Kevin Durant won’t play in the All-Star Game, will still pick his team
NEW YORK — Nets star Kevin Durant will not play in the NBA All-Star Game due to an injured hamstring, but he will play captain and general manager for his All-Star squad Team Durant, the New York Daily News confirmed Saturday. Durant, who was named Eastern Conference All-Star captain for the the March 7 game by raking in more combined fan, player and media votes, will still select his team’s starters and captains against Western Conference captain LeBron James despite not actually being available to play in the game. The NBA All-Star Draft will take place on Thursday and will air on TNT. It is...
New York Daily News
Red Wings earn second straight win, defeat Blackhawks, 5-3
No Dylan Larkin, no problem for the Red Wings, at least this one night. With Larkin back in Detroit because of an upper-body injury, the Wings persevered without their captain Saturday as they defeated the Chicago Blackhawks, 5-3. Bobby Ryan, Darren Helm, Christian Djoos — on the power play, ending an 0-for-40 Wings drought — Evgeny Svechnikov (in his first game this season) and Frans Nielsen scored for the Wings, while goaltender Jonathan Bernier continued his fine stretch with 33 saves. Coach Jeff Blashill said before the game Larkin would miss the two-game series in Chicago after getting hu...
The Detroit News
Magic stumble in second half as Jazz pull away
ORLANDO, Fla. — The Orlando Magic were hoping to be the first team to beat the Utah Jazz this season when trailing after three quarters. The Jazz would have none of it. The Magic took a small bite out of a double-digit lead early in the fourth quarter but couldn’t gain any traction after that and took a 124-109 loss Saturday against the Jazz in front of 4,242 at Amway Center. Orlando (13-21) can take some solace in a lopsided loss to Utah. The Jazz entered Saturday’s game leading the NBA in net rating (+9.7) and now have 14 victories of 15 points or more. They also improved to 25-0 this season...
Sixers lose to Cavaliers, 112-109, in overtime, for rare home defeat
PHILADELPHIA — “Preparation, Process, Parade” is a mantra Doc Rivers has the 76ers focusing on this season. “That’s the only things on our minds,” Dwight Howard said recently, “preparing every day, going through the process. Hopefully the end of the year, we’ll have a parade.” But the Sixers know winning the title and having that end-of-season parade won’t come easy. “We just got to go out every night and lock in on our goal, which is to dominate every game,” Howard said. They’ll definitely have to play better than they did in Saturday night’s 112-109 overtime loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers a...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
It’s Cubs outfielder Joc Pederson’s time to seize his opportunity: ‘I don’t think I am respected as an everyday player’
Joc Pederson is betting on himself. The new Chicago Cubs outfielder turned down multiyear offers elsewhere for a one-year deal in Chicago because the organization offered the main thing he coveted. Pederson wanted an opportunity to play every day, and he will get a chance to show he’s more than a platoon option as the Cubs’ starting left fielder. Pederson, entering his eighth big league season, knows it is on him to deliver. Manager David Ross isn’t going to keep running him out there if Pederson doesn’t come through against left-handers. Ross brought that up during a phone conversation with P...
Josh Gordon returning to the field — in the new Fan Controlled Football league
SEATTLE — Receiver Josh Gordon, who last saw NFL action with the Seahawks in 2019, is returning to football — in the Fan Controlled Football league. Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Saturday that Gordon has signed to play for the Zappers, whose roster includes former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, in the four-team league. The league plays all of its games in Duluth, Georgia, and the season runs through March 27. (Games are viewable on Twitch.) Gordon could play in as many as four games for the Zappers, and he likely hopes to show that he has remained in football shape during his time away...
The Seattle Times
Flyers skate over Sabres, 3-0, behind Brian Elliott
The Flyers went into Buffalo to face a team that is limping, griping, and in last place in the division and did precisely what they needed to do. Brian Elliott stopped all 23 shots and Sean Couturier, Shayne Gostisbehere, and Scott Laughton scored as the Flyers picked up a methodical 3-0 victory. Now, they get to do it all over again. The teams will run it right back on Sunday afternoon (3 p.m., NBCSP). Gostisbehere was up on his skates, as Gene Hart used to stay. He had six shots on goal for the second consecutive game. The Flyers are 10-4-3, gathering points and picking up reinforcements. Ja...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Draymond Green’s triple-double fuels Warriors past Hornets
SAN FRANCISCO — Draymond Green had a triple-double and the Golden State Warriors earned their first three-game win streak of the season in Friday’s 130-121 win over the Charlotte Hornets at Chase Center. With 11 points, 19 assists and 12 rebounds, Green earned a franchise-record 25th triple-double of his career and set the tone on a night when the Warriors assisted on 38 of their 48 made field goals. Green had eight assists in the first quarter alone, several going to Kelly Oubre Jr., who exploited Charlotte’s defense for cuts and dunks at the rim and finished with 27 points on 11-for-15 shoot...
The Mercury News
‘We were a step slow:’ Hawks lackluster in loss to Thunder
The Hawks (14-19) fell behind in the second quarter and could never make up ground in their 118-109 loss to the Thunder (14-19) in Oklahoma City Friday. Next up, the Hawks play in Miami Sunday and Tuesday. ——— Below are some takeaways from the loss: 1. Facing an Oklahoma City team that’s in rebuilding mode and was missing Al Horford, the Hawks trailed by eight at halftime after a rough second quarter and fell behind 16 in the third quarter as they struggled to get stops. Thanks to a layup by John Collins and 3-pointer by Trae Young, the Hawks were able to pull within six points at the 2:51 mar...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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