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Too little, too late by Jalen Hurts and Co. in the 28-22 loss to Tampa Bay

The Eagles couldn't face the odds. Despite a late surge, the team fell against reigning Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers (28-22) on Thursday night at Lincoln Financial Field. Here's our immediate analysis of the game: More of the Same For the second straight week, Hurts shot unequal ... (Author: Gardener)

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) is pursued by Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett (58) during a five-yard run in the second quarter on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Despite a late surge, the team fell against reigning Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers (28-22) on Thursday night at Lincoln Financial Field. For the second straight week, Hurts showed uneven performance with a worrying cold stretch and some late game surges. Hurts' clutch games against the Panthers covered three and a half quarters of the dubious game, but it wasn't enough against the defending Super Bowl champions. Hurts' problems with timing and accuracy were evident on several occasions and played a significant role in the offensive drought. Even on the Eagles' opening drive that resulted in a touchdown, the biggest moves came more from luck than anything Hurts did. His 23-yard close to Quez Watkins, converting to third and long place, was overturned before Watkins made an impressive catch, and the Eagles made it into the red zone on a pass-interference call of the poorly subdued and incomplete call hid to pass on to Jalen Reagor. The Eagles' loss to the Bucs further suggests that Jalen Hurts and Nick Sirianni may not be for each other. After the game, Sirianni said he didn't think his offensive plan put too much on Hurts' plate. "He's been doing this for a long time, this RPO game and the way he reads things," said coach Nick Sirianni. Like last week, he put together a much better fourth quarter, especially after the Eagles succeeded in playing the ball, but it wasn't enough. If the Eagles are to compete against good teams this season, they need their quarterback to play more consistently. "We have to improve our offensive to give our team a chance to win," said Sirianni. The group has built long stagnant stretches several times this season, and Thursday night was no exception. Jalen Hurts and Co. went six drives without playing more than three plays, with five three-and-outs and one interception. The Eagles' inconsistent offensive lacks an identity, and it was evident that the Buccaneers had lost. The senior coach continues to conduct a highly quarterback-centric offensive, replacing conventional running plays with RPOs that often result in quick passes when teams dare to throw the Eagles. The result was only one running back carry in the first half and nine in the game. Miles Sanders' only run in the first half was only three feet, and Sirianni put his back on hold except for a few screen passes. Late in the third quarter, a run called Sanders' elicited one of the loudest cheers among Eagles fans desperate for a more balanced offensive. The Eagles relied on the run game during a seven-game scoring drive in the fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late. "Some of them are RPOs," Sirianni said of the lack of running games. “We consider screens to be able to pass the ball to the running backs during the running back game. It's worth noting that the Buccaneers defenses were one of the best at stopping the run and a depleted cornerback room resulted in them battling the pass, but the Bucs' secondaries kept the Eagles in even with journeyman defensive backs Chess. Eagles tackle Jordan Mailata said after the game that the Tampa Bay defense did a good job by schematically including running games and forcing Hurts to throw instead. "We like to do a couple of iterations with the reading," Mailata said. It was clear early on that the Eagles' defense against another elite quarterback was going to be a long night. After leveling the ship against a mediocre Panther offensive, Jonathan Gannon's group against Brady and Co. looked again. Brady went 11-for-12 for 121 yards and two touchdown passes in the first quarter. In the opening attack, Tampa used a strong pre-snap movement to find out if the Eagles were in man or zone coverage and attacked accordingly. They also took advantage of plenty of game action, catching the Eagles linebackers out of position several times, including Brady's 2-yard touchdown pass in the inaugural series. Soft Eagles Defense Roasted by Tom Brady and the Buccaneers | Marcus Hayes "I think we were a little early, we were just insecure," said Rodney McLeod of Eagles Safety. I think we play better when we're attacking and in control. ”Either Leonard Fournette found a fountain of youth somewhere in Philadelphia before the game, or the Eagles defense had one of the worst attempts at attack of the season. The Bucs running back looked like the player the Jaguars drafted in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, trucking several Eagles defenders, always reaching vital meters after making contact. According to Next Gen Stats, Singleton was targeted seven times by Brady, abandoning six catches for 42 yards.

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The Eagles' loss to Buccaneers is proof that Jalen Hurts cannot do this alone

PHILADELPHIA - After a 48-yard pass interference penalty on the Eagles' opening drive, quarterback Jalen Hurts hit tight end Zach Ertz in the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown. With 6:05 remaining in the first quarter, the Eagles' comforting potential peaked against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before plunging into a 28-22 defeat at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday. After coming ... (Author: Gardener)

