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Jaylen Brown has earned widespread acclaim during his breakout season, but that doesn’t mean awards are coming his way. DraftKings Sportsbook on Wednesday set the Boston Celtics swingman’s odds of winning the NBA’s Most Improved Player Award at +8000. Brown’s lines cement him among the longshots, some distance behind those of favorites Brandon Ingram of…

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STARS AT MAPLE LEAFS PREGAME NOTES: Kasperi Kapanen has drawn 12 penalties this season and taken four, which gives him the highest net penalties among Toronto skaters (+8) and ranks tied for 29th among NHL forwards.- Ranks second among Maple Leafs and 12th among NHL right wingers who have appeared in 50 games in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.28) at 5-on-5.- Has recorded 11 points (2 goals, 9 assists) in 15 games since January 1.

DALLAS STARS (32-19-5 – 69 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (30-19-8 – 68 Points)

FEBRUARY 13, 2020 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

SCOTIABANK ARENA (TORONTO, ON) ▪
TV: SPORTSNET ONTARIO ▪ RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus DALLAS

ALL-TIME RECORD:97-91-28-1 (217 Games)
ALL-TIME AT HOME:55-38-17-0 (110 Games)
2019-20:1-0-0
LAST FIVE:4-1-0
LAST 10:8-2-0

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus DALLAS

GAMES PLAYED:Kyle Clifford (33), Tyson Barrie (26), Jake Muzzin (24)
GOALS:John Tavares (8), Tyson Barrie (7), Auston Matthews (5), Jason Spezza (5)
ASSISTS:Tyson Barrie (16), Mitch Marner (10), Morgan Rielly (10), John Tavares (10)
POINTS:Tyson Barrie (23), John Tavares (18), Mitch Marner (12)
PENALTY MINUTES:Kyle Clifford (37), Tyson Barrie (20), Jake Muzzin (10)

MAPLE LEAFS – STARS TEAM STATS

 TORONTODALLAS
GOALS FOR (Rank):202 (1st)149 (t-24th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       185 (t-26th)140 (3rd)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):39/157 [24.8%] (4th)34/167 [20.4%] (t-12th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):123/158 [77.8%] (23rd)149/182 [81.9%] (t-10th)
SHOTS (Rank):1914 (4th)1717 (21st)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):2893 (2nd)2441 (20th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):52.5% (5th)49.2% (19th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.9% (3rd)52.2% (4th)

MAPLE LEAFS – STARS NOTES

First Matchup between Clubs:November 11, 1967 (Minnesota 2, Toronto 1)
All-Time Record:97-91-28-1 (217 Games)
All-Time Record at Home:55-38-17-0 (110 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road:42-53-11-1 (107 Games)
Last Win vs. Opponent on the Road:March 14, 2018 (Toronto 6, Dallas 5 SO)
  

MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. STARS

Frederik AndersenFirst NHL game (Oct. 20, 2013 (ANA) vs. DAL)
First NHL win (Oct. 20, 2013 (ANA) vs. DAL)
Tyson Barrie300th NHL point (Mar. 21, 2019 (COL) at DAL)
Jack CampbellSelected by Dallas in the first round (11th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft.
Andreas JohnssonFirst NHL game (March 14, 2018 vs. DAL)
Jason SpezzaSkated in 379 games for Dallas from 2014-19, recording 228 points (81 goals, 147 assists)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS40 (Matthews)
ASSISTS43 (Marner)
POINTS68 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS21 (Marner, Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Engvall, Kapanen)
PIMs36 (Muzzin)
SHOTS231 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%57.6% (Gauthier)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %55.2% (Nylander)
BLOCKED SHOTS86 (Muzzin)
TAKEAWAYS63 (Matthews)
HITS99 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME24:15 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:10 (Marner)
SH TOI PER GAME2:50 (Ceci)

