By Josh Whittemore, PSO Sports Operations Executive
May 13, 2021

 

The ‘Best of the Day’ is a daily PSO original series showcasing the most significant stories, highlights, and facts going on in the land of the NFL, NBA, & MLB every day. Get a recap on EVERYTHING that happened on 5/12 here

The full 2021 NFL schedule was released with several entertaining matchups, including the Opening Day matchup between the Buccaneers and Cowboys. This is set to be the biggest season yet with the additional 17th game, meaning the season runs from Sept. 9 to Jan. 9th. Also, Nate McMillan has played an instrumental role in the Hawks turnaround since taking over as HC earlier this season, Russell Westbrook had another ridiculous performance, and Tom Brady has a chance to capture the all-time career passing yards record in his return to New England in 2021.

Here is the best of the day from May 12, 2021:

The 2021 NFL Schedule was released, kicking off with Bucs vs. Cowboys on Opening Day

The NFL unveiled its full 17-game schedule for the upcoming 2021 season on Wednesday. The season is set to begin on Thursday, September 9th, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will look to kick off their title defense by hosting the Dallas Cowboys in primetime. With the newly added Week 18 in the fold, the regular season will wrap up on Sunday, January 9th, meaning each team will play two games in January.

This offseason, the 32 owners voted to expand the regular season for the first time 43 years, adding an additional 17th game. The added contest for each team will be an inter-conference matchup based on the prior years’ standings on a rotating basis. This matches up two teams who finished in the same place in their divisions from opposite conferences with the contests being based on the cross-conference games that each team played two seasons prior. All in all, the schedule is full of enticing matchups.

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NATE MCMILLAN TURNED ATLANTA’S SEASON AROUND AND ENDED THE PLAYOFF DROUGHT

34 games into the 2020-21 NBA season, the Atlanta Hawks were sitting 11th in the East at 14-20 with Lloyd Pierce leading the team. He was then fired after a slow start and missing the playoffs in his first two seasons (Atlanta had made it in the previous 10), leaving with a 63-120 record. The Hawks hired Nate McMillan to be an assistant coach before the season, who was fired from Indiana after their playoff exit last season. 

Since he took over as HC after Pierce’s dismissal, Atlanta has the fourth-best record (25-11) in the NBA and clinched a postseason spot on 5/12. McMillan has led a remarkable turnaround for Atlanta, by helping his players play more for one another and less as individuals. His star player Trae Young is down on PPG from last season but is averaging a career-high in APG. McMillan has found ways for his team to be more efficient and get great production from a number of players.

Clint Capela is averaging a career-high in rebounds, and both Danilo Gallinari and Bogdan Bogdanovic are shooting over 40% from deep. John Collins has been great for McMillan too, averaging 17.8 points per game on 55.9% shooting. Additionally, there are six players with over 40 games played this season averaging double figures for his squad, showing how he’s been able to use depth to get wins. McMillan has done an amazing job in just 36 games and has given Hawks fans new hope for the future.

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Trae Young threw a sick behind-the-back dime

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PG Russell Westbrook, WSH (L @ATL): 34 PTS (12-28 FG | 4-9 3P), 15 AST, 5 REB, 0 BLK, 3 STL, 4 TO

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Houston Rockets (122) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (124) [GW-FG]

[Highlights] @LAKERS (-1018; $8.76) d. ROCKETS (+689; $3.96124-122 (GW-FG) [HOU +13 | o224]

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Tom Brady could become the NFL’s all-time leading passer during his return to New England

  • At last years’ pace (289.6 YPG), Brady will break Drew Brees‘ all-time record (80,358 YDS) in Week 4 in 2021 vs. the Patriots
 

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DATE: May 12, 2019

SIGNIFICANCE: Kawhi Leonard hit an iconic Game 7 buzzer-beater to send Toronto to the Eastern Conference Finals

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