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On Friday night against the Penguins, Chris Kreider played 11:55 and saw 11 seconds on the PP.

In that 11 seconds, Kreider dove to beat a Penguin to a puck and chip it back to Ryan McDonagh. McDonagh then fired a shot that was stopped by Marc-Andre Fleury and Kreider, in just a couple of strides after getting up, put the puck in a small space but Fleury and the post to score the Rangers first PP goal since game two against the Flyers.

http://youtu.be/vowZygopg0U

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Over at NFL.com, Gregg Rosenthal investigates which teams have the least talented group of players at each position on offense. The Jets get a couple of honorable mentions and are also his pick for worst tight end group:

Two-tight-end attacks are growing in popularity. The Jets might break out the no tight end attack. Jeff Cumberland is the starter; he's a serviceable role player who would be No. 3 on a lot of depth charts. Behind Cumberland is a former Rugby player (Hayden Smith), Konrad Reuland and someone actually named Mike Shanahan.


What are your thoughts on this team's tight end group? Are they being underestimated? Do they need to add another body now or as a cutdown waiver claim? Let us know in the comments.

Tags: NYJets, Editorial Aside, Bent Double

Now that rookie minicamp has come and gone, what have we learned, if anything?

Well, for starters, the team showed us they are still not content with the interior of the defensive line and their linebackers.

At DT, they added another veteran this week in journeyman Frank Okum which now gives them eight DTs heading into minicamp next month. Linval Joseph is currently the only DT on the roster that has played a full season for the Giants.

Tags: 2013 New York Giants, 2013 NFL Draft, New York Giants Rookie Minicamp, NFL, NYG, Editorial Aside
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With the offseason well underway, the Jets have continued to sign some guys that Jets fans might not know too much about. I've been taking a closer look at each of the new signings and trying to assess what they can bring to the table for the Jets in 2013. I originally wasn't going to do a BGA for David Garrard on the basis that he's already a well-known player that most Jets fans are likely to be familiar with. However, I saw so many people talking about how he hadn't played since 2010, that I thought I'd go back and review the tape from 2011 - where he made three preseason appearances with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Click the BGA link at the top of the page to look back at some of the scouting work I've done on some of the other signings the Jets have made since the end of the season.

The 35-year old Garrard is a one-time Pro Bowler who has a 39-37 career record in 76 career starts, all with the Jaguars. He did not play in 2011 due to a back issue and missed last season after a minor knee injury suffered a couple of days before preseason. Prior to that, he had a QB rating of at least 80 and a completion percentage of over 60% (two numbers Mark Sanchez has never achieved) in five straight seasons. He signed a one-year, $1.1m contract with just $100K guaranteed back in March and will be competing for a job with the Jets in camp.

Tags: BGA, Editorial Aside, Bent Double
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This is a series of posts on the Devils' pending free agents (restricted and unrestricted). We'll cover their strengths and weaknesses and end up with a final verdict on whether we think the Devils should re-sign the player. There will also be a poll at the end of each post so you guys can weigh in with your thoughts.

Position: Left Wing

Tags: Alexei Ponikarovsky, Analysis, Devils, Devs, New Jersey Devils, Editorial Aside
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This is a series of posts on the Devils' pending free agents (restricted and unrestricted). We'll cover their strengths and weaknesses and end up with a final verdict on whether we think the Devils should re-sign the player. There will also be a poll at the end of each post so you guys can weigh in with your thoughts.

Position: Defense

Tags: Analysis, Devils, Devs, Marek Zidlicky, New Jersey Devils, Editorial Aside
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NEW YORK ? Nets General Manager Billy King has made it known that he would like to bring 24-year-old Croatian-born, Turkish Basketball League and Euroleague star Bojan Bogdanovic over for next season. It appears he may very well get his wish.

Bojan Bogdanovic

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NEW YORK ? On Thursday, the NBA officially announced that the Executive of the Year Award for the 2012-13 season goes to Masai Ujiri of the Denver Nuggets. Ujiri is currently the Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Nuggets.

