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Five Takeaways From The Second Week Of The NBA Season

Of the two teams that have yet to win a game in the early NBA season, one team painfully allowed for Stephen Curry to break the single-game record for most 3-pointers made in a game. Anthony Davis continued his outstanding start with 33 points and 13 rebounds…

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Of the two teams that have yet to win a game in the early NBA season, one team painfully allowed for Stephen Curry to break the single-game record for most 3-pointers made in a game. Anthony Davis continued his outstanding start with 33 points and 13 rebounds.

While Davis has emerged as an early season MVP candidate, his team has failed to pick up the slack. On the East Coast, the Philadelphia Sixers have now lost 43 consecutive (this is not a joke) games during the months of October and November. Things are not working out and it has become painfully awful for the last few years.

  1. While Steph Curry dazzled us with 46 points and a record breaking performance in 35 minutes, there is a underlying storyline brewing here. The Warriors have been out-rebounded in five of their seven games so far this season. Last night the team go to the line a grand total of 12 times. They are only getting to the line 22 times a game so far which is in the bottom half of the league compared to the 30 three point attempts a game which ranks in the top 10 of the league. It will be interesting to watch how they combat teams who out rebound them. When they are on they are nearly unbeatable, but when the shots are not falling and Durant and company are failing to get to the line they will struggle to win.
  2. James Harden has excelled in his new role so far this season while still putting up 31 points a game. So far his double-double average has him as an early MVP favorite alongside Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Damian Lillaird. The Rockets defense has lacked as expected but Harden has carried the load and has the team ranked in the top 5 for points per game.
  3. The Los Angeles Lakers have been a great team to watch this season. So far this season they have averaged 110 points a game, dominated the Warriors and have a young core of players that will peak around the time the Warriors decline. Five players average at least 13 points a game. Watch out for Los Angeles this year.
  4. The Cleveland Cavaliers will run through the East this season. Paul George complained about the Pacers lifeless play so far this season. The Hornets are 5-1 but have not beaten a quality team till this point. As of now there is no clear threat to the throne out east.
  5. The other Los Angeles team is off to a fast start currently sitting atop the Western Conference. The defense is key here. They rank first in in the league for fewest points allowed. If they can continue this trend, they will surely compete with Golden State and San Antonio for a spot in the NBA Finals. Like the Spurs, they have the big men to compete with Cleveland.

Recent University of Missouri graduate. English major with love for anything sports, fashion or music related. Favorite artist is Kanye West, and favorite writer is Ta-Nahesi Coates. Currently resides in Rocklin, California but hopes to live in a big city one day as a writer/journalist covering the most important news.

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U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Win 2019 World Cup Over the Netherlands in 2-0 Final

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U.S. Women's Soccer Team Win 2019 World Cup Over the Netherlands in 2-0 Final

The U.S. women’s national soccer team proved their dominance at the 2019 Women’s World Cup by defeating the Netherlands 2-0 on Sunday in the championship match.

The victory in Lyon, France — capping an unrivaled run and capturing the world’s attention — marks both the fourth world title and back-to-back wins for the U.S. women after taking home the trophy in 1991, 1999 and 2015.

The first half of the game went scoreless, with co-captain Megan Rapinoe earning the first goal of the game with a penalty kick at the 61-minute mark. Just before the 69-minute mark, midfielder Rose Lavelle, 24, scored the second goal.

“It’s surreal,” Rapinoe, 34, said after the win. “I don’t know how to feel right now. It’s ridiculous.”

Megan Rapinoe poses with the World Cup trophy and her Golden Boot and Golden Ball trophies.Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

Following the victory, Rapinoe was awarded the Golden Boot for the most goals scored in the shortest amount of time.

Rapinoe and teammate Alex Morgan both scored six goals and had three assists, but Rapinoe’s goals were scored in 394 minutes compared to Morgan’s 445 minutes, the BBC reported.

After Sunday’s win, the internet exploded with praise for the U.S. Women’s National Team.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton congratulated them with a tweet, as well as first lady Melania Trump and tennis star Billie Jean King, who added a call for the women to receive equal pay to their male counterparts.

“It is long past time to pay them what they rightly deserve,” King wrote.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted that a parade would be held on Wednesday for the women’s team.

The U.S. women’s national team roared onto the field during the group stage of the World Cup, defeating Thailand, 13-0. They continued to trounce their competitors throughout the games in France.

The win comes after a season that was marked by increasing visibility of LGBTQ athletes, controversy, calls for equal pay, and public battles against President Donald Trump.

In June, Rapinoe said in a recorded interview that she would decline to visit the White House if invited by Trump. In a video clip shared on social media, Rapinoe told a reporter, “I’m not going to the f—ing White House.”

She added that Trump doesn’t invite teams he knows will decline or “like he did when the Warriors turned him down, he’ll claim they hadn’t been invited in the first place.”

Trump later responded in a series of tweets, saying he would invite the women’s team win or lose, but adding a rebuke for Rapinoe.

“I am a big fan of the American Team, and Women’s Soccer, but Megan should WIN first before she TALKS! Finish the job!” Trump wrote.

Rapinoe later accepted a Twitter invitation from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., to visit the U.S. House of Representatives.

“It may not be the White House, but we’d be happy to welcome @mPinoe & the entire #USWMNT for a tour of the House of Representatives anytime they’d like,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

Two hours later, Rapinoe replied to the tweet, accepting the invitation.

“Consider it done @AOC,” Rapinoe wrote.

The U.S. women’s team not only stirred up drama off the field, but also on it. The high-scoring game against Thailand led some to criticize how they ran up the score and appeared arrogant by celebrating too much.

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NBA Summer League 2019: Las Vegas Summer League Day 1 Recap

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The Las Vegas Summer League was kicked off with 10 games of action!

