Ja Morant suffered knee sprain, Grizzlies announce, will miss time — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

There is no timeline for his return, but it will be shorter than it would have been after knee surgery.

Ja Morant suffered knee sprain, Grizzlies announce, will miss time — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Timberwolves’ defense takes a step back in loss to Hornets — Twin Cities

With five straight wins and a defensive rating fourth in the NBA, the Minnesota Timberwolves had legitimate reasons for feeling confident heading into Charlotte on Friday. 679 more words

Timberwolves’ defense takes a step back in loss to Hornets — Twin Cities

MAPLE LEAFS 4, SHARKS 1 quotes, notes

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (15-6-1 – 31 Points) at
SAN JOSE SHARKS (10-9-1 – 21 Points)
1 2 3 FINAL
TORONTO 2 2 0 4
SAN JOSE 1 0 0 1


  • William Nylander scored for the Maple Leafs at 0:32 of the first period. Nylander recorded his eighth
    goal of the season. Nylander also posted the primary assist on Tavares’ second period power play
    goal. Nylander has recorded three points through the last two games (1G, 2A).
  • Wayne Simmonds scored for Toronto at 5:16 of the first period. Simmonds posted his second goal of
    the season. Simmonds has recorded three points through the last two games (1G, 2A).
  • Auston Matthews scored for the Maple Leafs at 4:57 of the season period. Matthews marked his ninth
    goal of the season and has scored in back-to-back games.
  • John Tavares scored at 10:44 of the second period on a Toronto power play opportunity, marking his
    10th goal of the season. Tavares also posted the primary assist on Nylander’s first period goal, notching
    his 10th assist of the season. Tavares has recorded a multi-point outing in consecutive games (2G,
  • Morgan Rielly registered the secondary assist on Nylander’s goal. Rielly recorded his 11th assist of
    the season.
  • David Kämpf notched the primary assist on Simmonds’ goal. Kämpf registered his fourth assist of the
  • Nick Ritchie posted the secondary assist on Simmonds’ goal. Ritchie recorded his fourth assist of the season.
  • Michael Bunting registered the primary assist on Matthews’ goal. Bunting posted his seventh assist of the season. Bunting is currently on a three-game point streak where he has recorded four points (1G, 3A).
  • Timothy Liljegren recorded the secondary assist on Matthews’ goal. Liljegren posted his second assist of the season.
  • Mitch Marner posted the secondary assist on Tavares’ power play goal. Marner posted his 12th assist of the season.
    SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
    TORONTO 10 (9) 11 (6) 12 (10) 33 (25)
    SAN JOSE 8 (7) 11 (9) 16 (16) 35 (32)
    SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
    TORONTO 15 (12) 21 (11) 15 (13) 51 (36)
    SAN JOSE 18 (12) 16 (13) 23 (22) 57 (47)

  • The Maple Leafs are 6-3-0 on the road this season.
  • Toronto won their sixth-consecutive road game tonight.
  • Toronto’s all-time record is 25-23-5-2 in 55 games against the San Jose Sharks and 10-13-3-0 in 26
    games played in San Jose.
  • Toronto is 6-2-0 against the Western Conference this season and 4-2-0 against the Pacific Division
    this season.
    Shots 8 (Nylander)
    Shot Attempts 11 (Nylander)
    Faceoff Wins 13 (Kämpf)
    Faceoff Win Percentage 100% (Semyonov – 1 won, 0 lost)
    Hits 5 (Ritchie)
    Blocked Shots 3 (Rielly, Tavares)
    Takeaways 3 (Spezza, Matthews, Rielly)
    TOI 23:38 (Rielly)
    Power Play TOI 2:42 (Marner, Matthews, Nylander, Tavares)
    Shorthanded TOI 3:27 (Muzzin)
    Shifts 30 (Brodie)
    5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage 60.87% (Matthews – 14 for, 9 against)
  • The Maple Leafs were 1-for-2 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill tonight.
  • Toronto is 10-1-0 when scoring the first goal of the game.
  • The Maple Leafs are 8-1-0 when leading after one period and 11-0-0 when leading after two periods.
  • Toronto is 5-3-0 when outshot by their opponent.
  • The Maple Leafs are 2-1-0 in Friday games.
    OF NOTE…
  • William Nylander recorded a single-game season-high eight shots during tonight’s game.
  • Alexander Kerfoot appeared in his 300th career NHL game.
  • Joseph Woll stopped 34 of 35 shots he faced in tonight’s win.
  • Per NHL PR, Joseph Woll became just the fifth goaltender in Maple Leafs history to start his career with at least three straight wins, joining Damian Rhodes (6 GP from 1990-91 – 1993-94), Frank McCool (6 GP in 1944-45), Jiri Crha (3 GP in 1979-80) and Mike Palmateer (3 GP in 1976-77).
  • Per NHL PR, Toronto has earned six straight road wins for the third time in 15 years. The others: 2018-19 (6 GP from Oct. 7 – Nov. 3, 2018) and March 1-22, 2008).
  • Per NHL PR, the Maple Leafs earned their 11th win in the month of November, the most in any calendar month in franchise history.
  • Per NHL PR, the Maple Leafs earned their 15th win of the season (15-6-1, 31 points), tied with the
    Hurricanes (15-3-1, 31 points) for the most in the NHL. Toronto required 21 or fewer games to reach
    the mark for the fourth time in franchise history (also 18 GP in 1934-35, 21 GP in 2020-21 & 21 GP in 2018-19).
  • Morgan Rielly was on the ice for a team-high 15 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5.
  • Auston Matthews finished the game with a team-high 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 60.87 percent (14 for, 9 against)

