Harden is on track to be the NBA's scoring leader in 2017-18 as he's the only player averaging over 30 points per game thus far. The Rockets were down several key players for Tuesday's game. Fournier got the Magic off to a strong start offensively with 10 points and two 3-pointers in the first quarter. Later in the period, Harden drove to the hoop despite Simmons' attempt to draw a charge and scored from short range.
Had the Super Bowl been played this past Sunday instead of with the two-week break, Gronkowski likely would not have been available to the Patriots. Philadelphia struggles with covering tight ends, so Gronkowski's impact should be big in the game.
While Long's team - which is responsible for the in-venue videoboard show - prepared for one of the most important games in stadium history (Lincoln Financial Field last hosted the NFC Championship Game in 2005), it also wanted to be ready for what might come next.
Along with Omer Asik and a 2018 first-round pick, New Orleans is sending veterans Tony Allen and Jameer Nelson to Chicago. The Bulls have more than enough cap space to accommodate Asik, Allen , and Nelson. Asik, the former Bull who will be kept, is due $11.2 million next season, but has only a $3 million guarantee on his $11.9 million deal for 2019-20.
The deal gives FOX the rights to 11 Thursday games per season (excluding Thanksgiving night), starting in week 4 (typically the first week of October). A spokesman for Fox Networks Group, the operating unit that includes Fox Sports, declined to comment. The deal may also bring a shift to the digital distribution model for Thursday Night Football .