Former Celtic Calls Jayson Tatum The Next Larry Bird, Paul Pierce — NESN.com

It’s been quite the stretch for Jayson Tatum since making his first All-Star team. In his last five games, the Boston Celtics wing is averaging 35.4 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. After Wednesday night’s win over the Utah Jazz, he’s reached or surpassed 30 points six times this month, including his last three-straight games.…

Former Celtic Calls Jayson Tatum The Next Larry Bird, Paul Pierce — NESN.com

Here’s What Chris Sale Had To Say About Starting 2020 Season On Injured List — NESN.com

Chris Sale’s arm is fine, but that won’t allow him to begin the season on time. The Boston Red Sox ace missed the start of spring trianing due to pneumonia. Given the fact that he’s coming off an injury-shortened season where he was an objectively unerwhelming pitcher, it makes little sense for the Red Sox…

Here’s What Chris Sale Had To Say About Starting 2020 Season On Injured List — NESN.com

Hyun-Jin Ryu a positive presence in Jays clubhouse as he makes spring debut — Toronto Sun

DUNEDIN, Fla. — When Hyun-Jin Ryu strolled to the mound at a frigid TD Ballpark here on Thursday afternoon, his demeanour was similar to what it has often been at most stadiums anywhere during his professional career. Read More

Hyun-Jin Ryu a positive presence in Jays clubhouse as he makes spring debut — Toronto Sun.

The $80-million man and Blue Jays ace-starter-in-waiting may paint all corners of the strike zone with his wide array of pitches, but the calm precision in which he does his work is also a big part of his reputation.

So other than debuting in his Blue Jays uniform with No. 99 on the back and facing American League hitters for the first time, the specifics of his inaugural outing were of minimal concern. Let the record show, then, that Ryu logged two innings, threw 41 pitches and allowed three hits (including one home run) against a modest version of the Minnesota Twins, who made the long bus ride from Fort Myers.

TFC’s Gallardo hits the reset button — Toronto Sun

Julius Caesar wrote to the Roman senate: ““I came; I saw; I conquered.” Read More

TFC’s Gallardo hits the reset button — Toronto Sun

In Erickson Gallardo’s case, it was more like: “He came; He saw; And then he sat.”The 23-year-old winger signed with Toronto FC early last July from Venezuelan Premier Division club Zamora amidst substantial fanfare  a young, fast, skillful attacking player who had just made his international debut for his native Venezuela. He seemed to be just what TFC coach Greg Vanney was looking for.But because of some soreness in his quads, Gallardo didn’t see any game action for TFC until Aug. 24 in a Canadian Championship match at Montreal and then sat the last three regular season games of the season and didn’t touch the field in the MLS Cup playoffs  sparking rumours that Vanney wasn’t thrilled with the club’s new acquisition  rumours that the coach brushed aside in speaking with the T


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Clippers playing winning defense with their full roster — Press Telegram

Opponents are going to have issues beating the Clippers if they’re going to have this much trouble scoring on them. In their past two games, the Clippers held both Memphis and Phoenix to fewer than 100 points. (That, after giving up an average of 121 points in the three-game losing streak immediately prior.) L.A. stifled…

Clippers playing winning defense with their full roster — Press Telegram

Jayson Tatum Has Brought New Life To The Celtics’ Title Hopes — Boston’s Big Four

Celtics fans have been raving about Jayson Tatum’s potential since his impressive rookie season. His performance in the 2018 playoffs proved that he was ready for the big stage at age 19, and it was understood that the dysfunction of last year’s Celtics was the only thing holding him back from taking a giant leap […]

Jayson Tatum Has Brought New Life To The Celtics’ Title Hopes — Boston’s Big Four

No, the Astros aren’t being targeted for HBPs in spring training — HardballTalk | NBC Sports

The Astros lead the league in HBPs as a team with seven, but that’s just a coincidence. Pitchers haven’t been intentionally throwing at them.

No, the Astros aren’t being targeted for HBPs in spring training — HardballTalk | NBC Sports

On Wednesday, Astros third baseman Alex Bregman was hit by Cardinals pitcher Ramon Santos. It marked the seventh time an Astros batter had been hit in spring training exhibition games thus far, the highest total among all teams. As expected, teams are exacting revenge for the Astros’ cheating ways!