Philadelphia Eagles S Marcus Epps (22) and Philadelphia Eagles DT Javon Hargrave (97) collide during a game in the third quarter of the NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lincoln Financial Field, Thursday, October 14, 2021. PHILADELPHIA - Following a 48 - Yard pass interference penalty on the Eagles' opening drive, quarterback Jalen Hurts hit tight end Zach Ertz in the end zone for a 5 yard touchdown. With 6:05 remaining in the first quarter, the Eagles' comforting potential peaked against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before plunging into a 28-22 defeat at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday. After developing some highlight plays in the game's first series, Hurts and head coach Nick Sirianni showed a performance that became predictable over the first six weeks of the season. Sirianni called several run-pass options and Hurts treated them like there was no other option but to throw. Instead of taking control of the game, Sirianni let his starting quarterback be the decision maker. Sirianni again decided against keeping Hurts from the pressure to take the offensive, and the Eagles couldn't keep up with the firepower of Tom Brady and the Buccaneers because of it. With the Eagles' schedule finally loosening up a bit, one might wonder when Sirianni will realize he's hindering his offensive and Hurts development by betting everything on the decision-making and arm of the quarterback in the sophomore year? It's okay to make the quarterback the centerpiece of the offensive, but when he's the starter, main, and dessert too, the servings get predictable and tiresome. While Hurts was able to make up for some of his - and Sirianni's - bad decisions with his legs and gain several yards in the passing game after instant malfunctions, Hurts missed open receivers with his eyes and arm for most of the first half. Sirianni didn't make things much better either, as he again ignored calling for designed runs for his back and allowed aspiring playmaker Miles Sanders to carry the ball just once for a meter in the first half. In the second half, when Sanders made several good runs to end with nine carries for 56 yards, the Eagles fans roared sarcastically on each run. The Eagles only ran the ball 19 times - 10 from hurts, nine from Sanders. Hurts was 5 of 14 for 54 yards, a touchdown and an interception in the first half. Rather than exploiting that weakness in secondary school, Hurts was inaccurate downfield and the string of open receiver games dried up when the Buccaneers realized they didn't have to stop the run at all. With a 14-point hole to climb out of at halftime, the Eagles didn't lean on the barrel until the fourth quarter when the Buccaneers had the game in their hands. From start to finish, the game had to revolve around the arms and legs of Hurts and bet everything on him. Sirianni wants to pass the ball and often pass, but his call to play in the first half - which is always pass-robust - hurts (no pun intended) his ability to name an effective passing offense in the second half. The Eagles defense managed to stop and even intercept the Buccaneers in the first half, but Sirianni's one-dimensional approach and Hurts inaccuracy thwarted any hope of a turnaround. Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts (1) leads the ball into the end zone for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday, October 14, 2021. And therein lies the problem: a rookie play-caller wants an evolving, inconsistent quarterback to carry his offensive as a passer and occasional runner. Hurts finished 12 of 26 for 115 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He also ran for two touchdowns in the second half as the Eagles attempted to scramble out a multi-touchdown hole created by their blocked drives early on. While some will rush to blame the quarterback's ability to pass - or its lack of it - his game caller did him a disservice. It's hard to see because the Eagles have a 24-year-old running back who came to training camp as a rising talent and came out as a simple spectator on a pass-happy offensive. Sanders amassed 40 yards on three carries during a fourth quarter scoring drive, showing that he still has the juice to be a top notch playmaker, but his ghosting in the first half made that feat unimportant in the end. Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts (1) plays in the fourth quarter of the NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday, October 14, 2021. It's hard to figure out who the bigger victim of Sirianni's misdemeanor is at this point: Sanders or Hurts, who basically carries every property on his shoulders. Sirianni can help both by showing even a little interest in a running game.

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Tom Brady throws 2 TD passes, Buccaneers beat Eagles 28-22

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers keep losing key players and stacking wins. Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes, Leonard Fournette ran for two scores, and the Buccaneers beat the Philadelphia Eagles 28:22 on Thursday night. (Author: Gardener)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady yells as he runs onto the field prior to an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, October 14, 2021 in Philadelphia. PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers keep losing key players and stacking wins. Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes, Leonard Fournette ran for two scores, and the Buccaneers beat the Philadelphia Eagles 28:22 on Thursday night. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) appears to fit in the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, October 14, 2021 in Philadelphia. Reigning Super Bowl champion Buccaneers (5-1) lost another cornerback when three-time all-pro Richard Sherman left Deficit in the first quarter with an Achilles tendon injury. Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) scores a touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, October 14, 2021 in Philadelphia. "It's hard to win on the road," said Brady. “Of course we didn't do our best, so we have to get back to work… Brady played with a broken thumb and fired. The 44-year-old, seven-time Super Bowl champion threw TD on the first two drives from Tampa Bay while going 11 for 12 for 121 yards. His best game came after Hurts' second TD run and a 2-point conversion moved Philadelphia up within six points with 3:05 in the fourth quarter. Faced with a third and 7 of Philadelphia's 45, Brady rolled off the pressure and tossed a perfect pass to Antonio Brown to gain 27 yards to extend the drive and the Bucs ran out of time. Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) celebrates his touchdown with Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday, October 14, 2021, in Philadelphia. "It was a great route, one hell of a throw when Tom came out of the pocket," said Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians. "He slipped right out of his pocket a couple of times this year and made a big game on the field." Brady finished 34 of 42 for 297 yards and one interception. "I feel great, great," he said. Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts scores a touchdown in the second half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Philadelphia on Thursday, October 14, 2021. The Eagles (2-4) are without a win in three home games under rookie coach Nick Sirianni. "There is no doubt that our offense has to be better to give us a chance to win." Brady's 2-yard TD pass to O. The Eagles responded to Hurts' 5-yard scoring pass to Zach Ertz. Brady then hit Brown for a 23-yard TD pass to make it 14-7. Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) runs with the ball at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ross Cockrell, bottom, Mike Edwards, right, and Jordan Whitehead during the second half of an NFL football game over Thursday, October 14, 2021 in Philadelphia. After two consecutive three-and-off series, Brady led the Bucs in another shot on goal, with Fournette running in from the 2 and extending the lead to 21: 7. Tampa built their lead from 28-7 when Fournette was caught in the third quarter by 1st J. Howard (80) from Philadelphia Eagles outside linebacker Genard Avery (58) during the second half of an NFL football game on Thursday, Jan. October 2021, stopped. Fournette ran 81 yards and caught six passes for 46 yards makes a huge difference to understand it, "said Fournette, who signed with Tampa Bay just before last season after being cut by Jacksonville. The head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Bruce Arians claps during the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia on Thursday, October 14, 2021. Brady was 19 of 22 before missing three straight passes in the second quarter, including one intercepted by Anthony Harris Deep Ball, who finished his streak of 227 passes without a pick. The Buccaneers were missing cornerbacks Carlton Davis and Sean Murphy-Bunting and security Antoine Winfield before Sherman went down on Philadelphia's first drive. The Philadelphia Eagles' free security Anthony Harris (Aug. ) stops the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Leonard Fournette (7) during the second half of an NFL football game on Thursday ag, October 14, 2021, in Philadelphia. “We just have to keep playing with the guys we have and see how long the injury lasts. The next man, ”said Arians. Hurts ran for 44 yards and two scores. Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end O. Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end OJ Howard (80) runs with the ball at the Philadelphia Eagles outside linebacker Alex Singleton (49) during the first half of an NFL soccer game on Thursday, Jan. 14. October 2021, past in Philadelphia. "I clearly didn't do enough to win," said Hurts. “The ball is in my hands every time I play, and I enjoy it and I like it. Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Jamel Dean (35) intercepts a pass destined for Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Quez Watkins (16) during the first half of an NFL soccer game on Thursday, October 14, 2021. Hurts fired the ball towards the stands after running into the end zone for his second TD, which caused a security guard to duck and three-time AL MVP Mike Trout winced in his front row seat. During that time, the Eagles reached the playoffs seven times, won five NFC East titles, reached five Conference Championship games and a Super Bowl. Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) appears to fit under pressure from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett (58) during the first half of an NFL soccer game in Philadelphia on Thursday, October 14, 2021. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Leonard Fournette (7) runs with the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, October 14, 2021, in Philadelphia. 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'It moved me to tears.' William Shatner a short way to where some men have been

