Trail Blazers: Lillard was selected the Western Conference player of the week by the NBA on Monday.

He averaged 29.3 points and eight assists as Portland swept its three games last week. … The Trail Blazers had more steals (eight) than fouls (seven) in the first half. … Portland has scored 100 or more points in 12 straight games.

Nuggets: Murray’s previous career high was 32 points. … F Wilson Chandler came off the bench after starting all 42 games in which he had played this season. … F Kenneth Faried was inactive with left ankle soreness.

But the remaining fans at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa cheered the result. With the loss, the Bucs secured the No. 1 pick in the next year’s NFL draft, in which they would take Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. And while everyone involved denied that an NBA-style tank job had just taken place — the Bucs claimed they simply wanted to get everyone on the roster playing time so they could evaluate things for the next season — such claims stretched the realm of plausibility.

In Week 3 against the Dolphins, Murray missed three field goals — one of them on the last play of regulation — and the Browns lost in overtime. Cleveland ended up doing the 2014 Bucs one better (worse?) by winning just one game to secure the No. 1 pick, where it took Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett.

Those comments infuriated many players, as well as drawing statements of condemnation from team owners, and the number of players taking a knee during the anthem went from a handful to more than 200 on the Sunday immediately following Trump’s rally appearance.

“Once the president made those remarks in Alabama, at that particular point it was like throwing a match into a gas tank,” Michaels said. “During the offseason, both sides just have to sit down and figure out a way to make this a situation where it doesn’t overwhelm the conversation about the NFL.”patriots_014_5102f2966fdcbf9f-180x180

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