Unlike the NBA's other season awards?which are voted on by a panel of sportswriters?the executive award is voted on by a panel of 30 team executives from across the league. Each voting member fills out a ballot, casting a vote for a first, second and third place recipient. Each first place vote is worth 5 points, each second place vote is worth 3 points, and each third place vote is worth 1 point.

Ujiri received eight first place votes, six second place votes and one third place vote. He totaled 59 points and more than doubled the point total of the runner-up. Gary Sacks of the Los Angeles Clippers finished second with 28 total points.

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This is a series of posts on the Devils' pending free agents (restricted and unrestricted). We'll cover their strengths and weaknesses and end up with a final verdict on whether we think the Devils should re-sign the player. There will also be a poll at the end of each post so you guys can weigh in with your thoughts.

Position: Left wing

Age: 38

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The major hype right now surrounding the Brooklyn Nets is their search for a new coach.

P.J. Carlesimo did an admirable job on an interim basis, but assuming he didn?t lead the Nets to the Eastern Conference finals, his fate was pretty much sealed long before his firing.

Owner Mikhail Prokhorov and general manager Billy King want to bring in their own guy, and that search is ongoing.

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NEW YORK ? I had the opportunity to catch up with Stephen A. Smith from ESPN2?s First Take with Skip Bayless and 98.7 ESPN Radio?s the Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco show back on May 7. We spoke about the Brooklyn Nets.

One thing we can always expect from Smith is his unique insight into a situation, and that is exactly what he gave me.

I asked Smith about his opinion of the team?s loss Saturday night at Barclays Center to the Chicago Bulls.

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This is a series of posts on the Devils' pending free agents (restricted and unrestricted). We'll cover their strengths and weaknesses and end up with a final verdict on whether we think the Devils should re-sign the player. There will also be a poll at the end of each post so you guys can weigh in with your thoughts.

Position: Center

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Multiple outlets reported on Monday evening that the Nets' top choice as their next head coach, Phil Jackson, has no interest in returning to the sidelines and would rather take a front office position somewhere.

Jackson coaching the Nets was something of a pipe dream in the wake of Avery Johnson being fired on Dec. 27 and Phil Jackson being informed on Sunday that P.J. Carlesimo would not be retained following a 35-19 regular season and a seven-game first-round playoff loss to the Chicago Bulls.

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Myself and Jimmy Kempski of Blogging the bEast kick around some of the changes and discuss some new faces coming into the NFC East this season...

Dallas Cowboys

Jimmy:?They did nothing in terms of outside free agents. The only guy that may see the field at all would be Justin Durant, who may start at SLB, but will be the first guy off the field in most sub-packages. There?s a sense that a bunch of their draft picks will see action right away. I don?t see it that way. Their first-round pick Travis Frederick should start at C from Day One, but aside from him, I?m not seeing how any of their other picks are going to have immediate impact roles as rookies.

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, NFC, NFC East, Philadelphia Eagles, Editorial Aside, Washington Redskins
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Having said numerous times since his retirement following the 2011 season?that he had no desire to be an NBA head coach again, the news concerning Phil Jackson on Tuesday evening should come as no surprise.

Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports

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With the offseason well underway, the Jets have continued to sign some guys that Jets fans might not know too much about. I'll be taking a closer look at each of the new signings and trying to assess what they can bring to the table for the Jets in 2013. Today, I look at another recent signing, guard Stephen Peterman.

Click the BGA link at the top of the page to look back at some of the scouting work I've done on some of the other signings the Jets have made since the end of the season.

Peterman, a 31-year old, is 6-4 and weighs in at 323 pounds. He was drafted in the third round by the Dallas Cowboys in 2004, but was released after two injury-plagued seasons. However, he soon found a new home and has been starting at right guard for the Detroit Lions for the past six seasons. Peterman signed a one-year, veterans minimum deal to join the Jets and should compete for a job with the likes of Vlad Ducasse, Willie Colon and Caleb Schlauderaff, along with the Jets' 3rd, 5th and 6th round picks.

Tags: BGA, Editorial Aside, Bent Double
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Reports began to surface on Monday evening that the Nets have made contact with Phil Jackson regarding the team's now-vacant head coaching position. On Tuesday morning, General Manager Billy King?didn't quite deny those reports.

