Which NBA teams will be the top powerhouses in the West next season?

Western Conference

NBA WEST

One thing is certain. The NBA will not be the same any more. The 2014 – 2015 season will be totally different than the previous one. The balances in the NBA have now changed. The dynasty of the Miami Heat is over, with LeBron moving to Cleveland. We’ve already seen many more changes during the first three weeks of the free agency. And some more are about to come. Let’s have a look at the Western Conference and try to predict which teams will be at the top next season.

Los Angeles Clippers

The Clips haven’t performed any radical changes up to now in the offseason but why should they after all? Lob City is already a powerful team and it needed just a few tweaks to make it to the next level. The Clips will enter the 2014 – 2015 campaign as one of the top contenders in the NBA and they will definitely be one of the elite teams in the West, too. The addition of Spencer Hawes is a significant one. If there was one point the Clippers bled last season that was the backup of their front line. Doc Rivers will now continue his work and try to lead the Clips to the top.

San Antonio Spurs

Despite their age, the San Antonio Spurs will be one of the top teams in the West for yet another season, in 2014 – 2015. With Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili back, the Spurs will continue to be one of the strongest powerhouses in the entire NBA and they are projected to enter the upcoming season as one of the top favorites for the NBA Championship, once again.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook didn’t manage to lift the OKC Thunder over the Spurs during the 2014 Western Conference Finals. Now, they will get one more chance. The Thunder will continue their efforts next season with almost the same formation they closed the 2013 – 2014 campaign. Will this be the season the Thunder manage to make it to the top?

Golden State Warriors

The Warriors recorded a breakaway season in 2013 – 2014. They established themselves as one of the top teams in the West and they even made their presence felt during the postseason. Now, with a new head coach, Steve Kerr and with all the necessary changes in their roster done, the Dubs are looking to seriously compete for the NBA Championship in 2014 – 2015. Their efforts to land Kevin Love have been unsuccessful up to now. Nevertheless, even if the Warriors move on with their current formation they will definitely be one of the powerhouses in the tough Western Conference.

Portland Trail Blazers

If the core of the Blazers is healthy next season, Rip City will be go deep into championship contention. The Blazers already added Chris Kaman, who will back up Robin Lopez. CJ McCollum will also be back healthy and the Blazers may add one or two more players during the summer. Rip City will definitely be one of the top teams in the West.



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Gasol Leaves For Greener Pastures

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The domino effect out of LeBron’s Decision 2.0 has already started and affected several teams around the NBA. The Los Angeles Lakers are one of those teams which saw their ambitions getting demolished, as both LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony turned down the possibility of joining forces with Kobe in the City of Angels. After the two superstars took their respective decisions, lots of other significant players were moved. Pau Gasol turned down two consecutive offers from the Lakers and decided to head to the Chicago Bulls. The Lakers took advantage of the Houston Rockets’ urgent need to trade away Jeremy Lin and received him along with his huge contract.

Gasol’s departure in combination with the acquisition of Lin and the fact that the Lakers failed to land a megastar this summer brings LA in a brand new era, a strange one. The Lakers will now have to depend mainly on Kobe Bryant, who will turn 36 before the start of the new season. On top of that, there will be no second star, no second pillar alongside him. With Gasol gone, there will be no pillar to support Kobe on the offensive end for the Lakers, unless Mitch Kupchak manages to make a surprising move this summer.

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The Los Angeles Lakers were aiming to return to a championship contending course in 2014 – 2015. Apparently, this won’t happen. All the Lakers will be able to do now is to try and make the playoffs next season and hope they can chase another superstar, like Kevin Love, next summer. The certain fact is that the window is gradually closing for Kobe and if the Lakers really want to stand a chance to win another championship while he is still active, they will have to act smart and quickly.

This new era will be a very strange one for the Lakers. After years of success LA struggled over the last couple of seasons. It was made clear that Mike D’Antoni’s run and gun system just didn’t fit well with the philosophy of the Lakers, or at least the group of players the Lakers had on board. This new era will also find Kobe in a different situation than the ones he was used to up to now. Kobe had a capable, star big man on his side almost throughout the last decade and that’s how he managed to lead the Lakers to success. At first it was Shaquille O’Neal and then it was Pau Gasol, when the Spaniard center was in his prime. Now, Kobe will have to try and carry the team on his own.

Lakers fans may feel disappointed with the evolution’s of free agency up to now. The major change, the upgrade or the superstar addition everyone in LA expected did not come. Now, the Lakers will have to cook up a new plan for their near future.

