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The NFL won’t use every seat at AT&T Stadium for its draft next week, instead creating an end-zone theater. But the Cowboys still expect around 25,000 fans to witness the selection process inside the stadium each day.
For the first time, each of the 32 teams will have a section just for its fans.
I think the NFL really views this event as an event for diehard football fans, Estis said. So I think having team sections like that, down on the floor, close to the stage to create all that really cool atmosphere of hardcore fans, I think that’s what the NFL wants, and I know they’re working hard to make sure that fans from each of those markets end up in those seats. I think that would just create this unique dynamic.
If you remember last year when our Drew Pearson stood up to announce our second-round pick in Philadelphia, and it created such a stir in the auditorium there. I think that’s something everybody looked to and said, ‘That’s actually the kind of atmosphere that you want at one of these events.’ So by having all the teams represented down right in front of the stage, I think we’ve just created some really interesting atmosphere.
I don’t understand that comment, Jones said. I certainly respect anybody that has a comment about the organization. You certainly always see things when it’s difficult for a player to take the next step. Whether it’s a Larry Aleksi Heponiemi Jersey Allen, DeMarcus Ware, an Emmitt Smith, all Hall of Famers who ended up playing with another team. Those things are hard. You know, when you have decided to move on, maybe there’s a thought in your mind [the player] that you weren’t a particular coach’s guy or an organizational guy. But I certainly don’t see that on this football team.
It was the second most points James ever put up in a half off a playoff game, trailing only the famous Game 6 against the Boston Celtics in 2012, a game many consider to be the best game of his career. James had particular success with Thaddeus Young as the primary defender, scoring 14 of his 29 points on Young while going 5-for-6 from the field (2-for-2 from 3), according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Indiana made a push in the third quarter, with Oladipo scoring eight of his 22 points to cut Cleveland’s lead down to just five at one point.
The Pacers got even closer in the fourth quarter, cutting the lead to three, but Oladipo missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer with 27.5 seconds left. The Cavs improved to 40-0 this season when taking a lead into the fourth.