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Tied for second among NHL goaltenders in wins (24).- Has a 10-5-6 record on home ice with a .900 save percentage and a 3.16 goals-against average.- Is 13-5-2 in 21 games against Western Conference opponents with a .929 save percentage and a 2.31 goals-against average this season.- Has a save percentage over .900 in 57.1 percent of his starts this season, which is the sixth-highest percentage among goaltenders who have appeared in 40 games.
Tyson Barrie– Has five multi-assist games, which is tied for 11th-most among NHL defencemen.- Tied for ninth among NHL defencemen in multi-point games (9).
– Leads the Maple Leafs in slap shots taken (49).- Has 23 points (7 goals, 16 assists) in 26 career games against the Stars, which is his second-highest career point total against a single opponent.
Jack Campbell– Was drafted by Dallas in the first round (11th overall) in the 2010 NHL Draft. Appeared in one game for the Stars during the 2013-14 season.- Has made one start against the Stars (January 17, 2019) and stopped 29 of the 30 shots he faced to earn a victory.
Kyle Clifford– Ranks sixth among NHL left wingers who have appeared in 50 games in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (54.9%).
– Ranks 25th among NHLers who have appeared in at least 50 games played in hits per 60 minutes (9.04).
Pierre Engvall– Signed a two-year contract extension on February 12.- Has played 30. 7 percent of Toronto’s shorthanded ice time since joining the team, which is the second-highest shorthanded time on ice percentage among the League’s rookie forwards.- Has an on-ice goals-for percentage of 57.1 percent at 5-on-5, which is the third highest among NHL rookie forwards who have appeared in 30 games.
Justin Holl– Ranks first in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (52.5%) among right-handed defencemen who have started less than 45 percent of their 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone (44.3%).- Has the highest unblocked shot attempt percentage at 5-on-5 (53.0%) among right-handed defencemen to have started fewer than 45 percent (44.3%) of their shifts in the offensive zone.
Michael Hutchinson– Had made the second-most saves (373) among NHL goaltenders who have appeared in 15 or fewer games.
Zach Hyman– Third among Toronto skaters and tied for 32nd among NHLers in points since January 1 (7-8-15; 16 GP).- Has 16 points (7-9-16) in 17 games on home ice this season. – Ranks fifth among Maple Leafs skaters in points per game (0.79).
Andreas Johnsson– Has drawn 11 penalties this season, which is fifth-most among Toronto skaters.- Has 46 points (22 goals, 24 assists) in 65 career games on home ice.
Kasperi Kapanen– Has drawn 12 penalties this season and taken four, which gives him the highest net penalties among Toronto skaters (+8) and ranks tied for 29th among NHL forwards.- Ranks second among Maple Leafs and 12th among NHL right wingers who have appeared in 50 games in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.28) at 5-on-5.- Has recorded 11 points (2 goals, 9 assists) in 15 games since January 1.
Alex Kerfoot– Ranks third among Toronto skaters who have appeared in 40 games in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.23) at 5-on-5.- Ninth among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (7-14-21).- Has four points (1-3-4) in nine career games against Dallas.
Mitch Marner– Tied for ninth among NHL skaters in assists (43). Has the most assists among NHLers who have appeared in fewer than 50 games.- Has 12 multi-assist games, which is tied for the second-most among NHL skaters.- Averaging 1.24 points per game, which is the ninth-highest average in the NHL.- Averaging 1.93 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks third among NHLers who have appeared in at least 40 games.- Ninth in the NHL in primary assists (28). His 28 primary assists are the most among NHLers who have appeared in 50 or fewer games.
Auston Matthews– Tied for second among NHL skaters in goals (40).- Leads the NHL with 30 even-strength goals.- Leads the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (25).- Leads the NHL in wrist shot goals (24).- Second in the NHL in multi-goal games (10).- Tied for 10th among NHL skaters in points (40-28-68).- Fourth in the NHL with 231 shots on goal.
William Nylander– Tied for the Maple Leaf lead in game-winning goals (4).- One of 10 NHLers to average at least 14:00 minutes per game at 5-on-5 (14:36) while maintaining a goal per 60-minute rate of at least 1.20 (1.27).- Averages 2.16 takeaways per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks third among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least 40 games.- Averaging 13.68 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks eighth among right wingers who average 14:00 per game at 5-on-5 (14:35).
Rasmus Sandin– Ranks third among rookie defencemen who have appeared in at least 10 games in points per 60 minutes of ice time (1.40) at 5-on-5. – Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 55.3 percent, which ranks third among rookie defencemen who have skated in at least 10 games.
Jason Spezza– Averaging 1.99 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which is the fourth-highest average among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least 40 games.- Averaging 1.00 goals per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which ranks third among Maple Leafs who have appeared in at least 40 games.- Averaging 1.00 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which is seventh among Maple Leafs who have appeared in at least 40 games.
John Tavares– Tied for 22nd among NHL skaters in multi-point games (15).- Has eight points (5-3-8) in six games during the month of February.- Has an on-ice shot attempt percentage of 54.3 percent at 5-on-5 when the Maple Leafs are leading in games, which is the highest percentage when leading among NHL forwards who have appeared in at least 40 games and average 15 minutes per game in 5-on-5 ice time (15:43).- Has drawn a team-high 15 penalties this season. – Has won 55 percent of his offensive zone faceoffs this seasons, which is the 11th-highest percentage among NHLers who have taken 900 draws in all situations.
  

