Isaiah Thomas’ defense is a problem the Celtics must keep hiding

We saw the curse of the postseason press conference when Russell Westbrook tensely interrupted a reporter’s question directed to his teammate, but there’s a bright side. You’d Cheap Sports Jerseys also never get this type of interruption from Isaiah Thomas when he butted into a question asked to Avery Bradley about a couple big defensive plays Thomas made.

Still, this is mostly an innocent mistake, with Thomas and Smart not realizing they were both scrambling to the open man until it was too late. Given another star player’s defense in this series, Thomas’s cross-court sprint to attempt to close out on Nikola Mirotic is appreciated.

That’s where we are now, then. We’re in the middle of the story, and there’s an ending that goes down the Bob Horner path, and there’s an ending that leads to Cooperstown. It’s still just May, after all, and a month from now, Stanton might be hitting .290 with 20 homers, laughing at concern-trolling like this. I’d say the likeliest scenario is him rebounding to the player he was. We have 3,000 plate appearances that suggest Stanton is one of the best power hitters of all time, and about 600 that suggest he’s not the same player. It’s always wise to pay attention to the bigger sample.

I hope that’s the case, because all of the attention that’s rightfully going to Aaron Judge is making me miss the Giancarlo Stanton who excited the world in the same way. It wasn’t that long ago. And it doesn’t have to go away. The further away Stanton gets from his pre-2016 success, though, I’ll fidget and worry just a little bit more. The new flavor of the month is thrilling as all heck, but I’m not ready to toss the flavor of the last few years aside after 13 months of disappointing-if-solid numbers. He deserves better.

Blackhawks trade goalie Scott Darling to Hurricanes for draft pick

One of the bigger free agents on this summer’s NHL goalie market is already off the board. And the playoffs aren’t even over yet.

The Chicago Blackhawks got aggressive on Friday night, trading goalie Scott Darling to the Carolina Hurricanes for a third-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Darling becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Until then, the Hurricanes now have exclusive rights to negotiate a new contract with him.

Per Cap Friendly, the Hurricanes have over $16 million in cap space right now to fill with a new Darling contract. The question now is what becomes of current goalies Eddie Lack or Cam Ward. Neither player’s contract is up until after next season, though it’s possible they buy out Lack’s deal after he clashed with head coach Bill Peters this season.

No, this is the NBA’s fault, and they’ve let this loophole remain open too long. Two years ago, a rule change was proposed but didn’t pass at the Board of Governor’s meeting. Last summer, the league extended the final two-minute rule to every quarter, not just the fourth, but it was a half measure that still leaves open the most egregious version of the strategy.

Yes, if you’re opening your email account to send me a scathing paragraph about why intentional fouls should not be banned, I get it. I’ve heard the argument a hundred times before.

In your opinion, free throw shooting is just another weakness. If Cheap Tigers Jerseys a player is too small to defend his player in the post, then teams try to exploit that. If a player can’t shoot threes, his defender won’t guard him out to the perimeter. The solution seems so simple: just shoot free throws Cheap Throwback Basketball Jerseys better. If you stop intentional fouling, then are you also going to prevent players from exploiting other weaknesses? Or so the argument goes.

Steelers chairman Dan Rooney dies at 84

“We didn’t think about your skin color or your accent or what church you went to. What mattered was that you lived up to your word, pulled your own weight and looked out for your friends,” Rooney, who was one of the first NFL owners to sign multiple black players, wrote in his memoir.

“I would never quite experience anything like being a Pittsburgh Steeler, playing for Mr. Rooney and the Steeler organization that had such a rich history of just lining up and kicking ass and winning,” former linebacker Kevin Greene said last summer at his Hall of Fame induction. “It was awesome to be a part of that, playing in front of the Steeler Nation and feeding off that energy from those fans.

“Make no mistake, it was the pinnacle of my football life. Mr. Rooney, thank you.”

Rooney’s father, Art, founded the Steelers in 1933 and Dan Rooney eventually succeeded his father as the team’s primary owner. Dan Rooney was the team president from 1975 to 2002 and became the Steelers’ chairman in 2003. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000.

The NFL’s “Rooney Rule,” which mandates that teams interview at least one minority candidate for head coaching and senior football operation jobs, was implemented in 2002 and is named for the longtime Steelers owner.

President Barack Obama appointed Rooney as the U.S. ambassador to Ireland in 2009, a Cheap Packer Jerseys Cheap Original Soccer Jerseys position he held until December of 2012.