the sounds of silence are music to his ears.

Beal has knocked down a lot of those shots. He’s averaging a career-high 22.0 points a contest. The uptick in Beal’s stats has directly correlated with Wall’s development. The duo has come a long way from talk about their “tendency to dislike each other” before the season.

“My boy Brad should’ve been an All-Star,” Wall said. “He’s putting up the numbers. They’re going stop overlooking us.”

Eight years ago, Wall was motivated to prove he was worthy of being the first pick. Now he’s motivated to prove that his team is a threat to the Eastern Conference hierarchy. He’s become the clear leader of a team that is on the rise.

Earlier, Wall said that the Wizards can make the conference finals. If he keeps playing at this clip, he might prove himself as a clairvoyant.

“We know what it takes to get respect in this league,” Wall said. “If we keep Basketball Jerseys Cheap winning we are going to silence all the critics.”

For Wall, the sounds of silence are music to his ears.

It’s funny the biggest question revolves around arguably the Eagles’ most talented offensive lineman, right tackle Lane Johnson. He had a dominant season in both run blocking and pass protection before Basketball Jerseys For Sale and after his 10-game suspension. When Johnson was serving his second career performance-enhancing drug ban, multiple players struggled to fill his spot, stretching them a little at left guard, too. The Eagles need to be able to trust Johnson, and if they can, Wentz and the rushing attack will get a stable boost.

The fate of Pro Bowl center Jason Kelce, who turns 30 in November, is tied to competition on the interior line. Between second-year man Isaac Semaulo, Stefan Wisniewski and undrafted rookie Tyler Orlosky, there are fallbacks should the team move Kelce’s big contract later in the offseason. If Kelce hangs around, the Eagles’ best battle would emerge at left guard between Semaulo and 32-year-old, free-agent-to-be Allen Barbre. However you look at it, a non-banned Johnson makes this a very deep and talented unit.

Kevin Love’s expedited return vs. Jazz has healthier Cavaliers trending up

Kevin Love’s earlier-than-expected return to the Cavaliers paid dividends Thursday against the Jazz.

Love, who hadn’t played since Feb. 11, logged 20 minutes and came one rebound shy of a double-double (10 points, nine boards) to help Cleveland score an important 91-83 win over Utah in his return.

The four-time All-Star was a surprise addition to the starting lineup about an hour before tipoff. He underwent arthroscopic surgery Feb. 14 to remove “loose bodies” in his left knee and at the time was given a 6-8 week recovery timeline. But Love was cleared by team medical staff after participating in drills Tuesday and Wednesday.

Cavaliers general manager David Griffin said earlier this week Love was on track to return during Cleveland’s upcoming four-game road trip, which begins Saturday.

Instead, he was able to settle in for a game at Quicken Loans Arena before hitting the road.

Not a moment too soon for the defending NBA champions, who went 7-6 with Love out of the lineup, ceding ground to the Celtics and Wizards for the Eastern Conference’s top seed.

The Cavaliers, now winners of two in a row, saw both Kyrie Irving (left knee tightness) and Iman Shumpert (sprained left shoulder) exit Thursday’s game with injuries, though coach Tyronn Lue said Cheap NFL Jerseys Paypal both are “fine” and not expected to miss a game.

Love is in the midst of his best season in Cleveland, averaging 20 points and 11.1 Buy Cheap Jerseys rebounds before the injury.

Pelicans still searching for first win in the Boogie-‘Brow era after loss to Spurs

Aerosmith said it best: “You’ve got to lose to know how to win.” The Pelicans are learning just that.

Since acquiring DeMarcus Cousins from a trade with the Kings, the Pelicans are 0-4 in games where both Cousins and teammate Anthony Davis play. Not quite cause for concern yet, but you’d think the Pelicans would have secured at least one win at this point.

Westbrook achieved history in one fell swoop by grabbing a defensive rebound and lobbing an assist to Taj Gibson during the third quarter, bringing his game total to 12 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds at the time. After the play, he acknowledged the crowd at Chesapeake Energy Arena, which rose for a standing ovation.

It was Westbrook’s seventh consecutive triple-double, his second such streak Cheap MLB Jerseys this season, and the 78th of his career, tied with Wilt Chamberlain for fourth-most all time.

Needless to say, the six-time All-Star is putting up MVP-caliber numbers — 31. 9 points, 10.4 assists, 10.6 rebounds — and could become the first player to average a triple-double since Robertson during that 1961-62 season.

