Nuggets get big win over Heat in Game 3 of NBA

The NBA Finals is tied up at one game apiece after Miami stole Game 2 from the Nuggets on Sunday. Stick here for live updates and analysis as Denver takes on the Heat in Game 3 at Kaseya Center in Miami.

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Live updates

FINAL: Nuggets 109, Heat 94: Spectacular second half from the Nuggets. No drama. No last-second heroics needed. Just the more talented team playing to a championship level. Even with offensive no-shows from Michael Porter Jr. and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, this thing was never in doubt. 28 assists. 51.2% shooting. A 58-33 rebounding edge.  Another Nikola Jokic triple-double (32-21-10). A Jamal Murray triple-double (34 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists). And Christian Braun with the unexpected contribution (15 points, four rebounds). It’s 2-1 Nuggets and all of the discomfort from Sunday night feels like a distant memory. — Matt Schubert

Almost over (8:48 p.m.): There’s 3:24 left and Heat fans are streaming out. — Mike Singer

In control (8:47 p.m.): It’s 99-83 Nuggets with 3:24 to go after Nikola Jokic’s 12th basket of the game. He’s got 32 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists. What an answer from Denver. — Matt Schubert

Lots of contributions (8:41 p.m.): I seriously wonder how many Finals games have ever featured three players from same team with double-digit scoring, at least five assists and at least seven rebounds each. Joker/Jamal/AG doing that right now. — Mike Singer

Jeff Van Gundy: “I don’t know what chain they give out after the game, but it better be given to Christian Braun.”

(8:35 p.m.): What an incredible game from Christian Braun. The Heat’s stranglehold on the fourth quarters in this series appears to be over, It’s 93-72 Nuggets with 8:28 to go. This thing is just about over folks. — Matt Schubert

The Kid from Kansas (8:34 p.m.): Christian Braun is having himself a game tonight in Miami, Nuggets starting to pull away from Heat. — Jeff Bailey

The Joker (8:33 p.m.): Nikola Jokic is the first player ever with 30-20-10 in an NBA Finals game. — Matt Schubert


Mike Singer, Nuggets beat reporter: I think Michael Malone’s going to have to consider closing with Bruce/CB/ Jeff instead of Mike.

Matt Schubert, sports editor: It’s all there for the Nuggets. A big contribution from the bench (Christian Braun!). A re-emergence from Aaron Gordon (9 third quarter points). And Nikola Jokic is just one assist shy of yet another triple-double. Close this thing out and the Nuggets have a 2-1 series lead and home court advantage once again.

(8:19 p.m.): Christian Braun 10 points, 5 of 6 from the field in his third NBA Finals game. — Mike Singer

Surging ahead (8:13 p.m.): The Nuggets are building the forth-quarter cushion they need, now with reserves on the floor with Jokic. It’s 78-62, as the Nuggets have a stranglehold on this this with 1:59 left in the third quarter. — Matt Schubert

Hitting the boards (8:09 p.m.): The Nuggets are toasting the Heat on the glass. — Bennett Durando

(8:05 p.m.): Jamal Murray has a couple offensive boards this half. Second one while Miami players were standing and watching. — Bennett Durando

6-0 run (8 p.m.): A perfect start to Denver’s second half. They reel off a 6-0 run, and we get a Spo walk-on TO. — Mike Singer

All Nuggets to start (7:59): Outside of a couple of wide-open 3s that didn’t go down, things couldn’t have gone much better Denver early on. Two dunks for AG off beautiful feeds from Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray, connected defense on the other end and a picture perfect jumper from Joker to start the half, and suddenly the Nuggets have their largest lead of the game at 59-48 with 9:47 left in the third. — Matt Schubert

Third underway (7:55 p.m.): Jeff Green to Aaron Gordon during the first half: Play through it. Don’t wait for the call. — Matt Schubert


Bennett Durando, sports reporter: Jimmy Butler is trying to bully Jamal Murray whenever he gets the chance, but the Nuggets have kept up the good work in terms of one important series theme: Butler’s 14 points? On 16 shots. I keep waiting for him to carry Miami through a tight second half in this series. I’m not doubting his short-term memory. Don’t think an inefficient first half means anything about what’s in store the next 24 minutes. Constant vigilance, Denver defense.

Sean Keeler, sports columnist: Why you love to see a stop to end the half: Miami coming into Game 3 has got a plus-3.9 scoring margin over the second half this postseason and plus-4.5 in the fourth quarter. Nuggs are plus-2.8 and plus 1.1 respectively. And some decent rotations out of trouble once Bam went up to get in Murray’s face. Spo’s serious about taking out the head of the snake, but that head’s also got 20 points at the half.

Bonus Keeler takeaway: Bruce Brown, 13 minutes, 5 points, +6 // MPJ, 13 minutes, 2 points, +2. I could see Porter starting the second half. But I don’t see him finishing it.

Matt Schubert, sports editor: All of the tension you’d expect from a Game 3 with the series tied 1-1. Nikola Jokic (14-12-7) and Jamal Murray (20 points on 8-of-13 shooting) are here, but Michael Porter Jr.’s Finals slump appears to have traveled to South Beach. If the Nuggets can get one more to come along with Joker and Murray, this game is right there for the taking.

Mark Kiszla, sports columnist: Gonna say it again. The Nuggets are better at basketball than Miami. Maybe not by as much as I thought. But definitely better.

