Pittsburgh (48-19-11) hosts Columbus (49-21-8) on Tuesday night at PPG Paints Arena. While there is a slim chance one of them could overtake Washington for first place in the Metropolitan Division, it appears likely that the second-place Penguins and third-place Blue Jackets will meet in the first round of the playoffs beginning http://www.officialbluejacketsproshop.com/Jack_Johnson_Jersey next week. “It’s a big game for us, for sure,” Blue Jackets center Alexander Wennberg said. “We know it’s going to be a big game,” Penguins winger Jake Guentzel said. Washington has 112 points, Pittsburgh 107 and Columbus 106, each with four games remaining. “I think we want to move up our division, hopefully get home ice,” Pittsburgh winger Conor Sheary said. “Every point is important. “Washington’s going to be tough to catch if they keep winning, but (finishing ahead of) Columbus is definitely within reach. If we want to come into the first round with home ice, I think it’s important to keep playing hard and keep playing for two points.” A decent rivalry between the clubs has blossomed since they both entered the Metropolitan Division, and considering the proximity of the cities. Games between them often have been rough and tumble. The Blue Jackets spanked Pittsburgh 7-1 on Dec. 22 in Columbus. The teams’ two meetings since have both gone to overtime and produced a split. The Penguins leapfrogged Columbus for that http://www.officialcapitalsauthentic.com/Dennis_Maruk_Jersey one-point edge Sunday when they beat Carolina 3-2 for their second straight win and the Blue Jackets lost their third in a row, against the Capitals. This is Columbus’ first three-game losing streak (0-2-1). It started against Carolina, a team that was making a desperate push to make the playoffs. After that came a stretch the Blue Jackets knew would be a test against Chicago, Washington and now Pittsburgh. Those three plus Columbus make up the top four teams in the overall NHL standings. Columbus is expected to get winger Oliver Bjorkstrand back, coach John Tortorella said. Bjorkstrand practiced for the first time Monday and has missed six games because of an upper-body injury. The Blue Jackets will be without impressive rookie defenseman Zach Werenski, who is day to day because of an upper-body injury that forced him to leave Sunday’s game, and center Lukas Sedlak, who is week to week after getting an upper-body injury Friday. The team recalled winger Sonny Milano, who is expected to play Tuesday, according to Tortorella. Pittsburgh, which did not practice Monday, apparently got through Sunday’s win unscathed in terms of injuries but still have a busy training room. Among those hurt are top defenseman Kris Letang and star center Evgeni Malkin. It seemed that the injuries might finally be taking a toll when the Penguins lost four games in a row (0-2-2), but their modest two-game winning streak followed. Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella described center Lukas Sedlak (upper body injury) Authentic Alex Ovechkin Womens Jersey as “week to week,” which, we assume, is better than “year to year.” Injuries, and their surrounding mysteries, are a big part of the narrative of tonight’s key Metropolitan Division showdown between the third-place Jackets and second-place Penguins – separated by one point in the standings – at Pittsburgh’s PPG Paints Arena. Tortorella said Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski is “day to day,” although the tea leaves read has the star rookie, in a best-case scenario, back for the start of playoffs after suffering an apparent shoulder injury Sunday on a crushing check by Washington’s Alex Ovechkin. “No whining,” said Tortorella, and that’s been the approach toward injuries by his friend and former assistant Mike Sullivan, now head coach of the Penguins. Sullivan has calmly guided Pittsburgh through an onslaught of injuries to the point where the defending Stanley Cup champions are battling the Blue Jackets for home-ice advantage in what appears will be a first-round postseason matchup. The NHL playoff format calls for teams that finish second and third in the division to play each other in the first round, and that’s where Pittsburgh (107 points) and Columbus (106 points) stand going into tonight’s game. “We know it’s going to be a big game,” Penguins center Jake Guentzel told Pittsburgh reporters. “It’s going to set the tone if we play them in the playoffs.” If the Washington Capitals (112 points) beat Toronto in regulation or overtime tonight and the Jackets beat Pittsburgh, then the Capitals will have earned the top seed in the Eastern Conference. They are hopeful a potential http://www.officialbluejacketsproshop.com/William_Karlsson_Jersey third win in a row will have a little extra weight. “A lot of signs point to us playing them in the first round,” Pittsburgh winger Bryan Rust said of the Blue Jackets. “If that does happen, (Tuesday) is a game that we’ve got to go out there and show them what we’ve got.” This precursor between the Penguins and Blue Jackets could help determine where that first-round series between them would open. The second-place team will have home ice against the third-place club.
