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Scott McTominay plays Ralf Rangnicks Red Devils, who will end in style in 2021

McTominay scored one goal and another in Manchester United's 3-1 win (Author: Gardener)

Scott McTominayManchester United ended the 2021 Premier League games in impressive fashion as Scott McTominay led Ralf Rangnick's side to a 3-1 home win over Burnley. He scored one goal, managed another and dominated midfield. McTominay's dynamic was the dividing line in a fight that was more even than the outcome suggests. While there were many in red who seemed to have their teething troubles with Rangnicks 4-4-2, McTominay put everything together perfectly and led the Red Devils to a first win in 19 COVID-troubled days. Still, looking ahead to 2022, United is at least in the mix to meet their minimal expectations. four points behind Arsenal in fourth place with one game in hand and still with that tendency to flattering results. It was, however, an appropriate reflection on McTominay's Excellency. While Nemanja Matic shielded the defense, the Scottish international could rage up and down in the hunt for the ball. If it was his performance in front of goal that caught the eye, the little things were no less decisive for the hosts' success. He would threaten Chris Wood from the air to prevent set pieces and shots on goal and cut an important outball for Burnley. No player beat their four-ball recovery in the first half. Often a gamer defined by his pace of work or physicality, he displayed no small technical excellence. When Cristiano Ronaldo touched the penalty area violently, he seized the moment; a hard-hitting low drive that curls into Wayne Hennessey's lower corner. It was a strange "assist" from Ronaldo, a rare heavy touch that instead touched down perfectly for his teammate. McTominay returned the favor more than once. First he raced through midfield and held out until the right moment to push a through pass into the feet of his No. 7. Not for the first time on Thursday, he struck through the air in frustration as the ball caught under his feet before he could fire a convincing shot. McTominay would then have to make it easier for him. He did, another well-placed shot from a distance that was too much for Hennessey, who could only tip it on the post. Of course, Ronaldo was there for the rebound, a casual blow from the outside of his right shoe brought the tall man the 47th goal of the calendar year. Even if he's not overwhelmed, Ronaldo seems to be figuring out a way to score a goal. At this point United were already two-way ahead, Luke Shaw and Jadon Sancho combined a quick dart on his right foot and a shot at the far post. Ben Mee put out a desperate shoe that Premier League officials saw as the crucial touch. One would guess that both parties would be rather happy if Sancho, an impressive, if infrequent, participant in the competition, received that goal. But they'd been far too good to score three goals in the first place, and their wingers presented Harry Maguire and his companions with a lot of trouble. Although it was Eric Bailly who made the initial mistake that allowed Aaron Lennon to capture the ball, his senior central defense partner only made things worse by pulling back further and further, leaving an angle open to head towards the far post meeting. Lennon found the point on point, not the strongest punch, but one that rolled just far enough out of David de Gea's reach. After fighting his way back into the fight, Burnley barely came out of the traps in the second half. Mee threw a header off the back post shortly after Raphael Varane replaced the injured Eric Bailly, who hopes he'll still be able to take part in the Africa Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast. Burnley's bombing of the United Box never quite got through; Matej Vydra could have done more with a late cross from Matt Lowton, Erik Pieters fired a shot on his weaker right foot and James Tarkowski overtook Maguire and headed straight at De Gea after time ran out.

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Manchester United versus Burnley

Minute-to-minute report: Join Rob Smyth for updates as Ralf Rangnick's team plays their first game in 18 days against a Burnley team (Author: Gardener)

