New Chris Paul ad stinks

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State Farm will break a new ad during NBA coverage on Christmas Day featuring Clippers players Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan competing against Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard on the basketball court but the trio teaming up later to rid their house of skunks.

 

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The ad opens at a basketball game with Paul whispering to Jordan, “Set the trap.”  The teammates trap Lillard just over half court and Paul steals the ball. At the other end of the court, Paul alley-oops the ball to Jordan for a dunk.

Lillard brushes the two off when they congratulate each other with a fist bump.

The voiceover says, “State Farm knows that for every one of those moments … there’s one of these.”

The ad cuts to Jordan armed with a broom, Lillard armed with a trash can lid and Paul set to battle the rodents.  

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“Set the trap,” Lillard says.

But it’s be too late for whatever trap the trio has planned, as the skunks proceed to douse the home with spray.

Cut to the State Farm office, where the agent assures the players — like Jordan does with Paul on the basketball court[......]

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Biggest NBA overreactions: Lonzo Ball's debut, Warriors' struggles, Giannis Antetokounmpo's explosion

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Every NBA team has played a minimum of two games to start the 2017-18 regular season, so that means it's time to take incredibly small sample sizes and stretch them as far as possible.

No wasting time. No allowing for regression toward the mean. We need some hot overreactions. Here's what we got from the first week of NBA action...

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The Warriors are going to fall this year

The Magic (2-1) are a better team than the Warriors (1-2). That is a factual statement based on their records. You can say that.

We did it, guys! The Warriors' reign of terror is over! Cats and dogs living together! Wait, Golden State still has Stephen Curry? And Kevin Durant? And Draymond Green? And Klay Thompson? Ah, right.

Yes, the Warriors have dropped two of their first three games, and yes, Curry and Durant got ejected against the Grizzlies out of frustration with the officiating crew. This is still the team to b[......]

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Rumors: AD trade makes Walker 'top target' for Lakers

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The Lakers are looking to make their next move.

Los Angeles agreed to send Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and three first-round picks, including the No. 4 pick in the 2019 draft, to New Orleans in exchange for Anthony Davis on Saturday, according to an ESPN report.

But now it is looking to make Charlotte's Kemba Walker a "top target" since it secured a second All-Star to pair with LeBron James, according to a report from The New York Times.

Walker, 29, is coming off a career year in which he averaged 25.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 5.9 assists. While the Hornets posted a 39-43 record and missed the playoffs, Walkers made the All-NBA third team and qualified for a supermax contract. But the UConn product even toyed with the idea of taking a pay cut so the Hornets coul[......]

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Lakers vs. Clippers score, highlights: LeBron James, Anthony Davis get bench help in win

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All four Los Angeles superstars showed up Thursday night in the Lakers' 103-101 win over the Clippers.

The slight difference between teams came from the Lakers' bench shooting. Kyle Kuzma scored 16 points on 4-of-7 shooting from deep, and Dion Waiters chipped in 11.

It's usually a problem whenever Anthony Davis (34 points) and LeBron James (16 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists) sit. Against the Clippers, though, the Lakers actually held a score advantage with James and Davis on the bench.

Sporting News tracked live scoring updates and highlights from Lakers vs. Clippers, the second game from the NBA's restart bubble Thursday. Follow below for complete results.

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Bam Adebayo's defense on Kyrie Irving was even more impressive than his game-winning shot

NBA Miami Heat Miami Heat v Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets Basketball Bam Adebayo ended Sunday's game between the Heat and Nets with a bang, draining a midrange jump shot as time expired and giving Miami a 109-107 victory.LADIES AND GENTLEMAN... BAM ADEBAYO! pic.twitter.com/PN3YYCSB6B— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) April 18, 2021MORE: Nets' Kevin Durant leaves game vs. Heat with thigh injuryThe buzzer-beater capped off a terrific all-around performance from Adebayo, who finished with 21 points, 15 rebounds, five assists and two steals in 33 minutes. That shot represented the work Adebayo has put in to become much more than just a rim-rolling athlete. The 23-year-old has already made tremendous strides early in his career and shown he will be an offensive force in the league for quite some time. And yet, Adebayo's display on the defensive end in that contest was even more impressive than his crunch-time heroics, particularly his work against Brooklyn star Kyrie Irving. Adebayo limited Irving to zero — yes, that's zero — field goals when facing him as the primary def[......]

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Anthony Rendon's status for opening day in doubt

Baseball A preseason favorite to win the World Series, the Nationals may be sta夜网论坛rting the season without their star third baseman.According to The Washington Post, Anthony Rendon underwent another MRI Tuesday which showed that the MCL in his left knee is healing but still sprained. MORE: Fantasy 3B rankings | Bold predictions for Nationals | Opening day schedule for all 30 teams“I think opening day’s in jeopardy,” manager Matt Williams told reporters. “At this point, it’s in jeopardy, because he hasn’t been able to do the baseball activity." Rendon initially hurt his knee March 9 while making a diving play on a ball. An MRI exam on March 12 indicated last season's breakout star had suffered a mild sprain.“It wasn’t a staggering pain but it was still there and still lingering,” Rendon said about testing his knee Tuesday. “There was no point in pushing it right now and possibly going back to square one. So we might as well fix it right now instead of later.”Last season the 24-year-old hit .287/.351/.473 with 21 homers and 17 steals.Utility man Kevin Frandsen and non-roster invitee Ian Stewart are among the candidates to fill in for Rendon. Former starting second baseman Danny Espinosa is also getting work at third base.[......]