Where’s AG? (7:34 p.m.): After a pair of free-throw bricks, Aaron Gordon has two points on 1-of-5 shooting from the field. The Nuggets need more. A lot more. — Matt Schubert

And there it is! A coast-to-coast two-handed slam from Gordon might be just what the doctor ordered. Someone other than Jokic and Murray needs to get going. — Matt Schubert

Talking it out (7:25 p.m.): Long chat between Aaron Gordon, Jeff Green and the referee after Miami called that timeout. Ref walked away and Green kept talking AG up, I think about how Gordon was getting pushed when he touched the ball on the last possession. — Bennett Durando

Murray time (7:23 p.m.): Back-to-back 3s from Jamal Murray, and the Nuggets are back in control. Murray has 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting (2 of 4 from 3). Can one of the other starters (MPJ, AG and KCP have four points combined) come with them? — Matt Schubert

Arrow on target (7:20 p.m.): A cold-blooded 3 from Jamal Murray. Place was roaring and the shot-clock was winding down. Looked like Murray jogged back on defense shaking his head. — Mike Singer

Bench mob (7:15 p.m.): The second unit that blew it open in Game 2 — Jamal/AG/bench mob — had a chance to replicate it but missed a couple near the hoop (Bruce floater, AG battle royale around the rim). Still, unit played Miami even, and Joker’s gonna come in after the timeout. Denver already with 22 points in the paint. — Mike Singer

Speed up (7:14 p.m.): The Nuggets’ emphasis on imposing their will inside is nice to see. They’re generating almost all of their scoring in the paint. But if they don’t get stops, they can’t get out in transition. Still only three fast-break points. Advantage Heat.

Pressing (7:13 p.m.): Another defensive wrinkle: The Heat pressing Jamal Murray and the second unit. No doubt it threw off the Nuggets’ rhythm there. All tied at 29 with 8:58 left in the second quarter. — Matt Schubert

(7:13 p.m.): I was told Tuesday that Nuggets have discussed expansion of playing rotation on daily basis. Reggie Jackson, who had played on 17 minutes in playoffs, made cameo appearance at end of 1Q. — Mark Kiszla

First quarter thoughts

Mark Kiszla, sports columnist: There was obvious emphasis to get Jamal Murray going. He put up seven shots in opening seven minutes.

Sean Keeler, sports columnist: Jimmy Butler can guard Jamal Murray, ya know, some of the time. Murray can’t guard Jimmy Buckets. Not this version of Jimmy Buckets, anyway.

Matt Schubert, sports editor: Jimmy Butler is starting to get comfortable for seemingly the first time all series. That was bound to happen. But for the Nuggets to be 0 for 5 from 3-point range and the game be tied after one quarter must be considered a positive development.

Surprise entry (7:03 p.m.): For the first time in this series, Reggie Jackson is on the court. Gotta believe that’s a direct result of KCP’s early foul trouble. — Matt Schubert

Solid start (7 p.m.): If not for the free throws (5-0 in favor of Miami), the Nuggets would be in complete control of this game. Denver is getting the looks it wants every time down the floor. The Heat (5 of 18) is not. — Matt Schubert

Timeout (6:57 p.m.): Nuggets cleared out for Jokic vs. Zeller. Jokic backed him down, drew a foul, then as the Nuggets called a timeout, he gave Zeller a high five and a butt slap. — Bennett Durando

Doing the dance (6:53 p.m.): Joker and Jamal working their two-man game on loop. Already with 14 of Denver’s 16 points. And 12 points in the paint. Nuggets using their size, strength unlike in G2. — Mike Singer

Pushing the pace (6:47 p.m.): One other positive development early on: The Nuggets are pushing the pace every chance they get. A tough break for KCP on that charge call. Hate the result. Love the aggression. Heat 14, Nuggets 12 with 6:24 left in the first quarter. Matt Schubert

Trouble again (6:46 p.m.): After fouling out in Game 2, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope already has picked up two fouls in the first six minutes in Miami. He would have had a basket on the second if the referee hadn’t deemed his bump before a hanging shot a charge. — Bennett Durando

Blue Arrow is here (6:45 p.m.): A great early sign for the Nuggets: This is the Jamal Murray (8 points) you want to see. — Matt Schubert

(6:44 p.m.): Super aggressive Jamal Murray from the jump. Already with 8 points in less than five minutes. Nuggets are trying to free him up by having AG bring the ball up the floor. — Mike Singer

Here we go (6:38 p.m.): Michael Malone pregame: Go out there and take it.Buckle up, this is gonna be fun. — Matt Schubert

Game 3 predictions

Mike Singer, Nuggets reporter: After the embarrassment of Game 2, which included abysmal defense and underwhelming effort, the Nuggets bounce back on the road. Jamal Murray, in particular, shakes off the ghost of Jimmy Butler for a big night. Nuggets 112, Heat 106

Sean Keeler, sports columnist: If the Nuggets got fat and happy after Game 1 and the Heat got motivated, why can’t the opposite happen here? We’re still counting the bodies Michael Malone threw under the bus. The Nuggs probably get at least one of two in South Beach, and after the haranguing last Sunday, this feels like the one. Nuggets 109, Heat 101.

