NFL Draft: team grades

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1-13 (13) = Haason Reddick: LB – Temple

2-4 (36) = Budda Baker: DB – Washington

3-34 (98) = Chad Williams: WR – Grambling State

4-8 (115) = Dorian Johnson, G – Pittsburgh

5-13 (157) = Will Holden: OT – Vanderbilt

5-36 (179) = T.J. Logan: RB – North Carolina

6-24 (208) = Rudy Ford: S – Auburn

UDFA = Antonio Pipkin: QB – Pipkin

UDFA = Trevor Knight: QB (WR/S/ATH) – Texas A&M

UDFA = Ricky Seals-Jones: WR/TE – Texas A&M

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NBA:

Washington Wizards defeat Atlanta Hawks 115-99: The Wizards eliminated the Hawks to advance to the second round of the playoffs. The Wizards’ backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal scored 73 of Washington’s 115 points. Wall scored a series-high 42 points on 25 shots. Although they struggled during the first two games in Atlanta, the Wizards rebounded and ended the Hawks’ season. The Wizards’ bench struggled again, which is more proof that they are one of the most top-heavy teams in the league. Paul Millsap and Dennis Schroder were both dominant throughout this series, but they didn’t get enough help from their teammates. The Wizards will face the Boston Celtics in the second round of the playoffs.

Boston Celtics defeat Chicago Bulls 105-83:  The Celtics eliminated the Bulls to advance to the second round of the playoffs. All five Celtics starters scored in double figures. Avery Bradley scored a game-high 23 points and played fantastic defense. After winning the first two games, the Bulls lost point guard Rajon Rondo and didn’t win another game all series. Rondo’s backups struggled all series. Jimmy Butler was the best player on either team, but couldn’t singlehandedly win the series for Chicago. The Celtics will face the Washington Wizards in the second round of the playoffs.

Los Angeles Clippers defeat Utah Jazz 98-93:  The Clippers pulled off a shocking road win to even the series at three games apiece. With their backs against the wall and season on the line, the Clippers played one of their best games of the season. Chris Paul proved again that he’s still one of the best players in the NBA. He scored 29 points and did a stellar job of getting his teammates involved offensively. If the Clippers lost this game, there was a good chance that Chris Paul and Blake Griffin would leave in free agency. This was possibly the most important game in the history of their franchise. The Jazz had an opportunity to finish the series at home, but didn’t get any help from their bench. Gordon Hayward and George Hill scored 31 points and 22 points, respectively. These two teams will play game seven on Sunday in Los Angeles.

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Washington Wizards at Atlanta Hawks: The Hawks face the Wizards at home in a must-win game. With the Wizards up 3-2 in this series, the Hawks need to win to keep their season alive. The home team has won the first five games of the series, so the Hawks will be favorites in this game. John Wall has been the best player in the series, but hasn’t gotten much help from his teammates in the two road games in Atlanta. Neither bench has been consistent during this series, so I expect the team with the better bench contribution to win. If the Hawks win this game, these two teams will play game seven on Sunday in Washington.

Boston Celtics at Chicago Bulls: The Boston Celtics look to close out this series against the Bulls in Chicago. After losing the first two games of the series, the Celtics have won three straight games and look poised to advance to the second round of the playoffs. The Bulls haven’t been the same team since Rajon Rondo got injured. The Bulls’ backup point guards have struggled in the last three games, which has put a lot of pressure on Jimmy Butler. Although Butler is the best player in the series, he hasn’t been able to will his team to victory singlehandedly. He’ll need help from Dwyane Wade and his teammates if they want to force a game seven. If the Bulls win this game, these two teams will play game seven on Sunday in Boston.

Los Angeles Clippers at Utah Jazz: The Clippers look to keep their season alive in this must-win game against the Jazz. Not only is this game crucial for their season, but this could be the end of an era for this Clippers team if they lose this series. Both Blake Griffin and Chris Paul could leave in free agency after the season, which would end this Clippers team’s championship window. The Clippers haven’t been the same team since oft-injured Griffin was lost for the season, so they’ll have to rely on Chris Paul more than ever. The Jazz are the healthiest that they’ve been all season, so pulling off the upset will be a daunting task for the Clippers. If the Clippers win this game, these two teams will play game seven on Sunday in Los Angeles.