There was plenty to unwrap as the first day of the Vegas Summer League did not disappoint.

Zion Williamson’s debut was filled with thunderous dunks but Frank Jackson stole the show. Tyler Herro continued his high level of play and Dwayne Bacon showed his ability to score the rock.
The back end of the schedule was postponed due to an earthquake in the arena, but there was still plenty of basketball played throughout the day.
For all other action, we had you covered below!

Detroit Pistons 96, Croatia 80

Pistons: Khyri Thomas – 26 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists

Croatia: Zeljko Sakic – 17 points, 5 rebounds

Former Creighton star and No. 38 pick of the 2018 NBA Draft Khyri Thomas aws the best player on the floor in this one, going for a game-high 26 points with seven made 3-pointers.

Philadelphia 76ers 107, Milwaukee Bucks 106

76ers: Marial Shayok – 19 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist

Bucks: Jock Landale – 25 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal

Canadian rookie Marial Shayok led a balanced scoring attack for the 76ers, who had six players score in double figures. Jock Landale was the best player on the floor, making things difficult for the 76ers’ defence.

Minnesota Timberwolves 85, Cleveland Cavaliers 75

Timberwolves: Josh Okogie – 14 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal

Cavaliers: Dylan Windler – 15 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists

Josh Okogie’s efforts on both ends of the floor helped the Timberwolves earn the victory. Cavaliers’ first round pick Dylan Windler – who impressed during his time at the Salt Lake City Summer League – was at it again with 15 points and eight boards but shot 1-for-5 from beyond the arc.

Miami Heat 103, China 62

Heat: Tyler Herro – 23 points, 4 assists, 3 steals, 2 rebounds

China: Zhelin Wang – 12 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists

Tyler Herro was the standout player at the California Classic and he kept that going in Day 1 of the Vegas Summer League. He scored 23 points shooting 44.4% from beyond the arc with a couple of smooth assists.

Dallas Mavericks 96, Brooklyn Nets 92

Mavericks: Antonius Cleveland – 22 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal

Nets: Jarrett Allen – 19 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks

The Mavericks edged the experienced Nets squad behind a big game from Antonius Cleveland, the G Leaguer who went undrafted out of Southeast Missouri State University in 2017. Cleveland’s 22 points led all scorers, giving the Mavericks the win despite a solid performance from Nets’ starting centre Jarrett Allen.

Chicago Bulls 96, Los Angeles Lakers 76

Bulls: Daniel Gafford – 21 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal

Lakers: Zach Norvell Jr. – 15 points, 5 assists, 1 steal

Daniel Gafford – the No. 38 overall pick of the 2019 NBA Draft out of Arkansas – dominated on both ends of the floor. His 21 points came on a near-perfect 9-for-10 shooting from the field. First round pick Coby White also had a solid showing in his debut, going for 17 points and three assists.

Charlotte Hornets 93, Golden State Warriors 85

Hornets: Dwayne Bacon – 25 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists

Warriors: Eric Paschall – 12 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists

Dwayne Bacon ended the season strong and he carried that into the start of Summer League. The No. 40 overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft was getting buckets, going for a game-high 25 points going 9-for-20 from the field and 3-for-9 from beyond the arc.

New Orleans Pelicans 80, New York Knicks 74 – Postponed during 3Q

Pelicans: Frank Jackson – 30 points, 3 rebounds

Knicks: Alonzo Trier – 21 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists

Zion Williamson: 11 points (4-9 FG, 0-2 3PT, 3-6 FT), 3 rebounds, 1 steal

RJ Barrett: 10 points (4-18 FG, 1-8 3PT, 1-4 FT), 5 rebounds, 1 assist

This game produced plenty of highlights – from Zion Williamson ripping the ball out of Kevin Knox’s hands for a thunderous jam…

To Mitchell Robinson’s electric alley-oops…

But unfortunately, the game was cut short due to an earthquake and the remainder of games at the Thomas & Mack Center have been postponed until further notice.

Orlando Magic 75, San Antonio Spurs 59 – Postponed during 3Q

Magic: Erik McCree – 16 points (6-11 FG), 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal, and 1 block

Spurs: Lonnie Walker IV – 28 points (11-17 FG), 2 rebounds, and 1 steal.

Despite a scoring burst from Lonnie Walker (28 points in 24 minutes), the 18th overall pick in 2018, the Magic led by 16 at the end of the third before the game was suspended for precautionary earthquake-realted reasons.

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Tyler Skaggs, Los Angeles Angels Pitcher Dies!

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Tyler Skaggs, Los Angeles Angels Pitcher Dies!

The Angels released a statement on Twitter saying, “It is with great sorrow that we report Tyler Skaggs passed away earlier today in Texas. Tyler has, and always will be, an important part of the Angels family.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Carli and his entire family during this devastaring time”

The team’s game against the Texas Rangers was postponed due to this tragedy. The Rangers manager, Chris Woodward, described it as “one of those moments where you’re just kind of numb”. He also added that his team were also thinking about Skaggs’ family and the Angels organization.

Among those who paid tribute to Staggs, is his team mate and All-Star outfielder Mike Trout. In a Twitter post he said, “Words cannot express the deep sadness we feel right now. Our thoughts and prayers are with Carli and their families. Remembering him as a great teammate, friend, and person who will forever remain in our hearts… we love you, 45.”

Related: Angels pitcher,Tyler Staggs, dies in Texas.

The Baseball Commissioner, Rob Manfred also released a statement, saying: “I am deeply saddened by today’s tragedy in Texas”. He also spoke on behalf of everyone at Major League Baseball, extending their deepest condolences to Tyler’s wife Carli, and to everyone who was close to him. Details of Skaggs’ fans tribute can be found here.

 

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