The iconic spaceship captain really flies into space (Author: Gardener)

VAN HORN, TEXAS - OCTOBER 13: Star Trek actor William Shatner speaks during a media presence at the Blue Origins New Shepard landing pad after flying into space near Van Horn, Texas on October 13, 2021. Shatner became the oldest person to fly into space. On October 13, 90-year-old actor William Shatner, best known for his role as Star Trek's Captain James T. Kirk, went into space aboard a Blue Origin New Shepard rocket. The day after his return, Shatner - now the oldest person to have ever traveled to space - sat down with TIME to talk about his experiences. TIME: I was, like many others, impressed by the extent of your emotions when you returned to earth. She was particularly touched by the sight of the thin onion skin of the atmosphere, which protects us from the deadly emptiness of space. Shatner: I saw the spaceship come through the blue and a moment later it was through the blue; this ball exploded in the darkness of space, so that at that moment I suddenly saw the blue disappear and suddenly space burst in front of my face. The suddenness with which I looked at this blackness I thought, "Whoa, suddenly you go out there and then you're dead." My own family makes these rides in the amusement park, and I don't need that. I'll sit here while you guys pace up and down for the ride. I don't need a ride to get excited. But when it came time to go into space, I thought, "What the hell, do I have this opportunity and why not have this experience?" Now I know it's safe Right now, their business model depends on convincing the people with money that it is safe to move up, and it is. But at least they've been up 17 times, and maybe this time it won't go right. Read More Tell me about the experience of weightlessness. An astronaut told me that while the view from space is great, the ability to fly never tires. Was that your experience? It is impossible to describe because the English language, any language, has no frame of reference, so one can only infer. You step into weightlessness and suddenly the whole thing takes over your whole being and your whole consciousness. Many astronauts talk about experiencing the overview effect when they return to Earth - a new appreciation of the need to protect the planet because you've seen its fragility and destructibility from above. Did you come home with a new feeling about the importance of saving the world from ourselves? Yes sir. We need 7 billion people to be angry. We have to get moving. And I think the overview-overview effect people get in space can help. The stakes can be different for individual people. [I am] 90 years old. Oh my god you know what have i got I have a week, a year. Maybe 10 years and it's over so quickly. It's over so soon, man. But it's different when you're 12 and still in school when you're 20. You think about your life and the preciousness of this thing. The [politicians] who make these decisions for us - are struggling to get goddamn millions of dollars, billions of dollars to fight the pollution. We should send everyone into space to see what they are voting against. It's crazy. Do you really believe that such a change of perspective could ever tear the political system out of its constant partisan war? I think everyone knows how sick the political situation is, everyone is fighting instead of being patriotic and doing what is best for the country. Everyone does what is best for himself. I know American history is rich in historical precursors, in the past it developed by itself, and the pendulum has swung the other way. You were now on a suborbital mission into space. Would you like to return to space for a full orbital flight? I do not know. I do not know. I'm calling you from my beautiful home overlooking the San Fernando Valley. None. I made a delicious egg sandwich for my wife, my two dogs love me and I'm sitting in a comfortable chair just coming from this exciting thing in life. I look forward to entertaining the audience tomorrow and all weekend. And I'm crying in the middle of this fulfilled life. I am happy to pet my dogs. I don't need that stuff anymore.

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Liverpool owners FSG & Nike close new deal with Lakers star LeBron James

LeBron James and Liverpool's owner FSG have signed a new deal with the owners of the Reds buying into James' SpringHill Entertainment Company store. (Author: Gardener)

LeBron James and Liverpool's owner FSG have signed a new deal that will see the owners of the Reds buy into James’s SpringHill Entertainment Company business. Liverpool and LeBron James have a very good relationship and that's because the LA Lakers star owns a 2% stake in the Anfield club. On the surface it looks like a very mild stake from James, but behind the scenes he's a businessman whose investments have made him millions. Although the FSG has already partnered with LeBron James, they want to strengthen their relationship with the basketball legend. In 2020, LeBron James and his business partner Maverick Carter founded SpringHill Entertainment Company. James' company has many projects in the works, and one of their most recent was the summer release of the movie Space Jam: A New Legacy, which featured LeBron. Since James and FSG are already in a working relationship, FSG has acquired a "significant stake" in SpringHill. You will now be the second largest investor in James' company, after RedBird Capital Partners, who acquired an 11 percent stake in Liverpool earlier this year for $ 750 million. One of the main goals of this new agreement is SpringHill's collaboration with FSG on "original content in and around FSG-affiliated sports, teams and venues," which includes Liverpool, the Boston Red Sox and NASCAR team Roush Fenway Racing. The fact that FSG, RedBird, LeBron James and Nike are all working together on another deal suggests that this will be a long-term relationship that will benefit all parties.

