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  • CLEVELAND -- Their playoff chase, which somehow lasted longer that it probably should have, is officially over. Timothy Weah Paris Saint-Germain Jersey . The Cavaliers came up short. On a night when they finally put it all together, their hopes crumbled. Dion Waiters scored 22 points and the Cavs played one of their best games this season, routing the Detroit Pistons 122-100 on Wednesday before being eliminated from the playoff race. Tyler Zeller scored 18 and rookie Matthew Dellavedova had 14 points and 12 assists for Cleveland, which had its slim playoff hopes ended when Atlanta defeated Boston 105-97. "Its an empty feeling now that your chances are done," said All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, who has missed the post-season in each of his three years in the NBA. "You think about things you could have done, you should have done. Its inevitable, especially as big a competitor as I am. Its definitely going to be on my mind. "You always want to compete for something as special as the playoffs, but our chances were snapped tonight. Its disappointing." As the Hawks were rallying to take down the Celtics, the Cavs played with passion and purpose -- two things missing too often earlier this season. Spencer Hawes added 15 points for the Cavs, who led by 32 at half and rolled to one of their best all-around performances in what has been an otherwise disappointing season. Cleveland set a team record with 26 assists in the first half and finished with a season-high 41. But the Cavs will watch the playoffs, and spend the months ahead thinking about games they let slip away, losses that came back to haunt them. "We put ourselves in this hole," said coach Mike Brown, who returned for a second stint with the club after being fired in 2010. "I wish we could have a couple of those games back from early on. I cant fault anybody but ourselves." Brandon Jennings scored 17 after missing his first 10 shots for the Pistons, who played their second game in a row without forward Josh Smith, sidelined with knee tendinitis. Jonas Jerebko added 17 points for Detroit, which was coming off a surprising win in Atlanta. "They outplayed us and outworked us," Pistons interim coach John Loyer said of the Cavs. "We were embarrassed in the first half. This is an unforgiving league, and they didnt care that we beat Atlanta last night." Clevelands unexpected blowout win capped a turbulent few days. Earlier this week, Irving got into a public spat with Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, an embarrassing squabble between two of the citys biggest sports stars. Irving had told Gordon "to mind his own business" about commenting on his supposed rift with Waiters. Following practice on Monday, Irving and Waiters presented a united front and said they worked through any differences and were only focused on winning. Maybe the backcourt mates patching up their differences rubbed off on the rest of the Cavs, as Brown spent most of the game sitting as opposed to standing and yelling. The Cavs had 14 assists on 14 field goals in the first quarter, which ended with them up 31-18. They were nearly as efficient in the second quarter, outscoring the Pistons 38-19 on the way to a 69-37 halftime lead. "This is the way we want to play most of the time," said Brown, who tied Bill Fitch for the second-most wins in franchise history. "It felt pretty good." Following the game, Atlantas game was on the locker room TV as Irving waited to speak with reporters. The season didnt go as planned, but theres nothing more he can do. "As a man and as a competitor, youve got to suck it up," he said. "This is my third year. Obviously, things didnt go in a perfect way. But theres no perfect season. For me, its just about continuing to grow and finish the season strong." NOTES: Brown and Fitch have 304 wins, 12 behind Hall of Famer Lenny Wilkens. ... Irving is "proud" of friend and former high school teammate Derrick Gordon for coming "out" as the first openly gay player in Division I. "Hes a strong person. I think the way he did it is a true test of his character and its big time," Irving said. "Im happy for him." Irving said he would not have any issue with a gay teammate. "To see guys in sports coming out now is part of life," he said. "Im not a judgmental guy, not one bit. But Im proud of Derrick and Im proud of Jason Collins. Its a big step for everybody and every generation." ... Detroit has come to Cleveland with a different coach in each of its past three visits: Lawrence Frank last year, Maurice Cheeks earlier this season and now Loyer. Moussa Sissako Paris Saint-Germain Jersey .com) - Novak Djokovic easily took care of Andy Murray to reach the final at the $2. Garissone Innocent Paris Saint-Germain Jersey . They never thought it would take some blood, too. Kevin Love grabbed his 4,000th career rebound as part of a 19-point, 13-board effort to lead the Timberwolves over the Utah Jazz 112-97 on Tuesday night.GREEN BAY, Wis. - Fighting back sniffles in front of his locker, Aaron Rodgers sounded at times like he would be better off resting up in bed.But a lingering illness didnt keep the quarterback from Packers practice Tuesday. It doesnt sound like a strained left calf will keep him from playing in Sundays showdown against the Detroit Lions, either, for the NFC North title.Im feeling good — except for the sickness and the calf thing, Rodgers said with a laugh. Other than that, Im great, yeah.Coach Mike McCarthy doesnt seem too concerned that Rodgers will be available to face the Lions after the quarterback tweaked the calf in last weeks 20-3 win over Tampa Bay. He was already feeling ill by then, too.Yes, I think so, Rodgers said simply when asked if he would be ready for Sunday.Assuming Rodgers does play, its unclear how the illness and calf strain might affect his mobility. While hes not a run-pass threat, Rodgers is one of the best in the league in extending plays, and throwing the ball on the run while buying extra time.Against Tampa, McCarthy said he had to adjust the game plan so that his quarterback wasnt further exposed to injury. Rodgers said he wasnt quite the running threat after the injury.Now into Lambeau Field comes Detroit with one of the top defences in the league. The Lions can build on the confidence of holding Green Bay to a season-low seven points in Week 3.Having Rodgers at full strength with the full playbook at his disposal would definitely help the Packers, who seek a fourth straight division title.We have a full-plate game plan and Im confident hell be able to run it, McCarthy said.Rodgers said the Packers will adjust accordingly if he doesnt have full mobility. But hes also hoping the holiday schedule will help in the recovery process.Green Bay practiced Tuesday, which is an off day in a normal week, but gets Christmas Day off Thursday in exchange. Then its back to a normal work week, with the Packers back on the practice field Friday.Id like to think with the Christmas holliday and everything that comes with it, that Ill be able to move around well enough, Rodgers said. Stanley NSoki Jersey. Tuesday ended up being a lighter day, too, with a concentration on fundamentals and scheme work. There was no official injury report — thats next due on Wednesday — though McCarthy said he thought his quarterback was getting better.It sure would help Green Bay if it could run the ball against Detroit, something that not a lot of teams have done successfully this year.In Week 3, the Lions limited the Packers to 76 yards on the ground. The running game has picked up since and reached 110 yards or more in nine of the last 10 games, including seven straight.The run game improvement has coincided with the Packers offensive outbursts at home, where they are 7-0.I have no idea, running back Eddie Lacy said when asked about the improvement. It just clicked, and you dont question it, you just continue to roll with it.A lot of the success has to do with the offensive line, which McCarthy has said could be one of the best in the nine years hes been in Green Bay.Plenty of it also has to do with the big-play threat in the passing game provided by Rodgers and receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb.You just know its going to be a game where you have to be very efficient throwing the ball, and you have to look for those opportunities for extended plays in the run game and the pass game, Rodgers said.NOTES: The team unveiled a Get Loud Lambeau campaign aimed at creating more noise on Sunday. Standing up and getting loud during appropriate times, such as while the Packers are on defence, can make Lambeau Field an even more electric and exciting game day atmosphere, a team statement said. Players wore workout shirts with the same slogan. ... McCarthy said working on Christmas was just not right in my opinion. I think our players, coaches, support staff will be where theyre supposed to be for Christmas Eve and Christmas.___Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL ' ' '
      July 24, 2019 8:45 AM CEST
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