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Zach HymanHas points (2-2-4) in three consecutive games.
Alex KerfootHas assists (3) in two consecutive games.
John TavaresHas points (5-3-8) in five consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Jason SpezzaFive assists from 600 assists
  

RECENT MILESTONES

Jack CampbellFirst game as a Maple Leaf (February 7 vs. ANA)
First win as a Maple Leaf (February 7 vs. ANA)
Kyle CliffordFirst game as a Maple Leaf (February 7 vs. ANA)
Mitch Marner200th NHL assist (February 7 vs. ANA)
John Tavares800th NHL game (February 8 at Montreal)
  

INJURY REPORT

Frederik Andersen (Neck)On injured reserve.
Cody Ceci (Ankle)On injured reserve.
Ilya Mikheyev (Wrist Laceration)On injured reserve.
Morgan Rielly (Foot)On injured reserve.
 Man Games Lost: 145

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

February 12Signed forward Pierre Engvall to a two-year contract extension.
February 10Recalled forward Pontus Aberg from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
Placed goaltender Frederik Andersen on injured reserve.
February 7Recalled defenceman Timothy Liljegren from the Toronto Marlies (AHL). Placed defenceman Cody Ceci on injured reserve.
  

NETS 101, RAPTORS 91 — WHAT THEY SAID: “I think when you look at it in totality, sitting where we are right now, I think we’re extremely pleased to get to this point. The good news is I think we’ll Marc Gasol back after the break. Norman Powell is pretty close as well. Obviously that’s what is most important, is to get our team back as a whole. I think our team really battled well with a couple of key guys missing. I think we’ve had a healthy team for two games this season, so we’ve done a nice job of plugging in and picking up.” — NICK NURSE.

KENNY ATKINSON FEBRUARY 12, 2020

On what intangibles were present for the Nets tonight: “I think I said it before the game, our compete level, our intensity level has to be three levels higher than them to have an opportunity to win the game. I thought our physicality, the things we were missing in the last two games against them, I thought we just raised that. We wanted it bad. The execution wasn’t perfect, but our will to win was at a super-high level. That’s why we came out with the W.”

On how big it has been to have balanced scoring: “I think – I don’t know how many turnovers we had – we took care of it. Against this team, you have to take care of it. You have to limit their transition points, and we’re starting to get some chemistry with the guys and it’s flowing better on both sides of the ball. Tonight was really a story about our defense. Going into the All-Star break, I know we have 30-something games left, but we’re a top 10 defensive team. Obviously, offensively we have a ways to go. But that’s a nice — you know I said, what was our identity? That looks like our identity right now if you say pick one thing that the Nets are doing well, and I think our defense will probably be top eight after this game. So we have to continue that and then shoot the ball a little better on offense.”

On if he feels like the Nets are turning a corner by being able to go toe-to-toe against teams with winning records: “I think we understand that there’s potential to see these teams down the road in a more important scenario, so it’s important that we play well. It’s important that we get this information against a really good team if you have to face off against them in the playoffs. Obviously, this wasn’t a playoff game, but it gave us good information. I think when we’re healthy and we have our whole roster intact, we’ll be pretty good. Let’s see how this stretch after the All-Star break goes. It’s important. We really want to gain some momentum, be playing well at the end of the season. That’s the goal right now.”

BROOKLYN NETS POSTGAME QUOTES

JOE HARRIS FEBRUARY 12, 2020

On the team’s defensive mentality since the last Toronto matchup: “I think the process has been right. Sometimes you get a little fortunate, teams are off. I thought tonight and especially against Indiana we just did a better job contesting every shot. We did a good job scrambling around. A lot of times defense gets broken down, but it’s about the second effort, closing out still getting contests. You know, we just talked about trying to be the more aggressive and assertive team on both ends. Especially when you play against quality teams. That’s usually what dictates the game, who is able to establish as the aggressor early on.”

