Bulls keep playoff hopes alive with win over slumping Cavs


The slumping Cavaliers have lost their grip on the top spot in the Eastern Conference and it might be the Celtics’ gain.

The Bulls overcame an 11-point third-quarter deficit Thursday night to rally past the Cavaliers for a 99-93 victory at United Center.

With their third straight loss, the Cavaliers (47-27) dropped a half-game back of the Celtics (48-27) for the top spot in the East. The Cavs have lost five of their last seven and even 26 points from LeBron James, who passed another NBA milestone, couldn’t stop the skid.

James moved past Shaquille O’Neal for seventh place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, but 19 of his 26 points came in the first half as the Cavs held a 50-41 lead at the break.

“I wanted to ask Russell like, ‘How’s your family doing man, how you feel?’ Like stuff that normal people talk about,” he said. “But there’s just so many cameras watching and it’s like, ‘Oh what they talking about, they didn’t look at each other, they didn’t even say hi.'”

Durant also said he wouldn’t walk down the tunnel at the same time because if he saw Westbrook and ignored him then it would cause a scene. So instead he just kept to himself, even though he doesn’t really feel like there’s beef between them. He thinks Westbrook feels the same way.

“It was awkward. Everybody see it, everybody talked about it the whole time, that was the topic of discussion,” Durant said. “It was corny. It was tabloid TMZ talk. It’s not even Cheap High Quality Jerseys basketball, it’s not even what’s important in this game.”

The Warriors don’t play the Thunder again in the regular season, but there’s a chance the two teams can meet in the playoffs. If that happens, expect the media Cheap Girls Softball Jerseys attention on their relationship to be even stronger.

the Atlanta Falcons’ defense finished the 2014 season ranked dead last in the league for total defense


They’ll miss newly-retired Chad Greenway. Last season, they missed the Anthony Barr who was on the verge of tearing up the league in his first two seasons. He was surprisingly Cheap Girls Softball Jerseys invisible often in 2016, and coach Mike Zimmer noticed. He had just two sacks, one forced fumble and one takeaway last season, and he’s proven capable of being an impact player all over the field on every down.

It’s a very young group without Greenway — Barr, Eric Kendricks, Edmond Robinson and Kentrell Brothers are 25 or younger, and they drafted Ben Gideon this spring. Barr is perfectly positioned to be the centerpiece of that unit. Based on his previous play, he’s capable.

These are cliches, but you see the words translated to action with players like Grady Jarrett, who managed to sack Tom Brady three times in Super Bowl LI. You see it in the speed of middle linebacker Deion Jones, who returned two interceptions for touchdowns last year. And you see it in the dramatic improvement of Vic Beasley, who led the league in sacks last season.

The year before Quinn arrived, the Atlanta Falcons’ defense finished the 2014 season ranked dead last in the league for total defense. The hope was that Quinn could shape the unit into something Cheap Jerseys In Canada like the top-ranked Seattle Seahawks defense that he was leaving to come to Atlanta.

In 2015, Quinn’s first season at the helm, the Falcons improved from 32nd in the league for yards allowed per game to 16th.