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Joel Embiid Drops 22 Points In First Game Back

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Joel Embiid’s career has been off to a rocky start in Philly. Last year Embiid only played in 32 games before sustaining a meniscus tear in his left knee. The 2017 NBA Rookie of the Year, spent most of the summer rehabbing from his injury.

Joel returned to action tonight and picked up right were he left off. Embiid finished with 22 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, a block, and 18 free throw attempts in 14 minutes during a preseason rout of the Brooklyn Nets.

Joell has even been working on the 3 point range, draining a 3 as time expired.

The Sixers were not concerned and offered their star big man a huge contract extension.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the deal is for five years and $148 million—with supermax language baked in that could potentially escalate the deal to as much as $178 million. The Sixers have a clause to dump the contract, if Embiid suffers career ending injury,

For Philly fans they were just happy to cheer for their two previously injured draft picks. Tonight was the first time both Embiid and Ben Simmonns were on the court at the same time.

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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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New Look Thunder Score 105 In Season Debut

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Russell Westbrook picked up right where he left off last year with another triple double for the reigning NBA MVP.  But this year Russ has some new players around him that can put up points. OKC made their own BIG Three by trading for Paul George and Carmelo Anthony. The trio made it look easy against the New York Knicks in 105-84 win.

George and Anthony didn’t disappointment combining for 50 points in their Thunder debut. Paul George scored 28 points with 6 rebounds and 1 assist. Melo added 22 points, 1 rebound, and 1 assist against the Knicks.  Westbrook scored 21 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and had 16 assists.

Carmelo Anthony scored the teams first points of the night on a long 3 pointer. Then he missed his next seven shots, before warming back up in the second half.

George who ended the night with 28 points spoke on his first game with Russ. “You guys are used to it. I’m used to watching it. I’m used to going up against it. To now be on the other side of that, be on the same team and reap those benefits of what he brings to the game, I’m excited about what we started out tonight, what we created tonight and where we’re headed.”

 

“There’s nobody that can stay in front of Russ,” George said. “He’s always going to attract two [defenders], he’s always going to have the defense collapsing. A lot of times I’m going to be catching it wide open and more times than not I’ve got to make them pay for it.”

The Thunder face off against the Utah Jazz next.

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Nike Makes Airforce 1’s To Celebrate Superbowl LI

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The New England Patriots continue to find ways to celebrate their Super Bowl LI win over the Falcons. The team announced that Nike has created a one of kind Air Force 1 made out of some of the balls used in the game.

The shoe, which is called the “Air Force 1 Low SB51 Comeback” as way to celebrate the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history, is  made out of two footballs that were used in the Patriots 34-28 overtime win over the Falcons.

Here’s more information on when you can see them, if you’re in the area, via the Patriots:

Nike’s footwear development team took materials from the Patriots’ Super Bowl LI game balls and constructed a one-of-a-kind shoe that uniquely pays homage to the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history. The tongue of the shoe is made from the laces of the game balls, and the shoe also features the original markings from the balls displayed throughout the heel, toe box and tongue. The entire shoe was made at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.

Nike only made one pair and that pair is going to be auctioned off with all proceeds going to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Boston.

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