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|The Bears seems to be going all-in with an ace-high hand.
In making a massive trade for defensive end Khalil Mack Andre Burakovsky Jersey , and in inevitably agreeing to the massive contract that will go along with it, Chicago wants to reverse a decade of doldrums, featuring no playoff appearances since the day Jay Cutler was smoking a cigarette (not really) on the sidelines during a loss to the Packers in the NFC title game. And so, in the team’s biggest personnel move since trading for Cutler a year earlier, Chicago hopes to get back there.
But when will that happen? The Packers and Vikings are loaded, loaded enough presumably to fend off a Bears team that has a strong defense but a work-in-progress offense that may, or may not, gel quickly under coach Mark Nagy and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich. If anything, this move puts more pressure on the offense to complement a defense that was already pretty good and now could be a lot better.
If the Bears did indeed give up a pair of first-round picks for Mack, the rationale is simple. No first-round pick is guaranteed to become a great player; if one first-round pick can be packaged with another to give a team a can’t-miss star player, why not do it?
A decade ago, the Vikings applied similar reasoning when sending a one and a three to the Chiefs for defensive end Jared Allen. The third-round pick became insurance that the first-round pick would become a great player Womens Mattias Ekholm Jersey , and it did. The Bears are simply using a second first-round pick to nail down a great player with the first one.
The bigger issue is the money. When the Vikings traded for Allen, first-round picks were pricier than they now are. Given the rookie wage scale, it’s much, much cheaper to pay first-rounders than it is to pay established veterans. But it will be easier for the Bears to pay Mack because their potential franchise quarterback, Mitchell Trubisky, is two or three (or maybe four) years away from a second contract. So with Trubisky consuming a lot less cap space than the second overall pick would have gobbled up pre-2011, the Bears can jam a bunch of cash and cap dollars under Mack’s name.
In the end, there’s no guarantee that this move will make the Bears better. But at least it creates the impression that they’re trying, and it carries with it the arguably implicit admission that they haven’t really tried nearly enough in recent years, while their arch-rivals from Green Bay have owned the division.
Speaking of Green Bay, the Packers and Bears get together there in eight days, on Sunday Night Football. And what a night it will be if Mack makes his debut in that game Authentic Tyler Eifert Jersey , with his first order of business being chasing around the field the guy who just became the highest-paid player in NFL history.
OAKLAND, Calif. — By simply uttering a total of six words, rival point guards Chris Paul and Stephen Curry both insisted they’ll be up to speed Sunday night when the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors meet in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals.
The two top guns in the West split games at Houston, with Golden State, the defending NBA champion, prevailing 119-106 in Game 1 before the Rockets, the No. 1 overall seed in the playoffs, got even with a 127-105 thrashing in Game 2.
The best-of-seven series shifts to Oakland, where the Warriors have won 15 straight playoff games, equaling the Chicago Bulls in 1990-91 as the longest streak in NBA history.
The clubs met just once in Oakland during the regular season, with the Rockets starting their 67-win campaign with a 122-121 victory on Opening Night.
Neither Paul nor Curry has been a big factor in the first two games of the series that will determine the Western Conference representative in the NBA Finals. The Warriors have advanced to the championship series in each of the last three seasons, winning two titles.
Curry missed Golden State’s 4-1 victory over San Antonio in the first round of the playoffs and then the opener against New Orleans in the second round with a sprained left MCL. He has started the last five games but has been well below his usual high standard in the first two against the Rockets Justin Faulk Jersey , averaging 17.0 points while missing 11 of 13 3-point shots.
The Rockets also have attacked Curry on defense, prompting many to question the former two-time Most Valuable Player’s health.
“I’m feeling great,” Curry said in the aftermath of the Game 2 loss.
Paul has outscored Curry 39-34 in the series and been more efficient, but also has struggled from long range, shooting just 3 of 12 on 3-pointers.
He was seen limping late in the Game 2 win, during which he was just the Rockets’ fifth-leading scorer, again leading to speculation about a possible calf or Achilles injury afterward.
“I’ll be cool,” he said.
In a duel of the league’s two highest scoring offenses, the team that shot the best prevailed in each of the first two meetings.
With Kevin Durant going 14 of 27 from the field in a 37-point effort, the Warriors outshot the Rockets 52.5 percent to 45.9 in the Game 1 win.
The Rockets countered in Game 2 with a more balanced approach, with Eric Gordon, P.J. Tucker and Trevor Ariza combining to go 23 of 33 Womens Lamar Jackson Jersey , accounting for 68 of Houston’s 127 points in the win. Houston shot 51.1 percent in the win.
The Warriors, who lost just once in four playoff series en route to the championship last year, suffered their third loss of the 2018 postseason in Game 2. They have rebounded to win by a total of 34 points in the game after each of their first two losses.
The Rockets, meanwhile, had the best road record in the NBA during the regular season (31-10), and have won three of four on the road in their first two playoff series.
The Warriors, who held home-court advantage in every series the past three seasons, will be hosting a Game 3 for the first time since 2014. They lost that game 98-96 to the Los Angeles Clippers, with Paul contributing 15 points and 10 assists to the winning effort.
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