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Amari Cooper Ends Night With 200 Yards In A Win Against The Chiefs

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Oakland Raiders wideout Amari Cooper has had bit of a quiet season this year. The first 6 games of the season Cooper only had 18 receptions for 146 yards. After two consecutive NFL Pro Bowl seasons, Coop was did not look like himself on the field.  On TNF, Cooper put any talks of him being in a slump to rest.

Cooper caught 11 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns as the Raiders edged the Chiefs 31-30 by scoring a TD on the final snap of the game. Cooper scored Oakland’s first touchdown of the game on a 38-yard pass from quarterback Derek Carr with 8:11 left in the first quart

Cooper caught his second touchdown pass with 40 seconds remaining in the first quarter to make it a 13-10 game in favor of the Raiders, which became 14-10 after the extra point. Carr found Cooper open on a crossing route over the middle.

Amari was the first Raider player with 200 receiving yards in 52 years.

Cooper broke his previous career high of 178 yards. “We have a lot of playmakers at the receiver position,” Cooper said, via the San Francisco Chronicle. “And we went into this week saying that we wanted to take more shots, more explosive plays. It was huge for me, it was huge for the team. Anytime that anyone can create some explosive plays, get first downs, we’re going to have more plays on offense. And eventually we’ll keep scoring.”

While talking about Cooper after the game, quarterback Derek Carr said “nothing changed in his demeanor or his mentality” heading into Thursday night and Cooper said he “went out there like I do every game.” The approach may have changed, but the results were a major step up for a player the Raiders need if they are going to make Thursday’s win the start of a better run.

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The Best Moments Of The 2018 NBA Draft

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The NBA Draft is filled with surprising moments. Teams passing on future stars and crazy trades. The draft is beginning and the end for some teams. The 2018 NBA Draft is no different. So check out some of our takeaways for the night.

Best Move: Tray Young & Luke Doncic

The Atlanta Hawks drafted big man Luke Doncic at number 3, after the Kings passed on him. Alot of that had to do with rumors of Doncic not wanting to play in Sacramento. The Hawks traded the rights to Dallas for Tray Young. This was a win-win for both teams. Doncic is a good fit with the Mavs current core and can be the heir apparent to Dirk. This gives him a HOF to learn from during his rookie season. Tray gets to go to East and become the new face of a franchise.

Atlanta also picked up a 2019 first-round pick from the Mavericks that will convey to them next June as long as it falls outside the top five, according to the New York Times’ Marc Stein.

Same Ol Shit: Sacramento Kings Taking Another Big Man

Kings went with Duke product Marvin Bagley III, after reports that Doncic didn’t to play for the Kings. The Kings seem to favor the centers when they could’ve got younger at PF or SF. The team is already filled with big men. The Kings were are also high on Michael Porter Jr., but he fell to 14th in the draft due to some medical questions with his hip.  Not that Bagley is a bad pick, it just the Kings being the Kings.

Biggest Winner: Joell Embiid

WTF Award: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Tray Young decided to show up to draft with a short suit. We thought that would be the most outrageous suit. Until Shai Gilgegous-Alexander showed up. The Clippers rookie channeled his inner Russell Westbrook with his floral suit.

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Nike Releases Exclusive Golden State Championship Epic React

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The Golden State Warriors are now a Dynasty after winning their third NBA Championship in four years.

Nike has commemorated the championship with exclusive Epic Reacts for the team. The Flyknit footwear that will never be released to the public.

This special edition Nike Epic React Flyknit bears the regal colors of white, gold, and black with the Larry O’Brien trophy hangtag and custom insoles. Just 37 pairs were made in sizes ranging 9-18 exclusively for the Warriors organization, and you might’ve caught Andre Iguodala wear them during the parade.

 

 

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Kyrie Irving Turns Down Contract Extension With Boston

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Kyrie Irving was the biggest summer team addition in 2017.

Irving can sign a max of a four-year, $101 million deal with the Celtics this summer. According to ESPN’s Chris Forsberg, Irving does not plan sign any contract extension.

Irving is set to make $20 million dollars during the 2018-2019 season. He also has a player option for 2019-2020 that would pay him $21 million dollars. Boston have the Bird rights for Irving, which would allow Boston to go over the salary cap to sign Irving.

Irving holds the cards in this situation. If he leads the C’s to a championship he could demand a max contract that will pay him $200 million. If Boston decides not to resign Irving their are teams lining up to pay him.

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