Should he have done it? Putting it another way, would you have?

With 11 seconds remaining and the ball, the Celtics elected to take the clock all the way down and tried to spring Jaylen Brown off a stagger screen. Instead, Rozier, the third-year guard starting due to Boston’s injuries, drove when Eric Bledsoe hedged high to close the passing lane to Brown (whom the Bucks had switched on a screen to cover anyhow).

When Bledsoe raced to recover, Rozier stepped back and had all sorts of space behind the arc, drilling the would-be game winner with less than one second remaining.

Even though Murray didn’t put up the points on Saturday, the Sooners have been privately optimistic that with him running the show, they won’t skip much of a beat offensively despite graduating a Heisman Trophy winner who headlined the nation’s top offense on the way to leading them to the College Football Playoff.

But even after the injury bug raided the pantry this season, the Celtics are eager to show that the cupboards aren’t exactly bare.

LARKIN CHUCKLES NOW recalling how, just days after finalizing his deal with the Celtics, Ainge traded for Irving.

Welington Castillo (R), 49.8 percent, Chicago White Sox vs. Seattle Mariners (RHP Felix Hernandez): Castillo has been quiet since his two-homer April 2 output, but this could cure his woes.

Garcia said in March he had been cleared to return, but the Patriots apparently had a different opinion.

The Patriots are looking for options to replace left tackle Nate Solder (who split for the money with the Giants), and traded for Trent Brown to compete along with rookie Isaiah Wynn and others.

Patricia, based on his comments from Thursday, believes he was falsely accused, and that he did nothing wrong. If that’s the case, Patricia spent several months in 1996 constantly worrying about what would happen if the case went to trial, surely obsessing over everything from whether to testify, whether he’d be able to handle aggressive cross-examination, whether the jury would see his side of the case, whether the judge would be fair to him, and what will happen if he’s convicted of something he didn’t do?

Former LSU star Derrius Guice plays hero after car accident

Derrius Guice played the hero many times in his career at LSU, but the star running back pulled some real-life heroics Friday.

In a series of tweets on Twitter, Guice revealed that he witnessed an accident happen as he pulled up at a Baton Rouge intersection. He then helped free a woman who had been trapped in her car.

“Pulled up to a light in south Baton Rouge where a wreck occurred right as I pulled up,” Guice continued in his tweets. “It was a big truck and a smaller car. … I get out my car to check the scene and the lady was knocked on the back door window trapped by the airbags. … I opened the door, popped all the airbags and pulled her out.

“God is truly amazing and she’s in complete shock … She’s OK and she’s not hurt.”

Suns: This was the 34th different starting lineup Phoenix has used this season. … Booker has missed the last 11 games but has not been declared out of the Tuesday night season finale. … Jackson was hurt in the team’s loss to New Orleans on Friday night.

Warriors: At Utah on Tuesday night in regular-season finale.

Suns: At Dallas on Tuesday night in last game of season.

Check out the team sites for the Golden State Warriors and the Phoenix Suns for more game coverage.

On Friday, Sharp was honored in Chicago. He was given the A to wear on his sweater again and after the game did a lap in front of a cheering crowd.

“It’s never easy, but I’m just ready to take that next step in my life, and I’m looking forward to it,” Sharp said.

The Blackhawks honored Sharp with a highlight video in the third period, and he waved his stick and tapped his heart to acknowledge the sustained roar from what was left of the announced crowd of 22,218.

“It was a tough game out there, tough to concentrate with what was going on inside my head,” Sharp said. “But thankful that I was able to do that. The Hawks put that video on for me in the third, which was really special. The guys staying on the ice and making me do a lap was something I’ll always remember. So, special night.”

Lions waive quarterback Alek Torgersen after signing Matt Cassel

The Detroit Lions waived quarterback Alek Torgersen on Wednesday following their decision to sign Matt Cassel as a backup to Matthew Stafford.

Torgersen went undrafted last year out of the University of Pennsylvania and spent time with the Atlanta Falcons, Washington Redskins and Lions. He appeared in three preseason games with the Falcons last year, completing 8-of-20 passes for 95 yards with two interceptions.

With Stafford, Cassel and Jake Rudock on the roster, the Lions felt confident in their depth at the position.

