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Minnesota Timberwolves will be a dangerous NBA playoff team

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Many of us went into Monday night amped to watch a duel between the top-two MVP candidates and two best big men in the game, Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokić.

But even with a couple of solid performances from each man and a game that went down to the wire, there weren’t a ton of memorable head-to-head moments. Nothing fundamentally changed about the race for the award, either, as a man named Bones stole the show and the Nuggets stormed back late to beat the Sixers in Philly. (My coworker Chris Mannix was there and documented what turned out to be one of the most entertaining games all year.)

Ironically, though, it was the league’s third-best center, Karl-Anthony Towns, who thrived most Monday, dropping a career-best and NBA-season-high 60 points in San Antonio.

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Heat remain in Eastern Conference’s top tier, battled injuries and absences with great team depth

The Heat, missing Kyle Lowry and Tyler Herro, fell to the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday but despite that, they remain in a good place to make a second-half of the season run to the playoffs. 

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The Heat dazzled the NBA world by making an improbable run to the NBA Finals during the bubble season of 2020 as the fifth seed but last season, after finishing sixth, Miami crashed out of the playoffs, swept by the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round. 

The toll of two seasons played in a condensed period of time took its toll on the Heat, but Miami entered this season healthy and full of hope. 

Unfortunately, season 2021-22 has provided its challenges as well. 

Tyler Herro has elevated his game and is the clear Sixth Man of the Year favorite, but the Heat’s

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Burrow, Chase, Higgins have made this team very good and fun.

NFL teams shouldn’t be consistently bad over multiple decades. The league is not college football, where financial, geographic, and branding disparities can keep a program up or down for generations regardless of its leadership. Nor is it baseball or soccer, where the richest teams can spend their way to a decent chance to win a title. The NFL has had a salary cap since 1994, and the worst team in the league has gotten the first overall draft pick for a lot longer than that. To miss the playoffs more than five or so years in a row takes genuine ineptitude, and to have so many down periods repeatedly over many years is even harder.

Enter the Cincinnati Bengals, who have had five different playoff droughts of five-plus years in their 54 seasons as an NFL or AFL franchise. The Bengals have played in the postseason 14 times and

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49ers HC Shares Why the Team Released Ex-First Rounder


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Kyle Shanahan calls a play during the October 10 road game at Arizona.

Kyle Shanahan only coached Dre Kirkpatrick on the field for four games this season with the San Francisco 49ers before the team decided to waive the former 2012 first round cornerback on Tuesday, November 16.

Kirkpatrick was on the 49ers’ field for 95 total snaps according to Pro Football Focus, but his coverage grades each game never surpassed a 59.4 grade.

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There was also this botched tackle attempt by Kirkpatrick in his last appearance as a 49er:

But was Kirkpatrick’s coverage lapses and overall defensive ability a big reason why Shanahan and the 49ers decided it was best to go a different direction with the 6-foot-2, 190-pound defender?

Shanahan revealed the real reasoning behind

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