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Andrew Bogut out indefinitely with strained right hamstring

Andrew Bogut

The Dallas Mavericks are quickly becoming the Bad News Bears of the NBA.

Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle said Saturday that center Andrew Bogut is out for Sunday’s game against Minnesota as well as “for the foreseeable near future” with a strained right hamstring, per Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com.

Bogut, 32, has only been able to suit up in 22 games this season for the 12-27 Mavericks. He holds averages of just 3.0 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 1.0 blocks per game on the year and appears to have accepted the reality of his decline.

With Bogut a trade candidate ahead of the February 23 deadline and also due to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, this latest health development could have a major impact on his basketball future.

H/T theScore

Reggie Jackson goes off on Pistons’ poor defense

Reggie Jackson stunned

It’s fair to say the Detroit Pistons are not where they hoped to be at this point of the season, and the frustration is mounting.

After a 110-77 loss to the Utah Jazz Friday night, Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson had harsh words for the team’s defensive effort, warning of serious consequences if things didn’t shape up.

“It has to be fixed — or it’s going to be a long (expletive) season,” Jackson said, via Aaron McMann of MLive. “It’s been a season from hell so far. So it’s going to be a long-(expletive) season if we don’t find a way to fix it.”

The Pistons are allowing 111 points per game over their last 15 contests. Not surprisingly, they’re 4-11 over that span, and Jackson knows it’s unacceptable.

“We’ve got to defend,” Jackson said. “We’ve got to make somebody miss. I don’t know what it is. We’ll do it for about a total of a half in a game, whether it be the first (quarter), third (quarter), the middle of the first to the third.

“We’re just not playing together for 48, and it’s really coming back to bite us each and every night.”

Coach Stan Van Gundy knows this well, and even singled out one particular player for criticism. After winning 44 games last year, the Pistons were a popular sleeper pick for 2016-17, but their season is already in danger of fading into the abyss.

Ciara exes Future, Bow Wow on Falcons sideline ahead of game against Seahawks

The fates may be tempted at the Georgia Dome on Saturday.

Ahead of the Atlanta Falcons’ NFC divisional tilt against the Seattle Seahawks, a couple of famous faces were spotted on the team’s sideline: rappers Future and Bow Wow.

What do they have in common? They were, once upon a time, both involved with Ciara. The same Ciara who just so happens to be married to Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

To be completely fair, Future is an Atlanta native and Bow Wow lives there, so it’s not as if trolling Wilson is the only reason they’re in the building. In their minds, it might not be a reason at all. That said, there’s some serious history here that’s hard to ignore. The guess here, though, is that Wilson won’t be bothered at all.

Dennis Schröder says Isaiah Thomas cursed at his mom

Isaiah Thomas Dennis Schroder

Dennis Schröder and Isaiah Thomas are picking up right where they left off in their first-round playoff series last April.

After Thomas hit a game-winner with 2.4 seconds left to lift his Boston Celtics to a 103-101 road victory over Schröder’s Atlanta Hawks on Friday, Schröder put Thomas on blast, claiming that the All-Star point guard cursed at his mother in the stands during the game.

“I’m playing basketball,” Schröder said, per Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “If he think that he got to curse at my mom or say some dumb stuff about my family, that has nothing to do with basketball. That’s his choice. I’ve got too much class for that. Next one, we are going to get it.”

For his part, Thomas vehemently denied the claims on Twitter afterwards.

The two players have a noted history with one another, dating back to their quarterfinal matchup last postseason. Thomas hit Schröder with a forearm in Game 3 of that series (video here) but claimed that the blow was unintentional. The NBA chose not to suspend Thomas for the incident, a decision that made Schröder “feel disrespected.”

Friday’s meeting was the first between the Celtics and the Hawks since that playoff series last year, and it’s clear that this latest alleged incident has only increased the bad blood between the two opposing point guards.

Jay Gruden may call plays for Washington next season

Jay Gruden

With offensive coordinator Sean McVay off to coach the Los Angeles Rams, the Washington Redskins may transfer play-calling duties to someone quite familiar.

According to CBS Sports’s Jason La Canfora, coach Jay Gruden may take over offensive play-calling duties, with quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh likely being promoted to offensive coordinator.

