Joe Johnson gave the Clippers a very Clippers loss

The L.A. Clippers never have it easy. The Utah Jazz are every bit as good as them, and maybe better. We knew that coming into this series. But when Rudy Gobert goes out with a knee injury on the first play of the game, you expect L.A. to take advantage at home.

Nope.

Joe Johnson hit a floater at the buzzer to give Utah a 97-95 win in Game 1. It’s Joe’s 2,453rd game-winner (estimate) and a perfect explanation of why the Jazz signed him to join their otherwise fairly young team in the summer.

This might seem a bit melodramatic given we’re talking about a man making $26 million a year to play basketball and a man making $12 million a year to run a basketball team. But … we’re also talking about a comic book panel. We’re allowed to apply it to situations that fall short of life and death.

What Carmelo Anthony could do — what Carmelo Anthony should do, in my opinion — is plant himself like a tree beside the river of truth (the Hudson, I suppose?) and tell the whole world, “No, I’m not waiving my no-trade clause. You move.”

We have seen the New York Knicks succeed with Carmelo. The Knicks made the playoffs in three of the four seasons Anthony was on the team before Jackson took over. The Knicks are 0-for-3 since Jackson arrived.

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I think the more you dwell on it and you think about it too much

I think whenever we get to that week well do the same thing weve done the past couple of years: Thats try to make it as normal as possible week to week. That (Super Bowl video) will be part of our breakdown for sure, but its only one part. Were going to have a few different guys, too, and so will they.

By the time this week ends, Ryan and more than 40 of his Falcons teammates will have gathered in South Florida to get a head start on Atlantas official offseason workout program set to begin Monday at team headquarters. Thats when the process of leaving behind memories of losing a 25-point lead in the Super Bowl will begin in earnest for the entire franchise.

I think the more you dwell on it and you think about it too much, the more it lingers, Ryan said. It is what it is. Well move forward and learn from it.

Even if it means having to take a step back when readying to face the Patriots.

Alex Marvezs interview with Matt Ryan will appear Wednesday morning at sportingnews.com. Alex can be heard from 7-11 p.m. ET Tuesday through Thursday on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

Quarterback Christian Chapman. Im not going to pretend Chapman is a world-beater. He was only asked to throw about 20 passes per game last year, took too many sacks, and mostly stuck the ball in an awesome runners belly. Still, hes started for two years, and he completed 61 percent with a 20-to-6 TD-to-INT ratio. He could become more of a play-maker in his third year.

Receiver Mikah Holder. The only receiver targeted more than 40 times last year, Holder averaged a ridiculous 21.7 yards per catch, and every pass he caught resulted in a successful play (per success rate definitions).
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Kansas freshman Josh Jackson says he is entering NBA draft

Josh Jackson declared for the NBA draft on Monday after one of the best freshman seasons in Kansas history, one marked by plenty of highlights on the floor and a few distractions off it.

Jones then walked away after declaring the reporter was not allowed to ask him any more questions for the rest of the year. He walked across the locker room to the restroom before turning around and coming back to berate the reporter. Jones repeatedly cursed at the reporter and said it was a “dumbass question.” Bengals coach Marvin Lewis eventually entered the room to speak with Jones.

Just a few minutes earlier, Jones answered a question from the same reporter on how he felt about the support from the Bengals organization after the arrest.

“Words can’t express my feelings for the organization, Mr. Brown, Coach Lewis, my teammates, the city of Cincinnati,” Jones said. “This is home for me, so I’m very eager [to] be here and I don’t take it for granted.”

The reporter whose question drew Jones’ ire addressed the incident late Monday afternoon on Twitter. If Atlanta hopes to make another Super Bowl run, it needs its young defense to play more like it did late in the year in 2016. Adding more talent would help it get there, and Rivers is the type of edge rushing talent that fits perfectly at the LEO position in Dan Quinn’s defense.

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Van Gundy seems absolutely miserable.

Sometimes referees need to know when to keep their flags in their pocket. We don’t tune in to see them, after all. Prime example? Bengals linebacker James Harrison intercepted Browns quarterback Jason Campbell on Sunday and went HAAAAMMMM. He ran over not one, but two Browns offensive linemen on his way to the end zone. The man didn’t even get to celebrate, however, because some no-name referee threw a flag for a block in the back.

Disappointing seasons for well-respected coaches. The Hornets have talent issues, but fell off hard compared to both last season and to the early part of this season. Clifford is likely safe in the offseason, but the shine wears thin when you can’t put together a good team in back-to-back seasons with similar talent levels.