"As I said, we would reach out and see just to gauge it," King said during an interview on WFAN. "Basically, I'm gonna talk to Phil and see what he's gonna do, what he wants to do. There will be some other guys that we'll do research on, gather background on, and we'll start the process. The process has started, I'll say that."

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With the offseason well underway, the Jets have continued to sign some guys that Jets fans might not know too much about. I'll be taking a closer look at each of the new signings and trying to assess what they can bring to the table for the Jets in 2013. Today, I take a look at running back Chris Ivory.

Click the BGA link at the top of the page to look back at some of the scouting work I've done on some of the other signings the Jets have made since the end of the season.

Ivory is a big back, standing 6-0 and tipping the scales at 222 pounds. He was an undrafted small school prospect out of Tiffin, but made an immediate impact with the Saints, rushing for over 700 yards and five touchdowns. However, he found it difficult to get many opportunities over the past few seasons and was traded to the Jets for a fourth round pick in this year's draft. Ivory signed a three-year extension with the Jets, worth $6m, although that could rise to as much as $10m if he meets certain performance targets.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - A mere 15 hours after the Nets were eliminated by the Chicago Bulls, P.J. Carlesimo is looking for a job.

General Manager Billy King surprisingly addressed the media on Sunday afternoon at PNY Center and said the interim head coach will not return after he went 35-19 in 54 games following the firing of Avery Johnson on Dec. 27.

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NEW YORK ? The life of an NBA superstar is a never ending game of second guessing and being asked "What have you done for me lately?"

But that comes with the territory.

(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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NEW YORK ? With 56 seconds remaining in Game 7 of their first round matchup against the Bulls, the Nets trailed, 95-90. Joakim Noah, as he had done a few times before this point, attempted to take Brook Lopez off the dribble and score a running layup over him.

But unlike his earlier attempts at the rim, Noah put too much oomph on this one. It missed, Reggie Evans secured the rebound, and 17 seconds later, Joe Johnson held the final gasp of all 17,732 in attendance in his sure-shot hands.

To this point, Johnson has turned in a tumultuous game, shooting just 2-for-12 from the field.

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NEW YORK - The Nets' first season in Brooklyn is complete following an ugly 99-93 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Saturday in Game 7 of their first-round series.

As their offseason gets started earlier than they would have liked, one topic sure to dominate the conversation in the coming days is the future of interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo.

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The draft has been over for a week and still there are plenty of critics firing shots at the Giants' selections. Most fans are upset the team bypassed several quality linebackers to choose a DT they could have gotten later in the draft, and a QB who may never see the field in a Giant uniform.

I, for one, would have liked to see at least one corner taken, but they curiously seem to satisfied with what they have. Not sure why they feel that way, but they must have their reasons. Perhaps they glossed over the parts in the game tapes where their secondary looked overmatched, overwhelmed and completely confused. Sadly, there were way too many of those moments.

Corey Webster was a mess last season, burned on-on-one and in zones. He looked lost out there some games.

Tags: 2013 New York Giants, 2013 NFL Draft, New York Giants, Editorial Aside
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(Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

When the Brooklyn Nets played the Chicago Bulls at Barclays Center back in February, Derrick Rose was on the floor at Barclays Center, shooting around before the game.

By that time, Iman Shumpert of the New York Knicks?who suffered a similar injury to Rose?had returned for the Knicks and has since become a key contributor for the team.

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Only eight teams in NBA history have overcome a 3-1 deficit in a best-of-seven series to get to and win Game 7. Thanks to wins in Games 5 and 6 against the Chicago Bulls, the Nets are in position to be the ninth team to accomplish the feat when Game 7 is played on Saturday night in Brooklyn.

(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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Deron Williams re-signed with the Nets last summer with the move to Brooklyn on the horizon for $98.7 million and five years in the middle of his prime at the age of 28.

The re-signing of All-Star center Brook Lopez and the trade that brought in six-time All-Star shooting guard Joe Johnson were important pieces of the puzzle, but it was very clear that Williams re-upping made him the face of the franchise. Being held to that lofty expectation means, in theory, that this team will be living and dying on his leadership and his abilities.

