Lakers’ Josh Hart out 4-6 weeks after undergoing hand surgery

Los Angeles Lakers rookie Josh Hart is expected to miss four to six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured fourth metacarpal in his left hand on Friday, according to the team.

Hart, who suffered the injury on Wednesday in practice, had the surgery performed by Dr. Steven S. Shin. According to the team’s timetable, Hart could potentially return as early as March 30 against Milwaukee.

At that point the Lakers would have eight games remaining in the season. Head coach Luke Walton said on Thursday that if Hart returns with “a couple of weeks left [in the season] then yeah we’ll get him back on the court.”

Wiggins added 21 points for the Timberwolves. Towns has had a double-double in a league-high 55 games this season.

Timberwolves: The Timberwolves waived forward Shabazz Muhammad before the game. “He wasn’t playing as much as he would have liked and we told him we’d try to do the right thing for him,” coach Tom Thibodeau said. Muhammad averaged 3.8 points and 1.4 rebounds in 32 games this season. … The Timberwolves arrived in Portland early and Thibodeau was able to attend Portland’s 116-99 victory over Sacramento on Tuesday.

Portis had 15 in the second half and Chicago used a 16-4 run in the final five minutes to end a five-game losing streak.

The game featured two of the worst teams in the league, both entering with 10-game losing streaks and looking more at their draft position than any long-lost hope of the postseason. The Suns victory gave them 19 wins, one more than Memphis, but Phoenix has two more losses in the race to the bottom. Some statistics were reflective of both teams’ troubles. Memphis committed 20 turnovers Cheap Jerseys Wholesale China and shot 38 percent for the game, while the Suns had 16 miscues and connected on 46 percent.

The Grizzlies are not only losing, but really not getting Cheap Kids Football Jerseys close. They have lost their last four by an average of 17 points.

“We haven’t really been on track all season,” Harrison said. “We’ve got to continue to play better.”

Portis leads late rally, Bulls beat Mavs 108-100

Bobby Portis and the Chicago Bulls finally broke through with a late burst that made the difference.

There obviously aren’t a lot of fade options on a four-game slate, but I’m not willing to pay top dollar for a rookie who figures to see plenty of LeBron James. Sure, Simmons is impressive and I love his long-term outlook, but “The King” will be looking to send a message to a city that is shamelessly recruiting him. I fear that could mean a long night for Simmons.

In two games against Cleveland, Simmons has totaled just 24 points, 12 assists (11 turnovers), and 14 rebounds — numbers that simply aren’t appealing at his current price point. Furthermore, the Cavaliers are in the midst of a five-game homestand and have off-days on both sides of this game, making this a good spot for a rested James to impose his will. If you’re “trusting the process” tonight, Joel Embiid is far-and-away the best member of the 76ers to roster in this spot.

Simmons has played very well of late. He’s seemingly gotten through his rookie wall, and his good play is reflected with near-max level pricing in DFS. However, he is coming off three straight solid, but by no means monster outings. He also has had two performances of relative insignifigance in his meetings against the Cavaliers this season. I simply do not expect him to live up to his price tag on Thursday.

So … what gives with the shortfall? Where is the ding in Antetokounmpo’s numerical portfolio? What’s keeping him from fulfilling his top-two ADP?

Becoming a top-three player requires a special brand of statistical domination. A player might be able to crack 18-19 Player Rater points with one mediocre-to-bad category. LeBron is a substandard free throw shooter (73.8 FT% on 6.0 attempts per game). James Harden hits a boatload of 3s but pays a small price in his field goal percentage (44.9 FG% on 20.6 attempts).

“I feel like I will get out of it, man,” Ball said at the time. “It is still early in the season. We have a long season to go, just keep working.”

Since the start of December, Ball has shot 43 percent from the field and 38 percent from the 3 line, despite not playing for a six-game stint and then a 15-game stretch due to injuries to his shoulder and knee, respectively. He also sat out one game — against the Sacramento Baseball Jerseys For Sale Kings on Saturday — as the team held him out of his first back-to-back since returning Cheap NFL Jerseys Nike from his sprained MCL injury.