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Without Steph Curry and Draymond Green, Jordan gives Poole another preseason win, 111-99

Without Steph Curry and Draymond Green, Jordan Poole led the Warriors to a preseason win over the Lakers, 111-99. Here are the takeaways. (Author: Gardener)

While the Los Angeles Lakers launched their new lineup with LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony, the Golden State Warriors were without two of their starters for Tuesday's preseason competition. Against the Lakers in Hollywood, the Guardian continued his impressive preseason run in his third year with a team high of 18 points in 19 minutes. Poole shot 7 of 14 out of the field with five rebounds, four assists and one steal. Behind Poole and 16 points ahead of Damion Lee, the Warriors crossed the Lakers for the second straight season, 111-99. Before the Warriors take on the Lakers for the season opener on October 19, there are three things you should know from Tuesday at the Staples Center: After missing the first three preseason games with a hernia, Gary Payton II returned to the line-up on Tuesday night back from Golden State. In 11 minutes off the bench, the Oregon State product scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the ground. Payton II impressed on the defensive side of the floor, wiping a steal and blocking a shot. In two games, Andrew Wiggins shot 4 of 16 off the field and 2 of 6 from a distance. A tough preseason continued for Wiggins on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Wiggins got 12 points in 4-of-14 shots from the ground and 1-out-of-8 from the bow. In three games in the preseason, Wiggins shoots 35.7% from the field and 21.4% from the depths. The former No. 1 overall winner will have one more preparation game to get back on track before the start of the regular season. The number 14 of the overall selection 2021 went goalless on Tuesday in 22 minutes from the bench. Moody shot 0-for-7 from the field and 0-3 from a distance.

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Liverpool owners FSG & Nike close new deal with Lakers star LeBron James

LeBron James and Liverpool's owner FSG have signed a new deal with the owners of the Reds buying into James' SpringHill Entertainment Company store. (Author: Gardener)

LeBron James and Liverpool's owner FSG have signed a new deal that will see the owners of the Reds buy into James’s SpringHill Entertainment Company business. LeBron James and Liverpool's owner FSG have signed a new deal that will see the owners of the Reds buy into James’s SpringHill Entertainment Company business. Liverpool and LeBron James have a very good relationship and that's because the LA Lakers star owns a 2% stake in the Anfield club. Mirador / Sipa USA) When LeBron bought his 2% stake in Liverpool in 2011, it was worth £ 4.7 million (about $ 6.5 million) and he paid it off. Although the FSG has already partnered with LeBron James, they want to strengthen their relationship with the basketball legend. In 2020, LeBron James and his business partner Maverick Carter founded SpringHill Entertainment Company. James' company has many projects in the works, and one of their most recent was the summer release of the movie Space Jam: A New Legacy, which featured LeBron. Since James and FSG are already in a working relationship, FSG has acquired a "significant stake" in SpringHill. (Photo by PA Images / Sipa USA) You will now be the second largest investor in James' company after RedBird Capital Partners, who acquired an 11% stake in Liverpool for $ 750 million earlier this year. One of the main goals of this new agreement is SpringHill's collaboration with FSG on "original content in and around FSG-affiliated sports, teams and venues," which includes Liverpool, the Boston Red Sox and NASCAR team Roush Fenway Racing. The fact that FSG, RedBird, LeBron James and Nike are all working together on another deal suggests that this will be a long-term relationship that will benefit all parties.

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Carmelo Anthony talks about Russell Westbrook's new role in Los Angeles

Carmelo Anthony is helping Russell Westbrook transition into a new role. (Author: Gardener)

© Provided by All Lakers on FanNation However, at some point all stars have to learn that a time will come when they will no longer be the core of the team, at least in terms of production. Guys like Melo and Rajon Rondo have learned to put the team first while playing with their own style. This is a useful skill and lesson newbie Russell Westbrook must learn. While he's not at this point in his career yet, Westbrook is no longer the top player on this team, at least he's shown that. He must learn to work with everyone around him for the good of the team. “It's different,” said Melo. I think we've done a great job putting this group together so that everyone can be their own anchor in what we're trying to achieve. ”That doesn't mean Russ has to give up everything he knows about playing or playing style. However, it does mean that sometimes he has to learn to make sacrifices, whether it be in the minutes he plays or the number of shots he makes. “We all know Bron, we all know AD, but we all need to anchor for this to work. He comes here, he comes home and that's always a different feeling. Maybe try to find out. So far, neither Russ nor the Lakers have found out this preseason. The team has a rough 0-5 start. Westbrook only appeared in 3 of these games but didn't play a major role in shooting the ball, but he has shown some promising skills to play. Nobody expects the Lakers or Russ to have figured it all out by now. Hopefully they do and are working to secure a second title in the past 3 seasons.

