NBA Draft 2017: UCLA’s Lonzo Ball will skip NBA Combine, report says

Lonzo Ball is saying thanks, but no thanks.

Confident he’ll be the No. 1 overall pick in June’s NBA Draft, the UCLA guard has declined an invitation to next month’s NBA Combine in Chicago, according to ESPN.

The team indicated Saturday that Livingston, who sprained a finger on his right hand in Game 1 of the opening series against the Trail Blazers, remains questionable but could make his return. Meanwhile, Barnes, who has been sidelined since he injured his ankle on April 8 against Cheap China NFL Jerseys the Pelicans, has been upgraded to probable.

I’m trying to make sure I rest it as much as I possibly can because when I do come back, I plan on staying all the way back, Livingston said Saturday, via The Associated Press. Hopefully it will be ready for Tuesday.

In addition, star forward Kevin Durant is also expected to be back to full strength after sitting out two games and being limited to just 20 minutes of playing time in another due to a strained calf.

The Warriors earned more than a week off between series after eliminating the Trail Blazers from the postseason with four straight wins in the opening round. Golden State will take on the winner of Sunday’s Game 7 showdown between the Clippers and Jazz in the next round.

Lonzo Ball will reportedly skip NBA Draft Combine

Beal’s ability to play off ball adds an interesting wrinkle to the Wizards’ offense overall. Wall is a one-man team by himself — he’s one of the league leaders in transition opportunities, and he’s a volume scorer in the pick-and-roll — so pairing him with someone who can curl off a screen makes it harder for defenses to load up on him. It means he doesn’t always have to be in attack mode for the Wizards’ offense to succeed.

Wall can even be used as a decoy, fooling the defense into thinking he’s going to run a pick-and-roll himself before Beal darts around a screen for a 3-pointer.

Keeping up with Beal off ball is obviously difficult. It takes discipline, strength and speed to be able to fight through screens and take away easy looks while still being in position to contain dribble penetration. The Hawks have a couple of wing defenders who have the tools to do so in Kent Bazemore and Thabo Sefolosha, but it’ll take a team effort to stick with him.

Top prospect Lonzo Ball has told the NBA that he intends to skip the Cheap Bike Jerseys For Men Draft Combine and other top prospects are expected to join ship, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania.

Players are under no obligation to appear at the NBA Combine, which begins May 9 and ends on May 14. Many top players over the years have decided to skip the combine so it’s no surprise Ball and others are expected to do the same.

Ball averaged 14.7 points and an NCAA-best 7.6 assists in Cheap Bruins Jerseys his freshman season with the UCLA Bruins.

Raptors’ Kyle Lowry out of Game 2 after trying to play through ankle sprain

Kyle Lowry will not return to Game 2 of the Raptors’ series against the the Cavaliers, the team announced .

The Toronto star was taken to the locker at the beginning of Cheap Authentic NFL Jerseys the fourth quarter after he sustained a left ankle sprain at the beginning of the third quarter.

He gave second-year Toronto guard Norman Powell a taste of it in the high post early on, taking him off the dribble before spinning into a fade away toward the teeth of the defense for a deuce.

But it was the last one, a leaner from the foul line in front of an onlooking 7-footer, Toronto center Jonas Valanciunas, that got everyone up in a tizzy.

But isn’t that his off hand? For those who don’t already know, James, who’s averaging 34.3 point per game in the playoffs, says he’s actually left-handed, he just plays basketball with his right because his favorite players at the time he was learning to play the game did.

X-factor: Stealing Taj Gibson from the Bulls looked even better Friday night than it did at the trade deadline, and it looked pretty good then. The veteran forward scored 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting in the first quarter, finishing with 20 points on 10 of 13 from the field in 29 minutes. He was a capable defender when switched out on Harden, limiting him to 1-of-5 shooting as the primary defender. Just a Cheap Basketball Jerseys terrific effort after subpar performances in Games 1 and 2.

Jazz’s George Hill ruled out for Game 2 with toe injury

Kyle Kuzma (No. 57): Kuzma is a long, 6-9 wing who has potential to shoot and rebound. I’d like to see more shooting consistency and defensive impact, though, and this could be a week for him to show that off.

