Three Things to Know: Who did it better: Embiid with 50 or Jokic with 49 in triple-double? — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Jokic had an MVP-level performance. Embiid’s play could push him into that conversation.

Three Things to Know: Who did it better: Embiid with 50 or Jokic with 49 in triple-double? — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Report: Bradley Beal won’t sign contract extension with Wizards — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Wizards star Bradley Beal has a standing offer on a four-year, likely $181,301,299 max contract extension.

Report: Bradley Beal won’t sign contract extension with Wizards — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Terry Rozier, Hornets sink Celtics — Boston Herald

Terry Rozier had just hit his second straight 3-pointer in the third quarter — he would hit a third 31 seconds later — and in the spirit of rubbing it in turned to the Celtics bench and stuck out his tongue while backpedaling down the floor. 901 more words

Terry Rozier, Hornets sink Celtics — Boston Herald


The Toronto Marlies six-game winning streak came to a halt on Wednesday night, as they fell 5-2 to the Hartford Wolf Pack. The Marlies are now 5-3-0-0 against Atlantic Division opponents and 0-1-0-0 against the Hartford Wolf Pack.

In the first period, the Marlies outshot the Wolf Pack 12-8, but it was the home side who scored the only goal of the period, thanks to leading scorer, Jonny Brodzinski.

In the second, Ryan Chyzowski snuck one past Keith Kinkaid early in the frame to tie the game at 1. But, just 40 seconds later, Hartford took the lead back thanks to Austin Rueschhoff. Later in the period, Bobby McMann tied the game with his ninth of the season.

But, that would be all for the Marlies offensively in this one. Rueschhoff, Alex Whelan, and Anthony Greco all tallied goals for the home side in the third period, en route to a 5-2 victory.

The Marlies will be looking to get back in the win column on Friday when they head to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for two straight games. Puck drop is at 7:05pm.

Game Notes: 



Toronto: R. Chyzowski (4) (C. Douglas), B. McMann (9) (F. Kràl, C. Dahlström)
Goaltender: E. Källgren (25/29)

Hartford: J. Brodzinski (11) (T. Gettinger), A. Rueschhoff (8) (P. Khodorenko, A. Bitetto), A. Rueschhoff (9) (J. Richards), A. Whelan (5) (A. Bitetto, M. O’Leary), A. Greco (8) EN (Unassisted)
Goaltender: K. Kinkaid (28/30)


  • Ryan Chyzowski put the Marlies on the board at 3:18 of the second period. He has four goals in 13 games with the Marlies this season.
  • Bobby McMann scored at 11:27 of the second period. He has recorded a goal (3) in three consecutive games.
  • Curtis Douglas had the lone assist on Chyzowski’s second period goal. He has 14 points (4 goals, 10 assists) in 28 games this season.
  • Filip Kràl recorded the primary assist on McMann’s second period goal. He has points (2-10-12) in nine of his last 11 games.
  • Carl Dahlström picked up the secondary assist on McMann’s second period goal. He has 10 assists through 27 games this season.
  • Erik Källgren stopped 25 of 29 shots he faced.


  • Toronto went 1-for-1 on the penalty kill and 0-for-1 on the power play. Toronto is 5-5-0-1 when not scoring on the power play and 10-6-0-0 when not allowing a goal on the penalty kill.
  • Toronto and Hartford both had 30 shots in all situations. Brett Seney led the Marlies with four shots on goal.
  • The Marlies are 5-3-0-0 against Atlantic Division opponents and 0-1-0-0 against the Hartford Wolf Pack.
  • Toronto is on a 10-game, 4,958 kilometre road trip and will face off against seven teams – Belleville Senators, Cleveland Monsters, Grand Rapids Griffins, Hartford Wolf Pack, Hershey Bears, Lehigh Valley Phantoms and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. It will be Toronto’s first meeting of the season with four opponents (HER, HFD, GR, WBS). The Marlies return to Coca-Cola Coliseum on Feb. 5.

