Also: A conversation with Terrence Ross, a Trae Young mixtape, checking in on Isaiah Thomas and more by James Herbert @outsidethenba Feb 28, 2019 at 1:40 pm ET • 12 min read NEW YORK -- "It sucks," DeMar DeRozan said Monday. The San Antonio Spurs had just lost to the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center, and he wasn't even mad about their defense. Neither was coach Gregg Popovich, who said he was pleased with the effort despite the 101-85 final score. There is no shame in losing to the Nets these days, and a 4-for-24 night from the 3-point line is hard to overcome against anybody. DeRozan was frustrated, though, because the Spurs so desperately needed a different result. He was still miffed about their 130-118 loss to the lowly New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden the night before, and no one in the quiet visiting locker room imagined they'd go 1-7 on their "rodeo road trip" when they left San Antonio three weeks earlier. "We showed … [Read more...] about That’s Pretty Interesting: The Spurs’ defense has fallen off a cliff, and ‘no one’s going to save us’
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Why you shouldn't overlook Boston despite the drama, the best quotes from All-Star Weekend, the running Thunder, and more by James Herbert @outsidethenba Feb 21, 2019 at 3:17 pm ET • 11 min read A year and a half ago, the Boston Celtics changed the course of their franchise by trading for Kyrie Irving. It seems like an obvious move now, but they took criticism at the time for how much they gave up. Celtics president Danny Ainge justified it by referring to Irving as a "special" player, arguing that having stars on the roster would make life easier for everybody else. "We need a special player," Ainge said in an interview published on the team's official Twitter account. "We need players like Gordon [Hayward] and Kyrie and Al Horford because it allows the rest of the players to play their roles and to do what they're capable of doing. I think that when you don't have really talented players, that the other players try to do too much, it … [Read more...] about That’s Pretty Interesting: Don’t write off Celtics with ‘special’ Kyrie Irving around; NBA All-Stars say the darndest things
The 2018 season was wondrous. An explosion of passing offenses led to one of the most exciting years on record, with 12 different quarterbacks throwing for 4,000 yards or more and nine more hitting the 3,000 yard barrier. Defensive stars like Aaron Donald and Khalil Mack proved non-quarterbacks can swing the balance of a game with a single play. The two conference championship games, the battles that decided which teams would play in the most prestigious contest of the year, each went to overtime and left no shortage of amazing and baffling plays in their wake. Then things cooled down a bit. The NFL’s boiling water was thrown into the polar vortex of the league’s final two weeks. And the product that came back to earth was a slurry of half-formed snow and a few impressed murmurs as a world wondered “hey, that wasn’t what I ordered.” The Pro Bowl was, as always, a half-speed exhibition whose only value came from its weirdness. In 2018, that was Drew … [Read more...] about Would you rather rewatch Super Bowl 53 or the 2019 Pro Bowl?
By Cicero Estrella | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: January 8, 2019 at 3:20 pm | UPDATED: January 8, 2019 at 3:45 pm Beyonce was seen shopping at Target. Celebrities, they’re just like the rest of us. But is she really? We have a few questions about this excursion. Did Beyonce push her own red shopping cart? Did she scan her items’ bar codes to make sure she had enough in her credit card to afford them? Were twins Sir and Rumi left in tears because Beyonce re-shelved the toys that they desperately wanted? If the answer is no to any of the above, then Beyonce is nothing like the rest of us. She may have 99 problems, to borrow from her husband Jay-Z, but affording Target ain’t one. We’re kidding, of course. Beyonce shopping at Target is pretty cool. Surprised shoppers at the Target in Westwood neighborhood in Los Angeles snapped pics of Queen Bey walking the aisles on Monday, and the images were posted online to the delight of … [Read more...] about Beyonce, like you, shops and saves money at Target
Getty Images It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Twenty minutes on Sunday: from 7:20 p.m. Eastern Time to 7:40. A lot happened that dictated so much about the playoffs and the fate of the defending champs and the draft and the record book and the feelings of two rivals who hate each other’s guts. Stars were born and replays dawdled and nerves—particularly in Baltimore—were jangled to the point that Ravens backup quarterback Robert Griffin III walked up and down the sidelines saying like a mantra, over and over: “You gotta believe, you gotta believe, you gotta believe.” It happens maybe once a year, intensity like this. If you’re lucky. And if the playoffs are anything like these 20 minutes, well, a good time will be had by all. Off we go, with all times Eastern. Seattle, 7:20 p.m. Arizona is 3-12, a lock for the first pick in the draft … or so we thought. Zane Gonzalez, the third kicker for the Cards in this disastrous season, … [Read more...] about FMIA Week 17: Ravens, Eagles, Colts Crash Playoffs; Black Monday Begins