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Feb 14, 2017; Matt Harvey (33) talks with Collins (10) during workouts at Tradition Field. Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 14, 2017; Matt Harvey (33) talks with Collins (10) during workouts at Tradition Field. Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

1) Travis d'Arnaud has a lot on shoulders as he works to improve his health, swing and throwing from behind the plate. "But, he's up for it," he knows he had a bad year in 2016 and he believes he can be better than that...

2) Jeurys Familia and Addison Reed have been told to approach spring training the same way they did last year, with Familia slotted as the closer and Reed as the team's set-up man, despite reports that Familia could be suspended to start the season...

3) David Wright is expected to start throwing a baseball later this week. There will be some activities this spring that Wright takes part in and some that he will not >> Read more.

4) Jay Bruce will get some time practicing at first base, mostly as a hedge against the potential of losing Lucas Duda's power to an injury during the season >> Read more

Tags: David Wright, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Travis d'Arnaud, Willie Reed
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Mets Hot Stove: Addison Reed 00:01:22
Mets Hot Stove talks to Addison Reed about his preparation for Spring Training and the 2017 season.

Mets reliever Addison Reed will do whatever is asked of him by Terry Collins, including filling in at closer if Jeurys Familia is suspended for an incident of domestic violence from last year.

"I take the same mindset out there no matter what inning, I'm throwing,'' Reed told reporters at Tradition Field on Thursday. "The only thing different about the ninth inning is that it is one inning later than the eighth."

I don't see any reason to treat it differently," Reed continued. "If you are throwing the first inning you don't want any runs to score. If you are throwing the ninth inning, you don't want any runs to score."

Tags: Willie Reed, Matthew Cerrone
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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez looks to the net as Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert defends during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USATSI)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez looks to the net as Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert defends during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USATSI)

(AP) -- Gordon Hayward had 21 points, nine assists and four rebounds, Rodney Hood scored 16 points, and the Utah Jazz cruised past the Brooklyn Nets 108-86 on Friday night.

Trevor Booker added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Jazz, who pulled away in the third quarter by shooting 16 for 22 from the field and outscoring Brooklyn 37-17.

Bojan Bogdanovic had 14 points and Willie Reed had 12 for the Nets, who have lost five consecutive games, and 10 of their last 11. Brooklyn also remained winless (0-4) against Northwest Division opponents this season. >> Read more...

Tags: Bojan Bogdanovic, Utah Jazz, Willie Reed

Hoopsworld (several suggestions)

One of the more interesting prospects Boston College point guard Reggie Jackson. There was a chance he would return to the Screaming Eagles for his final season, but he's apparently received some assurance he'll be taken in the first round. New York could take him with the 17th overall selection to bolster its depth at point guard, but there might even be a lottery team willing to take a chance on Jackson before that. Like current Knicks point guard Toney Douglas, Jackson has an enormous wingspan (reportedly seven feet), which obviously is a tremendous defensive advantage in the NBA. But unlike Douglas, Jackson is a traditional point guard who quarterbacks an offense.
Tommy's Take

DraftExpress- Jimmer Fredette, PG 6'2 BYU- Tommy's Take There is simply no question that Jimmer is a pro, and will be a good one. But like most picks he has to find himself in the perfect situation in order to have immediate success. Take James Harden for example. Everyone loved him and it's taken him some time to be a major factor, like he is this playoffs. Jimmer would be very comfortable with Mike D'Antoni, but will the Knicks coach be here long term? Defense is obviously a huge question mark on a team that plenty of holes already on D although Steph Curry disagrees.

Tags: 2011 Prospects, Chris Singleton, jordan williams, kenneth faried, Klay Thompson, Malcolm Lee, Text, Toney Douglas, tyler honeycutt, Willie Reed
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A lot has been talked about Reed, who the Knicks worked out last week. For more off court background info, click here (thanks Ridiculous Upside)...

Reed has caught the attention of Allan Houston, who I'm told is running this year's draft coverage for the team before reporting findings to Donnie Walsh.

Reed would fit a need up front. Looks like he has a John Wallace-type frame and length.

Tags: 2011 Prospects, Knicks, Text, Willie Reed
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