Trailing after 1                         5-8-0-0
Tied after 2                              4-2-0-0
On the Road                            8-6-0-0
Wednesday                              2-3-0-1
3 Goal Game                            4-2-0-0
*Amongst active players

Goals               13 
(J. Anderson)
Assists            21 (J. Duszak)
Points              25 (B. Seney)
PPG                 5 (J. Ho-Sang)
Shots               71 (A. Steeves)
+/-                    +10 (B. Seney)
PIMS                55 (R. Clune)



On tonight’s game:

They’re a highly skilled team. You could tell the pace of play was fast. You could tell there was a lot of skill on both sides with our team and their team. I felt it was pretty evenly matched throughout the game. If you look at outside of the empty net goal, the goals all came off of turnovers. That’s not to say we did a lot of good things with the puck but some puck decisions or mistakes we made with the puck ultimately resulted in grade A scoring chances which they capitalized on. The team had push, had effort right from the start. It didn’t feel like at any point the team wasn’t into it or that the compete and the process wasn’t there. Källgren still made some big saves for us. It was a weird game. Felt like we were in it for the most part with them but the puck play and the turnovers hurt us.

On the line of Joseph Blandisi, Ryan Chyzowski and Jack Kopacka:

It was excellent. Kopacka’s really turned on the last three, four games. He’s starting to use his tools – his power and his stride and just using his pace to drive the play up the rink and winning 50-50 pucks, setting up the o-zone for the team. Blandisi is abrasive, plays inside of contact, gets inside the net. They’re doing a lot of good things. Chyzowski has added a lot to our team the last couple of games in terms of his energy, his compete and his passion for playing the game. It’s been nice these last few games where we have these lines that step up in really big roles that build momentum for our group at the right times. Clune, Dougie are another couple of guys who have done that in the past couple of games who have done that for us. Guys are taking turns stepping up. That line definitely did it for us tonight.


On tonight’s game:
We said it from the start, they’ve got some skill. Right from the backend to their forwards. They’ve got some good players and I think we matched that quite well actually. I was happy with our group effort. We were playing with some passion. We’ve been finding that lately and really playing as a team and this one just didn’t go our way.

*All times Eastern Standard Time

January 21 at WB/Scranton – 7:05 p.m.
January 22 at WB/Scranton – 6:05 p.m.
January 24 at Grand Rapids – 7:00 p.m.
January 28 at Belleville – 7:00 p.m.
January 29 at Belleville – 7:00 p.m.

Game Preview:

The Toronto Marlies head to Hartford on Wednesday for a battle with the Wolf Pack. The Marlies are looking for their seventh straight win.

This is the first of two meetings between the two teams this season. The last meeting between these two teams came back on February 13th, 2019, where the Wolf Pack edged the Marlies 3-2.

The Marlies are coming off of a 4-3 OT win vs. Lehigh Valley on Sunday, while the Wolf Pack took home a 4-0 win vs. Laval on Saturday. Toronto is 7-3-0-0 in their last 10, while Hartford is 4-4-1-1.

Some players to watch on the Marlies side include Joey Anderson who picked up his second hat trick of the season in Sunday’s game, and has points (5-1-6) in his last two games with the Marlies. Brett Seney tallied four points in Sunday’s victory. He and Anderson are currently tied for the team lead in goals with 13. On the Hartford side, Jonny Brodzinski leads the team with 24 points.

Puck drops at 7:00 PM EST on AHLTV. Fans can also follow along on Twitter (@TorontoMarlies) for game updates.

Kyrie Irving fined for telling Cleveland Cavaliers fans: ‘Got y’all a championship and motherf***ers still ungrateful’ — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

For a while, it seemed Kyrie Irving might never play in Cleveland again.

Kyrie Irving fined for telling Cleveland Cavaliers fans: ‘Got y’all a championship and motherf***ers still ungrateful’ — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Will Ducks and their fans still love Corey Perry after his homecoming? — San Gabriel Valley Tribune

IRVINE — Corey Perry stole an opponent’s stick once. Just skated by the bench and swiped it right out of the unsuspecting guy’s hands. Perry once squirted water from his bottle into a distracted player’s glove. Just reached over from his bench to the other one and filled it up during a stoppage in play.…

Will Ducks and their fans still love Corey Perry after his homecoming? — San Gabriel Valley Tribune


TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (24-10-3 – 51 Points) at
NEW YORK RANGERS (26-10-4 – 56 Points)
1 2 3 FINAL
TORONTO 3 0 0 3

