During Griffin's absence last season - he suffered a partially torn quadriceps tendon in December (against Utah, eerily enough) that held him out until late March - Paul's stats increased from 19.3 points and 9.4 assists per game to 20 points and 11.1 assists per contest.
Portland could never answer the Warriors stellar play. If they did not produce a win in Game 4 and every following game, their season would be over. Lose this game and Portland gets to go home so you can expect the team to try very hard to prolong the inevitable.
The series victor takes on the Anaheim Ducks in Round 2. Nashville did it better, truly resembling for the first time the Stanley Cup contender they were thought to be when the season started. "For a lot of us, this is probably the worst feeling we've had after any season", said star winger Patrick Kane , who likely will decide this weekend whether to play in the upcoming world championships.
But both transfers collapsed on deadline day after paperwork failed to arrive at La Liga headquarters on time. The Spanish global penned a new contract at Old Trafford until June 2019 days after the transfer window closed, with the Costa Rican Keylor Navas - who would have been a makeweight in the deal - re-establishing himself as the first choice for Los Blancos .
However, Southampton manager Claude Puel has this morning in his pre-Chelsea press conference suggested that Saints midfielder Oriol Romeu isn't far behind Kante, stating that he "brings the same qualities" as the Blues man. "I can't get carried away though and will focus on learning and improving to help the team". "No, but if I get it, I will invite N' Golo to come to me with the stage", said Hazard.
On their final possession, after the ball changed hands to the Cavs and was regained by the Pacers , George attempted a 3-pointer to tie, but the shot was long and James secured the rebound, spelling the end for the Pacers and their season.
Now for us it's very important to try to fight and try to win the title". I think it's the right way for me, for the players, to be always together during different moments: positive or negative moments. In this part of the season, it's not easy. Earlier in the week, Saints boss Claude Puel claimed the Spaniard was nearly as good as newly-crowned PFA player of the year N'Golo Kante.
Kante also played a huge role, with the new PFA Players' player of the year his usual imperious self in the heart of midfield during the Premier League clash. And the Nigeria worldwide claims the 26-year-old midfielder has got something every team would like to have in a player. "And, also, it's important to understand that, sometimes, you can see players with great talent, with great talent to score goals .
Showtime will televise live at 4:15 p.m. ET/1:15 p.m. PT from sold-out Wembley Stadium in London. But Joshua's defence of the IBF belt against Klitschko will have 10,000 more people crammed into Wembley on Saturday night. "I've seen it happen. just before the first bell they crumble like a cookie and totally lose the concept", he said. He lost because he didn't throw no damn punches .
It's great to know that we have a final to play a week after the championship finishes. "We passed a big step, a big psychological step, after the defeat against United", Conte said. Indeed, it took them just nine minutes to add a third goal in the second half as Costa held off Ryan Bertrand to nod Cesc Fabregas's cross past Fraser Forster and bring up his half-century of Premier League goals from just 85 matches.
I just try to be who I am. I just say that we forget the trophy we won. 'You give me everything you have, I thank you for that. It is just common sense. United can make it 24 Premier League games unbeaten if they win tomorrow's derby, but Mourinho has insisted the clash is not about him and Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.
Majority probably felt we would give them a good game, but they are after all, THE BLACKHAWKS and we could beat them but probably would go seven games and Chicago wins. No one expected the Nashville Predators to beat the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. Not only was this a No. 8 seed beating a No.
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO's gorgeous girlfriend Hayden Panettiere will be cheering him on against Anthony Joshua on Saturday night. "Klitschko has won 64 of his 68 professional bouts and will be looking to secure another success against Joshua, who is yet to taste defeat as a professional and will put his IBF title on the line".
Barcelona has the lead on the head-to-head tiebreaker, but Madrid still has a game in hand, at Celta Vigo. Osasuna travel to Barcelona with 10 players out injured and knowing a defeat coupled with a win for Leganes at home to Las Palmas would confirm their relegation and a swift return to the second division.
Revealing he would leave contract negotiations to Palace's board, Allardyce added: "We haven't had a bid yet". He's quite fortunate there's not more serious damage, but whether he'll be fit by the end of the season is a doubt at this moment in time , which is not great for us with Scott Dann being a long-term injury.
The notes, found near a Bible, were handed over in full, the district attorney's spokesman said. A lawyer for Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez, who was engaged to Hernandez, went to court Monday morning asking a judge to release the three notes her fiance left in his prison cell before he was found dead last Wednesday .
The rebuilding White Sox (8-9) will look to continue their offensive momentum after they ended a 23-inning scoreless streak with three runs in the first inning Sunday against Cleveland. Speaking of Frazier, the Sox's torching of the Royals bullpen was enough to get him out of his slump, as he followed-up a two-run triple by a scuffling Tyler Saladino by drilling a two-run double to left with the bases loaded.
Stephen Piscotty collected it and made a strong throw that beat Coghlan easily, but with Molina hunched over securing the ball, Coghlan jumped over him headfirst. In the top of the seventh inning against the St. Louis Cardinals, a man achieved flight. Ryan Tepera then came on and closed out a hard-fought 6-5 victory, stranding the tying run at second.
