Zion Williamson had 29 points for New Orleans, which had won four in a row. Brandon Ingram finished with 21 points on 6-for shooting. Lonzo Ball scored 19 of his 21 points in the first half. New Orleans led at the break despite Chicago setting a franchise record with 14 3s in the first half.
Atlanta coach Lloyd Pierce thought Young was fouled setting a screen on the final play when Willie Cauley-Stein ran into him, and said Young getting knocked down interrupted the intended play. Tim Hardaway Jr. Dallas won its third straight and fourth in five games. John Collins scored 33 points, and Young had 25 points and 15 assists for the Hawks. Irving was 17 for 17 from the throw line, career highs in both categories, and Brooklyn led by as many as 36 points.
James Harden added 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Nets, who expect to get Kevin Durant back from his three-game absence for coronavirus health and safety protocol reasons when they open a five-game trip to the West on Saturday at Golden State, his former team. Domantas Sabonis had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Pacers. They have lost four in a row.
Los Angeles snapped its first two-game losing streak of the season. Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns had 18 points and 10 rebounds in his return to action after missing 13 games. Towns announced on Jan. Naz Reid led Minnesota with 23 points. The Nuggets opened a point lead in the first half, saw it increase to 34 in the third — notoriously a problem quarter for them this season — and coasted from there as Nikola Jokic and his fellow starters got the fourth quarter off.
Jokic had 12 points and 12 assists. Jarrett Allen had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Cavaliers. Seven Raptors hit at least one 3-pointer, with Kyle Lowry leading the way with 5-for-9 shooting from deep. He finished with 21 points. Russell Westbrook had 23 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Terry Rozier led the Hornets with 34 points, connecting on 12 of 17 shots. Bridges had 10 rebounds. Al Horford scored 25 points and Kenrich Williams had a career-high 24 for the Thunder, who excelled at Staples Center despite having just eight available players for back-to-back narrow losses to the defending NBA champions.
After Luguentz Dort made a driving layup, James airballed a long jumper to give Oklahoma City one last shot with 4. Both teams were significantly shorthanded. The Thunder played without leading scorer Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who has a nagging left knee injury. Anthony Davis missed his second straight game for the Lakers with an Achilles issue, and key reserve Alex Caruso also missed his second straight game with an injured hand.
Oklahoma City never trailed in the first 43 minutes of regulation, but after Dort put the Thunder back ahead on a three-point play with 49 seconds left, James coolly drilled his spot-up 3 to tie it. Dort missed a 3 right before the regulation buzzer. Williams was exceptional early in his third start for the Thunder, scoring 11 points in the first half and 11 more in the third quarter to top his previous career high. Mike Muscala returned from a one-game absence with a concussion and scored six points.
Lakers: Caruso went through a lengthy pregame workout before deciding to rest. Davis has missed five of the Lakers' 26 games. Lakers: Host Grizzlies on Friday. The Suns took their first lead of the second half at when Paul made a 3-pointer with 11 minutes left in the fourth quarter. Frank Kaminsky made another long ball less than a minute later to push the Suns ahead Booker made a step back 3-pointer with left to put the Suns up but the Bucks pulled to with a minute left on Khris Middleton's corner 3.
Antetokounmpo flushed a dunk on the next possession to tie it at with 50 seconds left. Booker made a free throw with 32 seconds left that proved to be the difference. The Bucks had a point halftime advantage, but the Suns quickly cut it to after back-to-back 3-pointers from Mikal Bridges and Chris Paul. The game stayed tight from that point and Khris Middleton's foot jumper gave the Bucks a advantage entering the fourth.
The teams fought to a all tie in the first quarter before the Bucks caught fire from 3-point range and scored 39 points in the second. Bryn Forbes and Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 17 points each. Forbes — who was making just his second start of the season — made 5 of 6 3-pointers.
