Robert Horry weighs in about current Lakers’ role players — Orange County Register

Editor’s note: This is the Wednesday Feb. 10 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter from reporter Kyle Goon. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here. Most everybody picked up a quarantine hobby. Robert Horry has a few. He’s got his day job as a commentator for Spectrum SportsNet and ESPN,…

Robert Horry weighs in about current Lakers’ role players — Orange County Register

LEAFS-HABS PREGAME NOTES

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (10-2-1 – 19 Points) vs.

MONTREAL CANADIENS (8-2-2 – 18 Points)

FEBRUARY 10, 2021 ▪ 7:30 PM EST

BELL CENTRE (MONTREAL, QC) ▪
TV: SPORTSNET ▪ RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus MONTREAL

ALL-TIME RECORD:301-342-88-17 (748 Games)
ALL-TIME on the ROAD:110-214-43-7 (374 Games)
2020-21:1-0-0
LAST FIVE:1-1-3
LAST 10:6-1-3

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus MONTREAL

GAMES PLAYED:Jason Spezza (67), Joe Thornton (55), John Tavares (36)
GOALS:Jason Spezza (32), Joe Thornton (15), John Tavares (15)
ASSISTS:Jason Spezza (38), Joe Thornton (28), John Tavares (18)
POINTS:Jason Spezza (70), Joe Thornton (43), John Tavares (33)
PENALTY MINUTES:Wayne Simmonds (54), Zach Bogosian (53), Joe Thornton (39)

MAPLE LEAFS – CANADIENS TEAM STATS

 TORONTOMONTREAL
GOALS FOR (Rank):48 (t-3rd)48 (t-3rd)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       34 (t-16th)30 (t-11th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):15/41 [36.6%] (3rd)10/45 [22.2%] (14th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):37/49 [75.5%] (23rd)43/54 [79.6%] (17th)
SHOTS PER GAME (Rank):29.7 (t-19th)34.5 (1st)
SHOTS AGAINST PER GAME (Rank):27.3 (6th)29.0 (12th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):535 (9th)552 (6th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):51.5% (12th)53.6% (5th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):53.3% (5th)46.7% (t-26th)

MAPLE LEAFS – CANADIENS NOTES

First Matchup between Clubs:Dec. 26, 1917 (Toronto Arenas 7, Montreal 5)
All-Time Record:301-342-88-17 (748 Games)
All-Time Record at Home:191-128-45-10 (374 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road:110-214-43-7 (374 Games)
Last Win vs. Opponent on the Road:Feb. 9, 2019 (Toronto 4, Montreal 3 OT)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS11 (Matthews)
ASSISTS15 (Marner)
POINTS21 (Marner)
POWER PLAY POINTS(Marner)
SHORTHANDED POINTSN/A
PIMs22 (Simmonds)
SHOTS52 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%64.8% (Spezza)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %66.3% (Thornton)
BLOCKED SHOTS24 (Muzzin)
TAKEAWAYS12 (Matthews)
HITS23 (Holl, Hyman)
TOI PER GAME23:35 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:15 (Matthews)
SH TOI PER GAME3:51 (Holl)

