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Trae Youngs game-winning play, no doubt about it, was magnificent, as was his overall performance.In most years, Youngs running floater with one-tenth of a second left in the Hawks 129-127 victory over Philadelphia on Saturday night would have been the exclamation point on a Rookie of the Year-statement night.But not on this night. Not this season.Not with the superior-in-virtually-every-way year Luka Doncic is having.We, however, live in the Argumentative Age, so, predictably, no sooner had Youngs game-winner dropped through the hoop when contrarian absurdity, bordering on taunting, ensued.Doncic who Hawks radio play-by-play voice Steve Holman shrieked.ROY TheTraeYoung Utahs Donovan Mitchell tweeted.I second that, Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma tweeted in reply.Third, chimed Detroits Blake Griffin.Evidently the Young faction, whose support naturally has simmered with Youngs increased production in recent weeks, believed Saturday night was his ROY candidacys boiling-point moment.But roughly 20 minutes after Youngs game-winner, 2,100 miles away in Oracle Arena, Doncic exited the Mavericks 35-point victory against albeit Steph Curry-less Golden State with his sixth triple-double -- 23 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists -- in 27:20 of court time.RELATED -- The Mavericks Luka Doncic will undoubtedly be the NBA Rookie of the Year. Here are the numbers to back it up.Oops. As Emily Litella used to say, Never mind.Young has in fact been the leagues most productive since the All-Star break, averaging 25.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 8.8 assists in 16 games to Doncics averages of 22.4 points, 9.2 rebounds and 6.6 assists.That, however, is a fractional sample size compared with their pre-All-Star-break 50-plus-game averages: 20.7 points, 7.2 rebounds and 5.6 assists by Doncic 16.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 7.6 assists by Young.Lets put it this way: If this indeed is a seasonlong ROY race, Doncic took a five-length lead in October-November, extended to a 10-lengths lead in December and to 12 in January. February was a push and Young, at most, has gained three lengths in March.Seventeen days remain in the season. Doncic has had some fatigue stumbles, like Thursdays 4 for 19 performance at Sacramento on a back-to-back, but he in no way is faltering, as evidenced by his averages.Earlier last week in Portland, Blazers coach and OU product Terry Stotts was asked whether he believes Doncic will win ROY. You know, I dont want to go against my Oklahoma guy, but it certainly looks like it, he said.To which Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle later retorted with a laugh: Wow what a bold prediction. He really put himself out there, didnt he I dont like to count chickens before theyre hatched, but its pretty clear that Luka is having a phenomenal year. I know other rookies are playing well, but his level has been truly special.Thats the point here. In this Rookie of the Year conversation, there shouldnt be a slight of either player. In many other years, Young would be the front-runner, but not this season, not with coaches around the league comparing Doncic to the sports greats, comparisons we dont hear with Young, at least not yet.RELATED -- 40-year-old Dirk Nowitzki has vintage performance in farewell game to Oracle ArenaI think if anything Luka looks more like a descendant of Dirks Nowitzki, Kevin Durants, these playmaking wings who are big and can handle the ball and play with skill but also dominate the game sort of just with their presence, Warriors coach Steve Kerry said.For a rookie to do what hes doing Hes got that look, where, OK, thats an All-Star. Thats going to be the cornerstone of the franchise. From that point, who knows But thats a pretty good start. Hes having an amazing rookie year and doing things that you dont expect from most first-year guys.Told of Kerrs comments, Doncic shrugged: I dont know. I just think I can play. I can play in this league. A lot of people didnt think so, but I think I showed some of them that I can play -- and we did a great job today against the Warriors as a team.Some folks in Atlanta seem to have a Luka Complex, much like Houstonians view Dallasites and, if you ask Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger, Aggies view Longhorns.The reality is that the Mavericks-Hawks draft night trade is the definition of win-win. The Mavericks got this seasons best rookie, a now-20-year-old with potential to become a transcendent player.RELATED -- The best GIFs of Dallas Mavericks phenom Luka DoncicThe Hawks got this seasons second-best rookie, an electric talent who has proved a lot of people, present company included, dead wrong. And since the Hawks also got Dallas first-round pick this June or next, it looks increasingly likely that Atlanta will win the trade.The Mavericks wont lose any sleep if that happens, given how they feel about the player they got.Doncic who The Rookie of the Year, thats who.Twitter: townbrad
