Draymond Green’s triple-double fuels Warriors past Hornets
SAN FRANCISCO — Draymond Green had a triple-double and the Golden State Warriors earned their first three-game win streak of the season in Friday’s 130-121 win over the Charlotte Hornets at Chase Center. With 11 points, 19 assists and 12 rebounds, Green earned a franchise-record 25th triple-double of his career and set the tone on a night when the Warriors assisted on 38 of their 48 made field goals. Green had eight assists in the first quarter alone, several going to Kelly Oubre Jr., who exploited Charlotte’s defense for cuts and dunks at the rim and finished with 27 points on 11-for-15 shoot...
The Mercury News
‘We were a step slow:’ Hawks lackluster in loss to Thunder
The Hawks (14-19) fell behind in the second quarter and could never make up ground in their 118-109 loss to the Thunder (14-19) in Oklahoma City Friday. Next up, the Hawks play in Miami Sunday and Tuesday. ——— Below are some takeaways from the loss: 1. Facing an Oklahoma City team that’s in rebuilding mode and was missing Al Horford, the Hawks trailed by eight at halftime after a rough second quarter and fell behind 16 in the third quarter as they struggled to get stops. Thanks to a layup by John Collins and 3-pointer by Trae Young, the Hawks were able to pull within six points at the 2:51 mar...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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The Detroit News
Comeback bid falls short for Pistons in 110-107 home loss to Kings
DETROIT — Dennis Smith Jr. tied the game at 71 midway through the third quarter, confidently stepping into a 3-pointer. It got downgraded to a 2-pointer not long after, however. His foot was on the line. Smith made up for it in style during the Detroit Pistons’ next offensive possession, dribbling across the 3-point line and launching when he had enough space. It gave the Pistons their first lead of the night, and helped to solidify Smith's best outing with the franchise. He finished with 17 points, doing most of his damage in the third quarter. It wasn't enough for the Pistons, however, who o...
Detroit Free Press
Bulls fall to Suns, 106-97, falling apart in 4th quarter and snapping 3-game winning streak
CHICAGO — Regardless of result, Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan has maintained the same demeanor after each game this season. He has been tasked with teaching his young team how to be successful, and while the Bulls have enjoyed highs they have not reached in recent years, growing pains are usually right around the corner. That was the case Friday night as turnovers and a dud of a fourth quarter doomed the Bulls’ chances of pulling off an upset against the Phoenix Suns, falling 106-97 to snap a three-game winning streak. The Bulls led by as many as 16 points in the game, but the Suns closed ...
Rainer Sabin: Michigan's whiff on Florida coach forced Jim Harbaugh to tear up coaching plan
From the unfulfilling conclusion of last season all the way up until the first practice of the new year Monday, Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh spent the 10 weeks in between tearing apart his staff, building it back up and reconfiguring it. “We’re now set,” he said cheerfully Thursday. Like a marathoner crossing the finish line, he seemed ready to exhale a deep breath of relief. It has been a process to get to this stage and even he acknowledged the final arrangement didn’t align with the initial plan — assuming there was one in the first place. For evidence of that, look no further than ...
Detroit Free Press
Larry Stone: There are three ways to resolve Russell Wilson's grievances, and two of them are bad for the Seahawks
SEATTLE — The Russell Wilson Dissatisfaction Tour keeps careening down the highway, with new revelations at every turn. But as the depth and scope of the Seahawks quarterback's grievances continue to emerge, the giant, overarching questions remains: What is the end game here? There are three possible answers to where this all leads. And to borrow from the famous quote by former Ohio State coach Woody Hayes when discussing the three outcomes of a forward pass: "Two of them are bad." (Seahawks coach Pete Carroll no doubt agrees with Woody on passing, which is kind of how we got into this mess. B...
The Seattle Times
NBA to investigate Jeremy Lin’s claim that he was called ‘coronavirus’ on the court
The NBA G League is opening an investigation into guard Jeremy Lin’s claim that he has been called “coronavirus” on the court, according to the Athletic. As the number of violent attacks against Asian Americans escalates across the country, Lin, an Asian American currently playing for the Warriors’ G League affiliate, detailed in a Facebook post Thursday the racism he has experienced over the course of his basketball career. “Being a 9 year NBA veteran doesn’t protect me from being called ‘coronavirus’ on the court,” said Lin, the former New York Knicks star who spent last season playing in Ch...
The Mercury News
Jonathan M. Alexander: The case for and against Panthers picking Mac Jones at No. 8 in NFL draft
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — ESPN's Mel Kiper caused quite the stir among Panthers fans when he released his latest mock draft on Thursday. Kiper, a highly respected NFL draft expert, has the Panthers picking Mac Jones at No. 8. Jones is regarded by many draft experts as one of the top-five best quarterbacks in the 2021 NFL draft. He helped lead Alabama to a national championship title this past January and was also a Heisman Trophy finalist. Jones was projected to be a mid- to late-first round draft pick, but in recent weeks, his stock has increased. The Panthers could draft him at No. 8. Here is the ca...
The Charlotte Observer
Mets’ Pete Alonso wants ‘Friday Night Blackouts’ at Citi Field
Pete Alonso’s desire to bring back the iconic Mets’ black jerseys goes deeper than just a fashion statement. “I really do hope that we get them, because I think that it’d be exciting not just to have a different jersey, but we gotta make it a thing: Friday Night Blackouts,” Alonso said. “I’m just picturing in my mind everybody in the stadium with a blacked-out jersey. I think it’d be so intimidating, a sea of black shirts out there in the outfield, with music banging out of the speakers, lights going.” If Alonso’s vision for Friday nights in Flushing fails to convince even the strongest black-...
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