The Suns have played the anthem at all home games this season, even when fans weren't in attendance. Coach Mike Budenholzer said he's been in touch with Holiday while he's been out. The Suns are expanding ticket capacity to 3, fans starting with Tuesday's game against the Nets. They've allowed up to 1, fans in the arena for the past three games. Jae Crowder had 14 rebounds. Suns: Continue their homestand against the 76ers on Saturday. More than a decade later, the young Canadian stars are set to make Canadian tennis history when they renew their friendly rivalry.
The year-old Shapovalov and year-old Auger-Aliassime will square off in the third round of the Australian Open on Friday. It marks their fourth career match at the top level, but first that doesn't come in the opening round of a tournament. It's also just the fifth Grand Slam meeting between two Canadian men in the Open Era, and the first to come in the third round or later.
I think that's the first time I met him in Toronto. He was already playing with an adult racquet, one-handed backhand at nine years old. These cookies do not store any personal information. Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies.
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Out of these cookies, the cookies that are categorized as necessary are stored on your browser as they are essential for the working of basic functionalities of the website. We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. Up to this point, my nine-handed table had been fairly tight and passive. Blinds were , and I had an effective stack of 9, Everyone folded to me in third position, and I raised to with Qs Js.
The player in the cutoff called, as did the player on the button. The players in the blinds folded. The flop came Qc 5s 4c, giving me top pair with a backdoor flush draw. I bet Both the cutoff and button called. When you value-bet, always choose a bet size that can realistically get called by worse made hands. On this board, if I made a large postflop bet, perhaps 1, or more, my opponents would usually only call with top pairs and strong draws.
If I bet smaller, as I did, many made hands that I crush, such as and , can call, allowing me to extract value. The turn was the 10s, giving me a flush draw in addition to my top pair. I bet 1, into a pot of 3,
In particular, it shows us a good way of dealing with hyper-aggressive opponents. Mike, who now has the nuts, checks to Teddy these two are playing an outdated form of heads-up in which the small blind acts first preflop and postflop, so this is more like a blind vs blind spot rather than a typical, modern-day heads-up spot. After flopping a straight with the initiative, Mike should usually bet, though it does make sense to occasionally slow-play a hand like this in order to protect his checking range.
Against an aggressive opponent prone to overbets, however, checking is particularly good because it gives them a chance to blast off. Generally, vulnerable hands should be less inclined to check, as they want to avoid being outdrawn. This check-call from Mike makes sense if he expects Teddy to continue his aggression often on the river. Teddy has an uncapped range that benefits from bigger sizes and this size sets up stacks for a reasonably-sized overbet shove on the river.
Mike calls and wins the pot. An interesting exercise to do as Mike in this spot is to think about what other hands we would call down with in order to avoid being exploited. Though, once again, these would be dicey calls given the size of the bets.
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Join Now. Only in the CFL, right? Who's the slounch now? Reports of the Indianapolis Colts' demise have been greatly exaggerated. I think that's more along the lines of what we can expect from the Seahawks this season. Cleveland Browns fans were utterly unsurprised by Derek Anderson's horrendous bed-crapping against Atlanta.
Hard to tell who's more overrated: the Dallas Cowboys or Tony Romo. It's kind of crazy, but it seems like a lack of discipline is almost part of the culture in Cowboy-land. The over-under on Wade Phillips's tenure as Cowboys coach is 3. Aside from Minnesota Vikings fans, the only folks worried about Brett Favre's slow start to the season are fantasy football leaguers who drafted him three rounds too high.
The rest of us just think it's funny. Speaking of fantasy football, all those "experts" who were horny for Joe Flacco in the preseason better be updating their resumes. Labels: brett favre , cfl , dallas cowboys , darelle revis , derek anderson , indianapolis colts , joe flacco , ken miller , nfl , randy moss , saskatchewan roughriders , wade phillips. Monday, September 13, Some of my fantasies involve football. If you'd been sitting beside me on my couch during the NFL Monday nighter between the San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs, you'd have a perfect understanding of why fantasy football rules.
First, a bit of background. I'm involved in a team fantasy keeper league. You play head-to-head with one other team each week, and whoever gets the most points gets the W. Top eight teams make the playoffs, and the post-season champ takes home the bulk of the prize pool.