Gruden called Washington’s plays in 2014, his first year there, having done the same as Cincinnati’s offensive coordinator prior to that. If he can do it without being spread too thin in his responsibilities, it would be a workable solution. The team still hasn’t hired a defensive coordinator yet, though they’re interviewing some well-known candidates. Hiring someone strong for that position would probably help make the solution easier from Gruden’s point of view.

Chargers pull L.A. logo, admit they did not expect backlash

That Los Angeles Chargers logo that you probably made jokes about on social media is no more.

President of business operations A.G. Spanos said in a statement Saturday that the logo would not be used by the team in any further material, admitting that the backlash caught them off guard.

“The logo that was revealed on Thursday was meant to help launch our brand into the market and supplement — not replace — our official team marks,” Spanos said, via Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk. “Clearly, we miscalculated how the logo would be received, and we’ve taken it out of the rotation.

“If we make a mistake, we own it, learn from it, and move on without looking back.”

Spanos said it was possible the team may revisit an L.A.-style logo eventually, this time with fan input.

Even if this logo was only meant to supplement things, we’re guessing the Chargers would have much rather not had to deal with this so soon after announcing their move to Los Angeles. When other pro sports teams start clowning on your logo, though, you don’t have a lot of choices – it’s time to dump it and start over.

Grayson Allen slapped after getting tangled with Donovan Mitchell (Video)

Grayson Allen Donovan Mitchell

Grayson Allen was in the middle of another incident with an opposing player, although this time he appeared to be a victim.

The Duke junior guard got tangled with Louisville’s Donovan Mitchell during Saturday’s game between the two programs. Allen was lightly slapped in the face by Mitchell after they went to the ground:

Allen appeared to be elbowed by Mitchell first, leading him to pull the Cardinals guard to the ground.

Allen led Duke with 23 points, but Louisville got the 78-69 win. Mitchell scored 15 points as he went 3 of 6 on 3-pointers.

Bill O’Brien says he will be staying with Texans

Bill O’Brien is trying to put a stop to all the talk about him departing the Houston Texans.

O’Brien told John McClain of the Houston Chronicle that he will continue coaching the Texans into 2017.

O’Brien raised some eyebrows with comments he made this week in an interview that seemed to leave open the possibility of him leaving or being pushed out. It’s not the sort of thing anyone wants in the news with the team about to play a playoff game that they’re already major underdogs for.

That said, the reason for this talk has reportedly been tension with the front office and ownership. Even if O’Brien is staying, that doesn’t just evaporate. It may be a story to watch going through next season.

CJ Prosise will not play against Falcons but available for following week

CJ Prosise

The Seattle Seahawks had some optimism that running back C.J. Prosise would be available for Saturday’s playoff game against Atlanta, but Prosise will not play.

NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo reports the news on Prosise and adds that if the Seahawks advance to the NFC Championship Game, the back would be available.

Prosise has been out with a shoulder injury but put in a full practice on Thursday, leading coach Pete Carroll to term him a game-time decision. It was always a stretch that he would play, so it looks like he won’t be shocking the world.

Prosise has a total of 380 yards and a touchdown in six games this season. Thomas Rawls will get the majority of the action with the Notre Dame product out.

Jake Arrieta, Cubs still have not discussed long-term contract

Pitcher Jake Arrieta will be eligible to become a free agent at the end of the 2017 season, and he sounds somewhat resigned to the fact that a long-term deal won’t get done before then.

Arrieta said Friday that he hasn’t discussed a contract extension with the club, and said time is running out for the two sides to do so.

“The timeline is kind of coming to an end as far as as leading up to free agency,” Arrieta said at the Cubs Convention, via Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago. “I am here for one more year and I am going to enjoy every moment of it.”

Levine noted that there was a bit of sadness in Arrieta’s voice when discussing his future.

“The team is going to do what is best for them,” Arrieta said.

Arrieta is 50-19 with a 2.42 ERA in his last three seasons with the Cubs. He also turns 31 in March. He’s earned the right to a big payday, and has said he won’t give the Cubs a discount. That’s going to make it rather difficult for the two sides to stay together beyond 2017.

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