Facing the Spurs is tough enough, no matter the circumstances.

Now imagine that it’s your third game in four days and your fifth game in eight days. Imagine that it’s the second of a back-to-back set and that after hosting the Grizzlies you’ll fly east from Denver for San Antonio — losing an hour in the process — to face the Spurs less than 24 hours later. Now imagine that the Spurs will enter this game with a one-day rest advantage. Imagine all that, and it’s not hard to understand why the Nuggets might well be barbecued in this matchup.

So far, the Lakers have been committed to Walton as their coach and have not shown any signs of turning away from him anytime soon. While Ball’s criticisms may be valid in some places, organizations don’t fire coaches because a player’s father complains.

Walton will be just fine. Magic Johnson is on his side — that’s all that really matters. Has he been perfect? Of course not. But he’s still learning, too. He’ll figure it out eventually, but it’s way too early to cut him loose.

Touchdown, Steelers . Ben Roethlisberger leads Pittsburgh on an eight-play, 69-yard drive that ends with an 18-yard touchdown pass to Eli Rogers. Roethlisberger completed four pass of 10 yards or more on the drive. New England and Pittsburgh are now tied 7-7.

Between Gasol, Conley, Parsons, Wright, Green, and McLemore, you have invested nearly $93.7 million in just this season alone. These are your six highest paid players, and only two of them have played more than 600 minutes. Compare that to Tyreke Evans, Dillon Brooks, and James Ennis III’s combined roughly $7.3 million, all of who have played well over 800 minutes (and in the case of Brooks and Evans well over 1,000) and you see the problem. Those who were supposed to be the best and most consistent players for Memphis, for one reason or another, have not been. Their failures, and all the explanations behind them, have created an imperfect storm of irreparable harm to a roster that needed everything to go right to compete.

But the opposite has happened. It has all gone to hell. Now the Grizzlies and their fans must deal with the realities that this presents.

Boston is 3-0 SU and 2-1 ATS over its last three games in New Nike NFL Jerseys a stretch that includes an impressive 99-98 win over the Houston Rockets as 2-point underdogs last Cheap MLB Jerseys Thursday. The Celtics are 10-10 SU and 10-9-1 ATS in their last 20 regular-season meetings with the Celtics.

Ben Roethlisberger holds no grudges toward James Harrison, but not all Pittsburgh players feel the same.

While speaking to reporters Wednesday, Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey slammed the veteran linebacker for signing with the Patriots following his release.

If there was any doubt Curry wasn’t his old self, a play late in the second quarter reminded fans of just how special he is. Curry passed the ball to Zaza Pachulia along the baseline and then ran behind the big man. Pachulia, without looking back, bounced the ball between his legs to Curry, and with the flick of his wrist, the sharpshooter quickly got the shot off and drained a corner 3-pointer. Many of the fans in attendance at Oracle Arena jumped out of their seats.

That was the zest the Warriors’ offense had been missing for most of December. After the first two quarters, Curry recorded 21 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field and 5-of-7 from downtown in 14 minutes.

Currently, the Baltimore Ravens and the Tennessee Titans are going to the playoffs as a AFC wild card teams. The Ravens have 80% probability to keep that position, as they host Cincinnati and a win will ensure a postseason berth. For Tennessee, their postseason probability has dropped with their three consecutive losses and is now down to 52%. They still control their own destiny because the home win over the Jacksonville Jaguars is enough for a postseason berth in Tennessee.

Bourque had cups of coffee with the Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins — 51 total games, during which he had two goals and six assists. He saw some time in the KHL and the Swiss league. When he plays his first game for Team USA in Pyeongchang, he’ll have played more Olympic games than Stanley Cup playoff games during his 13-year hockey career.

So you have the talented kid who can’t match the accomplishments of his father; you have a journeyman who couldn’t break through and stay in the big leagues (and because of that, ironically, he’s eligible to play in the Olympics); and you also have a pro player who is trying to become more than a punchline for a on waivers … again joke.

You have the kind of backstory that melts away the minute Chris Bourque scores a game-winning goal in a medal-round game for the United States — quite the Hollywood ending.

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