerful, compact swing. The Yankees are bound for exciting times with so many talented, young hitters producing at a high level.

Heat president Pat Riley: ‘No resolution’ to Chris Bosh situation

Things still aren’t great between the Heat and Chris Bosh.
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Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Miami president Pat Riley did little to address the team’s situation with Bosh and declined to say if they would give him the boot to make more salary cap room.

Down the road we don’t have Chris’ services, Riley said, via the Sun-Sentinel.

This has created an inventory imbalance that we are working through. One that, yes, is baked into our full-year outlook which hasn’t changed and, most importantly, yielded lessons we’re applying ahead with the Curry 4 and beyond.
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Less-than-enthusiastic reviews of the Curry 3 as well as price creep 鈥?a Curry signature shoe debuted in spring 2015 at $120 and rose to $140 for the current Curry 3 鈥?may have contributed to slow sales, which led to retailers discounting. Under Armour itself has now discounted its unsold Curry 3s to $99.99, an almost 30 percent cut.

Plank’s admission Thursday of the company’s disappointment in Curry 3 sales also brought a promise: He said Under Armour would be more focused in future shoe launches with respect to number of color offerings, scarcity, exclusive and cadence of launches to drive more consistent engagement and results.

Despite the company’s first quarterly loss and the news on the Curry 3, the company’s earnings report actually was better than analysts and shareholders expected, according to Shares rose by more than 7 percent in early trading.