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LA Galaxy versus Manchester United

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With United States soccer fans energized by this year’s world cup and the strong United States performance, passion for the world’s game is at an all-time high in the United States. While much of the country has taken years to build a passionate soccer fan base, Southern California has long been a hotbed for the “beautiful game”. Long-time soccer fans and those new to the will have a fantastic opportunity to see one of the most respected coaches in the world, and some of the most famous players in the world, compete at the Rose Bowl on July 23 when Manchester United takes on the LA Galaxy.

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This week the Galaxy released new details on the long awaited event. Although Manchester United’s full travel roster has yet to be released, the majority of their superstars should be in attendance at the Rose Bowl. One of the most recognizable sports franchises in the world, Manchester United will bring a roster to Southern California that includes Wayne Rooney, David De Gea, Shinji Kagawa, Juan Mata, Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and Antonio Valencia. In addition to the established superstars, newly signed Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw will also be part of the traveling squad.

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Manchester United will also debut a new manager, current Dutch National Team manager Louis van Gaal. The veteran manager is one of the most respected managers in all of professional soccer, having just led Holland to a World Cup semifinal, where they lost on penalty kicks to Lionel Messi and Argentina. He’ll begin his tenure as Manchester United manager, replacing the sacked David Moyes, who managed United to a disappointing season in 2013-2014, failing to qualify for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in several years. Moyes replaced the legendary Alex Ferguson, considered one of the greatest managers in the history of the sport. Van Gaal will have big shoes to fill, as did Moyes, but he’ll have a motivated roster looking to regain United’s customary spot in the Premier League standings.

ROONEY

ROONEY

Leading the way will be Wayne Rooney, one of the most recognizable stars in world soccer. Rooney had a short spell in Brazil this summer as part of a disappointing English National Team that failed to make it out of the group stage of the World Cup. In ten years as a Manchester United player Rooney has scored 216 goals. Rooney will be joined in the lineup by high priced signee Ander Herrera, who United paid 28 million pounds for this summer, and young left back Luke Shaw, who United made the highest paid teenager in world football this summer for a fee rumored to be around 30 million pounds. Shaw has an attacking style and has been compared to former Tottenham and current Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale.

DONOVAN

DONOVAN

After a slow start the Galaxy are on a solid run of play, unbeaten in six consecutive MLS matches. When the Galaxy face off with United their lineup will feature two players familiar with many on the Manchester United Roster, Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan. Former United States National Team member Robbie Rogers and current National Team defender Omar Gonzalez will also take part in the big matchup. The Galaxy are coached by former National Team coach Bruce Arena. The game will kick off at 7:30 PM.

 

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Was the Kobe contract worth it?

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Sports fans love to play the “what if” game. The latest “what if” in Los Angeles is what if the Lakers didn’t decide to extend Kobe Bryant for 2 years and $48 million? Or what if the Lakers superstar, like Tim Duncan, decided to assist the Lakers in their quest to attract another high paid superstar and took less money? With the big three in Miami opting out of their contracts and potentially taking less money to play together, like they did four years ago, Kobe Bryant now takes up a third of the Lakers salary cap. The massive contract that Jim Buss and the Lakers organization gave Bryant was based on what he’s accomplished as a Lakers player. As one of the greatest players off all time and a five-time NBA champion Bryant was certainly due loyalty from the Lakers organization. Whether that loyalty owed Bryant the biggest contract in the NBA is another argument. When Bryant signed the contract it was immediately questioned. Now, with the Lakers struggling to attract a top free agent, the massive contract is being questioned even more. With the Lakers unlikely to re-sign Pau Gasol, or sign Carmelo Anthony, the franchise is due for another difficult season. In the midst of another potential tough upcoming season is the fact that Bryant’s contract gives the team less flexibility. Which leads to the question: what if the Lakers didn’t re-sign Bryant?

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Before they inked Kobe to the two year deal the Lakers had the option to amnesty their superstar. If the Lakers decided to part ways with Bryant they would have had just one contract on the books for this coming season, Steve Nash. With millions of dollars to spend the Lakers could have been major players for one or two top free agents, and a host of second tier players to fill out the roster. It would have been a grand experiment, but similar to what Pat Riley accomplished in Miami four off-seasons ago. The Lakers mystique could have made them a major player for Lebron and Carmelo, or both. With Julius Randle acquired in the draft, the Lakers had a real opportunity to attract top tier free agents.

Of course it’s an interesting “what if”, but the idea of letting Bryant go would have been an impossible decision to sell to the fan base. Bryant’s loyalty to the organization and incredible accomplishments made the idea of amnesty impossible. He deserves to play his entire career with one franchise, like Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.