BurnleyPlease use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Minute-by-minute report: Join Rob Smyth for updates as Ralf Rangnick's side take on a Burnley side as they play their first game in 18 days. 90. Min. Pieters misses a decent chance and hits a new shot with his right foot after the ball ricochets off United. 89 min. Westwood's deep corner is beheaded from a few yards by Tarkowski on the far post. As with Mee's chance at the start of half, he jumped a little early, although he probably felt he had to jump in front of everyone else to have a chance at winning the header. 87 mins An exceptional curling pass from Westwood down the right inner channel - the kind that De Bruyne and Alexander-Arnold mastered - narrowly escapes the stretching Vydra on the far post. 86 min Man Utd's next game is on Monday at home against the Wolves. 74 min. Cavani covers his face with Mee after an air raid. There wasn't much in it; I think he got caught by a lost arm. Cavani goes down under a challenge from Ben Mee. Photo: Oli Scarff / AFP / Getty Images 84 min Another Burnley change - Erik Pieters is on duty for Dwight McNeil. 84 min. A snap volley from Shaw on the D-edge flies over the crossbar. 83 min I'll wake you up when the second half begins. 80 min Another change at Manchester United: Diogo Dalot replaces Mason Greenwood. This is a bit of a surprise as I assumed he would replace Aaron Wan-Bissaka instead of playing in front of him. 70 min. Hennessey makes a spectacular parade with his Cavani face. It was a nice move too - Sancho's deep cross found Ronaldo, who steered them eight meters away back towards Cavani. He twisted his body to ram the bouncing ball towards goal and Hennessey's coupon did the rest. Edinson Cavani shoots on goal after a shot from Hennessey. 79.Min. Ronaldo hammers the free kick into the wall and puts Tarkovsky on the floor. 78 min. Stephens is likely to be severely punished for challenging McTominay 22 yards from goal. Ronaldo is over the free kick. 76 min. "That's the thing about Scott McT," says Adam Roberts. 75 min. Cavani is furious when he gets up. He speaks to Mee, then turns his attention to Sean Dyche on the sidelines. 74 min A change for Burnley: Matej Vydra replaces Aaron Lennon, who played really well in number 10. 69 min There wasn't that much United pressing tonight, especially not as much as in the last Premier League home game against Crystal Palace. 63 min Lennon walks into the box at Bailly and wins a corner. Repetitions suggest Bailly didn't touch the ball, so if Burnley hits from the corner we will have fun and games. Aaron Lennon argues with Eric Bailly. 67 min. Westwood's deep, inward corner is beheaded by Mee at the far post. I think he timed his jump wrongly and was on his way down when he hit the ball. 67 min. The excellent Lennon robbed McTominay and passed the ball to McNeil, whose cross was pushed back by Wan-Bissaka. A Burnley gate now would liven up the evening. 65 min. There is a break in play while the hapless Eric Bailly is treated. 63 min They don't and United collapses. Sancho is stopped on the edge of the Burnley area, but Ronaldo intercepts the ball and puts it back by McTominay. It ripples another crackling long-range shot, which is shot over the bar by the flying Hennessey with his fingertips. 61 min It was a slow, reserved second half, as if both teams were unconsciously saving some energy for their upcoming games. 60 min “Evening Rob”, says Stephen Carr. "I enjoy the debate about which formation is best for a player who doesn't want to be with a club that doesn't even have a permanent manager and the assistant manager probably doesn't want that player anyway." 55 min. Ralf Rangnick doesn't look very enthusiastic on the sidelines. United have been more ruthless than brilliant, but I think that tops the crap they served up the other day. 57 min Wood's looping header is conveniently saved directly under the crossbar by de Gea. 52.Min. Ronaldo almost gets through Sancho with an improvised chest pass. 50 mins. A Greenwood rasp is pushed away with both hands by Hennessey, a decent but ultimately comfortable parade. 49.Min. Greenwood's cross is headed by Ronaldo in front of the near post. 49 min There is nothing to report in the first minutes of the second half. Manchester United under Ralf Rangnick is on course for a third win in four league games after an exciting first half. The star was Scott McTominay, who scored the first and unwittingly third for Cristiano Ronaldo. Burnley looked dangerous in the future, but it's a long way back. Aaron Lennon gets one back for Burnley! Aaron Lennon retires one for Burnley. McTominay, 20 yards away, flashed a curling shot which was pushed down the post by Hennessey rather brilliantly. The ball bounced back on Ronaldo, who casually pushed it into the empty net with the outside of his right foot. Congregation Notes The second goal was officially credited as Ben Mee oh gee. Related: Lukaku 'not happy' with Chelsea situation as problems mount for Tuchel "Per Pogba question, I think United's current squad is best suited for 4-3-3 to allow any quick strikers to spin and the left / right center more / less attacking depending on the opponent… ”says Mark Childs. "Of course we would need a good CDM to hold the midfielder together, but we need that anyway." We're still entertaining Pogba as a believable option, right? I like 4-3-3 as a system when you have the right players; I just don't see how to play it with these players, especially Bruno Fernandes. 45 + 2 min. Greenwood pulls a shot past the near post after defeating Lennon with a stylish stepover. 43 min The result is a bit tough for Burnley, who contributed a lot to an exciting half. 42 min. Greenwood runs down the left at Lowton and takes a good cross, which Ronaldo heads to the far post. 41 min Aaron Lennon and Cristiano Ronaldo played against each other for the first time on October 18, 2003. Ronaldo pushes the third and certainly no turning back for Burnley. 40 min By the way, this is the Paul Jones save I was talking about (1:20 minutes) Lennon took out Bailly's bag 40 meters and went straight to the goal. He ran toward Maguire, who was kicking backwards, into the area, then shoved a gentle low shot that hit the sprawling de Gea and crept into the lower corner. 34 min. At the other end, Wood is held off by Bailly after a wrestling match with Maguire. Sean Dyche asks the fourth official why series jersey grabber Maguire Wood was allowed to partially undress in the penalty area. 33 min. Greenwood's long-distance curler is comfortably rescued by Hennessey, who falls on his left. 33 min "Luke Shaw certainly plays like the 78th best player in the world," cheers Matt Dony. 30th minute: Another chance for Ronaldo! McTominay knocked Cork and another Burnley player off the ball in midfield, stormed forward and shot an angled pass to Ronaldo right in the box. Ronaldo's first touch left the ball behind, and by the time he was able to shoot, there were enough Burnley defenders around to hold it off. Man United doubles its lead. 29 min. “Hi Rob,” says Ruth Purdue. “Do you think Pogba will fit into this formation if the coach stays with it? He's the best passer in the team, maybe even in the league (apart from Kevin). Although he's leaving in the summer. ”Since Ralf Rangnick's favorite word is“ intensity ”, I can't imagine that Pogba would be at the top of his list of dream midfielders. Actually, that's arguably a Ben Mee own goal - Sancho's shot took a slight but decisive distraction from his outstretched right foot. The goal came from a Burnley mistake when Lowton and McNeil tackled each other 35 yards from goal. Shaw picked up the loose ball and found Sancho on the left. He cut inward, shifted the ball with quick feet and shot a low shot in the direction of the far corner. Without Mees touch it would have probably gone far. The classic way in which Sancho moved the ball away from Tarkowski and shot it in the same movement, however, came straight from his Dortmund showreel. 20 min: Just far from Shaw! He storms over the center line, uses Greenwood by not using it, and runs to the edge of the area before cutting over a driveway that ruffles the side net. Far from Luke Shaw. 25 min. The resulting corner leads to a little scramble in which Cavani's snapshot is blocked. Greenwood cut in from right and blocked a shot. He collected the ball near the byline and played it back to Ronaldo at the edge of the box. Ronaldo shifted the ball to his left foot in the infield to shoot. This did not happen, however, because McTominay ran onto the ball and shot past Hennessey for the first time with his side foot. Nice stuff from the Manchester United midfielder. Photo: Matthew Peters / Manchester United / Getty Images Photo: Matthew Peters / Manchester United / Getty Images 24 min Greenwood pings a cross shot that is kicked back by Mee at the near post. 22 min. Matic fouls Gudmundsson near the corner flag on the left. de Gea hits the free kick and doesn't get close, but the unseen Wood (I think) can only head the ball straight into the air. It falls on the head of a United defender who does what is necessary. 19 min Jon Champion, the Amazon Commentator, Confirms Nick Pope and Jay Rodriguez have Covid. 18 min United's form is interesting. Especially Sancho stays far most of the time. 17 min Not much has happened in the last few minutes. The game still feels very open, however, and Burnley is playing some good stuff. 13 min "Ah, the secret of van de Beek", says Mary Waltz. Maybe he's bad in training. ”What makes you so sure that he will get a game in training? There was a goal at one end or the other and Scott McTominay scored. Scott McTominay gives the home side the lead. Photo: Dan Mullan / Getty Images 10 min At the other end, Gudmundsson's stabbing volley hits Wan-Bissaka. Burnley really came to play. 6 min: Ronaldo misses a sitter! Shaw earned the chance with a terrific long pass that put Ronaldo on target. He controlled an awkwardly rebounding ball with his head, but then shot a half-volley shot from the penalty area with his side foot over the crossbar. Ronaldo seizes an early chance for United. Photo: Oli Scarff / AFP / Getty Images Photo: Oli Scarff / AFP / Getty Images Photo: Oli Scarff / AFP / Getty Images 5 min Burnley has got off to a really good start. Lennon pauses to find Wood flashing a curler just a short distance from the edge of the field. Incidentally, McNeil started on the right, Gudmundsson on the left. 4 min. A great cross from Lowton is beheaded past the far post by Wood, eight meters from the goal. 3 min United started with Sancho and Greenwood playing wide instead of number 10. 2 min Tacticswatch: Burnley plays 4-4-1-1 while Lennon growls behind Chris Wood. 1 min. Peep-beep! Manchester United starts from right to left. "It's all about energy" 🏃‍♂️Ralf Rangnick knows his team has a fight against Burnley tonight! Watch LIVE with #PLonPrime ➡️ https://t.co/i14Y4Ee229 pic.twitter.com/ dSxnmHUpZ5— Amazon Prime Video Sport (@primevideosport) December 30, 2021 At the request of Norwich, the Premier League board met today and regrettably agreed to postpone the club's away game against Leicester, which will be played on January 1 at 3pm should - Premier League (@ Premierleague) December 30, 2021 "I think the Dropzone trilogy is headlining a rave in Bristol this weekend," says Edan Tal. Not sure if to cheer because #Cavani starts or groan because #mufc has three numbers 10 available, #Rangnicks 4-2-2-2 requires two of them, and he didn't even pick one. What does #vandeBeek have to do to get a game? - United Writing (@united_writing) December 30, 2021 van de Beek has started two Premier League games in 2021, both when the entire first team was rested. Ralf Rangnick makes six changes compared to the 1-1 draw in Newcastle. Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Luke Shaw, Eric Bailly, Nemanja Matic, Jadon Sancho and Edinson Cavani replace Diogo Dalot, Alex Telles, Raphael Varane, Fred Fred, Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford. Sean Dyche made two changes to the 0-0 draw against West Ham. Aaron Lennon and Wayne Hennessey replace Jay Rodriguez and Nick Pope, who are not on the roster. We don't know yet if Lennon will play up front or outside in a five-man midfield. Hennessey will definitely play in goal. Related: "Player welfare is out of scale": Dyche hits back over busy schedule complaints Hello and welcome to the live coverage of Manchester United v Burnley at Old Trafford. United struggled to beat 20th place Norwich before Christmas, really struggled to get a draw with 19th place Newcastle on Monday and I'm not going to offend your intelligence by telling you where Burnley is in the League stands. We're hard-wired to see Manchester United versus Burnley as our home banker. It's not the way United play and it hasn't been for a while. Burnley has drawn three times and won one of their last five games at Old Trafford. United and Burnley are harder hit by Covid cancellations than most of the others. United have only played once in the past two and a half weeks; Burnley didn't play at all. This is their first game since they drew 0-0 at home to West Ham on December 12th and they have at least two games against all teams before them.

