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Morning links: Andy Reid defends Alex Smith; Kyle Collinsworth's NBA potential examined

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) looks to throw against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) looks to throw against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
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Kansas City Chiefs Andy Reid's support of Former Utah quarterback Alex Smith was the focus of a story from ESPN's Adam Teicher.

After talking about Smith's struggles early in the 30-27 overtime win over the Denver Broncos Sunday night, Teicher writes, "The final quarter and a half, including a full overtime period, showed why the Chiefs stick with Smith. He shook off the pressure from the Denver defense and the physical hammering he was taking to finish 12-of-19 for 120 yards with a touchdown and two-point conversion in the final quarter and a half."

Teicher continues, "The Chiefs faced three do-or-die drives and got the job done each time."

He then quoted Reid about Smith, "I have all the respect in the world for the guy. The way he handles himself is just top of the line. We're so lucky to have him. He's very underappreciated, I think, outside of our walls."


Mavs Moneyball looks at Kyle Collinsworth's NBA potential

Quinlan Carroll of SB Nation's, Mavs Moneyball looked at the NBA potential of the current roster of the Texas Legends that includes former BYU guard Kyle Collinsworth.

Carroll predicted that Collinsworth is a "D-League guy", saying, "Most Mavs fans will recognize Collinsworth from his time in this year’s summer league. Collinsworth came into camp as a potential dark-horse to make the Mavs roster after an impressive college career at BYU."

After looking at Collinsworth's college stats, Carroll continued, "Kyle was one of the last cuts by the Mavericks this year but with his high motor and basketball IQ, expect Collinsworth to play a key role for the Texas Legends this year."


Jakob Poeltl's D-League assignment helps Raptors 905

Iain Colpitts of the Mississauga News looked at how Jakob Poeltl benefited the Raptors 905 when he was sent down.

Colpitts writes, "Poeltl, who (coach Jerry) Stackhouse referred to as the '7-foot-2 toy' that he wanted to play with a little bit, stood out for Raptors 905 as he posted 21 points and 15 rebounds in his D-League debut."

After looking at how Poeltl landed with the 905, Colpitts quotes Poeltl talking about a chance to play. "It’s not easy to sit on the bench (in the NBA) all the time, especially when you’re on the road," Poeltl said. "You just don’t play basketball really. You have your workouts and your warm ups, but it’s hard, so I was just happy to get out there and play basketball again."