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#1 Posted : 13 August 2018 07:37:48(UTC)
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The Cincinnati Bengals 2018 season doesn't begin until September DJ Chark Jaguars Jersey , but they've already been dealt a major blow. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, star linebacker Vontaze Burfict is facing a four-game suspension for聽violating the league's drug policy:Bengals鈥?LB Vontaze Burfict is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL鈥檚 Performance-Enhancing Drug policy, pending appeal, league sources tell ESPN. No appeal date yet.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2018Burfict was also suspended three games in the 2016 season for a series of dirty and dangerous hits. He also got hit with a five-game ban in 2017 (later reduced to three), for a cheap shot during preseason play.And as NFL Network's Ian Rapoport noted, the Bengals have a chance to cut ties with the troubled Burfict:If #Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict loses his appeal of a 4-game suspension, the guarantees in his 3-year, $33M contract will void. That鈥檚 nearly $11.3M. Which means Cincy can move on if they want to.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 16, 2018Though Burfict has been one of the most effective linebackers in the league (being named to the Pro Bowl in 2013 and helping Cincinnati reach the playoffs four times) Breeland Speaks Youth Jersey , his career has been overshadowed by a series of ugly hits.Burfict's Bengals led the Pittsburgh Steelers 16-15 in the waning seconds of the 2015 AFC Wild Card game. Burfict took 15-yard penalty after smoking receiver Antonio Brown in the head. Adam Jones also took a personal foul penalty for confronting a Steelers coach.That gave Pittsburgh a short field, and Chris Boswell was able to boot the game-winning field goal, while the Bengals fell short of winning their first playoff contest since 1990. Burfict's penalty was indeed a costly one.Burfict, Jones and former Bengal James Harrison are among the notable players on the franchise who've had problems keeping it clean. Despite the issues, the Bengals have constantly relied on head coach Marvin Lewis to get this team's act together, though it's failed time and time again.With Burfict running into yet another suspension, the Bengals may decide they've had enough and release him on the open market. Should that happen, it's tough to guess how many teams will take a chance on Burfict, who can't be relied upon to stay clean. With the playoffs just days away, Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue typically would have his lineup rotations set by now.

Nothing has been typical about this season for the Cavs.

Lue said Thursday that he plans to use a 10-player rotation for Cleveland’s opening-round series against the Indiana Pacers Kolton Miller Jersey , but that things could change depending on injuries, matchups and performances.

”I will play 10,” Lue said after the Cavaliers watched film on the Pacers, who went 3-1 against Cleveland this season. ”We’ll just see how it looks and if one guy is not great this round, then it might be nine.”

Lue and his staff have been juggling lineups and using different combinations on the floor for months, forced to adjust and re-adjust, first because of injuries and then by a slew of trades that transformed the team.

Lue refused to name his full starting lineup for Sunday’s Game 1. He revealed previously that four of them will be LeBron James, Kevin Love, Jeff Green and George Hill. The other spot could go to veteran shooter Kyle Korver, who has been slowed by a foot injury and whose status remains uncertain.

”He’s getting better Carlton Davis Buccaneers Jersey ,” Lue said of Korver, who also missed time recently following his brother’s death. ”I’m not sure if he’s 100 percent yet, but he’s getting better and that’s all you can ask for.”

If Korver isn’t ready, Rodney Hood, one of four players acquired at the trade deadline, will likely start. He’s been slowed by a sore left Achilles, but Lue said Hood’s ”ready to go.”

As for Cleveland’s reserves, Jordan Clarkson, J.R. Smith and Jose Calderon are in the rotational mix, with forwards Tristan Thompson and Larry Nance Jr. being used depending on whom Indiana has on the floor.

One of the holdovers from Cleveland’s past three Finals teams Quenton Nelson Jersey , Thompson played extended minutes in the second half of Wednesday’s loss to New York while Nance rested, a sign that Lue might be leaning toward him playing more.

Thompson was excused from Thursday’s practice because of the birth of his daughter.

Lue trusts all his players. He’s had no choice following a turbulent regular season in which he didn’t always know who would be available until moments before tipoff. But Lue has depth and intends to use it.

Hall of Fame coach Pat Riley’s philosophy in the playoffs was: ”You rotate eight players. You play seven. You use six and you trust five.”

Not Lue. Not this year.

”You usually go nine,” he said. ”I think we’ve been nine in the past, but I think it’s going to be important to go 10 for us because I like Clarkson being on the floor with a point guard, so that makes us play 10.”

Hill, who has plenty of playoff experience with San Antonio, Indiana and Utah, said Cleveland’s versatility may give the Cavs an advantage.

”I’ve been on a team that played a 10-man rotation in the playoffs, but I haven’t been on a team this deep, so I think we’ll have a lot of great guys that we can throw out there on the court with big lineups Cheap Kerryon Johnson Jersey , small lineups,” he said. ”I think we can play any type of style.”

For Hill, the matchup against the Pacers represents a homecoming, as he played for IUPUI and spent five years with the Pacers. It’s also a chance to win a championship with James, a former playoff nemesis.

Hill played on those Pacers teams that were eliminated in three straight postseasons by James and the Miami Heat.

That can’t happen this time.

”The good thing is we got the best player in the world playing for us,” Hill said. ”So I’m very excited about that. I don’t got to get put out by him this year, which I did a lot in my career. So, I’m happy to be on the other side.”


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