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Warriors back on top, bulls crawling up; Kemba Walker leads Knick's climb; Celts fall

There have been many changes and roster changes in the final NBA power rankings of 2021 (Author: Gardener)

Kemba WalkerThe Warriors beat the Grizzlies to a huge win in Phoenix on Christmas Day before suffering disappointment at home against the Nuggets without the services of Draymond Green. He's made more than 35 percent of his 3-point mark just once in his last nine games when he went 8 for 14 against Memphis. Jordan Clarkson has stepped up in Mitchell's absence, scooping 21 points, six rebounds and five assists in the two games, while Bojan Bogdanovic averaged 19.3 points on 42 percent 3-point shooting in four games this week. The Suns beat Thunder twice this week but lost back-to-back games against the Warriors and Grizzlies and dropped from # 1 in the power rankings. The Suns finally had a few players (and head coach Monty Williams) put in logs this week, so hopefully they're not on the verge of a major outbreak. Devin Booker had a terrible performance against Golden State on Christmas Day but scored 30 or more points in every other game that week. Cam Johnson reached 13 for 25 out of 3-point range in the four games. A. teams this week thanks to two great accomplishments by James Harden in his first action since retiring from health and safety logs. Harden orchestrated the offense like in his old Houston days, scoring 37.5 points, 12.5 assists and nine rebounds while going 7-17 off the 3-point range. Patty Mills was crazy about beating the Lakers at Christmas, making career highs in both the points (34) and 3-pointers (eight). Despite their squad problems throughout the season, the Nets continued to win at a fast pace. The Heat went through 3-0 this week despite even more players being lost to health and safety protocols, leading to the postponement of the game on Wednesday night. They got Jimmy Butler back, however, and he didn't miss a beat, averaging 21 points, 10 assists, 9.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals in his first two games on the lineup. Tyler Herro averaged 21 points in three games this week, despite only scoring two against the Magic, which shows how good he did in the other two games. The Knicks finally lined up some wins, beating the Hawks, Wolves, and Pistons to wrap up the week. These aren't the most formidable opponents given their available roster, but New York will take all the wins it can at this point in time. Kemba Walker's incredible run continued with 44 points in the loss to the Wizards on Thursday and a triple-double of 10 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in the Christmas Day win against the Hawks. The Knicks were on the verge of losing to a depleted Pistons team on Wednesday, but a strong fourth off the bench saved the day. They gambled away a 19-point lead against the Bucks at Christmas, then lost to a Wolves team without their top three goalscorers, and followed with the second worst 3-point shoot night in NBA history, 4 for 42 from the depths a loss to the Clippers. Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart both missed the last two games of the week when the Celtics had an offensive rating of 98.4. LeBron James tests the hypothesis that a man can carry an entire NBA team on his own and get 36 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 7.8 assists per game on 46 percent 3-point shooting in the week before his 37th birthday. Unfortunately, the Lakers could only win one of their four games and fell to the Spurs, Nets and Grizzlies. has now lost six out of seven games that will start the new year.

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Why Javonte Green is thriving in the Bulls starting XI

Javonte Green's ruthlessly abandoned style of play clicked with the Bulls' grid but he's more than an energetic guy. (Author: Gardener)

Javonte GreenJavonte Green has a distinctive move that he likes to do when training the Chicago Bulls. Green steps to the strip, whizzes, then when the ball falls through the net it moves forward. After a jump, the springy 6-foot-4 power-forward engages in a flowing movement, jumps in powerfully - sometimes between the legs, sometimes backwards, sometimes in windmill fashion. "Practice playing," Green cracked after scoring 14 points, two steals and a block in Wednesday's 131-117 win over the Atlanta Hawks. How Green plays is, in a word, energetic. Green is already notorious among fans and teammates for trying dunks every rim run he takes. He compensates for being an undersized power forward by attacking the offensive glass with ferocity, racing through and around screens and tirelessly chasing blocks and steals. On a grid with a lot of goal-shooting and playmaking talent, he is perfectly cast to fill gaps as an on-ball threat on the defensive and a lunch-bucket layup hunter on the offensive - traits that helped the Bulls To survive loss of Patrick Williams, who started the season as four, to injury. In terms of disposition, Green gives a unit that - in Lonzo Ball, Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Vučević - offers a lot of skill and serenity, but sometimes benefits from a chaotic intensity. "He's a nice shot in the arm for this group," reigning head coach Chris Fleming said of Green. "They have a lot of calm guys who play at their own pace and Javonte gets us a little upset at times." “I just want to do everything that DeMar and Zach and Vooch don't necessarily have to do,” says Green of his approach. Just give them energy. Because they'll shoot the ball anyway. With 28 appearances - he missed four with COVID-19 in early December - and 17 starts, Green achieved an average of 5.9 points, 4.3 rebounds (with a 97. He even hit 50.8 percent of his field goal attempts and 37.5 percent on a low 3-volume volume - 48.4 percent on 31 corner attempts - although he gets 30.2 percent into the campaign from a distance for his career. It is by far the largest role he has in his NBA Had a career that began at the bottom of the bench with the Boston Celtics in 2019 and then moved to Chicago when he was transferred to Daniel Theis for at least the trading date of the season, even at the start of his third NBA season, which came in August with a When resumption at the Bulls began with a minimum contract, the 28-year-old Green couldn't imagine his role developing the way it was. "I didn't imagine that," said Green Training camp came this summer I was there just working on my game. Make sure they (the cops) know I work here. And I just feel like my mindset is just doing whatever it takes to get down to earth. ”The way he's connected is testament to the team building success of the Bulls front office and the adaptability of the coaching staff to seek Green in power despite being undersized and rarely used in the past. He's more than just an energy type for this group that consists of 22-10 through 32 games. "He's got a certain amount of tenacity, especially on the defensive," said White. “But I have the feeling that he doesn't get enough recognition on the offensive. “Everyone knows what they're doing defensively. But offensively, he opens up so much by smashing the glass, being able to hit the 3 and also putting the ball on the floor and being able to get to the basket - especially his off-ball movement opens up a lot for us, and the pressure he puts on exerts on the rim. I don't think his offense is being talked about enough and what he's doing for us at both ends of the court. ”Green's teammates and coaches know it, and so does he. "I know how much my team-mates and coaching staff value what I do and they tell me," he said. Click here to follow the Bulls Talk podcast.

