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In the meantime, Cleveland’s players will fester about another blowout loss on national TV.

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This week’s mailbag features your questions on 3-point randomness, young All-Stars, better lineup data and getting rid of MVP voters.

The default assumption is that as teams take more 3s, that means more randomness and less predictability in this performance. This is completely logical, and something I had taken as gospel. But last year on Nylon Calculus, Bo Schwartz Madsen found this theory wasn’t actually backed up by looking at the game-to-game variability in teams’ offensive ratings. There was no significant correlation in the last five years between the number of 3s they attempted and their inconsistency in offensive output.

The Cavs will practice Sunday, making it a rare week in which they’ll practice three times, and Lue said he’ll reserve his comments to his players until then, when they have their film session.

It’s embarrassing, Isaiah Thomas said. It’s not acceptable. We can only go up from here, that’s the only positive about that. We’ve got to really look in the mirror, look at ourselves and get some pride.

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Limited Chris Maragos Jersey The Wolves led by five early in the fourth quarter only to have the game devolve into a back-and-forth affair in which neither team led by more than three until the final 2:44.
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That hurt, Griffin said..

In between several moments of brilliance in the second overtime, Cousins’ body language suggested he could barely stand. His feet hardly left the floor on a 3-pointer that rolled around the rim and in. He also managed to hit a turnaround jumper and calmly made two free throws to ice the game with 8 seconds left.

Davis, who fouled out in the first overtime, called Cousins’ performance legendary, adding that his fellow big man — more than anyone — earned the day off from practice the Pelicans were given on Tuesday.

Demaryius Thomas Authentic Jersey I have been on them about defense, Schaefer said. That’s the difference between this year’s team and last year’s team. We’re not very good defensively. And today we managed to find a way to really play well defensively.

Mississippi State also showed its toughness on the glass. The Bulldogs outrebounded Tennessee 44-33 and outscored the Lady Vols 20-11 in second-chance points. Tennessee (16-3, 4-2) entered the day with a plus-11.4 rebound margin that ranked fifth among all Division I teams.

Myke Henry connected on a 3-pointer late in the third quarter — his first NBA points — then added nine more points in the fourth as Memphis erased a double-digit fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 105-101 on Monday night.

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Joe Thomas still mulling future with Cleveland Browns

Joe Thomas still isn’t ready to decide on his future.

The perennial All-Pro and future Hall of Fame left tackle said Wednesday he remains on the fence about whether he’ll return to the Cleveland Browns in 2018.

Cleveland has already attempted to lure him back with a pay raise, but Thomas’ tone suggests he might be leaning toward walking away.

The tackle recently launched a podcast with former teammate Andrew Hawkins, who retired in 2017, titled the Thomahawk Show, via Uninterrupted. During one of its earliest episodes, the two discussed Cleveland’s release of cornerback Joe Haden.

This year, the Browns made a lot of moves, trading guys, releasing guys, Thomas said on the podcast, but in the 2017 season, I think that move, when they cut Joe Haden, was probably the most deflating move for the coaching staff and for the players in that locker room, especially all those young guys that we had, they all looked up to Joe, they loved Joe, everyone loved him. And we’re thinking ‘we cut this guy and we had $70 million in cap space? What is that trying to say about the season?’

The season ended without a win and without Thomas. Cleveland very well could begin 2018 in the same fashion.

It’s not supposed to be this easy for the favorite-loving general public to cash so many tickets, VSiN’s Jeff Fogle wrote recently. But we have a unique situation where almost half the league is in the playoff chase, and must keep winning to have a chance at the postseason … while the other half is incentivized to lose for draft position. The market hasn’t been able to find the right pricing strategy when decent teams with good quarterbacks are facing non-contenders with bad or inexperienced quarterbacks.

On Sunday, the books got a bit of a boost when the Chiefs lost outright to the Bills as 8.5-point favorites, but that was about all that separated the books from a truly dismal weekend.patriots_148_4be14ba7776e125b-180x180

That may be a result of the Titans not having attempted a two-point conversion in the regular season.