Shortly after a first-round playoff loss to Tennessee, Kansas City began weighing trade offers from other Smith suitors, chomping at the bit to get started on finding a quarterback solution. Veach also understood the Chiefs would be in need of a top-flight cornerback like Fuller because of his plans to trade Marcus Peters.

“We knew what we wanted,” Veach told co-host Mark Dominik and me Tuesday on SiriusXM NFL Radio at the league’s owners meeting. “We did a good job of looking at the free agency market and having all that college data logged already. Maybe (prospects) didn’t run the 40 (-yard dash) yet at the Combine, but you knew where the pockets were in both free agency and the college draft.

On the second night of a back-to-back — with first place in the Eastern Conference already wrapped up — the Toronto Raptors easily could have packed it in after falling behind by 17 points.

That’s not what coach Dwane Casey wanted.

“We are taking these last games seriously, because now isn’t the time to let any bad habits into our game,” Casey said. “This week is about sharpening your habits to be ready for next week.”

Toronto led 100-81 in the fourth, then Detroit went on a 14-2 run. Pistons rookie Luke Kennard took a 3-pointer that would have cut the deficit to four, but it rattled out.

Valanciunas didn’t play at all in the fourth, but he’d done plenty already. He finished 11 of 13 from the field and made his only attempt from beyond the arc.

In addition to Drummond (sore Achilles tendon) and Griffin (right ankle contusion), the Pistons were also without Reggie Bullock (left knee swelling).

Bills working out Sam Darnold Friday

The Bills need to draft a quarterback. The Bills have already made one trade to move up in the draft order, and haven’t been shy about their willingness to do it again.

So if they’re thinking about the possibility of getting to the top few picks, they better be ready.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL, the Bills will travel to Los Angeles to put Southern Cal quarterback Sam Darnold through a private workout Friday.

Manu goes on 8-0 run in fourthManu Ginobili knocks in buckets on three straight possessions to go on a personal 8-0 run.
The hot streak for Ginobili started when he launched a 26-footer off an assist from Gay, as Damian Lillard sagged on defense. That made the score 96-89 at the 6:52 mark of the fourth quarter. Next trip down the court, Ginobili pulled up from 25-feet out to put San Antonio up by 10. Nineteen seconds later, Ginobili stole the ball from a driving Lillard, before completing his 49-second masterpiece with the right-handed finger roll.

“Ginobili did what Ginobili does,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “He made clutch shots.”

Via Jim Wyatt of the team’s official website, the Titans have agreed to terms with former Chiefs defensive tackle Bennie Logan.

Logan visited the Titans last week, and was one of the few remaining non-safeties in the PFT Free Agent Top 100.

The 28-year-old Logan had some interest from the Seahawks early, but lends some run-down help to a Titans line, which parted ways with Sylvester Williams and Karl Klug, and lost out on the Ndamukong Suh derby to the Rams.

“The big double plays, making pitches when his back was against the wall and not giving in and making quality pitches all night long, that was what he did.”

The Giants scored their only run in the eighth when Crawford doubled leading off the inning and scored on Blanco’s infield grounder.

Archie Bradley pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his first save.

Texans completely changing offense in 2018

There is plenty of news coming out of Texans camp about Deshaun Watson’s health and how Houston plans to use the quarterback coming off of a season-ending ACL injury.

According to NFL Network, Watson is ahead of schedule in his rehab and head coach Bill O’Brien said he expects the QB to be throwing at OTA’s in July.

Cleveland is trading Cody Kessler to Jacksonville in exchange for a 2019 conditional seventh-round draft pick, both teams announced Wednesday.

A mere one year after coach Hue Jackson asked reporters to trust his evaluation of the 2016 third-round pick, Kessler fell out of favor, beginning the 2017 season third on the depth chart behind rookie DeShone Kizer and former scout-team quarterback Kevin Hogan.

While Mike Tannenbaum, the Dolphins’ vice president of football operations, is the most active NFL executive when it comes to executing trades, allow me to explain why pulling the trigger on one of those possible deals makes sense for the Dolphins more than the other.

Let’s start with Beckham, one of the few faces of the NFL not belonging to a quarterback. His relationship has turned sour in New York, and not because of his consistent off-the-field drama, which hasn’t helped.

Beckham’s beef with the Giants is about his salary demands, and his threat of not playing on his fifth-year option.

Beckham reportedly doesn’t just want to become the highest-paid receiver in NFL history, which would mean jumping over the five-year, $82.5 million deal Tampa Bay just gave Mike Evans.

