Getty Images Jamal Murray tore his ACL on April 12, 2021. Leading up to that night, he'd been playing at an All-NBA level for two months: In a 25-game stretch , Murray averaged 24.1 points on .509/.459/.935 shooting splits, 4.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists. He was even more efficient than he was in the bubble playoffs, and his defense had improved, too. Murray only got to play with Aaron Gordon , the Denver Nuggets ' big trade-deadline addition , for five games. They won them all except the one in which Murray got injured. In 110 minutes, their new starting five scored slightly more efficiently than any iteration of the Kevin Durant-era death lineup in Golden State and defended like a top-five team. Two Nikola Jokic MVP awards later, Murray is back. So is Michael Porter Jr. , who signed a five-year extension about a year ago and needed back surgery nine games into the 2020-21 season. The Nuggets remember how easily everything slid into place with Gordon in the mix. … [Read more...] about From Deep: At long last, Nikola Jokic’s Nuggets can envision getting to the top of the mountain
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Mike Meredith/CBS Sports Where do we begin? In roughly 18 months, the Los Angeles Lakers went from NBA champions to deserving lottery fodder. They fired their coach. They've turned over the roster three offseasons in a row. Their two best players can't stay healthy. They owe $47 million to a player nobody wants. More than half of their roster is set to earn a minimum salary. Why, someone even hacked the team owner's Twitter account to try to sell some PS5s. And yet, if you look at the championship odds available at Caesars Sportsbook ... you'll see the Lakers nestled snugly between the Denver Nuggets , who have the two-time reigning MVP, and Miami Heat , who came one shot away from reaching the NBA Finals last season, at +1800. That's the power of having two superstars. By virtue of employing LeBron James and Anthony Davis , the Lakers have to be taken seriously. The last time the two of them stayed healthy for an entire season, they won a championship. Not a … [Read more...] about Los Angeles Lakers 2022-23 NBA preview: Can LeBron James and Anthony Davis guide L.A. back to relevancy?
Getty Images When the Raptors signed Kyle Lowry to a one-year, $30 million extension following their 2019 NBA championship, speculation immediately began as to whether this was a contract designed to make Lowry a more attractive trade target given he would be under team control through the 2021 season. Here we are in the 2021 season. The Raptors hung on to Lowry last season and were once again an upper-echelon team. This season hasn't gone as well. The Raptors got off to a treacherous start and enter play on Thursday with a 16-17 record, good enough for the current No. 5 seed in the top-heavy Eastern Conference but nowhere near meaningful contention. There's an argument that Toronto could look to be a buyer at the deadline and add a piece for another potential playoff run, but with Lowry set to turn 35 years old in March and on an expiring deal, the Raptors could also be inclined to cash out of the Lowry business while they're ahead. Rather than face the dilemma of … [Read more...] about Kyle Lowry’s agent denies 76ers trade rumors, but that doesn’t mean something isn’t quietly cooking
London: England’s charismatic all-format batter Jonny Bairstow has confirmed he will not play for the rest of the year, thought the outlook on the freak leg injury he suffered on the golf course is quite positive. The 33-year-old Bairstow, who has been pivotal to England’s Test resurgence this summer, broke his leg while walking to a tee box in an golf accident last month and was ruled out of the seven-match T20I series against Pakistan and the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia. He has since successfully undergone surgery on his lower leg and is three weeks into rehabilitation with a view to returning to playing some time next year. Bairstow took to social media on Monday night to provide an update on his injury. He posted some images of the affected limb on Instagram and wrote, “I am just writing this to give you all an update on my injury and progress. The actual injury was as such… a broken fibula in 3 places which required a plate, I dislocated my ankle which in turn meant I … [Read more...] about Bairstow ruled out for rest of the year; some doubts over Test series v New Zealand next year
Getty Images Only two days remain in the 2022 Major League Baseball season and the expanded, 12-team playoff bracket is nearly finalized. The 12 postseason teams are set and all that remains undecided is the NL East winner, and wild-card seeding. The entire postseason bracket could be finalized by end of day Tuesday. Monday night the Phillies became the 12th and final team into the postseason . It is their first postseason trip since 2011, snapping the National League's longest drought. Baseball's longest postseason droughts now belong to the Angels and Tigers . Neither has been to the postseason since 2014. Now let's jump into the detailed standings, current playoff matchups, and postseason odds, and let's also recall that the structure of the postseason is different starting this year. Clinched spots Dodgers : Clinched NL West, first-round bye, home field throughout postseason Astros : Clinched AL West, first-round bye, home field through ALCS Mets : … [Read more...] about MLB playoff picture: Standings, projections, bracket, format explained as Phillies clinch final wild-card spot