Cousins scored 16 points on 5-of-16 shooting with two turnovers while registering a minus-19.

Coming off 35- and 46-point performances, Kings center DeMarcus Cousins was poised for a big night against the Rockets’ poor interior defense, but “Boogie” flopped, as did his team, in a 22-point road loss to Houston.

Cousins scored 16 points on 5-of-16 shooting with two turnovers while registering a minus-19.

The Raptors’ Kyle Lowry completed the highest-scoring full month of his career with a game-winning jumper with with 4.3 seconds to play in overtime against the Pelicans.

Timberwolves (19-29) at Cavaliers (32-15), 7 p.m. ET — Between LeBron James’ spat with Charles Barkley, the team searching for a new guard, and a disagreement over spending, the Cavaliers’ distractions are playing out on the court. The defending champions went 7-8 in January but look to start over in February against Kevin Love’s old team, the Timberwolves.

Andrew Wiggins was drafted first overall by the Cavs in 2014, only to be traded for Love. Expect Wiggins to play with extra motivation Wednesday.

But for Russell, that’s not much redundant at all. Because neither he nor Lin is a pure point guard, he foresees a versatile, ball-sharing backcourt.

“I think it’s a go,” Russell told Sporting News last week at Gatorade’s Athlete of the Year event. “We just go. Whoever gets the ball, let’s run. I complement his game, he complements my game. He’s not a point guard, he’s not a shooting guard. I’m not a point guard, I’m not a shooting guard. I think we’re just basketball players trying to make the best of it.”

“It’s past,” Russell said. “I learned a lot and now I am moving on to a new Cheap Lacrosse Jerseys opportunity. The situation is, you’re with one team and you go to another team and it is completely different. Brooklyn Cheap Jerseys Outlet Shop has been open arms from Day One for me, so I am looking forward to it.”

there just has been so little that has gone well for Dolan in the last month

The more respectable part is important. It’s not like Waiters has developed into an efficiency monster — 104 players are shooting better from the field than him this season — but he’s gotten to a point where he’s a difference maker on a team in desperate need of a secondary playmaker. Take notice to how the Heat are averaging 106.5 points per 100 possession with him on the court, which is as good as the Hornets, Thunder and Pacers. Without him, their offense collapses to a Mavericks-like 103.9 points per 100 possessions. (That difference could look more dramatic with the end of the regular season approaching as Waiters continues to sit out with an ankle injury. He has missed the Heat’s last six games.)

He’s developed great chemistry with Goran Dragic in particular by giving him a catch-and-shoot option when he forces defenses to collapse. 20.8 percent of Waiters’ offense this season comes from spot-up opportunities, where he averages 1.12 points per possession to rank in the 78.9 percentile. For context, that’s a better mark than a number of sharpshooters including Danny Green, Trevor Ariza, Seth Curry and Lou Williams.

At the risk of piling on, there just has been so little that has gone well for Dolan in the last month. He cut Phil Jackson loose just ahead of the draft, and is now on the hook for $24 million of Jackson’s salary. He was pursuing a quality replacement for Jackson, ex-Cavs GM David Griffin, but Dolan would not cede full control of the front office to Griffin, leading Griffin to pull himself out of consideration for the job — worse, the whole thing leaked into public view.

In the meantime, the rudderless Knicks made a four-year, $71 million offer to Tim Hardaway Jr., a player the Knicks once traded away for the since-departed Jerian Grant. Now, in one final Cheap Hockey Jerseys nail in a coffin of a summer, the Knicks are in the process of giving away Carmelo Anthony, the guy Cheap Goalkeeper Jerseys who represents the most significant transaction of the franchise’s last decade and a half.

NBA trade deadline: Bulls’ trade with Thunder returns players who have been uniquely terrible this year

The Bulls pulled off a curious trade before Thursday’s deadline: They sent Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick to the Thunder in exchange for three OKC reserves — Cameron Payne, Anthony Morrow and Joffrey Lauvergne.

Forget the fact Chicago traded away two solid players with skill sets well-suited for the receiving end of many Russell Westbrook assists. Let’s focus on the package the Eastern Conference’s No. 7 seed received in this deal.