2017 Stanley Cup Final: Hungry, resilient Penguins on verge of second straight championship

Back in April, before the Stanley Cup playoffs started, two current National Hockey League players told me each believed the Pittsburgh Penguins were the best team in the tournament, but likely would not win the title.

Sidney Crosby assisted on Phil Kessel’s power-play goal 50 seconds into the third period with a slick behind-the-back pass. It was the 100th helper of the captain’s playoff career, making him the 22nd player in NHL history to reach the mark.

Western Conference finals: Ducks at Predators, Game 6, 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN ‘ In Nashville’s latest biggest hockey game ever, the Predators are on the precipice of their first Stanley Cup Final trip in franchise history. Both teams are riddled by injury, but John Gibson’s status looms largest. The Ducks will need their No. 1 goalie healthy and in form to force a Game 7.

Ellis (11), Subban (10) and Josi (10) rank Nos. 2-4 in points among defensemen, trailing only Karlsson’s 18.

Not to mention Pekka Rinne, at age 34, is enjoying one of the best postseason runs by a goalie in history. His .941 save percentage is tops among netminders who saw at least 16 games since Mike Smith in 2011?12.

If that continues against the Penguins, Rinne will be mentioned with the likes of Cup winners Jean-Sebastien Giguere (2002-03) and Jonathan Quick (2011-12).

It’s a unique challenge, Crosby said Sunday. When you’re thinking about playing teams, you’re talking about usually forwards, snipers. You don’t usually think of a group of defensemen as guys that finish as well as they do. Usually one, maybe two guys do that in a D-corps. They have the luxury of having a number of them.

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Such was Bergevin’s choice, though there was no debate in the GM’s mind which path he would choose.

Nobody has a goaltender like Carey Price in the league, Bergevin told reporters on Sunday. Goalies are not important until you don’t have one. … It’s a position that’s really hard to find, and we have in my opinion, our opinion, one of the best in the business, so I’m going to keep him and make sure he’s here for the rest of his career.

Price has a lifetime 2.40 goals-against average in 509 regular season appearances, though he’s been below that number each of the last four seasons as he entered his prime. Just three seasons ago he ran the table by winning the Vezina Trophy, Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award, leading the league with 44 wins while posting a 1.96 GAA and .933 save percentage. He was again a Vezina finalist this year, ranking fifth with 37 victories, sixth with a 2.23 GAA and tied for seventh with a .923 save percentage.

I love that about the guy. Yeah, he’s always like that. I think our players get a kick out of him, quite honestly, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said about Kessel channeling his emotions into the game-winner. He’s a guy that, he’s a vocal guy. He’s an emotional guy, and he’s all in. He wants to win. So when he comes back to the bench, if he thinks he wanted a puck or he was open, he lets a player know. Hey, give it to him. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that.

Ultimately, Ottawa was done in by one bad third period after putting on a masterclass on how to beat the Penguins in their five previous. The Sens failed to produce a shot on goal until 4:54 remaining in the final frame ‘ a span of 18:53 that extended to before the second intermission.

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Stanley Cup Final three stars: Penguins on cusp of repeat after clinic in Pittsburgh return

Fed up and prepared to play like it, the Penguins took their pent-up frustration from a nightmare trip to Nashville and channeled it into a wire-to-wire drubbing of the Predators in their return to Pittsburgh.

Perhaps no one had more to play for than Crosby.

The play that stands out above all others as quintessential Hossa took place on Oct. 24, 2008 against his old team, Atlanta. Like many times before, Hossa, then a Detroit Red Wing, read a play at center-ice, and this time saw Thrashers’ defenseman Zach Bogosian confronted by Tomas Holmstrom. The Red Wings forward eventually got a piece of the puck and gently nudged it to Hossa, who was taking off at full speed down the ice. Rather than just continuing at that pace and trying to go short side on goalie Kari Lehtonen, the left-handed winger went for the spectacular. He saw Mathieu Schneider as the lone defenseman, scooted past the 39-year-old with a quick little forehand-to-backhand toe drag that forced Lehtonen off his line. Instead of impatiently trying to backhand it past a sprawling Lehtonen, Hossa realized the time he had, brought the puck back onto his forehand, and gave it a quick little tap-in to the net.

