Anthony Davis: Pelicans would have contended for title if DeMarcus Cousins not hurt

As New Orleans star Anthony Davis prepares for the second half of the season with the Pelicans holding on to the eighth seed in the Western Conference, he still thinks about what could have been this year had teammate DeMarcus Cousins not ruptured his Achilles.

“You kind of have that Russell Westbrook mentality when [Kevin Durant] went out,” Davis said. “Russ just went out there and played, and he shot 40 shots sometimes, you know, whatever it takes to help your team win, and I’m kind of taking that approach.

“I think it’s 3 through 10 is all right there [in the West], so we want to make sure we’re in the mix. We can’t let this thing go away.”

Davis said the Pelicans have been playing for one another — “playing with a lot more energy, a sense of urgency” — but that simply making the playoffs isn’t good enough.

“I’ve done that before, and nobody talks about it. Nobody talks about it at all,” he said. “I feel like we can do more. We have to. You know, they all say basketball is a game of runs. This might be our run. You know, you don’t know, and you just got to play it out and see where it goes from there.”

Editor’s update: Super Bowl 52 blew past the over/under with relative ease. The point total was set between 48 and 48.5 points, depending on your sportsbook of choice. This game went past the number late in the third quarter on a Tom Brady touchdown pass to Chris Hogan. With the score, the Patriots cut the Eagles lead to 29-26.

Neither defense has really shown a whole lot of much in this game. The Eagles have led since kicking a field goal on their opening drive. They have pushed the lead to double digits three different times, but the Patriots keep clawing back as Brady is on pace to surpass his own record for passing yards.

The New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles will collide on Sunday for the NFL’s richest prize: a Super Bowl crown. Super Bowl 52 will take place in Minnesota, and many analysts and fans believe the Patriots will walk away with their sixth Super Bowl victory.

Odd Shark’s predicts New England will win the game, 29.3–16.9. They also favored the Patriots by 4.5 points. The best over for Super Bowl 52 is 48 (-105), and the best under is 48.5 (-105).jays_596_d34162f049e5e40e-180x180

NFL Honors 2018 live stream: How to watch the awards show online

Tom Brady will almost certainly be your 2017 NFL MVP. The rest of the league’s year-end awards? They won’t be settled until the NFL Honors show, 24 hours before Brady plays in his eighth Super Bowl. The NFL Honors take place at the Northrop Memorial Auditorium at the University of Minnesota at 5 p.m. local time, but will be broadcast on tape delay on NBC (live stream at NBC Sports) at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Saturday.

Important distinctions like the league’s top rookies, defenders, offensive threats, and the Walter Payton Man of the Year will all be handed down on the eve of the Super Bowl.

The event will also unveil the newest class of NFL Hall of Fame inductees. This year’s finalists are Ray Lewis, Brian Urlacher, Edgerrin James, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Isaac Bruce, John Lynch, Brian Dawkins, Everson Walls, Ty Law, Tony Boselli, Kevin Mawae, Joe Jacoby, Steve Hutchinson, Alan Faneca, Robert Brazile, Jerry Kramer, and Bobby Beathard.

The broadcast kicks off at 9 p.m. ET. The awards will be hosted by Rob Riggle, whom viewers may recognize from his role as “not Frank Caliendo” from Fox’s pregame show.

Another option if the NFL is looking for a big Super Bowl halftime show reunion would be to have Timberlake call upon his old bandmates from NSYNC.

People have been discussing the potential for an NSYNC reunion ever since Timberlake was named the headliner for the Super Bowl halftime show back in the fall. In November, JC Chasez told US Weekly, “I always keep an open mind,” when talking about the possibility of a Super Bowl halftime NSYNC reunion.

This wouldn’t be new territory for the defunct boyband, as they performed at the 2001 Super Bowl alongside Aerosmith, Britney Spears, Nelly and Mary J. Blige.

Former bandmate Joey Fatone — a Giants fan — also says the gang won’t be getting back together at the Super Bowl.

“I’m here right now,” Fatone told TMZ Sports the weekend before the Super Bowl when they spotted him in Los Angeles. “If I was doing something, I’d be at rehearsals right now … there’s your proof.”bears_087-223x223