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This is a series of posts on the Devils' pending free agents (restricted and unrestricted). We'll cover their strengths and weaknesses and end up with a final verdict on whether we think the Devils should re-sign the player. There will also be a poll at the end of each post so you guys can weigh in with your thoughts.

Position: Center

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Analysis, Brandon Dubinksy, Brooks Laich, Devils, Devs, New Jersey Devils, Editorial Aside
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One hot topic at the moment concerning the Jets seems to be the news that Quinton Coples has been permanently moved to outside linebacker. As BGA readers will know, this has been a proposition I've been intrigued by since the tail end of last season.

After the Jets drafted defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson last week, I wrote briefly about the option of using him there in certain packages here. However, now that they've announced this is happening, I'm going to look in more detail at what evidence there is that could indicate Coples will be productive in this role. I'll also delve into what the news that he's moving permanently actually means in practical terms.

After the jump, I'll lay out my thoughts, but before then, I'd recommend you read this recent study from ProFootballFocus into where pressure comes from and the effects that it has. My research also makes use of exclusive statistics provided by PFF which are not available to subscribers.

Tags: BGA, NYJets, Editorial Aside, Bent Double
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The Nets will attempt to do something they haven?t done all season: win a game in Chicago?s United Center.

Brooklyn is 0-4 in the Bulls? building this season, with two losses coming during the regular season and the other two coming in the playoffs.

(Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Tags: Brooklyn Nets, bulls, chicago bulls, game 6, nate robinson, Nets, nets, Editorial Aside
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This is the first in a series of posts on the Devils' pending free agents (restricted and unrestricted). We'll cover their strengths and weaknesses and end up with a final verdict on whether we think the Devils should re-sign the player. There will also be a poll at the end of each post so you guys can weigh in with your thoughts.

Tags: Analysis, DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, Edmonton Oilers, free agency, free agent, New Jersey Devils, Editorial Aside, Toronto Maple Leafs
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - A strained right calf didn't stop Andray Blatche from giving the Nets quality, crucial fourth-quarter minutes in Game 5 against the Chicago Bulls and the reserve big man does not expect to be hindered much when the Nets head to the United Center for a do-or-die Game 6 on Thursday evening.

"I can go as much as he give me," Blatche said on Wednesday afternoon after practice in reference to Nets interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo. "Whatever he give me, I'm gonna go out there and play hard. I'm already expecting this thing to be like 90 percent, so I should be ready to play tomorrow."

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Joe Johnson has been hobbled by a case of plantar fasciitis in his left foot, but has toughed out Games 3, 4 and 5 against the Chicago Bulls after taking a cortisone shot prior to Game 3. As the Nets prepare for a win-or-go-home Game 6 at the United Center on Thursday, Johnson provided a better understanding of just how hurt he is.

"Probably not," Johnson responded after practice on Wednesday afternoon when asked if he would be playing is this were the regular season. "When it first came out in February, we tried to rest it as much as possible but it wasn't enough time. Like I said, I?m just giving them everything I can at this point."

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During the lead up to the draft, there were two offensive positions that received a lot of focus here on the blog, but which the Jets didn't fill any needs with any of their picks. ?Here's a quick look at what the Jets might do between now and the start of the season.

Kerley is the constant as Jets enter 2013

Wide Receiver?Status -- Top receiver Santonio Holmes is coming back off a Lisfranc injury, Stephen Hill showed some promise at the end of 2012 before getting injured and Jeremy Kerley proved he can be more than just a slot receiver. ?Still, the Jets were pretty obvious in their interest of Tavon Austin who went one pick before the Jets at #8 to the Rams who traded up in fear of losing out on Austin to the Jets. ?The Jets will likely want to add at least one player to the group to help round it out as a backup with potential to spot-start as necessary.

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For the second consecutive year, the draft has come and gone and Giant fans protest loudly about the team's failure to draft a linebacker. ?I understand the mindset behind this angst. But I'm not sure most fans understand how the game has changed and why base defense, run-stopping linebackers - much like running backs these days - are not being taken high in the draft any longer.