Matt Schubert, sports editor: The Heat has consistently produced wide-open shots through two games against the Nuggets defense. And in Game 2, Miami actually knocked them down — especially from 3-point range. Will that trend continue in Game 3? And will the Heat be able to own the fourth quarter for a third game in row? The guess here is that this is where the Nuggets, the more talented team, figure things out. Prediction: Nuggets 115, Heat 109.

Bennett Durando, sports reporter: Can Jamal Murray score more? Can Michael Porter Jr. reverse his Game 2 role as a liability at both ends of the floor? Can Aaron Gordon channel whatever mode he was in during the first quarter of the series? The Nuggets are still the definitive better team. I’m convinced of that. You’re convinced of that. The Nuggets are convinced of that. I think they’ll win this series. But … I’m starting to believe in Heat Devil Magic, just a little. Pick: Heat 100, Nuggets 94

Pre-game updates

Michael Malone on Miami Heat’s Kevin Love adjustment in NBA Finals: “He’s not going to be rattled”

Doubted again (6:28 p.m.): Three of four panelists go with the Heat for Game 3 on ABC pregame show: Michael Wilbon, Jalen Rose and Stephen A. Smith.  THE DIS-RE-SPECT! — Matt Schubert

Almost there (5 p.m.): How big is tonight’s Game 3? In the 76-year history of the NBA Finals, there have been 40 previous series that have started 1-1. The winner of Game 3 has gone on to win the Finals 80% of the time (32 of 40). That said, of those eight that lost Game 3 but went on to win the title, four have come in the last 12 years. That includes last year’s champion, Golden State. So, yes, the winner tonight gets a massive leg up in the series, but regardless of what happens, it will be far from a done deal. — Matt Schubert

Three keys (4:30 p.m.): Game 3 is upon us. Denver Post sports reporter Bennett Durando breaks down three keys for the Nuggets to win, including Michael Porter Jr. needing to make his jumpers. — Joe Nguyen

Nuggets-Heat Game 3: Must reads

Analysis: Why the Nuggets are failing to defend Miami Heat 3-pointers in NBA Finals, and how Denver can adjust in Game 3

After a win, coach Michael Malone was nonetheless critical of Denver’s perimeter defense. The Heat simply didn’t make open 3-point shots (33%). Strus was 0 for 9. On the next possession after that well-designed play, he clanked an even more open 3.  All that was missing for Miami was the confidence of seeing it go in.

The Nuggets weren’t so lucky in Game 2.

Cooling off the Heat is now the most urgent issue facing Denver as a deadlocked NBA Finals moves to Miami. The South Beach underdogs lead the playoffs in 3-point percentage, and their 111-108 win Sunday was a more accurate representation of that threat, Bennett Durando reports. Read the full story.

Nuggets’ Michael Porter Jr. on NBA Finals criticism: “I’m not going to be sensitive”

Michael Porter Jr. is long past the point where compliments need to be spoon-fed or hurt feelings coddled.

At this point, tied 1-1 in the NBA Finals as the series shifts to Miami ahead of Wednesday’s Game 3, he knows any personal agendas are immaterial or, even worse, distractions.

“It’s just about winning, bro,” Porter told The Post. “At this point, where we’re at, we don’t have time for dudes to be in their feelings.”

Least of all Porter, who played only 5 minutes, 39 seconds, of the fourth quarter in Game 2 after his 3-point stroke abandoned him, and his defensive lapses, whether via miscommunications or effort, left the Nuggets vulnerable from the perimeter. Through two games, Porter’s shot just 3 for 17 from the 3-point line. Defensively, he was involved in several inexcusable breakdowns as Miami torched Denver from the 3-point line, Mike Singer reports. Read the full story.

Kiszla: Are Nuggets at disadvantage in battle of coaching wits between Michael Malone and Erik Spoelstra?

On the big stage that is the NBA Finals, here’s the part nobody wants to say out loud: Where the Nuggets’ lack of championship experience could hurt them most is in the matchup between coaches Michael Malone and Erik Spoelstra.

If a ring’s the thing, Spoelstra exhibits the unflappable confidence of a champion who already owns two, while Malone craves his first one with the desperate hunger of a man who hasn’t eaten in days.

Spoelstra has made all the right moves in the Finals, while Malone is searching for ways to shake the Nuggets from a disturbing new trend of fourth-quarter funk. Too harsh? It’s not criticism if it’s honest, Mark Kiszla writes. Read the full column.

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This Date in Baseball – Ken Griffey Jr. becomes

June 9

1901 — The New York Giants set a major league record with 31 hits in beating Cincinnati 25-13. Al Selbach of the Giants went 6-for-7 with two doubles and four singles and scored four runs.

1906 — Boston snapped a 19-game losing streak by beating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3.

1914 — Honus Wagner of the Pittsburgh Pirates got the 3,000th hit of his career off Philadelphia’s Erskine Mayer in a 3-1 loss to the Phillies at the Baker Bowl. Wagner’s hit, a double, came in the ninth. Wagner joined Cap Anson as the only members of the 3000-hit club.

1935 — The St. Louis Cardinals became the 10th team in major league history to score a run in every inning in a 13-2 win over the Chicago Cubs.

1946 — Commissioner Happy Chandler imposed five-year suspensions on players who jumped to the Mexican League and three-year suspensions for those who broke the reserve clause.