The Thunder next play Wednesday at Memphis with a chance for Westbrook to claim sole possession of one of the NBA’s most hallowed records.

Maybe we should give up on Calipari being determined to return to the NBA. Every year, Calipari is connected to an NBA job, with the presumption that he will want to take over front office duties, too, and every year Calipari tweets out his denial and remains in place with the Wildcats.

Derrick Rose suffers torn meniscus, complicating offseason free agency plans

Knicks guard Derrick Rose will miss the last few games of the season after tearing the meniscus in his left knee. According to a Knicks tweet, an MRI revealed the injury, and it will require arthroscopy.

While it won’t affect the Knicks’ season much — they’re currently 29-47 — the injury comes at a particularly bad time for Rose, who is apparently heading for free agency in the offseason. He has had multiple knee problems since his 2010-11 MVP season with the Chicago Bulls. He missed the entire 2012-13 season, played only 10 games the following season, and missed substantial time in every season since.

It doesn’t sound like a deal will be made by Thursday’s deadline, but the discussions are worth mentioning. The Vertical reported this week that George has considered joining the Lakers when he becomes a free agent in 2018 since the All-Star grew up a Lakers fan in California.

As for a trade elsewhere, the only other real destination for George, unless something wild happens, would be the Celtics. Boston reportedly also asked the Pacers about their star but got about as far as the Lakers did.

Other teams have called as well, per ESPN, but the reaction they get is that Indiana is looking to “get a detailed read of the market for potential down-the-road deals” instead of a trade before NHL Hockey Jerseys the deadline. While that news doesn’t exactly comfort Lakers fans, it should worry Pacers fans.

George recently made comments that made it sound as if he’s NFL Jerseys From China prepared to leave the Pacers if they don’t make themselves a competitive team. Combine this with Indiana’s willingness to trade him, and it sounds like the Paul George era in Indy could come to an end soon.

Rays’ power surge may be the biggest surprise of homer-happy season

The Rays entered the 2017 season having never finished in the top five for team home runs. Their first baseman, Logan Morrison, entered 2017 with only one 20-homer season.

So it’s safe to assume that nobody expected Morrison to already have a career high 24 home runs — tied for second in all of baseball — on a team that has the second most home runs in baseball: 128. That includes Morrison.

“It’s just a good start,” Morrison said when asked whether he thought he would near the top of the leaderboard. “I’ve got to keep it going.”

But it’s not just Morrison who’s had a power surge for Tampa Bay this year. It’s been a team wide effort. Seven Rays already have nine home runs. They only had eight players hit that many Hot Cheap Jerseys each of the past two seasons.

However, if you look back at previous All-Star Game rosters, there is another group of players who jump out. On each roster, there are one or two players who unexpectedly found themselves in one of baseball’s biggest showcases. One impressive first half of a season can have a player rubbing elbows with the best players in the game. One look at their names will cause fans to ask, “Who was this guy again?”

For the NFL franchise with the most Super Bowl titles (six), success starts at the top. The Rooneys are tremendous people and great franchise operators. I’ve known, liked and respected Dan and Art II for more than 30 years. They were bred to run the Steelers and, despite all the Houston Texans Cheap Jerseys winning seasons and championships, have remained friendly, humble, low-ego and never in panic mode.

I’ve picked up a few terms here and there

The notion that foreign born players can, and should, easily pick up the language of the country they’re playing in has become somewhat prevalent with fans and those around MLB. Proponents of the idea claim that it’s not that difficult to learn a second language while simultaneously spending six to eight hours a day at the ballpark, and that if a big-league club has the resources to provide a player with an interpreter, they should have the resources to provide the player with an English teacher. Whether it’s a majority opinion or not, that pressure to learn English is being felt by international players across MLB.

Asked whether he has felt any pressure from the fans in South Korea to learn the language, Dean said that he had not, though, he said that he has made a point to try to learn as much of the language as possible.

“I learned the alphabet, so I’m able to read Hangul, which is helpful, and I’ve picked up a few terms here and there. It’s definitely not easy, though,” he said.

He also recalled how, whether he is with his Korean-born teammates or interacting with fans, anytime he has used “one of the few Korean phrases [he] knows” correctly, everyone around him lights up, appreciative of the effort he made to learn their language.

While he acknowledges the difficulties he encounters daily, Dean knows it could be worse and considers himself lucky to be playing a game for a living, albeit far from home. He also notes that his pitching coach with the Tigers spent a little time in America and knows a few English Good Quality Cheap Jerseys phrases, making mound visits, with the help of the interpreter, easier than expected.

they tend to lose velocity because of a combination of wear and tear on their arms and simple aging.

