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“The Greatest Choke”: NBA Analyst Blames Kawhi Leonard For Clippers Collapse Against Nuggets

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"The Greatest Choke": NBA Analyst Blames Kawhi Leonard For Clippers Collapse Against Nuggets

The Los Angeles Clippers and the Denver Nuggets matchup has been the talk of the town now.  There were so many speculations about who will end up winning the series. Ultimately, the Nuggets took the opportunity and grabbed this series from the clutches of defeat. They recovered from a 3-1 deficit, one considered nearly impossible to rise from. Now, the people are looking for someone to blame for the Clippers disappointing loss, and it looks like one Analyst knows exactly whom to point fingers at.

Is the Clippers key player the one to blame?

Sep 15, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) handles the ball in front of Denver Nuggets guard Monte Morris (11) and forward Torrey Craig (3) during the first half in game seven of the second round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy Reuters

The Denver Nuggets would be patting their backs for this upset. However, the Clippers knew that they would have to face a lot of scrutinies if they lost and that is exactly what has happened and the name that is popping up is Kawhi Leonard. Entering the bubble, the Clippers were considered being one of the strongest contenders, with Paul George and Kawhi Leonard at their disposal. Ironically, they are the ones on the rack for the mess.

On Undisputed, Shannon Sharpe raved about the troublemaker for the Clippers. “One name, 2 words: Kawhi Leonard,” stated Sharpe.

“This is about a superstar. This is about the best player in the NBA, which he has never been.” He mocked analysts for hyping Kawhi and said, “They’ve been trying to give this man the pedestal for the last 3-4 years, although he’s never won a regular-season MVP. He’s never been the best player in the NBA. He’s never going to live this down. It’s the greatest choke job in NBA history.”

 

However, it is not fair to blame one player for an entire team’s downfall. The only reason Kawhi is at fault is that he did not lead the team as he was expected to.

The Denver Nuggets were just a better team in this series

The Nuggets entered this series with nothing to lose. They were expected to lose and with zero pressure, advanced to the Western Conference Finals. Nevertheless, it won’t be a cakewalk for them to face the Lakers. The purple and gold won’t make the same mistakes the Clippers did.

 

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Yankees’ loss to Jays opens door for unfavorable playoff scenario

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Yankees' loss to Jays opens door for unfavorable playoff scenario

So much for that 10-game winning streak turning the Yankees’ season around.

With Thursday’s 4-1 loss to Toronto in Buffalo, the Yankees have lost four of their past five as they head into their final series of the regular season against the Marlins in The Bronx.

After Wednesday’s wipeout that featured four errors, the offense couldn’t figure out left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu and dropped five of their seven games at Sahlen Field.

The victory clinched a postseason berth for the Blue Jays — and cost the Yankees a chance to secure second place in the AL East. Instead, there’s still a chance they could finish as low as seventh in the AL seeding.

Shut down for most of the game, the Yankees scored a run in the eighth before Gary Sanchez, who was relegated to a part-time player prior to the game, pinch-hit for Kyle Higashioka with the bases loaded, two out and the Yankees trailing by three runs.

He sent a 1-2 pitch from Rafael Dolis out to deep center, but Randal Grichuk tracked it down at the wall for the final out of the inning.

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Lourdes Gurriel Jr. is safe as Luke Voit can’t catch a throw during the fourth inning of the Yankees loss on Thursday.Getty Images

Jordan Montgomery, whose role in the playoffs is undetermined, was solid, allowing three runs in 5 ¹/₃ innings, striking out eight.

Clint Frazier’s nice running catch in deep right robbed Teoscar Hernandez of an extra-base hit to end the first.

Gio Urshela extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a second-inning double, but he was stranded at second.

In the bottom of the inning, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. continued his dominance over the Yankees with a solo homer to give the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead.

Consecutive two-out doubles by Cavan Biggio and Bo Bichette in the third made it 2-0.

Luke Voit led off the sixth with a single and Aaron Hicks followed with a broken bat hit through the right side of the infield. Giancarlo Stanton struck out to fall to 1-for-16, and Gleyber Torres flied to right to send Voit to third.

But the hot-hitting Urshela grounded to second to end the threat.

