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haq continues to sing your praises, Charles Barkley says in TNT pregame interview with Phoenix Suns 22-year old center Deandre Ayton. You can tell that really meant something to Ayton. A lot of players in the league already think that their stuff doesn stink but Ayton will take that positive feedback to heart. The teary eyes of nervousness and youth should make every Suns fan smile. It was a great way to start the game and anytime you can get action from Ayton on the mic, it makes for an event and can fill you with wonder. A better performance in game 2 after a great performance in game 1 against the Denver Nuggets might pay tribute to the pregame compliments. Here is my latest running journal of Ayton body language and impact on a game Cameron Payne T-Shirt, as it unfolds. Ayton vs Jokic: Game 2The foul game cut Ayton from the script early in game two- or it should have. Suns Coach Monty Williams keeps him in with two early fouls. Physicality that was not yet set in the first quarter for Ayton may lead to a more hesitant first half as he remains in the game. But my words did not matter. On the next possession Ayton was able to get to the free-throw line on an attempt at the rim. Ayton kept the body away from Jokic on defense. Hands are up and his distraction in the paint made things a little more difficult for Denver. Great defense is a given from Ayton, even with two fouls, ambitious defense was still on display. Towards the other end on offense, the attempts at the rim continued. Make or miss, the confidence was high for him. Rim running at its finest. 4:00 left in the 1st quarter and Dario Saric gives Ayton a rest https://www.phoenixfanstoreonline.com/Langston_Galloway_Pet_Jersey-118. 7:06 left in the 2nd quarter and Ayton is back, giving Saric a smoke break Falling into the quicksand of turnovers with the rest of the Suns team, Ayton was unable to put up with the frantic defense of Denver, turning the ball over for the third time. He began twirling around with Jokic and was unable to stop a floater that only Jokic can make. Sometime all you can do is face Jokic up and hope for the best. Many players will tell you their story against The Joker this season and most are looking forward to retirement. Ayton understands the struggle and will give up the shots when necessary. The mission for the rest of the half was to avoid the 3rd foul and to grab the rebounds. Mission accomplished for Ayton ending the half with just the two fouls. Ayton throws it down on the feed from Paul. The lead for the Suns escalated to 19 and the energy continued to build as Ayton was attacking the ball and taking what was his. A comeback was brewing by Denver and Ayton stood and watched for one play on defense giving up an easy layup, but was able to follow with a layup of his own and shot deterrence on the defensive end. The body of Jokic made its way inside more than he was welcomed and it became a tipping match between him and Ayton for the rebounds. Almost the end of the 3rd quarter and Ayton was starting to look tired. Some more standing and hesitation to react on defense. The body of Ayton is now taking the punishment he has trained for all year, and to go the distance in a playoff game against the league MVP is the round leading up to the knockout. 1:19 left in the 3rd quarter and Ayton gets a well deserved rest for the rest of the game. The Suns end up blowing out the Nuggets in the 4th quarter keeping Ayton on the bench and ready for Fridays game 3. Pregame compliments or not helping to raise his game even higher, Ayton deserves the A+ tonight. All credit goes to 22. It isn about the dramatic play, but the way he is able to help his team win in the spotlight. Shrugging off the three turnovers early in the game, the motor was turned on and put into the next gear in the second half. All of the spotlight on the big men this series is a LOT of pressure https://www.phoenixfanstoreonline.com/Jevon_Carter_Pet_Jersey-110, and the third year big man lived up to expectations again. Kevin Oonnor from The Ringer is most likely putting together another Ayton video to continue the praise.
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Here we go. Thus begins the road to the NBA Finals; with the Brooklyn Nets kicking off the first round on Saturday night against the Boston Celtics at Barclays Center. Boston, the 7th seed, played their way into the first round by beating the Washington Wizards in the first play-in game, behind a stellar performance from Jayson Tatum. Tatum dropped 50 points on the Wizards, making up for lost production from Jaylen Brown who is out for the remainder of the season. On the Brooklyn side of the ball, what more can you say other than: the Big Three are back Nicolas Claxton Flag. Kyrie Irving, James Harden and Kevin Durant will all suit up in Game One. Here. We https://www.brooklynfanstoreonline.com/Landry_Shamet_Pet_Jersey-128. Join us! 6 Cavs team so he has plenty of experience on the big stage. He hasn been all that great this season so hel have to control the boards for Brad Stevens and friends. For more on the Celtics, check out Celtics Blog Andre Roberson Pillow Cover.
