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#1 Posted : 21 August 2018 07:49:22(UTC)
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A look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture Redskins Game Jerseys , with six days remaining in the regular season:


Cleveland rallied from 17 points down in the fourth quarter to beat Washington, which might prove fortunate for both teams. It allowed the Cavaliers to stay No. 3 in the East, and kept Washington in the No. 7 spot – which they might prefer.

With Kyrie Irving’s season over, the Boston Celtics don’t look as scary as they once did. And since the Celtics are just about locked into the No. 2 seed, the No. 7 seed might actually look attractive to teams. Milwaukee could have moved into No. 7 on Thursday, but it lost to Brooklyn.


Utah’s easy win over the Los Angeles Clippers put the Jazz on the brink of clinching. Minnesota hurt its cause with a loss to Denver and dropped to No. 8 in the Western Conference.

It’s still seven teams alive in the race for the final five spots out West.


– Indiana at Toronto: Raptors can set a franchise record for wins in a season (57) and clinch the No. 1 seed in the East. The Pacers almost certainly need a win to have a realistic chance of opening the playoffs at home.

– Cleveland at Philadelphia: Winner will be No. 3 in the East when the night ends, loser will be No. 4.

– Atlanta at Washington: The Wizards will try to end a three-game losing streak, but John Wall won’t play.

– Chicago at Boston: Celtics’ first game since the Irving-is-done news came out.

– Miami at New York: Win keeps Heat in the driver’s seat for No. 6 seed and, possibly, a first-round matchup against LeBron James.

– New Orleans at Phoenix: Obviously, not a game the Pelicans can waste Youth Oren Burks Jersey , not against a team with the NBA’s worst record.

– Minnesota at LA Lakers: The Wolves must win Friday to remain in the top eight out West.

– Dallas-Detroit, Charlotte-Orlando and Sacramento-Memphis have no playoff implications.


First-round matchups if the season ended Thursday …

East: 1-Toronto vs. 8-Milwaukee, 2-Boston vs. 7-Washington, 3-Cleveland vs. 6-Miami, 4-Philadelphia vs. 5-Indiana.

West: 1-Houston vs. 8-Minnesota, 2-Golden State vs. 7-New Orleans, 3-Portland vs. 6-Oklahoma City, 4-Utah vs. 5-San Antonio.


This will be the first season since 2000-01 that two teams in the same conference with records above .500 miss the playoffs. It happened to Houston (45-37) and Seattle (44-38) that season, and will happen to two other Western Conference clubs this season.


”In general, it’s hard to win an NBA game if you don’t put forth an effort – at all.” – Warriors coach Steve Kerr, after Golden State lost by 20 in Indiana.

Taking a defensive lineman from Alabama in the first round for the second consecutive year DJ Moore Panthers Jersey , the Washington Redskins chose tackle Da'Ron Payne with the 13th overall pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night.

The 6-foot-2, 311-pound Payne is considered a top-notch run-stopper, and he'll line up next to former college teammate Jonathan Allen, Washington's initial selection in 2017.

"That's my guy," Payne said.

It's the first time the Redskins drafted players from the same school in consecutive first rounds since getting Oklahoma's George Thomas and Leon Heath in 1950-51.

Payne also joins another Alabama defender, linebacker Ron Anderson, selected by Washington in the second round a year ago.

"I get the opportunity to play with old teammates," Payne said in a conference call from a party with family members in Birmingham, Alabama. "At Alabama, I won a bunch of games. I think I can take that winning mindset and the whole mentality it takes to be a winner and take it to the Washington Redskins."

Asked to describe his style of play, Payne said: "Just a relentless lineman. I'm going to get after the pass rush and just dominate the run every chance I get."

His most famous play for the Crimson Tide might actually have come on the other side of the ball: He caught a touchdown pass against Clemson in a College Football Playoff victory last season.

After missing the playoffs and going 7-9 last season Patriots Jason McCourty Jersey , the Redskins entered the draft with all sorts of areas of need on the roster, but perhaps nothing as pressing as various places on defense and at running back. While the Redskins will be expected to try to improve an ineffective rushing offense later in the draft 鈥?only four teams ran for fewer yards last season 鈥?they opened by beginning to address the problems on "D."

Having traded for Alex Smith from the Kansas City Chiefs and signed him to a four-year extension, they were not among the many teams in the market for a young quarterback. So with an unprecedented four QBs taken in the top 10, some highly regarded players on the defensive side drifted down toward Washington.

And that unit could use the help, particularly when it comes to Payne's specialty: stuffing runners.

Only four teams gave up more points per game than the 24.2 allowed by the Redskins, and none was as easy to run against: They were gashed for a league-worst average of 134.1 yards on the ground. They also were prone to ceding chunks of yardage at a time, with opponents recording 54 plays of 20 or more yards; only a half-dozen clubs let up more than that.

And in the NFC East, it's vital to stop the run. The Dallas Cowboys, for example, have 2016 NFL rushing leader Ezekiel Elliott, and the New York Giants made Penn State running back Saquon Barkley the No. 2 overall pick Thursday night.

"You see what's going on in our division Cardinals Josh Rosen Jersey , with Saquon Barkley and Zeke Elliott and Philadelphia, the way they run the ball," Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. "Our ranking on defense wasn't quite up to speed at 32nd, and we feel like Da'Ron paired with Jonathan Allen and the rest of the guys ... is a perfect fit."

A year ago, Washington got Allen with the 17th overall pick. He played promisingly when he was on the field, but only appeared in five games before getting injured and missing the rest of the season.

The Redskins have seven other picks in this year's draft, starting in the second round with No. 44 overall. They do not have a choice in the third round, because it was sent to Kansas City in the Smith deal.

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