Which teams are most likely to get back to the playoffs in 2018?
Historically, roughly half of the teams that make it to the playoffs one year don’t make it back the next. Which means that plenty of teams that didn’t make it one year make it the next.
So with five of the NFC teams from 2016 not making it back in 2017 (and thus five non-playoff teams from 2016 making it in 2017), which non-playoff teams from last year are the most likely to make it this year?
Through the years, my No. 100s have been players I liked. They may or may not really be the 100th player on the board, but I put them there because I think they will succeed. Sometimes I’m right, sometimes not, but past No. 100s have included current Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall and Detroit Lions defensive tackle Akeem Spence. And Griffin, who had his left hand amputated when he was 4 years old, is simply a player with speed, anticipation, smarts and an uncommon desire any team should want in a draft pick.Everything you need to know about the binge-worthy NBA playoffs
Edelman is appealing the suspension, so there’s no official comment from the league yet.
He missed all of last season with a torn ACL, and now the Patriots will have to rely on a new crop of targets if the suspension stands. They also let Danny Amendola leave in free agency, though they have brought in Jordan Matthews and Cordarrelle Patterson this offseason.
Jimmy Butler came into Wednesday’s must-win season finale against the Denver Nuggets on a minutes guideline, according to Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau. After playing just over 20 minutes in his first two games back from knee surgery, Butler racked up 42 minutes in Wednesday’s overtime win and comes into this series having to do everything for a Timberwolves team that has gotten crushed by the Rockets every time they’ve played this year. How far will Thibodeau be able to stretch Butler out now, and how much will Butler be asked to switch onto Rockets MVP candidate James Harden? Those questions will go a long way in determining if the Timberwolves have any chance to steal a game or two in this series.
After several seasons of residing in the league’s upper-middle class, the Raptors asserted themselves in 2017-18 as the team to beat in the Eastern Conference. They climbed the ladder by injecting spacing and creativity into their offense and by instilling greater discipline in their defense.