Odell Beckham Jr Elite Jersey

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Back from his one-game suspension, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr(Odell Beckham Jr Jersey). said Wednesday that he has learned from the experience but won’t change the way he plays the game.

“I don’t think anything’s going to change except learning from this experience,” Beckham said after Giants practice Wednesday. “I don’t think I’m going to play with any less intensity. I don’t think I’m going to play with any less emotion.”

Beckham incurred three personal foul penalties for aggressive and violent on-field actions in the Giants’ Week 15 loss to Carolina and was suspended for this past week’s game as a result. He lost control on multiple occasions, lashing out at Panthers cornerback Josh Norman and other Carolina defenders. In the time since that game, it was revealed that a Panthers player carrying a baseball bat (part of Carolina’s normal pregame ritual) interacted with Beckham before the game, and it was clear during the game that Norman and other Panthers players were trying to rattle Beckham with their physical play.

Of course, it all worked, as Beckham’s responses went far enough over the line to earn him a suspension. He chose not to rehash too much Wednesday.

Asked if he’d spoken with Norman since the game, Beckham said, “Ah, no.”

Asked about the baseball bat, Beckham said, “Pretty irrelevant now. The suspension’s over, we move forward.”

Asked about what was said to him on the field by the opposition, Beckham said, “Words are words.”

Asked if he’d seen video of his on-field actions against Carolina, he said he had but would only add, “I take responsibility for my actions, I learn from it, and it’s all good.”

Beckham said it bothered him not to be in Minnesota with the team Sunday and that he felt bad his actions had hurt the team and set a bad example for young fans.

“It’s just unfortunate,” Beckham said. “You never want to do that on the field. To be caught up in such a moment, you don’t want to put the team in that situation and you don’t want to show that to kids. I wasn’t controlling myself and I ended up hurting my team. It’s poor sportsmanship and not something you want to put on film. Everything is under your control and ultimately it’s up to you. You can’t do that type of stuff.”

Andy Dalton Youth Jersey

CINCINNATI — Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton(Andy Dalton Jersey) is likely to miss the rest of the season because of a right thumb injury, team sources told ESPN’s Bob Holtzman.

Dalton suffered a fractured thumb in Sunday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the Bengals are uncertain how long he will be sidelined.

The best-case scenario, sources told Holtzman, is that Dalton will return for the playoffs.

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said Dalton will definitely miss next week’s game against San Francisco but acknowledged he did not know whether Dalton would miss any additional time.

“I hurt my thumb,” Dalton said. “They told me there is a fracture in there.”

Dalton, who will see a specialist Monday, left the game in the first quarter and did not return. After initially being declared questionable to return, he was downgraded moments later and returned to the sideline with a black cast around his right hand.

Dalton acknowledged that he was injured on the final play of the Bengals’ opening drive, one that ended with him throwing an interception to Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt.

“You can’t go into any play thinking you’re going to get hurt,” Dalton said. “That’s the last thing you have to think. It’s unfortunate that it happened.”

Dalton said he didn’t know he hurt himself right away. He returned to the sideline after the interception and tried to grip a ball. When he couldn’t do that without pain, he knew his day was over.

Dalton was attempting to get the ball to running back Giovani Bernard on a screen, but Tuitt moved right by Bernard, guessed correctly and intercepted the pass. Dalton immediately stepped up to tackle Tuitt, and cameras appeared to show his right hand hitting Tuitt’s knee on the tackle.

Dalton was replaced by backup AJ McCarron, a second-year quarterback who appeared in the past two games. McCarron, a former Alabama star, hadn’t played extended minutes in the regular season throughout his career.

McCarron passed for 280 yards and two touchdowns Sunday but was intercepted twice.

“I stepped in, and I have to play better,” McCarron said. “I’m going to play better. I promise you that.”

Dalton hasn’t missed a start in his career. His 74.4 Total QBR entering this week was the third-highest in the league.

In addition to Dalton, tight end Tyler Eifert was knocked out of the game during the Bengals’ opening drive. Eifert was placed under the concussion protocol after taking a hard hit to the head from Steelers safety Mike Mitchell, who was flagged for hitting a defenseless receiver.

Bengals safety George Iloka, who started Sunday after missing last week’s game, suffered a groin injury in the first half and also was ruled out.

Kevin Durant Thunder Jersey

It’s a tired, boring, not-very-funny joke to make about the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“They sure are a lot better when Kevin Durant(Kevin Durant Jersey) plays.”