1946 — The New York Giants’ Mel Ott became the first manager to be ejected in both ends of a doubleheader. The Pittsburgh Pirates won both games, 2-1 and 5-1.

1963 — Playing the first Sunday night game in major league history because of excessive heat during the day, the Houston Colt .45s handed the San Francisco Giants their seventh straight loss in Houston, 3-0. Turk Farrell and Skinny Brown pitched the shutout.

1966 — Rich Rollins, Zoilo Versalles, Tony Oliva, Don Mincher and Harmon Killebrew homered in the seventh inning for the Minnesota Twins in a 9-4 victory over the Kansas City Athletics.

1979 — California’s Nolan Ryan struck out 16 batters as the Angels beat the Detroit Tigers 9-1. It was the 21st time in his career he struck out 15 or more batters in one game.

1986 — Chicago pitcher Tom Seaver (306) and California Angels hurler Don Sutton (298) had the highest composite win total (604) for opposing pitchers since 1926, when Walter Johnson (406) faced Red Faber (197). Sutton pitched a two-hit shutout to beat the White Sox 3-0.

1990 — Eddie Murray of the Los Angeles Dodgers tied Mickey Mantle’s record by homering from each side of the plate in the same game for the 10th time in his career. The Dodgers beat the Padres 5-4 in 11 innings.

1998 — Cecil Fielder of the Angels and Yamil Benitez of the Diamondbacks each hit grand slams in the same inning in Anaheim’s 10-8 win over Arizona. It was the first time both teams hit grand slams in the same inning since 1992.

2008 — Ken Griffey Jr. became the sixth player in baseball history to reach 600 homers with a drive off Mark Hendrickson in the first inning of the Cincinnati Reds’ 9-4 victory over the Florida Marlins.

2014 — Lonnie Chisenhall had nine RBIs and three home runs in a five-hit game, Michael Brantley scored five times and the Cleveland Indians beat the Texas Rangers 17-7.

2015 — Chris Heston pitched the first no-hitter in his 13th career start, leading the San Francisco Giants over the New York Mets 5-0. The rookie allowed three baserunners — all on hit batters. He also had a two-run single for his first big league RBIs and finished with two more hits than the Mets.

2019 — The Nationals accomplish a very rare feat as four consecutive batters hit solo homers in the 8th inning in Petco Park in San Diego to break a 1 – 1 tie. Pinch-hitterHowie Kendrick starts things off against Craig Stammen, and is followed in order by Trea Turner, Adam Eaton and Anthony Rendon, who all go yard. This is only the ninth time in major league history this has happened, and the Nats were the last to do so, on July 27, 2017.

2019 — Former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz shot in the back while visiting in his native Dominican Republic.

2022 — The Twins open the bottom of the 1st against the Yankees with three consecutive homers off Gerrit Cole at Target Field, by Luis Arraez, Byron Buxton and Carlos Correa. This is the first time in franchise history this has happened.

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How to Watch the 2023 NCAA Women’s College World

OKLAHOMA CITY – The college softball season might end on Thursday night, as one of the most dominant programs in recent history looks to get the job done in its home state.

  • Watch the WCWS on FuboTV (7-day free trial)

#3 Florida State Seminoles vs. #1 Oklahoma Sooners (Sooners lead, 1-0)

  • When: Thursday, June 8
  • Where: USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Channel: ESPN
  • Stream: FuboTV (Free Trial), Sling, DirecTV Stream

As she has all throughout the World Series, and for the majority of the 2023 season, Jordy Bahl was a big part of Oklahoma’s win in the series opener on Wednesday night. The freshman was sensational in the circle, striking out 10 Seminoles, giving up just two hits in a complete game effort.

The game itself was tight early on, but the Sooners’ offense finally came alive in the fourth inning, where they put up three runs in the bottom half of the frame. That was more than enough, as they went on to win by a final score of 5-0.

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Oklahoma catcher Kinzie Hansen ended up going 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, along with Rylie Boone also picking up a two-hit night, scoring one of the Sooners’ runs. Oklahoma is now just one win away from the program’s third national championship, and becoming just the second team to win three-straight titles, as UCLA also accomplished the feat in the late 80s.

We will see what Florida State is made of, as they need to pick up the offense to have any chance of forcing a Game 3. Remember, when the Seminoles and Sooners met in the final series two years ago, the ‘Noles won Game 1, before Oklahoma came back to win two-straight to win it all.

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Best TVs for watching sports in 2023: NBA Finals

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It’s a jam-packed weekend for sports. The NBA Finals kicked off on Thursday, June 1, and the first game of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals began on June 3. With plenty more games to be played, now’s the perfect time to upgrade to a new 4K TV to see it all as if you were sitting courtside or rinkside. And if 4K resolution isn’t impressive enough, you can always go big with an 8K TV. 

Check out some of our picks below for the best TVs for watching the NBA Finals or the NHL Stanley Cup Finals at home, whichever you’re most into (or both if you can swing it!). 

Top TVs in this article:

Our most popular TV: 65″ Samsung ‘The Frame’ smart TV, $1,698 (regularly $1,998)

Bonus features for PS5 gamers: 65″ Sony Bravia XR OLED TV, $1,798 (reduced from $2,300)

Best budget choice: 65″ TCL 4 Series Roku 4K smart TV, $368

There’s nothing like the thrill of seeing that buzzer-beating three-pointer or the heart-stopping final goal on a stunning new OLED or QLED. That’s why you need the right TV to experience your favorite sports right from the comfort of your own living room.

