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NFL Capsule: Colts at Texans

NFL Capsule: Colts at Texans

INDIANAPOLIS (9-4) At HOUSTON (11-2)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Texans by 8

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Indianapolis 8-5; Houston 8-5

SERIES RECORD - Colts lead 17-3

AP PRO32 RANKING - Colts No. 10; Texans No. 4

LAST MEETING - Colts beat Texans 19-16, Dec. 22, 2011

LAST WEEK - Colts beat Titans 27-23; Houston lost to Patriots 42-14

COLTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (7), RUSH (22), PASS (8)

COLTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (22), RUSH (19), PASS (20)

TEXANS OFFENSE - OVERALL (6), RUSH (8), PASS (10)

TEXANS DEFENSE - OVERALL (7), RUSH (3), PASS (19)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Texans can clinch second straight AFC South title with win. ... Colts can secure playoff berth and remain in hunt to win division with win. ... Texans have won last two meetings in Houston. ... Win by Colts would make them second team in NFL history to win at least 10 games year after losing 14 or more. ... Houston has won nine of past 11 against AFC South teams. ... Colts have three-game winning streak and have won eight of last nine. ... Teams play again in regular-season finale Dec. 30. ... Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is from Houston. He needs 260 yards to break Cam Newton's NFL record for yards passing by a rookie of 4,051. ... Houston DE J.J. Watt leads AFC and has most sacks in single season in franchise history with 16 1/2. ... Indianapolis WR Reggie Wayne needs six receptions to become fourth player in NFL history with four 100-catch seasons. ... Luck's nine wins are most by rookie quarterback drafted first overall since 1966. ... Houston RB Arian Foster needs 52 yards to reach 1,200 yards rushing for third straight season. ... Colts rookie RB Vick Ballard had career-high 94 yards rushing last week. ... Colts LB Dwight Freeney has 15 1/2 sacks against Houston, most he has against any team. ... Houston WR Andre Johnson 135 yards receiving away from reaching 11,000 for career. ... Indianapolis DE Cory Redding needs one solo tackle to reach 300 for his career. ... Houston rookie LB Whitney Mercilus has six sacks which is tied for most among AFC rookies. ... Houston LB Connor Barwin needs two sacks to reach 20 for career.

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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Mike Scott

2017-18 Wizards roster review: Mike Scott

To wrap up the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we evaluate Mike Scott's season...

Player: Mike Scott

Position: Power forward

Age: 29

2017-18 salary: $1.7 million

2017-18 stats: 76 G, 18.5 mpg, 8.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.1 apg, 0.3 spg, 0.1 bpg, 52.7 FG%, 40.5 3P%, 65.8 FT%, 59.0 eFG%, 109 ORtg, 111 DRtg

Best game: 12/9 at Clippers - 22 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 9-for-11 FG, 3-for-4 3PT, 28 minutes

Season review: The 2017-18 Wizards season was full of unpredictability and the most positive surprise had to be the comeback of Mike Scott.

The Wizards signed Scott to a veteran minimum contract last offseason after a workout at Capital One Arena. This came just months after he had felony drug charges dropped in the state of Georgia, he lost 25 pounds and rehabbed a leg injury. That spring he had wondered, and justifiably, if his NBA career was over.

Scott overcame all of those odds to not only return to the NBA, but re-establish himself as a productive player off the bench. No one was more consistent start-to-finish in the Wizards' second unit than Scott was.

Scott earned a significant role in head coach Scott Brooks' rotation out of the preseason and stayed there. He reached double-figures in 31 of his 76 games, second only to Kelly Oubre, Jr. on the Wizards. 

Scott's primary value was on offense. He scored inside and out and got his points with remarkable efficiency. He led the Wizards and was tied for 11th in the NBA in effective field-goal percentage. He was second on Washington in field goal percentage and third in three-point percentage. 

Scott closed the season strong, reaching double-figures in scoring in seven of the last nine regular season games. He carried that over into the playoffs with 46 points through their first three games against the Raptors. 

Now comes the question of how much money Scott earned himself with his comeback year and whether the Wizards can afford keeping him. Since they are in the luxury tax, they will have little money to spend this summer. 

The way to keep Scott would be to use the remainder of their taxpayer mid-level exception, but that figures to be only about $1.9 million, not much more than what Scott made in 2017-18. Given how well he played this season, it would not be surprising if he earns much more than that.

Potential to improve: Free throw shooting, forcing turnovers, ability to guard bigs

More player season reviews:

John Wall, PG

Bradley Beal, SG

Otto Porter, SF

Markieff Morris, PF

Marcin Gortat, C

Kelly Oubre, Jr., SF

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Markieff Morris is helping his brother gameplan to defend LeBron James

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Markieff Morris is helping his brother gameplan to defend LeBron James

Wizards forward Markieff Morris is all-in on his brother Marcus and the Boston Celtics beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals. Not only is he showing up to games in his twin brother's jersey, he is helping Marcus break down film on LeBron James.

James was held to just 15 points on 31.3 percent shooting with seven turnovers in Game 1 and Marcus got some credit for stopping him. In the two games since, James went off for 42 and 27 points, each time posting 12 assists to complement. Though Cleveland lost Game 2 as well, they punched back with a 30-point win in Game 3.

The Morrises are combining forces to make sure that doesn't happen again, according to Jay King of The Athletic. They stayed up until 2 a.m. on Sunday morning reviewing plays. 

Game 4 between the Cavs and Celtics is on Monday night. If Boston wins, they will take a 3-1 lead in the series, which will be very difficult for the Cavs to overcome. Yes, they mounted the most famous 3-1 comeback in NBA history, but this isn't the same Cavs team that accomplished the feat in 2016.

There is of course some irony in Markieff helping the Celtics, given he was so integral in the rivalry between the Wizards and Boston. But, as he has shown many times over the years, it's family over everything.

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