Montgomery gave up a one-out single in the sixth before Adam Ottavino entered and allowed another hit to Guerrero and a two-run double to Alejandro Kirk to give Toronto a 4-0 lead.

Frazier, without the mask he’s worn since spring training 2.0 began, broke an 0-for-14 slide with a leadoff single in the seventh, but Ryu kept him there.

The Yankees finally broke through in the eighth against right-hander Anthony Bass.

After Aaron Hicks and Stanton walked with one out, Gleyber Torres grounded into a forceout to put runners on the corners for Urshela, whose infield single drove in a run. Frazier followed with a walk to load the bases for Sanchez.

The Yankees failed to rally against Dolis in the ninth.

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Six questions about College Football Playoff after Pac-12’s return to play

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Six questions about College Football Playoff after Pac-12's return to play

The 2020 college football season took another turn Thursday night with the Pac-12 Conference’s decision to opt back into the College Football Playoff race.  

The Pac-12, which followed the Big Ten by postponing its fall season in August, will now play a seven-game season beginning Nov. 6. That means all five Power 5 conferences are back on — but the COVID-19 pandemic will still be a factor given that more than 20 games have already been postponed or canceled since the season started in the first week of September.

The College Football Playoff, which started in 2014, likely will see a one-of-a-kind race as a result. There is a lot to sort out over the next three months.  

How many games is everybody playing?  

Let’s stick with the Power 5. Here are the number of regular-season games each conference intends to play in 2020:  

ACC : 11. Ten conference games and one nonconference game. That’s the most of any Power 5 conference. There are no divisions.  

SEC : 10.  Conference-only, with six division games and four crossover games. 

Big 12 : 10.  Nine conference games and one nonconference game. Every Big 12 team is scheduled to play every other team in the conference. No divisions.  

Big Ten : 8. Conference-only, including six division games and two crossover games. The schedule will have no open weeks.  

Pac-12 : 7. Conference-only, with six division games and a crossover game that will count in the standings. The Pac-12 also will have no open weeks.  

Does starting early (or late) matter?  

That will be an interesting question given the traditional arguments about whether it’s best to lose in September or November.  

The ACC and Big 12 started their seasons on Sept. 12. The SEC opens this weekend, the Big Ten begins play Oct. 24, and the Pac-12 will cap off the openers with its Nov. 6 start.

2020 SCHEDULES: ACC | Big Ten | Big 12 | SEC

The ACC and Big 12 have the most room to reschedule league contests that are affected by players testing positive for COVID-19. For example, the Notre Dame-Wake Forest game that was postponed this week has been rescheduled for Dec. 12.  

Conversely, the Big Ten and Pac-12 have less wiggle room with rescheduling should teams be impacted by positive COVID-19 tests.  

Will teams that play more games get the benefit of the doubt?  

College football arguments are already subjective, but the SEC will have the most to say if plays all 10 games. The conference features six top-10 teams in the AP Poll.  

The SEC has put a team in the College Football Playoff every year, has had three different schools reach the CFP championship game and is the only conference to produce national championships since 2014.  

That is going to put pressure on the top contenders in the Big Ten and Pac-12 to stay unbeaten over a shorter season, especially without the benefit of nonconference games.  

The two simplest rules for making the CFP remain the same, even if they will be tested by the number of games.

— Stay unbeaten. Nine of the 24 CFP participants finished unbeaten in the regular season; eight Power 5 champions and Notre Dame, which is in the ACC this year.  

— Don’t lose twice. The other 15 CFP participants had one loss. Ohio State (2016) and Alabama (2017) are the only one-loss Playoff teams that didn’t win their conference championship. 

Will the Group of 5 have a chance at the Playoff?  

The Group of 5 — especially the American Athletic Conference — seemed to have an opportunity when just three Power 5 conferences were playing. 

The road has gotten tougher with the return of the Big Ten and Pac-12. Teams such as Cincinnati, Memphis and UCF — which routed Georgia Tech on Sept. 19 — have no margin for error off the field and do not have multiple nonconference showcases to impress the CFP committee.  

Remember, UCF finished No. 12 in the final CFP rankings in 2017 and No. 8 in 2018 despite back-to-back undefeated regular seasons. It’s going to be tough to crack that top four.  