Mason has already been typecast in the role as the well-traveled veteran who can instill his knowledge of the position upon the younger Hellebuyck. In reality, it could be much like the picture Mason painted, of two guys battling for minutes and, Maurice utlimately going with whomever is playing better at the time.

But the bottom line is, for as many goals as Laine will score, and for as many points as Scheifele and Wheeler will contribute, the Jets can only go as far as their goaltending will allow Jerseys For Cheap them. Last season, the Calgary Flames posted the lowest team 5v5 save-percentage of any of the Grade Cheap Jerseys 16 playoff qualifiers at .921 (and their goaltending was certainly viewed as a weakness).

Miller followed proper hockey etiquette in never touching the Stanley Cup before being part of a championship winner.

The closest he ever got was in the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, which turned out to be the worst playoff series of his career. He had just an .889 save percentage in four losses. The Rangers lost to the Kings in five.

Having an all-world goalie doesn’t always translate to Cups. It’s not like having a Tom Brady at quarterback or a LeBron James with the ball in his hands. A goaltender can only do so much.

Roberto Luongo hasn’t won a Cup. Curtis Joseph never did. Dominik Hasek won six Vezinas and two Hart Trophies with the Sabres and never won a Cup. He finally won one with the Red Wings at the tail end of his career.

Miller followed proper hockey etiquette in never touching the Stanley Cup before being part of a championship winner.

Weber? Not so much.

“I’m sorry to confess, but in the first year of the Predators I carried the Cup into grade schools here to give them an idea of what this new team would hopefully play for one day.”

Almost 20 years later, the Predators are indeed among the final two teams vying for Lord Stanley’s chalice, winning twice on home ice to knot the series ahead of Thursday’s Game 5 in Pittsburgh. Two more Predators victories and the Stanley Cup will again be in the hands of Pete Weber.

“No matter how it all ends up, it’s been a thrill,” he said.

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Best Twitter reactions to Derrick Rose going AWOL

Knicks star Derrick Rose went AWOL before Monday’s 110-96 loss to the Pelicans, but was back with the team on Tuesday.

Derrick Rose has rejoined the team and has been fined. He is expected to be in uniform tomorrow in Philadelphia.

Now that we know he’s ok, we can share some of the funniest Twitter reactions after the Knicks, including coach Jeff Hornacek, revealed they didn’t know why the point guard didn’t show up to Monday’s game.

“There’s no market more important for us than Mexico, we already have discussions earlier (Saturday) about bringing other games here,” Silver said in a press conference before Saturday’s Spurs-Suns game in Mexico City. “But ultimately it will make more sense to bring more teams rather than just have two teams play each other for a single event to maybe bring multiple teams and to have some sort of midseason tournament, sort of like a round-robin tournament.”

Silver has become known for his ideas, big and small. He’s experimented with a 44-minute preseason game and is considering adopting a new playoff system that takes the best teams regardless of conference, among other visions.

“In terms of a franchise here in Mexico City, it is something to look at,” Silver said. “Obviously, it’s an incredible market with over 20 million people, the largest market in North America and, while we have no immediate Nike Elite Cheap Jerseys plans to expand, one of the things that we look at, it’s whether expanding will be additive to the league as a whole and clearly coming to Mexico City, not just because the population of the city but as a gateway to the New Cheap Jerseys rest of Latin America could potentially be very important for the league.”

Saturday’s Spurs-Suns game was the fifth regular-season game played in Mexico, which has hosted 24 NBA games since 1992.

teammate Carmelo Anthony picked up the slack with his game-winning shot with 25 seconds to go.

Joakim Noah scored just two points in 12 minutes in a win over Pacers and did not look like a professional basketball player on this free-throw attempt. Remember, he’s making $72 million with the Knicks.