It’s an obvious thing to say, like water is wet or Cinnamon Toast Crunch is the best cereal ever (it is). But often that critical fact gets passed over when assessing the Thunder and their perceived stumble during the past year.

Last season, Durant missed 55 games because of three different surgeries on his right foot, and a sprained ankle. The Thunder went 27-28 in those games. This season, he’s missed six games because of a hamstring strain. The Thunder went 3-3 in those. In the past 39 games they’ve played with Durant dating back to last season, they’re 26-13. Without, 30-31.

The Thunder definitely are a lot better when Durant plays.

It’s difficult to evaluate a team after just 18 games, especially one working in a new head coach and a somewhat refurbished roster. Eighteen games is 22 percent of the season, not even a quarter of the way through the full 82. Eighteen games is only one complete month, with four and a half more to go.

But the Thunder, a tried-and-true title contender by basically any measure, are sitting at a disappointing 11-7 through those 18 games, and don’t seem to have many buying them as a threat anymore.

With Durant, though, they’re 8-4. They beat the San Antonio Spurs on opening night, obliterated the Utah Jazz on the road in his return and have won by an average margin of 8.6 points when he’s played. Their four losses were all by six or less and except for the first two, all their wins have been by double-digits.

More proof: With Durant on the floor, the Thunder score 112.7 points per 100 possessions and allow 98.7. His net on/off differential is a robust plus-14.2 (for reference, Stephen Curry’s is 21.8, and they haven’t lost a game yet).

So the question isn’t really if Durant makes the Thunder good. We know that one. The question is if he makes them good enough?

With a mediocre first month (still good for third in the West, though) combined with a forgettable 2014-15 season, the Thunder have slipped from a lot of radars, falling a tier below the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs in the West. They’re currently on a 50-win pace, which would’ve landed them as a seven-seed a season ago. That’s not good enough for a team as loaded as they are.

And for all the triple-doubles and bombastic play by Russell Westbrook, the Thunder are merely a decent-to-pretty decent team when he’s running the show solo. What makes them special is the two-headed superbeast that overwhelms and overpowers opponents.

In the past five seasons, the Thunder have the second-best regular season winning percentage in the league, have won more playoff series than anyone except San Antonio and Miami, and have been to more conference finals than anyone but those two. The West has been run by the Thunder and Spurs the past five seasons until the Warriors kicked down the door.

And the Thunder believe if not for injuries to Durant and Serge Ibaka to end last season, things might still be different. Before Durant was ruled out for good and it appeared OKC was headed for a 1-vs-8 showdown for the ages against the Warriors, those within the Thunder organization felt they had matchup advantages and were positioned to pull the upset. They pointed to last January when the Thunder beat the Warriors 127-115. Durant had 36. Westbrook had a 17-15-16 triple-double. Ibaka had 27.

That was then, though, because the Warriors haven’t slowed down. The Thunder already are eight games back of first in the West, and probably can cross off having homecourt in a series against Golden State already. The West runs through the Bay Area, and the Thunder have a lot more catching up to do than just in the standings. The Warriors are a complete, refined juggernaut. The Thunder are a top-heavy, semi-flawed team in development.

Once an elite defensive team, the Thunder are a nightly toss-up, ranking 16th in defensive efficiency. They turn the ball over with alarming regularity. Their second unit, supposedly a strength, is irritatingly inconsistent. With Westbrook and Durant on the floor, they obliterate opponents, outscoring them by 17.0 points per 100 possessions. In lineups without them, though, the Thunder are outscored by 6.5 per 100.

Durant’s impact is far-reaching, but beyond the scoring, the creating and uncanny clutch-time shot-making, he changes the Thunder defensively. For whatever reason, Durant has rarely been regarded as a high-level defender, but the Thunder are considerably better with him on the floor (3.5 points per 100 this season, 4.8 last season). One key area he impacts: small ball. With so many teams eager to play stretch players at the 4 and 5, the Thunder are at the mercy of mismatching without Durant. With him, they’re one of the best small-balling teams in the business. Without, they’re scrambled, playing someone out of position or leaving two unequipped big men on the floor together.

Then there’s just the simplicity of Durant. For all the talk of Billy Donovan’s offensive reform, system tweaks, ball movement and spacing, Durant has this thing he does where he breaks down the fourth wall and scores. Against the Brooklyn Nets last week, it was Durant dribbling up the floor after a rebound and canning a straightaway 3 to give the Thunder a fourth-quarter lead. There were no passes on the possession, no play called. But it was three points in a big moment that only required the ball to touch No. 35′s hands somewhere in the gym.