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Jamal Murray demands ‘some damn respect’ from Shaq, Charles Barkley after Nuggets shock Clippers

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Jamal Murray demands 'some damn respect' from Shaq, Charles Barkley after Nuggets shock Clippers

Jamal Murray demanded the likes of Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley start giving the Denver Nuggets “some damn respect” after their Western Conference semi-final heroics.

The Nuggets dominated the Los Angeles Clippers 104-89 in Orlando on Tuesday to progress from an all-or-nothing Game 7, becoming the first team to recover from a 3-1 deficit twice in the same postseason.

Few tipped the third-seeded Nuggets to get past a Clippers team comprising the likes of Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, particularly when the team found themselves in such a precarious position.

“You got [Shaquille O’Neal], you got Charles [Barkley], I think Zach Lowe … Stephen A. [Smith], all y’all better start giving this team some damn respect,” Murray said. “Because we put in the work. We shouldn’t have been down 3-1, but to come back down 3-1 against the Clippers is a big achievement, so it’s fun just to change that narrative.”

Murray was influential for the Nuggets, putting up 40 points, and he feels the star-studded Clippers failed to cope with Denver’s enthusiasm.

“We’ve got a lot of energy, and we brought it and they didn’t match that,” Murray said. “They’ve got who they got. They’ve got a talented squad. They’ve got Doc [Rivers], too. They’ve got assistant coaches who are about to be head coaches. 

“We know what they have, we just outworked them a little bit with our young legs.”

Nikola Jokic had promised head coach Michael Malone one of two presents on his 49th birthday prior to the game: “I’m either going to get you home or get you to the Western Conference Finals.” 

After it proved to be the latter, Jokic said the Nuggets are relishing proving the doubters wrong.

“Nobody wants us here. Nobody thinks we can do something. We proved ourselves and proved [to] everybody we can do something,” he said. “This is a really interesting team. We don’t have many superstars.”

Next up is a daunting task against an in-form Los Angeles Lakers side led by LeBron James, but Jokic said: “They gotta worry about us, too.”

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‘Monster’ COVID-19 roadblock could derail college basketball

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One coach called it a “monster” roadblock. Another described it as “extreme.” A source from the Big East suggested it could lead to alterations in its planning for the season.

The NCAA, through the Sport Science Institute and its COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group, released health and safety guidelines and recommendations for college basketball’s Nov. 25 return amid the coronavirus pandemic, and one suggestion stood out:

If a player tests positive, the entire team should quarantine for 14 days and only work out individually in that time period, while noting that public health officials can override these determinations. That, depending on when a player tests positive, could wipe out up to four games and two weeks of practices.

“My first reaction was: How are we going to have a season if that’s going to be the case?” one head coach said. “One case is almost going to destroy your season. I think it’s too harsh. As long as you’re testing every other day, I don’t understand why it has to be that long.”

The NCAA also recommended testing players, coaches and officials three times per week on nonconsecutive days, as was expected. The quarantine protocol, though, was seen as overly cautious by some. There isn’t a similar recommendation in college football, though the NCAA doesn’t have the same power in that sport. The College Football Playoff, unlike the NCAA Tournament, is run independently from the sport’s governing body and conferences create their own protocols.

“Let’s say this happens to Villanova on Feb. 15, and they’re quarantining the rest of February,” the coach said. “Then they are going into the Big East Tournament and the NCAA Tournament without having practiced for two weeks. They could be the best team in the country, it’s still going to have a huge effect on them.

“If you weren’t testing regularly, I would understand it. It seems like you don’t need both of those things, [frequent testing and 14-day quarantine].”

The NCAA didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Until this announcement, the Big East had focused on attempting to play league games at home sites, but this new recommendation could make them revisit the idea of bubbles, a source said. St. John’s athletic director Mike Cragg acknowledged the “challenge” the 14-day quarantine suggestion would create. But he also noted that if a player tested positive, it would mean that player would have exposed himself to the players he had been practicing and playing with.

“That’s what they are saying,” said Cragg, who is on the Big East COVID-19 Task Force. “Is it a tough standard? Yes, sports are tough in a pandemic.

“I think the recommendations are from people who studied this and lived this.”

Of course, it’s only late September. The season is two months away. A lot can change between now and Nov. 25. The nature of the virus could be different. More updates are bound to arise. Tweaks could be made, as the NCAA made clear in the announcement. The landscape in college football looks awfully different now compared to late June.