Well, not quite. The pitch Santos hit Bregman with was a 3-2 breaking ball that got away. Usually, if a pitcher is going to hit a batter as an act of revenge, he’ll attempt to do it with a first-pitch fastball.

José Altuve was also hit by a pitch against the Tigers on Sunday. The pitch, which looks to be the off-speed variety, appeared to graze his uniform as opposed to hitting him flush, so it was likely unintentional on the part of pitcher Nick Ramirez.

Other Astros to have been hit in spring training thus far: Alex De Goti, Aledmys Díaz, Osvaldo Duarte, Dustin Garneau, and Jake Meyers. Not exactly a who’s-who list of Code Breaker operatives.

Will some pitchers intentionally throw at the Astros this year? Almost certainly, despite commissioner Rob Manfred’s warning. Have they been doing it from the moment exhibition games began earlier this month? Certainly not.

Kemba Walker injury: Danny Ainge gives update on Celtics star’s knee — High Velocity Sport

Kemba Walker injury: Danny Ainge gives update on Celtics star’s knee Boston Celtics point guard Kemba Walker has missed four consecutive games with a left knee injury, including Wednesday night’s 114-103 win over the Utaz Jazz on the road. Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge gave an update on Walker’s knee during his weekly […]

Kemba Walker injury: Danny Ainge gives update on Celtics star’s knee — High Velocity Sport

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge gave an update on Walker’s knee during his weekly Thursday morning appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Toucher & Rich” show, and he doesn’t seem too worried about the situation.

“We’re just taking it day by day, and we’re being very cautious with Kemba,” Ainge said. “We feel like we need Kemba to be his best self, and right now, we don’t think that he can sustain what he wants to do. But we are confident that his knee is going to be fine and that he’ll be ready to go at some point in the near future.”

MAPLE LEAFS AT PANTHERS PREGAME NOTES: Willliam Nylander leads the Maple Leafs and is tied for seventh among NHLers in game-winning goals (6).- One of nine NHLers to average at least 14:00 minutes per game at 5-on-5 (14:30) while maintaining a goal per 60-minute rate of at least 1.20 (1.20).- Tied for ninth in the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (18).- Ranks seventh among NHL forwards who average 14:00 per game (14:29) in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (54.8%).

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (33-23-8 – 74 Points) vs.

FLORIDA PANTHERS (33-24-6 – 72 Points)

FEBRUARY 27, 2020 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

BB&T CENTER (SUNRISE, FL) ▪
TV: TSN4 ▪ RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus FLORIDA

ALL-TIME RECORD:43-35-7-5 (90 Games)
ALL-TIME ON THE ROAD:18-19-5-4 (46 Games)
2019-20:0-2-0
LAST FIVE:2-3-0
LAST 10:4-3-3

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus FLORIDA

GAMES PLAYED:Jason Spezza (50), John Tavares (34), Morgan Rielly (26)
GOALS:John Tavares (21), Jason Spezza (11), Mitch Marner (7)
ASSISTS:Jason Spezza (27), Morgan Rielly (17), Mitch Marner (11)
POINTS:Jason Spezza (38), John Tavares (30), Mitch Marner (18), Morgan Rielly (18)
PENALTY MINUTES:Jason Spezza (20), John Tavares (14), Three players tied (10)

MAPLE LEAFS – PANTHERS TEAM STATS

 TORONTOFLORIDA
GOALS FOR (Rank):223 (1st)216 (4th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       209 (28th)210 (29th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):43/176 [24.4%] (3rd)44/196 [22.4%] (8th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):137/179 [76.5%] (26th)134/172 [77.9%] (23rd)
SHOTS (Rank):2113 (5th)2049 (10th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):3196 (t-2nd)2806 (16th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):52.2% (6th)49.5% (17th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.8% (3rd)50.1% (t-14th)

MAPLE LEAFS – PANTHERS NOTES

First Matchup between Clubs:October 21, 1993 (Toronto 4, Florida 3 OT)
All-Time Record:43-35-7-5 (90 Games)
All-Time Record at Home:25-16-2-1 (44 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road:18-19-5-4 (46 Games)
Last Win vs. Opponent on the Road:December 28, 2016 (Toronto 3, Florida 2 SO)
  

MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. PANTHERS

Zach HymanSelected by Florida in the fifth round (123rd overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Denis MalginRecorded 28 goals and 32 assists in 184 games for Florida from 2016-20.
Mitch Marner100th NHL game (November 22, 2017 at Florida)
John Tavares500th NHL point (January 13, 2017 (NYI) at Florida)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS43 (Matthews)
ASSISTS47 (Marner)
POINTS74 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS24 (Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Engvall, Kapanen)
PIMs40 (Muzzin)
SHOTS259 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%56.3% (Gauthier)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %54.8% (Nylander)
BLOCKED SHOTS110 (Muzzin)
TAKEAWAYS70 (Matthews)
HITS109 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME24:15 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:08 (Marner)
SH TOI PER GAME2:50 (Ceci)

MAPLE LEAFS SNAPSHOTS

Faceoffs– The Maple Leafs rank third among NHL teams in faceoff win percentage (52.8%) and are second among NHL teams in offensive zone faceoff win percentage (53.9%).
Goals by Strength– The Maple Leafs are tied for the NHL lead in goals scored at 5-on-5 (150).
Goals by Period– Toronto is tied for second in the NHL in goals scored in the second period (84) and tied for seventh in the NHL in goals scored in the third period (73).
Power Play– The Maple Leafs are the lone NHL team to score at least 40 power play goals (43) with fewer than 180 power play opportunities (176).
Penalty Kill– Toronto has been shorthanded 179 times this season, which is the eighth-fewest times shorthanded in the NHL.
Scoring First– Toronto has a .759 win percentage when scoring first, which is the seventh highest in the NHL.

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Tied for third among NHL goaltenders in wins (26).- Ranks third in the NHL in saves (1,323).- Has a save percentage of .915 in 19 games played on one day rest.- Is 15-6-0 with a 2.77 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage on the road this season.
Tyson Barrie– Has seven multi-assist games, which is tied for eighth-most among NHL defencemen.- Tied for fourth among NHL defencemen in multi-point games (11).
– Averages 14.67 shot attempts per game at 5-on-5, which is the fourth-highest average among NHL defencemen who have played in at least 50 games.- Ranks 19th among NHL defencemen in 5-on-5 time on ice per game (18:09).
Jack Campbell– Has a 3-0-1 record with a .919 save percentage and a 2.40 goals-against average since being acquired by the Maple Leafs.
Kyle Clifford– Tied for seventh among NHL left wingers who have appeared in 50 games in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (54.4%).
– Averages 14.90 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks 17th among left wingers.- Ranks 9.72 hits per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks 31st among NHL skaters.
Pierre Engvall– Tied for eighth among NHL rookie forwards in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (51.7%). – Has an on-ice goals-for percentage of 54.2 percent at 5-on-5, which is the sixth highest among NHL rookie forwards who have appeared in 30 games.- Ranks fifth among rookie forwards in 5-on-5 shot attempts per 60 minutes (13.70).
Justin Holl– Has started the 10th-lowest percentage of his 5-on-5 shifts (42.9%) in the offensive zone among right-handed defencemen.- Ranks second in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (52.2%) among NHL defencemen who have started less than 45 percent of their 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone (42.9%).- Has the highest unblocked shot attempt percentage at 5-on-5 (52.8%) among NHL defencemen to have started fewer than 45 percent (42.9%) of their shifts in the offensive zone.
Zach Hyman– Ranks fifth among Maple Leafs skaters in points per game (0.77).- Fourth among Toronto skaters in even-strength time on ice per game (15:58).- Ranks eighth among NHL left wingers in shorthanded time on ice percentage (45.3%).
Kasperi Kapanen– Has drawn 17 penalties this season and taken seven, which gives him the highest net penalties among Toronto skaters (+10) and ranks tied for 23rd among NHL forwards.- Ranks third among Maple Leafs and 11th among NHL right wingers who have appeared in 50 games in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.30) at 5-on-5.- Has recorded 20 (8-12-20) of his 35 points on the road this season.
Alex Kerfoot– Ranks fourth among Toronto skaters who have appeared in 40 games in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.26) at 5-on-5.- Eighth among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (8-16-24).- Tied for second among Maple Leafs in primary assists at 5-on-5 (11).
Mitch Marner– Ninth among NHL skaters in assists (47).- Has 12 multi-assist games, which is tied for the fifth-most among NHL skaters.- Averaging 1.17 points per game, which is the 15th-highest average in the NHL.- Averaging 1.81 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is fifth among NHLers who have appeared in at least 50 games.- Tied for eighth in the NHL in primary assists (30).- Ranks fifth among NHL forwards in time on ice per game (21:26)
Auston Matthews– Tied for second among NHL skaters in goals (43).- Leads the NHL with 32 even-strength goals.- Leads the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (27).- Second in the NHL in wrist shot goals (26).- Second in the NHL in multi-goal games (10).- Ranks 11th among NHL skaters in points (43-31-74).- Fourth in the NHL with 259 shots on goal.
William Nylander– Leads the Maple Leafs and is tied for seventh among NHLers in game-winning goals (6).- One of nine NHLers to average at least 14:00 minutes per game at 5-on-5 (14:30) while maintaining a goal per 60-minute rate of at least 1.20 (1.20).- Tied for ninth in the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (18).- Ranks seventh among NHL forwards who average 14:00 per game (14:29) in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (54.8%).
Rasmus Sandin– Ranks eighth among rookie defencemen who have appeared in at least 10 games in points per 60 minutes of ice time (0.97) at 5-on-5. – Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 53.5 percent, which ranks fourth among rookie defencemen who have skated in at least 10 games.
Jason Spezza– Averaging 2.07 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 0.85 goals per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which ranks fourth among Maple Leafs who have appeared in at least 40 games.- Averaging 1.22 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is the fifth-highest average among Toronto skaters.
John Tavares– Tied for 18th among NHL skaters in multi-point games (17).- Has 15 points (8-7-15) in 13 games during the month of February.- Ranks 14th in the NHL in faceoff wins (561)- Has 17 points (10-7-17) in 17 games against Atlantic Division teams this season.- Has recorded 30 points (16 goals, 14 assists) in 29 games on the road this season.
  