I won the whole enchilada in It gets kind of intense, but in all the right ways. Which brings us back to the Monday nighter. Heading into the San Diego-Kansas City game, I held a point lead over my opponent - last year's champ, incidentally. It wasn't a promising match-up for me, despite my lead. Our point system is kind of screwed up - quarterbacks are by far the biggest points-generators.
So with Rivers going up against the KC defence, I had reason to worry. But as the game wore on, my optimism grew. The underdog Chiefs built a halftime lead, severely denting the fantasy value of my opponent's San Diego D. Rivers did throw one touchdown pass, but it was to Gates - my tight end.
Rivers got things going in the second half, though. I groaned aloud when he threw a yard TD pass to a wide open Legedu Nanee. And I was chewing my fingernails as he drove the Chargers inside KC's 10 yard line with less than a minute remaining. I should mention that at this point, I held a lead. TD throws are worth four points, so if Rivers completed a pass into the end zone, we'd be tied, with a strong possibility of Rivers racking up even more points in OT.
But the Chiefs defence stood firm, and when Rivers's fourth-down pass fell harmlessly to the turf, I was a little more excited than I should have been. You just gotta love fantasy football. The NFL, more than any other sport, is well-suited to sports-pool gambling - the fact that most games occur on the same day of the week makes it ideal for head-to-head pools, and you only have to set your roster once a week.
Even my wife enjoys it. Labels: antonio gates , fantasy football , kansas city chiefs , nfl , philip rivers , san diego chargers , thomas jones. The fact it's been released in hardcover hints at its legendary status - it's been called the greatest magazine article in the history of sportswriting.
Which is kind of crazy, because Updike wasn't a sportswriter per se. In fact, "Hub Fans" was his one and only foray into the sports genre. I won't pretend I knew anything about Updike's career before I sat down to read this article, aside from being aware of the legendary nature of this particular piece.
Yes, I am the quintessential dumb jock. Cliff's Notes on Updike: He's one of just three authors to win two Pulitzers for fiction. If that sort of thing impresses you. Which it should. To suggest this post is a "review" of Updike's article would be the height of arrogance on my part. Consider it simply an appreciation.
Updike's prose flows. Nearing the climax of the story, the author casually mentions that batting, to Williams, is "his cherished task. In addition to the insights about Williams's career, Updike taught me something important about writing. In a passage lauding the Splendid Splinter's commitment to excellence every single time he stepped to the plate, Updike wrote the following: "Baseball is a game of the long season, of relentless and gradual averaging-out.
Irrelevance - since the reference point of most individual contests is remote and statistical - always threatens that interest, which can be maintained not by the occasional heroics that sportswriters feed upon but by players who always care; who care, that is to say, about themselves and their art. Insofar as the clutch hitter is not a sportswriter's myth, he is a vulgarity, like a writer who writes only for money.
To Updike, a batter who raises his concentration level in perceived "important" situations is a vulgarity. Striving for excellence in scenarios both thrilling and mundane is not just a matter of character, but the truest form of art. This notion applies to me. If I intend to truly excel as a writer, I need to write not only for a paycheque, but because it's who I am and how I express myself. That's why it's a good idea for me to write this blog - to develop my voice as I write for recreation.
It's a thought I've obviously had in the back of my mind, but Updike - who passed away in January - expressed it for me. He was a wise man. Labels: book review , hub fans bid kid adieu , john updike , ted williams. Spending my bankroll, in more ways than one. Cloutier, for instance, apparently pawned one of his World Series of Poker bracelets last year after allegedly bleeding off untold thousands of dollars the craps tables.
Crazy to think that someone so proficient at managing a stack of tournament chips could be so poor at managing a bankroll. I don't have a compulsive, degenerate leak like that. My leak is more like a slow drip. Every once in a while - about once a year - I talk myself into some new poker gear. And since there's no way I could justify spending our household finances on such a frivolity, I dip into the poker bankroll. The latest expenditure was a sweet new poker table, courtesy of a local B.