Will the regular season end on Dec. 19?  

As of now, the Big 12 is scheduled to play its championship game on Dec. 12. The Pac-12 is scheduled to play its conference championship game on Dec. 18. The ACC, Big Ten and SEC will go on Dec. 19, and the College Football Playoff selection show is scheduled for Dec. 20.  

That is assuming each conference’s schedule goes according to plan. Given the postponements and cancellations thus far, it will be interesting to see how many games each school plays over the next three months. It also will be interesting to see if continued cancellations and postponements lead to pushing back the timetable.  

How intense will the CFP arguments get?

Buckle up. There is a reason every other tweet says the 2020 season will get its own “30 for 30” documentary.  

Notre Dame is in the ACC. Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and Ohio State’s Justin Fields — players who have been at the forefront for the push to play — could be the top two picks in the 2021 NFL Draft. Players who have opted are trying to opt back in. Nobody started before Labor Day and the Pac-12 is starting after Halloween.  

The Sun Belt upsets of Big 12 teams on Sept. 12 could be just the beginning on the field. COVID-19 will continue to be in the backdrop, making it is the most fluid college season of all time. We don’t know which teams will finish, but we know everybody is at least going to try to start.  

The arguments are going to be intense. Would one-loss Big Ten champion Ohio State be more deserving than one-loss SEC runner-up Florida? Would undefeated Oregon get in over one-loss SEC runner-up Alabama? What if all five conferences have unbeaten champions? What if Clemson beats Notre Dame in South Bend and then loses to the Irish in the ACC championship game? What about a Texas-Oklahoma split? Oh, those arguments are coming, and they have more variables than ever.  

Maybe the end of the road is the traditional monopoly of Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Oklahoma. Or maybe — just maybe — this season will produce the most unlikely four-team playoff yet.

That, as they say every five seconds, would be peak 2020.

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Mets, David Peterson beat Nationals to keep playoff hopes alive

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WASHINGTON — David Peterson’s season is concluding just as it has reached a zenith.

The rookie pitcher didn’t even possess a roster spot when summer camp began, but became an integral piece of the Mets’ rotation out of necessity. Now the Mets have to love the potential gem they have unearthed.

Thursday night Peterson kept the Mets’ scant playoff hopes alive with his strongest start of the season in a 3-2 victory over the Nationals.

The Mets (26-31) are still mathematically alive for second place in the NL East, which carries a postseason berth, and also breathing, albeit barely, in the wild-card race. Their deficit on the Giants and Phillies for the final wild-card spot is two games with three remaining. The Brewers also sit ahead of the Mets. In the race for second place in the NL East, the Marlins began play Thursday night with a 2½-game lead on the Mets with the Phillies sitting in between.

Peterson (6-2) lasted seven innings — his longest career start — and allowed one earned run on four hits with one walk and four strikeouts. The left-hander lowered his ERA to 3.44, an oasis for a team whose back-end rotation options — Rick Porcello, Michael Wacha and Steven Matz — have all disappointed at various degrees.

Peterson was strong late into his start, escaping trouble in the sixth by retiring Kurt Suzuki and Yan Gomes in succession after Juan Soto had doubled with one out. In the seventh he allowed a leadoff single to Josh Harrison before getting three outs.

It was a second straight superb start for Peterson, who allowed only one run over six innings in a victory over the Braves last Saturday. The left-hander also reached double digits in strikeouts for the first time in his career with 10 in that game.

Robinson Chirinos, who entered batting .149, delivered his first homer of the season, a two-run shot in the fifth, that gave the Mets a 2-1 lead. Guillermo Heredia singled leading off the inning against Patrick Corbin before Chirinos cleared the fence in right-center.

In the sixth, Chirinos hit a grounder to the first-base hole — and beat Corbin to the bag — for an RBI single that extended the Mets’ lead to 3-1. Robinson Cano’s bunt single against the shift started the rally before Amed Rosario walked and Heredia’s fly ball to right advanced Cano to third.

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David Peterson is seen pitching against the Nationals tonight.AP

Harrison’s RBI single in the fourth brought in the game’s first run. Soto walked leading off the inning to begin that rally.

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