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Lakers' full 2021-22 season preview and predictions

The Los Angeles Lakers' quest for their second NBA title in three seasons begins now. Injuries to LeBron James and Anthony Davis torpedoed their repeated hopes in 2020-21, but holes in the supporting cast were also exposed along the way ... (Author: Gardener)

Injuries to LeBron James and Anthony Davis torpedoed their repeated hopes in 2020-21, but holes in the supporting cast were also exposed along the way. So the front office had the natural reaction: reworking all of the supporting actors. That's almost true, because this season's Lakers bears little resemblance to last season's stories other than the two biggest Hollywood stars, and make best-case and worst-case predictions in this comprehensive guide to the upcoming campaign. The easiest way to style this part of the preview might actually be "Who's back" since the answer is hardly anyone. Aside from James and Davis, the only other returning Laker is Talen Horton-Tucker, who will miss the first part of the season after the recent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb Have at least two new starters for the season and, depending on where Horton-Tucker lands in the rotation of coach Frank Vogel, possibly a completely new bank mob.LA peppered with experience, which would be a nicer way of saying that this squad is age-old overall, but given its depleted asset collection, it's hard to beat what the Front Office accomplished in a hyperactive summer. Two things will determine the Lakers' success this season: Westbrook's ability to coexist with James and the fate of the squad in the Fight with Father Time. In the former, Westbrook's inefficient shooting can clog the gap, and he can be prone to extreme ball dominance. He'll add some momentum to the team's transition move, however, and his ability to generate offense should at least theoretically relieve James during his season at the age of 37. Speaking of which, age narration is a real thing. The Lakers are packed with 30 year olds some of whom, including King James, believe they won't be a problem at all. Chances are they are right, as the Lakers' experience should come in handy in clutch situations and in hostile street arenas of a common goal. With that, the threat from the aging curve is real, both in terms of declining talent (and athleticism) and potential injury concerns. James himself wasn't an Iron Man for over a decade, having failed to beat 55 games in two of the last three seasons. If he can't shake off the injury virus and his teammates struggle to do the same, all of those summer age jokes will manifest into big midseason concerns. Given the uncertainty hanging over the nets with Kyrie Irving, you can argue the Lakers have the best of the Big Three in the NBA. Talented trios have dominated the world of hoops in the past, and this group couldn't be otherwise. Even if LA can't snag the West's No. 1 - the Lakers will rest their players when needed and not be afraid of Game 7 at an opponent's home level - this looks like the team to beat in the conference (if not the whole league). In a best-case scenario season, the Lakers roll to another championship without seriously breaking a sweat for more than a playoff series or two. The Lakers behave appropriately for their age and not in a good way. James and Davis both have extended stays on the injury report. The few young players in the squad fail to break out. Aside from something disastrous for James or Davis, LA is likely still picking up a top five seed, but it could stumble out of the playoffs in the opening round if it draws the wrong matchup or suffers a premature injury.

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Top breakout contestants on any NBA team for 2021-22, including Talen Horton-Tucker from Lakers, Cam Reddish from Hawks

Every team has at least one player who seems ready for a career season (Author: Gardener)

