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Not only just getting bigger and stronger but just my movement, my body, the way my body moves and all those things. That’s going to be big for me also because of how long I am, the 7-foot-3 Porzingis said. So I think I don’t know how many months I have, [but] I’m going to use it as efficiently as I can to come back as a better player and also work on my mind … and come back sharp.

The injury is a brutal development for a Knicks team that is hoping to build a young core around Porzingis, who was named to the All-Star team for the first time this season.

Simmonds took a cross-ice pass from Jakub Voracek and shot high over Fleury’s right shoulder.

Haula opened the scoring with 13:43 left in the first when his shot from a sharp angle to the right of the net went off Mrazek’s stick and in.

Grioux tied it 1:27 into the second period when his wrist shot from the slot beat Fleury on the glove side. It extended the captain’s point streak to seven games (three goals, five assists) while increasing his season total to 82 points.

Let’s call it organized noise — not to be confused with Organized Noize, though I’m happy to shout out to Outkast and Goodie Mob. Organized noise is still chaotic, but if we can find even some loose patterns to help guide us, it can put us in a good position to thrive. One thing I like to do, and I’ve alluded to it in this space in recent weeks, is to look at team motivation along with the performance level of the sides in order to try and estimate whether a particular game shapes up for good fantasy value.

The message we want to send this week: No matter its record, every team — from No. 1 Nashville to No. 31 Ottawa — is good at something. So in these rankings, we look at what each team (or a specific player) does best statistically.

Our writers tackle some pressing questions for the stretch run. Could the Kings or Stars make a Predators-esque wild-card run to the Cup final? Will the Penguins or Flyers finish higher in the standings? And where will Carter Hutton play next season?

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Brandon Jennings feels a sense of urgency in trying to prove he belongs back in the NBA after signing a 10-day contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Jennings, who joined the team on Sunday, took a huge step in that direction Monday night, finishing with 16 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds as the Bucks sent Memphis to its 18th consecutive loss with a 121-103 victory.

Tasked with stopping Johansen and the rest of his teammates is Michael Hutchinson (2-0-0, 2.00, .933), who has won his only starts so far. Connor Hellebuyck played well Monday night in Washington, saving 40 of 43 shots, but will get the night off.

While Winnipeg was outshot 43-28 against Washington, captain Blake Wheeler felt his team played better over the last half of the game.

We were all over the puck. They weren’t able to make any clean passes, he said. We had all kinds of chances to win that game.

Pekka Rinne (37-9-4, 2.28, .928) is expected to get the start for Nashville after getting a game off on Saturday.

Kawhi Leonard remains sidelined and LaMarcus Aldridge (knee) is out as well, opening up a higher usage role for Anderson tonight. Yes, the Rockets’ defense is better than it has been in the past, but even the best defense in the NBA allows nearly 100 points a night, so, regardless of how you think this game plays out, there is going to be some cheap value available.

Brandon Jennings just resigned with the Milwaukee Bucks after being out of the league for a while, and in his season debut, he posted a double-double and flirted with a triple-double off the bench. However, he is still clearly behind Eric Bledsoe in the pecking order, and much of his production came in garbage time of a blowout game. Take his debut with a grain of salt. Nevertheless, it was enough to let him sneak into the back of the top 150 for consideration purposes.

Kevin Durant gets a boost in this week’s rankings with Curry’s ankle uncertainty. When Curry sits, Durant is a higher volume play that pushes him up into the top 10.

Kawhi Leonard is the ultimate mystery. He was rumored to be returning on Thursday, now there are reports that he won’t. If/when he plays, we don’t know whether he’ll be full speed or on another minutes restriction. Moving forward, he could be a top-10 player or not worthy of the top 150. As such, he settles in here just into the top 50 as a wildcard.

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After tweaking his right ankle in the first quarter Friday night, Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry returned to action before leaving a 114-109 win against the Atlanta Hawks for good in the third quarter.

While contesting a layup hoisted by Hawks guard Dennis Schroder, Curry came down on the foot of teammate Zaza Pachulia.

“I came back in the second [quarter], felt pretty good,” Curry said after the game. “It got a little stiff at halftime. I didn’t think I would have to sit out coming into the third quarter, but sometimes the power of [team trainer] Chelsea [Lane] and coach [Steve] Kerr wins out, and we just want to be precautionary and safe.”