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  1. Cleveland Browns select Myles Garrett: DE – Texas A&M
  2. Chicago Bears (from San Francisco 49ers) select Mitchell Trubisky: QB – North Carolina
  3. San Francisco 49ers (from Chicago Bears) select Solomon Thomas: DE – Stanford
  4. Jacksonville Jaguars select Leonard Fournette: RB – LSU
  5. Tennessee Titans select Corey Davis: WR – Western Michigan
  6. New York Jets select Jamal Adams: SS – LSU
  7. Los Angeles Chargers select Mike Williams: WR – Clemson
  8. Carolina Panthers select Christian McCaffrey: RB/WR – Stanford
  9. Cincinnati Bengals select John Ross: WR – Washington
  10. Kansas City Chiefs (from Buffalo Bills) select Patrick Mahomes: QB – Texas Tech
  11. New Orleans Saints select Marshon Lattimore: CB – Ohio State
  12. Houston Texans (from Cleveland Browns) select Deshaun Watson: QB – Clemson
  13. Arizona Cardinals select Haason Reddick: LB – Temple
  14. Philadelphia Eagles select Derek Barnett: DE – Tennessee
  15. Indianapolis Colts select Malik Hooker: FS – Ohio State
  16. Baltimore Ravens select Marlon Humphrey: CB – Alabama
  17. Washington Redskins select Jonathan Allen: DE/DT – Alabama
  18. Tennessee Titans select Adoree’ Jackson: CB – USC
  19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers select O.J. Howard: TE – Alabama
  20. Denver Broncos select Garett Bolles: OT – Utah
  21. Detroit Lions select Jarrad Davis: LB – Florida
  22. Miami Dolphin select Charles Harris: DE – Missouri
  23. New York Giants select Evan Engram: TE – Mississippi
  24. Oakland Raiders select Gareon Conley: CB – Ohio State
  25. Cleveland Browns select Jabrill Peppers: ATH – Michigan
  26. Atlanta Falcons (from Seattle Seahawks) select Takkarist McKinley: DE/OLB – UCLA
  27. Buffalo Bills select Tre’Davious White: CB – LSU
  28. Dallas Cowboys select Taco Charlton: DE – Michigan
  29. Cleveland Brown (from Green Bay Packers) select David Njoku: TE – Miami
  30. Pittsburgh Steelers select T.J. Watt: OLB – Wisconsin
  31. San Francisco 49ers (from Seattle Seahawks from Atlanta Falcons) select Reuben Foster: LB – Alabama
  32. New Orleans Saints select Ryan Ramczyk: OT – Wisonsin

 

NBA:

Toronto Raptors defeat Milwaukee Bucks 92-89: The Raptors eliminated the Bucks in one of the craziest playoff games this season. After falling behind by 25 points, the Bucks went on a furious rally to take the lead with a few minutes remaining. The crowd was electric, and the Raptors looked like they were having another postseason collapse. Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a game-high 34 points in 47 minutes. Both he and Khris Middleton (who was battling the flu) looked exhausted by the end of the game. The Bucks missed nine free throws in the fourth quarter, which was detrimental to their comeback attempt. Antetokounmpo had the ball with less than ten seconds left and down three points, but decided to make a dunk instead of attempting a potential game-tying three. That ended up being costly because the Bucks didn’t get another chance to tie the game. It’s hard to blame Antetokounmpo because he was the main reason that they made the comeback in the first place. With a healthy Jabari Parker next season (fingers crossed), the Bucks will be a championship contender. The Raptors will need to make drastic improvements in the second round if they want to defeat the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers.

San Antonio Spurs defeat Memphis Grizzlies 103-96: The Spurs eliminated the Grizzlies to advance to the second round of the playoffs. After the first five games of the series were won by the home team, the road team finally won a game in this series. Kawhi Leonard was the best player in all six games of this series. Although he won’t be the league’s MVP, he has been the most dominant player in the playoffs. With his clutch shooting and unparalleled defense, he has an argument for being the best player in the NBA. Leonard scored a game-high 29 points, and it was possibly his worst game of the series. The Grizzlies put forth a phenomenal effort, but came up just short of pushing the series to a seventh game. This may have been a different series with a healthy Tony Allen, but the Grizzlies didn’t let that become an excuse. Mike Conley finally got some notoriety, which is long overdue. The Spurs will face the Houston Rockets in the second round of the playoffs.

Today in Sports: 4/27/17 Preview

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Toronto Raptors at Milwaukee Bucks: The Bucks need to win at home against the Raptors to keep their season alive. The Bucks have shown the ability to win in Milwaukee and Toronto against this Raptors team, and they’ll have to do both again if they want to win the series. The Bucks cannot afford to look ahead to game seven before winning game six. Khris Middleton has struggled in the last few games, and he cannot afford to struggle anymore. Giannis Antetokounmpo is the best player in the series, but he cannot defeat the Raptors by himself. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan have played up to their potential in the last two games. If they can continue this hot streak, they’ll likely end the Bucks’ season in Milwaukee. This isn’t a must-win game for the Raptors, but they’d like to end the series and shift their focus to the defending champion Cavaliers. The Bucks will need a freakish performance from the Greek Freak to help keep their season alive.

San Antonio Spurs at Memphis Grizzlies: The Grizzlies need to win at home against the Spurs to keep their season alive. With the first five games in the series going to the home team, the Grizzlies will be favorites to win this game. They need to win the next two games to win the series, but they cannot look ahead to game seven before winning game six. The Grizzlies need to get major contributions from stars Mike Conley and Marc Gasol. Kawhi Leonard has been the best player all series, and will need another MVP-like performance if they want to end the series in Memphis. Although this game isn’t essential for the Spurs, they’d like to win and get some rest before the second round. The Grizzlies will need their home crowd to help them in this game like they did in games three and four. It’s crucial for both teams that they bring their A game.