As Knicks trade neared, Dwane Casey told Derrick Rose that Pistons might offer equal playoff odds — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

The Pistons (6-19) are probably better than their record. The Knicks (11-15) might be worse than their record. But…

As Knicks trade neared, Dwane Casey told Derrick Rose that Pistons might offer equal playoff odds — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Blue Jays start revised spring training schedule on Feb. 28

TORONTO BLUE JAYS BEGIN 2021 SPRING TRAINING GAMES ON FEBRUARY 28 IN UPDATED GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE SCHEDULE

TD Ballpark will host fans in a limited capacity for Spring Training home games beginning March 1 vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates

It has been one of the most exciting offseasons in Toronto Blue Jays history and we cannot wait to see new and familiar faces take the field for the first time in 2021. The updated Grapefruit League schedule, released today by Major League Baseball, will see the Blue Jays play 28 Spring Training games, starting on Sunday, Feb. 28 against the New York Yankees at Steinbrenner Field.

The Blue Jays Spring Training Home Opener at TD Ballpark is set for Monday, March 1 at 1:07 p.m. EST vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates. Fans are encouraged to follow @BlueJays on social media later this month and throughout Spring Training, for broadcast information.

The team will welcome fans back to TD Ballpark for Grapefruit League home games, at 15% capacity with increased health and safety protocols. Past Spring Training Season Ticket Members will have first access to tickets on Monday, Feb. 22, ahead of the public onsale at 10 a.m. EST on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at bluejays.com/SpringTraining.

Ticket purchasers will receive a guide with additional TD Ballpark health and safety protocols before each game; these include, but are not limited to:

  • Tickets sold in pods of two or four seats, spaced a minimum of six feet apart
  • Face coverings required for entry; fans aged two and older are required to wear them in the ballpark, except when eating or drinking in their seats
  • Mobile ticketing required for entry to limit touchpoints
  • Symptom screening prior to entry
  • Concession stands will feature social distance markers and prepackaged food and utensils
  • Hand sanitizing stations available throughout the stadium
  • No player autographs
  • No fan or media attendance at player workouts at TD Ballpark or the Player Development Complex; parking lot access will be restricted during player workouts at both locations

The complete Blue Jays 2021 Grapefruit League schedule is in the attached PDF and can also be viewed at bluejays.com/SpringTraining. Visit the website and follow @BlueJays on social media for the latest updates.

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Rookie Zeke Nnaji showcases versatility, confidence in breakout Nuggets performance — The Denver Post

Nuggets rookie Zeke Nnaji received a long pass in transition from teammate Monte Morris on Wednesday night with only Cavaliers forward Dylan Windler separating the first-round pick from posterized dunk glory.

Rookie Zeke Nnaji showcases versatility, confidence in breakout Nuggets performance — The Denver Post

Ojeleye scores career-high 24, Celtics down Raptors 120-106 — The China Post, Taiwan

BOSTON (AP) — Semi Ojeleye had a career-high 24 points and six 3-pointers, and the Boston Celtics rolled to a 120-106 win over the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night.Rookie Payton Pritchard added 20 points and had a career-high six 3s to help Boston snap a two-game skid.The Celtics never trailed and led by as many as 19, thanks in part to a season-high 20 3-pointers.Kyle Lowry led the Raptors with 24 points and six assists. Pascal Siakam finished with 23 points for Toronto, which was coming off a win at Washington a night earlier.Toronto cut what had been a 15-point deficit to 98-93 with 6:21 remaining. But the Celtics used a 15-5 run to take control down the stretch.The Raptors played without OG Anunoby (left calf strain) for the ninth straight game but still managed to dominate in the paint, where they outscored the Celtics 58-32.But Boston’s second unit was strong throughout and, led by Pritchard, outscored its bench counterparts 38-31.Toronto cut an early 11-point deficit to a point early in the second quarter but struggled to keep pace with Boston’s 3-point shooting. The Celtics connected on 12 of 20 attempts from beyond the arc in the half.Tatum and Brown combined for just two points in the first quarter. They remained active in the offense, though, assisting on eight of Boston’s 12 field goals in the period. That helped the Celtics sprint out to a 15-4 lead and take a 34-29 edge into the second quarter.TIP-INSRaptors: Yuka Watanabe (left ankle sprain) sat for the second consecutive night. But coach Nick Nurse said he anticipates both Anunoby and Watanabe to return Sunday against Detroit.Celtics: Ojeleye and Pritchard are the first pair in Celtics franchise history to make at least six 3-pointers in the same game. … Marcus Smart missed his sixth straight game with a left calf tear.UP NEXTRaptors: Host Minnesota on Sunday in Tampa, Florida, where Toronto will play its home games for the rest of the season.Celtics: Host Detroit on Friday.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Ojeleye scores career-high 24, Celtics down Raptors 120-106 — The China Post, Taiwan

Grizzlies’ Bane to miss Lakers game — WREG.com

MEMPHIS — Already playing without Brandon Clarke and De’Anthony Melton, who are both nursing injuries, the Grizzlies rotation takes another hit as talented rookie Desmond Bane won’t play Friday night when the Grizzlies take on the Lakers at Staples Center. Bane is listed as out for the game due to personal reasons. He tweeted on […]