If you’re still watching an older TV, you may want to consider upgrading for either the NBA or NHL Stanley Cup Finals. While neither series is broadcast in 4K or 8K resolution, the newest and best TVs for watching sports feature AI-powered upscaling. It’s not the same as watching content in true 4K or 8K, but modern upscaling is much better than on older TV models.

The best TVs for watching sports aren’t just about picture quality, though. Some televisions feature object-tracking sound that will make you feel like you’re there in the stadium.

Prefer to shop for your next TV by size? Then check out the following CBS Essentials guides on TV shopping:

The best TVs for watching sports in 2023

We’ve found the best TVs for watching the NBA Finals and watching the NHL Stanley Cup finals (based on user reviews), including TV from top brands such as Samsung, LG, and Sony. Keep reading to see the best deals on TVs you can get in time for all the action, whether you watch it on the court or on the ice.

Samsung ‘The Frame’ 4K smart TV



Samsung’s ‘The Frame’ is one of the hottest TVs of 2023. It’s wildly popular with CBS Essentials readers, and it’s an excellent choice for watching your favorite team play.

This TV can transform into a piece of art when you’re not streaming your favorite TV shows. “The Frame” smart TV has a built-in motion sensor that displays your favorite pieces of art in 4K resolution whenever you enter the room. 

This QLED TV produces 100% color volume in the DCI-P3 color space (that’s the format for most cinema screens and HDR movies for television). That means colors on this TV will be vivid and true-to-life. Select sizes are on sale now.

  • 32″ Samsung “The Frame” QLED 4K TV, $598
  • 43″ Samsung “The Frame” QLED 4K TV, $998
  • 50″ Samsung “The Frame” QLED 4K TV, $1,298
  • 55″ Samsung “The Frame” QLED 4K TV, $1,498
  • 65″ Samsung “The Frame” QLED 4K TV, $1,698 (reduced from $1,998)
  • 75″ Samsung “The Frame” QLED 4K TV, $2,698 (reduced from $2,998) 
  • 85″ Samsung “The Frame” QLED 4K TV, $4,298

Samsung Crystal AU8000 4K smart TV


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Watch basketball stars battle it out in gorgeous color and luminosity with this Samsung Crystal LED TV. The TV features low lag rates and minimized blur, so you’ll always be able to keep up with the plays. The 4K smart device also provides tailored recommendations for streaming and live TV with an on-screen guide.

Samsung QN85A 4K Neo QLED



Your TV should sound like you’re in the stadium. The Samsung 4K Neo QLED boasts top-of-the-line features, including a premium audio technology called object-tracking sound (OTS). With OTS, your television analyzes the action on-screen and tries to replicate a surround-sound experience without any external speakers. The Samsung 4K Neo QLED also features a built-in Alexa assistant.

Sony Bravia XR OLED 4K TV



The Sony Bravia XR OLED 4K TV features a cognitive processor meant to deliver intense contrast with pure blacks, high peak brightness and natural colors. Thanks to its Acoustic Surface Audio+ technology, the screen is the speaker. This smart TV comes with access to Google TV and works with most voice assistants. It’s good for gamers too — this Sony TV has a special input-lag-reducing mode for the PlayStation 5.

Amazon Fire TV Omni series 4K smart TV



This Amazon Omni Series Fire TV offers a 4K UHD display and enhanced color and clarity thanks to Dolby Vision. The TV also supports voice control with Amazon Alexa. Its high-quality picture quality and large size make this TV a solid choice for football fans — plus, it’s hard to find such a big screen at such a low price. This deal is exclusively for Prime members, but non-Prime shoppers can still get the TV on sale for $800.

Budget option: 65″ TCL 4 Series Roku smart TV


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This top-rated TCL Roku TV is an ultra-affordable option that uses the user-friendly Roku interface. It’s one of the best budget TVs you can buy.

“I recently bought this tv last week and I’m really impressed with it amazing picture, great sound and easy set up,” wrote a Walmart customer. “If you want a tv that’s affordable TCL is the way to go. I don’t have anything negative to say about the tv and I would buy TV’s again from this brand in the near future.”

65″ TCL 4 Series Roku 4K smart TV, $368

Budget option with Alexa: Amazon Fire 4-Series TV 4K TV



A mid-size television, 55 to 65 inches along the diagonal, is the ideal size for many living rooms. The best viewing distance for a 55-inch 4K TV, such as this Amazon Fire TV model, is between 4.5 and seven feet. That leaves enough space for people to get up and walk by for more snacks from the gameday spread.

55″ Elements 4K outdoor Roku TV



This IP55 weatherproof TV with HDR10 is designed for outdoor use in all seasons — it works in temperatures from -4ºF to 104ºF. It features a tempered, anti-glare screen that’s bright enough for use in partial sun.

