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LA Clippers' Awesome Reserves: A Tribe Called Bench 2

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  • Posted by: Christina Tapper
  • April 16, 2013, 12:22 PM

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The NBA Playoffs start this week and the key to the LA Clippers' championship hopes is a group of talented reserves who embrace their role as a backup act.

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Whenever the Los Angeles Clippers' reserves witness a high-flying slam dunk by one of the starters, cheers and high fives spread across the bench. So it was no surprise that when center DeAndre Jordan threw down a monstrous two-handed jam against the Philadelphia 76ers in February, the bench erupted. "Everyone was out of their seats, jumping up and down," backup guard Jamal Crawford recalls. "I turned around and saw Lamar [Odom] had taken up four chairs, lying across all the seats, screaming. We always go crazy for our guys. It's a party every game." More »

Q&A: Chadwick Boseman On Jackie Robinson and 42 7


Chadwick BosemanJackie Robinson famously broke baseball's color barrier when he made his major league debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. But it was not an easy journey for the future Hall of Famer. The new movie 42 (which opens on April 12) tells Robinson's story, including all the setbacks and triumphs he faced both on and off the field. SI KIDS caught up with its star, Chadwick Boseman (right), who had the tall order of playing the legendary Robinson.

Q. What did you do to prepare to play baseball like Jackie Robinson?
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I just tried to keep it simple. I watched footage of him from the Hall of Fame to see the way he moved, the way he swung, the way he threw. Then it was all about getting coaches and feedback.

Q. How much time was spent working on baseball? More »

Inside the SABR Analytics Conference — Part I 6


I recently spent three days in Phoenix, Arizona attending baseball meetings, panels, and competitions at the SABR Analytics Conference. SABR (Society for American Baseball Research) uses a lot of new metrics to help solve debates on today’s game. More »

Miguel Cabrera: How He Won the Triple Crown 0


Miguel Cabrera SI Kids coverIn 1966, Baltimore Orioles star Frank Robinson led the American League in batting average, home runs, and RBIs, capturing the 14th Triple Crown in major league history. The following season, Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox won the 15th. No one would have believed it at the time, but it would be 45 years until another member joined the club, when Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera accomplished the feat in 2012.

Miggy hit .330 to edge out the Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout for the AL batting title; he drove in 139 runs, 11 more than perennial All-Star Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers; and he smacked 44 home runs, one ahead of New York Yankee Curtis Granderson. By topping all three categories, Cabrera put himself into an elite class. All but one of the previous 13 players to win the Triple Crown are in the Hall of Fame. More »

Gary Gramling

LeBron's New NBA Playoff Commercial 14

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  • Posted by: Gary Gramling
  • April 11, 2013, 3:35 PM

Anyone here interested in the NBA Playoffs? You know, not much to get excited about. Just TWO MONTHS OF THE BEST BASKETBALL IN THE WORLD!

But if you're not excited yet, maybe this will help. It's the new commercials you'll be seeing for this year's playoffs...

Any thoughts? Leave them in the comments!

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Louisville Cardinals Beat Michigan Wolverines For School's Third National Title 7

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  • April 9, 2013, 10:11 AM

peyton sivaBy Michael Rosenberg, SI.com

ATLANTA -- By the end of the night, I expected Kevin Ware to jump, Trey Burke to fly to South America, Peyton Siva to meet him there, and Spike Albrecht to solve the crisis in North Korea. I bet Mike Rice didn't even throw a basketball at his TV.

This game was so great, I don't even need to tell you it was great. If you saw it, you know. Louisville was a little bit better than Michigan, and at least in this national title game, both teams looked a little bit better than anybody else in the country. The Cardinals' 82-76 championship-game win was not just exhilarating. It was cathartic. More »

Four Reasons Why Michigan Will Beat Louisville For the NCAA Basketball Title Tonight 3

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  • April 8, 2013, 4:34 PM

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By Seth Davis, SI.com

ATLANTA -- When the NCAA men's basketball committee released the tournament bracket three weeks ago, I predicted, as did many of my media brethren, that the Louisville Cardinals would win the national championship. As recently as last Friday, I argued that this Final Four should be called Louisville and the Three Teams That Aren't Louisville, and repeated my prediction -- nay, my assertion -- that the Cardinals would cut down the nets at the Georgia Dome. More »

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