Grizzlies’ Bane to miss Lakers game — WREG.com

Pacers snap 4-game skid with 111-95 win over Pistons — The China Post, Taiwan

DETROIT (AP) — Domantas Sabonis had 26 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, and the Indiana Pacers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 111-95 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Thursday night.Malcolm Brogdon added 18 points and Jeremy Lamb scored 17 for the Pacers, who posted a season-low 94 points in a loss to Brooklyn on Wednesday. One night later, it was Detroit that struggled offensively, shooting 5 of 28 from 3-point range.“I thought we guarded the ball better tonight,” Pacers coach Nate Bjorkgren said. “We were disruptive. I thought we were pressed up to their shooters on the catch.”Josh Jackson led Detroit with 18 points, and rookie Isaiah Stewart added 17 in his first start at center. Mason Plumlee missed the game for the last-place Pistons because of a right elbow issue.Detroit missed its first eight shots from beyond the arc, but the Pistons were effective enough inside that the game was tied 52-all at halftime. Then the Pacers outscored Detroit 30-18 in the third quarter. Brogdon had 10 points and Myles Turner added nine in that period for Indiana.The Pacers went on a 13-1 run during the third quarter to take a 70-59 lead. Sabonis, Brogdon and Turner did all the scoring during that stretch for Indiana.“I think for us, all it comes down to is defense and getting stops,” guard T.J. McConnell said. “When we’re really connected defensively, like we were tonight, we’re tough to beat.”Jerami Grant, coming off big games against the Lakers and Nets, shot 4 of 17 from the field and scored only nine points for the Pistons.“We’re getting bumped and hit and we didn’t respond in the proper way,” Detroit coach Dwane Casey said. “They played last night. I just didn’t think we had the proper disposition in the second half.”TIP-INSPacers: Turner had 14 points and eight rebounds. … Indiana went 14 of 31 from 3-point range and shot 51% overall from the field. … McConnell had seven points, seven assists and six rebounds.Pistons: Dennis Smith Jr. played his first game for Detroit since being acquired in a trade with the New York Knicks. He scored four points in a reserve role. … Stewart made his first six shots from the field. … Blake Griffin scored 16 points.SNAPPEDGrant set a franchise record with 23 straight games with at least two 3-pointers. That streak ended Thursday when the Detroit forward went 1 of 6 from 3-point range. Griffin and Wayne Ellington were 1 of 6 as well.UP NEXTPacers: Visit the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night. Indiana went 2-1 against Atlanta in the 2019-20 regular season.Pistons: Visit the Boston Celtics on Friday night. The teams have split their first two games this season.___Follow Noah Trister at https://twitter.com/noahtrister___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Pacers snap 4-game skid with 111-95 win over Pistons — The China Post, Taiwan

Jimmy Butler has triple-double, leads Heat past Rockets — The China Post, Taiwan

HOUSTON (AP) — Jimmy Butler had a triple-double with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists and the Miami Heat overcame a slow start to beat the slumping Houston Rockets 101-94 on Thursday night.Miami won its fourth straight and handed Houston its fourth loss in a row.Butler had his first triple-double of the season and 10th overall. The Heat came close to having two players with triple-doubles, with Bam Adebayo finishing with 10 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists before fouling out with about a minute left.Miami trailed by 13 in the first half, but used a big run and great defense in the third to take a 12-point lead into the fourth quarter. They remained up by 12 after a dunk by Adebayo before Houston used a 9-0 run to get to 97-94 with less than a minute to go. The Heat missed two shots after that but got the rebound both times, with Butler grabbing the second one. He was fouled and made two free throws with 10 seconds to go and the Heat added two more free throws in the final seconds to secure the win. John Wall and Eric Gordon led the Rockets with 17 points each.Miami pushed the lead to 15 on a 3-pointer by Max Strus with about eight minutes to go before Houston used a 10-3 spurt, capped by a 3 from DeMarcus Cousins, to get within 88-80 three minutes later. A 3-pointer by John Wall got the Rockets within seven not long after that, but Miami scored the next five points to pull away again — 95-83. The Heat used a 12-0 run to take a 70-59 lead with about 3 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter. They pushed the lead to 12 entering the fourth quarter after limiting Houston to just 10 points in the third. TIP-INSHeat: The team learned shortly before game time that Tyler Herro would not be available in accordance with the NBA’s health and safety protocols, which would mean he either tested positive, had an inconclusive test or was flagged because contact tracing data suggested that he may have been exposed to someone else positive for COVID-19. The Heat were scheduled to fly to Salt Lake City later Thursday night for a game there Saturday against the Utah Jazz. It was not immediately clear if Herro would be cleared to fly with his team there, if he would remain behind in Houston, or return to Miami. If Herro is forced to stay behind, it might only mean they didn’t get a new test result back.Rockets: Christian Wood missed his fourth straight game with a sprained right ankle. … Cousins had 16 points and 11 rebounds. UP NEXTHeat: Play the second game of a seven-game trip at Utah on Saturday. Rockets: Begin a three-game trip at New York on Saturday night. ___AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds contributed to this report. ___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Jimmy Butler has triple-double, leads Heat past Rockets — The China Post, Taiwan