It will show up in the box score that Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio finished Saturday’s 123-117 loss to the Kings with a double-double, but that is misleading. Rubio, who had 11 points and 13 assists, shot just 1 of 10 from the field and 0 for 3 from beyond the arc.

Meanwhile, Andrew Wiggins poured in 32 points on 13 of 20 shooting to lead Minnesota, and Karl-Anthony Towns had 26 points and 11 rebounds. Rubio’s inability to stretch the floor on a consistent basis is part of the reason why Minnesota (30-45) has such a disappointing record.

Wizards (46-30) at Warriors (62-14) 8:00 p.m. ET — A few months ago this would not have been a very intriguing matchup. Now, however, it looks like a possible Finals preview with the Cavaliers sputtering, thus opening the door for Washington and other Eastern Conference challengers. Golden State Cheap Football Practice Jerseys has won 10 straight games, even with Kevin Durant out of the lineup.

Leonard, who added six rebounds and five assists, now has scored double figures in 91 straight games, tying the longest streak of Tim Duncan’s career set in 2002-03.

The Nets picked up their biggest win of the season, a 122-109 triumph over Cheap Fishing Jerseys the Grizzlies in Memphis. Brooklyn outscored the Grizz 34-18 in the fourth quarter and was led by Sean Kilpatrick, who made just three field goals but knocked down 16 of 17 from the free-throw line.

Cavs’ Kyrie Irving waiting patiently during ‘peculiar’ offseason

There may be no other way to describe the Cavaliers’ offseason than “peculiar,” and that’s exactly what Kyrie Irving called it Tuesday.

“We’re in a peculiar place,” he said at Sports Illustrated’s “Fashionable 50” event in Los Angeles. “The best thing we can do is handle things with class and professionalism. Obviously we have a great owner that’s willing to spend a little money on guys that he believes in. At this point, we just see what happens throughout the summer.”

It wasn’t just what Labissiere did. It’s how he did it.

Labissiere was efficient, connecting on 11 of 15 attempts from the field and made the most of his trips to the foul line, knocking down nine of 11 free throws. Though he didn’t block a shot, he added a pair of steals and was only whistled for a personal foul twice. No doubt his presence alone in the middle contributed to the Suns shooting 40.2 percent from the field, well below their season average of 45.2. And he was clutch, scoring 21 in the fourth quarter, including the Kings’ first 14 in the quarter.

“And it’s a long, strenuous season and the NBA does a great job of putting the schedule together as best as they can. You’re going to have back-to-backs. You’re going to have certain games where certain things fall on certain nights, but a coach’s job is to figure out a way for their team to compete for a championship, not compete for a game.”

Little-known Suns forward Alan Williams continued his run of strong form by Cheap Knicks Jerseys scoring 16 points on 7 of 9 shooting with 12 rebounds in a 120-103 win over the Hornets. Williams Cheap Kids Jerseys has now scored in double figures each of his last four games.

Warriors, Timberwolves to play pair of preseason games in China

The Warriors and Timberwolves are headed overseas.

Golden State and Minnesota have been slated to play a pair of preseason games in China as part of the NBA Global Games China 2017, the NBA announced Monday.

The teams are scheduled to tip off in Shenzhen on Oct. 5 and again in Shanghai on Oct. 8.

“It was very disrespectful,” Brandon Jennings said.

Jennings, seeing McGee going for the 3-point attempt, purposely fouled the Warriors center for taking the shot.

“Thank God he didn’t go to the rack, it probably would have been worse for him. But any time like that, I think you should let [the] clock run out. I think it was already disrespectful that they were trying to get Draymond a triple-double, Steph was out there with 40. So, I just felt it was disrespectful.”

John Wall stood up for his teammate: “Whenever a team is up like that, supposedly, you just hold the ball and take a shot-clock violation. So what Brandon did, I don’t think it was dirty. I think it was the right play. You don’t let nobody try to embarrass you and I think that’s what they were trying to do.”

McGee, however, didn’t really care about their comments.

“I’m glad Brandon fouled me,” he said. “I was going to air ball that three. Shout out to Brandon Jennings.”