“Obviously landed on my foot, and it kind of stunned me for a second, but I was able to shake it off, keep it loose,” he said. “… Frustrating, but big picture. I understand.”

After the game, Curry was walking with no signs of a limp. The Warriors don’t play again until Tuesday at home against the Brooklyn Nets.

On Thursday, Curry made waves when he posted a photo of shattered glass in his hotel room with the caption: “When you feel like you’re on the @pgatour so you gotta get some swings going in the hotel room. #idiot.”

Curry, an avid golfer who played a Tour event last year on a sponsor’s invite, was asked after Friday’s game what happened. He told NBC Sports Bay Area that he was practicing his swing in his room — something he said he does all the time — when suddenly his phone alarm went off, startling him and causing him to lose grip of his 7 iron, which landed on a glass table.

Curry said he wasn’t wearing shoes when the table shattered, but he wasn’t cut.

Led by Miles, the Toronto bench — which came in Cheap Jerseys Website averaging 41.1 points — outscored Washington’s reserves 50-15.

“We take a lot of pride in coming off that bench and changing games,” Miles said. “We’ve been calling ourselves the best bench in the league all year and I don’t Cheap Jordan Jerseys For Sale think anybody can take that from us.”

Each Thursday this season, we ask a series of questions to our ESPN NBA reporters to give you their inside takes on key fantasy subjects.

Dave McMenamin: Love was back to on-court workouts on Thursday for the first time since fracturing his left hand. The team has not adjusted its eight-week injury timeline for him, but it would appear to be a good sign that Love will indeed be back in the lineup with several weeks to go before the end of the fantasy basketball season.

With the Chicago Bulls focused on the lottery, should fantasy managers expect to see players like Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn shut down as the regular season winds down?

Take, for example, Detroit’s 110-87 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday. The Pistons outrebounded Milwaukee 57-35 and outscored the Bucks in the paint 56-34. Detroit had 22 offensive rebounds in that game, including 15 in the first half.

Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy — formerly the coach of the Heat — said the way his team cuts and drives to the basket frees big men such as Andre Drummond and Eric Moreland to grab offensive boards.

“Even if we are missing shots, bodies are off Andre and Eric, and they are both really good offensive rebounders when that happens,” Van Gundy said.

Indeed, Drummond, a 6-foot-11, 280-pound center, is averaging 15.1 points and leads the NBA in overall rebounding (15.8). He also leads the NBA with 5.2 offensive rebounds per game.

“They deserve a lot of credit for playing as hard as they’re playing. A lot of guys are getting a lot of time out there and, hopefully, that will pay dividends as the season winds down.”

Aldridge has been listed as doubtful for Saturday’s game while Gasol is questionable.

The Lakers run into the Alamo City on Baseball Jerseys Cheap the heels of a 131-113 victory at Miami on Thursday in which Isaiah Thomas scored a season-high 29 points off the bench.

Los Angeles (27-34) has won four straight games and seven of its past 10, a surge that’s helped in advance to within shouting distance of the eighth-seed, and the playoffs, in the Western Conference with 23 games to play in the regular season.

Ingram is coming off an attention-grabbing 50-fantasy point Cheap NFL Jerseys game in Atlanta. The Lakers now head South for a matchup with Miami, the team with the fifth-slowest pace. That’s a downgrade for the Lakers, as is the fact that Miami surprisingly boasts the seventh-best defensive efficiency in the league.

Keith Hayes poured in 31 points, knocking down 5 of 7 3-pointers, and grabbed seven rebounds to help Division II William Jewell roll to an 86-74 victory over Missouri-Kansas City on Tuesday night.

Patrick Whelan and Byron Harp added 15 points apiece and Easton Koch scored 11 for the Cardinals, who turned 25 fouls against the Kangaroos (6-16) into a 29-for-34 night at the free-throw line.

The secret is out about Bates-Diop, which means he is regularly double-teamed now. That was the case Monday, when the Cornhuskers did a good job of neutralizing him in the first half. Later in the game his teammates figured out how to get him the ball.

They were doubling me pretty much everywhere, he said. Every time I drove someone was coming. Besides slipping screens and just moving around a little bit more with the ball, my teammates found me. It was mostly just layups to the basket.

