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Living with Regret
With how the Lakers have played with Lebron James and the Celtics have played with Kyrie Irving, I wonder what the Cavs are thinking right now? Indiana Hoosiers went on a terrible losing streak, and yet find themselves blowing bubbles as March nears. Think they don’t regret some of those terrible losses? Bryce Harper refuses to commit 10 years of his life to a city he doesn’t like. And the Bengals…well there’s always regret with the Bengals.
Celtics lost to the Raptors Tuesday 118-95. This team is a disaster. Kyrie Irving only scored 7 points on 3-10 shooting and just 5 assists. He almost seems disinterested. The rumors swirling is that this team simply does not have the chemistry and they do not get along, starting with Irving.
I don’t see anyway he is back in Boston next season. Not because I have some naive belief that he’s going to the Knicks (he is) but because I think he is the root of many of their problems, and they will want to move on from here, hands the keys to Terry Rozier (or someone else) and build around Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, or Anthony Davis.
For this season though, this team has the talent but lack the chemistry and they won’t advance very far in the playoffs. I could see an Oladipo-less Pacers team defeating them in round one. If not them, definitely the 76ers, who are currently in the 4 spot, with the Celtics at 5.
What is Cleveland thinking right now, watching the Lakers struggle with Lebron James and seeing Kyrie Irving go through some issues with the Celtics, while the Cavs dream about Zion Williamson.
Knicks Young Core is Top 5 in the NBA
After the Knicks traded Kristaps Porzingis in late January, most people laughed suggesting the Knicks cupboard was bare, too bare to attract free agents. Think again. I don’t want to overreact to a season-high 2 game winning streak, but the Knicks young core is playing extremely well.
In Tuesday’s win, Mitchell Robinson had 17 points, 14 rebounds, and 6 blocks. Per ESPN, he became the 3rd rookie over the last 25 seasons with a double-double and 5 blocks in consecutive games, joining Yao and Tim Duncan. Over Robinson’s last two games, both wins for the Knicks, Robinson has totaled 32 points, 28 rebounds, and 11 blocks while shooting 11-of-18 from the floor and 10-of-13 from the FT line.
Remember, Robinson not only did not play college basketball last season, he didn’t play any type of basketball. So the rookie center seems to be a late bloomer as he gets back into a rhythm. He was always super talented but very raw and coach David Fizdale seems to be tapping into that potential.
Robinson is part of an exciting young core that includes 2018 first round pick Kevin Knox (12.6 ppg), Dennis Smith Jr (15.4 ppg, 6.5 apg with Knicks along with Damyeon Dotson, Allonzo Trier, and some other role players who are carving out nice roles this season.
Name me 5 teams with a better young core than the NY Knicks right now?
Are the Indiana Hoosiers still alive for 2019 NCAA Tournament?
I say yes! But their bubble is on life support, which is an improvement over not having any chance going into Tuesday. Late Tuesday night, the Hoosiers upset Wisconsin, giving them their fourth win over teams currently ranked in the top 20 (Wisconsin, Michigan State, Marquette, Louisville). In total, Indiana has 6 Quadrant 1 wins as part of the new metric that measures team’s success. Those four wins are more than the majority of bubble teams, but the problem is the 13 total losses.
Reminder that Vanderbilt made the Tournament in 2017 with a 17-15 record, so it’s not crazy to think Indiana could lose one more and still be in consideration. It starts Saturday with a game against Michigan State at home. If Hoosiers can be Spartans, they will strongly be back in consideration, despite how bad their Big Ten record will be.
What’s up with Bryce Harper?
Here’s what I can gather on Harper – he doesn’t seem enamored with playing in Philly. He wants a long term deal, but he also wants a quick opt out. He wants to play close to home (Vegas) but no one out west wants to give 10 years. He also is going to want more than $32.5 AAV, which is what Rockies SS Nolan Arenado topped out at in a brand new extension signed Tuesday. The price for Harper keeps going up.
If I had to guess, I’d say he’s going to ultimately sign with the LA Dodgers. If he wanted to be a Phillie, he already would have signed. I think that’s the hold up, is his insecurities about playing there and wanting to be in LA.
Zach Stein has more on the Dodgers and Bryce during his “state of LA sports address” on this week’s podcast.
Regrets from the 2017 NFL Draft?
Rumors yesterday were that the Cincinnati Bengals are going to shop third year WR John Ross at this week’s Scouting Combine. In two years, Ross has played 16 games and has caught 21 passes on 60 total targets, averaging 10 yards per catch. He caught 7 touchdowns in 2018. He has blazing speed and set records at the 2017 combine for it, but his speed hasn’t translated on the field.
Ross was the 9th pick. 10th, was a QB named Patrick Mahomes. 11th was Pro Bowl CB Marshon Lattimore to the Saints. And 12th was Texans QB Deshaun Watson. While Ross was the 9th pick, Steelers took Juju Smith-Schuster in the second round at pick 62. Compared to Ross’ 210 career yards, Smith-Schuster has racked up 2,343 yards and twice as many touchdowns (14). Other WRs who went lower include Cooper Kupp, Chris Godwin, and Kenny Golladay.
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