Why does Blake Griffin dunk less? Fatigue

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Blake Griffin shoots better, dribbles better and passes better.

Without question, the Clippers forward is more skilled than his first few NBA seasons.

But I’m not sure he’s more productive.

Griffin’s ability to get dunks – the highest-percentage shot in basketball – should not be underappreciated. Though many put more stock in a player having a wider arsenal of skills, there’s much to be said for perfecting the fewer skills that matter most. Every time Griffin shoots a mid-range jumper or drives and kicks to a teammate, he’s bypassing a potential dunk opportunity.

Sure, sometimes dunks aren’t available, and Griffin’s ability to make other plays is helpful. But has he gone too far with those other plays? His dunks are way down this season:

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This trend is not because defenses are taking away his dunks. Griffin has chose to play a different style.

Why?

Griffin in The Players Tribune:

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FSU QB Jameis Winston is Going Pro

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After the devastating loss to Marcus Mariota and the Oregon Ducks in the College Football Playoff semifinal game, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has decided to declare for the 2015 NFL draft according to reporter David Hale of ESPN.com. Winston confirmed the decision less than a week after the Ducks dominated Florida State 59-20 in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day. According to a statement issued late Wednesday morning by The Legacy Agency, which will represent him:

“After weighing this decision with my family and friends, I have decided to declare for the 2015 NFL draft and forgo my remaining eligibility at Florida State. I reached this very difficult decision after careful consideration and long thought, realizing how difficult it would be to say goodbye to my family at Florida State. I am eternally grateful for the opportunity to wear the garnet and gold and have greatly enjoyed my time as a Seminole, both as an athlete and a student in the classroom.”

“I will always take pride in leading our team back to national prominence and am confident that my returning teammates will continue the success for many years to come.”

“To the fans, I can’t thank you enough for the support you showed me and the team over the last three seasons; it was a humbling experience to bring the Championship back to Tallahassee for you all to enjoy.”

“To my teammates, it’s been an incredible opportunity to play with the most impressive collection of talent and people the game has seen; you all have been there for me through the highs and lows and the relationships we have formed extend well beyond the field. For this, I thank you.”

“To the coaching staff and especially Coach Fisher, I am forever grateful for the ways you developed me as a player and a person as I have grown over the years. I knew I made the right decision to come to Florida State four years ago and couldn’t be happier with this choice as I write this today.”

“As I embark in the next challenge of playing in the NFL, I look forward to contributing to a long line of successful alumni at the next level. I want you all to know that I will make Seminole Nation proud and continue to bring the passion and love for the game you all have seen in Doak Campbell since my first day as a ‘Nole. Thank you for making my time in Tallahassee the of the best years of my life.”

Despite all the off-the field scandals which includes a sexual assault allegation and a one-game suspension for yelling an obscene phrase on campus, Winston’s statistics were among the best in college football. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound quarterback ranks fourth in touchdown passes (65), fourth in passing yards (7,964) and second in passes of 20 yards or more (124) since the start of the 2013 season. Winston has been widely considered a dual-threat and often compare to Donovan Mcnabb among NFL teams.

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Report: Grant Hill, Bryan Colangelo just two of many trying to buy Atlanta Hawks

Well, everything seems to be going in the right direction—for now.

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Things seem to be picking up steam in the sale of the Atlanta Hawks, in part because all three different current ownership groups — who often fought amongst themselves for power and with that hindered the franchise — have agreed to sell. Someone or some group can buy 100 percent of the team.

A couple of those interested have some big NBA name recognition — Grant Hill and former Suns and Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo.

Over at the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Chris Vivlamore laid out some of the rumored interested parties in buying the team.

* Jason Levian. The former Memphis Grizzlies CEO left the organization in May. He is a co-owner of the MLS franchise D.C. United.

* Steve Kaplan: The Los Angeles-based investor joined Robert Pera’s group as a limited investor to purchase the Memphis Grizzlies. He has reportedly made attempts to buy baseball’s San Diego…

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LeBron James says he might return during Cavaliers’ Western Conference road trip

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The Cavaliers announced last week LeBron James would miss two weeks, a timetable that would have him return for their game against the Lakers on Jan. 15.

That’s the fourth game of a five-game Western Conference road trip. According to the original plan, LeBron would miss games at the Warriors, Kings and Suns and play against the Lakers and Clippers.

Good news for Cleveland: LeBron says he’s still on that track.

Dave McMenamin of ESPN:

Ethan J. Skolnick of Bleacher Report:

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San Francisco Giants Reign Again – 2014 World Series Champions!

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The San Francisco Giants celebrate after defeating the Kansas City Royals, 3-2, to win Game Seven of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 29, 2014.  The streets of San Francisco were covered with orange and black confetti as fans celebrate Giants dramatic victory over the Kansas City Royals. The San Francisco Giants have become the first team ever to win three World Series titles in five years since the New York Yankees (1996-2000). Nobody couldn’t pitched a near-perfect relief than Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner who was crowned 2014 World Series MVP pitching five scoreless innings with a record-low 0.25 World Series ERA.

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Shaq says Knicks need two superstars to successfully run Triangle Offense

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Phil Jackson is one of the greatest basketball coaches of all time, having amassed 11 championships over a career that spanned 20 seasons.

If there’s a knock on him, Jackson’s detractors will remind you that he only won by having similarly great, Hall of Fame caliber players on those rosters. There was Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen in Chicago, and there was Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles.

Jackson ran the Triangle Offense in all of his championship seasons, and has made sure that the Knicks will do the same this year in his new role as the team’s president of basketball operations. Shaq isn’t so sure it will succeed, however, thanks to New York not having at least two superstar-level talents in place.

From Mitch Lawrence at NBC New York:

“For the triangle to work, you need to have two superstars,’’ O’Neal said. “It’s been proven…

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A Memorable Farewell To Derek Jeter!

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On Sunday, September 28, 2014 thousands of New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox fans filled Fenway Park to witness a memorable moment in Major League Baseball history. Fans teared up, sobbed and cheered as Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter played his final game of his 20-year major league career against the Red Sox.

Ironically, more than 40 years ago, Yankees center fielder Mickey Mantle played his final game on September 28, 1968, at Fenway Park. Mantle was an idol to millions and one of many baseball legends to ever put on a major league uniform. At the age of 40, Jeter became the next baseball iconic figure to play his last game in an epic Yankees-Red Sox rivalry.

“I don’t know how many people could really unite a crowd like he did today,” manager Joe Girardi said. “Such big rivals, so much history between the teams, but you would have thought it was one team today, and I don’t know how many people could have done that in any sport.”

Sunday was an eventful yet emotional day for everyone in baseball. Yankees and Red Sox fans alike tribute to Jeter by chanting his name throughout the course of the game. “My emotions were so all over the place…when I got here, I was ready. I was ready for my career to be over with. I’m happy I had an opportunity to come and play here in a couple games, but I’m ready for this to be the end” Jeter said.

After lining out in the first inning, Jeter was determined not to disappoint when he came to bat for the last time in his career. Jeter’s second at-bat appearance and perhaps his last came during the third inning. Jeter stared down Boston pitcher Clay Buchholz and hit an infield single to third base driving in a run. Though Yankees 9-5 victory over the Red Sox was a milestone finish for Jeter, but his infield single marked a perfect ending to a well-played career.

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