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Quickly becoming one of my favorite writers- “Last season, Oklahoma State’s offense dominated nearly every defense on its schedule. Brandon Weeden & Co. averaged more than 48 points and 549 yards per game and finished third in the nation in yards per play. The Cowboys finished 12-1 — their best finish in school history — and closed the season with a shoot-out win over an Andrew Luck–led Stanford team in the Fiesta Bowl. The marquee players on offense were future first-round picks — Weeden would go to the Browns and receiver Justin Blackmon to the Jaguars — and each put up video-game-type numbers. Even with that duo, the Cowboys weren’t merely an air-it-out team. They averaged more than 160 rushing yards per game, and in last fall’s Bedlam game against Oklahoma, the Cowboys ran for 278 yards and four touchdowns en route to crushing their rivals, 44-10. At times, it seemed Oklahoma State could merely decide, at their whim, whether or not they would throw or run, regardless of the defense’s response.” [Brown/Grantland]
“In summary, ESPN is suggesting, generally, that (Kyrie Irving in his 2nd season + Tristan Thompson in his 2nd season) + (Dion Waiters + Tyler Zeller) – (Antawn Jamison + Anthony Parker) + (CJ Miles) – (Maybe Ramon Sessions) = 7 more wins. A statement I can’t really argue with too much. I’m not going to make my win total prediction until the end of training camp, but right now I’d have to admit this sounds pretty fair.
I hope the Cavaliers are a team that competes for a playoff spot this season. I think a 10th place finish would indicate the fact that they did that. In the very least, they would be in the race for a good portion of the year, which I think is important. It also suggests that it’s not the craziest thing ever to think the Cavaliers could end up with the 8th seed. Seven more wins (to match the Hawks) than was expected – certainly not the unthinkable leap of Charlotte or Orlando getting in. But looking at the eight projected playoff teams on this list, as well as the Bucks who aren’t, playoff basketball in Cleveland will be a challenge.” [Bowers/Stepien Rules]
“As for Harden, Houston could get far enough under the cap to offer several types of packages — one built around Kevin Martin’s expiring deal and a couple of picks, including Toronto’s likely lottery pick; or another built around those same picks, plus some combination of young wing players (Jeremy Lamb, Chandler Parsons, etc). (Note: Any deal involving Martin would require the Thunder to send out about $2.5 million in salary on top of Harden). Milwaukee could offer picks, Mike Dunleavy Jr. and an intriguing young player like Tobias Harris or Doron Lamb. The Cavs, also set to be pretty far under the cap, could come in with offers centering around picks and either Tristan Thompson, Dion Waiters or Anderson Varejao. The Hawks could offer Lou Williams, on an affordable three-year deal, plus multiple first-round picks. The Bobcats and Wizards could build offers around future picks and recent lottery selections; Charlotte has one net extra first-rounder thanks to deals with Portland (Gerald Wallace) and Detroit (Corey Maggette/Ben Gordon). The Thunder also could construct three- and four-team scenarios in which they get a pick from one place and the on-court talent from another — scenarios in which some trade exceptions could come into play.” [Lowe/Point Forward]
“Joe Thomas of the Cleveland Browns, although unheralded, is generally considered amongst NFL coaches as the best Left Tackle in the NFL. He stands 6’6, 312 lbs and rarely gives up sacks. He’s a strong run blocker and is a hard-nosed player.
When the Minnesota Vikings made Matt Kalil the 4th overall pick of the 2012 draft, they were looking for someone of the same stature as Joe Thomas. Kalil is listed at 6’7, 308 lbs. The mindset behind having a Tackle that is 6’5 or taller is that they can use their arm length as an advantage and get their arms extended when they engage a pass rusher. If the pass protector can get his hands on the pass rusher, he’s got a great chance of winning the battle. However, based on recent production, NFL coaches and personnel executives may need to “think smaller” in their approach to evaluating Left Tackles.” [McCarty/National Football Post]
Finally, the tweet of the night-
— Dion waiters (@dionwaiters3) August 22, 2012