The Pacers quickly got the ball back after a LeBron James turnover, but James redeemed himself on the other end with one of his trademark chasedown blocks.
Huge third quarter for Cleveland — outscoring the Pacers 32-17 — gives the Cavs a 81-73 lead heading into the fourth. The last three games of the series, Cleveland had been outscored in the third quarter by a combined 24 points. Tonight, the Cavs flipped the script.
Westbrook turns and shows the official his sleeve pulled all the way down to his wrist after a drive, as Ricky Rubio drills a 3 on the other end. The Jazz are on the verge of not just eliminating the Thunder, but humiliating them, too.
Rudy Gobert picked up his fourth foul with 9:23 left in the third, opening a small window of opportunity for the Thunder to maybe close the gap. Instead, the Jazz have blown it open even wider, to 25.
In some ways, missing the playoffs might’ve been a better outcome for this Thunder team. A disaster of course, but not the complete public shaming and exposition of every issue they have like this series is.
The Browns know Myles Garrett can become a dominant pass-rusher, but they needed a solid run-stopper to complement him. Thomas at first will help at every position on the line in the rotation.
The Texans extended Andre Hal last year and added Tyrann Mathieu this year, but they needed more depth at safety after losing Marcus Gilchrist and Eddie Pleasant. Reid, brother of free-agent safety Eric Reid, is well-rounded with his coverage and run play to become a solid starter in time.
Brandon Clarke, a 6-8 transfer eligible next season, averaged 17.5 PPG at San Jose State during the 2016-17 season. Mark Few has another team that could win the national championship. You shouldn’t be surprised.
Don’t worry about junior Admiral Schofield (13.9 PPG, 40 percent from 3) entering the draft without hiring an agent. He’s the perfect candidate to go through the process and return next season more motivated.
The Lions reach a little for a free safety with size, but former Pro Bowler Glover Quinn is 32, and Walker shares many of the same traits as an active, rangy cover man.