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Genuine regular season basketball is almost back, which means it time for us to finish breaking down the state of Orlando roster and making an educated guess as to what to expect from each of the different components https://www.storeorlando.com/Markelle_Fultz_Hoodie-37. With the backcourt and the wings already out of the way, today wel cast our eye over the big men in the middle. Remember, wel be running through the old and the new before determining whether that section of the lineup is a strength or a weakness for the Magic. Over the last three years the Montenegrin big man has essentially reinvented himself as the ideal modern center, a multi-dimensional offensive threat who is generally able to hold his own defensively when the opposition makes him a target. Head Coach Steve Clifford has empowered Vooch by installing him as the team offensive fulcrum and having him helm a defensive scheme suited to his talents, with an All-Star appearance in 2019 the just reward for his output. While he didn receive the same recognition last season, Vucevic campaign was again a very good one. He started slowly, struggling with both his shooting and injury, but by the time the playoffs (eventually) rolled around he was humming; his first round performance against the Bucks was genuinely magnificent, and demonstrated the full extent of his capabilities (when freed from Marc Gasol) Moritz Wagner Face Mask. Still, he should once again be both very good and incredibly consistent. Expect to see him continue to stretch his shot profile out beyond the arc, to facilitate more from the nail extended, and to further develop his two-man game with Markelle Fultz. Preseason has suggested that we may even see him flash some new defensive tricks, with the blitz and hedge in response to pick-and-rolls being deployed relatively frequently in these early contests. For a player who has made incremental improvements at this end of the floor over the last few years it would be another pleasing refinement. Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty ImagesBehind Orlando incumbent is Mo Bamba, the third year big with an enormous wingspan. It been an interrupted start to his professional career, with injury, illness and inconsistency all costing the young center playing opportunities at various times. For that reason it been difficult to gauge precisely what his ceiling as a player happens to be. Bamba found the sledding particularly difficult during his rookie campaign, posting generally inefficient statistical contributions and regularly featuring in Orlando worst lineups. Much of this was built on the back of an improved long-range shooting stroke, with the big man launching triples both much more frequently and accurately - a great combination! 37. 4% of all his field goal attempts were threes, a rate that put him among the team leaders and was easily the most prolific among the bigs. It would also appear feasible that Bamba may one day develop into a difference maker on defense, a conclusion drawn based on his incredible length and prodigious block rate. In 2019/20 he swatted an absurd 8. 8% of all two-point shots attempted when he was on the floor, a significant boost over his already impressive rookie rate. There no reason not to believe that, should he be able to stay on the court, Bamba can long rank among the league elite in blocked shots. It in that last statement that the concern with Bamba emerges. In year two he actually saw a decrease in his minutes per game, including a dispiriting stretch late in which he started to play himself out of the rotation somewhat. A lack of offensive energy and sloppy defensive execution seemed to be the primary culprits, two complaints that have dogged the young big through the early stretch of his career. Bamba individual skills are undeniable, but they haven always resulted in a positive team impact. The hope is that, once he returns to the court, this is the season when the obvious talents start to coalesce in a way that consistently contributes to winning basketball. Although he limited on both sides of the ball he tends to play within his role, which means he rarely outclassed by his direct opponent in an entirely egregious manner. When in the game he can be counted on to set solid screens Karim Mane Pillow Cover, attack the offensive glass, and play physical defense. In recent memory he also demonstrated the capacity to step in and take on more sizable responsibilities when the moment calls for it; remember, it was only eighteen months ago that his leapfrogging of Bamba in the rotation was a key factor in catapulting the Magic to a late season surge. Orlando would feel the sting of his limitations if the Big Maple were called on to play starters minutes, but as a relatively expensive luxury ($3. 