On the team’s growth, ability to go toe-to-toe with quality teams: “It’s definitely a step in the right direction. Especially going to Indiana getting a win there. I don’t think we’d beaten any teams over .500 on the road all year, so for us to go on the road and have a big win like that is just good in terms of confidence going forward. Obviously we’re going to have a lot of tough games after the All-Star break. I don’t think anyone’s looking too far ahead. The biggest thing right now is making sure some guys recover but also some guys getting enough work over the break. Last time we had a few days off (after the holidays) we turned around and were 3–13. So I think a lot of guys are still trying to stay locked in. Take advantage of the time off that we have, rest, recuperate, get our bodies right and make sure we finish off this second half of the year strong.”

On ramping up effort with the possibility of playoffs: “Yeah, I think at the end of the day all you really want is just to be playing quality basketball. We started sharing the ball better. Guys are starting to find their rhythm in terms of shooting. And then the effort, the focus defensively I think it’s just been, we’ve been more cohesive. Whether it’s a testament to the focus, locking in with the preparation or whatever it might be. I think we knew how important this stretch was going into the break. It’s just a testament to guys locking in and staying focused and we just need to continue to do that moving forward.”

BROOKLYN NETS POSTGAME QUOTES

JARRETT ALLEN FEBRUARY 12, 2020

On what the energy is like in the locker room after a big win like tonight’s: “It’s a great win. Especially snapping that 15-game win streak. It’s a big mark for us.”

On how much sharing the ball offensively has been a point of emphasis: “I wouldn’t say it’s been a point of emphasis. We’ve been working on our defense and you always hear defense goes to offense.”

On if their recent wins against teams with lower records helped them get into a groove to win against teams with winning records: “It definitely does. Everybody talks about momentum in this league and that’s definitely what it is. Coming into these two games, these last three games before the break, tough schedule. Toronto, Indiana and then back to Toronto, we definitely had a good momentum coming in to this.”

On if teams like Toronto bring the intensity out of the Nets or is it a conscious mentality that they bring into the game: “It definitely has to be a conscious mentality. There have been games before where we came in not with the best mindset and got blown out. I’ll take Milwaukee for an example. They blew us out. But today, you could just feel the energy when we came into the locker room, we had shoot around before. Everybody was pumped up ready to play.”

BROOKLYN NETS POSTGAME QUOTES

NICK NURSE FEBRUARY 12, 2020

On what his mentality is heading into the All-Star break: “I think when you look at it in totality, sitting where we are right now, I think we’re extremely pleased to get to this point. The good news is I think we’ll Marc Gasol back after the break. Norman Powell is pretty close as well. Obviously that’s what is most important, is to get our team back as a whole. I think our team really battled well with a couple of key guys missing. I think we’ve had a healthy team for two games this season, so we’ve done a nice job of plugging in and picking up. In the big scheme of things, you look at the overall of where you’re sitting and we have to be pleased with that.”

On what the makeup of this team is this year without Kawhi Leonard: “Well, I think that we’re hoping that some of these guys have taken some steps forward. Obviously Kawhi (Leonard) is a late-game closer on both ends of the floor. Pascal Siakam has to assume that role. Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol have kind of stepped forward to assume the secondary role to Pascal Siakam. Fred VanVleet continues to get better. Norman Powell, before he got hurt, was getting better. So probably it’ll be a little more by committee on both ends and trying to figure out matchups. Again, our team has played pretty well. We’ve got some growth to do and we need to do for sure if we want to make a run at it again.”

BROOKLYN NETS POSTGAME QUOTES

FRED VANVLEET FEBRUARY 12, 2020

On the win streak ending and what he saw tonight: “It is what it is, man. I just think we didn’t have enough juice to overcome some of the things that were going on tonight. So, just didn’t have enough juice. I thought we were a little flat early and just couldn’t really get it going after that. It is what it is. We weren’t going to win them all. The break has come at a good time. Everybody is going on break and take some time and come back and get one started again.”

On what the Nets did differently tonight compared to past matchups: “Give them credit, they went and won the game. I’m not going to disrespect those guys, but we didn’t really make it that difficult for them. I don’t know how much adjustments they made. They just kind of played a little harder, fought a little harder. They hustled more, made their shots and we didn’t make ours. I didn’t see too many gameplay switches from them, felt pretty similar out there. We just didn’t play well enough to win, and they did.”

On if it felt like there was any carry over from the two teams’ last matchup: “They played us tough last game. This is a good team. Anybody can lose any given night in the NBA. It wasn’t like we were overlooking them or anything. We know they’re a tough team, they’re a playoff team and they played us tough pretty much every time we play them, and tonight was no different. Like I said, we just didn’t have enough to get over the hump tonight.”