Today's game is played in front of ?- and behind - the linebackers. The Giants have been getting away from their base defense (4-3-4) in recent years, employing either a nickel (4-2-5) or a dime (4-1-6) package on approximately 50% of the defensive snaps. This is primarily to guard against the new age passing attacks of the league. In the team's final game of the season vs the Eagles last year, only two LBs were on the field for more than half the snaps: Chase Blackburn (73%) and Jacquian Williams (71%) - who happen to be the unit's top two pass defenders.

Granted, the game was a blowout, with the Eagles in passing mode most of the game (37 pass to 27 run plays), but that means little. When the shoe was on the other foot in Week 10 against Cincinnati, only Michael Boley (100%) and Blackburn (92%) played more than half the snaps.

Tags: 2013 New York Giants, New York Giants, New York Giants Defense, NYG, Editorial Aside
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In what has already been a physical series between the Nets and Chicago Bulls, if the Nets are going to get it back to Brooklyn for Game 7 on Saturday, P.J. Carlesimo is expecting even more physicality as the series moves back to the United Center for Game 6 on Thursday.

"Frankly, I think Thibs (Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau) and I both like it when the refs let us play," the Nets interim head coach said via conference call a day after his team pulled to within 3-2 in their best-of-seven series following a 110-91 win at Barclays Center. "We both want to play that way. Will it be a physical game? Yes, I expect it to be extremely physical and I do expect the boards will be a major battle."

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(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NEW YORK ? Anyone who has watched the Brooklyn Nets this season is aware of their struggles in the third quarters of games.

Of the teams that are in the NBA Playoffs, the Nets failed to score 20 points in the third quarter against them 11 times.

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Andray Blatche

NEW YORK ? In Saturday's Game 4 against the Chicago Bulls, Andray Blatche suffered a mild sprain of his calf.

After Monday night's Game 5 against the Chicago Bulls, when it was all said and done, Blatche limped out of the Nets locker room.

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NEW YORK ? Any concerns over how Brook Lopez would respond in his first postseason have disappeared, as has any debate over who is the best player in this series following the Nets' 110-91 Game 5 win on Monday evening.

AP Photo/Seth Wenig

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NEW YORK - If?Gerald Wallace is still having a confidence problem, maybe the waning minutes of Monday evening's 110-91 Game 5 win over the Chicago Bulls can help him snap out of it.

After checking back into the game for the final time with 3:15 to play and the Nets up eight, Deron Williams swung Wallace the ball in the left corner as he calmly sank his second 3-pointer of the game for a 101-91 lead.

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NEW YORK - On a day when 12th-year center and ex-New Jersey Net Jason Collins came?out as the first openly gay active male athlete in a major American professional sport, opinions and statements have come in from all over the sporting world.

Those opinions include current Nets, some of whom are ex-teammates, as well as General Manager Billy King, who has never served as Collins' employer, but as a competing executive in the same division during his days as General Manager of the Philadelphia 76ers.

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Leading by 14 with 2:53 seconds to go in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, the Brooklyn Nets were in a perfect position Saturday to return home with the series tied 2-2.

But Nate Robinson had different plans.

The Bulls? reserve guard torched the Nets over the final stretch, which resulted in a 142-134 triple overtime win for Chicago.

Tags: Brooklyn Nets, bulls, chicago bulls, deron williams, eastern conference playoffs, joe johnson, kirk hinrich, nate robinson, NBA, nba playoffs, Nets, nets, nets bulls, nets bulls playoffs, Editorial Aside
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Doug Marrone, the former Syracuse head coach who was hired this winter to do the same for the Buffalo Bills, is feeling bittersweet about his first selection in the this year's NFL Draft: Florida State QB EJ Manuel.

Bills' GM Buddy Nix and Marrone both agreed the Bills needed to start over at QB and made the decision to take Manuel over Ryan Nassib, Marrone's QB at Syracuse, to lead their club into the future. Many felt that player would be Nassib, but the Bills needed to start this new chapter in their history with the right player under center.

"I don?t think I was very conflicted," Marrone said when asked about taking Manuel over Nassib. "I think that at the end of the day there are a lot of good quarterbacks in the draft and we were able to take the best quarterback that we felt fit us here in our situation in Buffalo."