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Bulls destroy Hawks in an offensive breakout

The Bulls extended their winning streak to five games with a blowout home win over the severely understaffed Atlanta Hawks. (Author: Gardener)

Bulls destroy HawksThe Atlanta Hawks lost 12 players in their 130-118 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Monday night. With Bogdan Bogdanović (who played 41 minutes on Monday), Gorgui Dieng (who played 22) and Malik Ellison who entered the health and safety logs on Tuesday, the Hawks rolled to Chicago with 13 players in logs and two more with additional injuries Nate McMillan said ahead of the game just four players out of their regular rotation: Trae Young, Cam Reddish, Clint Capela and bilateral guard Skylar Mays. In return, the Bulls won in a 131-117 round in which they temporarily led by 27. 1. Coby White stayed in the starting line-up instead of Lonzo Ball, but Javonte Green took the first turn in guarding Young - followed by Ayo Dosunmu again from the bench. Young got his and finished the night with 26 points and 11 assists. But the Bulls exhausted him as the game progressed, and without a lot of NBA talent around him, the Hawks superstar couldn't produce with his typically transcendent efficiency. He got his points in 10v23 shooting and coughed seven ball losses. 2. Dosunmu said after the morning shootout that part of the "joy of basketball" was taking up the challenge of guarding players like Young. The Bulls rookie stopped Young in the 0-for-5 shootout, forced a turnover, and blocked a shot when he matched him in Monday's game, according to NBA.com. In the second quarter he again blocked Young at the baseline and then pulled him clean towards the end of the third when he tried a blow-by. Dosunmu hit Young again in the third quarter, giving him three blocks from Young in two games. "He's a dog just like me," Green said of Dosunmu after the game. At the offensive end, Dosunmu made his first five shots - including several transitional layins and a stepback 3-pointer - en route to 14 points in 6v7 shooting. 3. The Bulls lost 130 points in 54.3 percent shooting in the win on Monday and then outdid each other on Wednesday against an even more exhausted team from Atlanta. In the first half they scored 74 points - 38 in the first quarter, 36 in the second - a new season high with an overwhelming 69.8 percent shooting. Not only did they hand out 24 assists in the first 24 minutes of the game, they also scored 22 points on the fast break, beating their average of 13.6 per game, which finished ninth in the NBA opening stages. Thirteen of those fast break points came in the second quarter, which the Bulls won 36:17, to break the game; the Hawks stayed until 6:24 of the period before the hosts started a 24-5 run to finish halfway. At the end of the game, the Bulls set new season highs for assists (38), fastbreak points (31) and field goal percentage (61.4 percent) - and placed themselves in double digits in seventh place (all five starters plus Dosunmu and Tyler Cook). Each of the 12 players who logged minutes scored a goal. 4. When asked before the game what he thinks is behind the Bulls 'dramatic improvement over last season, McMillan cited the game of the Bulls' "three all-stars": Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Vučević . And while the Bulls received contributions from almost all of the players, this trio again carried a heavy burden. With 20 rebounds, three steals and a block, he continued his consistently strong game - and increased his averages during the Bulls' winning streak in five games to 18.6 points, 14.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2 blocks (while he was 51.3 percent from the ground). and 39.3 percent from the 3-point range). 6. White scored his first double-double of the season with 17 points and 12 assists (with only three ball losses). This assist brand is just one of his career highs. Even if the 3-Ball is still not consistent - he missed five of his first six distance attempts before he was 2-3 in the fourth quarter - White was aggressive with his driving opportunities and made responsible decisions as a passer when things went downhill, regardless whether in the half-court or alternately. 7. Once again, with Ball and Alex Caruso on the shelf, the Bulls won the battle for bank points - this time 39-36 against a Skeleton Hawks crew. And Cook continues to emerge as a threat running around the edge, scoring 10 points in 5v6 and taking home a handful of powerful dunks. 8. Derrick Jones Jr. was listed as available to return with an Achilles tendon after three game absence, but didn't check in until 4:30 p.m. in the fourth quarter. He pulled down two rebounds and got two free throws after being fouled in an outrageous attempt at dunking. Acting head coach Chris Fleming said after the game that the decision to hire Jones Jr. "He (Jones Jr.) is an important part for us," said Fleming. 9. Mac McClung, wearing double zeros on his jersey, made his Bulls and NBA debut with a three-minute stint at the end of the fourth quarter. He made a turnover attempting a pass behind his back, but also drilled a pull-up middle-distance jumper to the delight of the home crowd. Between LaVine, Jones Jr., Green (who scored 14 points on a handful of opportunistic rim runs), Cook, Caruso - and, the hell, DeRozan and a sane Patrick Williams in there - the Bulls could keep the in-house dunk competition, if you wish this.

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Bulls beat shorthanded hawks again, improving to 22-10

The NBA now has a pretty good idea that the Bulls are real, most recently on Wednesday in a routine 131-117 win over a decimated Atlanta Hawks team missing a dozen players due to injuries and viruses. (Author: Gardener)

