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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Nike Flykit Clearance . -- Andre Drummond hopes some advanced technology can help him with his free throws.The Detroit Pistons center has been using virtual reality in an effort to improve his performance at the line. Drummond has made 38 percent of his free throws for his career, and its an issue that sometimes has caused coach Stan Van Gundy to take him out down the stretch in games.Andres been very open to trying to find everything possible to help him improve at the free throw line, and he has wanted to do that, Van Gundy said. Hes been willing to do as much as he possibly can.That includes turning to virtual reality, which Drummond said allows him to visualize himself making free throw after free throw.They recorded me shooting a ton of free throws, and obviously recorded the makes, and watching over and over again and just training my brain, he said.The exercise underscores the degree to which the Pistons feel Drummonds struggles are mental and not physical.When I tried it, I ended up really liking it and stuck with it throughout the summer and I saw the progress, Drummond said. Its more of a mental thing, and with the VR, its more of a reinforcement, kind of training your mind to think positively all the time -- even though youre not going to make every shot, but you still have that thought process that youre making shots.The Pistons returned to the playoffs last season for the first time since 2009, but they were swept in the first round by Cleveland. Drummond is a big part of a young lineup with the potential for a lot of improvement -- and theres certainly room for growth when he goes to the line.He didnt say how much hes improved this offseason, since his success rate in practice doesnt ultimately matter. He also indicated he doesnt have a specific idea of a percentage he should shoot this season.I think thats where I messed up last year, was setting a goal in my head, he said. I think for me, its just not worrying about makes or misses, just really shooting the same shot over and over again. Nike Flyknit Running Shoes Sale . Nathan MacKinnon, Jamie McGinn and Jan Hejda also scored for the Avalanche, who won despite being outshot 38-23. MacKinnons goal, also on the power play, came with just over a minute remaining. Nike Flyknit Shoes On Sale . They had already blown a double-digit lead, fans were hitting the exits, and a long seven-game road trip waited at the end. . Thousands of fans at Mosaic Stadium will be cozying up to each other in an effort to stay warm in chilly temperatures and block the Prairie wind that locals say can knock your socks off. RIO DE JANEIRO -- Allyson Felix and LaShawn Merritt are savvy track stars whove been around long enough to know that not everything always goes to plan.Over the final 30 minutes of Saturdays topsy-turvy night at the Olympic track, both Americans came away with prizes theyd been wishing for all along.Those prizes were both golds from the 4x400 relay teams, and the United States exited the final night of action at Olympic Stadium with 31 medals -- the most it has taken in a non-boycotted Olympics since 1956, when both the world and track were very different places.People are at home watching -- watching 2012, watching 2008, said Felix, 30, who wrapped up her fourth Olympics and now has nine total medals. And when they get their opportunity, theyre seizing the moment.One of those moments looked like it might belong to 41-year-old Bernard Lagat in the 5,000 meters. He actually finished sixth, but three runners ahead of him, including American Paul Chelimo , were disqualified for interference and Lagat briefly moved to third. Really? he exclaimed when told about it during post-race interviews.A review ensued, Chelimo was reinstated to his original silver medal and Lagat was dropped to fifth -- a bummer for the elder statesman of the U.S. track team, but some sort of sign for the team: Even when it lost, it won.I thought it was a joke, Chelimo said of the moment when he was told his silver was gone. I couldnt believe. Now Im really happy. I got reinstated. Its the best feeling ever.All those reviews and appeals made for a strange scene as the program came to a close. Mo Farah, Chelimo and Hagos Gebrhiwet marched to the podium to receive their medals nearly an hour after the evenings final race, in front of only a few thousand stragglers in the stands. It was Farahs second straight 5,000-10,000 Olympic double, putting an exclamation point on the games for his home country, Britain.The medal ceremony was wacky. But the nights biggest surprise came from Matthew Centrowitz, who shocked the field in a slow 1,500-meter final and became the first American to win gold in the metric mile since 1908. His time was 3 minutes, 50 seconds.Doing my victory lap, I literally kept screaming to everyone I know, `Are you kidding me? Centrowitz said.Felix spent a lot of the week saying the same thing -- and not in a good way.This has been an adjust-on-the-fly year for Americas best-known track star -- her failure to make the team for the 200 meters, her jaw-dropping silver-medal moment when a diving sprinter from the Bahamas beat her in the 400, and more. But on back-to-back nights, she took relay gold, starting with the 4x100 on Friday. The wins gave her gold medals No. 5 and 6 -- a record for a woman on the Olympic track.In thee 4x400, she ran a 49. Nike Flyknit Wholesale. 66-second anchor lap. Over the second and third laps, Americans Natasha Hastings and Phyllis Francis held big leads, only to have them dwindle as they legged out their final meters.Felix took the green baton about two steps ahead of Jamaicas Novelene Williams-Mills, and slowly, steadily expanded it for a total time of 3:19.06 and a 1.28-second win. Yes, the United States may have relay problems -- see, the mens 4x100, which flamed out again the night before -- but this certainly isnt one of them. This race has gone to American teams six straight times.The smile she flashed as she crossed the line and waved the baton said what words could not: Thank goodness, its finally over.The toughest, without a doubt, Felix said of her 2016. This year, you make plans and want everything to go according to schedule. Nothing went according to schedule.Merritt might have said the same. He was caught in the tail wind of South African Wayde van Niekerks world-record 400 run earlier in the week and settled for bronze. Then, Merritt was a bit player in the Usain Bolt going-away party, finishing sixth in the 200 -- a race he considered pure gravy.But Bolt was long gone -- having stopped by the track quickly to receive gold medal No. 9 and take a selfie with Farah -- and South Africa had left the building, too.As Felix had done minutes earlier, Merritt took a narrow lead and opened it way up. This relay gold goes with those he took in both the 4x400 relay and the 400 flat in 2008. He was injured and on the sideline in 2012.The 200 was just extra for me, there was no training regimen for it, the 30-year-old Merritt said. If I wouldve medaled, I wouldve been grateful. But we really wanted to win this 4x4. It didnt go the way the guys wanted it four years ago, so we knew how important it was.It wasnt all perfect for the red, white and blue.High jumpers Chaunte Lowe, a mother of three who finally felt ready for her Olympic moment, and Vashti Cunningham, daughter of former NFL quarterback Randall, finished fourth and 13th in a contest taken by Ruth Beitia of Spain.In the nights other finals, Thomas Rohler of Germany won the javelin and South Africas Caster Semenya took the womens 800 meters in a result that surprised nobody.That the Americans are leaving with the most medals is no shock, either. Theyve done it at every Olympic track meet since 1992.The numbers may not have shocked anyone. Some of the names, and where they ended up on the results list, certainly did.I would have been really happy with a silver, Centrowitz said. And coming away with gold is unbelievable. 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