Summary of “Does Eric Bledsoe Complete the Bucks’ Puzzle?”

Bledsoe gives the Bucks another perimeter player who can create his own shot and be the focal point of the offense.
How will Bledsoe adjust to a smaller role in the Bucks offense, where he won’t be able to dominate the ball? That’s the central question the Bucks will have to answer.
Bledsoe will replace either Malcolm Brogdon, who has taken another big step forward in his second season, or Tony Snell, who has embraced his role as a 3-and-D wing.
How much Bledsoe will help depends on what version of him the Bucks are getting.
According to the tracking numbers at Synergy Sports, Bledsoe was in the 13th percentile of NBA players in defending the ball handler in the pick-and-roll last season, the 46th percentile as an isolation defender, and the 25th percentile in defending players as they come off screens.
Even if Bledsoe had been totally locked in on that side of the ball, he was playing with a bunch of young guys who were learning their assignments and couldn’t help him when his man beat him.
After spending the last four seasons in relative obscurity in Phoenix, Bledsoe will be playing under a microscope.
Eric Bledsoe has waited his entire career for a chance to make a splash.

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Summary of “MVP, offensive, defensive players of year, best rookies through Week 9”

Voters love players who haven’t previously been in serious award consideration and players who succeed just before the voting window closes, so I’ll be keeping that in mind as I file my selections.
Which players have been vital to their teams the way Ezekiel Elliott has been to the Cowboys? NFL Nation reporters look beyond the quarterback position to pick out each team’s MVP so far.
Bouye’s teammate in Jacksonville, Calais Campbell, is a strong candidate for Defensive Player of the Year.
Injuries along Hunt’s offensive line haven’t helped matters, as the starting five the Chiefs ran out to start the season had at least one player missing between Week 3 and Week 8.
Reid revealed an offense that has dazzled with its complex simplicity, the Patriots showed that they had major defensive concerns, and 16-0 quickly turned into 0-1.Comeback Player of the Year.
Given how difficult it is for defensive backs to win this award, the trophy mostly belongs to front-seven players and pass-rushers specifically.
No defensive players have stood out enough to enter the discussion, so we don’t have to worry about them in the MVP hunt.
Antonio Brown could figure on the fringes of the Offensive Player of the Year race, thanks to the fact that he leads the league by more than 130 receiving yards despite spending Week 9 on bye.

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Summary of “Zach Lowe 10 things I like and don’t like, featuring Kristaps Porzingis”

Payton isn’t a bad player; he does some things quite well.
The Hornets have scored 1.26 points per possession on any trip featuring a Walker-Howard pick-and-roll, per data from Second Spectrum.
Porzingis finally looked mortal against Houston on Wednesday, but he has risen to perhaps the heaviest offensive burden of any player in the league.
Porzingis has thrived one-on-one, but credit the Knicks for understanding no player can go it alone every single possession.
Holiday is shooting 31 percent on almost 16 shots per 36 minutes.
Only 61 players in the entire 3-point era have hit worse than 40 percent on at least 15 shots per 36 minutes, per Basketball-Reference.
Even worse: Opponents have outscored them by a gargantuan 24 points per 100 possessions with both Zach Randolph and George Hill on the floor, per NBA.com – the fourth-worst such mark among the 250 duos who have logged the most minutes, per NBA.com.
Embiid is coughing it up 5.4 times per 36 minutes for the second straight season, a near-record number, and he is at risk of being the first rotation player in the 30-20 Club for guys who finish at least 30 percent of their team’s possessions and turn it over on 20 percent of that sample.

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Summary of “Why LeBron Should Be More Concerned About the Cavs”

Four players have also scored 30 points or more against the Cavaliers this season, including Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr.; no other team has allowed more than three, per Basketball-Reference.
In addition to some aging, potentially declining players on the roster, the same communication and effort problems that plagued their defense last season remain.
LeBron hasn’t played regular-season defense in years, and it’s as if the rest of the roster follows his example.
The bottom line is that Cleveland is old, and plays like it.
Crowder is the type of player who does better when he receives more minutes, but he’s not getting them from Tyronn Lue.
Crowder has played fewer than 22 minutes four times in seven games with Cleveland, after playing fewer than 22 minutes only twice in 169 games over the past two seasons and playoffs with the Celtics.
He could return to being the ferocious bulldog defender he once was as a young player, while also serving as a secondary playmaker alongside LeBron.
Brooklyn has the same record as Cleveland and is playing tremendously gritty basketball.