It looked like it could’ve been disastrous when the Chiefs drove into Tennessee territory late in the fourth quarter, but the Titans defense held, and the two-point conversions didn’t come back to haunt them.
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All eyes are on Mariota most of the time in Tennessee, but by the end of the game, Henry had bulldozed his way to 156 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries.

Total QBR is an efficiency statistic, but in terms of sheer volume, Kaepernick takes the cake. No quarterback has ever contributed more (garbage-time adjusted) expected points added to his team’s cause in the playoffs than Kaepernick in this contest. Most of that was on the ground, as he rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns.

Poor David Garrard. He puts in one of the greatest playoff performances of the QBR era and just happens to do it while opposing a Hall of Famer who had the best playoff game of any quarterback since 2006. That’s some tough luck. Garrard actually threw a pick in this game, but it came on fourth-and-6 so he wasn’t overly punished for it.

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Rob Gronkowski suffered a concussion during the AFC Championship Game and left before halftime, never to return. It is impossible to know for certain if Gronk will be cleared in time for the Super Bowl, but if you’re a betting man or woman, you should wager heavily on Gronk being on the field. He has two weeks to clear the concussion protocol Alan Page Jersey and this is the Patriots final game of the season. New England isn’t in charge of his decision — independent doctors are, but it would be a stunner if he wasn’t on the field for this one.

That’s not even a third of what Belichick had to say about the evolution of special teams in the NFL.

This is why it’s always the smart play for reporters to lead with special teams questions when talking to Belichick.
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Jacoby Brissett said after a preseason game that he needed to work on his fundamentals. Belichick explained how he approaches teaching mechanics to his players. Here’s just 207 of the words Belichick said about that. Notice he also talked a whole lot about special teams AGAIN:

Their mechanics may have some variation and so there are a lot of different, I would say, styles. You look at the golf tour 锟斤拷 not every swing is exactly the same, but all of those guys are pretty good. I think what you try to teach in that situation 锟斤拷 and I’ve talked to people Alan Page Jersey who coach those specific skills like that and when I was the special teams coach and coached punters and kickers 锟斤拷 is that there are certain fundamentals that are inherent and good in good passes, good kicks, good punts. The way that the ball is released, and the angle and the spin on the ball, and the delivery, and so forth.

The same thing is true, as I said, in golf or punting or place kicking. I think you try to teach the players the basic fundamentals and if they can adjust their mechanics in a way to improve and still feel comfortable with it, then we try to do that. And if it’s an adjustment that they’re really not comfortable making for whatever the reasons, then I think you just have to decide if you can live with what the deficiencies are in the mechanics and look at if the punts are good.

Gasser’s release sparked protests, and some said race played a role in his release. Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand, who has since retired, angrily denied that race played any role in the case. He recounted a painstaking investigation with more than 160 interviews.

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The trial is expected to last well into next week with state District Judge Ellen Kovach presiding.
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The case echoes another New Orleans-area road-rage shooting from 2016. Former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith was gunned down that April. The shooter was later convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 25 years.

Seattle’s defensive performance without stars like Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, and Cliff Avril may get him another look.

Frank Reich: If DiFilippo is in the mix, then the Eagles offensive coordinator should be, too. His offense is averaging over 30 points per game and has the second-best run game in the NFL this season.
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Mike Vrabel: The Texans’defensive coordinator got interviews for head coach positions last offseason before he was even promoted to the coordinator role in Houston. Injuries and a learning curve have slowed down the defense this season, but Vrabel is still expected to become a head coach one day.

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John DeFilippo: Some team may want to duplicate the Sean McVay experiment this offseason. The quarterbacks coach behind Carson Wentz’s MVP-caliber season with the Eagles is a smart bet.
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He never thought it would happen, but Jon Gruden is back with the Oakland Raiders.