You know little about them when they first step into the league, but over the years they feel like a close friend, maybe even a family, and little by little you are deeply invested in their success. That's why it's so rewarding for a gamer you love to take the proverbial leap - from a solid, complementary fan favorite to a household name, an all-star, maybe even a budding franchise legend. It wasn't until last season that we saw three All-Stars for the first time - Zach LaVine, Julius Randle and Jaylen Brown - who made it onto the brightest of all international stages due to an age-old sports phenomenon: It doesn't always lead to an All-Star- Offer, but every year there are several NBA players whose unexpected performances attract fans, analysts and colleagues. Below we've gone through each team and identified the one player who appears to be on the cusp of great improvement. Here are the most likely breakout candidates for any NBA team entering the 2021-22 season. De'Andre Hunter made a jump last season and this year it could be Reddish's turn. The 6-8 wing was limited to just 26 games last season in which it scored an abysmal rate of shots - 36.5 percent from the field and 26 percent from 3-point range. Reddish returned from an extended absence to play in four games during the Hawks' final defeat in the Eastern Conference to the Milwaukee Bucks. On his first playoff appearance, Reddish confidently scored 12.8 points on 53/64/80 shooting splits in just 23 minutes per game, including a revealing 21-point performance in 6v7-3-point shooting in defeat in game 6. Reddish also has the potential to be a defensive threat, averaging 1.5 steals per 36 minutes in its first two NBA seasons. The only thing stopping Reddish from a breakout season could be game time as the Hawks are pretty low on the wing and have a lot of talented goal scorers. Williams earned a $ 54 million four-year extension from the Celtics this summer in what I thought was their most underrated off-season move, and that will likely come with a bigger role on either end of the floor for the 6-8- Center go hand in hand. Williams is an athletic freak who goes over the edge to catch Lobs while putting out shots on the other end, but the real allure lies in his passing and playmaking ability. Williams led all of the NBA centers in offensive efficiency, including assists, averaging 15.2 points, 13.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 3.3 blocks per 36 minutes, according to Synergy Sports. Celtics' new head coach Ime Udoka could use Williams more as an intermediary, whether starting behind Al Horford or coming off the bench. "There's no real pressure because that's what we're praying and working for," Williams said of his increasing role. But as I said, there is no pressure. Picking a breakout candidate from a veteran-laden roster is tough, but Carter could wait for a longer streak given Kyrie Irving's difficult vaccination situation, James Harden's recent injury history, and the miles on the legs of 33-year-old Patty Mills . Carter is arriving from Phoenix this off-season to bolster Brooklyn's defenses. He found himself in catch-and-shoot situations at the 82 via Synergy. "We knew he could shoot it, but I think we were pleasantly surprised at how well," said Nets coach Steve Nash of Carter, who went 5 for 8 out of 3-point range in his first two preseason games. We want him to rise, shoot, and be aggressive. He defends but is also a good offensive player. "As a long, lean 6-9 wing, McDaniels struggled to find consistent playing time for the first half of last season, but injuries opened up more opportunities later in the year He averaged 11.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.9 assists in just over 30 minutes per game, while hitting 34 percent of his 3-point starts, and given his speed and athleticism, McDaniels is also a useful transition weapon for one Team that played the fastest pace ever in the NBA this preseason.Charlotte added Kelly Oubre Jr. and Wes Iwundu wings this offseason to go along with Gordon Hayward and Miles Bridges, but it seems McDaniels is up to that deserved a rotating seat with a strong camp "Everything I've seen at camp so far says he has to play and he has to play for minutes," said Hornets head coach James Borreg O. Williams couldn't make a big leap in statistics due to the offensive firepower around the Bulls lineup, but he could certainly make a name for himself on the other end of the floor. Once healthy, he is expected to guard one of the opponent's best offensive weapons every night. Williams also showed offensive promise last season, shooting 39 percent on nearly two 3-point attempts per game. With all the attention Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, and Nikola Vucevic received, he caught a lot of open looks. If Chicago can make the postseason, the 20-year-old will likely be the subject of many shadows highlighting his defensive work with some of the league's top scorers. Those who watch a decent number of Cavs games might argue that Garland broke out last season, but it's safe to say he's not exactly on the national radar just yet. That could change this season as the third-year point guard appears poised to take another leap after a strong second season in which he increased his scoring average by five points and his assist average by two do. He also put in impressive 45/40/85 shooting splits, hitting a respectable 36 percent of his chin-up 3s in the process. Garland was not included in the CBS Sports top 100 players to compete this season, and that could look like a major omission by the end of the year if he can stay healthy. Cleveland, bringing in veteran point guard Ricky Rubio, should also help take Garland's game to the next level. "I have a lot of credit to give him, the jump [Garland] from year one to year two," said Rubio. Really quick security guard who can shoot and knows the game very well. The Mavs have many well-known sizes, so picking a breakout candidate is quite difficult. As a 6-foot-5-strong, athletic wing, Green certainly has a chance to jump this season, but he has to earn it. He struggled to find minutes under Rick Carlisle, who is notoriously reluctant to trust beginners, and new coach Jason Kidd said over the summer that he hopes he and his development team can help keep Green "on the next." Level "to bring. That evolution starts with Green improving on 4v25 3-point shooting from last season. He shot 36 percent in his only season in Arizona and his form looks solid, so it's conceivable that a summer of work would lead to better results from the depths. Defensively, Green has a chance to go elite and that will likely be his fastest ticket to earning minutes earlier this season. As much as we all want Bol Bol's breakout season, Dozier is a much more realistic candidate. The 6-5 Guard is entering its fifth season and should have the opportunity to spend constant minutes with Jamal Murray, who is believed to be out for most of the regular season. Dozier looked good after Murray tore his cruciate ligament in April, averaging 11 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 28.5 minutes per game before missing the final seven games of the season with his own injury. The main area of ​​improvement for Dozier (and pretty much everyone in the league) is his 3 point efficiency. So it's a good sign that in his first three preseason competitions he shot 38.5 percent in over four attempts per game. I'm a big PJ Dozier fan, "said Mike Malone, Nuggets head coach during training camp. He's the type of guy who can play 1, 2 or 3 on offense and guard 1-4 on defense." A relentless ball full of energy and strength, Stewart should see more Pistons rebuilding opportunities in his sophomore season, and his average 36 minutes of 13.3 points, 11.2 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks suggest that he will be ready to produce. He's a bully on the defensive with great shot blocking instincts and an offensive rebound / putback machine on the other. Detroit opened the door to more Stewart minutes by trading with Mason Plumlee, and new acquisition Kelly Olynyk's ability to expand even makes some double-sized lineups an option for Pistons coach Dwane Casey. "For us it all starts with defense," said Stewart. "We will be a