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Leads the NHL in wins (8).- Fourth among NHL goaltenders in saves made (273).- Has an 8-3-2 record with a 2.67 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage in 13 career games against Montreal. 
TJ Brodie– Averaging 18:37 in even-strength ice time, which ranks second among Toronto skaters.- Fourth among Maple Leafs defencemen in points (0-4-4).
Justin Holl– Tied for 26th among NHL defencemen who average at least 15 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time (16:46) with a shot attempt percentage of 54.4%.- Ranks 18th among NHL defencemen who average at least 15 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time (16:46) with a goals for percentage of 64.7%.- Ranks third among right-handed NHL defencemen in shorthanded ice time per game (3:51).
Zach Hyman–  Leads Maple Leafs forwards in shorthanded ice time per game (2:52).- Has the highest on-ice goals for percentage (75.0%) at 5-on-5 among Toronto forwards.
Alex Kerfoot– One of four Maple Leafs to average over 1:00 in ice timer per game on the power play (1:19) and 1:00 per game on the penalty kill (1:49).- Tied for sixth among Toronto forwards in shifts per game (20.2).
Mitch Marner– Ranks third among NHLers in points (6-15-21).- Tied for third in the NHL in even-strength goals (6).- Leads NHL forwards in time on ice per game (23:08).- Has played 41.9% of Toronto’s shorthanded ice time.
Auston Matthews– Leads the NHL in goals (11).- Averaging 21:58 in time on ice per game, which ranks seventh among NHL forwards.- Ranks third among Maple Leafs in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (54.5%).- Ranks second in the NHL in shots on goal (52).-Registered his 300th career NHL point on February 8 vs. Vancouver to become the second-fastest Maple Leaf to reach the mark, tying Charlie Conacher (294 games).
Ilya Mikheyev– Ranks third among Maple Leafs forwards in shorthanded ice time per game (2:22).- Has an average of 15.6 shot attempts per 60 minutes of shorthanded ice time, which leads NHLers who have played at least 30 minutes of shorthanded ice time.  
Jake Muzzin– Tied for 10th among NHL skaters in shorthanded ice time per game (3:46).- Ranks 26th among NHL defencemen who average at least 15 minutes per game in 5-on-5 ice time (16:56) in shot attempts per 60 minutes (11.98).- Has started 47.8 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which is the lowest mark among Toronto defencemen.
William Nylander– Has the fourth highest points per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 (2.48) among Toronto skaters who have appeared in over five games.- Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 56.1%, which is the second-highest percentage among Maple Leafs forwards.- Has 14 points (8-6-14) in 14 career games against Montreal. 
Morgan Rielly– Leads Maple Leafs in average time on ice (23:35).- Tied for fourth among NHL defencemen in points (2-9-11).- Has 15 points (3-12-15) in 27 career games against the Canadiens.
Jason Spezza– Has the highest points per 60 minutes rate (3.44) among Maple Leafs who have appeared in over five games.- Recorded his eighth career hat trick on February 4 vs. Vancouver.
John Tavares– Tied for third in the NHL in power play goals (4).- Has been on the ice for a team-high nine power play goals, which is tied for the Maple Leafs’ lead and is tied for the 17th-most in the NHL.- Has the fourth-highest faceoff win percentage (59.4%) among NHLers who have taken at least 175 faceoffs (192).
  

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Mitch MarnerAssists (12) and Points (3-12-15) in eight consecutive games.
Auston MatthewsGoals (9) and points (9-1-10) in seven consecutive games.
Morgan RiellyPoints (1-3-4) in three consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Zach BogosianThree points from 200 NHL points
Jake MuzzinFive assists from 200 NHL assists
Four games from 100 games as a Maple Leaf
  

RECENT MILESTONES

Zach BogosianFirst point as a Maple Leaf (Feb. 4 vs. VAN)
Auston Matthews300th NHL point (Feb. 8 vs. VAN)
  

INJURY REPORT

Jack Campbell (Leg)Week-to-week.
Travis Dermott (Leg)Did not play on Feb. 8 vs. VAN.
Nick Robertson (Knee)On long term injured reserve.
Wayne Simmonds (Wrist)Expected to miss six weeks.
Joe Thornton (Rib)On long term injured reserve.
 Man Games Lost: 28
  

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

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“Average” Brooklyn still figuring out “what kind of team we want to be” — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

The Nets are 7-6 since the James Harden trade with a -0.2 net rating.

“Average” Brooklyn still figuring out “what kind of team we want to be” — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Jazz match best start in franchise history with 122-108 win over Boston — ABC4 Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – The Utah Jazz are on a historic pace to start the 2020-21 season. The Jazz matched its best start in franchise history at 20-5 with a 122-108 victory over the Boston Celtics Tuesday night at Vivint Arena. Donovan Mitchell scored a season-high 36 points and dished out nine assists,…

Jazz match best start in franchise history with 122-108 win over Boston — ABC4 Utah

RAPTORS-WIZARDS PREGAME NOTES

INJURY REPORT AT 5:30 P.M. WEDNESDAY

02/10/2021 07:00 (ET) TOR@WAS Toronto Raptors Anunoby, OG Questionable Injury/Illness – Left Calf; Strain
Flynn, Malachi Out G League – On Assignment
Harris, Jalen Out G League – Two-Way
McCaw, Patrick Out Injury/Illness – Left Knee; Surgery – rehabilitation
Watanabe, Yuta Doubtful Injury/Illness – Left Ankle; Sprain
Washington Wizards Bryant, Thomas Out Injury/Illness – Left Knee; Left ACL injury