Was Kobes contract worth it

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While using the amnesty clause on Bryant was a non-starter, signing him to such a massive deal is a questionable decision. Bryant has made a remarkable amount of money in salary and endorsements over his career. The decision to reward Bryant for his career accomplishments and keep him as the highest player in the league may be out of loyalty, but it’s arguably wasn’t necessary at this point in his career.

You can’t fault Bryant for taking the money, but the example of Duncan’s decision to accept a $10 million deal is interesting. In order to allow the San Antonio Spurs to keep their championship roster in tact Duncan took a pay cut, for the good of the team. If Bryant would have taken a similar deal the Lakers would have had the ability to sign two max free agents to team with Bryant.

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Heading into next season the Lakers have no idea what Bryant they’ll have back. Since he entered the league at 18 Bryant has a tremendous amount of miles on his legs, not to mention a torn Achilles. If he struggles with injuries like he did last season the Lakers will likely struggle as well. With two years and $48 million on the contract he signed, the Lakers need a healthy Bryant.

Time will tell if the Bryant contract is an albatross. At the very worst it could set the teams re-build back a couple of seasons. If Bryant, who’s known for his incredible work ethic and competitiveness, can return and prove the doubters wrong the contract could turn out to be a positive.

It all depends on what roster the Lakers build around Bryant, starting with a head coach. If Carmelo Anthony decides to jump from New York and join Bryant the massive deal may turn out to be a positive. If not, the Lakers might be in for another tough season.

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New Pink Floyd Album and Tour?

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A single tweet, by novelist Polly Samson, who happens to be the wife of David Gilmour, dropped some major news and set off an internet firestorm this past weekend. On Saturday Samson tweeted, seemingly out of the blue, that Pink Floyd will release a new album in October called ‘The Endless River’. The new album will be the first studio album released by the legendary band since 1994 when they released ‘Division Bell’. The new album will feature music from keyboard player and Pink Floyd co-founder Rick Wright, who passed away from cancer in 2008. Samson’s tweet made reference to the fact that the new album, is based on the 1994 Division Bell sessions. According to McBroom-Hudson the recording of the new album did start during the ‘Division Bell’ sessions of twenty years ago and the album was originally a complete instrumental recording. In the years since David Gilmour reportedly gradually changes his mind, adding vocals to the recordings.

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As can be expected the bands loyal fan base went into frenzy about the news, which was confirmed on Facebook by Durga McBroom-Hudson, one of the bands backup singers. The big question, as can be expected, is whether or not the reunion will include co-founder Rogers Waters. The immediate likelihood is that Waters won’t be part of the new album, since it seems to essentially be a continuation of the recording sessions from The Division Bell. Waters last performed with Gilmour, Wright and fellow founding member Nick Mason in 2005 as part of the Live 8 concert in London. It was Pink Floyd’s only performance with Waters since the bands last performance of ‘The Wall’ at London’s Hyde Park 24 years earlier. While the band re-united to benefit charity the chances of a full blown reunion were slim due to the musical and ideological differences between David Gilmour and Roger Waters. ‘The Division Bell’ and its predecessor album ‘A Momentary Lapse of Reason’ didn’t feature Waters and generally are considered lacking in comparison to previous efforts, especially in relation to the era when Waters was the major creative force behind the band with albums such as ‘The Wall’ and ‘Dark Side of the Moon’.

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The band hasn’t performed live since 2007 and the Syd Barrett tribute concert. Barrett, the fourth original band member along with Waters, Mason and Wright, passed away forty years after leaving the band due to his fractured mental state partially related to 50’s drug use. The band, with Waters, reunited one last time to pay tribute to Barrett.

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Trout selected to start All-Star game; Richards snubbed

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While Mike Trout was selected for his third All-Star game in three seasons, starting pitcher Garrett Richards was undeservedly snubbed as a starting pitcher. The Angels, who currently sport the third best record in all of baseball, had just one player selected for the All-Star game. Oakland, who lead the Angels by just 3.5 games in the division, had six players picked to the team, something that will sure to be a motivating factor for the Angels in the second half of the season.

TROUT

TROUT

In just his third season Mike Trout is putting together yet another incredible season and should be the leader to take home his first MVP trophy. The Angels superstar center fielder is batting .308 with 20 home runs and 63 runs batted in. He’ll start the All-Star game for the second straight year. Trout, who hit a 489 foot home run in Kansas City two weeks ago, decided not to participate in this year’s home run derby, saying he wants to just enjoy the event. He did go on to say that the home run derby will be an option later in his career. Trout will join Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles and Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League outfield.

