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Memphis battle of the old vs young

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The NBA regular season has kicked off and it’s everything we expected. As the dust settles from all the summer chaos, all teams have their eyes on the playoffs. Although the playoffs are far in the horizon, a proper start to the league often sets the precedent for a successful season. This is no different in the 19/20 season. In addition to this, everyone is always curious about the rookies. Few things are as exciting as watching the making of a star in front of your very eyes. A rookie’s ultimate test however is facing up to the old heads who, in most cases, are their heroes. This was the case during the Memphis battle of the old vs young.

Kyrie Vs Ja

Kyrie is one of the most prolific point guards in the league. Despite having just one championship ring, he is well respected across basketball circles. Although he is relatively young, his 8 years of top level experience make him qualify as an old head. This is especially considering the opposing point guard Ja Morant just had his NBA debut on the 23rd of October. But seeing as he excelled in college basketball, everyone was keen to see how he would measure up against a star like Kyrie. Coming off the back of a injury-plagued time at the Celtics, Kyrie is keen to prove himself to critics. This was evident when they cruised to a victory against favorites – the Lakers. In true Kyrie fashion, he wrung the Grizzlies defence in their Memphis home court. He put up a game-high 14 points in the 1st quarter. The Memphis battle of the old vs young was in motion.

The game eventually panned out and became a free scoring match. The two teams kept each other on their toes with both point guards taking charge of their team. Kyrie had to put in overtime but this wasn’t enough. Young Ja Morant eventually one-upped Kyrie. First, he swatted Kyrie’s attempt at a shot to break the tie between the two teams then masterfully set up Jae Crowder for an overtime 3 pointer to secure the win in overtime.

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Red Devils trounce the blues for the third time

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Manchester United have been heavily criticized throughout the season due to their inconsistent results. Marred by a myriad of problems including complacency among players and a seemingly nonchalant manager they found themselves wallowing in mid table. An unfamiliar position for a club of Manchester United’s stature. In spite of this, they have numerously gotten the better of most of the teams in the ‘big six’ category. The biggest casualties of the Red Devil’s wrath this season has been Chelsea. This was the case yet again on Sunday night when the Red Devils went on to trounce the blues.

Harry Maguire, Man Utd

Manchester united climb up the table

United climbed up two places to seventh after goals from Martial and Maguire who guided them to a hard-earned, controversial victory. United got off the mark first after Martial glanced Wan-Bissaka’s cross into the net at the stroke of half time. Maguire would later on put the game beyond Chelsea’s reach after heading in Bruno Fernandes’ corner on the 66th minute. This would be enough to trounce the blues for the third time this season alone.

Chelsea feel aggrieved

The VAR review system has been found to be at fault numerous times this season. Teams have as a result unfairly gained and lost points. This is so as the premier league strives to perfect the system. In this case Chelsea were the allegedly aggrieved party. In the first half during a touchline kerfuffle Harry Maguire kicked Mitchy Batchuayi in the groin. Naturally, this is a red card offense but the Man United skipper was lucky to escape a sending off even after VAR review. As expected Chelsea fans the world over are livid at the obvious mistake made. This is especially so considering Harry went on to score the winning goal as the Red Devils trounce the blues yet again.

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Things that Bruno Fernandes offers the Red Devils

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In a huge January transfer deal with Sporting Lisbon, the Red Devils have signed the Portugal international midfielder Bruno Fernandes. With so much anticipation from Manchester United fans, the 25 year old has stirred positive reactions after his signing in. Below are benefits of having Bruno Fernandes in Manchester United;

Goals

Bruno Fernandez has had a magnificent career of over two and a half years at Sporting Lisbon. He is definitely a goal-making machine having scored 39 league goals in 83 appearances. With the absence of injured Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba, a lot is at stake. The new United no.18 has topped the Portuguese Primiera Liga rankings since the start of 2017-2018 season. Fernandes is a goal-scoring midfielder and that sometimes is hard to come across. Ole Solskjaer acknowledged that he is a top player that needs players moving in front of him for the perfect combo.

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Style of play

Bruno Fernandes is a goal scoring player as aforementioned, filling any gaps he can while playing. He left an impact on Manchester United fans after showcasing some of his qualities on his debut in the 0-0 draw with Wolves. He played a bunch of different positions in midfield and instigated a couple of positive passes. His ability to spread play and his passing are skills that will skyrocket the Red Devil’s performance.

Assists

Fernandes debut shows him as a complete package . The Portugal International had the highest amount of overall passes more than anybody else in the pitch,(88). The match against Wolves went out to show that he creates chances to the extent of his defensive prowess. Although he picked up a yellow card on his debut match, Fernandes shockingly made more clearances than any of his team members. For his debut, he proved that he is not only a team player but also a fantastic leader. He is definitely a sign of good things to come for the Red Devils.

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 Experience

Bruno Fernandes at the age of 25 has a bag full of experience. He already has experience of the Portuguese Primeira Liga and of Serie A. He has had a stellar career having won two League Cups and the Portuguese Cup with Sporting where he was captain. This will definitely catapult him for the Premier League.

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NBA All-Star 2020 starters announced for Chicago showdown

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Every NBA’s players dreams consists of two things – winning the NBA title and being an All- star starter. Although the All-star starter game format has changed over the last two years, it retains its allure to the players. It was thus no surprise that everyone was anticipating the results after votes from fans, the media, players and coaches. As a result when the long awaited NBA All-star 2020 starters were announced yesterday the NBA world was buzzing. The first half of the NBA season has been competitive to say the least. Ranging from the resurgence of teams that had been written off to the emergence of young stars ready to take the league by storm, games have been nothing short of pulsating. Therefore various names were bound to be floated for consideration especially in the east coast.

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Although there are numerous players who have been outstanding, Lebron James and Giannis have been otherworldly. It was thus no surprise that they had the highest votes and consequentially became captains of their respective coasts. James garnered 6.28 million votes while Giannis garnered 5.9M Votes. This is James’ second time captaining his side and his 16th overall all-star appearance making him the 3rd most featured player. Giannis on the other hand is captaining for the first and is appearing on the all-star side for the fourth time. Giannis’ team will comprise of Sixers center Joel Embiid and the Raptors Pascal Siakam on the front court. The back court will feature  Kemba Walker and Trae Young. Western conference’s more experienced team comprises of James Lakers teammate Anthony Davis and breakout star Luka Doncic alongside Lebron on the frontcourt. The back court will feature James Harden and reigning champion Kawhi Leonard.

Although the NBA All-star 2020 starters were announced along Coastal lines they will not play along these lines. The captains of the respective sides will select their teams for the February 16th showdown. The NBA All-star matches will be played at the United Center in Chicago

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