22-10With the win, the Bulls take their first streak of five games since 2017. The NBA now has a pretty good idea that the Bulls are real, most recently missing Wednesday in a routine 131-117 win over a decimated Atlanta Hawks team a dozen players due to injuries and viruses. Although perhaps not many complete teams would have withstood the Bulls Big Three, Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Vucevic with 61 points, 26 rebounds and 14 assists - 20 rebounds for Vucevic and 25 points on 10 of 13 shoots for LaVine - and the team season best with 61.9 percent shooting, 38 assists, a third game in a row, almost 50 percent combined on three and a fifth victory in a row. "We are extremely good," said Coby White, who also started extremely well for the virus-weakened Lonzo Ball with 17 points and 12 assists. The biggest on the team and me and DeMar had a chat before the game, we all have fun playing basketball and I think that's key. It's easier to play with guys like that, so as a team we are really all connected and we all have one goal of winning as many basketball games as possible. "We're just happy to be playing basketball at the end of the day," said White. "We just have a lot of people who love to play and sometimes it's hard to come by in this world. Coby White scored 17 points and added a season high of 12 assists in Chicago's 131-117 win over Atlanta on Wednesday. But what usually? Next comes a name like Jerami Grant or Harrison Barnes or Christian Wood or Marvin Bagley or Domantas Sabonis or Robert Covington or, you know, a real power forward, someone of greatness who can hit the last piece for the finale You know they play a 6-4 guy there, right? And once again he was damn good, Javonte Green scored 14 points with his usual selection of slam dunks and how-is-he-coming-down-there - such quick cuts and follows, a team that is by far the best plus-24 while being the main defender at Hawks All-Star Trae Young adding some of his usual, a couple of steals, a block, six of eight free throws . "That is one of the big reasons he's on the floor for us, "said undefeated substitute coach Chris Fleming Alm-Jungs, who play at their own pace, and Javonte somehow brings us up." Tap here to watch interim head coach Chris Fleming speak to the media after Chicago's 22nd win of the season. Well actually, the main reason he's on the floor is the bigger power forward Patrick Williams, who is likely out after wrist surgery for most of the season. But the guy who looked like a compensation throw-in to Daniel Theis when Chandler Hutchison and Daniel Gafford also moved on was just another surprise of this pleasantly surprising season. The Bulls let Theis go free, and perhaps the roving Greens resigned for two years in another quiet bustle of management. "He dips it all in," White said with a laugh as he marveled at some of Green's pre-game choreographies that should have a Stephen Curry-like appeal. And either one between the legs or a reverse dunk (when the ball hits the ground). The 28-year-old Green says it's just a hobby he picked up on his complex overseas trip from Radford University in Somewhere, Virginia and then Spain, Italy and Germany and the 2019 Celtics Summer League team for an unlikely NBA -Chance abroad. It seemed unlikely with the Bulls, but Arturas Karnisovas seems to have an eye for this team building thing. There were other options - and others may come - but the style of play of the virus-marginalized coach Billy Donovan emphasizes the speed and boisterous possibilities that Green offers despite its dimensional disadvantages. Even with a 6-4, the so-called "power forward", the Bulls are not often outdone and Wednesday led 41-37. Giant centers like Joel Embiid have been a problem at times, but it's no longer an NBA with power forward. The Bulls' Green doesn't do all that Draymond stuff, but he's not a softie. "I play a variety of sports growing up and I like being in contact," said Green. Often its kinetic energy is the ignition for the engine of this starting group, especially with Vucevic and DeRozan, who like to overlook the game first. Green is attacking it as he did on Wednesday with eight points in the first quarter in a confusing 38-36 start for the Bulls. "I just want to do everything DeMar and Zach and Vooch don't have to do, like guard the best player, just do all the little things, give them energy," said Green. Javonte Green had a season high of 14 points against the Hawks on Wednesday. Green had four quick free throws charging for the basket, got a reverse dunk on a run out, and another jump to the basket value on a LaVine pass as Hawks circled. "He (Green) has a certain amount of tenacity, especially on the defensive," said Weiß. "I feel like he doesn't get enough recognition on the offensive. Everyone knows what he's doing defensively and he closes the boys down. But offensively he opens so much by smashing the glass, hitting the three and putt too can." the ball on the ground and in the basket. And most of all, his off-ball movement opens up a lot of the pressure he puts on the edge. ”And Young noted that the Bulls had postponed a couple of games a few weeks ago that had fewer players than the Hawks on Wednesday But that's not a welcome topic in the NBA and the games go on. So they all played and the Bulls Little Nine (what else do you have for a Big Three?) Was the most helpful. Ayo Dosunmu took the defensive baton from Green on Young off and frustrated the Hawks star as he did in Atlanta on Monday, this time with a pair of blocks and a steal and got 14 points. Tyler Cook, who is a major power forward, caught a number of passes made for dunks and 10 points rolled. Zach LaVine led the Bulls to victory with 25 points after an efficient 10-of-13 shooting. LaVine was a miracle on his recent return from Covid, shooting 64 percent in the last three games. And we know that hardly anyone recording makes n so difficult - and it makes. That was that LaVine basically ended the game in the end of the second quarter with his offensive improvisation, step back three, through traffic cone defenders for a layup, the quick pull-up from out of bounds. "The secret is out," Fleming said of LaVine. "He was an all-star, he's an Olympic champion, he plays at an exceptionally high level for a team that is second in the east. I think people know he's pretty good." When the second quarter was over, the Bulls finished the half with a 16-0 run and 22-3 with a 21 point lead. But, as is always pointed out, they are NBA players. And yet the bulls shot an incredible 69.8 percent in the first half with 24 assists on 30 baskets. Tap here for the highlights of Chicago's win against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night. "We tried to get out and run a little more to make the game easier, especially for our main players," said Fleming. "They played at an incredibly high level in basketball shooting. They got out and really tried to run and we had a really good offensive game. They got out and really shared it." Young gained momentum in the third and finished the race with 26 points and 11 assists. But Green and Dosunmu and friends have harassed him seven times with just two other players, Clint Capella and Cam Reddish, who are usually in the Hawks' top 12. The Bulls had no problem fending off Cameron Oliver's 12 points in the fourth quarter. 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Allen Patrick restored football

The Sooners may have been in talks for a national title, but instead suffered a defeat they did not deserve thanks to the historically poor management of Eugene. (Author: Gardener)

Allen PatrickSAN ANTONIO - This year's Alamo Bowl match between Oklahoma and Oregon - scheduled for Wednesday night at the Alamodome - immediately brought back memories of the OU-UO series in the mid-2000s. Everyone, of course, thought first of the most recent meeting, the controversial 2006 showdown in Eugene, decided by clumsy Pac-10 officials and incomprehensibly botched replay reviews of an onside kick. But that was only the third game between the Ducks and Sooners in three years. OU and UO have actually met a few times in the past: In 1958, Bud Wilkinson's team won 6-0 over Oregon; In 1966, Jim Mackenzie's only OU team defeated the Ducks 17-0; In 1972, Chuck Fairbanks' last Sooner squad defeated Oregon 68-3; In 1975, Barry Switzer's national champions destroyed the Ducks 62-7. They stopped playing for nearly 30 years before Bob Stoops faced Oregon three times in a row in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Before covering Stoops 'fourth and probably last match against the Ducks - this time in San Antonio - SI Sooners recounts Stoops' first three encounters against Oregon: During the sunny Saturday after the game in Eugene, the biggest controversy was whether Brian Oregon-based Paysinger touched his team's onside kick before heading 10 yards. But what awaited the number 15 Oklahoma Sooners was a far more ruthless fate, a far more egregious error of office. By the time Oregon bounced back from 13 points behind quarterback Dennis Dixon, the Sooners were both ranked 18th in college football. It was the second year of re-exam in the Pac-10, and it was also the beginning phase of YouTube. The bottom line: Oregon got the soccer ball, although Oklahoma's Allen Patrick was clearly regaining soccer - all alone, yards away from the crowd of players who tried to fall on it - and even held the ball in the air and gave it to officials back. It was an inexplicable sight - one that no one had really seen before, and most of the people involved in the game weren't even sure what had really happened. "We did a lot of good things, but obviously not enough," said Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops that day. It's been 15 years now, so Stoops has a slightly different perspective as the teams prepare for the first meeting since the Alamo Bowl on Wednesday night. "I've been given way too much credit for the demeanor (that) I didn't blow up in the press conference after that," Stoops said last week, "because I didn't see him show the world the ball. Stoops held his usual post-game press conference - "We should have done our business, we shouldn't have put it in the hands of the officials; we didn't have to settle for two field goals in the fourth quarter" - and then got on the team bus, drove to the airport and flew back to Norman, not knowing that Patrick had actually picked up the ball. "I didn't see Allen with the ball," Stoops said last week, and if I had seen that I might be for a couple myself Games have been banned. ”There was also the little fact that the video showed Paysinger touching the ball before it covered the required 10 meters, again with Replay Official Gordon Riese and Referee David Cutaia disagrees. Regardless, Dixon ended the comeback with a 23-yard touchdown pass - ironically to Paysinger - which put the Ducks in the lead with 46 seconds of play. Reggie Smith returned the following kick-off 55 yards, and Adrian Peterson carried once before Garrett Hartley's 44-yard field goal was blocked after the time ran out. Dixon finished 26 of 41 for 341 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. But the day belonged to Peterson, who had arguably his biggest game as the Oklahoma running back with 211 yards and 34 carries. With a lathered record of 59,269 in Oregon, Peterson took the lead with 145 yards in the fourth quarter alone. Oregon led 13-6 at halftime, but the Sooners took the lead 20-13 in the third quarter when Thompson made a 31-yard touchdown pass to Malcolm Kelly. Dixon hit Jaison Williams with a 30-yard touchdown pass to tie him at 20, but then Peterson finished a long drive with a 17-yard touchdown run, and Hartley scored two field goals to knock the Sooners 3 : 33 to bring 20: 11 to play. Dixon ended Oregon's subsequent possession with a 16-yard TD run, just 69 seconds back, and after the onside kick, he linked up with Paysinger for the binding TD. The extra point from Paul Martinez was good and the Ducks took the win. The following Monday, Stoops spoke at length of the controversy, and then-OU President David Boren appeared for the first time at a Stoops press conference to formally protest the outcome of the game. Boren wrote a letter to then Big 12 Commissioner Kevin Weiberg asking for the game to be removed from OU's season record - a request that was not approved. One change in policy came straight out of the game, however: The Big 12 have since contracted their own conference officers to play outside-conference street games (Stoops had said he might consider the Sooners' planned trip to Washington in 2008 to cancel if this change was not made.) OU finished the regular season with two losses and finished 7th. One of the Sooners' defeats was defending champions Texas. A losing team from Oklahoma that later recaptured the Big 12 Championship may have been talking to four other losing teams (Florida, Michigan, Louisville, Wisconsin) for a place in the BCS National Championship Game at the end of the season. Instead, the Sooners were relegated to the Fiesta Bowl, where they suffered a breathtaking loss to Boise State. The reigning team was suspended from the Pac-10 office for a game, and Riese applied for a leave of absence that lasted the entire season.