Self has a good thing going at Kansas and five years on his contract, so Wholesale Jerseys China it would take a very enticing offer to draw him away from Lawrence. He was under consideration for Wholesale NFL Jerseys China the Cavaliers job when it went, eventually, to David Blatt, and it’s hard to imagine him leaving the Jayhawks for a rebuilding project.

He has had to manage some difficult situations and oversized egos, but has maintained a high level of success. It might be a few years before he takes the chance, but Self has been and will remain on the NBA’s radar.

Breaking down new-look Browns: Hue Jackson’s vision will be clear in fresh depth chart

The Cleveland Browns are coming off a 1-15 season, but a flurry of offseason trades, free-agency moves and draft picks has flipped the depth chart heading into the 2017 season.

Cleveland will build around No. 1 draft pick Myles Garrett on defense, and the offense added a new quarterback in DeShone Kizer to the mix. Second-year coach Hue Jackson, general manager Sashi Brown and chief strategy office Paul DePodesta have a vision, and it will be interesting to see how that looks this season.

Paying that foursome will be challenging in and of itself, but adding capable support players around them poses a real problem as the cap stays stable over the next few seasons Cheap NCAA Jerseys but their salaries rise either through new contracts or eight percent annual raises. It is entirely possible that ownership will buy in to this core’s ability to contend, but it would come with hefty luxury tax bills starting as soon as 2018-19 and continuing until at least 2020-21 unless the league landscape changes abruptly Cheap NFL Jerseys Good Quality during that time.

That approach also put more pressure on general manager Dennis Lindsey to either retain George Hill or find a similarly capable point guard quickly because Utah missed the 2016 playoffs in no small part because of their lack of a capable player at the position. Lindsey answered by trading for Ricky Rubio, but will that be enough? Considering Hayward has only made the postseason twice in his career, he could expect playoff appearances as a baseline for a potential suitor.

That brings Utah’s other major challenge into focus: long-term expenses. Lindsey and a strong Jazz front office have done a wonderful job drafting Hayward, Rudy Gobert, Derrick Favors and Rodney Hood while also adding quality veteran depth around them, but eventually those draft successes become substantially costlier (Incidentally, I wrote about this inevitability with the Jazz in October 2015).

four players in one offseason run off for a full year over marijuana.

Everything that marijuana advocates connected to the NFL — the Eugene Monroes, Nate Jacksons and others — have said has fallen on deaf ears. All the information available about pain management has led to no serious change.

Everybody who has said, out loud or behind the scenes, about preferring to see players light up than to see them get drunk and do something truly dangerous, gets tuned out. Gordon’s original suspension, back in 2014, was based partly on a DWI arrest, as was Aldon Smith’s 2015 ban, which has not yet been lifted. The Packers’ Letroy Guion was arrested last month and charged with DUI.

The contradictory slaps on the wrist for far more heinous offenses can be recited by heart by now. Ray Rice. Josh Brown. Greg Hardy. The one- or two- or four-game hits for driving drunk, carrying guns, using performance-enhancers and being recklessly dangerous on the field.

In the midst of all that, though … four players in one offseason run off for a full year over marijuana.

It’s time to stop asking what the players were thinking, and ask the NFL the same thing.

But there’s a possibility the move could backfire. Harden’s finest seasons as a pro have come as his team’s primary ballhandler, where he’s proven he’s more than just a shooting guard. While Paul Cheap Moto X Jerseys is an unselfish playmaker, he’s also taken an average of 14 shots per Cheap Michael Jordan Jerseys For Kids game throughout his storied career. There may not be enough looks to go around in the Houston backcourt.

Dolphins practiced kicking frozen footballs to prepare for wild-card game in Pittsburgh

Clay Matthews forced a fumble as he sacked Eli Manning on the second play of the Giants’ drive with a little less than nine minutes to play, and thanks to a weird sequence, Matthews also recovered Cheap Jerseys No Shipping Fees said fumble. Players initially stood around thinking Manning’s fumble was an Cheap Jerseys Online Free Shipping incomplete pass and therefore a dead ball, but it was a live and well. Matthews got the ball and gave Green Bay great field position (its own 45-yard line) to try to seal the game. It was the first turnover of the game.