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Summary of “Which Disappointing TV Show Do You Resent for Consuming Your Time?”

The first two seasons of the show revolve around a gaggle of townspeople, law enforcement, and federal officials all concerning themselves with the investigation into Laura’s murder.
After renewing the show for a second season, Amazon doubled back and cancelled it as part of a broader strategy to, well, make better TV. The first season ended on an unfortunate cliffhanger, but luckily for us all, there’s Wikipedia.
Even when things got really bad-like in Season 6, when the entire audience figured out that the season’s Big Bad had an imaginary friend played by Edward James Olmos way before the show revealed it-my history with the show forced me to rationalize all of its flaws.
Beyond similar professional obligations-the “Auteur” shows with angry men and murky lighting that TV Twitter seems to love-I have never continued to watch a prestige show I don’t enjoy.
Here’s why: I have free will, and also, it’s astonishingly easy to quit a TV show.
I’d like to tell myself I remained committed to a bad show because I’d yet to appreciate the nuances of a good one, but that’s not true either: I watched The Killing when I was 21 years old.
‘Bloodline’ Kate Knibbs: Bloodline was a show about siblings who weren’t bad people, but who “Did a bad thing.” The bad thing they did was trick me into watching roughly 30 hours of Kyle Chandler looking regretful in shorts.
None Zach Kram: If you think a show is bad, stop watching it.

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Summary of “The Suns Are a Mess, Lonzo Is Ballin’, and Other Takeaways From the First Six Days of the 2017-18 NBA Season”

The Falling Suns The Suns gave up 386 points in three games to start off the season, and five players have already dropped at least 20 points on them: Blake Griffin, Lonzo Ball, Damian Lillard, Brandon Ingram, and Pat Connaughton.
Let Lonzo Be Lonzo The Lakers lost to the Clippers 108-92 in their season opener.
Lonzo Ball scored only three points on six shots, and tallied only four assists to two turnovers.
Despite running very few pick-and-rolls at UCLA, Ball already looks adept in the ball screen at the NBA level.
Beverley didn’t “Shut down” or “Lock up” Ball in the season opener.
Long Live Stretch-Blake Blake Griffin has always flirted with shooting 3s. He attempted 44 in 2013-14 and has taken no fewer than 16 a season over his first seven in the league.
The Cavs attempted 39.9 percent of their shots from 3-point range last season, which ranked second in the NBA behind only the Rockets.
De’Aaron Ball Z On Saturday morning, Reddit user chorcpe11 posted a clip of De’Aaron Fox, a noted Dragon Ball Z fan, yelling “Kameha!” after hitting the first 3-pointer of his NBA career.

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Summary of “Ted Danson Has Been Tormenting Larry David for Twenty-Five Years”

In the new season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” Ted Danson, one of Larry David’s frenemies on the show, is separated from his wife, Mary Steenburgen, and begins dating Larry’s ex-wife, Cheryl.
“Oh, Larry David is not cool enough for Mary Steenburgen, but Ted Danson is?” Larry asks.
This isn’t the first time that Ted Danson has gotten under Larry David’s skin, or that David has found himself compared unfavorably to the television icon.
“I can’t live knowing that Ted Danson makes that much more than me.” George complains that he’s just as good as Danson; Jerry reminds him that he is “Much, much worse.”
Danson wasn’t finished annoying Larry David.
Two years later, the meta-feud continued, as Danson and Steenburgen appeared in the second episode of the first season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” playing gently self-mocking versions of themselves on a bowling date with Larry and Cheryl.
Larry, no longer hiding behind his onscreen alter ego George Costanza, is put off by Ted’s pervasive sunniness-Danson proclaims everything major or minor to be “Heaven”-and complains to Cheryl, “I could kind of take him or leave him.” In the third season of “Curb,” Danson reappears, his hair gone white, for an extended story line in which he and Larry invest in a restaurant together, and quickly settles into the role that he continues to play-competitor, foil, agitator of Larry.
In a recent interview, Danson told the journalist James Andrew Miller, “Larry David kind of changed my career for the better.” After “Cheers,” Danson briefly tried and failed to be a movie star, and then settled into a long run as the star of the medical comedy “Becker.” By 2000, he seemed fated to remain, in the minds of most viewers, the guy from “Cheers”-the gilded cage inhabited by a certain kind of television royalty, watching the prestige of the medium rise up around him without carrying him along.