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OU defeated Florida in the Cotton Bowl a year ago today; The Sooners' first bowl win in five years

The entire Oklahoma team huddled into the fourth quarter of the Cotton Bowl a year ago today. (Author: Gardener)

the Cotton BowlYou are the owner of this collection. You are authorized to edit this collection. Throwback Tulsa: OU defeated Florida in the Cotton Bowl a year ago today; The Sooners' first bowl win in five years Throwback Tulsa: OU defeated Florida in the Cotton Bowl a year ago today; The Sooners' first Bowl win in five years Oklahomas Defensive Back Tre Norwood (13) holds the Cotton Bowl Defensive MVP Trophy after Oklahoma's 55:20 win over Florida at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, March 30th December, 2020. Oklahoma running back Rhamondre Stevenson (29) celebrates after winning the Cotton Bowl Offensive MVP Trophy after Oklahoma's 55-20 win over Florida at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley holds up the Cotton Bowl Championships trophy as he celebrates with players following Oklahoma's 55-20 win over Florida at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahomas head coach Lincoln Riley holds the Cotton Bowl Championships trophy while celebrating with players after Oklahoma's 55-20 win over Florida at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley holds up high the Cotton Bowl Championships Trophy as he celebrates with players following Oklahoma's 55:20 win over Florida at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley holds the Cotton Bowl Championships trophy while celebrating with players after Oklahoma's 55-20 win over Florida at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley goes back to the Sideline after seeing a water cooler thrown at him during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley walks back to the sidelines after a water cooler is thrown over his head during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 ) bends next to the Cot ton Bowl Championships Trophy after Oklahoma's 55-20 win over Florida at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma wide receiver Charleston Rambo (14) catches a touchdown - Pass over Florida defensive back Jaydon Hill (23) during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma wide receiver Charleston Rambo (14) intercepts a touchdown pass Florida defensive back Jaydon Hill (23) during Wednesday's Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler (7) hugs wide receiver Charleston Rambo (14) after his touchdown catch during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. (10) during Scoring a touchdown during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma linebacker Brian Asamoah (24) goes against Florida wide receiver Rick Wells (12) just before the end zone for a goal at line stop during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma linebacker Brian Asamoah (24) goes against Florida wide receiver Rick Wells (12) just before the End zone for a. at goal-line stop during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma running back Rhamondre Stevenson (29) turns away from Florida defensive back Kaiir Elam (5). during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday December 30, 2020. Oklahoma linebacker Brian Asamoah (24) takes on Florida quarterback Emory Jones (5) during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at. at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Florida tight end Kemore Gamble (88) watches as Oklahoma linebacker Brian Asamoah (24) makes a pass during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma defensive back Tre Norwood (13) intercepts during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 back for a touchdown. Oklahoma defensive back Tre Norwood (13) is sure to celebrate Delarrin Turner-Yell (32) after scoring a touchdown at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday. December 30, 2020. Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler (7) jogs off the field after throwing a touchdown during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma wide receiver Marvin Mims (17) catches a touchdown as he is defended by Florida defensive back Donovan Stiner (13) during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday December 30, 2020 . Oklahoma wide receiver Marvin Mims (17) catches a touchdown as he is defended by Florida defensive back Donovan Stiner (13) during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday December 30, 2020 . Oklahoma Rhamondre Stevenson runs back with stiff arms Florida defensive back Donovan Stiner (13) while he was followed by Florida linebacker Amari Burney (30) on Wednesday at the Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley looks at the video board during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma cornerback Woodi Washington (0) intercepts a pass in the intended end zone for Florida wide Receiver Ja'Quavion Fraziars (0) during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Florida defensive back Jaydon Hill (23) hits a pas away for Oklahoma wide Receiver Theo Wease (10) during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma's linebacker Shane Whitter (35) hits a pass from Florida tight end Kemore Gamble ( 88) during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley sees himself his play call sheet during the Goodyear Cotton Bow. at l between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. (2) during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. (2) ) during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma running back Rhamondre Stevenson (29) runs during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between. Florida linebacker Amari Burney (30) past Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley celebrates with quarterback Spencer Rattler after his ravishing touchdown in the Sooners' win over Florida at the Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday. Oklahoma City fan Corey Sutter films himself as fans cheer prior to the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma City fan Corey Sutter films himself as fans cheer prior to the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma fan Corey Sutter of Oklahoma City films himself while fans watch the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and. cheer Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma and Florida fans cheer as their team warms up prior to the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30 2020 Oklahoma and Florida fans cheer as their team warms up prior to the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma fans watch a video on the video panel before the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma fans watch a video on the video board prior to the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday , Dec. 30, 2020. Oklahoma running back Rhamondre Stevenson (29) loses his helmet while being hit by Florida linebacker Derek Wingo (15) and defensive back Trey Dean III (0) during the Goodyear Cot Clay Bowl is under attack between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma linebacker Nik Bonitto (11) dismisses Florida quarterback Kyle Trask (11) during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma linebackers Nik Bonitto (11) and Safety Delarrin Turner-Yell (32) walk during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and. Florida wide receiver Rick Wells (12) just before the goal line at Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma linebacker Nik Bonitto (11) and Safety Delarrin Turner-Yell (32) tackle Florida wide Receiver Rick Wells (12) just before the goal line during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma linebacker Nik Bonitto (11) and Safety Delarrin Turner-Yell (32nd) ) Florida wide receiver Rick Wells (12) tackle just before the goal line during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler (7) yells after being Team during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma. has scored a defensive touchdown and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler (7) yells after his team screams after his team during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in. Arlington, Texas scored a defensive touchdown on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler (7) yells after his team shouts during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30th. Has scored a defensive touchdown on December 12, 2020. Florida defensive back Jaydon Hill (23) tries Oklahoma with Rhamondre Stevenson (29) during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday December 30th 2020, to fight. Oklahoma wide receiver Theo Wease (10) runs up after a catch during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Theo Wease (10) runs for a catch during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma defenders celebrate with linebacker Brian Asamoah (24) after his interception during of the Goodyear Cot Clay Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday December 30, 2020. Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler (7) crawls during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday at Yards, Dec. 30, 2020. Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler (7) celebrates with his teammates with wide receiver Theo Wease (10) after landing during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December. December 30, 2020. Oklahoma linebacker DaShaun White (23) tackles Florida wide receiver Xzavier Henderson (3) during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma linebacker DaShaun White (23) meets Florida wide receiver Xzavier Henderson (3) during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma safety Pat Fie lds (10) hits a pass from Florida tight end Keon Zipperer (9) during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma Running Back Marcus Major (24) runs past Florida defensive back Tre'Vez Johnson (16) during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma running back Rhamondre Stevenson (29) runs the ball during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma running back Rhamondre Stevenson (29) leads the ball during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma running back Rhamandre Stevenson (29) runs the ball during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 December, 2020. Oklahoma running back Rh Amondre Stevenson (29) runs the ball during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma running back Rhamondre Stevenson (29) runs the Ball during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler (7) leads the ball during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December. December 30, 2020. Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler (7) runs the ball during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler (7) runs the ball during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma running back Seth McGowan (1) runs past Florida defensive back Donovan Stiner (13) during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler (7) high fives players after an Oklahoma touchdown during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday , Dec. 30, 2020. Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler (7) high fives player after an Oklahoma touchdown during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 Florida quarterback Emory Jones (5) attempts a pass during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma Defensive Coordinator Alex Grinch signals a game during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler (7) attempts a pass during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday December 30, 2020. Oklahoma Marcus Major (24) runs back with stiff arms, Florida linebacker Amari Burney (30) during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington , Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma linebacker Brian Asamoah (24) and defensive lineman Josh Ellison (90) take on Florida running back Malik Davis ( 20) during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Florida quarterback Emory Jones (5) battles for yards during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler (7) hugs offensive lineman Creed Humphrey (56) during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma linebacker DaShaun White (23) runs into one Officials celebrating a game during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler (7) slides after a long run during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday December 30, 2020. Oklahoma defensive lineman Reggie Grimes (14) goes against Florida running back Dameon Pierce (27) during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma running back Marcus Major (24) runs the ball during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler (7th)) spits as she waits during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, December 30th December 2020 to play a piece from the sidelines. My job was in the New Y. presented by Ork Times, LA Times, and by The Associated Press. Your notification has been saved. 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The best moments of 2021 - and what to expect in 2022

