UPDATE: T.J. Watt now out for the remainder of Week 2 with a groin injury


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The injuries are stacking up on the Steelers defense.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are dealing with a plethora of injuries on their defense as they continue to battle against the Las Vegas Raiders at Heinz Field in Week 2 of the 2021 NFL season. With Joe Haden and Devin Bush inactive for the game with groin injuries, the Steelers also lost starting nose tackle Tyson Alualu to an ankle injury.

This time, just before the end of the first half, the Steelers have an announced outside linebacker T.J. Watt has a groin injury and is questionable to return. This per Steelers spokesperson Burt Lauten:

So far in the game, T.J. Watt already had a strip sack as well as four tackles.

With outside linebackers Alex Highsmith and Melvin Ingram III already in the rotation at outside linebacker, it will be rookie Jamir Jones who will also take on snaps should Watt not be able to return.

UPDATE: T.J Watt has now been downgraded to OUT for the remainder of the game. This per Steelers spokesperson Burt Lauten:

Stay tuned to Behind The Steel Curtain if the Steelers as they take on the Las Vegas Raiders at Heinz Field in Week 2 of the 2021 NFL season.

Tyson Alualu leaves Steelers’ Week 2 game, will not return


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The veteran nose tackle went down on the first defensive drive of the game.

The Pittsburgh Steelers defense looks to be down another starter early in their Week 2 matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders. With linebacker Devin Bush and cornerback Joe Haden inactive for the game with groin injuries, the Steelers starting nose tackle Tyson Alualu have left the game with a right leg injury and has been ruled out. This per Steelers spokesperson Burt Lauten:

On the play, Alualu was making a tackle when teammate T.J. Watt rolled up onto his right leg. Allualu needed help off the field by teammates and was taken to the locker room on a cart.

On the defensive line, the Steelers were only carrying five players for the game with Carlos Davis ruled out on Friday with a knee injury. In Alualu’s absence, the Steelers defensive line will be relying on Cameron Heyward, Chris Wormley, Isaiah Buggs, and rookie Isaiahh Loudermilk playing in his first regular-season NFL game.

UPDATE: It has been reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport that Alualu has suffered a fractured ankle:

Stay tuned to Behind The Steel Curtain for continued coverage as the Steelers take on the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 2 in their 2021 Heinz Field debut.

Steelers vs. Raiders: Second-half live updates, injury news and open thread


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The Steelers are back on the gridiron! The 2021 season continues with the Steelers and Raiders locking horns in Week 2. Keep tabs on all things Black-and-gold with our updates and open thread.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are back on the field for the second time in the 2021 regular season as they prepare to face off against the Las Vegas Raiders.

Throughout the game, be sure to check back here for score updates, injury news and any breaking news from those on the sidelines following the team live.

For those wondering, you can enjoy some lively commentary with the best Steelers fans across the globe in the open thread for all BTSC members in the comment section below. Let’s remember to keep it clean, respect everyone’s thoughts and ideas, and ultimately remember we’re all here for the same reason—to root on the Steelers!

So enjoy the game and be sure to follow BTSC for all the latest news surrounding the team throughout the game and afterwards!

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Sources: Rockets, Wall working to find trade

Sep 14, 2021

The Houston Rockets and John Wall have agreed to work together in an attempt to find a trade destination for the veteran point guard, as the franchise is committed to moving forward with Kevin Porter Jr. and Jalen Green as its starting backcourt, sources told ESPN.

The commitment to the 20-year-old Porter and 18-year-old Green leaves Wall, a five-time All-Star who was traded to Houston in the Russell Westbrook deal last year, without a starting role. Wall, 31, is not expected to play for Houston, as team management and Wall mutually decided that a bench role for him wouldn’t be beneficial to either party, sources said.

Wall is due $91.7 million over the next two seasons, including a player option for $47.4 million in 2022-23, a contract that makes attempting to trade him extremely difficult. Sources said the Rockets do not want to give up first-round draft compensation in

The NBA players with the most money left on their contracts

It’s no secret that right now, NBA players are getting enormous, borderline unfathomable amounts of money now through the contracts they sign with their teams.

For the 2024-25 campaign, for example, the Golden State Warriors are already locked into paying Stephen Curry $55.8 million while the Brooklyn Nets will owe Kevin Durant $51.2 million. It’s not that either franchise would complain about that, as both players are perennial MVP candidates and more than worth it.

Rather, it’s still somewhat shocking to see how rich some of these NBA player contracts have gotten.

Below, check out the NBA players with the most total money left on their contracts, led by Curry, who is owed $261.1 million from Golden State.

1. Stephen Curry (Golden State)

$261,134,628 until the 2025-26 season

2. Joel Embiid (Philadelphia)

$261,117,760 until the 2026-27 season

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Lakers season preview: A return to the mountaintop?

By | September 18, 2021

The Los Angeles Lakers head into a vital 2021-22 campaign with a ton on the line, though with some stability thanks to LeBron James and Anthony Davis both being signed at least through 2022-23.

Still, with brand names as powerful as “LeBron” and “Lakers” on one team, a ton of expectations come with that, and anything short of another championship run for Los Angeles will be seen as a major disappointment for the purple-and-gold franchise.

Below, check out our preview for the 2021-22 Lakers campaign.

Roster changes

Returning: LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Talen Horton-Tucker

Additions: Russell Westbrook (Washington), Kendrick Nunn (Miami), Carmelo Anthony (Portland), Trevor Ariza (Miami), Wayne Ellington (Detroit), Dwight Howard (Philadelphia), Rajon Rondo (LA Clippers), DeAndre Jordan (Brooklyn),

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Zach LaVine doesn't want to leave Chicago?

By | September 18, 2021

More on this storyline A potential Celtics free agent target could be Chicago’s Zach LaVine, who is entering the final year of his contract. He will have to prove he can lead the Bulls to the playoffs before a contract extension. LaVine changed representation recently and signed with Klutch Sports, which is usually the move for players who want to maximize their free agent potential. LaVine, 26, just coming off helping Team USA to the gold medal, will ask for a maximum contract in the open market. The Olympic experience may have enhanced LaVine’s value because he was asked to be a three-and-D player, sparking the Americans with his full-court defense and ability to run the floor. In the case that Bradley Beal decides to

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Damian Lillard pays homage to various iconic figures in new music video

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Portland Trail Blazers guard and hip-hop artist Damian Lillard, who performs as Dame D.O.L.L.A., released the new music video for his song “Him Duncan” on Friday.

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The title of this song is a play on NBA legend Tim Duncan’s name but isn’t the only reference Lillard uses. In the video, Lillard pays homage to various celebrities both in sports and pop culture.

He shows love to the late hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur first, creating a black-and-white version of Shakur’s 1996 album “All Eyez on Me.” He also gave a nod to Biggie Smalls, better known as The Notorious B.I.G. Lillard recreated Smalls’ iconic “King of New York” image by Barron Claiborne in the video.

Lillard then pays tribute to track athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who wore black gloves and raised their fists on the medal stand during the 1968 Summer Olympics to protest racial inequities in the