The Dolphins are doing what they can to prepare for Sunday’s wild-card game against the Steelers, even if that means freezing footballs.

Miami’s punter and place kicker used pre-cooled footballs to prepare for the frigid temperatures in Pittsburgh, according to the Associated Press.

The reasoning is because the footballs become harder when its colder, and the air pressure in them fall. That means the balls can’t be kicked as far.

They definitely become hard in the colder weather,special-teams coordinator Darren Rizzi said. But theres only so much you can do in this kind of weather to practice. We actually put balls in the freezer, believe it or not. But you bring them out, and five minutes later theyve thawed out.

The Dolphins won’t have to worry about the balls thawing in Pittsburgh. The temperature for the Sunday afternoon game is expected to be 15 degrees.

Why not a third Aaron Rodgers-to-Randall Cobb connection for six A 16-yard touchdown on third down capped what arguably was the Packers’ most important drive of the game 10 plays, 80 yards and, most important, 5:14 off the clock in the fourth quarter. It was Rodgers’ fourth touchdown pass of the game, which tied a Packers postseason single-game record. 31-13, Packers.

Tom Henke’s early retirement might’ve cost him the Hall of Fame

In September 1995, Tom Henke capped a triumphant final season.

Pitching a single season for the Cardinals, near where he grew up in Missouri, Henke notched 36 saves with a 1.82 ERA, winning the Rolaids Relief Man Award. His 1.4 Wins Above Average that year are tied with Mariano Rivera for the fourth-best final season by a reliever in baseball history.

When the Falcons were up 28-3 on the heavily favored Patriots, it felt intoxicating … and yet, not real. The mighty Tom Brady was reduced to a sad meme on his way to breaking Brett Favre’s record for most postseason interceptions.

Then the comeback began — a historic comeback that proved NFL Jerseys Authentic Cheap Lions Jerseys this Super Bowl lied between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. The Falcons wouldn’t run the ball when they were up by eight late in the game. Matt Ryan was sacked and fumbled the ball. Julian Edelman made the kind of improbable catch that had only happened against the Patriots before. The two-point conversion was good. Overtime.

And then we got the ending we knew in the pit of our stomachs was coming all along, leaving us in nightmare hellscape from which we can’t escape. “To Serve Man” is a cookbook. Conrad the Astronaut’s room on Mars is a zoo exhibit. Henry Bemis has all the time in the world for his books … and then his glasses broke.

The Patriots win their fifth title; the Falcons come tantalizingly close, only to let their first-ever Lombardi Trophy slip from their grasp.

Here is where the scowls and furrowed brows begin.

According to ESPN’s Sheil Kapadia, Wilson sought the help of Philip Goglia after recommendations from his wife Ciara, as well as his former trainer Gunnar Peterson. Goglia is the founder of Performance Fitness Concepts, a performance nutrition and rejuvenative health and wellness clinic.

Goglia increased Wilson’s daily caloric intake from 2,700 to 4,800, and cut out dairy and gluten. His days chowing down food look like this:

The diet has helped Wilson go from 225 pounds with 16 percent body MLB Authentic Jerseys fat to 214 pounds with 10 percent body fat.

“Still doing it religiously,” Wilson said with regards to keeping a strict diet. “Just trying to really focus on trying to eat really, really well and have great nutrition. I think it’s critical. It allows you to wake up feeling good, feeling strong. It allows you to excel throughout the day and have tons of strength and energy.”

Here is where the scowls and furrowed brows begin. Five minutes didn’t go by in the offseason without another conversation about how the Saints needed another pass rusher to complement a pretty solid line that featured Cam Jordan. They had two first-round picks, moved up on Day 2 as part of the Cooks trade … and didn’t end up picking one. Nor did they sign an impact pass rusher.

They do have Nick Fairley inside, on the comeback trail. They also have Sheldon Rankins, a 2016 first-round pick expecting to play a full season after breaking his leg in training camp last year. And they shored up other areas of their defense. But it will be less noticeable as long as they have questions up front.