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Arizona State batter hit by ball, catches it, throws it back to pitcher

Arizona State freshman Johnny Sewald pulled off arguably the most incredible yet perplexing play of the weekend. During the sixth inning of the Sun Devils' Saturday night game against Washington State, Sewald was drilled in the lower back by pitcher Layne Bruner.As Sewald turned into the hit-by-pitch, he pinned the ball against his back with his right arm, then casually threw the ball back to Bruner like it was no big deal. 夜网论坛But the best part is the announcer, who we think may be Duffman from The Simpsons. DRAFT 2015: Mock draft; who will be picked No. 1? Play of the week.[......]

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Pennant Pursuit: Yoenis Cespedes helps Mets extend division lead over Nationals

Baseball Yoenis Cespedes powered the Mets to a crucial 8-5 win against the Nationals on Labor Day.The Nationals had cut the Mets' lead to four games after winning five in a row coming into the series, but New York played inspired baseball on the road to cool them off. Cespedes was the driving force once again. He went 3 for 5 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBIs.  MORE: Memorable Mets momentsCespedes has played just 34 games for the Mets since coming over from the Tigers before the trade deadline, but he might need to be considered for National League MVP. Cespedes has transcended the Mets' lineup with 43 hits, 12 home runs and 29 RBIs since joining the team Aug. 1. To make matters worse, the Nationals were upended at home with ace Max Scherzer on the mound. Scherzer gave up five earned runs in six innings and has allowed 32 runs in his past nine starts.Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts and was upset with fans after the game for leaving early."I mean, they left in the seventh (inning)," Harper said, via the Washington Post. "That's pretty brutal. I don't know, whatever."Five games back in the NL East, the Nationals are running out of time if they're going to make a move to get into the postseason.Star Performers:AL:Yankees outfielder Chris Young, first baseman Greg Bird and catcher John Ryan Murphy combined for six hits, seven RBIs, two home runs and four runs scored i[......]

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World Series 2015: Royals win first title since '85 on Hosmer's mad dash, 12th-inning rally

NEW YORK — After all the talk, all the hype, all the drama that surrounded Matt Harvey this year, he delivered when it counted, and he delivered big. And it still didn't matter, because the Royals simply would not be denied.A third remarkable comeback in five games gave the Royals their first championship since 1985. They got the best Harvey had, the best the Mets had, and responded like champions, fighting all the way to the end and ultimately prevailing. The final score of the deciding game was a deceptive 7-2, deceptive until you note that it was in 12 innings, that the Royals would have lost the game had Lucas Duda made a good enough throw to catch Eric Hosmer on an ill-advised dash to the plate in the ninth inning. MORE: Five most important offensive plays of the Royals' title | Best photos from the World SeriesBut Duda didn't make a good throw, and the Royals, who left the tying run on third base in Game 7 of last year's World Series, succeeded by pressing their luck. The Mets had pressed theirs, too. For the fourth time in five games, it wound up that Terry Collins left his starting pitcher in just a little bit too long, even though this time, leaving Harvey in for the ninth seemed like the right decision at the time. With the Mets’ season on the line, Harvey delivered one of the most clutch starts in World Series history, holding the Royals scoreless until the ninth inning, but there was the trouble of that ninth inning, when Harvey issued a leadoff walk t[......]

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Old Pirates Bonds, Leyland catch up in spring training, 25 years after Leyland cursed out Bonds

Baseball New Marlins hitting coach Barry Bonds caught up with his former Pirates manager, Jim Leyland, in spring training Sunday.And many who witnessed the two talking immediately thought back to that surreal moment during spring training camp in 1991 when Leyland chewed out Bonds in a profanity-filled tirade that has since become a hit on YouTube. First, ESPN's Katie Strang caught the heartwarming moment of Sunday's reunion.Former Tigers manager Jim Leyland and new Marlins hitting coach Barry Bonds catching up pic.twitter.com/v0qcg5Utrd— Katie Strang (@KatieStrangESPN) March 6, 2016We are guessing that the topic of conversation did not include that epic 1991 rant, when Leyland ripped into the reigning NL MVP for what he called a lack of夜网论坛 effort. Warning: Heavy profanity. The two had much happier times in the Steel City, winning three straight NL East titles from 1990-1992. Oddly enough, the 1991 spring training video did not really become famous until 2013, when Leyland announced his retirement as Tigers manager.Now, the 71-year-old Leyland has plenty of time to fondly reminisce about the old days.Although probably not that day.[......]

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