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The Eastern Conference’s team of the present and past will meet the team of the future on Friday night with major playoff implications on the line when the Cleveland Cavaliers travel to the Wells Fargo Center to play the Philadelphia 76ers.
Cleveland scored a huge last-minute 119-115 win over the Washington Wizards on Thursday night to move a half-game up on the 76ers Isaiah Oliver Youth Jersey , claiming sole possession of third place in the Eastern Conference.
The two teams learned of the seed’s increased importance earlier on Thursday, when it was revealed that Boston Celtics star point guard Kyrie Irving would miss the rest of the season after left knee surgery. With the Celtics currently in the No. 2 spot in the conference but missing two of the league’s best players in Irving and the still-injured Gordon Hayward — not to mention Marcus Smart (hand), who remains out — a potential second-round matchup sounds much more appealing against Boston than top-seeded Toronto.
For the Cavaliers and 76ers, two of the hottest teams in the league, they know that every game at this point is of utmost importance.
Particularly the 76ers, who are hungry chasing their first playoff berth since 2012 and doing so in the wake of the Philadelphia Eagles winning the Super Bowl and Villanova winning the NCAA tournament.
“The spirit of the city, we saw it with the Eagles, we’re feeling it with Villanova,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said. “It’s something that we want. I’ve said from day one, it’s the only reason that I’m here is I want to try to bring a championship to the city of Philadelphia. This at some point is all of our missions.”
The game should not only be an exciting matchup because of the seeding possibilities Billy Price Youth Jersey , but also because of the similarities in style.
Philadelphia, which has won 12 straight despite losing Joel Embiid for the immediate future with a left orbital bone fracture, has scored 115 or more points in eight of its last nine games and ranks ninth in the NBA at 109.1 points per game. Cleveland, which has won four straight and nine of 10, has topped 112 points in seven of its last 10, and ranks fifth in the league in scoring (110.5).
Both have remarkably versatile stars: LeBron James is averaging 27.4 points, 9.1 assists and 8.7 rebounds per game; Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons is averaging 16 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists, with five triple-doubles in the last month.
“I think when it comes down to the postseason, we can be pretty good Cheap Frank Ragnow Jersey ,” James told reporters recently. “I mean, I think so. But we don’t know. Listen, we lost our starting point guard (George Hill) last game, so we’re trying to get everybody acclimated. Our head coach is still out, and it’s going to take him a little time to get back as well, so I don’t know what we’re capable of doing. We haven’t played a playoff game together. We got four guys from our championship team: myself, JR (Smith), Tristan (Thompson) and Kev (Love). We got some playoff experience, but you don’t know. It’s a new season, and we’ll see what happens.”
The 76ers Dallas Goedert Jersey , coming off a 115-108 win at Detroi Wednesday, are looking to tie the season series at two wins apiece.
After the matchup, Philadelphia stays home on Sunday before heading on the road on Tuesday at Atlanta.
Cleveland closes out its season with a home-and-home against the New York Knicks, at New York on Monday and in Cleveland on Wednesday.
鈥?Roger Goodell has signed a five-year contract extension to remain commissioner of the NFL through 2024.A memo from the NFL’s compensation committee to team owners and obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press confirms that Goodell and committee chairman Arthur Blank, owner of the Atlanta Falcons, have signed the extension.That extension has been a source of controversy because Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones objected to the process.All 32 owners approved in May the compensation committee’s power to negotiate and sign a deal with Goodell, who replaced Paul Tagliabue in 2006.Since then, the league’s total revenues have more than doubled to $14 billion.A person familiar with the contract told The Associated Press it is worth almost $200 million, with a base of $40 million. But the deal is incentive-laden, the person added Cheap Mike Gesicki Jersey , speaking on condition of anonymity because the contract numbers are not made public.Among those incentives are continued increases in revenues, stable or rising television ratings, a new labor agreement with the players 鈥?the NFL-NFL Players Association deal expires in 2021 鈥?and how much the NFL gets in rights fees when it renews its broadcast contracts.Goodell earned nearly $32 million in 2015, the last year in which public records for the NFL are available.“Our committee unanimously supports the contract and believes that it is fully consistent with ‘market’ compensation and the financial and other parameters outlined to the owners at our May 2017 meeting, as well as in the best interests of ownership,” Blank wrote in the memo.“We also have expressed in those conversations our strong and unanimous belief that we should proceed to sign the agreement now, consistent with the unanimous May resolution and to avoid further controversy surrounding this issue.? We are pleased to report that there is a nearly unanimous consensus among the ownership in favor of signing the contract extension now.”That would not include Jones, whose objections surfaced publicly after his star running back, Ezekiel Elliott, ran out of legal options to appeal a six-game suspension handed down by Goodell under the NFL’s personal conduct penalty.Jones was not immediately available for comment.The NFL’s next owners meeting is in Dallas next Wednesday. Jones had hoped to delay the new deal with Goodell until then Isaiah Wynn Youth Jersey , when he could personally raise his concerns to other owners.Also on the compensation committee are owners Clark Hunt of Kansas City, Robert Kraft of New England, John Mara of the New York Giants, Bob McNair of Houston and Art Rooney of Pittsburgh..
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