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Clippers Lose Griffin & Paul, Brees Criticizes Goodell, Bradford Blindsided

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And just like that, the team who had the greatest chance of challenging the Golden State Warriors in the West has found their postseason in jeopardy. The Los Angeles Clippers have lost two huge players. Power Forward Blake Griffin aggravated a quadriceps injury on Monday and will miss any further games this season. Things aren’t too much better for Chris Paul, who just underwent surgery for his fractured right hand. Paul could be ready to return by the Conference Finals or NBA Finals. Unfortunately for him, the Clippers haven’t ever made it to either in the history of the franchise. The Clippers are currently 2-2 against the Portland Trail Blazers.

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A lot of people aren’t happy about Tom Brady’s recent re-suspension in the NFL. Among them is New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees. In reference to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, a man who has the final say in most any NFL investigation, trial and disciplinary action, Brees recently told Sports Illustrated, “He is judge, jury and executioner when it comes to all the discipline. I’m not going to trust any league-led investigation when it comes to anything. It’s not transparent.”  As to the NFL taking the case to the Federal appeals court in the first place, Brees had this to say: “I think this was an issue again where the commissioner’s authority was challenged and the league is gonna do whatever they can to make sure they know that he is in position to make these types of unilateral decisions, and there’s nothing anybody can do about it.”

Sam BradfordQB Sam Bradford felt blindsided by the Philadelphia Eagles when they traded up to get the #2 pick in the draft (and presumably grabbing a QB, maybe Carson Wentz). Bradford’s agent, Tom Condon wants the team to release him from his contract so he can find a new team where he won’t be a “lame duck” just waiting for the rookie to take his spot.

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Curry Back In 2 Weeks, Chris Paul Breaks Hand, Griffin Sprains Knee, Lakers Fire Scott, Brady’s Suspension Held

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Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry got his MRI on Monday, revealing a Grade 1 sprain on his knee, suffered when Curry slipped during the Warriors’ Game 4 victory against the Houston Rockets. The sprain is the lowest sprain possible, so all things considered— Curry lucked out. Even so, he’ll be out at least two weeks, which could pave the way for him returning sometime in Round 2. Curry has already missed two full playoff games with a sprained ankle. The Warriors won one of those games and lost the other.

In other injury related news, the Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul fractured his right hand during their loss to the Portland Trailblazers.  It appears as if Paul will be out for the rest of the playoffs. Not long after Paul left the game, the Clippers’ Blake Griffin suffered a quad injury and there’s a chance he may miss the next playoff game. These injuries are certainly going to make the Clippers run in the playoffs much more difficult.

On Sunday, the Los Angeles Lakers fired head coach Byron Scott, following two of the worst seasons in franchise history. This last season, AKA- Kobe Bryant’s farewell tour, the team went 17-65, a far cry from a winning record, and in stark contrast to fellow California team the Golden State Warrior’s historic season record of 73-9. Now the Lakers are looking for a new coach, but Lakers GM thinks the search will be relatively quick. “[C]ertainly I don’t anticipate this dragging into the summer. We’d like to get it done,” he told Time Warner Cable SportsNet. One possible candidate to replace Scott is Golden State Warriors’ assistant coach Luke Walton. Walton was a forward for the Lakers for nine seasons. While Walton is on the Lakers’ radar, any such deal would likely wait until the NBA playoffs have concluded.

 

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Tom BradyJudges reinstated Tom Brady’s deflategate four game suspension. With the ruling, the US Court of Appeals sided with Roger Goodell and the NFL. Brady and Co. will appeal again but it’s very likely Brady’s backup, Jimmy Garoppolo will replace him at the beginning of the season.

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Clippers Taken Seriously, Wizards And Cavs Sweep

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Blake GriffinIn the NBA playoffs, the Los Angeles Clippers faced potential doom and an early exit against the San Antonio Spurs, but on Sunday, the Clippers bounced back. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin played marvelously and took back home court advantage. The series is now tied at 2 games a piece with Game 5 heading back to LA. Chris Paul and the Clippers are out to prove that they should be taken seriously in the playoffs. LA Clippers 114, San Antonio 105.

Elsewhere in the NBA, the Washington Wizards were playing terrible basketball after the all-star break. They went on several long losing streaks and appeared to lose all their mojo. They dropped from #2 in the East all the way down to #5. Plus, they were expected to get crushed by a Toronto Raptors team that had their number all season. The Wizards seem to have found their rhythm in the post-season, however, and over the weekend they completed their sweep of Toronto in convincing fashion, absolutely crushing the Raptors. The Wizards now await the winner of the Atlanta/Brooklyn series. Washington 125, Toronto 94.

Kevin LoveFinally, in Boston, the Cleveland Cavaliers may have taken care of business and swept their series against the Celtics. They didn’t come out unscathed, however. Their 6th man J.R. Smith was ejected for a flagrant foul, and likely faces at least a one game suspension. And, even worse, Kevin Love, who is playing his best basketball of the season, dislocated his shoulder. He could conceivably be out for the remainder of the post-season, if not at least a few games. If they do in fact get a surging Chicago Bulls team in Round 2, the Cavs would be at a serious disadvantage. Reports on Kevin Love should come out soon. Cleveland 101, Boston 93.

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Tebow Signed By Eagles, Kyrie’s Impressive Debut, Griffin Dunks

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Tim TebowThe Philadelphia Eagles plan to sign Tim Tebow for next season. Tebow has not played since 2012 when he was with the Jets and spent last season as a correspondent for Good Morning America. Tim’s heyday was in 2011 when he helped quarterback the Denver Broncos to the playoffs.

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In some key playoff news over the weekend:

In his playoff debut, Kyrie Irving hit on all cylinders with a game high 30 points to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a win in the first round against the Boston Celtics.  Kevin Love assisted his teammate with 19 points and 12 rebounds and Lebron added 20 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds. Watch out for the Cavs the rest of the series.

The Los Angeles Clippers looked fresh and ready for action in their win over defending champs, the San Antonio Spurs. Blake Griffin came out attacking with some memorable dunks who finished with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Clippers 107, Spurs 92.

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Ronaldo Calls Messi Swear Word, Lebron Won’t Let Sons Play Football, Blake Griffin In Trouble

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Irina ShaykMost fans know that the best two superstars in the world are Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid, and Lionel Messi of Barcelona.  It’s easy to make a case whey either of these two players are the greatest, but apparently Ronaldo has a nickname for his nemesis.  According to sources on the Real Madrid club, Ronaldo addresses Messi as “Motherf****r”.  You could imagine that this is some sign of respect, where Messi’s greatness agitates Ronaldo OR you could assume that Ronaldo just doesn’t like the guy.  Either way Ronaldo is denying using the word.

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LeBron James has now come out and publicly said that he doesn’t let his sons, LeBron Jr. and Bryce Maximus play football.  He said that only basketball, baseball, and soccer are allowed in his house because of the significant injury risks associated with football. LeBron played football in High School as a wide receiver, however, had to quit because of a broken wrist.   LeBron  is keeping his sons focused on safer sports.

Blake GriffinFinally, in the NBA, it looks like Clippers star Blake Griffin has gotten into some trouble again.  Griffin was charged with misdemeanor battery for an incident at a Las Vegas night club.  Griffin apparently squeezed a man’s hand very hard and slapped him because he was tired of all the camera flashes in his face.  Griffin is known to have a temper on the court as well.

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