Putting the fact of playing at home aside, it came down to which team is ready to win, that was the biggest priority on my list, explained Shattenkirk. When you are with the New York Rangers, they’re in the business to win every year. They’re not a team looking to go through a rebuild. It seems like every year they are making the moves necessary to make their team a championship team. I think we are right on the cusp of making something big happen here.
The Rangers won 48 games a year ago and finished with 102 points, good for fourth place in the ultra-competitive Metropolitan Division, fifth in the Eastern Conference. It was the third straight season the Rangers earned at least 100 points; and since 2011-12 New York appeared in three conference finals, won a President’s Trophy and played in the 2014 Stanley Cup Final.
If you can bring it home in New York, it’s something you can’t replicate anywhere else, the New York-born and bred Shattenkirk said of winning the Cup.
A pinpoint shot from the blue line by Predators defenseman P.K. Subban beat Penguins goalie Matt Murray 7:13 into the first period. On the surface, it appeared Nashville was off to an early lead. Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan felt otherwise and challenged whether Filip Forsberg was offside as the Predators gained the attacking zone.
Upon further video review, officials ruled that was in fact the case.
As Forsberg corralled the pass, his left foot crossed into the Penguins zone while the puck remained on the blue line, negating the goal by a matter of inches, and seconds. Under strict interpretation of offside, it’s the correct call, but that won’t stop the debate over the coach’s challenge to spill out on the NHL’s biggest stage.
Cleveland has confidence after completing a comeback in 2016, and knowing LeBron James still exists always helps. But this version of the Warriors provides a much different challenge, especially with Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant both healthy and playing at MVP levels.
So what happens in Game 3? Here are a few important factors that may end up deciding this contest as well as the series.
The biggest storyline for the second half (apart from whether the Cavs win) will be LeBron James’ bid to surpass Michael Jordan in all-time postseason scoring. With 20 points this game so far, James needs only eight points to surpass Jordan. He also seven rebounds and steals, and is well on his way to a triple-double.
Some stats from the half. Cleveland is shooting 59.5 percent from the field (25 of 42). Boston is 44.7 percent (21 of 47). LeBron James (20), Deron Williams (14) Kevin Love (12) and Kyrie Irving (11) all have double-digit scores Avery Bradley (19) and Jae Crowder (11) lead the Celtics in scoring.
The Cavs lead the Celtics 75-57, putting up a franchise record for most points scored in a half. If they had a mind to, they could likely hit 150. But it won’t get that bad, not if they keep dominating Boston.
The Cavs are currently shooting 8 of 17 from 3-point land, compared to the Celtics’ 4-of-12 shooting. Cleveland has 18 points off the bench compared to Boston’s 14. Perhaps Deron Williams has something to do with the Cavs’ success?
Former NBA commissioner David Stern voiced his disappointment with the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday for resting key starters in their April 12 regular season finale against the Chicago Bulls.
The Nets, who finished the season with a league-worst 22-60 record, sat their three best starters in Jeremy Lin, Brook Lopez, and Trevor Booker — all healthy — against a Bulls team that needed just one win to secure playoff position as the Eastern Conference’s eighth seed.
This is the fear with Stanton, of course, who has missed 25 games Cheap Steelers Jerseys or more in four out of his last five seasons. So it goes for exceptionally large baseball players. When you’re 13 different smaller men stacked up in an oversized trench coat, that just means there are 13 times as many muscles to pull. The only thing that can bring him down is an uncooperative body. So far, the returns are less than inspiring.
Back to that original question, though, about if this is the Giancarlo Stanton we should get used to. The only logical answer right now is “I don’t know, but I will protect my fanboy hopes with a switchblade if needed.” Stanton is one of my favorite all-time players to watch, so if he descends into the murky waters of Horner — while making $30 million or more deep into his 30s — it would be unfathomably depressing.
The good news is that great players can have subpar seasons, too. Of the players from that earlier list, Al Kaline was merely OK in an injury-marred season when he was 25. Mathews’ 1958 season was the kind of low-average, high-dinger season Stanton had last year, but he shook it off and had some of the best seasons of his career. Orlando Cepeda and Ken Griffey, Jr. both had injuries and less-than-stellar seasons in their mid-20s, only to rebound shortly after.
Gordon Hayward was forced to leave Utah’s Game 4 matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers in the second quarter with food poisoning, so the Jazz called on Rodney Hood to fill his place, and boy did he deliver.
Though he struggled for most of the night, Hood drilled a three-pointer to put the Jazz up 97-92, and gave his best Stephen Curry impression afterward with a quick shimmy:
But Hood’s work didn’t stop there. Immediately afterward, he hit another clutch shot over Jamal Crawford, effectively sinking the Clippers and securing Utah’s Game 4 victory:
Hood didn’t have the most efficient game, tallying 18 points on 6-of-16 shooting. But that shimmy tells me he’s got to be feeling great after nailing those two shots.
Hrm, it seems as if the bullpen is currently scary as all hell, but we’re out of time! And the more and more I look at the Twins, the more I think about Santana and Santiago being quality pitchers with one of the best pitching prospects in baseball behind them, with Sano breaking out and Kepler continuing to progress, with Buxton still having the world’s greatest building blocks for continued baseball success, with players like Dozier, who can be a star, and players Grossman and Escobar, who have each contributed something over the last couple seasons.
Not only is he raking, though, but the anecdotal and empirical evidence is suggesting that he might stick at third base after all. The success of the Twins’ season doesn’t have to measured by a postseason berth. If Sano can turn into the kind of franchise player the Twins can plop Cheap Throwback Jerseys down at third base for the next decade, it will be one of their best seasons out of the last five, regardless of Cheap Team Soccer Jerseys how many they win.
The 49ers would love to trade down, but there aren’t any teams looking to move up. Thomas is a bit of a reach on our board, but he’ll be a long-time NFL player with great pass rush upside. There’s also a real chance this selection is Mitchell Trubisky … if the Redskins trade their current QB for this pick.
The second overall pick is too early for the Niners to force a quarterback solution, so here, they simply go for the next freakish edge player on the board. Thomas’ stock has risen as more have gotten wind of his jaw-dropping combination of size and agility. They now realize he’s more scheme- and alignment-proof and has “next J.J. Watt” potential.
During his time as the Steelers owner, Rooney served on the board of directors for the NFL Trust Fund, NFL Films, and the scheduling committee. Rooney was also the chairman of the NFL’s expansion committee that added Seattle and Tampa Bay to the league in 1976.
“Few men have contributed as much to the National Football League as Dan Rooney,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he was one of the finest men in the history of our game and it was a privilege to work alongside him for so many years.
“Dan’s dedication to the game, to the players and coaches, to his beloved Pittsburgh, and to Steelers fans everywhere was unparalleled. He was a role model and trusted colleague to commissioners since Bert Bell, countless NFL owners, and so many others in and out of the NFL. A voice of reason on a wide range of topics, including diversity and labor relations, Dan always had the league’s best interests at heart. For my part, Dan’s Cheap Full Dye Softball Jerseys friendship and counsel were both inspiring and irreplaceable. My heart goes out to Patricia, Art, and the Baseball Jerseys Cheap entire Rooney family on the loss of this extraordinary man.”