RAPTORS NOTES
• The Toronto Raptors continue a six-game road trip (Feb. 2-11), their longest in the first half, Wednesday night when they visit the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena. The Raptors have won seven in a row over the Wizards, including the last three meetings in Washington. Toronto is 3-1 on its current road swing and finish the trip Thursday at Boston. The Raptors play 10-of-15 games on the road in February.
Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam each scored 32 points, and Norman Powell added 29, as the Raptors beat Memphis 128-113 on Monday night. It marked just the 10th time in franchise history Toronto had three 25-point scorers in the same game (Last: March 3, 2020 at Phoenix). Toronto has never had three 30
-point scorers. VanVleet, Siakam and Powell combined for 93 points and shot .592 (29-49)from the floor, .625 (15-24) from three-point range and .909 (20-22) at the free throw line against the Grizzlies.
Norman Powell scored a season-high 29 points (10-17 FG, 6-9 3PT, 3-3 FT) and tied a career best with six three-point field goals Feb. 8 at Memphis. Powell has now scored 20+ points in seven of his last eight
games played (Jan. 22 – Feb. 8). He is averaging 22.9 points, while shooting 50 percent (64-128) from the field and .456 (26-57) from beyond the arc, during this stretch.
Chris Boucher recorded his second straight double-double (Feb. 6-8), and sixth of the season, with 12 points and a season high-tying 10 rebounds Monday at Memphis. Boucher has posted back-to-back double-doubles for just the second time in his career (Last: Nov. 18-20, 2019).
• The Raptors have won four of their last five games (Jan. 31 – Feb. 8). Toronto is averaging 122.0 points and shooting 48 percent (213-444) from the field , including .408 (78-191) from three-point distance, over the last five games. The Raptors also have a +25 (55-to-80) turnover differential during this span.
Fred VanVleet (20.7) and Chris Boucher (13.8) rank second and third, respectively, in scoring among undrafted players this season – behind only Christian Wood (22.0). VanVleet’s franchise record 54 points Feb. 2 at Orlando was the most points scored by an undrafted player in NBA history.
Kyle Lowry needs 10 rebounds to pass Amir Johnson (2,836) for fourth on the franchise’s career rebounds list and is 13 away from passing Antonio Davis (2,839) for third. Lowry ranks first in Raptors history in assists (4,079) and third in scoring (10,105). Only three active players are inside the top-three all-time for a team in scoring, rebounds and assists, but none of those players are currently with that team; LeBron James (Cleveland), Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City) and Marc Gasol (Memphis).
Yuta Watanabe and Rui Hachimura of the Washington Wizards made history last season as the first pair of Japanese players to share an NBA court when the Memphis Grizzlies visited Washington on Dec. 14, 2019. The two played against each other for a little over a minute in the second quarter.

Zach Whitecloud’s late goal lifts Golden Knights past Ducks — Las Vegas Review-Journal

Zach Whitecloud deposited a rebound with 3:56 remaining, and the Golden Knights pulled out a 5-4 victory over Anaheim on Tuesday at T-Mobile Arena.

Zach Whitecloud’s late goal lifts Golden Knights past Ducks — Las Vegas Review-Journal

MLB opens harassment hotline after Porter, Callaway scandals — MLB | NBC Sports

MLB created a hotline to report harassment or discrimination after Mets GM Jared Porter and Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway were accused of sending lewd texts to female reporters.

MLB opens harassment hotline after Porter, Callaway scandals — MLB | NBC Sports

Kiszla: Struggling Nuggets have two choices. Aggressively pursue trade for Bradley Beal, or wait until next year (again). — The Denver Post

Call them Joker and the Misfits. Rather than a championship contender on the rise, the Nuggets look more like a roster of mismatched parts. While center Nikola Jokic is playing like a legit MVP candidate, Denver is wasting his efforts. Too often, Joker’s teammates not only appear out of sync but as if they don’t…

Kiszla: Struggling Nuggets have two choices. Aggressively pursue trade for Bradley Beal, or wait until next year (again). — The Denver Post

Celtics Notebook: Payton Pritchard adapts — Boston Herald

Though he shot 50 percent from 3-point range (6-for-12) over his first two games since returning from a sprained knee, Payton Pritchard admits that the injury is still on his mind. “Definitely some mental hesitations. I don’t know, it’s still getting there,” he said before Tuesday night’s game against Utah. “I wouldn’t say 100 percent…

Celtics Notebook: Payton Pritchard adapts — Boston Herald