0 million this year), his presence on the roster only solidifies the team strength at center. New bloodUnless over the offseason someone experienced a shocking growth spurt of which we are not yet aware, no new talent has been injected into Orlando big man ranks. This section of the rotation is unequivocally a strength of the Magic current roster. Vooch is a supremely talented big man only one season removed from All-star honors, knocking on the door of the top five league-wide at the position courtesy of his silky smooth offense and improved defensive presence. Bamba has underwhelmed through his first two professional seasons for a variety of reasons, but he remains a potential-laden recent lottery pick with a prodigious block rate and intriguing three-point range. Even Birch, buried down the depth chart and somehow more likely to see playing time at the four than his natural position (please don, Cliff), is a luxurious reak in case of emergency third-stringer with recent stretches of competent play on his resume. The main problem for the Magic is that their relative strength at this position is somewhat undermined by the state of modern basketball. The idea of a lumbering behemoth in the middle is a notion as extinct as the dodo these days James Ennis III Flag, with some teams even emboldened to experiment with the idea of simply ignoring the center position entirely. Is it a wise or effective choice to have made such a hefty investment in a spot that has declined so precipitously in relevance In Orlando favor is the fact that their big man rotation is collectively possessed of many of the skills now seemingly needed to thrive at this position. Within the trio there shooting range, solid passing and playmaking, some adaptability on defense, strong positioning and glass work, pick and roll or pop capability, and even a dash of rim running. It perhaps made even more impactful by the fact that at least two-thirds of the minutes at this position figure to be absorbed by Vucevic, who has been the central pillar of the Magic modest success these last two seasons. In most games Orlando can be confident that theyl have the upper hand in the battle of the big men https://www.storeorlando.com/Cj_Wilcox_Pet_Jersey-67. Whether that tactical advantage is enough to win the war, however, remains to be seen.
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UPDATE:UPDATE: Game is postponed Matt Joyce Pillow Cover. Doubleheader tomorrow.Fresh off dominating the headlines of the game thanks to a controversial ending to a game, the Phillies take on the Mets in New York, who also had a controversial ending to a game last week! Fun!The Mets are struggling in their own right Bob Boone Hoodie, getting off to a 2-3 and have several of their starters not hitting the ball at all. From this series preview provided by the horse, you can see that Michael Conforto must still be feeling the effects of taking that ball off of his elbow, the one that was career threatening. Theyl miss Marcus Stroman this series since his manager let him throw a handful of pitches yesterday even with the rain impending that would threaten their game against Miami https://www.philadelphiagearstore.com/Mike_Schmidt_T_shirt-14. Now we just have to hope that that same rain holds off enough for the two teams to get their game in tonight. Here are your lineups. Adam Haseley sits again against a left handed pitcher, continuing the mystifying rostering of Roman Quinn.
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The Mets, as they have so often this season, bent, but they didn break. One day after losing two more players to injuriesith Kevin Pillar hitting the IL, that gave them 13 players on the injured listhe team was hurting, missing so many of its key contributors. Pillar graced the team with his presence before and during the game, showing his battle scars but not letting the injury get him down. With Pillar there, the team rallied together and put up another statement win, this time defeating the Atlanta Braves 4-3 at Truist Park. Following a short outing by Taijuan Walker, who left Monday night game with left side tightness after just three innings Samuel McWilliams Pillow Cover, the Mets went with a bullpen game, needing almost every available, rested arm to piece together their victory. The club opened things up with Miguel Castro, who pitched a perfect first inning on just 11 pitches. Rather than keeping Castro in for one more inning, Luis Rojas stuck to his game plan and turned to Tommy Hunter, who gave the team two stellar scoreless innings. To date, the right-hander has made four appearances for the Mets, each of which resulted in two scoreless innings of work. Hunter had an impact with the bat as well, picking up his first career hit with one out in the third inning. In fact, with Sean Reid-Foley walking in yesterday game, and with Robert Gsellman walking later in this one, that gave the Mets three straight plate appearances by relief pitchers that ended with said pitcher getting on base. Two batters later, Jonathan Villar unloaded on a 1-1 pitch from left-handed Braves starter Tucker Davidson and sent the pitch into the left-field stands. His third home run of the season gave New York an early 2-0 lead. Gsellman, who pitched a hitless fourth despite disagreeing with the home plate umpire on several calls, stayed in for the fifth and surrendered a leadoff home run to Austin Riley, which cut his team lead in half and ended their unlikely bid at a combined no-hitter. He was able to escape the rest of the inning unscathed https://www.newprostoreonline.com/Ron_Darling_Flag-345, despite allowing a one-out double