He is seeking quarterback money, which equates to roughly $20 million a season. Pair that with the two first-round picks the Giants are reportedly asking for, and it becomes pretty clear a marriage between Beckham and Miami doesn’t make sense.

Happ lasted only 4 1/3 innings, throwing 96 pitches.

Judge struck out in his first at-bat and in the ninth but doubled down the left-field line in the third inning, crushing a Happ slider.

The 33-year-old cornerback reached an agreement with the Oakland Raiders on Thursday. He figures to be a reserve in Paul Guenther’s defense — the Raiders defensive coordinator was a Cincinnati Bengals assistant when Hall was selected by the franchise in the first round of the 2007 draft.

Hall, a Vista, Calif. native, appeared in nine games last year with the San Francisco 49ers and made one start, recording 16 tackles. The 12-year veteran spent his first nine seasons with the Bengals, earning All-Pro honors in 2009. He has 27 career interceptions.

No chance,” Ash said Thursday following his team’s seventh spring practice — the midway point for the Scarlet Knights’ spring-training schedule.

Don’t mistake Ash’s terse statement as an indication that he’s not please with the progress his quarterbacks have made this spring.

We’re making a lot of progress,” Ash said. Really happy with the group overall. When you look at last year, Gio (Rescigno) was basically the lone soldier here in spring practice. We’ve got a much more competitive room. We’ve got playmakers in the room and competition (and) chemistry is great. They’re getting better but we’ve got so far to go before we even start thinking about making a decision on who is going to be a starter in September.

So there will be no chance that a starter will be named after spring.”

Ereck Flowers was a no-show for Giants workouts

The guy the Giants were worried about showing up showed up.

But the Giants didn’t have perfect attendance today.

According to Art Stapleton of the Bergen Record, the Giants former left tackle wasn’t on hand when the team began its voluntary offseason conditioning program.

He posted some photos on social media of workouts, but he wasn’t at the Giants facility with his teammates (including Odell Beckham Jr.).

Sixth, a good agent will study rosters and depth charts and coaching staffs and schemes, identifying the best destination for the player’s short-term and long-term interests and embark on a plan to get him there.

Seventh, a good agent will sell his client relentlessly, working scouts, coaches, owners, and media to make the players as desirable as possible.

Eighth, a good agent will try to thread the needle, getting the player in the best spot to thrive. For some players, it’s not about getting drafted as high as possible; it’s about getting drafted in the right spot. A good agent can help make that happen. By having no agent, the player is rolling the dice.

There were several questions about what led to Griffin’s signing during the event, but those weren’t the only times that the quarterback position came up for discussion. The prospect of drafting a quarterback has come up at other points this offseason and Newsome and Harbaugh were asked if Griffin’s signing would affect the team’s draft plans.

Newsome said it didn’t change anything from his perspective and then turned the microphone over to Harbaugh.

“Yes, I feel the same way,” Harbaugh said. “Pick the best player for us, and there are a lot of things that go into that. Could be a quarterback, could be a defensive tackle.”

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said early in the offseason that he thought there were bigger needs to address than a young quarterback to groom behind Joe Flacco, but DeCosta said more recently that it is never too soon to take a player they like. Taking a flier on Griffin after a year out of the game shouldn’t impact that view and it doesn’t appear that it will.

It’s a fair deal for both sides, and that first Seahawks-49ers game can’t get here soon enough.

None of them provided anything more than short-term success (at best) for various reasons ranging from injury to simply not being as good as hoped.

In the process, some of the best years in future Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Adrian Peterson’s storied career elapsed without a Super Bowl appearance. The same goes for other Vikings standouts no longer in the league like Chad Greenway, Jared Allen and Kevin Williams.

Minnesota was running the same risk of letting another window close on a new generation of defensive stalwarts by not having a difference-maker under center. That became evident in last season’s NFC title game when Keenum came crashing back to earth in a blowout loss at Philadelphia.
The contract, according to reports, is really a one-year, $9 million deal with incentives.

If Sherman makes the Pro Bowl in 2018, the Niners will pay him $3 million and trigger $16 million in guarantees over the next two seasons.

General manager John Lynch & Co.

would be assuming some risk by paying Sherman through his age-32 campaign, but the structure of the deal allows the Niners to stay out of danger if Sherman doesn’t return to form.

