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Boston’s defensive “bad read” left James Harden open for three with 18 seconds left in OT. Harden took care of the rest, burying his shot from the right corner to lift his 76ers to a 116-115 Game Four win that evens that Eastern Conference semifinal series. The Beard hung up 42 points to send the series back to Boston for Game Five Tuesday night. Will we see Good James or Bad James? He scored 45 and 42 points in Games One and Four, respectively—both Philly wins—but went a combined 5 for 28 in the Sixers’ two losses.

I don’t want to hear it, Jokic. You earned that technical for making contact with Suns owner Matt Ishbia after a play that fell into the baseline seats. Yeah, Ishbia’s flop was Ginobili-caliber, and, yeah, Jokic’s forearm shiver did not remind me of Dick Butkus, but the refs were right to tee you up. Yes, I will give you credit for the career-high 53 points you posted in a losing effort. This Nuggets-Suns thing is now even-steven heading into Game Five Tuesday night in Denver.

The Warriors will try to keep from falling into a 1-3 hole tonight against the Lakers in L.A., while the Heat have a chance to put a 3-1 headlock on the Knicks in Miami.

Looking for a backup QB? Former SB winner Nick Foles is available now that he’s been released by the Colts. That leaves veterans Gardner Minshew and Sam Ehlinger to try to hold off Uber-athlete Anthony Richardson for as long as they can.

Oh, but Colts owner Jim Irsay says NFL teams better keep their hands and minds off of the “retired” Andrew Luck. If Luck were to decide to return to the league (highly unlikely), he would still have three years remaining on his Indy contract. Irsay issued a social media warning following reports the Commanders inquired about Luck’s availability last year.

What’s the big deal about Aaron Rodgers’ “wish list” to add former Packers teammates to the Jets’ roster? Guys like playing with other guys they know and trust. And A-Rod has the clout to make that happen. Makes sense to me.

Kansas State has locked up football coach Chris Klieman for the next eight seasons. In my book, Klieman did as good a job as any coach in the country in leading the Wildcats to a 10-4 record and K-State’s first Big 12 championship since 2012. Oh, and the Cats are loaded again heading into this season.

Remember last week when the Astros climbed to three games above .500? That was then and this is now. Houston lost 3-1 Sunday in Seattle to fall back to breakeven at 17-17. Worse, the Astros have dropped three straight series. Altuve can’t return too soon!

I was happy to see Wyndham Clark break through to win his first PGA Tour event Sunday in Charlotte. That guy has really grinded during his five years as a pro. It’s always great to see hard work pay off.

It’s cool that Bronny James will become the first member of his family to go to college. LeBron has every reason to be a proud papa as his son heads to USC.

Condolences to the family of Nick Gilbert. The 26-year-old son of Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and his wife Jennifer died Saturday after a lifelong fight with an incurable genetic condition. NBA fans remember Nick in his role as the Cavs’ representative at the draft lottery. RIP.

Finally, is this it for horse racing? Should it be?

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I clearly have the attention span of your median fruit fly.Look! Airplane!

Sorry. I’m back.

It’s both a curse and a blessing. I’ve never bought this stuff about, “He who dies with the most toys wins.” But I do think that a wide range of life experiences helps us grow as people, and helps us better relate to other people. I’ve been fortunate. And I am beyond grateful.

I show up on time. I go like hell. I’m a good listener. I hold myself accountable. I own my mistakes. And I have a natural and an insatiable curiosity. I’m never afraid to say, “I don’t know,” when I don’t. But then I try to find out.

The flip side is I’m a lousy ballroom dancer and my clothes sometimes fit me funny.

Stuff matters to me. I care. But while I take that stuff seriously, I try hard to never take myself seriously. As a result, I have sometimes been told, “Paul, it’s hard to tell when you’re serious and when you’re just having some fun. Which is it? Serious or fun?”

My answer is “yes.” But I think that is a legitimate criticism. I promise I’m going to work on that.

This has been the quickest and strangest half-century I’ve ever experienced. During that period, I’ve been afforded amazing opportunities in news and sports journalism across all platforms. I have taught wonderful students at the high school and collegiate level. Always, I learned more from them than they did from me. I’ve been a high school administrator. I spent ten seasons as a high school varsity football coach. I’ve been an advertising executive. I’ve hosted nationally syndicated television entertainment shows. In maybe the biggest honor I ever received, I was selected by NASA to be “Chet The Astronaut” for the “Land The Shuttle” simulator at Space Center Houston. (All I can say there, is “Do as I say, not as I do.” I put that thing in the Everglades more often than not.) Most recently, I just wrapped up a decade as a television news director, during which time our teams distinguished themselves in holding the powerful accountable, achieving both critical and ratings success.

What does all that mean? It means I am profoundly grateful. It also means I’m ready for “next.” So here we are. Radically Rational. It’s an idea I woke up with in 2017. I scribbled “Radically Rational” on a piece of notebook paper and used a magnet to stick it on our refrigerator. I saw it every day, and it just would not leave me alone.

I am second in charge at Radically Rational, LLC. My wife, Jo (also known as BB), is the president. Clearly, I have failed in my attempt to sleep my way to the top of this organization.

I hope you will learn that I’m loyal as a Labrador. But I will admit that this doggie can bite every now and then. My promise to you? I will show up on time. I will go like hell. I will listen to you earnestly and attentively. I will hold myself accountable. I will never be the least bit hesitant to say, “I don’t know,” when I don’t.

But then I’ll try to find out. Let’s do it.