from Guillermo Heredia, and preserved the team one-run lead. The Mets got the run back in the sixth against Davidson. Francisco Lindor, who had two hits in four at-bats in the win, led off with a double, and Dominic Smith hit an infield single to put runners on the corners with one out. In the latter play, Dansby Swanson fielded the ball and opted to try and get Lindor at third rather than throw over to get Smith at first. The next batter was Pete Alonso, who lifted a sacrifice fly to center field to drive home Lindor with the team third run. The Braves inched closer in the bottom of the sixth against Trevor May, who has struggled in his last few outings after a string of terrific performances. Freddie Freeman led off the sixth by launching a home run deep to dead center field, bringing the Braves back to within a run. It was May fourth straight appearance in which he allowed an extra base hit. He struck out Marcell Ozuna on his slider, and then was bailed out when Khalil Lee made a terrific diving catch on an Ozzie Albies fly ball to right field. He struck out Swanson to end the inning without any further damage. The Mets failed to score in the seventh or the eighth against Atlanta bullpen, and Aaron Loup pitched a scoreless seventh. Opting to try and prevent Pablo Sandoval from coming up as a pinch hitter to lead off the eighth, Rojas decided to stick with Loup, who gave up a leadoff double to pinch hitter Ehire Adrianza. On the play, Adrianza got in to second by swimming past Lindor tag attempt. Jeurys Familia was brought in and promptly walked Ronald Acua Jr. to put two on with nobody out. Lindor then made a clutch defensive play to potentially save a run, fielding Freeman grounder, tagging Acua Jr. between bases, and throwing out Freeman to record the double play. The team good fortunes were short-lived, however, as Ozuna blooped a broken bat single over Alonso head to drive in Adrianza and tie the game. Atlanta entrusted closer Will Smith for the ninth, and he set down New York first two batters without breaking much of a sweat. That when Toms Nido, who got the nod today after a three-hit game on Monday, strode to the plate and played hero, launching a solo home run into the left field stands to give the Mets a 4-3 lead. Edwin Daz, who already pitched two days in a row, was called upon to close out the game, and did his job to remain perfect in save opportunities. In the outing, he struck out two batters and got Sandoval, who was now called upon against the right-hander, to fly out to end the game. The replace-Mets will try to sweep a series in Atlanta rare sight if there ever was onen Wednesday, with first pitch scheduled for 7:20pm EDT. David Peterson will get the start for the Mets, looking to build upon his tremendous outing against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night. He will be opposed by Atlanta right-hander Charlie Morton https://www.newprostoreonline.com/Carlos_Carrasco_Pet_Jersey-166.
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First Pitch: 5:10 pm CDTTV: Bally Sports NorthRadio: WCCO 830 https://www.minnesotagearshop.com/Michael_Pineda_Flag-311, Audacy, The Wolf 102. 9 FM, TIBN, twinsbeisbol. comKnow Thine Enemy: Covering the CornerThe Twins, frankly, have been bad lately. Maybe a trip to Cleveland is just what the doctor ordered. Both teams have struggled lately, as Cleveland has dropped 7 of 10, and the Twins have lost 8 of 10. As many on Twitter have been quick to point out, there a whopping 142 games left, but neither team can afford to waste much more time if they want to turn things around https://www.minnesotagearshop.com/Cody_Stashak_Hoodie-101. This marks the beginning of divisional play really intensifying, so if the Twins want to have a shot at the Central title as was expected, they need to start playing better quickly. The good news: Jose Berrios is on the bump today. La Makina has been pitching better than ever to start this season, currently sporting a 3. 00 ERA and having allowed more than 2 earned runs only once in four starts. On the other side, Zach Plesac has allowed 6 earned runs in each of his last two starts, bringing his ERA to a lofty 6. 75. Furthermore, Andrelton Simmons will be back, so hopefully that will be the end of the vomit-inducing infield play that has plagued the Twins lately. The bad news: Byron Buxton is not in the lineup today. Patella tendinitis appears to be the culprit, which is evidently a knee soreness he been playing through that was a little worse than usual this morning. Aaron Gleeman reports that he could be available off the bench today, so hopefully the Twins will get their MVP back on the field in no time Harmon Killibrew Face Mask. The Twins will also be facing former fan favorite Eddie Rosario for the first time today. Rosario has been bad this season, with a . 216 average and . 614 OPS, but unfortunately the Twins have still missed him in left field, due to the struggles of Jake Cave, Brent Rooker, and Alex Kirilloff and the absence of Max Kepler. We also ask that you pour one out for poor Nick Gordon, who finally got his first big league call-up just to make 0 appearances in 3 games:The Twins have reinstated Andrelton Simmons from the COVID-19 IL and optioned Nick Gordon.