History teaches us that the Mariners will try, and that, somehow, misfortune will befall them. There’s no underlying metric telling us that the Mariners are trapped in a Metsian version of “Groundhog Day,” that they’ll keep tripping over their own shoelaces until the eventual heat death of the universe. At some point, they will break through.

It just looks unlikely that it will be this year, or any year in the near future. This may be the final chapter of this version of the Mariners. Dipoto may want to do his best to make this chapter as strong as he can. The sequel is probably a long way off.

RB Isaiah Crowell, Jets Grade: C- In a league in which the Patriots and Eagles rode a flotilla of low-cost running backs to the Super Bowl, the Jets appear insistent upon having two veteran backs making meaningful money at all times.

The Landry trade also means significant changes are coming in Miami.

If we bake in a slight-to-moderate dip in target share and some regression to the mean in the touchdown department, Landry has the looks of a solid WR3 in 2018. Gordon, meanwhile was No. 21 at the WR position in fantasy points during the five weeks he was active last season, despite a horrid 42 percent catch rate and just one touchdown. He’ll be a bit more boom-or-bust than Landry. Still, the quarterback upgrade, coupled with his sky-high ceiling keeps him in the WR2 discussion. Coleman, in his third season, falls to No. 3 on the WR depth chart and could fall as far as fifth or sixth in line for targets.

Landry’s departure means 55.7 snaps and 10.0 targets per game are up for grabs.

The Browns still have the option of trading down from one of their two top-four picks, of course. Maybe they’ll take Barkley first and send the fourth pick off to a team who does believe in one of the quarterbacks, or deal the first pick to someone in love with Barkley and trust that they can find a running back later in the draft. Dorsey comes from the Ted Thompson tree in Green Bay, and both Thompson and his acolytes were historically aggressive in trading down to acquire extra picks as they entered new jobs.

But I still think doing things the old fashioned way is a good way.” But here’s the thing: While computing power and technology have made gathering data — and then consuming it — much easier, it’s not like data analysis is a new development. New Lions coach Matt Patricia, who spent the previous 14 seasons as a Patriots assistant, made this point recently.

“It’s a buzzword, right? Analytics. Everybody wants to talk about it,” Patricia said, via the Detroit News ‘ John Niyo. “But I think analytics have been involved with football forever. We call ’em tendencies. That’s all it was before and now it became ‘analytics.’ So I think that’s important. Every single coach does it, and there’s people in the organization who look at different things that maybe take a lot of time to analyze, while coaches are working on something else.” The Patriots used analytics and that, along with sound coaching and personnel decisions, combined for a lot of winning football.

Not surprisingly, Patricia is looking to bring that consistency to Detroit, which explains why he hired David Corrao as his director of football research, the same position Ernie Adams held in New England.

Twins had a great offseason that nobody’s talking about

If a larger-market playoff team had an offseason as successful as the Minnesota Twins just had, people would be talking about it way more.

Here are the top remaining 2018 MLB free agents and where they best fit:

Arrieta, the 2015 NL Cy Young award winner, has seen his ERA rise (3.10, 3.53) each of the last two seasons after back-to-back elite campaigns (2.53, 1.77 ERAs). Arrieta’s command has suffered a bit in recent seasons, but he’s still just 31 years old. The Cubs opted to sign Yu Darvish instead of bringing back Arrieta, sending a tidal wave through the free-agent class.

The Phillies, who added first baseman Carlos Santana this offseason, have toyed with signing at least one of the high-profile pitchers remaining on the market. Arrieta could be a perfect option because he eats innings, would give the young rotation members a veteran leader and he would have a larger ballpark to play with. The Brewers also seem like a fit as they continue their search for an ace.

Archie Bradley, having resurrected his career as a reliever last season, is expected to close. Brad Boxberger was added to solidify the eighth inning, but the rest of the bullpen presents question marks. Even moving Bradley to closer is a gamble because he’s never before held ninth-inning duties.

Jake Lamb, 27, is among the most talented third basemen in baseball, especially at the plate — where his immense power helped him hit 59 home runs over the past two seasons. Unfortunately for the Diamondbacks, Lamb has also batted below .250 both of those seasons, making him a frustrating player.

Lamb hit .279 with 20 home runs and 67 RBIs before the All-Star break last season but dipped to .207 with 10 home runs after the break. A little more consistency from Lamb would give Arizona valuable lineup depth.