Jordan had a chance to respond after four of those off nights

Jordan still managed to score more than 20 points in all of those games because he followed a simple basketball rule. If the shot isn’t falling, then drive to the basket and draw a foul. Jordan made double-digit free throws in all of those games, and he finished an amazing 76 of 85 (89.4 percent) from the line. He also averaged 8.8 rebounds, 6.2 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game while committing just 2.2 turnovers per game. An off night didn’t throw off the rest of MJ’s game.

Same goes for James, with the exception of turnovers early in his career. James, however, had just three turnovers in the loss to Boston. He’s averaged 8.6 assists and 8.2 rebounds in those off nights, and Cheap International Soccer Jerseys he shot 74.5 percent from the line. James also impacts the game with his defense in the form of 1.4 blocks and 1.2 steals per game. James still makes an impact on the game in almost every other category.

Jordan had a chance to respond after four of those off nights, and he averaged 37.8 points per game in the ensuing game. Jordan responded to the worst shooting night of his playoff career — a 3-of-18 effort against the Knicks in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals — with 54 points in Game 4. Chicago won both games to advance to the NBA Finals.

It was a major gamble that looked like it might actually pay off when the Vikings started off 5-0. Unfortunately, the offense’s flaws were quickly exposed and that elite defense couldn’t carry the load Cheap Jackie Robinson Jerseys forever. Minnesota petered out with a 3-8 record down the stretch, finishing 8-8 and missing the playoffs.

Now the team is moving forward without Adrian Peterson, who went to New Orleans after getting his option declined. It’s a new era of Vikings football, but what will that era actually look like?

I get the idea of wanting to control player costs

The easy answer is locality. Lynch, an Oakland native, is considered a Bay-Area legend of sorts. He’d sell tickets (not that the Raiders have an attendance issue), and he’d make an already-interesting AFC contender that much more interesting.

Yes, the list of available, non-retired, unrestricted free-agent backs includes names that would add flare to Oakland’s roster. But it also includes big numbers, and we’re not talking about career rushing totals. We’re talking about age the reason most on the list remain unsigned.

And while Lynch isn’t young, his year-plus away from grounding and pounding in the NFL and relatively clean injury slate combine to help explain the Raiders’ interest.

Look, I get the idea of wanting to control player costs, I really do. I don’t have a problem with Levine saying all those things to an arbitrator in an attempt to pay Betances just $3 million in 2017 instead of $5 million. That’s how the system is set up. Hey, he won. Good for him.

But to gloat about the win publically? To demean Betances?

Here’s something that has a pretty firm basis in reality: If Randy Levine is still with the Yankees by the time Betances is eligible to become a free agent, there’s pretty much zero chance he stays with the club.

It is a game and a celebration, but there’s a direct line between Jackie Robison and me standing here. There’s a direct line people loving Ernie Banks and the city (of Chicago) being able to come together and work together in one spirit.’

He added, Sometimes it’s not enough just to change laws. You’ve got to change hearts, and sports has a way of changing hearts sometimes in a way that politics or business doesn’t.’

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