With two days left in 2021, our NBA insiders reflect on the best moments of the year and look ahead to 2022. (Author: Gardener)

2021When the 2021-22 season began in October, it began the first normal NBA game plan since the COVID-19 pandemic paused the league in March 2020. The 2021 playoffs were played again in NBA arenas after the 2020 postseason was played in the NBA's Orlando, Florida, bubble. Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks, who won the Eastern Conference, climbed out of a 0-2 hole to beat the Phoenix Suns and win the title for the first time since 1971. Kevin Durant returned from an Achilles injury so the Brooklyn Nets are just a shot away from these NBA Finals. A consolation prize for Durant: Leading Team USA to gold at the Tokyo Olympics. The NBA off-season brought some changes to the league, sending DeMar DeRozan and Alex Caruso to the Chicago Bulls, while Kyle Lowry traveled to South Beach to team up with Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat. Stephen Curry advanced on December 14th with his 2,974. However, with all of the excitement in the court over the past year, COVID-19 is still a major problem in the NBA at the end of the year. The league continues to update its protocols to accommodate the high number of players getting on and off the health and safety protocols. Several other uncertainties remain unanswered in the New Year, including the ongoing situations in Portland and Philadelphia regarding the future of Damian Lillard and Ben Simmons, respectively. There are still two days left in 2021, our NBA insiders reflect on the greatest moments and transactions of the past year and look to the future in 2022. While this certainly applies to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it also includes judicial measures, as Gut. The Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns both returned to the NBA finals for the first time in decades, and we saw several shocking moments in the postseason, including the Philadelphia 76ers' meltdown in Game 7 against the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference semifinals. It's also off the field if you count the situations of Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons. The Nets and Lakers have spent the entire year looking more like super teams on paper than in practice, and it has created a sense of equality in the league. The Phoenix Suns-Milwaukee Bucks showdown was one of the more unlikely NBA Finals matches in history. There are currently at least five or six teams that could speak for winning the championship. After the height of the Warriors dynasty and LeBron James' final series, the NBA hasn't felt so unpredictable in years. It wasn't the prettiest basketball at times, but the league followed up the 2020 bubble playoffs with a 2020-21 season in just over a year, which is a solid feat. After a 2020 that was far from being, this year began and ends with team-wide COVID-19 outbreaks that messed up the schedule. I don't think anyone had that much fun playing or watching games in empty arenas while COVID-19 continued to devastate the world. But I got to a place where I was just grateful that we could play basketball at all during those times, and was amazed when the fans could return to the arenas to make the playoffs feel normal. Collier: Giannis Antetokounmpos game saver block against Deandre Ayton in Game 4 of the NBA Finals. This is the game that best embodies what a generation talent Antetokounmpo is and what special achievement he put in during the 2021 NBA Finals. His overall feat to win Game 6 is legendary, but for a single moment Antetokounmpo did something few players in league history could: guard Devin Booker on a pick and roll and then recover for a game saving block on an avenue oop trial from Ayton. This game will live on highlight reels for a long time. Shelburne: Antetokounmpos 50-part in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. I don't get emotional often at games anymore, but when the weight of his journey from selling handbags on the streets of Athens, Greece to NBA Champion and Finals MVP culminated at that moment in Milwaukee, it was beautiful. Bontemps: Antetokounmpo is aiming for 50 points - including a 17v19 performance from the foul line - to end Game 6 of the NBA Finals and deliver a championship to Milwaukee. It was the kind of iconic, unprecedented performance we've seen in these moments over the years of so many great players, and it allowed Antetokounmpo to move up another notch on the list of elite players in the history of the sport. Friedell: Antetokounmpo wins a title in Milwaukee. He always said he wanted to win and stay in Milwaukee his entire career, and he did it. By sheer will, he pulled the Bucks out of a 0-2 hole against the Suns and cemented his legacy forever. Regardless of what else he's accomplished in his career, Antetokounmpo's achievement is a reminder that small teams can win when they have the right players around their star - and when they take some breaks along the way. Pelton: Jrue Holiday steals the ball from Devin Booker in the last few seconds of Game 5 in the NBA Finals and praises Antetokounmpo for an alley-oop for the game finish and -1. Collier: DeMar DeRozan to the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls have made it out of the playoffs four seasons in a row and are currently one of the surprising top 3 teams in the East. He may have his best season at the age of 32 that could change the perception of him as a player. Friedell: DeRozan helped wake up the Bulls and is one of the main reasons the city of Chicago is excited about its basketball team again. The question for DeRozan, as it was for him in Toronto, will be whether he can maintain the same high level of play when the playoffs begin. In large part due to Harden's premature Achilles tendon injury, things didn't go as hoped for the Nets in the first year. Still, Brooklyn will have more chances of a title as long as Harden plays at a high level. His first two games since returning from health and safety logs with Kevin Durant still on the sidelines have been encouraging. From the moment LeBron James left in July 2018, the Cavaliers have stalled. That July, that hesitation ended when they won Mobley No. 3 in the 2021 NBA Draft. The combination of Mobley and another pickup for 2021, center Jarrett Allen, has made Cleveland one of the best defensive teams in the NBA, slated for home advantage in the first round of the playoffs. More importantly, Mobley looks like the kind of franchise player Cleveland badly needed, and his arrival completely changed the present and future of the franchise. Technically, the Phoenix Suns traded for him before last season, but the full weight of his influence wasn't felt until they made the playoffs last year. Bontemps: There is hardly anyone more apt for this award than Ben Simmons, whose last notable moment on a basketball court was missing a wide-open dunk in the 7th game of the Eastern Conference semifinals. However, with all of the drama that has surrounded him since then, it won't be long to remember why so much attention is paid to his absence from Philadelphia when he returns to an NBA field. Yes, he has weaknesses, but he's a really good basketball player - and a team will benefit greatly from getting him sometime in 2022. Pelton: Ben Simmons. If and when he's traded - assuming Simmons feels mentally ready to play in a more supportive environment - I expect him to remind everyone of what a valuable mutual contribution he can be outside of the fourth quarter of the playoffs. Shelburne: I know Anthony Davis is tough to be a top five player in the league because we all saw it in the 2020 Lakers championship run. Between yet another disappointing exit from the first round and the current team lingering outside of the Western Conference playoff race, it's hard to look forward to much at Portland right now. Friedell: It already started in late 2021, but Draymond Green is set for a big 2022. He got into camp well and is motivated after helping Team USA win gold at the Tokyo Olympics. He's at a higher level mentally than ever in the last two seasons because he knows his team has a legitimate chance for a title and he seems to be enjoying the role of mentoring a talented group of younger players who are coming back to him. The Greens' 2021-22 season should end with another Defensive Player of the Year award and maybe even another title. Collier: fiction. I wouldn't take that bet now, not when the two safest bets on the board are two teams in each conference that recently won championships at the Bucks and the Warriors. It is far from a suspension that either of them actually make it to the finals, but when they're healthy the Bucks continue to look like juggernauts and the Warriors look like their old selves. Shelburne: Fiction. Brooklyn is the most talented team in the league, but I don't see the Nets winning it all with Kyrie Irving as a part-time player. I like Phoenix a lot and could easily see the Suns making their way back to the NBA finals. But I think I'd still prefer Golden State or Milwaukee to the suns now. Bontemps: Fiction. While there are two teams that haven't won an NBA title and have clear options to do so in each conference - the Nets in the east and the Suns in the west - I would put them behind the teams I currently expect to make it Finals in both conferences, the Bucks and Warriors. But if we were to answer this question in percentages rather than a simple yes or no, I'd say that's a pretty good chance since the Nets and Suns are both worthy contenders for the championship. Friedell: Fiction. If I had to choose the final match now, I'd have to choose Bucks vs. And while I'd like to wait for Klay Thompson to come back to make the choice on this series, all signs point to the Warriors coming back to the top of the West this season if they stay healthy. Irving will have a huge say in whether the Nets make it from the east, but if I had to pick a team now, I'd go with Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and the Warriors championship pedigree. Pelton: More fiction than fact. While the potential newbies Brooklyn, Phoenix, and Utah continue to be leading contenders, I would prefer the former Masters Golden State and Milwaukee win their respective conferences.