“I never wanted to leave the Raiders,” Gruden said. “I never thought I’d be back. But here I am, and I’m ready to get to work.”

He’s spent the last nine seasons making us laugh on Monday Night Football. Gruden stayed true to form and gave us some instant classic quotes during his introductory press conference on Tuesday.

“I don’t have a guarantee to be alive for 10 years, just so people know.”

Last month, Atlanta owner Arthur Blank, the chairman of the league’s compensation committee, told me he believed the Goodell extension absolutely would get done. Another source said he believes Goodell could sign it at any time but has some minor points in the deal he still wants to address.

Jones is a leader and probably the leader against the extension, or at least against the extension in the way it has been presented. In the Wickersham/Van Natta story, Jones was quoted as saying the Goodell contract “is the most one-sided contract ever.” Goodell made about $65 million in salary and benefits in 2014 and 2015, and Jones said he wanted Goodell’s salary to be more incentive-based.

Newton put the ball where it needed to be, and the Saints’ coverage somehow left one of Carolina’s top targets with single coverage in the end zone; Funchess just failed to get to it. The rangy receiver, who had battled a shoulder injury late in the season, would later tell reporters he’d lost the ball in the Superdome’s lights.

One play later, the Panthers’ fourth-down Hail Mary was erased by a Saints’ blitz and a punishing sack from safety Vonn Bell. Game, and Panthers’ season, over.

Of course, the Panthers had several other opportunities to help their effort before the final two-minute warning. Newton himself declined to blame the loss on any one play, including his controversial grounding call.

Pretty eventful weekend. ESPN reported 17 owners held a conference call to discuss blocking commissioner Roger Goodell’s five-year contract extension. Two Texans players, in open rebellion against owner Bob McNair for what they felt was equating them to inmates, went on a wildcat strike for a day. The Browns lost in London, falling to 1-23 since passing on Carson Wentz, 0-8 since passing on Deshaun Watson. Defending rushing champ Ezekiel Elliott ran roughshod over Washington, then awaited word in New York this week whether he’d be suspended for six games.wings_1038

When their top leaders are all in, it carries throughout the organization.

The Titans (and probably the Steelers the following week in the AFC title game) are walking into a hornet’s nest this weekend. I know how tough it is to win a playoff game in New England. My final game as Titans president was the January 2004 divisional playoff game in below-zero wind chills. The Patriots beat us 17-14. In the Belichick/Brady era, the Patriots are 15-3 in home playoff games and can once again pull together to defeat the media noise that suggests they are about to disintegrate due to dissension.
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The Titans (10-7) rallied from a 21-3 deficit to pull off a 22-21 wild-card win over the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota will have to be at his best on Saturday to beat the Patriots (13-3) at Gillette Stadium (8:15 p.m. ET, CBS).

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Can Derrick Henry stay hot? The Patriots had the NFL’s 20th-ranked rush defense during the regular season, allowing a 100-yard rusher four times. The last two came in December when Miami’s Kenyan Drake and Pittsburgh’s Le’Veon Bell joined Kansas City’s Kareem Hunt and Chargers running back Melvin Gordon as players to eclipse the century mark against the Patriots.

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Seahawks losing poise, chemistry worse than losing playoff hopes

I have no doubt in the men that we have in the locker room and who we are as a team, the quarterback said.
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Carroll said all the right things, too: It’s a challenge for everybody; this ain’t just the coaches, it’s everybody … Everybody’s accountable, everybody’s got to take the step forward together and hold themselves in the kind of regard that we can pull out the best we have to offer down the stretch.

It wasn’t long after those words from the faces of the team, though, that those of Thomas and Wagner came out, too.

The Seahawks could pull themselves together and Tim Hardaway Jersey make the playoffs … or not. Figuring out whether they’re the kind of team that can’t take a punch, and starts pointing fingers, looks like a more important destination right now, and in the future.

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