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Tyson BarrieHas assists (4) in two consecutive games.
Jake MuzzinHas points (3-5-8) in six consecutive games.
William NylanderHas assists (2) in two consecutive games and points (2-3-5) in four consecutive games.
John TavaresHas goals (3) in two consecutive games and points (3-2-5) in three consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Zach HymanFour games from 300 NHL games
Kasperi KapanenFour games from 200 NHL games
Jason SpezzaTwo assists from 600 assists
  

RECENT MILESTONES

Denis MalginFirst game as a Maple Leaf (February 20 vs. Pittsburgh)
William Nylander300th NHL game (February 22 vs. Carolina)
  

INJURY REPORT

Cody Ceci (Ankle)On injured reserve.
Andreas Johnsson (Knee)On injured reserve.
Ilya Mikheyev (Wrist Laceration)On injured reserve.
Jake Muzzin (Hand)Sustained a broken hand on February 25 at Tampa Bay.
Morgan Rielly (Foot)On injured reserve.
 Man Games Lost: 172

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

February 26Recalled defenceman Calle Rosen from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
February 24Loaned defenceman Kevin Gravel to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
February 24Acquired forward Matt Lorito from the New York Islanders in exchange for defenceman Jordan Schmaltz.
February 24Acquired Vegas’ 2020 fifth-round pick in a three-team trade with Chicago and Vegas in exchange for forward Martins Dzierkals.
February 24Recalled defenceman Kevin Gravel from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
February 24Acquired defenceman Calle Rosen from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for goaltender Michael Hutchinson.
February 22Acquired forward Miikka Salomaki from the Nashville Predators in exchange for defenceman Ben Harpur.
  

Kyle Lowry tries to drive through George Hill’s legs but it doesn’t work (VIDEO) — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

That is an offensive foul. Every time.

Kyle Lowry tries to drive through George Hill’s legs but it doesn’t work (VIDEO) — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports.

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Kyle Lowry tried to drive through George Hill’s legs. That didn’t work. (VIDEO) — High Velocity Sport

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