Chip Kelly Not Off of Phillys Radar Just Yet, and Other Interview Updates

Chip Kelly Not Off of Phillys Radar Just Yet, and Other Interview Updates

Reports of Chip Kelly accepting Cleveland’s head coaching
job began leaking in on Friday evening, before another NFL team even had the
chance to meet with him, but those might have been greatly exaggerated. The
spread offense mastermind still plans to meet with the Eagles on Saturday.

Kelly also went on to meet with Buffalo last night.

That being said, the Browns could still be the favorites to
nab the University of Oregon coach. Their meeting was said to last five hours,
and it kind of sounds like the organization made a preliminary offer of sorts. Plus,
following the Fiesta Bowl Kelly remarked he would prefer to reach a decision on
a job quickly – at least for the Eagles’ part in this, their search seems to be
on a more deliberate schedule.

I could see Jeff Lurie being turned off by Chip’s apparent priority
that the process be expedited, or simply not so infatuated with the guy to
cancel upcoming interviews. Guess we’ll have to wait and see, but the end result appears to be inevitable.

Speaking of which, the Eagles requested and received permission on Friday
to meet with two more potential candidates. Bruce Arians, who served
as the Indianapolis Colts’ interim head coach for most of the season, and Gus
Bradley, defensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks are free to speak to
the Birds’ brass once their respective teams are eliminated from the
postseason.

Adam Schefter is also reporting the team will request
permission
from the Cincinnati Bengals for offensive coordinator Jay Gruden.
Again, that’s Jay, not Jon – sorry. The Daily News also has Syracuse University's Doug Marrone on the list.

So unless Lurie falls in love with Kelly or Mike McCoy this
weekend, it seems we could be in for another week of this stuff at least – not that
that’s a bad thing. Considering the far-reaching impact this will have on the
franchise for years to come, I prefer the calculated approach of talking to
multiple coaches as opposed to locking in on one.

In other words, I won’t be sad if Chip Kelly forces himself
to Cleveland.

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Howie Kendrick hit by pitch twice, removed from rehab start at Triple A

Howie Kendrick hit by pitch twice, removed from rehab start at Triple A

Howie Kendrick experienced a painful rehab start on Thursday night.

Rehabbing with Triple A Lehigh Valley, Kendrick was hit by a pitch twice before being removed after the sixth inning of the IronPigs' 8-4 loss to Indianapolis at Coca-Cola Park.

Both times Kendrick was plunked in the upper left arm, according to Tom Housenick of the Morning Call.

There was no update on if Kendrick was injured or taken out for precautionary reasons. Thursday marked Kendrick's second rehab start as he recovers from an oblique strain that has sidelined him since April 15.

The Phillies' leftfielder started at third base Thursday. At the beginning of his rehab assignment, Kendrick was expected to play four games and see time at third and first base, as well as in left field.

Kendrick made a throwing error at third on Thursday and finished 0 for 1 with a run scored. In his two games, he's 0 for 3 with two strikeouts.

Kendrick hit .333 with four doubles, a triple and five RBIs in 10 games with the Phillies prior to landing on the DL.

When he returns, he could see time at third base instead of left field if Maikel Franco continues to struggle (see story).

NBA Playoffs: LeBron James makes history as Cavaliers roll into Finals

NBA Playoffs: LeBron James makes history as Cavaliers roll into Finals

BOX SCORE

BOSTON -- LeBron James scored 35 points and passed Michael Jordan to become the NBA's all-time playoff scoring leader as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics 135-102 on Thursday night to claim their third straight Eastern Conference title and a return trip to the NBA Finals.

Kyrie Irving added 24 points and Kevin Love finished with 15 for the Cavs, who never trailed and led by as many as 39 points in one of their most dominating wins of the series. The Cavs set an NBA record by winning their 13th consecutive series closeout opportunity.

Cleveland's 4-1 series' win gives it a 12-1 record this postseason and sets up a third consecutive matchup with Western Conference champion Golden State, the team it beat in the Finals last season to claim the franchise's first championship.

It will mark the seventh straight trip to the Finals for James.

Avery Bradley led Boston with 23 points.

The Cavaliers basically conceded the East's top seed to the Celtics at the end of the regular season by opting to rest its starters in advance of the playoffs. But they displayed their superiority over the final two games to wrap up the series.

After allowing the Celtics to seize the early momentum in Game 4, the Cavs barely gave them the chance in Game 5.

Led by its Big Three, Cleveland quickly built a 21-point lead in the first quarter, while getting lots of contributions from their teammates.

Love continued to knock down shots from the outside, Irving sliced his way into the lane to the rim and James got free for several of his one-handed, tomahawk dunks.

It was a very welcomed sight in Irving's case, after he rolled his left ankle in the third quarter of Cleveland's Game 4 win. He showed no signs of lingering issues, though, beating several defenders off the dribble and handing out seven assists.

Meanwhile, J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver all helped spread out Boston's defenders by connecting on several wide-open scoring opportunities.

Deron Williams, who had been quiet for most of the series, also got in on the act with a series-best 14 points for Cleveland.

The Celtics did their best to keep up, but the consistent outside shooting, bench scoring and defense they relied on to stun Cleveland in Game 3 wasn't there Thursday night.

Tip-ins
Cavaliers: James has scored 30 or more points in 11 of Cleveland's 13 games this postseason. ... Improved to 36-5 against Eastern Conference opponents in the playoffs since 2015. ... The 43 points Cleveland scored in the first quarter set a team postseason record for points in a quarter.

Celtics: Injured point guard Isaiah Thomas led his teammates in a pregame huddle before they took the court for warmups. Thomas sat out the rest of the series after aggravating a hip injury in Game 2. ... Held a pregame moment of silence for the victims of the Manchester bombing. ... Were whistled for 16 fouls in the first half.