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Postby zhangzk » Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:51 am

The trades Womens Odell Beckham Jr Jersey , dysfunction and months of madness are all behind the Cavaliers.

A new season lies ahead. The one that matters.

LeBron James played in his 82nd game, scored 10 points and then got some rest for the playoffs as the Cavaliers concluded a ”crazy” regular season with a 110-98 loss on Wednesday night to New York in what was Jeff Hornacek’s last game as Knicks coach.

James had never played every game in his 15-year NBA career. But the 33-year-old capped a remarkable run in which he seemed to break a record every night by adding another accomplishment to his long list of achievements.

And now he’ll try to get to his eighth straight Finals and win a fourth title with a team that looks nothing like it did in November.

”We’ve got a chance,” James said. ”We’re one of 16 teams that have a chance to win a championship. That’s all you can ask for.”

Cleveland’s season included injuries, a heated team meeting, a roster overhaul at the trade deadline and Lue being forced to take a medical leave after experiencing chest pains.

”It has been pretty crazy and you know through all the craziness and the different moving parts and moving pieces, I thought we did a good job of just staying together,” Lue said. ”I think the new group came in and I like the way they kind of came together the last 15 games of the season. All of that is behind us now and I just want to look forward to going into the playoffs.”

For James, this season presented personal triumph.

He averaged 27.5 points and set career highs with 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds. James also surpassed 30,000 career points, started his record 14th straight All-Star game and fueled the debate over whether he has surpassed Michael Jordan as the best player in league history.

”It’s the best I’ve felt all season and I’ve got the numbers to back it up and I’ve got the wins to back it up as well,” James said.

Before the game, Lue said he tried to talk James out of playing, but he gave in and allowed the four-time MVP to extend his record of scoring in double digits to 873 consecutive games before taking him out. James finished with 10 points and five rebounds in 10:33.

From here out, he won’t be sitting much.

With Philadelphia beating Milwaukee, the Cavs are the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and will face Indiana in the opening round. The Pacers went 3-1 against the Cavs this season.

Meanwhile, another rocky season in New York is mercifully over.

The Knicks (29-53) got off to a solid start but never recovered after losing All-Star Kristaps Porzingis to a torn knee ligament. Hornacek is still under contract, but a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press that the Knicks fired the coach after the game.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity early Thursday morning because an official announcement isn’t planned until later in the day. The firing was first reported by ESPN.

One of the league’s most storied franchises remains aimless. The Knicks have missed the playoffs five straight years and lost at least 50 games in each of the last four.

”Jeff is a good guy,” forward Michael Beasley said of Hornacek. ”He played the hand he was dealt. It’s difficult to do anything because all you’re thinking about is not to mess up.”

John Holland scored 21 and rookie Cedi Osman 18 to lead Cleveland.

PACERS PREP

The Cavs swept the Pacers in the first round last year, but Lue warned this is a different Indiana team.

”They’re a team that beat us 3-1 and we know they play fast,” Lue said. ”(Victor) Oladipo has had an amazing year and I think the biggest thing is (coach) Nate McMillan, I think he definitely should be considered for coach of the year. When they traded Paul George and brought in Oladipo and (Domantas) Sabonis and those guys, they just said they would be fish in the bottom of the East.

”They’re fifth in the East and they’ve been playing well all season and you gotta really commend Nate for what he’s done with that team.”

TIP-INS

Knicks: Rookie Luke Kornet scored a season-high 23 points and Trey Burke added 19. … G Courtney Lee (sprained left ankle) was ruled out before shootaround, leaving New York with just nine players. … Rookie G Frank Ntilikina, the No. 8 overall draft pick Carlton Davis Color Rush Jersey , played in a team-high 78 games.

Cavaliers: Re-signed F Kendrick Perkins for the remainder of the season. Lue believes Perkins, who was on Cleveland’s 2015 Finals team, will be a positive influence on the team’s big men in the playoffs. ”He’s always preaching the right message, it’s all about team, when guys miss defensive assignments he calls those guys out,” Lue said. … Perkins said a stint in the G-League was ”very humbling.” Perkins recalled some 12-hour bus trips, cramming himself into plane seats and staying at hotels not exactly up to NBA standards. ”It wasn’t the end of the world,” he said, ”but it wasn’t just like heaven, either.”

UP NEXT

Knicks: A coaching search, and then the NBA draft on June 21.

Cavaliers: Face Indiana in the first round for the second straight year.



AP Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney contributed to this report.



The Tampa Bay Buccaneers insisted all along that they weren't overly concerned about having to open the season without suspended quarterback Jameis Winston.

That's because Ryan Fitzpatrick not only is an experienced backup who's one of just four players in NFL history to throw touchdown passes for seven different teams, but he has proven he can win games, too.

No one, however, could have anticipated him launching his 14th season quite the way he did, throwing for a career-best 417 yards and four TDs without an interception on the road to key a 48-40 victory over the New Orleans Saints.

Fitzpatrick also ran for a touchdown, improving to 3-1 as a starter since joining the Bucs before last season.

With Winston suspended for three games for violating the league's personal conduct policy, the 35-year-old with 120 starts will also lead Tampa Bay (1-0) the next two weeks against Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

"He's a down-to-earth guy. He's got a great sense of humor. He's witty, he's intelligent, he's well-spoken. He backs up what he says with how he plays. The players respect him. He doesn't try to come on too strong, but at the same time he's a good leader," coach Dirk Koetter said Monday.

"When we talked, I think earlier in the year, about the difference between Jameis' leadership style and Fitz's leadership style Youth Dante Pettis Jersey , there's different ways to do it, and there's two good examples of it," Koetter added. "Both (are) good leaders, and we've had other good leaders step up so far."

Fitzpatrick entered the NFL in 2005 as a seventh-round draft pick of the St. Louis Rams. He's also played 鈥?and thrown TD passes 鈥?for the Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans and New York Jets.

He signed with Tampa Bay as a free agent in May 2017, willingly accepting a role as backup to Winston, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 draft. He started three games a year ago, winning two, while Winston was sidelined with a shoulder injury.

"Fitz is comfortable being in there, he's not going to get rattled," Koetter said.

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"I just think that best thing overall that Fitz is doing right now is when the play does break down, he's making good decisions with the football whether it be throwing it to a safe spot or becoming a runner."

Against the Saints, Fitzpatrick joined Mark Rypien as the only quarterbacks to throw for at least 400 yards with zero interceptions while also rushing for a touchdown in the same game. In addition to being 21 of 28 passing, including a pair of TDs of 50-plus yards, he targeted Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson 12 times, completing all of those throws.

"To hit them all 12 of those times is pretty unusual," Koetter said.

Evans finished with seven receptions for 147 yards and one touchdown. Jackson had five catches for 146 yards and two TDs.

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