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Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan is doing things that havent been accomplished in the NBA in 30 years, which is fitting since DeRozan is a type of throwback player. Wholesale College Jerseys . He also is invoking the name of Michael Jordan, which is the type of effort it will take for the Raptors to overthrow the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers.DeRozan was named the Eastern Conferences Player of the Week Monday after averaging 34.7 points and shooting 54 percent from the floor during Torontos 3-0 week. DeRozan leads the league in scoring, averaging 34 points per game.He is the first player to score at least 30 points in eight of his first nine games to start a season since Jordan did it during the 1986-87 season. DeRozan is doing it with a flurry of drives and mid-range jumpers and very few 3-pointers.Hes playing at an All-Star level, Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. Getting bumped, getting hit, still finishing the play. Hes playing an old mans game with physicality. The game has slowed down for him and the key is hes converting those plays.DeRozans weekly award from the league ends LeBron James streak. James won the first two weekly awards of the season in the East and remains an imposing road block to the Raptors, who lost to James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in six games in last seasons conference finals.The two best teams in the Eastern Conference in 2015-16 meet again Tuesday in Cleveland for already the second time this season. The Cavs beat the Raptors last month at Air Canada Centre. Now the defending champions might be even better than they were last season.Cleveland has made at least 10 3-pointers in every game this season, breaking a record set by the Houston Rockets two years ago. While its early, the Cavaliers are on pace to make more 3-pointers than any team in history -- and coach Tyronn Lue still isnt completely happy.I think we can shoot better, Lue said. Its been sporadic.Mike Dunleavy, acquired from the Chicago Bulls over the summer, is off to a terrible start shooting 3-pointers. A career 37-percent 3-point shooter, Dunleavy is making just 27 percent of them (7 of 26) this season. Lue, however, isnt concerned with Dunleavys struggles.Hes a great shooter and hes always been over his career, Lue said. You come from playing 32, 34 minutes and being a starter and now youre coming off the bench when youre playing 16 minutes a game, its tough to try to find your rhythm.The Raptors didnt win any games at Quicken Loans Arena last season -- including the three during the playoffs. They lost the series when James dominated Game 6 at Air Canada Centre. Thats why Toronto players have already discussed the importance of home-court advantage over the Cavaliers in the playoffs.In order to get there, the Raptors likely will have to win a game in Cleveland at some point. They learned how difficult it can be to beat a motivated James in the postseason.He just took over. He took it to another level, Casey said of James. Mentally, physically, defensively, offensively, he wasnt going to let them lose. He can have an imprint on the game in whatever way that night calls for. Cheap College Jerseys From China . Now, correct me if Im wrong but I saw one official distinctly pointing at the net indicating a good goal but after an inconclusive review they overturned the goal.  Shouldnt the ruling on the ice (good goal) stand after an inconclusive review?  Why was this overturned?  James Veaudry Pembroke, ON --  Hey Kerry, Youll get a lot of these, but why was the Montreal goal against Nashville Saturday night overturned? Eller puts the puck on net and the on ice ruling from the ref behind the net is a Montreal goal. Cheap College Basketball Jerseys . Barcelona also left injured defenders Carles Puyol, Javier Mascherano and Jordi Alba out of its squad for the trip to Glasgow. That means that Marc Bartra will probably start again in the centre of the defence alongside Gerard Pique. . McPhee said that Ovechkins father Mikhail is in stable condition after having the surgery this week and is no longer in intensive care. "Weve told him to stay as long as necessary with your dad," he said. Ovechkin and his Russian national team were eliminated from the mens hockey tournament in Sochi on Wednesday with a 3-1 quarter-final loss to Finland. Goals could be a rare phenomenon when the Colorado Rapids host the San Jose Earthquakes on Thursday night. Both teams have carved out a reputation for being stingy on defense this season.A defense-first philosophy has worked out much better for Colorado. The Rapids (14-5-12) trail Western Conference leader FC Dallas by just two points following a 3-2 win over Houston on Saturday. Colorado is unbeaten in its last five games and has won two straight contests.Through 31 games, the Rapids have allowed an MLS-low 29 goals and produced a league-leading 13 shutouts.Things have been a little less reliable on the offensive side at times. Colorado has just 36 total goals, tied with Chicago for second-fewest goals among MLS teams.Still, the Rapids are finally starting to find some good form in final month of the regular season. Midfielders Dominique Badji and Shkelzen Gashi have each scored three goals over the last three games. The duo combined for all three Colorado goals against the Dynamo.Will it be enough to finally break through against San Jose at home? The Earthquakes have pulled out draws in each of their last four trips to Colorado and ppossess a 14-game undefeated streak against the Rapids overall. Cheap NCAA Jerseys China. San Jose (8-10-13) needs a victory to avoid officially being eliminated from MLS Cup playoff contention. The Earthquakes snapped a seven-game winless streak with a 2-1 victory over Real Salt Lake last time out, but own just one road victory in 2016.Much like Colorado, San Jose is tough on defense and inconsistent on offense. The Earthquakes have allowed just 36 goals, but have scored only 31 goals -- the fewest among MLS teams.Chris Wondolowski is the main scoring threat for San Jose. The veteran forward has a team-high 11 goals and three assists in 27 matches. He is good at creating space in the box, but his teammates have not had as much success in producing scoring chances.The Earthquakes may need a big performance from goalkeeper David Bingham to give themselves a chance to get three points. Bingham has notched seven shutouts this season and boasts the third-highest save percentage (73 percent) among keepers with 95 or more saves. ' ' ' 

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