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Kyrie is "grateful" to be practicing with Nets again

Returning to a Nets practice for the first time since preseason, Kyrie Irving said he understood why the team decided to leave him out because of New York City's vaccine mandate. (Author: Gardener)

KyrieKyrie Irving thanks him for being able to return to the Nets line-up after refusing to be vaccinated. Kyrie Irving thanks him for being able to return to the Nets line-up after refusing to be vaccinated. Returning to a Brooklyn Nets practice for the first time since preseason, Kyrie Irving said he understood why the team decided to keep him out of New York City because of the vaccine mandate. "I understood and respected your decision," Irving told reporters at the Nets practice facility in Brooklyn on Wednesday, making his first public comments since October 13. I had to really evaluate things and see them from their perspective, ie the organization. my teammates. "I really empathized, and I understood your decision to say if you are not fully vaccinated you cannot be a full [participant]." Coach Steve Nash has said Irving will have to play for a week or two before he can return to a street game. "I missed so much time," said Irving. "It's my first day back with the guys around the block and it felt like it was a long time ago. But it felt like the days had slowly been removed from the calendar while I was sitting at home. When I was thought of [returning "to practice] last night I barely got any sleep." Irving has not been a regular with the Nets since training with the team in San Diego for a week during training camp in early October, as New York City dictates Forcing players to get vaccinated to play at the Barclays Center, the Nets decided in October against having Irving on the team at street games and training sessions. "I knew the consequences," said Irving of not being vaccinated and dated Team away. At the start of the season I was thinking about being a full time teammate and just going out, having fun and offering a great basketball brand with a COVID-19 outbreak affecting up to 10 Nets players at a time Either way in health and safety logs, three games were postponed in Brooklyn last week. The Nets decided to bring back the point guard for street games. But just a day after the decision, Irving got on the health and safety log. Irving, Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge were removed from health and safety logs on Tuesday and were in training on Wednesday. "Incredibly grateful just to be back in the building," said Irving. I know everyone is feeling it [COVID]. Just pray that everyone will be healthy during these times. If I get the chance to get on the pitch and play with my teammates, even if it's only for away games on the road, I'll be grateful for the opportunity. "Irving, 29, said it was hard for him, anything turning off the conversation around him and the Nets during his absence. "A lot of uncertainty," said Irving of waiting for his return. It's hard not to pay attention to what is being said about the circumstances we find ourselves in and those of everyone else I've tried to stay on the ground and connect with the team, stay engaged, and on top of that Time or chance to wait when things have calmed down somehow tested positive and just what's going on [about the NBA]. "Nash said Irving was part of a group that keeps on training and playing while training. "He looks great considering he just got out of the logs and didn't play basketball," Nash told reporters. "It's still a changing landscape," said Nash d where Irving is physically. "I could Don't give you an answer, but as far as I've seen him in person today, he looked as good as you can expect considering what has happened in the past few weeks. "Although this was his first time on the same floor with professionals After working out in middle school and college gym, Irving said being on the pitch with his team was like riding a bike again. "So he looks good most of the time. He didn't look tired as he got on and off. He looked good today. It could be a while before Irving makes his season debut. The Nets begin Thursday with a three-game home game against the Philadelphia 76ers. Irving's first opportunity to play is when the Nets have their next away game in Indiana on January 5th. After that, the Nets won't be in Chicago until January 12th. Road Swing with four games on January 17th in Cleveland "I'm at peace with the ramp-up," said Irving, who didn't play the Knicks at either Madison Square Garden or Toronto can play if he's not vaccinated I'm just looking forward to this first game, be it January 5th or after, but I can get back in shape and be productive, that's my goal. "Durant, 33, and James Harden, 32, wanted Irving back. The point guard said the championship window for the Big Three of the Nets will only be open that long. "We have a lot more in the tank," said Irving. "But obviously our ages are between the three of us and we have some degree of mastery in this game, it will only last a certain amount of time.

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