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  1. What a game last night/early morning! I watched it in it's entirety. The back & forth in the 4th quarter was insane & that carried over into the 1st OT. After the 1st OT, play got kind of ragged at times but understandably so. Guys were gassed. I feel bad for Nikola Jokic who played a great game as well as an NBA record 65 minutes yet he had nothing left in his tank. His free throw miss ultimately gave the Blazers the cushion they needed. Great performances by Jamal Murray, CJ McCollum, Dame Lilliard & Rodney Hood especially for Hood in the 4th OT. Blazers prevail in historic 4OT 'battle of attrition' After nearly three and a half exhausting hours, CJ McCollum intercepted a desperation inbounds heave from Paul Millsapnear half-court to finally put an end to only the second four-overtime game in NBA playoff history. In a marathon affair that started at 7:46 p.m. local time and ended at 11:13 p.m., the Nuggetsand Trail Blazers matched the longest NBA playoff game, with Portland left standing at the end with a 140-137 win over Denver on Friday night at the Moda Center. Afterward, mentally and physically spent coaches and players from both sides tried to process what they had just experienced as the Blazers barely outlasted the Nuggets to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven Western Conference semifinals series. Denver coach Michael Malone called the game an "instant classic." "It was almost like, when is this game going to end?" Malone said in the aftermath of what was a grueling loss for his young Nuggets team. "It just kept on going and going and going. "If I was at home watching this game tonight, I would've been glued to my TV," Malone added. "This was a great basketball game. Wasn't pretty at all times -- but the effort, the competitive spirit from both groups, was outstanding." Not since Red Auerbach was roaming the sideline in a 1953 East Division semifinal between the Boston Celtics and Syracuse Nationals has there been a four-overtime playoff game played in the NBA. There has never been a five-overtime NBA playoff game. The numbers from this game were simply staggering. Start with Denver's Nikola Jokic, who played 64 minutes, 58 seconds, the fourth-most minutes in a playoff game. "Sixty-five minutes," Portland's Maurice Harkless said as he looked at the final stat sheet. "That's crazy. ... [There's] a lot to process, honestly." Jokic poured in an unforgettable triple-double of 33 points, 18 rebounds and 14 assists. But those numbers tell only half the story, as Jokic played almost all the way from halftime through the fourth overtime, going an exhausting 43:58 consecutively until he was subbed out with 2.8 seconds left for defensive purposes at the end of the fourth overtime. No one has ever seen a player log those kind of minutes since 1953. "They were talking about I'm not in shape," Jokic said of critics who have judged him off appearance of his body type and fitness. "I'm in really good shape. I don't know what they're talking about. Even when I came here [from Serbia] I was a little bit chubby. There's no difference even now. It's a basketball game. I'm feeling good." Jokic, who afterward had a plastic bag with two Gatorade bottles and one bottled water ready to take back to his hotel with him, probably will replay the final moments of Game 3 in his head. As brilliant as his night was, he missed the front end of two free throws with a chance to tie the score with 5.6 seconds left in the fourth overtime. Seth Curry then sank two free throws with 2.8 seconds left before McCollum stole Millsap's inbounds pass at half-court to secure the win. Afterward, Malone said he apologized to his 7-foot All-Star for playing him the most minutes in a playoff game in the shot-clock era. "I mean, Nikola Jokic played 65 minutes tonight," Malone said. "That's unheard of. That's ridiculous. I can't do that to him, that's too many minutes." McCollum led all scorers with 41 points, shooting 16-of-39, in 60 minutes. Damian Lillardhad 28 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds in 58 minutes. Rodney Hood came off the bench for a cramping Harkless and became the hero for the Blazers in the fourth overtime, scoring seven consecutive points for the Blazers in the last 1:07 of the game to help them turn a 133-131 deficit into a 138-136 lead. "I have no idea what happened in the first half or the second half or the first three overtimes," Portland coach Terry Stotts said, probably only half-joking. "And Rodney Hood came in and played great. It was a helluva game. I've never been involved in a game like that -- regular season or playoff. But it was an amazing effort by both teams." The Blazers actually led 77-67 with 2:13 left in the third quarter, but Jokic scored 17 of his points in that quarter, and Will Barton had 10 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, including scoring on a cutting layup off a pass from Jokic with 28.6 seconds left to tie the score at 102 in regulation. At the end of the first overtime, McCollum hit a 7-foot floater to tie the score at 109 before Jokic missed a 27-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer. In the second overtime, the score was tied at 118, but neither team could score in the last minute before the game went to a third overtime. All the while, the sellout crowd of 20,193 was sensing that something special was taking place. Incredibly loud from the opening tip, Blazers fans mostly remained in their seats, running up the stairs only to go to the bathroom or to get food between the overtimes. "It's just like a heavyweight bout," Stotts said. "Battle of attrition." "I think everyone is kind of tired mentally, physically," Stotts added. "The game was won and lost so many times by both teams. Every overtime was a roller coaster." In the third