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When 6-foot-10, 240-pound Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng flattened 5-9 Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas with a moving screen, the fiery underdog popped right up and got right in Diengs face to let him know he wasnt about to be pushed around. Jaromir Jagr Panthers Jersey Authentic .Thomas has never let his smaller frame hold him back from excelling in the land of giants. In his sixth season in the league, Thomas is playing bigger than ever.The Boston Celtics guard is averaging a career-high 26.1 points and has helped the Celtics stay afloat while Al Horford and Jae Crowder missed big chunks of time with injuries. Thomas is averaging more than nine free throw attempts per game, using that fearlessness that turned him into an All-Star to drive the Celtics offense.He puts pressure on the defense just because he is in constant attack mode, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. Hes always live. Hes always a threat and hes got great explosion in his drives.Diengs screen on Thomas, and the fiery guards reaction, woke the Celtics up in the second half and helped spark a rally from 13 points down to start the fourth quarter to a 99-93 victory.I mean, Im already little, man, Thomas said of his reaction to Diengs screen. You dont need to hit me that hard to get your man open. But when they try to take me out, thats when I get a little (angry).Now that Horford has returned from nine games off because of a concussion and Crowder is working his way back from a sprained left ankle, the Celtics are positioning themselves to start taking off. They play at Miami on Monday, host Detroit and Sacramento on Wednesday and Friday and finish the week at Philadelphia as they try to work their way up the Eastern Conference ladder.And even though Horford got the big payday over the summer, the green still revolves around the smallest guy on the roster.Hes a tough cover, Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau said. Hes got a great hesitation. Hell throw his body into you. He can sell it. Hes clever. Hes got a lot of different ways he can finish.---WELCOME BACKThe New Orleans Pelicans appeared lost through the first three weeks of the season as star Anthony Davis languished in the middle of a banged-up roster with little talent around him. One of the biggest issues was the absence of point guard Jrue Holiday, who missed the first 12 games to be by his wifes side while she underwent brain surgery.The Pelicans were 2-10 in those games before Holiday returned and 4-0 in his first four games back in the lineup. Coach Alvin Gentry brought him off the bench to provide some balance and scoring punch while he worked his way back into playing shape.New Orleans has dropped two in a row following that streak, but Holidays presence has the teams confidence rising.In my eyes, hes one of the top point guards in the league and it showed, Davis said.---THE WEEK AHEADSome games to note this week:Washington at Oklahoma City, Wednesday: Former Thunder coach Scott Brooks brings his struggling Wizards to Oklahoma City for the first time since he returned to the sideline.Houston at Golden State, Thursday: The Warriors steadily improving defense will get one heck of a test from James Harden and the Rockets.Los Angeles Clippers at Cleveland, Thursday: Two of the best teams in the league through the first month of the season meet.Detroit at Atlanta, Friday: Its always a party when Stan Van Gundy and Dwight Howard are in the same building.Cleveland at Chicago, Friday: Bulls star Dwyane Wade gets to collect on his World Series bet with friend and former teammate LeBron James.---STAT LINE OF THE WEEKKevin Love, Cavaliers: 11 of 14 FG, 8 of 10 3s, 34 points. Nice game, right? Try quarter. Love conjured his stat-stuffing days with the Timberwolves when he exploded in the first quarter against Portland on Wednesday night. It was the highest-scoring first quarter in NBA history and just three off of Klay Thompsons record for most points in any quarter. Florida Panthers Jerseys . -- Most satisfying to Russ Smith about No. Jakub Kindl Panthers Jersey Authentic . Manuel was offered a position the day he was fired. He accepted earlier this week and the team made the announcement Friday. . It was just business as usual for the Thunder at home. Durant scored 32 points and the Thunder beat the Bulls 107-95 on Thursday night for their eighth straight win. DEL MAR, Calif. -- Kaleem Shah named Klimt for the late Austrian painter, and now hell get his silks painted on one of the lawn jockeys in the paddock at Del Mar after Klimt captured the Grade 1, $300,345 Del Mar Futurity on Mondays closing-day card at Del Mar.Del Mar paints the lawn jockeys in its paddock in the colors of the winning owners of the Pacific Classic, Del Mar Debutante, and Del Mar Futurity. Shah finished third in the Pacific Classic with Dortmund, had to withdraw his filly American Gal from the Debutante on entry day, but got a masterpiece from Klimt, who overpowered favored Straight Fire to win the Futurity by 4-1/4 lengths.It was another paint-by-numbers job for trainer Bob Baffert, who has made the Futurity his personal canvas. Klimt gave Baffert his record 13th victory in the race, all since 1996, which encompasses 21 runnings.Were fortunate to have these good horses, and the clients who step up to buy them, Baffert said. Weve made good draft picks.Klimt ($7) was the second choice in the six-horse field. He got a favorable trip over a track that seemed to favor outside lanes. Under Rafael Bejarano, Klimt ranged up three paths wide on the turn, and once he turned into the lane Straight Fire could not go with him.Klimt covered seven furlongs on the fast main track in 1:21.80.Straight Fire finished 1-1/2 lengths in front of third-place Midnight Pleasure, then came Dynamic Ruler and Vegas Itch.The race was marred by the severe injury and subsequent euthanization of Chasing Aces, who was pulled up in the stretch with a slab fracture to his left knee. He had ducked in near the 5-1/2-furlong pole, moved into striking position, but was eased out of the race entering the lane and vanned off.It probably happened when he ducked in, said his trainer, Peter Miller. The knee slabbed and collapsed. The vets said they hadnt seen anything like that in years. Reto Berra Panthers Jersey. . The humane thing to do was put him down. Im heartbroken, devastated.Chasing Aces, by Flatter, was second in his debut, then earned the fastest Beyer Speed Figure of the year among 2-year-olds, a 101, when beating maidens -- including Straight Fire -- at Del Mar on July 17. After that win, a majority interest in him was sold to Earle Mack and Adam Wachtel. Gary Hartunians Rockingham Ranch retained a minority interest. The Futurity was his third start.Baffert and Shah had teamed earlier in the day to win the Pirates Bounty with Power Jam.What a way to end the meet, said Baffert, who finished fourth overall in the trainer standings. Kaleem always wanted one of those jockey statues.Klimt, by Quality Road, was purchased as a 2-year-old in training at Ocala in March for $435,000. After finishing fourth in his debut going five furlongs, he has won three straight, at ever-increasing distances, including the Grade 2 Best Pal in his prior start.Baffert has always felt Klimt would be even better with more distance, a point he repeated Monday.We always thought hed be better going two turns, said Baffert, who said Klimts major goal this fall will be the Breeders Cup Juvenile on Nov. 5 at Santa Anita, going 1 1/16 miles. Hes got a great mind, will sit off horses.Klimt earned $180,000 to bring his career total to $336,960.The last two winners of the Futurity were American Pharoah and Nyquist, who went on to win the Kentucky Derby the following spring. Baffert trained American Pharoah. Nyquist, trained by Doug ONeill, is named for the Detroit Red Wings hockey player whose first name is Gustav, just like the late painter Klimt. 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