NEW YORK 1 2 3 6

  • Ilya Mikheyev scored for Toronto at 2:44 of the first period. Mikheyev recorded his sixth goal of the season. Mikheyev has posted six goals through his last seven games.
  • Mitch Marner scored on a Maple Leafs power play opportunity at 3:30 of the first period. Marner recorded his eighth goal of the season. Marner also posted the secondary assist on Bunting’s goal. Marner registered his 17th assist of the season. Marner has posted four points through his last two
    games (2G, 2A).
  • Michael Bunting scored for Toronto at 17:50 of the first period. Bunting recorded his ninth goal of the season. Bunting is currently on a five-game point streak where he has recorded five points (2G, 3A).
  • Pierre Engvall posted the primary assist on Mikheyev’s goal. Engvall registered his ninth assist of the season. Engvall has posted three assists through his last two games.
  • William Nylander recorded the primary assist on Marner’s power play goal. Nylander posted his 21st assist of the season. With the assist, Nylander posted his 300th career NHL point.
  • John Tavares registered the secondary assist on Marner’s power play goal. Tavares posted his 21st assist of the season. Tavares has recorded a point in back-to-back games (1G, 1A).
  • Auston Matthews posted the primary assist on Bunting’s goal. Matthews recorded his 16th assist of the season. Matthews is currently on a six-game point streak where he has posted eight points (5G, 3A).
    SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
    TORONTO 11 (9) 10 (6) 17 (11) 38 (26)
    NEW YORK 7 (5) 11 (11) 9 (7) 27 (23)
    SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
    TORONTO 20 (15) 17 (12) 26 (18) 63 (45)
    NEW YORK 8 (6) 18 (18) 23 (18) 49 (42)
  • The Maple Leafs are 10-6-2 on the road this season.
  • Toronto’s all-time record is 289-224-95-12 in 620 games against the New York Rangers and 120-130-
    56-5 in 320 games played in New York.
  • Toronto is 11-6-1 against the Eastern Conference this season and 4-4-1 against the Metropolitan
    Division this season.
    Shots 7 (Tavares)
    Shot Attempts 9 (Tavares)
    Faceoff Wins 11 (Tavares)
    Faceoff Win Percentage 100% (Engvall – 1 won, 0 lost)
    Hits 2 (Dermott, Simmonds, Biega, Mikheyev)
    Blocked Shots 3 (Liljegren, Brodie)
    Takeaways 2 (Matthews)
    TOI 27:19 (Rielly)
    Power Play TOI 4:59 (Matthews)
    Shorthanded TOI 3:29 (Rielly)
    Shifts 26 (Rielly, Brodie)
    5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage 75.00% (Mikheyev – 15 for, 5 against)
  • The Maple Leafs were 1-for-4 on the power play and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill tonight.
  • Toronto is 17-3-1 when scoring the first goal of the game.
  • The Maple Leafs are 14-2-1 when leading after one period and 4-1-2 when tied after two periods.
  • Toronto is 15-6-2 when outshooting their opponent.
  • The Maple Leafs are 6-2-0 in Wednesday games.
    OF NOTE…
  • Morgan Rielly and TJ Brodie were on the ice for a team-high 18 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5.
  • Ilya Mikheyev finished the game with a team-high 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 75.00 percent
    (15 for, 5 against).
    Jan. 22 Leafs at New York Islanders UBS Arena 7:00 pm ET
    Jan. 26 Leafs vs. Anaheim Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
    Jan. 29 Leafs at Detroit Little Caesars Arena 7:00 pm ET
    Jan. 31 Leafs vs. New Jersey Scotiabank Arena 7:30 pm ET
    Feb. 1 Leafs at New Jersey Prudential Center 7:00 pm ET
    Feb. 7 Leafs vs. Carolina Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET

    On tonight’s game:

    “Yeah I thought we obviously did have a very good start to the game. We’ve had a lot of really good starts to games here of late. Obviously, it’s been the finish that hasn’t gone well or the second half of games hasn’t gone well. Tonight maybe a fast start ended up working against us, I don’t know because I just
    thought we just played the game as though it was going to be really easy the rest of the way and paid for it.”
    On his concern regarding developing patterns over the past few weeks:
    “In the previous games, I thought it was different. Today I just thought we played soft and we made poor decisions defensively and we couldn’t sort anything out. I just thought it was far different. Each game has been different so it’s hard to talk about patterns other than the obvious in that we’ve been giving up leads but I just thought we got exposed today for being a team that was soft and purposeless and just playing the game and just hoping it was going to work out but we were missing important people tonight, on defence in particular so our team game had to be very solid and purposeful and try to make life easier for our defenceman and our goaltender and we didn’t do that nearly enough. Because of our good start we were in a position to get at least a point out of this game here tonight. We get two breakaways in the third
    period and if we score on either of those (John Tavares) has a really good look on a pass from below the goal-line, if those go in then in changes the result of the game but it doesn’t change how we play and how we played was not nearly good enough. I didn’t think we had anybody that played well tonight, coaches
    didn’t coach well tonight, so today is a much different game than we’ve played in the others where we’ve given up leads and such. I just didn’t think we had nearly enough urgency or purpose.”
    On tonight’s game:

    “I think our first was good. We were moving the puck, we were moving our feet, we weren’t being too pretty with it. I think in the second we took our foot off the gas and it’s becoming too much and it’s becoming something that we really need to stop doing and fix because this wasn’t something that we
    were doing at the start of the year and even before this whole break and everything kind of happened. Second periods we just have to make sure we are dialed in. We get these leads and then go into the second and think it’s just going to be an easy 40 minutes and everything is coming to bite us in the butt
    and we just have to make sure that we don’t lose the game plan that we come in with that makes us successful, that’s something that is kind of slipping on us right now and we have to make sure that we dial it back in and I’m sure we will dial that in.”
    On which circumstances have contributed to the team’s lapses during games:
    “I don’t know, it’s hard to kind of pinpoint that but it probably doesn’t help much really taking all that time off and playing in front of no fans. It’s just something that’s hard to pinpoint at the moment but like I said
    at the start of the year, even before the break, we were a team that never gave up and never stopped. I don’t think that we are doing but it’s something that I think we are getting away from is just playing the same way that we are in the first 20 and trying to start playing all this pretty game and trying to make too many plays and trying to take it back every time and setting things up and going up the ice. I think we just have to stick to our game plan of going quick up if we have the opportunity, getting pucks in and keeping away from their goalie and making sure our forecheck is on point. I think that’s something also got away from us tonight a little bit and when we’re forechecking well we’re getting pucks back and we’re making it
    hard on other teams.”
    On tonight’s game:

    “The game overall, we had a pretty good first period. I think we were moving the puck decently well. We came out of the period with a lead and we didn’t have a good second or third period, that’s happened a lot over the last couple games here and that’s something we need to clean up for sure. For me too, I think I
    was on for three goals that we let in so that’s obviously not good. I need to watch the game afterwards and clean some stuff up obviously, as every game, so I’m looking forward to the next one and try to look at things that I can clean up and move forward from it so just looking forward to next game.”
    On taking on a greater role in Jake Muzzin’s absence:
    “Well first off we miss (Muzzin) out there for sure. He’s a huge part of our team so we miss him for sure but at the same time, that’s when other guys need to step up and do stuff that maybe can fill in for missing a key player on our team but I’m looking forward to it for sure. I think me and (Timothy Liljegren)
    we know what we can do out there. Even if I play with him or with Dermott or anyone, we know what we are capable of doing. As I said, we’re just going to clean some stuff up from today and move forward from it and looking forward to next game.”
    On tonight’s game:

    “I thought we were bringing our game early, we had a really good first period. We responded after their first goal pretty quick and got that two-goal lead back and then we just let them back in the game in the
    second and we didn’t bring it in the third. We have to bring a little bit more urgency. We’re a good team and we can’t be letting other teams come back into games like that. We believe in one another and we believe in our ability and we just kind of have to move on from this game.”
    On what Mitch Marner brings off the ice:
    “Yeah, Mitch is the kind of guy that is talking all the time. He’s always in the mix with everybody and he definitely brings a lot of energy into the locker room every single day. He’s a fun guy to be around off the
    ice and he’s a fun guy to play with on the ice. Exactly what he brings on the ice is exactly is pretty much the energy he brings off the ice.”
    On tonight’s game:

    “Just not good enough.”
    On what Mitch Marner brings off the ice:

    “He’s such a special part of our team. The way he plays out there, he’s buzzing around and creating so many chances and doing such a great job in the d-zone. He’s the same way off the ice where he’s getting all his teammates involved and he loves his teammates, loves asking how your day is going. He’s a special person and a special leader for our group and he means the world to us.”

Timberwolves benefited from a few missed calls late in win over Knicks, per NBA report — Twin Cities

Timberwolves fans and players alike have felt all season as though they’ve gotten the short end of the officiating stick. The team is often on the negative side of the discrepancy. That was not the case in their 112-110 win over the New York Knicks on Tuesday, per the NBA Officiating Last Two Minute Report.…

Timberwolves benefited from a few missed calls late in win over Knicks, per NBA report — Twin Cities