overtime, the Nuggets led 129-125 with 32.2 seconds left, but Lillard scored on a layup, and then Jamal Murray -- who gutted out 55 minutes with thigh and shoulder injuries and had 34 points -- lost the ball out of bounds with 19.2 seconds left. Lillard made the Nuggets pay by scoring on a layup again with 8.4 seconds to go before Murray missed a 3 at the buzzer to send the game to a fourth overtime. Malone said he told Jokic and his players that they weren't tired, not to even entertain a thought about being exhausted during timeouts. "Adrenaline kicks in," Murray said. "Especially now, not thinking about my leg, my shoulder, when it's a close game like that. I was just playing." Afterward, giddy Blazers fans were buzzing on their way out of the arena, and there were pockets of fans who remained in their seats 15-20 minutes after the game, still amazed at what they had witnessed. In a quiet Nuggets locker room, players got dressed without saying much, and several of them downed Gatorade bottles to replenish fluids. Even the winning side wasn't quite sure how the next 24 hours would feel. "It takes me back to my AAU days playing with King James," McCollum said of growing up in Ohio. "Playing four, five or six games in a day. Eating McDonald's or Burger King in between. Now it's a little different playing 60." The Nuggets and Blazers will have to somehow recover to face each other again at 4 p.m. PT on Sunday for Game 4. The Nuggets overcame a 2-1 deficit in the first round and needed seven games to get past the San Antonio Spurs. Now they have to somehow find a way to steal Game 4 in Portland or return to Denver down 3-1. "I don't know if it was as much elation as it was relief," Stotts said of what it felt like to win. "But I'll take either one."
  2. Brett Kollmann breaks down the draft's of AFC North & NFC South in his latest video. He begins his Saints breakdown at the 32:25 mark of the video.
  3. The two on the list that are head scratchers for not having their 5th year options picked up are Darron Lee & Jack Conklin. Apple's play can be up or down so I can understand waiting to see how he does with a complete offseason of training & preparation with the Saints. The rest of these players for a variety of reasons have not lived up to draft positions. My guess would be the Jets are wary of tying too much up with LBs being they just paid CJ Mosley in free agency. Conklin has been an All Pro for the Titans though but he has battled injuries the last few seasons yet that team is built on playing solid defense & the run game. You would think they would want to lock an offensive lineman like Conklin up.
  4. Rex Ryan's reaction to Gettleman's explanation on drafting Jones is pure gold. Plus look at Pat Shurmur's face while Gettleman is talking. 😂😂😂 "I may go out there in mah cah and get hit!" 🤣🤣🤣🤣
  5. That isn't a picture of Greedy Williams. It's a picture of former LSU safety John Battle. 😂😂😂😂 This is Greedy Williams.
  6. This is ridiculous. Hill has a serious problem.
  7. I'm all about second chances which Hill deserved after what he did to his then pregnant girlfriend now fiance but he has not learned his lesson. Throw this piece of garbage out of the league. For those who don't know, Hill was kicked out of Oklahoma St. for choking & punching his pregnant girlfriend in the stomach. This is why he ended up at West Alabama & was taken so low in the draft. Now there is audio of him discussing punching his 3 year old son in the chest, breaking his son's arm, his son being terrified of him & Hill telling his fiance that "b*tch you need to be terrified of me too"? F*ck this dude. I don't give a damn how good he is. He doesn't deserve to be an NFL player.
  8. Just wanted to stop in to laugh at the Giants for taking QB Daniel Jones at #6.
  9. He needs to leave the strippers in the strip club where they belong. Even still, it's not as bad as that mess revolving around Tyreke Hill.
  10. This Federal trial just began yesterday & the attention has already turned elsewhere through testimony today.
  11. Grier with a score of 30. Drew Brees & Peyton Manning both had scores of 28.
  12. Different circumstances calls for a different approach. Payton realizes that Brees is at the back end of his career. With Brees in his prime, he was able to get away with only carrying 2 QBs at times. At no point before in his tenure was Payton ever trying to prepare for life after Drew Brees. He is now. I get the feeling that Sean would like as many pupils in the building to see which possesses the ability to lead after Brees is done. The fact that Hill plays special teams is huge because usually that is a spot held for someone who really only sees time on special teams so that allows him the flexibility to run with 4 QBs. One last thing. With Brees being 40, his body doesn't respond the way it once did from the regular nicks & bruises of playing professional football. Brees has dealt & played through several injuries over his time with the Saints most notably a MCL sprain, torn plantar fascia & pectoral strain. He also had an AC joint injury where he missed a game a few seasons back. At this point in his career, such injuries now may cost him a large portion of the season simply due to the healing process taking much longer because of his age. There was plenty of speculation that Brees injured his shoulder while trying to make a tackle after throwing a pick during the second Falcons matchup this past season. (1:18 mark in the video linked below) Some feel that the possible injury lead to the fall off of his production on the back end of the season. My point is, this current roster is Super Bowl caliber. In the event of any injury to Brees, it's best to be prepared in advance than it is to scramble at the last minute. I don't think anyone wants to see another potential Super Bowl run go down the drain.