BROOKLYN NETS POSTGAME QUOTES

KYLE LOWRY FEBRUARY 12, 2020

On if the All-Star break comes at a bad time following a loss: “I’m glad to get away, we need separation. You’ve been grinding since September and you need this time to kind of mentally decompress, physically decompress, and have guys go live their lives. Then we come back together and have the kind of newfound excitement to see each other again. That’s the one thing about the break, it gives you that time away from your brothers. You love being around them. We have a great team, so we don’t mind being around each other. But you know when you get back together it’s kind of like alright fellas, good to see you let’s have some more fun.”

On where he saw game plan changes from the Nets after playing them this past weekend: “They made shots, they played well. We didn’t play too well. They stuck with their coverages, they stuck with their game plan, they stuck with their schemes. We played kind of like walking zombies. We didn’t play well tonight, simple as that. We missed shots, we weren’t aggressive, we just didn’t play well. Give them credit. They played their butts off and they beat us. It’s only one game.”

NETS 101, RAPTORS 91 — POSTGAME NOTES: Kyle Lowry (12 points, 12 assists, 11 rebounds) posts 14th triple-double as a Raptor as win streak ends at 15.

FINAL SCORE: 101-91 DATE: February 12, 2020 – Game #53 (Home Game #28)

FINAL SCORE RECORD HIGH POINTS HIGH REBOUNDS HIGH ASSISTS

Toronto 91 40-15 Ibaka – 28 Lowry – 11 Lowry – 12

Brooklyn 101 25-28 LeVert – 20 Allen – 13 Dinwiddie – 9

TEAM NOTABLES

 The Nets improved to 25-28 with their victory this evening, while the Raptors fell to 40-15 this season following tonight’s loss. o Tonight’s game marked both Brooklyn and Toronto’s last game before the NBA All-Star break. Joe Harris, the 2019 3-Point Contest champion, and Spencer Dinwiddie, the 2018 Skills Contest champion, will represent the Nets during State Farm All-Star Saturday night this year. The event will be held on Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. ET at United Center in Chicago and will be broadcast on TNT and ESPN Radio.

o Up next for Brooklyn: Following the All-Star break, the Nets will travel to Philadelphia to play the 76ers on Thursday, 2/20, at 8 p.m. ET.

o Up next for Toronto: The Raptors will host Phoenix on Friday, 2/21, at 7:30 p.m. ET in their first game following the festivities.

 Tonight’s victory snapped Toronto’s franchise-record 15-game win streak, which marked the longest win streak the Nets have snapped in franchise history (previously the Nets had snapped Seattle’s 12-game win streak to start the 1982-83 season with a 111-91 Nets victory on 11/21/82).

o Brooklyn’s win also snapped the team’s six-game losing skid vs. Toronto (their last win prior to tonight: 106-105 in OT on 12/7/18).

 The Nets’ victory tonight extended Brooklyn’s season-best home winning streak to five games. o Brooklyn has now won each of its last five home games by 10+ points, matching a franchise record for consecutive double-digit home victories. The Nets had won five straight home games by double digits six times previously (most recently from 1/25 – 2/10/04).

 Brooklyn outrebounded Toronto 55-42 (+13) this evening, including a 12-6 edge on the offensive glass, and edged the Raptors 27-21 in assists.

 The Nets also outscored the Raptors 50-38 (+12) in points in the paint tonight.

 Brooklyn led Toronto 75-65 through three quarters tonight.

o The Nets had trailed through three quarters in each of their three previous meetings with Toronto this season (by a total of 22 points).

 The Nets led the Raptors 52-40 at halftime this evening.

o Toronto’s 40 points marked the second-fewest Brooklyn has allowed in a first half this season (behind a season-low 35 points on 12/17 at New Orleans).

 Brooklyn led Toronto 23-19 at the end of the first quarter tonight, extending Brooklyn’s streak of leads at the end of first quarters to eight straight games. Tonight marked the fourth time this season that Brooklyn held its opponent under 20 points in an opening quarter.