RICHARDS

RICHARDS

One of the bigger snubs this season was Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards, who earned his 10th victory on Sunday with another stellar performance versus the Houston Astros. Richards has an outstanding 2.71 ERA and 119 strikeouts. He’s evolved into one of the better power pitchers in the American League, holding opponents to a .196 average, best in the American League. Yu Darvish, Felix Hernandez, Max Scherzer, Masahiro Tanaka, Jon Lester, David Price, Scott Kazmir and Mark Buehrle were selected over Richards, who’s emerged as a legitimate Cy Young contender. Richards arguably deserved the nod over David Price, but the Tampa Bay Rays needed an All-Star selection and Price earned the nod.

It’s not over yet for Richards, who can make the team as part of the “final five” balloting. Richards will face off against four other American League starters in a banner year for pitching in the AL. Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox, Rick Porcello of the Detroit Tigers, Dallas Keuchel of the Houston Astros and Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians are the others vying for the last spot. For Richards to make it Angels fans will need a big showing in the online balloting. In addition to the final five balloting Richards is an option to be selected to the game should a starter drop out because they’re scheduled to pitch next Sunday. Richards pitches on Friday night versus the Texas Rangers, giving him the fight amount of rest to pitch in Tuesday’s game.

Shortstop Erick Aybar made a solid case for his first All-Star selection. The veteran Angels shortstop is having the best hitting season of his career, to go along with his usual outstanding glove work. Aybar leads all American League shortstops in runs batted in. There was not a backup selected at shortstop. Derek Jeter, who won the fan balloting in his final season, will likely play the entire game at shortstop.

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Dodgers in the All-Star Game

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PUIG

The Los Angeles Dodgers, currently in first place in the National League West will have a four-man contingent representing them at this year’s All-Star game, July 15th at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Yasiel Puig was named a starter in the fan voting while Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Dee Gordon were also selected to the team. The Dodgers will have four players representing them in the summer classic for the first time since 2010. Puig, the dynamic second-year outfielder from Cuba, finished third in fan voting among National League outfielders. He’ll join Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Carlos Gomez of the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League outfield. Puig is the first Dodgers position player to be elected to the All-Star game since Matt Kamp in 2012.

KEWSHAW

KEWSHAW

Dodgers lefthander Clayton Kershaw is a leading contender to start the game. After missing 45 days with a muscle injury, Kershaw has been incredible since he returned, with ten victories and a 1.85 ERA in just 13 starts. Kershaw is in the midst of a 36 inning shutout streak that includes a no-hitter versus the Colorado Rockies in which he struck out 15 batters. Kershaw has a remarkable 115 strikeouts and just 12 walks this season. He’ll be making his fourth straight All-Star appearance. Kershaw is the sixth Dodgers pitcher in history to be named to four consecutive All-Star games, joining the select company of Sandy Koufax, Fernando Valenzuela and Don Drysdale. It’s Koufax, the greatest left-handed pitcher in baseball history, that Kershaw is most often compared too.

GORDON

GORDON

The Dodgers most surprising selection is second baseman Dee Gordon, who deservedly made the All-Star game at second base. Gordon earned the second base job in Spring Training and has been an outstanding lead-off hitter all season. The son of former Major League pitcher Tom “Flash” Gordon leads the National League in stolen bases and triples, with 42 and 9. In a major showing of respect from his fellow players, Gordon was selected as a reserve by his fellow players. He’ll back up Chase Utley of the Philadelphia Phillies at second base and should be an outstanding pinch running option for manager Mike Matheny. Gordon is the first Dodgers second baseman to be selected to the All-Star game since Orlando Hudson in 2009.

GREINKE

GREINKE

Kershaw will be joined on the National League roster by fellow ace Zack Greinke, who leads the National League with 11 wins. Greinke has put together another outstanding season in his second year as a Dodger, with just a 2.66 ERA and 119 strikeouts. Amazingly this season marks just the second All-Star appearance for Greinke, who has an outstanding career record of 117-86. This year’s All-Star game will mark the first time the Dodgers have had two starting pitchers in the All-Star game in over twenty years, all the way back to 1991.