55″ Elements 4K outdoor TV, $998 (reduced from $1,298)

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Encouraging New Research Offers Hope To Sufferers

Dr. Hany Abu Farsakh

Dr. Hany Abu Farsakh



Regenerative Knee Medicine

Regenerative Knee Medicine

Special stem-cell injections give relief to hundreds of patients in UK trials

The results will be officially published once the follow-up trial period ends. As a specialist in regenerative medicine and joints reconstruction surgery, these early results are extremely exciting”

— Dr. Hany Abu Farsakh

UNITED KINGDOM, June 8, 2023/EINPresswire.com/ —

The use of stem cells has emerged as a novel treatment for multiple difficult medical conditions, including osteoarthritis. The disease occurs when cartilage breaks down, causing friction in the joint. It can generally affect any joint in the body causing pain, swelling and stiffness. The disease famously affects hips and knees which are usually treated with joint replacement surgery.

Now, in a multidisciplinary approach, hundreds of UK patients are taking part in unique medical trials. The results to date are very promising. The idea was a collaboration between scientist Professor Richard Webb, and Jordanian Dr. Hany Abu Farsakh, a specialist in regenerative medicine and reconstruction surgery.

The research included 179 patients from south-east London, who were suffering knee osteoarthritis and booked for total knee surgery with a waiting period of more than 90 days. Dr.Abu-Farsakh said: “This is a breakthrough when we consider the difficulty of treating joints with severe osteoarthritis without replacement surgery. Treating these advanced cases with intra-articular injections was not even an option!”

These ‘day-case’ outpatient injections form part of a 6-week treatment protocol, and patients will be monitored for five years before full results are published. Satisfaction rates are impressive at 90%, and two thirds of the patients decided to be taken off the operation list. The stem-cell knee injections are followed by 6-weeks of carefully tailored dietary and lifestyle changes, supplements and physiotherapy.

Dr Abu-Farsakh added: “The results will be officially published once the follow-up trial period concludes. As a specialist in regenerative medicine and joints reconstruction surgery, these early results are extremely exciting for me and my colleagues.”

Patient satisfaction is equally encouraging, with significant improvement in pain scores, quality of life, returning to activity and improvements in range of motion.

This is a major breakthrough in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis, and the findings offer new hope to the millions of people who suffer from this condition. The stem-cell injections are safe and effective, and they provide a much-needed alternative to the current treatments.

If you or someone you know suffers from knee osteoarthritis, talk to your doctor about the possibility of getting stem-cell injections. This new treatment offers hope for a better quality of life to all those who suffer from this painful and debilitating condition.

Dr. Hany Abu Farsakh
H Ortho

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Miami Heat’s Kevin Love “not going to be rattled”

MIAMI — Michael Malone can’t help but admire the asset recently reactivated from his opponents’ bench.

Kevin Love’s addition to the Heat starting lineup helped Miami even the NBA Finals after Love hadn’t played the previous three games, including the series-opener in Denver. Malone said Wednesday before Game 3 that he felt Miami coach Eric Spoelstra made the change to combat Denver’s size advantage, but the Nuggets coach also pointed out the importance of Love’s unflappable experience for Miami.

“A guy that’s been on this stage before, so you know he’s not going to be rattled,” Malone said. “… Give K-Love credit, man. That guy is a journeyman. He’s really impacted this team with his professionalism, maturity, and the 3-point shooting, the rebounding, the outlet passing.”

Love played in four Finals for the Cavaliers, winning the 2016 championship.

However, Malone made sure to point out, it’s not like the Love adjustment is the difference in the series; “Let’s be honest, the guy that he replaced could have been the Eastern Conference (Finals) MVP. So it’s not like Caleb Martin is not a good player.”

Possible coach’s challenge rule change

Spoelstra is delighted by the idea of implementing a one-and-one free throw styled system of coach’s challenges in the NBA, but he does have one essential gripe.

President of league operations Byron Spruell said Wednesday on ESPN that there’s a chance the NBA will pivot to a new challenge rule. The idea is that if a team’s first challenge is successful at overturning a call, then the team earns a second challenge to be used at a later point in the game. The current setup is a strict one-challenge policy.

As Spoelstra was informed of that and asked if coaches have clamored for it, the Heat coach let out an excited, “ooh.”

“Yes. I think that would be good,” he said. “I don’t know what the unintended consequences are. But I always feel like if I burn one whenever, early in a game and you win it, it’s like, ‘Oh, geez, I would like to have another one.’”

Well, there is at least one consequence that occurred to him on the spot.

“If that is the case,” he said, “then all the players starting the first minute of the game…”

Spoelstra twirled his finger in the air, imitating players gesturing that a call requires replay review.

“I hate that, as well,” he said.

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Canadian wildfires sports cancellations | wgrz.com

Major League Baseball postponed games in New York and Philadelphia on Wednesday because of poor air quality caused by smoke from Canadian wildfires.

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball postponed games in New York and Philadelphia on Wednesday night because of poor air quality caused by smoke from Canadian wildfires.

A National Women’s Soccer League game in New Jersey and an indoor WNBA game set for Brooklyn were also called off Wednesday amid hazy conditions that have raised alarms from health authorities.

The New York Yankees’ game against the Chicago White Sox was rescheduled as part of a doubleheader starting at 4:05 p.m. on Thursday, and the Philadelphia Phillies’ game against the Detroit Tigers was reset for 6:05 p.m. on Thursday, originally a day off for both teams.

“These postponements were determined following conversations throughout the day with medical and weather experts and all of the impacted clubs regarding clearly hazardous air quality conditions in both cities,” MLB said in a statement.

The National Weather Service issued an air quality alert for New York City, saying: “the New York State Department of Health recommends that individuals consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects.” In Philadelphia, the NWS issued a Code Red.

