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JR Smith crosses up Tristian Thompson and Anthony Bennett, throws down dunk (Video)

JR-Smith-windmill-dunkYou see what happens when New York Knicks swingman JR Smith actually feels like playing? Smith put on a show in his team’s 117-86 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night. The first of his highlight-reel plays came in the first quarter, when he blew past Cavs rookie Anthony Bennett and threw down a nasty windmill dunk. Kyrie Irving was the victim at the back end of the play.

While the dunk was impressive, you could argue that Smith’s best play of the night came in the third quarter when he embarrassed Tristian Thompson with a step-back crossover. Smith literally made Thompson tweak his ankle and fall to the floor.

Since Smith was inexplicably benched for a game against the Charlotte Bobcats on Jan. 14, he has averaged 16.4 points per game and is shooting 44% from 3-point range. He may sound like an idiot when he admits that defense isn’t exactly his expertise, but I think it’s safe to say JR’s play has improved overall.

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Derrick Coleman surprises hearing-impaired twin sisters with Super Bowl tickets


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Derrick Coleman twin sistersThe story of deaf Seattle Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman keeps getting better.

A few weeks ago, a commercial by Duracell told Coleman’s inspirational story of becoming an NFL player despite the challenge of being deaf went viral on the ‘net. Millions of people have watched the commercial and were moved by it, including young twin sisters, who are also hearing impaired and wrote a letter to Coleman.

ABC’s “Good Morning America” brought the twin sisters on their show to talk about the letter they wrote to Coleman. Riley and Erin Kovalcik appeared on the show and talked about the letter Riley wrote to Coleman. Then ABC brought out Coleman, who surprised the girls with tickets to the Super Bowl, thanks to sponsor Duracell. Watching the excitement and shock of the girls on video was enough to melt your heart.

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Jenny Dell off Red Sox games, likely because of Will Middlebrooks relationship

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Popular Red Sox sideline reporter Jenny Dell has been reassigned by NESN and will no longer be doing Red Sox games, likely because of her relationship with third baseman Will Middlebrooks.

Dell and Middlebrooks were long rumored to be dating, but the boyfriend-girlfriend relationship was not confirmed until December. In an article about Dell receiving an extension from NESN, The Boston Globe mentioned that she and Middlebrooks were dating and living together.

On Thursday the Boston Herald said that Dell had been reassigned in a move that was mutually agreed upon by both parties.

“NESN has an active search for a Red Sox sideline reporter,” spokesman Gary Roy told The Herald. “Jenny Dell, a multi-talented on-air personality, is anchoring ‘NESN Sports Today’ and handling other assignments for NESN.”

The Herald says Dell and Middlebrooks have been dating for nearly a year.

The Red Sox sideline reporter job for NESN is an excellent job and career launching point of sorts. Prior to Dell, Heidi Watney, Tina Cervasio and Hazel Mae all held the position and have gone on to land other great TV jobs.

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Wes Welker mocked for Super Bowl drop by Knicks fan on jumbotron (Video)

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Wes Welker had a chance to seal a win for the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI two years ago, and he let it slip out of his finger tips. Tom Brady threw a pass on third down late in the fourth quarter against the New York Giants that should have been caught to give New England a crucial first down, but Welker couldn’t haul it in.

He was once again reminded of that play on Tuesday night, courtesy of a New York Knicks fan. Welker attended the Knicks game at Madison Square Garden with teammates Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker. When the three receivers were welcomed on the jumbotron, a Knicks fan — who is presumably also a Giants fan — sat behind Welker and mocked him for his dropped pass.

Hey, I guess anything’s better than Brady’s wife telling you you should have caught the ball.

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H/T Jimmy Traina’s The Big Buzz

David Stern presents top 10 on Letterman (Video)

David SternDavid Stern is stepping down as NBA commissioner on Saturday after 30 years on the job. So how is Stern going out? With a bang!

The commish presented the top 10 on “Late Show with David Letterman” Wednesday night, doing his best to crack some jokes. Stern was definitely Johnny stiffguy and his delivery could use some work, but we nonetheless appreciated his effort. And that Bar Mitzvah’d line was pretty money, we have to give him that.

Michael Robinson saves Marshawn Lynch in interview, boss (Video)

Marshawn Lynch’s reluctance to speak with the media has been a storyline in the buildup to the Super Bowl. One of his teammates decided to have some fun with the situation on Wednesday.

Rather than get fined $100,000 for not speaking with the media, Lynch answered some questions from reporters. He was uncomfortable doing so and kept to himself mostly, so teammate Michael Robinson, who was right next to him, decided to step in and help.

Robinson jokingly told the media that he would play intermediary, and he began to answer questions on Lynch’s behalf. He answered questions with responses Lynch would have used, and he punctuated each of his comments with “boss,” the way Marshawn does.

Everyone — from the reporters to Marshawn to Michael — seemed to get a kick out of what happened. It certainly was funny, and credit to Robinson for stepping in to help his buddy, boss.

Also see: Marshawn Lynch drops S-bomb in very brief Media Day interview

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Jack Nicholson took a duck face selfie at Lakers game

jack nicholson wavesJack Nicholson has been spotted doing a lot of things at Los Angeles Lakers games over the years. The 76-year-old actor has been going to Lakers games forever and is arguably the most notorious fan in team history, but he still surprises us every now and then. How? By taking duck face selfies.

Nicholson appeared to be having a great time with a woman that was sitting next to him during Tuesday’s loss to the Indiana Pacers, which happened to be LA’s fifth straight. At one point, the blonde started taking selfies with Jack on her phone. She even got him to flash the duck face.

We have seen Nicholson walk out on the team with Adam Sandler and nod off during games before, but this is a first. If you hate the duck face as much as I do, you’re probably just as disturbed by seeing Nicholson do it.

H/T SI Hot Clicks