Van Gundy seems absolutely miserable. He gets paid too much to get fired now, but you almost wonder if that’s not what he’s after. This is perhaps his worst season ever in the NBA.

This SUCKS. This royally SUCKS. And it’s insulting for Bettman and the NHL to insist over and over again that they’re doing this because the fans want this. No, really. This was part of the league’s statement:

The NHL conducted polls in both Canada and the United States to determine if fans were in favor of the League taking a break in February to allow players to compete in the Olympics. In the United States, 73 percent said they were not in favor. In Canada, it was 53 percent against the break.
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The Game of the Week was never really in doubt for the Denver Broncos.

The Eagles are now 6-5, following a well-rounded win over the Redskins at home. Despite this being the Eagles’ first win at home, Philadelphia has a winning record after 11 weeks of competition. Nick Foles and the offense scored 24 points without interruption, while the defense was able to hold the Redskins to 16 points throughout the game. A fourth-quarter comeback was not be as the Eagle won the game, 24-16.

Brandon Lee Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation is impressed by Nick Foles but believes the team could have had a better performance against their division foes:

Kaepernick was far from perfect, but had a better game than recent weeks. The 49ers quarterback finished with 127 yards passing and two touchdowns — but was unable to make an impact when the team needed him to step up. Entering the game it felt like San Francisco would make running the ball a focal point, but Frank Gore carried the ball just 13 times in the loss. Moving away from running the ball was a critical mistake that allowed New Orleans to dictate the tempo on offense.

The Saints realized following the 49ers’ second touchdown that they needed to flip the game from a defensive slugfest into a shootout. After some initial failures, the deep completions started to flow, and the Saints got in an offensive rhythm. They moved the ball successfully in the fourth quarter, and while the offense couldn’t punch the ball into the end zone, the Saints were able to slowly whittle down the 49ers’ lead with a series of field goals.

The stage was set for Kaepernick to prove he wasn’t a flawed third-year quarterback struggling to read defenses. Two minutes were on the clock, the ball was in his hands and a drive would set up the game-winning field goal — but he was stopped, the ball was punted away and the Saints finalized another drive to leave with the victory.
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Baylor trying to dismiss lawsuit alleging 52 rapes in 4 years by football players

Baylor has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit that alleges 52 rapes by 31 Baylor football players over a four-year span between 2011 and 2017. Baylor’s filing was first reported by Deadspin.

He wants people to see him as more than a football player. Sure he’s a great athlete that makes more money than most, but he’s also smart with his money, and has plenty of flexibility, and knowledge of it.

Unsurprisingly, what makes this tape a banger is what makes Marty B interesting: He sticks to his guns and doesn’t try to weigh in about something that may not interest him.

At the end of a horrific March laced with mediocre defense and a bit of panic, the Cleveland Cavaliers, have fallen out of the No. 1 seed. The two-time defending Eastern Conference champions now face something rarely seen by LeBron James teams: uncertainty.

It’s no longer obvious that the Cavaliers will be back in the NBA Finals.

LeBron has represented the East in the NBA Finals in each of the past six seasons, so this would be quite a change if the Cavaliers were to fall short. As Kristian Winfield reminds us, however, LeBron’s teams have only been the No. 1 seed in two of those six seasons. When LeBron’s teams have had the opportunity to face the No. 1 seed in the playoffs, they have dominated.
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He owns at least one pink button-down.

You could argue that Bill Belichick is the most famous Luddite in America. He makes a big show about not knowing the names of social media platforms (SnapFace, InstantFace, MyFace), because why would you care about social media platforms when you have seven Super Bowl rings? You think anyone’s trying to keep in touch with Belichick via Facebook? If he had a Twitter account, it would be a string of tweets that just said “Seattle.”

But, in case there was any doubt as to whether he’s recently changed his mind about the internet, it’s looking like he hasn’t. Because Belichick wore the same clothes on Tuesday that he wore on Monday, just with slight modifications. And everyone knows that the first rule of social media is: If you know you’re going to be photographed, don’t wear the same outfit two days in a row.

However, I think the quarterback market will be hot on draft day, and if there is a belief that a guy can be your franchise quarterback, waiting 21 more picks and hoping he’s still there doesn’t mesh with the belief that the player is a franchise-caliber quarterback. I know the same can be said for then why didn’t you take him at No. 1, but that speaks to the extremely high level of a prospect that Garrett is valued at. From a fan interest perspective, Trubisky is a player who the entire city of Cleveland can instantly get behind due to his local roots.
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