The Yankees and White Sox played through a lesser haze on Tuesday night.

The WNBA said a game between the Minnesota Lynx and New York Liberty would not be played Wednesday, saying the decision was made to “protect the health and safety of our fans, teams and community.” A makeup date wasn’t immediately announced.

The NWSL postponed Orlando’s match at Gotham in Harrison, New Jersey, from Wednesday night to Aug. 9.

“The match could not be safely conducted based on the projected air quality index,” the NWSL said.

At nearby Belmont Park, The New York Racing Association said training went on as planned ahead of Saturday’s Triple Crown horse race.

“NYRA utilizes external weather services and advanced on-site equipment to monitor weather conditions and air quality in and around Belmont Park,” spokesman Patrick McKenna said Wednesday. “Training was conducted normally today, and NYRA will continue to assess the overall environment to ensure the safety of training and racing throughout the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival.”

A two-game series in Seattle between the Mariners and the Giants was moved to San Francisco in September 2020 because of because of poor air quality caused by West Coast wildfires.

New York’s NFL teams, the Giants and Jets, both had Wednesday off from offseason workouts. The Giants had been planning to practice inside Thursday, and the Jets say they are also likely to work out indoors Thursday.

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Michael Malone Implores Denver Nuggets To Fix

MIAMI – The Denver Nuggets entered the NBA Finals with supreme confidence.

It was hard for the No. 1 seed, with the best offense in the playoffs, to feel any other way. Although NBA teams simply refuse to acknowledge win probability or betting odds, the Nuggets had a vastly superior résumé and had ample time off to clear their minds and remove all soreness.

Head coach Michael Malone made it clear when the series started: After sweeping the Lakers in the conference finals, the full week off was used for preparation. The East Finals going seven games did them no favors, but they undoubtedly watched more tape on the Miami Heat during that down period. After all, Miami led its series 3-0 at the time of Denver advancing.

Despite the Nuggets primarily operating with an offensive engine and being passable on defense in the Nikola Jokić era, Malone has defensive roots. It’s the side of the ball he’s more passionate about. When things go awry and he calls out his team, nine times out of 10, you can bet on defense being the trigger of frustration.

Game 1 was fairly solid for Denver in terms of keeping Miami in check. While they did allow 16 wide-open 3-point attempts and were lucky the Heat didn’t capitalize, the Nuggets largely funneled Miami to the preferred shots — they kept Jimmy Butler at bay and allowed Bam Adebayo to take a career-high 25 shots. For them, that formula is a win.

But Game 2 took a completely different route. Despite leading by 15 in the second quarter and carrying an eight-point advantage into the final period, Denver failed to capitalize. By allowing 36 points on 19 real possessions in the fourth quarter (not counting the final rebound after Murray’s missed three), the Nuggets’ defense failed them down the stretch. It resulted in another wild game flow, which seems to follow a theme we’ve seen all postseason. The modern NBA is a game of runs:

The Heat’s Game 2 victory was a carbon copy of their Game 2 road win over the Celtics just two weeks ago. They trailed by eight heading into the final period, only to stun the road team with 36 points in 12 minutes and walk away with momentum.

Denver might be in its first NBA Finals, but that’s no excuse for how poorly they played defensively. They got too comfortable with a lead. It led to blowing switches against Miami’s off-ball screening actions, overhelping off quality shooters, and not being as dialed in as they were in the last three rounds.

Malone walked into his film session with the team on Tuesday morning locked and loaded. He reviewed the tape during their travel day and prepared 17 video examples to show his players. Considering the Nuggets have scored at an efficient rate in this series, now at 117.8 points per 100 possessions, there was no question this teaching moment would center on defense.

“Every clip was a discipline clip,” Malone said. “Where our discipline — whether it was game plan, whether it was personnel, defending without fouling, whatever it may be — 17 clips added up to over 40 points in Game 2. That, to me, is staggering.”

It wasn’t a lecture. Perhaps in the past, Malone would opt for that style of coaching. If it was deeper in a playoff series with the same mistakes resurfacing, it would be the appropriate route.

Instead, he opened the room for his players to dissect exactly how they got dissected.

“We had a really good film session,” Malone said. “I gave an opportunity for everybody on our team to speak and talk about what they saw on the film. It was a very honest conversation. Guys owned what they needed to own. We have to learn from Game 2 to use it to our advantage.”

It was another interesting tactic that illustrates Malone’s coaching style, which the locker room has embraced and appreciated all year. With 23 years of experience in the NBA as either an assistant or head coach — and growing up with a father who coached in the league for 30 years — Malone has picked the brain of many leaders.

It helps that he’s been around brilliant and selfless basketball personalities, such as LeBron James (2005-10), Chris Paul (2010-11), Stephen Curry (2011-13), and now Nikoka Jokić.

He knows a thing or two about accountability and the importance for everyone in the locker room to feel involved. When Denver is rolling, he’s praising each individual. When he needs more in certain areas, he’s challenging everyone. The stars aren’t let off the hook.

But he also doesn’t single out any of his guys to the media.

“It’s not just one player right now,” he said about the defensive shortcomings. “Whether it’s Michael [Porter Jr.], Jamal [Murray], Aaron [Gordon], KCP, Nikola [Jokić], or whoever. We have to be a lot more disciplined, a lot more urgent.”

