LAWRENCE: KEEPING NBA POWER BALANCE IN LA

Kawhi Leonard wanted to walk into a championship contender. And with it the L.A. Clippers became the last line of defense for the balance of power in the NBA – never mind the franchise’s own future.

The Clippers had come to believe that, without a deal for Paul George, Leonard was prepared to sign with the Lakers and create a Staples Center partnership with LeBron James and Antonio Davis. Had Leonard joined the Lakers, they would have been overwhelming title favorites, and it perhaps would have pushed the Clippers back into the franchise’s dark ages.

Now the Clippers are in Western Conference contention, shoulder-to-shoulder with the Lakers. To find out more on how this mega-deal came to fruition, click here.

Today’s MLB History Book

NY Mets: Wheeler: 11-1 $ career home in July … LA Dodgers: 13-1 $ on Sundays this season … Baltimore: 2-10 $ on Sundays this season … NY Yankees: 8-1 away Game Three of a series this season … Boston: 11-1 away Game Three of a series this season, and Price 4-0 $ career at Tigers … Oakland: Mengden 1-5 $ in July.

Grinding Out Profits

Cleveland Indians hurler Trevor Bauer believes he deserved a spot on this year’s All-Star team. Especially with NYY pitcher Masahiro Tanaka recently named to the squad with a 5-5 record and a 3.86 ERA. Whether he did or not, the fact of the matter is when he takes on the Reds in Cincinnati this afternoon he will be out to send a message that he was dissed. With an 8-1 team-start mark in his last nine efforts in July, including 5-0 away, and in commanding KW form with 31 Ks and 3 BBs in his last four starts, we’re certainly not about to get in his way today. Neither should you.
 
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