TULSA -- The Texas Tech defensive game plan was sophisticated and subtle.The application and end result was anything but.Tech did what it does best in throttling Buffalos offense in a 78-58 second-round NCAA win and advancing to the Sweet 16 for the second consecutive season.They out-toughed us, Buffalo senior forward Nick Perkins said. Give credit to them.Third-seeded Tech 28-6, the last team standing from the Big 12, will face second-seeded Michigan 30-6 Thursday in Anaheim, Calif., in the West Region. The Red Raiders have lost just one of their last 12 games and won their two NCAA games by a combined 35 points.Its also the moment that Tech has been awaiting since falling to eventual national champion Villanova in the East Region finals in Boston last season.Once you taste it at the level, you want it even more, said forward Norense Odiase, who set the tone with 14 points and a NCAA school-record 15 rebounds. Since the summer, since the buzzer went off in the Villanova game, its really been driving our guys, the guys who are here. The guys that came new are following our lead, knowing no moment is too big because weve been there.The biggest takeaway was the Tech defense against senior-led Buffalo, the nations fifth highest-scoring offense and a team that had scored 91 points in a first-round win over Arizona State.Tech outrebounded Buffalo 45-32, and pounded the offensive glass early, preventing the Bulls from getting out in transition and hitting 3-pointers.That is our identity, to play defense, senior guard Brandone Francis said.How effective was Texas TechConsider what happened when Buffalo 32-4 took its first and only lead on a 3-pointer by Davonta Jordan with 3:24 remaining in the first half to go up 25-24.Tech answered with a 27-3 run spanning the first and second halves that left no doubt about the eventual outcome.In that 16-minute span, Buffalo had 19 possessions and managed no field goals and just three free throws.They have great guards, a great overall team, Texas Tech coach Chris Beard said. Were keying in on the 3-point shot, transition and just one-on-one plays like driving. We tried to keep them out of the middle as much as we could, try to make them take tough shots and keep them off the boards.To use cage-fighting terminology, this wasnt a knockout but a choke-out. Tech held Buffalo to its season-low in scoring, 25 points under its average. And the Bulls needed some late 3-pointers to cut the margin, which was as much as 29 midway through the second half.Those are big, tough guys, Buffalo coach Nate Oats said. Its disappointing because weve been the tougher team probably 34, 35 nights out of the year.No one sent more of a message that Odiase.Just so the seniors effort didnt get lost amidst everything else, Beard stuck his head in a postgame media scrum around Odiase.Who had 15 rebounds in the game an animated Beard said. Who had 15 reboundsOdiase and fellow big man Tariq Owens combined to shoot 8 for 8 from the field. All five Tech starters scored in double figures led by sophomore Jarrett Culver with 16 points. After struggling from the field in the first half, Tech shot 55.6 percent in the second half.Tech players said they arent satisfied with just reaching the Sweet 16.We know this isnt the end goal, senior grad transfer Matt Mooney said. We dont want this to end. We know we can play with anybody in the country. Were going for the whole thing.Twitter: ChuckCarltonDMNDancing RaidersTexas Tech will be making its fourth trip to the Sweet 16 since the NCAA tournament was expanded to 64 teams in 1985. Heres the breakdown:YearResult2019To be determined2018Lost to Villanova in regional final2005Lost to West Virginia in regional semifinal1996Lost to Georgetown in regional semifinal