In overtime, Kawhi did his best to carry the Spurs to the win with eight points in the overtime period, but Conley's Grizzlies outlasted Leonard's furious effort for the win. Bench players stepped up, as Harrison, Daniels and Green all being big factors in the Memphis win, so it's going to give them more confidence going into the next game.
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic finished third behind the Chelsea duo of Kante and Hazard, followed by Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez, Everton's Romelu Lukaku, and Tottenham's Harry Kane. "I think he's not far off Kante", Puel said. "So, we can divide it with two". "Whenever we broke on them last season, I always had the fear factor that Kante was coming back and I knew we didn't have much time before he got there", Deeney said.
In this case, without the Stifle Tower shutting down the paint, Chris Paul put on a show. From the opening possession, Paul came out aggressive and quickly scored the first bucket of the game. All-Star Gordon Hayward (20/6/2) led the losing side in scoring, but shot just 5-of-15 on the night. For the game, the Clippers shot 52.4 percent to 45.7 percent for the Jazz.
Chelsea's title rivals Tottenham can cut the gap again back to four points with victory at Crystal Palace on Wednesday - live on Sky Sports . "I think it's very important in this part of the season that everyone, every single player, feels a part of this project".
Williams, a 23-time major champion, was last seen participating in the Australian Open in January which she ultimately won . Serena Williams has not played since then, citing a knee injury. However, what appears to be bigger than the rumored baby news is that Williams was most likely pregnant as far back as her first match at this year's Australia Open, which was in January.
The star duo were surprisingly omitted from the starting line up, with Willian and Michy Batshuayi hand starting berths. Hazard almost set up N'Golo Kante for Chelsea's fourth goal of the evening on a lightning-fast counter-attack, but the France international's final product was lacking and parried away by Forster.
Kevin Durant, sidelined the past two games with a left calf injury, scored 10 points in 20 minutes on the floor and Draymond Green added 21. Portland got no closer than 18 in the second quarter, and no closer than 23 after intermission.
He was found hanging by his bed sheet last Wednesday inside his prison cell at the state's maximum security prison in Shirley. Officials reported three letters were found in Hernandez's cell; one for his fiancee, the other for his daughter.
The Bundesliga side's coach was damaged by three explosions as the team was making its way from the team hotel to the Signal Iduna Park on Tuesday, with defender Marc Bartra requiring surgery on a fractured wrist and shrapnel wounds following the blast.
Butler, a restricted free agent, signed his one-year tender from the Pats last week. " Sources: #Saints & Adrian Peterson believed to be closing in on a deal that'd pay him $3M+ in '17". The Saints may want to wait and see if a running back they like is available in the draft, which could make them less interested in Peterson. He posted a message on social media last month insisting that his decision won't be about money and that his main objective is "finding the best fit and helping a ...
The Rockets' three-man bench has been exceptional throughout the series, which resumes with Game 5 tonight at Toyota Center and the Thunder on the brink of elimination. The Rockets began eating up the clock after that and Oklahoma City missed shot after shot that could have closed the gap. However, a bit of genius turned the one-point opportunity into three.
Chelsea play Arsenal in the FA Cup final on May 27 and will hope to have wrapped up the league by then, with Sunday's trip to Everton the most hard proposition in their final five games. "I know the history but I believe this is an exciting team", Pochettino said. "We ran the 90 minutes against Spurs, defended all together and fought until the end".
Of course, the game was not without controversy as Cristiano Ronaldo's hat trick pushed Real Madrid to beat Bayern Munich. "Swindled in the truest sense of the word", Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said in his post-game dinner speech, after Tuesday's 4-2 loss in Madrid saw the Spanish side progress 6-3 on aggregate.
Investigators believe Hernandez killed himself in a MA prison. Hernandez, were also present to say their goodbyes to the fallen sports star. Hernandez was serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd . Hernandez's mother, Terri Hernandez , strayed onto the historic funeral home's wraparound porch prior to her son's service to smoke a cigarette. "The family of Aaron Hernandez wishes to thank all of you for the thoughtful expressions of condolences", read a statement ...
Werenski led all rookie defenseman during the regular season with 11 goals and 36 assists in 78 games. Columbus Blue Jackets' Josh Anderson, right, tries to control the puck as Pittsburgh Penguins' Olli Maatta, of Finland, defends during the second period in Game 3 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series, Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio .
Lanzini saw his powerful shot bravely blocked by Phil Jagielka as West Ham continued to look the more likely team to score, before the hosts brought on Diafra Sakho for Jonathan Calleri, who had been ineffective in his first league start of the campaign.
Gareth Bale's run of injury misery continued on Tuesday as Real Madrid said their record signing had picked up a calf injury that rules him out for up to four league games and their Champions League semi-final tie with Atletico Madrid. The Brazilian opened the scoring for Real Madrid in the 28th minute, tapping home at the back post after Ramos had fired Marcelo's cross against the post.