Fresno State (15-6, 5-3 Mountain West Conference) had a 65-57 lead with 1:38 left in the game, but UNLV’s Jordan Johnson had back-to-back 3-point plays in a 26-second span to cut the Runnin’ Rebels’ deficit to 65-63 with 60 seconds left. Carter delivered for the Bulldogs. The senior center swatted away a layup by Johnson with nine seconds left and blocked a Brandon McCoy layup with four seconds to go. Johnson fouled Carter, who stepped to the free-throw line and hit the first, then shrugged off a UNLV timeout before hitting the second one for a 67-63 lead. Deshon Taylor added two free throws to close out the scoring.

Johnson paced UNLV (14-6, 3-4) with 18 points, while McCoy added 13 points and 13 rebounds for his 11th double-double of the season.

Taylor added 14 points and five rebounds for Fresno State.

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Illinois, playing tight zone defense, was able to stick around in the first half despite Michigan State’s height advantage.

Nebraska (14-8, 5-4 Big Ten), fresh off a 20-point win over then-No. 23 Michigan on Thursday, tied it at 46 with 7:56 left with a 3-pointer from James Palmer Jr., who finished with a career-high 34 points.

The lead changed six times in the next four minutes. A pair of foul shots by Palmer cut Ohio State’s lead to four with 2:19 remaining, but the Cornhuskers couldn’t pull any closer.

Nebraska: The surprising Cornhuskers knocked off a ranked team last week and are a better squad than last season with Palmer carrying the load. But they couldn’t outlast the gritty Buckeyes, who are on a roll.

I thought we did a lot of good things defensively, Nebraska coach Tim Miles said. I was disappointed with our offense in the second half. A game like this you’re only going to get so many chances.

They passed this test with flying colors.

Justin Robinson scored 19 points, Ahmed Hill had 18 and the Hokies pulled away in the second half to beat the Tar Heels 80-69 on Monday night.

Blackshear added 16 points for Virginia Tech (14-6, 3-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), which used a 13-3 run after the Tar Heels closed to within three to open a 64-51 advantage with just under eight minutes remaining. UNC never got closer than eight again.

Joel Berry and Luke Maye scored 23 points each for the Tar Heels (16-5, 5-3). North Carolina turned the ball over 13 times to Virginia Tech’s nine, and Virginia Tech outscored them 11-2 off those mistakes.

We have some issues and that’s my responsibility, coach Roy Williams said. I used to say I shouldn’t have to coach effort and intensity but I’m trying to coach that and not doing a very good job at it. It’s frustrating.

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Bryson Williams tossed in 20 points on 10-of-14 shooting and Terrell Carter II added 18 points, six rebounds and a pair of blocked shots in the final seconds to help Fresno State hold off UNLV 69-63 on Tuesday night.

When he did bring out the piece of paper, that was very, very unusual. The last time I saw it done was about four or five years ago, also in an NFL game, and that’s not the norm. Gene made the decision strictly on visual affirmation that the ball made the line to gain, Riveron said at the time. I will advise them not to use it again. I’ve already done that.

Broderick Robinson topped UMKC with 14 points and seven boards, while Brandon McKissic scored 11. Aleer Leek, Xavier Bishop and Jordan Giles added 10 points each for the Kangaroos, who have dropped five of six.

William Jewell trailed 12-10 midway through the first half before Hayes hit back-to-back 3s, Whelan followed with two of his own, Hayes hit two more 3s and Harp added a trey and a jumper in a 23-0 run that left the Cardinals with a 33-12 lead. UMKC pulled within six by halftime and got within two on a couple of occasions early in the second half.

Jae’Sean Tate put the Buckeyes (18-4, 9-0 Big Ten) up by six with a layup with 1:02 left, and a pair of foul shots by Kaleb Wesson stretched it to eight. Palmer hit a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left, but Nebraska ran out of time.

I think mentally we just stayed together, said Tate, who had 17 points. There were times you could see we struggled. In the first half, we were getting a little frustrated, but I think we did a great job in the second half, especially later on, coming together and staying together.

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The Patriots in 2017 ranked second in the NFL in points scored and first in yards. In two playoff games on their way to Super Bowl 52, they scored 59 points and generated 782 yards of offense.

So, yeah, New England players have made their share of memorable plays this season.

Kidd said he told him, There’s nothing you can do. All you can do is tell the truth. That’s it.

Kidd said he thanked Antetokounmpo for his loyalty and that he was thankful to be able to coach him and help him become the player he is today. And I know when our paths cross again, he’ll be much better.