Without revealing his gameplan against the Heat, Malone mentioned a lot of their issues come down to just realizing who they’re guarding on certain possessions. By that, he means how much space is appropriate to give the Heat’s shooters, when to fill the gaps and help on Butler’s drives, and most importantly, knowing when to execute a switch.

“Most of that stems from communication,” he expressed. “A saying I learned a long time ago, ‘communication is concentration’. For me to communicate, I have to know what the hell to say. If I’m not concentrating and I’m not focusing, I don’t know what to say. We had way too many examples, for an NBA Finals game, where we had guys not on the same page because of a lack of communication.”

Rookie Christian Braun, who was one of the culprits of a botched switched late in the game, acknowledged the Heat didn’t run anything too complex or different from Game 1. Their execution just has to be better moving forward.

“They did a lot of the same stuff, but we just messed up on our end,” he said. “I think that’s the best part about it — there’s a lot of controllable things and a lot of things that we can fix. If it was something that they did that we just couldn’t handle it would be a different story, but we lost by three in a game where we made a lot of mistakes on our end, so it’s definitely controllable, and we’ll bounce back in Game 3.”

Braun isn’t wrong when he puts the situation into perspective. It took a dynamite quarter for the Nuggets to lose a game by one possession. Chances are, they will clean up those mistakes and play more focused moving forward. Maybe they needed a wake up call after getting too relaxed.

Still, this is what the Heat do. You give them an inch at the wrong time, and they will take a mile.

Coaches rarely subscribe to the notion any game is won or lost in a single quarter. Most of them would argue the first 12 minutes are equally as important as the final 12 minutes — and they’d be correct. Setting a tone matters.

But against this version of the Miami Heat, the team constantly rising from the dead like a pack of zombies and stealing wins, it requires immense focus to survive. Miami doesn’t leave you any room for the ‘my bad’ moments. Through their poise and execution, they ensure the fourth quarter is flowing on their terms. Even on the road.

With the Heat’s off-ball movement and screening, they continue to catch opponents by surprise down the stretch games. Nothing agitates Malone more than defensive breakdowns, or a lack of interest and effort on that end of the floor. The Finals are often won or lost on the margins, with a handful of mistakes coming back to haunt the team who falls short.

“If you really want to simplify the first two games,” Malone expressed, “in the first three quarters we have dominated both games. The Miami Heat are dominating the fourth quarter. They’re averaging 33 points a game in the fourth quarter, shooting over 60 percent from the field in and over 50 percent from three.”

If a coach is reciting the exact numbers from their opponent’s fourth quarter barrage, they are clearly sick of what’s happening.

Contextualizing the raw scoring output, it’s been a complete nightmare for Denver. In 24 fourth quarter minutes, this is the damage Miami’s offense has done:

  • 66 points on 43 possessions — 153.5 offensive rating
  • 81.7% true shooting percentage
  • 73.9% assist rate
  • 11.6% turnover percentage (before the Finals, the league average in fourth quarters was 14.6%)
  • 10-of-12 shooting in the paint (83.3%), 11-of-21 from beyond the arc (52.4%)
  • Only 10 free throw attempts, two fewer than Denver

Because basketball is also a game of geometry and floor balance, the Nuggets are finding it tougher to score in fourth quarters when they don’t play well defensively. Denver’s offense is getting disrupted late in games, unable to create those transition opportunities they have feasted on. As Malone was quick to point out, those chances are impossible to create if you’re inbounding the ball from 94 feet on nearly every trip. It starts with getting stops.

“I think quarters 1 through 3 after two games, we had around 19 percent of our possessions were at the end of the shot clock, last seven seconds,” Malone said. “In the fourth quarter of Game 1 and 2, that jumps from 19 percent to 32 percent. Which means, we’re taking the ball out of the net, we’re walking it up, we’re playing against the zone and we’re getting caught playing in really late-clock situations. It’s hurting our offense.”

The Heat’s unique zone and 2-2-1 press are causing Denver to play a grind-it-out pace, preventing them from getting into a flow. Instead of going through two or three different actions in a given possession to look for scoring options, the Nuggets are being limited to one action because of Miami’s ball pressure and how effectively the Heat fill the gaps to take away space.

If Miami slows you down and it becomes a halfcourt battle in the fourth quarter, it doesn’t matter if they are the eight seed — they have the expertise and coaching to win any matchup. Their main focus is taking care of the ball and keeping the Nuggets away from those easy scoring chances, as Denver is scoring 157.1 points per 100 transition possessions:

When they do get bogged down in the halfcourt, how does Malone plan to combat the Heat’s zone and create better looks for their offense?

“Making sure we have the right lineups in,” he said. “And offensively, just kind of giving our guys as many ways that they can attack that zone as possible where we can be effective and at least produce the right shot. Whether we make it or not, that’s going to be on our players. But trying to make sure we’re producing the right shots against that zone, which has given us some trouble in the fourth quarter.”

Having surrendered homecourt advantage, these next three days are pivotal for the Nuggets. To win a championship, you have to respond after taking a punch. This is the first series Denver hasn’t led 2-0 during this playoff run.

So it’s time to see what they are made of.

“What I know about our group is, for years now we’ve handled adversity very well,” Malone said. “I have no doubt that [Game 3] will be a much more disciplined, urgent team for 48 minutes.”

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