Thomas Bryant (No. 53): Bryant needs to show off a consistent jumper on the move, but more than that he needs to play better defensively — particularly in terms of his lateral quickness and agility. He’s all too often struggled in pick-and-roll against elite guards, and guys like Frank Mason, Monte Morris, Melo Trimble and Dorsey could give him fits in this setting.

Utah will need to be on its toes against Golden State while George Hill rests his.

The Jazz point guard has been ruled out for Thursday’s Game 2 matchup against the Warriors with left big toe soreness, the team announced.

It’s very frustrating that he can’t play tonight, Jazz forward Gordon Hayward told reporters. But at the same time, it is what it is, and we’ve got to try to move on and step up.

With Hill sidelined, fellow guards Shelvin Mack and Dante Exum can expect some added playing time.

Hill, 31, struggled as he scored seven points with three assists and four rebounds in Tuesday’s Game 1 loss. However, the nine-year veteran averaged a career-high 16.9 points in 49 Cheap Authentic Jerseys From China games during the regular season in his first year with the Jazz.

The Warriors hold a 1-0 second-series lead over the Jazz, with Cheap NFL Jerseys Paypal Games 3 and 4 scheduled for Saturday and Monday in Utah.

J.R. Smith had to pay Cavs coach after bad play vs. Raptors

You’d be hard-pressed to find two bigger competitors than Beverley and Westbrook. You’d also be hard-pressed to find two guys who like each other less. Their history goes back to to 2013 when Beverley collided with Westbrook’s knee, resulting in a torn meniscus.

Beverley’s third-seeded Rockets bounced the No. 6 Thunder from the playoffs in five games, but the two didn’t depart each other without exchanging a couple of verbal jabs, following a dust up in Game 5.

Apparently, during their disagreement, Beverley went full Tony Allen and said something about being first-team All-Defense. Far be it from Westbrook not to remind him that’s a feat he’s yet to achieve. Westbrook finished with a game-high 47 points. So, Beverley chided his efficiency.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue gave his players a challenge in the playoff series against the Raptors: Don’t fall for a pump fake by DeMar DeRozan or Kyle Lowry.

As Cleveland.com reports, Lue said if one of his players fell for the move, he would be fined $100. With Lowry out the final two games with a sprained ankle, the challenge Best Site To Buy Cheap Jerseys became a little easier, but J.R. Smith fell victim to DeRozan in Game 4.

Lue didn’t even wait before collecting his cash as he forced Smith to pay up in the locker room after the game.

Overall though, Smith did a great job defensively all series as he was tasked with stopping DeRozan. The Raptors All-Star is difficult to stop and the fact Smith fell for only one pump fake in four games shows that he’s up for the task to play strong defense.

Markelle Fultz, Hamidou Diallo and other players to watch

The NBA has officially released the list of players that will be attending its pre-draft combine in Chicago next week. We’ll be on the ground covering the event, but here’s the full list as well as a quick little primer on some of the players who will (or won’t) be in attendance and need Baseball Jerseys For Sale to make a good impression.

Fultz has decided to attend the combine, but he won’t be asked to play in the five-on-five. That means he’ll be there to measure, possibly conduct athletic and medical testing and interview for teams. He’s not considered a liability to perform poorly in any of those portions of the combine, meaning it’s a no-risk scenario for him.

When I stopped paying attention to it, the game became so much easier. Because I was worried about the real stuff, not the stuff I shouldn’t be worried about.

By the end of the year, the Warriors were 6.0 points per game better with Pachulia on the floor. But in the context of those early struggles, it would be understandable if Pachulia had decided that signing with Golden State in the first place had been a mistake. Given the high-paying summer it was for big men all over the NBA — $16 million per year for Timofey Mozgov and Ian Mahinmi, $10 million Best Place For Cheap Jerseys per year for Al Jefferson — Pachulia opted not to cash in.

Warriors’ Stephen Curry wonders if he should ditch mouthguard

The Warriors essentially cruised to victory over the Jazz Thursday night with Stephen Curry’s 23 points playing a big role. But there was a moment in the game where he felt funny, and that was because his coveted mouthguard had escaped him.

The company also had a small cardboard cutout of James, and AFL Cheap Jerseys used it to promote a special deal on the beer (that tweet was later deleted).

There’s the obvious marketing reason for James’ team not wanting a company to use his image for free. But there’s also a personal history.

