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Steph Curry the GAWD does it again! After a slow start for the Golden State Warriors (at home), trailing by as much as 15 in the first half to the visiting Dallas Mavericks, everything changed after halftime. The Warriors came out of the locker room firing.
Led by the incredible effort of Curry, who absolutely lit it up from beyond the arch, Golden State rallied in the final period and found themselves up by one with less than a minute to go thanks to an uncontested three-pointer from Draymond Green. The shot brought the Oakland crowd to their feet, completely making the arena rumble.
And the best was yet to come.
When do you ever get to see a shot like this while watching a basketball game? It’s a one in a million basket, but luckily, someone caught it for the world to see.
Out in William Byrd High in Virginia, Marvey’o Otey found himself running full sprint during the game, all to save the basketball from going out of bounds. As he passed it behind his back for someone to recover, it wildly made its way inside the hoop for the three! He didn’t even know it happened in until after, because in the clip, you can see he successfully ran out of the gym thinking it was just another out of bounds play.
He literally galloped through the exiting doors and had no idea what he did.
Robert Griffin III’s struggling season has gone from bad to worse, with reports surfacing today that he will be benched for the rest of the year. Mike Shanahan made the decision to shut him down for the time being, and replace him for Kirk Cousins.
The reason? To keep RGIII healthy and prevent him from taking a hit that can potentially send him to injury reserve during the off-season. If you’ve been keeping tabs on the Washington Redskins, Griffin has been sacked a total of 24 times during the span of the past three games and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better.
On February 1st of 2014, Adam Silver will officially take over for David Stern as NBA commissioner. Adam seems to be jumping right into business as well, as he recently revealed on a sports radio program that one of his first orders of business will be to take a closer look at if the NBA should get rid of divisions. No more Atlantic, Pacific, Central or any others moving forward; and while it seems crazy at first, Silver’s logic into it makes sense.
He makes the point that with how wide open the NBA is stating rivalries aren’t as based on location compared to the past, and eliminating divisions would open up scheduling just that much more. Instead of teams having to play a certain amount of times each year the NBA could break it down into more intriguing match-ups throughout the entire season. Nothing is in stone yet, but Silver did say he wants to put this on the table very soon to be talked about further.
Read his full comments after the jump.
OS REWIND: Kobe Bryant Dunked For The First Time This Season Last night
It’s only Kobe Bryant’s second game back and the L.A. Lakers continue losing.
Kobe led all Lakers scorers with 20 Tuesday night, but it wasn’t enough to get past the visiting Phoenix Suns, who took home the 114-108 win at The STAPLES Center. Bryant looked sharper and more confident during tonight’s game, shaking off some of the rust and nervousness from his debut on Sunday, showing flashes of his old self.
About halfway through the first quarter, Kobe blew past the defender, taking it left towards the baseline and slammed one home for old time’s sake. What achilles tear?
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The NBA game of the day was an Eastern Conference grudge match that may be a foreshadowing of the conference championship going into 2014, a duel between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers. With Paul George being held with 2 points for the first half thanks to a smoldering defense from Miami, he broke out and showed why he’s worth that All-Star cash, putting up 15 points in the Pacers 90-84 win.
LeBron James ended the game scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds, while a banged up Dwayne Wade put up 17 as well, as the Heat led for most of the first half.
It was big news when the NFL announced that the Super Bowl would be heading to the the New York area, but they recently took some of the luster away revealing that tailgating before the game would not be allowed. It is unclear if people attending the game were going to tailgate in the first place, but it is in the tradition of football and especially in New York. The NFL is claiming that due to security reasons, they must suspend tailgating to provide adequate space for checking of cars.
Also in another unusual rule about attending the game, you must get dropped off at the game, but not in a taxi, black car or by foot. It seems rather ridiculous, but safety is always the number one concern especially with an event as big as the Super Bowl. Now the NFL just has to worry about it snowing on game day.
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Heading into last night’s game, the Sacramento Kings were shorthanded following their 7-player deal which landed them Rudy Gay. Both teams had Sunday off to prepare for game, but the Kings were just more focused and motivated. DeMarcus Cousins finished as the player of the game scoring 32 points and grabbing 19 boards in an impressive outing; but had 9 turnovers.
Recently acquired stretch forward Derrick Williams finished 1 point shy behind Cousins with 31 points, but was the most efficient player on the court going 12-16 from the floor, which 3-5 came from beyond-the-arch. Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis had 18 and 21 points respectively, but the rest of the team was locked down by the Kings length on defense.
Rudy Gay’s first game with the Kings will be Wednesday night against the Utah Jazz and at 6-13, the young team could start making a push to potentially sneak into this season’s playoffs.
Watch highlights after the jump from the game.
After a minor hamstring injury as they enter their last UEFA Champion League stage in Copenhagen to face København; Real Madrid’s Galáctico, Cristiano Ronaldo returns to the starting squad. Following the short absents from Real Madrid’s last three fixtures, the Portugal star will have no problem shaking off the rust on the pitch tomorrow.