The 2014 MLB All-Star Game is Tuesday, July 15th from Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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July 10-13 San Diego Padres: After four-games in Colorado and a two game trip to Detroit the Dodgers return home for a four-game series with the San Diego Padres that will take them into the All-Star break. The Padres are currently in fourth place in the National League west and recently fired general manager Josh Byrnes. Those attending the Thursday, July 10 game will receive a Hello Kitty travel mug. Friday’s game will feature the traditional post-game fireworks, this time with a superhero music theme. July 10th Dodgers Hello Kitty Travel Mug Giveaway is first 40,000 fans only.

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The Thursday July 31st promotion is a much anticipated bobblehead that celebrates the first time four Dodgers teammates hit 30 home runs in a season, Steve Garvey, Ron Cey, Dusty Baker and Reggie Smith. Get to Dodger Stadium early for this promotion just to make sure that you get one of the coveted Original 30HR Club Bobbleheads! You can purchase Dodgers Vs Braves Tickets for July 31st today.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers wrap up a key seven game home stand with three big games versus the Cleveland Indians. The Dodgers have made up 7.5 games in the standings on the San Francisco Giants in less than a month and now are within striking distance of first place in the NL West by the All-Star break. They’ll look to continue that momentum versus a good hitting Cleveland Indians ballclub. The Dodgers will host the Indians June 30-July 2.

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The three-game series with the Indians is the second-to-last Dodgers home series prior to the All-Star break. Adults in attendance at the Tuesday, July 1st game will receive an adult replica jersey of former Brooklyn Dodgers great Don Newcombe, the first player in baseball history to win the Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Award in the same season, something he accomplished in 1956. Newcombe finished his career with the Cleveland Indians in 1960.

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What Should the LA Kings Do This Offseason

One of the most memorable postseason runs in recent history gave the Los Angeles Kings their second Stanley Cup championship in three seasons. After playing three consecutive seven-game series to reach the NHL finals, the Kings dispatched the New York Rangers in five games for the title. General Manager Dean Lombardi has built an impressive core of talent, one that should contend for the next several years. In the era of the NHL salary cap the Kings will still have some roster decisions to make in the offseason. Their overall depth and stable of young players should offset any major veteran losses.

Here’s a look at what the Kings need to do in the offseason to continue their potential dynasty:
Bring Back Gaborik: The Kings Trade deadline acquisition of Marian Gaborik from the Columbus Blue Jackets turned out to be a masterstroke, especially in the first and second rounds of the playoffs. The dynamic forward scored several big postseason goals, forming a winning combination with Anze Kopitar. Gaborik led the NHL in postseason goals with fourteen, winning his first Stanley Cup in the process. He’ll be a coveted free agent but all signs indicate that the Kings have the interest and ability to re-sign the Slovakian forward. This postseason the Kings became a much more dynamic offensive team, and Gaborik’s presence was a big factor in that evolution.

Sign either Willie Mitchell or Matt Greene: Lombardi has done a fantastic job locking up the core of the roster in long-term deals. Drew Doughty and Alec Martinez, the team’s top defensive combo, are signed through next season. Two veteran blue-liners, Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene are unrestricted free agents. Both have battled injuries the past couple of seasons, but are key contributors when healthy, as well as a veteran presence. Mitchell in particular played a massive role this postseason. The Kings don’t need to re-sign both veterans but should look to bring one of them back for the veteran presence and overall depth of the defense.

Continue the youth movement: In the new NHL salary cap era it’s incredible how adeptly Dean Lombardi has built the roster and managed the salary cap. Core players Dustin Brown, Jonathan Quick, Drew Doughty, Jeff Carter, Slava Voynov and Mike Richards are all signed for the next five seasons while Anze Kopitar, Alec Martinez and Jarett Stoll are all signed through at least next season. The long-term deals have given the Kings stability while their young players have developed. This past postseason the Kings received massive contributions from the exciting young talent of Tyler Toffoli, Tanner Pearson and Kyle Clifford. All three played big roles and should play even bigger roles next season. The offensive spark provided by the three, along with Gaborik, played a role in the Kings offensive evolution from a defensive and puck possession team to the highest scoring team in the past postseason.

Along with the Chicago Blackhawks the Kings will be the favorites to represent the Western Conference in the NHL finals next season. They are a potential dynasty, a franchise built for the long haul. The key now is health and the continued evolution of the young talent the organization has built. In the last twenty seasons dynasties in the NHL have been few and far between. In an era of competitive balance created by the salary cap the Kings have a real opportunity to win consecutive titles.

Stanley Cup game 5

GAME 5 KINGS VS RANGERS STANLEY CUP

Kings Vs Rangers Stanley Cup

FACE OFF LA KINGS VS RANGERS

LA Kings Jonathan Quick

QUICK PASSING THE RANGERS TEAM

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