Normally an increase in fastball velocity is a very good thing for a pitcher. The faster pitches go, the less time batters have to react, the more they make mistakes, and the more outs the pitcher gets. Price is throwing his four-seam fastball as quickly as he did when he was 27 years old. That’s saying something considering he’s 31 and has an additional 739 innings on his arm.

Yet, that increase in velocity hasn’t helped Price, who sports an ERA of 4.61 heading into his start Tuesday. That represents the worst ERA he’s ever put up in a season, worse than what is currently his worst season — his first full season in the majors, when he was 23 years old.

As pitchers get older, they tend to lose velocity because of a combination of wear and tear on their arms and simple aging. Price’s increase in velocity is substantial; his four-seam fastball traveled at an average velocity of 93.75 mph in 2016, whereas this season he’s thrown it an average of Flyers Cheap Jerseys 94.27 mph. Overall that’s an increase of about a half mile per hour. That might not seem like much, but when Find Cheap Jerseys Online ou consider that most pitchers his age lose velocity, it becomes more impressive.

It’s not easy to let go of a franchise player, but this franchise player is 33 years old and has failed to lead you to the playoffs in the last four seasons. Team owner James Dolan does not want to shell out $50 million or so to rid himself of Anthony, especially if that means watching Anthony compete for a championship in Cleveland or elsewhere next season. And the price tag, combined with the sting of witnessing Anthony’s inevitable success wherever he lands next, understandably sticks in Dolan’s craw.

Henke was the centerpiece of one of the first deep bullpens in baseball history

The Celtics appear determined to sign Gordon Hayward in free agency, then trade for Paul George, but if a trade with the Pacers doesn’t materialize, Boston could target Blake Griffin as a Plan B. Griffin doesn’t have the shooting prowess or two-way ability of George, but he would be another building block for the Celtics.

One of the top players in the league when healthy, the four-time All-NBA honoree has been limited in recent years because of injuries, so there would be inherent risk for Boston in signing Griffin. But in the short term, Griffin, 28, would close the gap between the Celtics and the Cavaliers.

Henke was the centerpiece of one of the first deep bullpens in baseball Cheap Womens Baseball Jerseys history.

“In ‘92 when we won everything, we had myself and Duane Ward, David Wells, Mike Timlin, David Weathers,” Henke said. “You could go right down the line. We had a pretty sound bullpen all the way through and then we had a strong starting staff, too.”

But aches began to chip away at Henke — a groin injury in Toronto, his back ailment with the Rangers and all the wear that accumulates on pitchers over the years that fans might Cheap Zach Parise Jerseys never fully hear about. Henke recalled a visit to famed arthoscopic surgeon Dr. James Andrews.

Andrews told Henke, “Every time you throw a pitch, you tear your rotator cuff muscles. There are microscopic tears that go in there every time you use your arm like that.”

These tears could be repaired through a restful offseason, though Cheap Youth NBA Jerseys Andrews’ words stuck with Henke. He could also see his physical ability beginning to fade.

“I just couldn’t do it much longer,” Henke said. “I understood that and I accepted that.”

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David Price is throwing faster but striking out fewer hitters; is that a bad thing?

David Price’s second season with Boston has been an odd one.

Unlike other seasons in his to-date stellar career, Price missed the first two months with an elbow injury. Since returning to the mound, Price has experienced the odd combination of both throwing faster and striking out fewer hitters.

Generally speaking, that’s a hard thing to pull off, kind of like running faster and stealing fewer bases, or using better ingredients yet baking worse muffins. Still, somehow Price has done it. So we’re left to wonder: Could Price’s increase in fastball velocity be a bad thing?

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Breaking down new-look Bills: Simplicity to benefit Tyrod Taylor, evolving roster

So maybe the Bills won’t snap their 17-year playoff drought, the longest of any team in all four major American sports leagues, in 2017. At this point, Buffalo will take a lack of dysfunction as a step in the right direction.

It’s fair to start to wonder whether the 2017 Cubs are ever going to look like Cheap Infant Jerseys the 2016 Cubs. One thing we pretty much know for sure at this point — these Cubs aren’t going to match the regular-season win total of those Cubs. Last year, manager Joe Maddon’s team won 103 games (with 58 losses and one tie). To match that, after this uninspiring 35-34 record through 69 games, they’d have to go 68-25 (or 68-24-1, to be exact) the rest of the season.

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