After the NFLs initial wave of massive free agent contracts, the Dallas Cowboys picked up a lot of steam in the second week of the leagues open market.Heres what we learned about the team this week:Replacing Cole BeasleyThe Cowboys reimagined receiving corps includes a new member: Former Packers wideout Randall Cobb. The eight-year veteran agreed to a one-year deal worth $5 million. Cobb, who turns 29 in August, will have to prove he can stay healthy. He missed seven games last season to a concussion and hamstring injury.FILM ROOM: Heres how Cowboys new slot WR Randall Cobb can help improve Dallas offenseMORE: Randall Cobb talks why hes ready to prove himself after tough yearAdding to the frontThe Cowboys added Kerry Hyder Jr. to the defensive line this week on a one-year deal.Injury issues and a scheme change in Detroit left the Texas Tech product without a proper home on the Lions defense. FILM ROOM: Heres how Cowboys new low-risk, high-reward DL Kerry Hyder can help improve Dallas defenseSafety measuresAfter the Earl Thomas ship sailed, the Cowboys were still in search of a safety, multiple visits at The Star from various free agents this week proved as much. The Cowboys found their match in ex-Vikings safety George Iloka. Iloka, who turns 29 this month, spent the first six seasons of his seven-year career in Cincinnati.FILM ROOM: Heres what new Cowboys safety George Iloka brings to the Dallas defenseLets make a dealThe Cowboys might be receiving some pass rush help.As the team still works toward a long-term deal with DeMarcus Lawrence, reports surfaced this week that Dallas was in the market for another playmaking defensive end -- Robert Quinn.From SportsDays David Moore: The Cowboys pursuit of defensive end Robert Quinn has nothing to do with the clubs current impasse with DeMarcus Lawrence. It has everything to do with Randy Gregorys uncertain future and Taco Charltons regression. Quinn spent most of Tuesday at The Star before leaving to visit New Orleans. Since he remains under contract to Miami, this tour is confirmation a deal is imminent. The only question is which team gains his servicesRELATED: Why the Cowboys cant afford to lose out to the Saints in pursuit of DE Robert QuinnDez updateThe former Cowboys wide receiver is a free agent again.Bryant endured a tumultuous 2018 without even playing in a game. He spent much of last season unemployed before the Saints offered a deal Bryant was willing to sign. And two days into practice, he tore his Achilles.Again on the comeback trail, Bryant has a message for NFL teams.MORE FREE AGENCY: The Cowboys have been passed in Tim Cowlishaws NFC East rankings, but heres how Dallas can catch up for now
Here are five takeaways from Oklahomas 63-51 season-ending loss to Virginia in the second round of the NCAA tournament.Too much post defense from VirginiaAgainst Ole Miss, the Sooners were able to live inside. Rashard Odomes and Kristian Doolittle were able to bully their way to the rim and helped put 95 points on the scoreboard. Against Virginia, it was a much different story. Cavs big man Mamadi Diakite protected the rim perfectly, and recorded three blocks just in the first half. As a team, Virginia had six before the break. That effort meant Odomes went scoreless in the first half, and he wasnt alone -- the only Sooners to score before halftime were Doolittle, Brady Manek and Jamal Bieniemy.Jump shots didnt fall, eitherOklahomas only hope in this game was that its 3-point shooters would catch fire. Manek gave the Sooners their first six points of the game, but he made just one more 3-pointer the rest of the night. James didnt hit his first three until midway through the second half. Bieniemy and Matt Freeman managed one apiece. Outside of that, shooting was tough to come by for the Sooners. Given Virginias control of the paint, that was enough for the Cavs to keep OU at arms length the whole game.Virginia got easy offenseThe difference in this game wasnt rebounding, turnovers or any of the other middling statistics that typically decide a basketball game. It was just shooting percentage. Virginia shot 48.2 percent from the field, and Oklahoma came in at 36.5 percent. Diakite was the leader in this regard as well, scoring a game-high 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting. As a whole, Virginia scored 32 paint points and limited OU to 12 in the same area.No shame in this loss for OUVirginia has beaten every team on its schedule except for Duke, so falling prey to Tony Bennetts machine is nothing to be too upset about. Oklahoma matched preseason expectations by earning an NCAA tournament berth, and exceeded them when it dispatched Ole Miss in the first round. By staying competitive with No. 1-seed Virginia, theres more hope around this program than theres been since Buddy Hield and Isaiah Cousins were patrolling the backcourt in Norman.About that future...Oklahomas three best players from this stretch run, Kristian Doolittle, Brady Manek and Jamal Bieniemy, are all expected back next season. The Sooners will also add sharpshooter Austin Reaves, who transferred from Wichita State but sat out this season. Big man Kur Kuath will join the squad off a redshirt season, and Lon Kruger also inked a top 10 recruiting class, led by Denton native DeVion Harmon.
