From Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer: This season, Terrance Ferguson signed a shoe deal with Under Armour and played in the Australian National Basketball League instead of college. Jennings, Mudiay, and Maker were all lottery selections, and Ferguson is currently projected to go in the middle of the first round this year.

One question that’s faced LSU RB Leonard Fournette concerns his passion for football. And there’s a widespread feeling he’s driven by stardom. My guess is Jacksonville’s Tom Coughlin and Doug Marrone would address that quickly.

Fournette skipped LSU’s bowl win over Louisville after an injury-hampered junior season, claiming head coach Ed Orgeron insisted he sit out.

Holding leads at all is a rough lesson to learn for most young teams. Learning how to do it in the playoffs is another lesson entirely. Edmonton got a crash course.

Joe Thornton. The veteran and future Hall of Famer missed Game 1 with a nagging injury. But he skated in practice on Thursday and could join the lineup for Game 2 on Friday. Just another weapon with tons of playoff experience for the Sharks.

Penalties. Edmonton shot out like a cannon, but that reckless energy came with a cost. San Jose had six power plays and 11:58 in power play minutes, draining the Oilers’ momentum out of the building as the game dragged on. Not to mention that the Sharks own the best power play in the business. Edmonton can’t afford to keep doing that.

But when the game’s on the line, the buck stops with one Pacers player. The Raptors’ All-Star guard is averaging just 13.3 points in the first round of the playoffs in the past two seasons. Lowry averaged 13.9 points on 17 percent three-point shooting in Toronto’s first-round series against Indiana last season.
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