Calvin Johnson and the Detroit Lions are expected to announce at a Wednesday press conference that the two sides have agreed to a longterm contract extension. The Lions official site reports it’s a seven-year extension and a press conference is scheduled for 1 p.m. (ET). He had one year remaining on his deal so this would keep him under contract through the 2019 season…
Karma was on the side of the Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers as they ended the Miami Heat’s 13 game road winning streak last night.
Michael Vick has taken shots to the helmet, been speared and had his facemask grabbed without seeing a yellow flag. The Philadelphia Eagles aren’t happy about it.
Vick, coach Andy Reid and teammates have all taken turns expressing concern that other teams aren’t being penalized for what they perceive to be illegal hits.
Earlier this week, Vick made it clear he doesn’t think he’s being treated the same as other quarterbacks. He said only once this season has an opponent been penalized for a late hit against him. That was against Detroit in Week 2.
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L.A. Clippers rookie forward Blake Griffin missed the entire 2009-10 NBA season because of a knee injury he suffered during a preseason game. Griffin is fully recovered now and has picked up where he left off at Oklahoma.
Although the Clippers are off to another poor start this season, Griffin has given Clipper Nation hope for the future. Griffin’s signature game came against the New York Knicks last month. Griffin scored 44 points and looked like he was using a trampoline to jump over the Knicks defenders. Of course the Clippers lost, but Griffin’s performance had basketball fans and social networks buzzing for days.
Griffin is averaging 20 points and 11 rebounds this season, and unlike the usual rookie, has performed great against the NBA’s top teams and players. If Griffin continues to make waves in the NBA, and the Clippers find competent individuals to run their organization, he could become the face of L.A. basketball.
Griffin most resembles the Reign Man, Seattle Supersonics forward Shawn Kemp, only with a lot more skill, and a monstrous work ethic. With Eric Gordon as his Gary Payton, great things can happen in Clipper-land.
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Last night, Miami Heat guard/forward LeBron James returned to Cleveland to face his former team the Cavaliers. James and the Heat left Cleveland with a 118-90 victory. James led the Heat with 38 points.
Cavaliers fans greeted James with thousands of boos and signs expressing their disdain for their former homegrown hero. However, many Cavs players greeted James with handshakes and hugs before and even during the game. The fans in Cleveland came harder than the Cavaliers did.
James got his rhythm going in the second quarter and began chopping it up with some of his former teammates as the Heat extended their lead. It seemed as if the Cavs were still in awe of the two time defending MVP.
In the third quarter, James scored 24 points and the Heat went up by 30 points. James essentially closed out the game by the end of the third quarter. At this point in the game the Cavs looked defeated and tired. They started star gazing as James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh ran up and down floor scoring at will.
James was able to sit out the fourth quarter and had a drink thrown at him (that missed) while he sat on the bench. James thrived in this environment. The support offered by his coach and teammates leading up to the game helped James a great deal and for the first time this season, LeBron James looked like King James.
However, the Cavs are under .500, and cannot match the talent of the Heat. So was this a big win for the Heat? The bottom line is that is was a WIN. After losing to the Pacers, Grizzlies and Mavericks recently, any win is a big win. Hopefully the Heat will recognize that they have to play faster, and use their athleticism to overpower their opponents.