After flirting with a number of safeties in free agency, the Dallas Cowboys finally made a commitment, as the team signed former Bengals and Vikings safety George Iloka to a one-year deal Saturday.Measuring in at 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds with 34.5-inch arms, Iloka, who was the college teammate of Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, has a unique size and frame for a safety. Despite his size, Iloka has spent a lot of his time playing in both box and deep safety roles thus far in his career, showing likable traits in both areas.When covering deep zones, the 28-year-old plays a conservative style, as hell sacrifice the ability to make plays on the ball to get enough depth so that he doesnt get beat deep. To his credit, Iloka does well as the last line of defense. He rarely lets receivers get loose deep.In fact, Iloka actually displays some impressive range from deep zones. Heres one of the better displays of his range from the deep middle:Even though the ball is underthrown, Iloka was still able to show off his speed and range from the deep middle, as he bails out his teammate who got roasted on a double move by the Rams receiver.Starting the play in the deep middle, Iloka was on the near-side hash mark when the ball left the quarterbacks hand, but was able to accelerate past the numbers to intercept the underthrown pass. Thats rare to see, but it demonstrates the kind of athleticism Iloka has when healthy.Unfortunately for Iloka, his propensity to get a ton of depth in his zone drops enlarges the gaps in between him and the intermediate zones, giving offenses a soft spot in the defense to attack. Heres a great example:Despite the fact that Iloka aligns 14 yards off the line of scrimmage, he still drops an extra 10 yards once the ball is snapped, enlarging the gap between zones in Minnesotas defense. Therefore, when Xavier Rhodes No. 29 attempts to pass off the Cardinals receiver who is leaving his zone, Iloka is too far away to be able to drive on and affect the pass. That gave Arizona an easy first down and chunk gain.Ilokas conservatism in coverage is a double-edged sword for defenses. On one hand, Iloka wont give up a lot of back-breaking explosive plays. On the other hand, however, Ilokas conservatism will prevent him from making a lot of plays on the ball, which is why Iloka only averages three pass breakups per year, per Pro Football Focus.Even though Iloka has largely played in the free safety role in his previous stops, he projects better as a strong safety for the Cowboys.Xavier Woods, Dallas current starting free safety, displays better and more consistent range than Iloka in coverage, as Woods is more aggressive and quicker to process at this point in his career. Jeff Heath, on the other hand, has struggled to be a consistently effective force for the Cowboys defense. Not only has Heath been a liability in coverage, but hes also been a liability against the run, missing more tackles against the run than any safety in the NFL last season, per PFF.This is where Iloka can find his way into the lineup, as he is a sure-tackler who has above-average coverage ability in short-to-intermediate zones.Iloka displays above-average mental processing from the box, as hes rarely fooled by play-action. Heres a great example:On this play, Iloka does an excellent job of sniffing out the play-action, which puts him in perfect position to blanket the tight end leaking into the flat and deflect the pass. Despite the rest of the Bengals defense getting sucked up by the run-action, Iloka stayed disciplined with his eyes in the right spot, enabling him to be in position to defend the pass.When aligned in the box, Ilokas coverage abilities are best used in short-to-intermediate zones where his length can condense throwing windows.Ilokas size and tackling ability enable him to be an effective force defender on the edge, as he displays the ability to take on and beat blocks from fullbacks and tight ends. Heres a great example:On this play, Iloka is aligned as the overhang defender to the weakside of the Bengals formation. Once the ball is snapped, Iloka does an excellent job of taking on the tight end, who is coming across the formation to seal the backside, without getting widened.Because Iloka set a strong edge against the tight end, he was able to use his length to disengage off the block to make the tackle once the running back attempted to bounce the ball outside.Combined with his ability to take on blocks, the fact that Iloka is a sure-tackler makes him an asset against the run. Iloka is a technically sound tackler who does an outstanding job of coming to balance and wrapping up at the catch point.Unfortunately, this means that Iloka doesnt provide much of a physical presence on the defense. With his size and athletic ability, in theory, Iloka should be able to generate a ton of force at the tackle point, which would enable him to be a tone-setting type of safety for a defense. However, thats just not Ilokas game, as he uses his considerable size and frame to wrap and drag ball carriers to the ground.Signing Iloka gives the Cowboys a player who can provide stiff competition for Jeff Heath for the starting strong safety job without tying up the amount of resources that would dissuade the team from taking a safety on Day 2 of the NFL draft.Furthermore, Ilokas experience playing free safety gives Dallas an adequate replacement in case Woods get injured and has to miss time, as Heath has proven to struggle mightily when playing primarily in a free safety role.Even if Iloka doesnt beat Heath outright for the starting strong safety position, his presence will deepen the depth chart at safety, which enables the Cowboys to limit Heaths snaps on defense, thus keeping him fresh for his most effective role as a special teams ace.Best case scenario, Iloka beats out Heath for the starting strong safety role, providing the Cowboys with a solid box presence who can be effective in split-safety coverages as well. Worst case, Iloka is a reserve safety whose positional flexibility allows him to back up both the free and strong safety positions. Either way, the Cowboys benefit. The theme of the Cowboys offseason thus far has been signing low-risk free agents who can adequately fill a position of need for the Cowboys. This strategy enables the Cowboys to enter the NFL draft without a glaring need, allowing them to stay true to their board with their early selections.Enjoy this postSee more film rooms here: How Cowboys new free-agent additions could help Dallas in 2019Twitter: JohnOwning
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