They have some awesome stuff, and I picked up a luscious blue-felted table just in time for the September edition of the monthly poker league I run. Unfortunately, my stay on the new table was all too brief. After treading water for over an hour, I made a total donkey play, getting my 30xBB stack into the middle on a K64 flop. With six players at the table, I'd raised under the gun with KQ. I had two callers, including a monster-stacked player to my left who had been overbetting the pot all night long when he made huge hands.
I felt I probably had the best hand on the flop, and elected to slowplay. Overbettor made it to go, which was a little bit more than half my stack. The other player folded, and after a couple seconds' thought, I shipped it. He called and turned over AK - a hand that surprised me, because I would have assumed an aggressive player such as he would have reraised with that hand preflop.
But that's no excuse. I'd watched him overbet with big hands on two prior occasions - it was clearly his M. Additionally, if I'd bet the flop, I could have gotten away if he'd raised. Terrible play by me. Lesson learned. I hope. Online, I managed to lose back all of my early September profits with some rather inattentive and impatient play. On the bright side, I'm still breaking even this month, but after leaking off some cash buying the table, the bankroll is a fair bit thinner.
Labels: poker , poker league , pokerchipsets. Wednesday, September 8, So hot right now. I'm off to a nice start to the month of September, poker-wise. Lately I've found a comfort zone in the player sit-n-go tournaments. Playing these events are a bit of a compromise for me - I've really enjoyed playing multi-table tourneys lately, but I rarely have six to eight hours to burn. Thus, the player SNGs are sort of a happy medium. Sunday, September 5, Behind the scenes with LeBron.
So a couple weeks back I bought an issue of GQ. That's something straight guys do, right? I came across a promo for the story on ESPN. Apparently Moehringer had rare access to LeBron around the time he made "The Decision": Two exclusive interviews before, and one interview after.
I was even more intrigued when I realized Moehringer was the dude who wrote an amazing profile of Pete Carroll back in , excellently entitled "23 reasons why a profile of Pete Carroll does not appear in this space. You can read that story at the following URL: www. It's well worth the 45 minutes it'll take to read.
Trust me - print it out, read it on the can if you have to.
Anyway, that being said, Lucky You is still one of the best movies made on poker. LC is out of the pot while Jason is the dealer with Huck and Ralph in small blind and big blind respectively. Jason opens the button his cards are never revealed and Huck calls with pocket threes. Against a button open, both 3-betting and calling is fine with cards like Ralph calls as well from BB with KJo.
Flop is J43 rainbow. Huck checks and Ralph leads out with , chips. Generally, you should not have a leading range here and check all your hands to the initial aggressor. Jason calls and Huck calls as well. Turn is a K of Hearts. Huck checks, which is the right thing to do to trap his opponent.
Ralph goes all-in for , with top two pair. Jason folds and Huck simply calls with his flopped set. The river is the Q of spades which is of no help to Ralph and he gets knocked out in 4 th place. There have been other movies made on poker, however the ones listed above are our top favorites. Editorial team curates and publishes in-depth reviews and ratings of online poker sites by using their extensive industry experience.
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Poker Blogs. Gambler's Diary Finding Equilibrium. Subscribe RSS Feed. Share post on. Share on facebook. Share on twitter. Share on whatsapp. Share on linkedin. About Us. I bet Both the cutoff and button called. When you value-bet, always choose a bet size that can realistically get called by worse made hands. On this board, if I made a large postflop bet, perhaps 1, or more, my opponents would usually only call with top pairs and strong draws. If I bet smaller, as I did, many made hands that I crush, such as and , can call, allowing me to extract value.
The turn was the 10s, giving me a flush draw in addition to my top pair. I bet 1, into a pot of 3, To my surprise, the cutoff raised to 3, After the button folded, I decided to call 2, more. My 1, flop bet was purely for value. When the cutoff raised, I assumed he had a premium hand — perhaps two pair or better, or maybe a premium draw such as Kc Jc. Even though I was almost certainly behind in the hand, calling with my flush draw made sense due to the pot odds plus the implied odds.
The river was the beautiful As, completing my flush.