defensive-oriented team. Every team that comes into play should come into play knowing that it will be a tough night." Stewart has also shown mesmerizing flashes from the 3-point line, knocking down 33 percent of his 63 attempts last season. As his confidence and accuracy grow from below, it will only open up other aspects of his game. The Warriors have been cheering Poole since the beginning of last season, and we're starting to understand why. After a difficult start to his second campaign, Poole came to his strength towards the end of the year, averaging 15.4 points on 37.5 percent 3-point shooting in his last 14 games. He clearly carried that momentum into the preseason, where he scored 25 points and 3.3 assists in his first three games, while wiping out 44 percent of his nearly 11 3-point attempts per game. "It doesn't matter who is out there, he'll make it fly which I love," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of Poole. He had a great camp, just as we expected. "With Klay Thompson close to the start of the season, it seems Poole will have to lose the starting spot at the Shooting Guard. The Warriors flourished on the ground with Poole and Curry last season." It's not like we're trying to over-complicate things and just find Steph [Curry], "Poole said, getting up. With John Wall unlikely to appear for the Rockets this season, point guard duties are in the hands the dynamic Porter, who averaged 16.6 points, 6.3 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 26 games to finish last season with Houston, the 21-year-old will certainly make numbers, but he needs to improve his efficiency, especially from the 3-point range to have a real breakout season. After shooting 31 percent last season, Porter went 7-15 in his first two preseason games Depth with an average of 18.5 points and 4.5 assists. Sales were an issue for Porter too, but that comes with learning how to become an NBA Starting Point Guardian and should improve as the season progresses. "This organization may have saved my life," Porter said at Rockets Media Day. They gave me love and confidence in myself and the motivation to become a better player and person. Another team full of seasoned talent, the Pacers don't have much room for a breakout player. But we have to make up our minds, let's go to Brissett, who finished strong last season when Indiana had to struggle with numerous injuries on his apron. He averaged 13.3 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 16 starts to end the season, while shooting 42 percent on nearly five 3-point attempts per game. With TJ Warren out with a foot injury, Brissett should be able to cash in on the four minutes and could secure a permanent spot if he continues to impress. "[Brissett] is one of those guys who's kind of a jack-of-all-trades," said Pacer's guard Malcolm Brogdon. "You can toss him anywhere from three to five and he can parry and he can score in any position on the floor. Man became an excellent role-player for the Clippers last season, but he's been expected a lot." more with Kawhi Leonard from the line-up for the foreseeable future. Mann proved he can perform on the big stage, averaging 11.2 points and 3.1 rebounds on 42 percent 3-point shooting after entering regular rotation in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals against The Jazz. His 39-point, seven 3-pointer performance when the Clippers knocked out Utah was one of the key moments of the playoffs. Man is an integral part of the Clippers defense and he will have more opportunities to increase his 3 "point volume and aggressiveness towards the edge, which could lead to a breakout season. He understands, chooses and chooses his spots," said Clippers -Trainer Tyronn Lue about man. After THT signed a $ 32 million three-year deal this summer, this is the chance for THT to justify it. The starting position as shooting guard is wide open and Horton-Tucker is a top candidate. His skills are obvious when you watch him, but for things to work alongside LeBron James and Russell Westbrook, Horton-Tucker needs to significantly improve on the 28 percent he shot out of 3-point range last season. Nevertheless, his average 36-minute values ​​of 16.2 points, five assists and 4.7 rebounds speak for themselves, which fits his extensive defensive potential. "There's nothing that doesn't have to stop Talen from becoming an elite player," said Rob Pelinka, vice president of the Lakers basketball division. Grayson Allen's departure should open up more opportunities for Bane, who was incredibly efficient as a rookie last season with an average of 14.8 points per 36 minutes and five rebounds on 47/43/81 shooting splits. According to Synergy, he's already one of the league's deadliest spot-up shooters, in the 91st percentile in catch-and-shoot situations. He also has a sneaky floater game that will come in handy if he's driven off the 3-point line more often this season. "When I play with Ja [Morant] and Jaren [Jackson Jr.] and guys like that, I get some opportunities and a few simple looks," Bane said. Herro had a post-season breakout in the bubble but didn't make the expected jump in his second season. That being said, his averages for goals, rebounds, and assists increased, and so did his field goal percentage. With Miami's top-heavy roster this season, Herro must be the bench's primary goalscorer and playmaker for the Heat to be a contender. He looks like he's adding 15 pounds of lean muscle so far and scoring 25.3 points, five rebounds and 3.3 assists in his first three preseason games while hitting 50 percent of his 3-pointers. "This is a league that is becoming a league of skill and he is becoming one of the most experienced players in the league," said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra of Herro. So it's a very good start for him. "There are a few minutes ahead of time to fill with PJ Tucker in Miami, and Nwora will certainly make his point at training camp. In his first two preseason games, Nwora averaged 23 points, six rebounds and 2 .5 assists in just under 28 minutes per game, going from the 3-point line 7 to 14. At 6-8, Nwora is versatile enough to play four or possibly small ball five, although he has to hold on defensively to get that To gain trust from Mike Budenholzer. He's also working to improve as a playmaker on the Bucks' pass-heavy offensive. I'll keep trying to play right. The 6-9 Washington product made 27 starts as a rookie and scored in the last 25 games of the season averaged 8.3 points and 4.2 rebounds with 37 percent 3-point shooting. He was 65th in catch-and-shoot situations last season his body fills up and his length and timing allowed him to fend off one shot per game last season. "What he's doing at the defensive end of the floor is something special," said Wolves coach Chris Finch about McDaniels last season. "I can't remember a 19-year-old defender, rookie, coming in and having such an impact - fighting in a variety of positions and making a huge impact on his team." Alexander-Walker is fighting for a place in the backcourt of the Pelicans but he should make a huge impact regardless of his role. For what it's worth, the third year Guard looked a lot more comfortable with the first unit last season. He averaged 19 points, five rebounds, and three assists in 13 starts while shooting 41 percent out of 3-point range. "Would I like to start? But I think it's about the team," said Alexander-Walker during the camp. It's not really about the title itself, but about what really matters - winning games, reaching the playoffs, doing something special here. "At 6-6, Alexander-Walker is the size to play any guard position The good news is that New Orleans can play unorthodox lineups with Zion Williamson as the de facto point guard on offense, allowing Alexander-Walker to hone his style of play as a slasher and goalscorer thriving where he was successful in his young career. The Knicks' resurgence last season was all the more surprising as it came mostly without Robinson, who was sidelined for all but 31 games due to injury, as if he's going to be healthy to start this season, making him the best breakout candidate in the world Robinson set the all-time record for field goal percentage two seasons ago and is arguably the most talented shot blocker in the