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Pitching has been the hallmark of David Stearns-built teams ever since he took over as the lead decisionmaker for the Milwaukee Brewers. To this point, the executive has proven capable of putting the necessary pieces in place to churn out successful big league arms from a variety of sources prospects graduated to the game highest level, waiver wire acquisitions, reclamation projects, overseas imports, and lower-tier free agents and trade pieces. A full variety of backgrounds will be on display in this year bullpen, which once again figures to be among the game best, led by two of the most dynamic arms in all of baseball. Josh Hader arrived in the big leagues as a true fireman and won back-to-back Relief Pitcher of the Year awards in 2018-19 while averaging more than an inning per appearance. There has been a lot of discussion about his arm and how it recovers and how often he can be used over the years https://www.milwaukeefanstoreonline.com/Ray_Black_Face_Mask-306, and over the last year and a half Hader seems to have settled in as a more traditional one-inning closer, a role that he will continue in to begin this season according to manager Craig Counsell. Hader was characteristically dominant to start last season but one bad outing skewed his numbers across the small sample year he allowed a total of eight earned runs across 19 Robin Yount Flag. 0 innings, with four of those coming against the Cubs in one inning on September 12th. His walk rate was a little higher than it been but he was as unhittable as ever , though three of the eight hits he did allow on the year went over the fence. Hader strikeout rate of 14. 7 K/9 was outstanding, as usual, and after reduced velocity at times last season, his stuff has looked good so far this spring and he talking once again about working in a changeup with more regularity. Speaking of changeups or screwballs, or irbenders the ascendance of Devin Williams is a big reason why the team can afford to let Hader stick to pitching the ninth inning. Last year NL Rookie of the Year and Relief Pitcher of the Year winner, Williams authored a near-perfect season, allowing one earned run in 27. 0 innings covering 22 appearances. He flummoxed batters to the tune of a 17. 7 K/9 rate while capably demonstrating that he can cover multi-inning, high-leverage situations. Williams was slowly worked into action at the start of camp as he recovered from the shoulder issue that ended his season last year before the Wild Card series, but is on track for regular action as the regular season begins. Other multi-inning candidates include lefty Brent Suter and right-hander Drew Rasmussen, who were both stretched out to cover multiple innings this spring. Rasmussen, on the other hand, is capable of hitting triple-digits with his heater and flashed at time as a rookie last season, though he ultimately ended with a 5. 87 ERA across 15. 1 innings pitched. Josh Lindblom, too, will open in the bullpen and figures to pitch multiple innings when he is deployed. He will also make starts and seems destined for something of a fluid role, perhaps along with Freddy Peralta, who will begin the year in the rotation. Filling out the final few spots figure to be some combination of Eric Yardley, JP Feyereisen, Angel Perdomo, Phil Bickford, non-roster invitee Brad Boxberger, and recently outrighted Ray Black, likely in some sort of interchangeable fashion. Justin Topa and Bobby Wahl will both begin the year on the injured list but should factor into the mix at some point later in the season Devin Williams Pillow Cover. Alec Bettinger, Dylan File , Zack Brown, Aaron Ashby, Miguel Sanchez, and Luke Barker are prospects who could feasibly debut as relievers at some point this season, and minor league signees Hoby Milner and Blaine Hardy should provide some MLB experienced depth in the upper levels to begin the season. In the MinorsWe already covered some of the advanced depth as the Brewers are likely to cycle through a significant amount of arms during the course of this season, but some other interesting guys to watch include lefties Quintin Torres-Costa and Clayton Andrews, and right-handed indy ball veteran Jake Cousins.
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