This is great news to the team and city, as he still has a good chance of winning Ballon D’or. Ronaldo’s has proven time and time again that he is head and shoulders above the competition, as Messi is still recovering from his own hamstring injury.
We’ll definitely be anticipated his walk on tomorrow to get a glimpse of the action to close out the year before he heads into the next year focusing on the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
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The most prestigious award in college football is down to it’s final six candidates of the year. This coming Saturday, the Heisman trophy will be awarded to one special player that has shown himself to be better than the rest of the field. As of tonightm we now know the finalists for the award and they are Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch, Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel, Alabama QB AJ McCarron, Florida State QB Jameis Winston, Boston College RB Andre Williams & Auburn RB Tre Mason.
Going into the big day, Famous Jameis Winston is the clear favorite after a very impressive season for Florida State and leading them into the BCS title game. Standing in his way though as possible deterrents are last year’s winner Johnny Manziel and the super underdog Jordan Lynch, who put up amazing stats this season.
Tune in next Saturday at 8 on ESPN to see who takes home the prestigious award!
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Dallas at Chicago
Time: 8:30 PM (ET)
Defense? Who said anything about defense? The Dallas Cowboys were absolutely manhandled tonight as the Chicago Bears scored on every possession of the game. The Cowboys were also very strong on offense, but the Bears defense was able to make enough stops to keep this one from being close. The Bears might also have a QB controversy brewing as backup Josh McCown threw for 5 TDs tonight in the blowout. For Dallas they need to figure things out fast on the defensive side or it will be another disappointing end of the season for Tony Romo and company.
UPDATE: Bears defeat Cowboys 45-28
OS REWIND: Rob Gronkowski Out For The Season With ACL Tear
The Patriots suffered a major loss yesterday in their win over the Browns, when star TE Rob Gronkowski took a shot to the knee. He was then carted off the field and the crowd feared the worst. It now seems that their worst fears may be reality, as reports are coming in that Gronkowski has a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season.
For both the Patriots and Gronkowski this is devastating news in both the short and long term. Now heading into the playoffs the Pats will be without their most dynamic weapon on offense, and after seeing how they played without Gronk earlier this year that is not a good thing. For Gronk’s long term outlook we can only hope that he is able to recover fully and get back on the field sometime, but all the injuries he has faced in his career are quite overwhelming.
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It has been a wild year of college football with twists and turns almost every week. After one final chaotic weekend the bowl season is set and Auburn and Florida State are locked in to play in the BCS National Championship game. This is the matchup most wanted to see as Auburn seems like a team of destiny rolling along, while Florida State has maybe the most complete team in college football lead behind probable Heisman winning QB Jameis Winston.
The rest of the BCS matchups feature some solid games such as Stanford vs. Michigan State in the Rose Bowl and Clemson vs. Ohio State in the Orange Bowl. There is no question that college football bowl season is one of the most exciting times of the year, so we can’t wait until it gets under way in just over two weeks! Check out all the bowl matchups and schedules after the jump.
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After eight grueling months of rehab, Kobe Bryant finally stepped on to the court for the 2013-2014 NBA season and shook off some of the rust (and doubt?) from his Achilles tear. Luckily, the comeback was at home in front of an energetic Los Angeles crowd, who cheered Bryant through a 106-94 loss at the hands of the Toronto Raptors.
Kobe ended his first game back with 9 points, 4 assists and 8 turnovers, but the Lakers were led by the efforts of Amir Johnson (32 points) and Nick Young (19 points) on Sunday. Even though at times the Black Mamba looked out of sync and struggled to find the range on his shot, the fact that this was his first time playing with some of his teammates, probably added to the rust he was trying to play through.
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Rudy Gay Heading To The West Coast Following Big Trade With Toronto Raptors & Sacramento Kings.
The Toronto Raptors are officially in tank mode for Andrew Wiggins, trading away their best player Rudy Gay. The Raptors acquired Gay last year through trade from the Memphis Grizzlies and thought pairing him with DeMar DeRozan would be good for the franchise, but the two have been the least efficient tandem on the court together in the entire NBA.
The Sacramento Kings trade away John Salmons, Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson and Chuck Hayes following their recent 5th consecutive loss. Rudy now joins a young Kings core highlighted by DeMarcus Cousins, Isaiah Thomas, Ben McLemore and also recently acquired former 3rd pick of the 2011 draft Derrick Williams. The Raptors are scheduled to play the Los Angeles Lakers tonight in Kobe Bryant’s official return, as Rudy Gay was notified during pre-game warm-ups to not suit up following the trade. Both teams benefit from the trade, with Toronto receiving huge cap relief for a potential top 5 pick to attract free agents this summer and the Kings adding another dynamic scorer to their team.
UPDATE: Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy included with Rudy Gay