    Nov. 28 Leafs at Anaheim Honda Center 8:00 pm ET
    Dec. 1 Leafs vs. Colorado Scotiabank Arena 7:30 pm ET
    Dec. 4 Leafs at Minnesota Xcel Energy Center 7:00 pm ET
    Dec. 5 Leafs at Winnipeg Canada Life Centre 8:00 pm ET
    Dec. 7 Leafs vs. Columbus Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
    Dec. 9 Leafs vs. Tampa Bay Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
    Stats reflect official NHL stats at the time of distribution. Please consult official NHL game sheets (links
    above) to confirm no statistical changes were made.


    On tonight’s win:
    Sheldon Keefe: “I thought tonight the guys worked hard. I thought we were really good in key moments,
    we had big time plays from both John and Will to start the game to put us up one. We had a huge goal in
    response to giving up one and then a great sequence that leads to the Matthews goal to get us to 3-1 and
    then a clinical powerplay to get us to 4-1. So there are really key moments there where we were really
    good but in general, I didn’t think we were very good at 5-on-5. The penalty killing was good, goaltending
    was good but our game at 5-on-5 didn’t look anything like it’s looked here of late. I don’t blame our
    approach or our mindset or anything like that it’s just the game was a lot quicker and lot more open today
    than we would like it to be or has been in recent games. We led virtually for the entire game and that
    leads to interesting and challenging dynamics. In terms of our work and our results and being good in
    very key moments those are all really good things for us in a 4-1 game where I didn’t think we were very
    good in.”
    On the performance of his line:
    Wayne Simmonds: “I felt like our game was touch and go to be honest with you. I thought we did a lot of
    good things but there were a lot of things we could have done better. In saying that, I thought we did a
    good job offensively and were in on a big goal together that helped the team win so all-in-all it was a
    pretty solid game.”
    On the team’s commitment to defence:
    Wayne Simmonds: “I think that is what we’ve been keying in on over the last little bit here. Everyone has
    done a really good job. Joseph Woll played really great tonight, he played unbelievable and he made
    some huge saves, especially in the third period and we didn’t allow them to creep back into the game so
    that was huge. We’ve made a conservative effort over the last long haul here to make sure we play this
    game well defensively and offensive will come through.”
    On the team’s performance:
    William Nylander: “I think we came out and generated chances and it was a little too much back-andforth I thought but other than that Joe made some huge saves for us and we just have to keep building off
    of that.”
    On if he’s been trying to generate more shots on net:
    William Nylander: “Yeah, I think I was slipping on my shots and haven’t been putting stuff on net and I
    need to keep that going and score goals.

These 3 stats from the Lakers’ 3OT loss to Sacramento highlight major issues — Pasadena Star News

Anthony Davis studied the final box score, his single brow furrowed. There wasn’t a lot to like about the 141-137 loss to the Sacramento Kings, which took three overtimes of struggle to decide. Davis himself has had better nights, going 9 for 22 from the field. But he allowed himself, for a moment, to imagine…

These 3 stats from the Lakers’ 3OT loss to Sacramento highlight major issues — Pasadena Star News