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Although Dwyane Wade was not part of the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ run of three straight NBA Finals appearances, he’s here for the run at a fourth. And he’s observed some familiar struggles.
Wade referenced the 2013-14 Miami Heat team — the last of the Big Three coalitions — when discussing the current Cavs’ plight. Where that might scare some northeast Ohioans given that team’s fate, he provided some contrast as well.

“That last year in Miami when we went to the Finals, I don’t know how we made it,” Wade said Thursday, via ESPN. “As a team, we were kind of like this. It was worse, because it wasn’t new guys; it was guys who had been around each other four years in a row. Your jokes weren’t funny anymore to other guys, when you walked in it wasn’t a big smile any more. Guys were just over you. It’s like being in a bad marriage.”
LeBron James and Wade led the Heat to their fourth straight Finals appearance, but the San Antonio Spurs dominated the top-heavy team on what turned out to be its last legs. James left for Cleveland a month later, taking his unprecedented finals-qualifying talents (excepting the 1960s Boston Celtics in an eight-team NBA for much of that span) to his hometown and using a collection of new teammates as sidekicks.
Several sidekicks remain from all three finals teams — like Kevin Love, J.R. Smith, Tristan Thompson and Iman Shumpert — but the Cavs are breaking in plenty of new players this season. And they’ve lost four in a row to plummet to 3-5. Only two East teams are worse.


The Cavs are not averse to drama during the James-2.0 stretch, but they are entering some oddly key regular-season games in November. James’ final Heat team started 4-3 before reeling off 10 straight wins. Wade didn’t guarantee that, but the 35-year-old guard believes the Cavs are better than what they’ve shown.
“With the new guys here, you’ve got guys that have never been [to the Finals], guys who are hungry,” Wade said. “Obviously, Isaiah (Thomas) is one of them, who’s out. [And there’s] Derrick (Rose) and guys who have never been. Hopefully we can eventually pull from that and everybody wants to see the other guys succeed and get to that pinnacle they got to.
“… We have to continue to understand that we’re going to get out of this together and this is going to be a distant memory at one point, but right now we’re in it. We have to figure it out, and I think we will.”


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The Philadelphia Eagles have added another weapon to their offensive arsenal, trading for Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi, the team announced on Tuesday morning.According to Armando Salguero, the Eagles are sending a fourth-round pick for the running back, who had three games of 200 yards rushing or more during the 2016 season. Ajayi was a fifth-round pick in 2015.


Why the Eagles made this trade:

The Eagles have suffered some injures at the position this season. They lost both Darren Sproles and Donnell Pumphrey to IR. Sproles with a torn ACL and broken arm, and Pumphrey with a torn hamstring.

The team’s workload at the position has come from LeGarrett Blount, who has had a fine season. He’s got 100 carries for 467 yards, but he’s proven he’s most effective as a short-yardage back and red zone threat. Adding another weapon in Ajayi eases up the load on Blount.

The Eagles have already been one of the most thrilling teams in the NFL through the first eight weeks of the season. Bolstering their backfield with another weapon right now seems like a win-now move, and it’s hard to blame them for making it. They’re the most impressive team this season.

Why the Dolphins made this trade:

The Dolphins are coming off of an embarrassing 40-0 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night. Ajayi had 13 carries that evening for just 23 yards, and hasn’t been quite as sharp as he was last season.

After a 1,272 yard season and eight touchdowns in 2016, Ajayi’s seen his yards per attempt drop from 4.9 to 3.4. He’s eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark just twice this season. Once on opening day against the Chargers, and against the Falcons in Week 6.

The Dolphins’ offense has been rough this season, and clearly they feel Ajayi doesn’t fit into what they’re doing moving forward.


The Chicago Bears have made a quarterback change and have decided to go with rookie Mitchell Trubisky starting with next Monday night’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, sources tell ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Dan Graziano.The quarterback change comes after Mike Glennon turned over the ball four times (three in the first half) in Chicago’s ugly 35-14 loss last Thursday night at Green Bay.

The Bears traded up to the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 draft to select Trubisky, who impressed in the preseason passing for 364 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 106.2 passer rating.

Trubisky will become the third quarterback selected in the 2017 draft to start this season, joining the Houston Texans’ Deshaun Watson and the Cleveland Browns’ DeShone Kizer.

Watson (selected 12th overall) has thrived since becoming the Texans’ starting quarterback, nearly orchestrating an upset of the New England Patriots in Week 3 and tying an NFL rookie record with five touchdowns (four passing, one rushing) in Houston’s 57-14 Week 4 rout of the Tennessee Titans. Kizer (picked in the second round, No. 52 overall) has struggled, throwing an NFL-worst eight interceptions as the Browns have started 0-4.

Trubisky won Chicago’s primary backup job in Week 1, beating out veteran Mark Sanchez, who has been inactive the first four weeks. But there have been questions about Trubisky’s readiness to start at quarterback in the NFL after starting just 13 games at the University of North Carolina.


The Bears signed Glennon in free agency, paying a hefty price — he will earn $16 million guaranteed in 2017.
Glennon also struggled in Week 2 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, turning the ball over three times (all in the first half) in Chicago’s 29-7 loss.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, Glennon is the only Bears player in the past 40 seasons to have three turnovers in a half twice within the first four games of a season.

The Bears have lost three of four games with Glennon at quarterback.