This is about the last thing I’m trying to worry about right now, my agent and my legal team will take care of it, but yeah I know (Great Lakes) is trying to benefit off of me, James said in a statement to Cleveland.com. And I heard they were the same company that made all those ‘Quitness’ beers, and now they’re trying to benefit off me this way? Yeah, it’s pretty funny.

The Quitness beer James is referring to is an ale the company used after James left Cleveland to join the Heat. A description for it on ratebeers.com reads: Quitness is a cask conditioned, dry hopped India Pale Ale that leaves a bitter aftertaste, perfectly describing the mood of Cleveland sports fans these days.

When James said after Game 1 that he is not much of a beer guy, he Baseball Jerseys really meant it.

Tyronn Lue says it’s ‘crazy’ people think he asked permission to bench stars in Game 3

In the wake of Cleveland’s 119-114 victory over the Pacers in Game 3, in which they set an NBA Playoffs record by overcoming a 25-point halftime deficit, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue should have been in a great mood Saturday when he met the media.

Instead, Lue challenged media reports after that game that he asked permission from stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love to keep them on the bench in the fourth quarter.

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said Smith tried to give it a go for the third quarter, but said it wasn’t smart to play.

Smith was evaluated Monday night and will get checked out again before the series moves to Indiana for Thursday’s Game 3. Smith, who had a noticeable limp Monday night, hopes to play Thursday.

If they let me play, I’ll play. My leg ain’t broke, Smith told reporters, via ESPN, following Monday’s win that gave the Cavs a 2-0 series lead. I wanted to play, they didn’t want me to play.

Iman Shumpert replaced Smith in the second half and Lue praised Shumpert’s tenacity, especially on defense as the Pacers held Indiana’s Paul George to four points in the third quarter.

It was really good for us, Lue said of Shumpert. We needed that Cheap New York Giants Jerseys spark.

League investigating altercation between Patrick Beverley, Thunder fan

Kyle Lowry is back from a wrist injury, which means Toronto’s All-Star backcourt duo of Lowry and DeMar DeRozan is ready to terrorize opponents in the playoffs. DeRozan averaged 27.3 points this season, fifth-best in the league.

The Raptors might be a bit underrated heading into the playoffs. They haven’t played many games with all of their pieces together. This is a deep team that has size, good guards Cheap MLB Jerseys and defensive stoppers.

Milwaukee is sort of playing with house money after losing Jabari Parker to another major knee injury this winter. Giannis Antetokounmpo stepped up by averaging 22.9 points and 8.8 rebounds per game while making his first All-Star team. This team may not have enough depth to win a playoff series — yet.

Clearly they don’t forgive and forget, as one fan was seen berating Patrick Beverley during the Rockets’ Game 3 matchup with Oklahoma City.

Beverley went to address the fan after the game, as seen in both the video and the GIF above. Words were exchanged, and an investigation has been issued.

ESPN and USA Today both report the NBA is looking into the incident and weighing if there will be any punishment dished out.

Patrick Beverley approached a fan after the Cheap NBA Jerseys game last night. League sources say NBA is looking into the situation for possible discipline.

he has so far outperformed his career numbers in the 2017 season.

Cardinals duo Jedd Gyorko and Tommy Pham helped lead St. Louis to an 8-2 win against the Reds. Pham, batting leadoff, went 2 for 3 with three runs scored, an RBI, two walks and a stolen base. Gyorko added two hits, a home run, three RBIs and a walk.

Trying to hit Chris Sale is never easy, but Twins third baseman Cheap Jerseys Cycling Miguel Sano had an especially tough time in a 4-1 loss against the Red Sox. The big power hitter went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts. He now has six strikeouts in his last three games. To be fair, Sale is on a pace for 330 strikeouts this season, nobody has done that since Randy Johnson had 334 in 2004.

Royals (37-37) at Tigers (33-42) 7:10 p.m. ET — Detroit snapped an ugly eight-game losing streak Sunday. Aging veterans like Miguel Cabrera, Ian Kinsler and Victor Martinez are really struggling. The Tigers will send Justin Verlander (4-4, 4.52 ERA) to the mound to face off against Matt Strahm (2-4, 4.80 ERA) and the Royals’ underrated lineup.

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After years of All-Star performance in Korea, he has so far outperformed his career numbers in the 2017 season. If he keeps it up, Na could very well be a name MLB fans could Cheap Jerseys Made In China hear a lot about come 2019.