Tags: 2013 New York Giants, 2013 NFL Draft, Buffalo Bills, Doug Marrone, New York Giants, Editorial Aside, Ryan Nassib
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(AP Photo/Jim Prisching)

NEW YORK ? When Chicago Bulls media availability began this morning, point guard Kirk Hinrich entered practice wearing a walking boot. It was the result of a left calf injury he suffered in the first half of Saturday's Game 3, which is remarkable since ?he played 60 minutes in that game, scoring 18 points and dishing out 14 assists in the triple-overtime thriller.

Hinrich was dejected as he discussed the setback.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. ? If the Nets are going to survive tonight's do-or-die Game 5 against the Chicago Bulls and get this best-of-seven series back to Chicago for Game 6, they're going to have deal with a whole lot more of Nate Robinson.

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A tradition like none other: the Giants turning heads with their draft class.

The Giants had seven picks in this weekend's draft, adding depth to a number of key positions, including offensive and defensive line, running back and the secondary. Of course, a position that remained untouched was linebacker.

From the top:

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The draft is over and many Giant fans aren't sure what to make of it. Many were clamoring for a linebacker and a corner, but instead, the club followed the marching orders of CEO John Mara and got bigger and badder.

Mara was clearly embarrassed by the way the Giants were schooled in the trenches last season and publicly stated the team would be addressing the problem in the offseason. Linebackers and cornerbacks aren't the answer to that issue, so the team took the best offensive lineman in front of them and followed it with a huge defensive tackle.

I'm not sure how much a Khaseem Greene or Arthur Brown would have contributed to the Giants this season anyway. The Giants would probably only use them in their base defense, which is about 60% of the snaps in a normal game, employing the three safety look the other 40%.

Tags: 2013 New York Giants, 2013 NFL Draft, New York Giants, Editorial Aside
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With only one quarterback taken in the first round, plenty remained as the Jets headed into day two of the draft most notably West Virginia's Eugene "Geno" Smith.

The previous night general manager John Idzik revealed to the media that they had considered selecting an "offensive player" with their 13th overall pick however, they decided on Sheldon Richardson instead and stayed true to their draft board. As we would find out after drafting the WVU product, Smith, had indeed been that "offensive player." Still on the board at #39, the Jets couldn't resist passing up on Smith who they felt very confident about and got good value for given the way the draft boards fell.

So, Who Exactly Is He?

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Having signed a six-year, $119 million contract during free agency in 2010, the final four years and $90 million of which the Nets took on via trade last summer, Joe Johnson is often criticized as not worth or not playing up to that huge price tag.

Joe Johnson (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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Less than a day removed from a brutal 142-134 triple-overtime loss to the Chicago Bulls that moved the Nets to the brink of elimination, Nets interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo didn't feel the need to overstate the importance of Monday's win-or-go-home Game 5.

(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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The Giants are a better team today than they were Thursday afternoon. In a draft that featured few marquee names, the Giants took what was in front of them in the first three rounds and then decided to roll the dice a bit. This draft will naturally define their future one way or another.

Round 1, Pick 19: Justin Pugh, OL Syracuse - A safe, solid pick. Pugh can play all five positions on the line and is a natural leader. The Giants are not concerned that Pugh has shorter arms than most teams prefer in an OT. He can flat-out block no matter where he plays. Defenders aren't going stop to measure his arms when they line up against him. Pugh is an intelligent, high-character kid that fits the Giants' offensive line template. ?He was not the best OL in this draft, but he may be the right one for the Giants. He will be a stalwart like the men before him who helped the Giants win championships: O'Hara, Snee, Seubert, Diehl, but more. A natural leader who will be a huge part of the franchise's future core. Grade B+

Round 2, Pick 49: Jonathan Hankins, DT Ohio State - A big body with a reputation for a lack of quickness and a questionable motor. The Giants feel otherwise. Hankins was on the field every play and wore down during games because what 320 lb guy wouldn't? The Giants will fix that issue by increasing his stamina and placing him in the D-line rotation, where he'll still be fresh in the fourth quarter. ?He's a run-stuffer, plain and simple. They need as many of those as they can get. Grade: B

Tags: 2013 New York Giants, 2013 NFL Draft, New York Giants, Editorial Aside
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