Kidd said he was officially informed he’d been fired about 15 minutes later when he met with general manager Jon Horst and team president Peter Feigin at a pizza restaurant.

Jason Kidd’s tenure in Milwaukee was undone by weak defense. Kevin Pelton examines whether a coaching change will get the young Bucks roster to the next level.

Last February, when Costas announced he was stepping down as primetime host of NBC’s Olympic coverage, a role to be filled by Mike Tirico at the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, he said he expected this year’s Super Bowl to be his football broadcasting swan song. Costas has hosted six Super Bowls throughout his career.

Not this year, though, as NBC plans to keep its Football Night in America team intact. Sunday night host Dan Patrick and Thursday night host Liam McHugh will handle hosting duties in Minneapolis, while Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison, Mike Florio and Chris Simms will also have prominent pre-game roles. Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth, of course, will call the game between the Eagles and Patriots.

The cracks in the foundation are there. The day-to-day issues, as serious as they may be, they may come and go. But you cannot change the nature of the game. I certainly would not let, if I had an athletically gifted 12- or 13-year-old son, I would not let him play football.

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He’s mentioned it that he doesn’t care, McCourty said, per the team’s official website. Don’t call and say your car got stuck. I think everyone knows there’s two hotels up here at Patriot Place so stay there for the night. Find a way. But I tell guys, like wake up earlier, especially if you don’t have a garage or something. Wake up. Go clean your car out.

The Hurricanes led the entire second half, but struggled to put away the Wolfpack (13-7, 3-4). They stayed in control by committing just 10 turnovers for the game, avoiding the miscues that can fuel the Wolfpack’s pressure defense and lead to transition scores.

Omer Yurtseven had 28 points for N.C. State, which had a humming-along offense of its own. The Wolfpack shot 63 percent after halftime and 54 percent for the game to stay within arm’s reach the entire way, getting as close as one midway through the second half but failing to push ahead.

I thought we did a good job offensively, first-year Wolfpack coach Kevin Keatts said. I thought our guys played loose. But we didn’t get the stops we needed to.

Miami: So has Miami found something sustainable in this offensive showing? The Hurricanes kept coming up with big baskets to answer every run by the Wolfpack and now have made 19 3s in the past two games.

Jerome Robinson had 19 points, Ky Bowman 16 and Nik Popovic and Chatman 12 each for BC (13-7, 3-4), which had its two-game winning streak stopped. The Eagles also lost their 21st consecutive ACC road game, but not without making one last charge.

We finally made some shots, that’s what happened, Eagles coach Jim Christian said of the comeback. You can’t win on the road and go 8 for 29 from 3(-point range) and commit 16 turnovers. For us to win with our limited depth we have to make shots, and we didn’t make 3s today.

Boston College: The Eagles brought in two of the ACC’s top six scorers in Robinson (18.2 points) and Bowman (15.7), who did their parts in whacking Louisville’s lead. But their bench was outscored 22-2 and couldn’t get the needed basket late to tie the game.

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Antonio Brown is the best thing the NFL has seen at wide receiver since the prime of Jerry Rice. Now he’s the first wide receiver since Rice to be named Sporting News’ Offensive Player of the Year in 27 years.

Brown getting the 2017 version of the SN award ends a run of quarterbacks dominating, as they won nine of the previous 10. Brown’s season, although it fell a couple games short of his Steelers getting to Super Bowl 52, was that worthy.

Brown has made five consecutive Pro Bowls and was named first-team All-Pro for the fourth straight time. In February of 2017, he signed a five-year, $72.2 million extension with the Steelers that locks him in through ’21. Brown will turn 30 before the 2018 season. Rice played until age 42.

Brown is fifth among active players in both career receptions (733) and career receiving yards (9,910). He’s No. 3 all-time in receiving yards per game (86.2).

Although Brown is still looking for his first Super Bowl ring and is highly unlikely to catch Rice in the record books, there’s no doubt in this passing era, he’s the same type of wideout who can take over a game no matter the matchup because of his great hands, quickness and precise route-running.

Brown, like Rice, also fell a little short of winning with their happy feet on Dancing With The Stars. But he deserved to be the first receiver to follow in Rice’s footsteps with the highest respect from his peers.

Watt was instrumental in relief efforts after Hurricane Harvey hit Houston and helped raise more than $37 million. Dalton’s charity helps fund local children’s hospitals, and it received massive support from Bills fans after Dalton helped Buffalo end its playoff drought this season.

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