PLAYER NOTABLES

 Caris LeVert recorded 20 points, seven rebounds, four assists, a season-high four steals and a block in 36 minutes tonight.

o LeVert reached the 20-point mark for the fourth time in the last five games tonight, including each of the Nets’ last two games against Toronto (tonight and his career-high 37 points on Saturday night at Toronto).

o LeVert’s four steals this evening also matched a Nets season high (done four times previously this season).

o In his last five games, LeVert has averaged 24.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 5.2 apg and 1.8 spg in 32.3 mpg

 Joe Harris scored 19 points (7-of-12 FG) this evening with six rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block in 35 minutes against the Raptors. o Harris has now tallied 15+ points in five of his last six contests.

 Spencer Dinwiddie posted 17 points, six boards and a team-high nine assists in 34 minutes vs. Toronto.

o In his last three games, Dinwiddie has averaged 19.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg and 10.3 apg in 35.0 mpg. He’s posted nine or more assists in all three contests.

 Jarrett Allen totaled 10 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and a block in 20 minutes. o Allen recorded his team-leading 23rd double-double of the season tonight. He recorded 24 double-doubles all of last season (80 games).

 Garrett Temple also scored in double figures for Brooklyn this evening with 10 points in 25 minutes.

o Temple has scored in double figures in seven of his last nine games and in 27 total games this season.
2019

Anthony Rizzo says teams are treating luxury tax as a salary cap — HardballTalk | NBC Sports

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo spoke up about baseball’s luxury tax, saying that teams treat it like a salary cap when they shouldn’t.

Anthony Rizzo says teams are treating luxury tax as a salary cap — HardballTalk | NBC Sports

Raptors win streak ends at 15 as Nets exact a little revenge — Toronto Sun

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — That Raptors winning streak didn’t quite make it to the all-star break. Read More

Raptors win streak ends at 15 as Nets exact a little revenge — Toronto Sun
By MIKE GANTER

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — That Raptors winning streak didn’t quite make it to the all-star break.

It was snapped at 15 courtesy of the Brooklyn Nets who almost snapped it, and probably should have snapped it, two games earlier in Toronto.

In that one the Raptors had a 12-point lead to start the fourth and gave it all back but then rallied late to keep the streak alive.

This time around they were trailing for most of the game, leading briefly in the early going but never by more than two points. They were down by a dozen at the half and rarely got the deficit below that in an eventual 101-91 loss.

It’s the first loss by the Raptors since the San Antonio Spurs took them out on Jan 12.

It’s also probably their least effective game from an offensive standpoint since a Jan. 2 loss at Miami.

In that game the Raptors couldn’t buy a bucket and this felt the same. 

For the night against a tough Brooklyn team that was clearly still thinking about that should-have-been-win five nights earlier, the Raps shot just 38% as a team which was still better than the 32% they shot in Miami.

Contributing to this one, and Nick Nurse would probably say it a little more strongly than that if given a freebie from the league office, was a huge disparity in trips to the free throw line.

The Nets got there 25 times and converted for 20 points. The Raptors got there 13 times and made 10.

Here’s Where Hats From Bruins’ David Pastrnak’s Hat-Trick Goal Are Going — NESN.com

David Pastrnak’s efforts on Wednesday night, and the efforts of those at TD Garden, have helped a good cause. After the Boston Bruins’ winger netted his third goal of the game against the Montreal Canadiens, B’s fans took part in the well-established tradition and threw their hats on the ice. The Bruins announced on Twitter…

Here’s Where Hats From Bruins’ David Pastrnak’s Hat-Trick Goal Are Going — NESN.com

The Bruins announced on Twitter during the second intermission that those hats will be donated to the New England Center for Homeless Veterans

Read more at: https://nesn.com/2020/02/heres-where-hats-from-bruins-david-pastrnaks-hat-trick-goal-are-going/

A’s complained to MLB about Astros before Mike Fiers outed Houston — Daily News

It took Mike Fiers’ voice to prompt Major League Baseball to launch an investigation into the Astros’ shady sign-stealing ways, but the A’s were among the teams who had earlier lodged official complaints with Major League Baseball to no avail, Bob Melvin told reporters in Mesa. General manager David Forst confirmed it. “It went through…

A’s complained to MLB about Astros before Mike Fiers outed Houston — Daily News

New Dodgers Mookie Betts, David Price arrive in L.A. eager for new starts — Daily News

New Dodgers pitcher David Price, left, and outfielder Mookie Betts get hugs from Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman as Manager Dave Roberts, right, waits to give Mookie his new Dodgers cap on Wednesday at Dodger Stadium. The pair, who were acquired in a trade with the Boston Red Sox, were introduced as Dodgers…

New Dodgers Mookie Betts, David Price arrive in L.A. eager for new starts — Daily News