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Summary of “Layers of Aaron Rodgers collarbone injury, and whether Green Bay Packers can hang on to make 2017 NFL playoffs in NFC North”

One thousand four hundred forty-four days after Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone on Monday Night Football in a 2013 loss to the Bears, the Packers’ future Hall of Fame quarterback suffered the same injury to his other clavicle in a brutal loss to the Vikings on Sunday afternoon.
At least four years ago, Rodgers came back from a broken collarbone in time to get the Packers into the playoffs.
The Packers could be without Aaron Rodgers the rest of the season.
If you’re a Packers fan looking to find reasons to believe Green Bay will be able to overcome Rodgers’ injury and repeat as division champions, I can find a few.
The Packers did little on the ground on Sunday despite getting back Ty Montgomery, as he combined with Hundley and Aaron Jones to run for 65 yards on 20 carries after Rodgers left the game.
There’s no way the Packers ever want to see Rodgers miss serious time, but the timing of this particular injury within Green Bay’s schedule could be worse.
Even after the Week 6 loss to the Vikings, who now lead the NFC North, ESPN’s Football Power Index projected that the Packers would win the division 53.0 percent of the time and make the playoffs 79.6 percent of the time if Rodgers stuck around for the rest of the season.
If the Packers are without Rodgers for the rest of 2017, Green Bay is in serious trouble.

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Summary of “Gordon Hayward’s Injury Has Changed the Trajectory of the Celtics-and the League As a Whole”

Five minutes and 11 seconds into the first quarter, Gordon Hayward landed awkwardly on his left ankle, and before we could even appreciate half a quarter of basketball, the league was turned upside down.
The Celtics later announced that Hayward suffered a fractured left ankle; head coach Brad Stevens told the media after the game that it was a dislocated ankle and fractured tibia.
The response to Hayward’s injury was very human; it was empathy for a player suffering a horrific, unnatural injury.
It feels too soon to discuss the implications of Hayward’s injury, but it’s unusual, if not unprecedented, for a player just signed to a max contract to suffer such a significant injury.
In Hayward’s injury lies a paradoxical serendipity: New opportunities have arisen for Boston’s numerous young talents.
Hayward’s absence will impact Kyrie Irving more than anyone else on the roster.
The narrative is suddenly there: Irving gets traded to a new team, Hayward suffers a seismically consequential injury on opening night, the Celtics still have a good season, and Irving puts up monster numbers.
The Celtics will be a strong regular-season team without Hayward, just as they were last season.

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Summary of “What’s next, how they got here, why they’re in trouble”

The New York Giants’ season ended with four minutes left in the fourth quarter in Week 5.
The 2016 Giants were a flawed team with great luck; the 2017 Giants are a flawed team with terrible luck.
Understanding how and why the Giants got into this mess may help your favorite team avoid the same fate.
With four minutes left in Sunday’s game, the Giants’ season went from bad to truly disastrous.
Collins matured into a superstar in his second season, and first-round pick Eli Apple overcame a slow start to play well as a rookie, which allowed the Giants to paper over some of their holes on defense.
The Giants lost rookie Darian Thompson at safety after two games last season and turned things over to Andrew Adams.
If the Giants had been able to hold the Chargers to a field goal on that short field late in the fourth quarter, it’s at least possible to imagine the Giants driving downfield for a possible game-winning field goal try.
Neither Reese nor McAdoo is directly on the hot seat, but if the Giants can’t make it back to the playoffs in 2018, they’ll have spent a lot of money over the past several seasons without finding a successful young quarterback or winning a playoff game.

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