NBA size ity, athleticism and timing. He is special. He is adept at using its enormous length to obliterate 3-point attempts by unsuspecting shooters. Robinson averaged just over 27 minutes per game prior to his end-of-season injury, and he should come close to, if not exceed, that this season. He also averaged 3.6 personal fouls per 36 minutes, up from 5.3 in his first two years in the league, which obviously helps keep him on the ground longer. With the addition of another playmaker in Kemba Walker and a floor spacer in Evan Fournier, Robinson could have a big season as a praise threat on the Dunker spot on top of his defensive exploits. A large contingent of NBA twitter would love for the Poku revolution to begin in earnest, but it's probably still a year or two away from a breakout season. Instead, keep an eye on Bazley, the 6-8 forward who inevitably increased his scoring average by nearly 10 points while rebuilding Thunder last season. He can add to that total this season if he improves on his dismal efficiency from last year when he shot under 40 percent from the field, including 29 percent from the 3-point range over five tries per game. It seems likely that things will get better in these areas after being on opposing scouting reports for the first time in his career for a year. Only 21-year-old Bazley also appears to have developed a strong bond with OKC head coach Mark Daigneault. I'm so grateful to be coached by him on and off the pitch, "said Bazley of Daigneault. He's one of the reasons I've been so comfortable this year." There will be plenty of shots to rebuild Magic this season, and Carter is a prime candidate to take advantage of the additional opportunity. The former number 7 overall came from the Bulls in the Nikola Vucevic deal and averaged 11.7 points and 8.8 rebounds in 22 games with Orlando to end the season. He looked much more aggressive offensive this preseason, going from 3-point area 4 to 9 in his first three games - an area he's been trying to develop since joining the league. Carter should be the starting point, though new head coach Jamahl Mosley has sometimes experimented with playing Carter and Mo Bamba together. If Carter stays healthy, it seems an average of 15 points, 10 rebounds, and a block per game, and the cap is even higher. A Maxey breakout season seemed a lot more likely than Ben Simmons was MIA, but even if he's back in the group, Maxey should still have a productive year. The 6-2 Combo Guard finished an impressive floater game as a rookie with an average of 18.8 points per 36 minutes, 4.6 assists and four rebounds, which according to Synergy landed him in the 79th percentile of efficiency. Maxey is more of a natural scorer, but he's working on his style of play to be able to take the offensive with the second unit (or as a starter if Simmons fails). "It will take time, but I have the ultimate confidence and you help me a lot," Maxey said during camp. Some would argue that Bridges already erupted during the Suns run to the NBA final, but his numbers could take another leap this season as he continues to expand his offensive play. A massive RPG player on both ends of the floor, Bridges could venture into the supporting star territory if he continues to gain confidence in the off-the-dribble and fadeaway game he teased during the playoffs. "People will still try to call [Bridges] the 3-and-D guy, and I've told you several times that that's not even close to his game," Sun's all-star Devin Bookers said during the NBA Finals. There's very little room for a breakout candidate on the veteran-filled Blazers list, but when forced to choose, Little seems like the best option. He got on and off last season but showed his potential by scoring 30 points in 29 minutes, including 5-on-7 3-pointers, in a narrow loss to the Bucks in February. It may take an injury to open regular minutes for Little, but he's shown he knows how to take advantage of it and received praise from his teammates at camp. “And it looks like he really worked on his game this summer. In a limited sample size, Little has proven that he can get around the edge with his strength and athleticism, landing in the 79th percentile according to Synergy. As a rookie last season, Haliburton was in the 91st percentile in offensive efficiency including assists, according to Synergy, placing him alongside perennial all-stars like Damian Lillard, Kawhi Leonard and Giannis Antetokounmpo. In his last 10 games of the season, Haliburton had 13.1 points, 6.5 "assists and 1.8 steals on 44/40/91 shooting splits in just under 29 minutes per game. He's already a borderline elite pick-and-roll - Playmaker given his ability to shoot, get to the basket and line up his teammates. He's still about to have problems on the defensive but Haliburton should come up with some big numbers this season, especially if the Kings move Buddy Hield. Someone has to move With DeMar DeRozan and his team-leading usage rate up for the Spurs now in Chicago, Johnson looks like a strong contender. Johnson has scored 20 or more points nine times last season, and his gold medal experience with Team USA at the Olympics Playing in Tokyo in the summer can only bring good things for the third year striker. "We have a young 21-year-old who they said shouldn't be here. They gave [Spurs / Team USA coach Gregg Popovich] s --- for it, "Green said of Johnson. One way Johnson's stats could increase significantly is 3-point volume. The Spurs seem 3s more preseason To point out, an average of 34.7 tries per 100 possessions, compared to 28.3 last season, so Johnson should easily outshine his 2.6 3-point tries per game from last season, as should the Track opens for his explosive finishing skills. Anunoby has improved in each of his first four NBA seasons, but he could be ready to explode this year. With Kyle Lowry in Miami, Anunoby will be given more responsibility for scoring and game-making areas He has made great strides in his career so far, averaging almost 16 points last season a little quietly, while shooting 40 percent on over six 3-point attempts per game, he found According to Synergy, he was in the 85th percentile in catch-and-shoot situations, but shot less than one pull-up 3-pointer per game. However, this preseason he's doing things like this: if Anunoby has the opportunity and the confidence to shoot these kind of custom 3-pointers to aid his lockdown defense, it could get him into an all-star outskirts. For what it's worth, it sounds like Raptors trainer Nick Nurse is ready to live with some of the mounting pain along the way. "[Anunoby] gets a lot of chances, lots of one-on-one fights, some more post-ups, and so on," Nurse said of the Toronto Star. “I'm not sure this is the great rhythm of our offensive that we're going to see all the time, but it's part of developing it now and using that time for the NBA, there's usually not much room for a breakout -Star in the next season. That is the case with this year's Jazz, who know raw materials at practically every location. As much as I'd choose my Yale alum Miye Oni, I just can't see enough backcourt minutes to have a real breakout season. Will Paschall get an average of 20 points per game? No "For me, the freedom to shoot so many three-pointers is like any player who gives a lot of confidence," said Paschall, who shot 33 percent from a 3-point distance last season. "There's a lot of confidence in shooting and knowing that you won't be yelled at for taking the shot." View Daniel G. If you can afford to play basketball for five minutes, you will at least be intrigued - most likely beaten. The bouncy 6-10 center was a revelation after getting off the Bulls last season to hit a gaudy 36-minute averages of 20.6 points, 11.3 rebounds and 3.6 blocks in 23 games with Washington while he shot 68 percent out of the field. He's a suspected starter this season, at least until Thomas Bryant has recovered from ACL surgery. "The shot blocking, its ability to switch punches around the rim, walking the ground, finishing over the rim and being a presence to put pressure on the rim as a roller. Its flexibility, its versatility; it is very fluid . " The Wizards first year head coach Wes Unseld Jr. said of Gafford. "It's not easy for so many big boys."

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