“My understanding is there will be continual look-ins and evaluations and meetings,” Cragg said.

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Dominic Thiem Joins Rafael Nadal to Express Disappointment With New Balls at French Open 2020

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Dominic Thiem Joins Rafael Nadal to Express Disappointment With New Balls at French Open 2020

King of clay Rafael Nadal, expressed his disappointment with the French Open 2020 balls even before the tournament commenced. Recently the 12 times French Open winner expressed his disappointment with the change of the balls. The Babolat balls are being replaced with the slower Wilson ones. Supporting Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, too, voiced his opinion regarding the issue.

The Austrian, who recently claimed the US Open 2020, supported the issue which Nadal put forward. Confirming the slow pace of the Wilson balls, he mentions that it will be challenging to play in the French Open 2020.

“I practiced for two days at home with the ball. Now, of course, here. As I said, I’m a little bit sad because the Babolat at Roland Garros, it was my favorite ball, it was perfect”, Thiem stated. Obviously, it was the ball from my racquet company. Was fast, was taking the spin incredibly well.  But the Wilson ball is good, as well. It’s just a little bit slower. It gets a little bit bigger after a while. In general, the conditions are going to be slower. It can be rainy, it can be very cold. So we will see.”

Flushing Meadows, New York, USA; Dominic Thiem of Austria reaches for a forehand against Alexander Zverev of Germany (not pictured) in the men’s singles final match on day fourteen of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. |REUTERS

Dragging along the fact that the delayed Roland Garros will be bringing in quite a handful of obstacles for the players, Thiem acknowledges the issue in hand.

“Again, it’s mentally a big challenge with these tough conditions. I think there are going to be whole matches in rainy conditions, which is tough. It’s similar to New York: the guys who will handle all the tough conditions, circumstances the best, they will go the farthest in the tournament.”

Dominic Thiem will be hungry for more

With the exclusion of Novak Djokovic in the US Open 2020, one thing was certain. A new Grand Slam champion was set to lift the US Open this year. Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev graced the final. After a well-fought match, Thiem emerged the winner.

Coming into the French Open, the World number 3 will be hungry for more success. The Austrian youngster will be eyeing the Roland Garros this year. The two-time French Open finalist is yet to lay his hands upon the winner’s trophy. Considering the splendid form he’s in, 2020 seems to be a perfect opportunity to clinch the title and increase his Grand Slam count.

 

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Show patience with Allen Robinson

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Show patience with Allen Robinson

It can be very easy to be discouraged by a slow start in fantasy football. You see yourself at the bottom of the standings with an 0-2 record, your friends are making fun of you and players you were so high on coming into the season are leaving your scouting confidence shaken.

But as the old adage says, “Quitters never win and winners never quit.” Not only can you overcome a slow start in your fantasy league, but those players who are leaving you disappointed have more than ample opportunities to turn things around.

There is no question as to how disappointing the Bears receiving duo of Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller has been through the first two weeks. Both were in a smash spot against the Giants in Week 2, and Robinson caught just three of his nine targets while Miller was practically ghosted after coming up empty on three early targets of his own. With last season’s production still fresh in our minds, it is easy to see why fantasy owners are ready to dump both.

But hope is on the horizon, and it comes in the form of playing the Falcons this week. Atlanta is giving up an average of 372 passing yards per game, their cover corners rank almost dead last in the league and their free safety, Damontae Kazee, is banged up. The Bears may be 2-0 this season, but they know they need to make a statement on offense this week.

For running backs, if you’re a David Johnson owner, you also need to be patient. Opening the season against Baltimore and Kansas City is a daunting task for any running back. This week, he gets stuck with Pittsburgh. But take notice of his 5.0 yards per carry, a stark improvement to the previous two seasons. Should he struggle this week, stay the course as the schedule softens up tremendously after that.

The fantasy regular season might be just 12 or 13 weeks, but you cannot panic early. No one says you need to go undefeated. You just need to make the playoffs. Don’t give up on your players or your season.

Howard Bender is a senior writer at FantasyAlarm.com and the host of “Overtime” on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio each Sunday from 11 p.m.-1 a.m. Follow him on Twitter @rotobuzzguy. For more from Fantasy Alarm, listen weekdays on SiriusXM from 4-6 p.m.

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