While Noah was putting up bricks, teammate Carmelo Anthony picked up the slack with his game-winning shot with 25 seconds to go.

Toronto will be without All-Star DeMar DeRozan (ankle) either of the next two games and are in danger of dropping their fourth in a row on Tuesday against the Spurs, who have won their past four including a 112-86 romping of the Nets on Monday despite Kawhi Leonard (rest) and Tony Parker (foot) not playing. San Antonio has now scored 100 or more points in the last 21 games — longest streak by a Spurs team since going 22 straight in 1995.

We all know Harden is a stud — he scored 29 points with 10 assists and six rebounds in a 119-95 win over the Grizzlies — but few probably think of Sam Dekker as an offensive threat. The Wisconsin product was just that Saturday, however, as he scored a career-high 30 points while making the start for ill Ryan Anderson.

With Joel Embiid out nursing a sore knee, Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel had an opportunity to earn more minutes. Neither did anything to impress while watching the 76ers lose 110-93 to the Hawks. Okafor scored just 12 points with four rebounds in 30 minutes. Noel added just four points and three rebounds.

The Trail Blazers shooting guard finished Saturday’s 127-123 overtime win over the Celtics with 35 points and three assists. Isaiah Thomas led Boston with 41 points and six assists.

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Giants QB battle: Davis Webb ready to be the guy behind Eli

The Giants have not needed to think about their backup quarterback much for almost 13 seasons. Eli Manning will make his 212th consecutive start, including playoffs, in Week 1 of the 2017 season. But he’s also 36 and coming off one of his shakiest passing seasons.

As many expected, Manning’s recent play pushed New York into taking a QB relatively high in the draft. Third-rounder Davis Webb was the first QB the team drafted since fourth-rounder Ryan Nassib in 2013. Before Nassib, there were only late-round flyers Rhett Bomar and Andre Woodson since the Manning era began in 2004.

Webb will be the No. 3 QB in Week 1 no matter what. That doesn’t mean he won’t emerge as the best guy behind Manning.

Gruden, who reportedly rejected coaching opportunities with the Colts, Rams and 49ers this past offseason, says he’s not only leaving the door open to a return to coaching football but is preparing himself to come back when the perfect opportunity arises.

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It helps me in my broadcasting and I think if you lose that edge…you can’t Cheap NCAA Jerseys come back unless you are totally wired with college football, personnel, schemes, the CBA, how people are practicing, trends, you know. You’ve got stay on top of this stuff.

LeBron James admits sacrificing family for success, apologizes to wife

LeBron James is a big man.

The three-time NBA champion and four-time MVP is listed at 6-8, 250 pounds officially, but most recognize he’s likely closer to 6-9, 270.

Known for his selflessness off the court, James, who’s averaging a career-best 8.8 assists in 2016-17, isn’t too big to admit his selfishness off it. During a recent episode of Cavs’ teammates Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye’s podcast “Road Trippin,” the 13-time all-star admitted he’d had to apologize to his wife for, at times, sacrificing his family in the pursuit of greatness.

“It’s got to be up to us to change that and the only way to do that, is to do it out there on the court. I think we’re taking steps in that direction. I think our guys want to get there and I think they are learning how to get there, we’re just not there yet.”

If the phrase “soft” and “Lakers” sound familiar together, it’s probably because it’s the same thing Byron Scott said about the team in 2015. Being labeled as “soft” in the NBA is one of the worst insults because it means you’re an easy opponent since you don’t try hard enough.

Julius Randle, who had a triple-double in Tuesday’s game, wasn’t so ready to give his Cheap Liverpool Soccer Jerseys teammates the soft label. Although he admits they need to get better.

“It pisses me off, cause we’re not soft,” Randle said, via Lakers Cheap Mitchell And Ness Jerseys Nation. “But, we’re not the aggressor, when we’re the aggressive team, we give ourselves a chance to win and the soft stuff is out the window. When we’re not the aggressor, then teams have confidence, players have confidence.”