The Rockets (?!) Are The Hottest Team In The NBA, Plus How The Yankees Could Save Their Season

Happy Thursday everyone! We are at the last game of the week and football will be back on our TVs tonight. I will take that combination.

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Good morning to everyone but especially…

THE HOUSTON ROCKETS

If I give you a million guesses (before you open this newsletter, of course) who has the longest active winning streak in NBA, you may not understand correctly. Well, there are only 30 teams in the NBA, so I’m exaggerating, but the answer is Houston Rockets – winner SEVEN WINS after win 114-104 via Kevin Durant-less brooklyn network last night.

Yes, the same people as the Houston Rockets lost 15 games in a row before this winning streak. They are The only team in NBA history to have a 15 loss streak AND 7 win streak in the same season – let alone have one streak after another.

It’s hard not to feel good for their coach, Stephen Silas, who was hired last year, walked right in James Harden disaster and endured a 17-55 debut season. Finally, he and his young squad are starting to see some encouraging signs.

The rotation was a team effort in the absence of option number 2 Jalen Green, Our NBA expert Jasmyn Wimbish writes:

  • Wimbish: “It’s an impressive change for the young rebuilding team, who just two weeks ago had only one win this season. … It could be because of the likes of Garrison Mathews and Eric Gordon found their shots from deep in the winning streak, helping Houston in key moments. Houston also had better performances from some of their key players like Christian Wood, Kevin Porter Jr. and Jae’Sean Tate to help lead this winning streak. “

Honorable mention:

And not a good morning for…

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BARCELONA

This should come as no surprise, but I still find it hard to believe when I type it out: Barcelona eliminated from UEFA Champions League after a Losing 0-3 to Bayern Munich.

That is for the first time since 2004 that Barcelona would not reach the knockout stages. The return to competition for titles will take a long time, our football expert Roger Gonzalez writes:

  • Gonzalez: “Many months of planning and playing with Ronald Koeman at the helm many months have led to this. While Barca have a name, they are clearly out of the game. The departure of Lionel Messi. … [Xavi] No transfer window yet, he doesn’t have enough time to execute his strategy and there will be growing pains along the way. “

However, being eliminated by Bayern Munich, added insult to injury. Bayern beat Barca 14-2 (!) in the last three meetings in the Champions League. Simply put, these are two clubs playing at a completely different level.

Not too honorable mention:

  • The Texans abandon street pawn Zach Cunningham only 15 months after agreeing to four-year extension, $58 million with him last vacation. The Texans have disciplined Cunningham multiple times this season, and the head coach David Culley speak “it’s not difficult at all” continue. It’s a shame for Houston to part with a very talented player, but it’s really Cunningham who earns the not-so-remarkable mentions: None of the money from his massive renewal is guaranteed in the future. this season.
  • City of Glendale, Ariz. To be threatened to kick the Coyotes out of their yard. The city is citing unpaid tax bills and unpaid arena fees as reasons why. If the franchise fails to pay its bill by December 20, Gila River ArenaTheir management company will ban the team from entering.

NFL playoff pictures, imaginary advice as we head into the all-important Week 14

Week 14 in NFL will start tonight with an important match: The people of steel visited the Vikings, with both teams right on the sidelines of the playoff rivalry. If the season were to end now, Pittsburgh would be one of the post-season spots on the AFC side, and Minnesota would be two spots on the NFC side.

Good news for both teams: The season doesn’t end today!

Bad news for both teams: SportsLine.com’s Stephen Oh compiled the numbers and zeros with both teams making post-season. To replace, this is what the computer says for the final Wild Card slot in both conferences:

  • AFC Wild Card 3: Colts – “The computer thinks that the race for the final playoff spot in the AFC is only two teams: the Colts and the Bengali. … According to SportsLine, the Colts have a 61.9% chance of reaching the knockout stages while the Bengals have only 48.7%. “
  • NFC Wild 3: Eagle – “The computer almost crashed trying to figure out who would take the last place of the wild card in NFC. According to SportsLine, the race is coming up. the Eagles and Washington… Of course, the race between these two teams will be decided on the field as Washington and Philly will play each other twice in the final five weeks of the season (Week 15, Week 17). “

As for the fantasy knockout, they may have started in your league or are coming. Whatever your situation, you’ll want to make sure you’re playing your best lineup and we’ve got you covered by Start ‘Em & Sit’ Em.

How the Yankees can make noise after a quiet start to the season

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It’s been a strangely quiet last week on MLB Previous thank you. But for Yankees fans, things were quiet even before that. The Bronx Bombers didn’t do anything to move the needle before the lock started, but MLB Expert Mike Axisa Yes three ways they can save their season when the business is back up and running.

  1. Stop skipping on short distances: “The Yankees can too motioned [Carlos] Correa, one of the two or three best players in a senior position, or they can sign/trade for a lesser player and not win many games in an extremely competitive AL East where three other teams are 90 wins in 2021. I know what I want to do. “
  2. Focus on the left field, not the center field: “I believe the Yankees are better off sticking with their in-house hub operators and exploring the corner periphery market, which offers more compelling options than the current hub market. [Joey] Gallo is good enough to play in the center position in a year and [Aaron] Judge (and [Aaron] Hicks) provides sufficient depth. “
  3. Call person A:You don’t have to try too hard to see the Yankees and Athletics gearing up for an outgoing blockbuster, such as, [Matt] Olson and [Frankie] Montas and [Tony] Kemp to New York in exchange for a lighter package of leads than you’d expect with A’s prioritization of payroll cuts.”

Revealing the all-American CBS Sports team in 2021

Graphics by Mike Meredith

College football experts from CBS Sports and 247Sports teamed up to create their first and second teams All-American teams. That’s 54 players in all (11 offense, 11 defense, 5 specials/multi-players on each team), and I’d say the voters did a good job.

Here is the unanimous pick of the first team:

  • “There are five all-American options that agree with the State of Michigan going back to work Kenneth Walker III, Central Iowa Tyler Linderbaum, End of Michigan Defense Aidan Hutchinson, Alabama linebacker Will Anderson Jr. and San Diego State Punter Matt Araiza received the nod of the first team from all voters. “

What we’re watching on Thursday

πŸ€ 7 Texas in Hall 23 Seton (+2), 6:30pm on FS1
πŸ€ Jazz at 76ers (+3)
, 7pm on NBA TV
🏈 Steelers at Vikings (-3), 8:20pm on FOX / NFL Network
πŸ€ Iowa in 23rd place Iowa State (+4.5), 9 p.m. on ESPN2

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Dustin Huang

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