"You've got to do whatever is best for you and your team to be ready for the playoffs," Spurs veteran Pau Gasol said. "To be at your best at that point, whether it's playing more or playing less. That's up to the coaching staff to make that assessment. That's kind of our mindset, prepare for the bigger dance." SAN ANTONIO -The San Antonio Spurs Authentic Kevin Pillar Youth Jersey have the league's second-best record and can decide if they want to prepare for the postseason by resting or not resting players. Kawhi Leonard had 25 points and seven assists, and the Spurs held off the Jazz 109-103 on Sunday in a matchup of postseason-bound teams. San Antonio (59-17) had six players sit for rest and injury. The Spurs got their 30th home win despite resting Manu Ginobili, David Lee and Patty Mills, and missing injured starters LaMarcus Aldridge and Danny Green. Aldridge has a sprained left thumb and Green sat out with a bruised left quadriceps. In the midst of five games in seven nights to close the season, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich opted to sit almost half his roster. "That's a lot of games, a lot of activity for the end of the season," Popovich said. "Then we have to end it by going all the way to Portland, so I think we need to manage it wisely." The Jazz do not have that luxury. Utah (47-30) leads the Los Angeles Clippers http://www.officialbluejaysproshop.com/Dalton_Pompey_Jersey(47-31) by a half-game for the Western Conference's No. 4 seed and home-court advantage in the opening round. The Jazz closed to 102-98 on Joe Johnson's 16-footer with 2:06 remaining that capped a 10-0 run. Leonard then blocked a shot by 7-foot-1 center Rudy Gobert to help San Antonio preserve the victory. Gobert had 19 points, 14 rebounds and six blocked shots. Boris Diaw scored 19 points, making all nine of his shots against his former team. Leonard had 19 points in the third quarter as the Spurs rebuilt a 15-point lead they lost in the first half. The Spurs took a 17-point lead following a 20-4 run bridging the first and second quarters. The Jazz rallied behind six points, five blocks and four rebounds from Gobert in the second quarter. Tony Parker http://www.officialpiratesproshop.com/Drew_Hutchison_Jersey had 21 points. Five of the team's nine-player rotation scored in double figures. "Tony's getting his mojo back, I think," Popovich said. "The last couple of games, he's starting to get confidence shooting his shot. It looks like he's getting his speed back, so that was good to see." Jonathon Simmons was huge in 33 minutes off the bench, going for 17 points on 7 of 14. Davis Bertans made his fifth start of the season, finishing with 11 points on 4 of 8. Kyle Anderson drew his 13th start, chipping in four points, nine rebounds and four assists. Playing without George Hill and Derrick Favors, the Jazz leaned heavily on Rudy Gobert (19 points, 14 assists, six blocks) and Gordon Hayward (16 points, four assists). Boris Diaw, who played with the Spurs from 2011-12 to 2015-16, finished with 19 points on an immaculate 9-of-9. He became the first player since Charles Barkley in 1989 to finish perfect from the field while attempting at least nine shots against the Spurs. Whatever ailed Leonard seemed to disappear inside the locker room, as he returned to lead the Spurs to a 109-103 win over Utah at the AT&T Center. Leonard erupted for 19 points in the third period to give the Spurs (59-17) a 10-point cushion heading into the final frame. It represented the highest single-quarter scoring output of his career. He finished with 25 points http://www.officialpiratesproshop.com/Willie_Stargell_Jersey and matched his career high with seven assists. Tony Parker turned his fortunes around after a difficult week. He posted 19 points and five assists after totaling just 10 and five, respectively, against Cleveland, Golden State and Oklahoma City.
The Rockets pretty much own the third seed in the Western Conference, yet it’s becoming difficult for them to find their edge before the postseason. Other than a 107-98 Friday night loss at Oracle Arena, things are going just fine for the Rockets. “We’re good,” James Harden said. Harden is playing through a sore left Ben Ijalana Womens Jersey wrist that took a hard hit by Warriors forward Draymond Green. Harden didn’t look too comfortable during the game, going 4-of-18 from the field and finishing with 17 points and eight assists. “Right now we have an opportunity [to finish strong],” Harden said. “We showed signs we’re really good and show signs where we’re just going through the motions. We pretty much have the three seed locked in, we've got a few injuries [due to which people] are missing, three in four nights, a lot of things building up. We've just got to get through it, keep fighting, and we’ll be all right.” Ryan Anderson is out with a sprained right ankle, and he’s missed. Friday night, Trevor Ariza and Eric Gordon picked up the scoring with Harden struggling to find his shot. The two vets combined for 30 points, but missed 15 out of 25 shots to do it. Clint Capela and Montrezl Harrell fought well inside -- Capela had 14 rebounds and Harrell displayed a lot of energy in 21 minutes. Harden missed the Rockets' 123-116 win over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night in Phoenix because of the illness. It was the first game Harden sat out this season. Harden also missed the team's Sunday shootaround because of the sickness. A leading contender for league MVP, Harden said recently that he thinks, in the current era of player rest, MVP candidates should be commended for being on the court every day. Harden, who had played in all 76 of the Rockets' games leading up to Sunday, has never played fewer than 73 in any 82-game season during his eight-year career. 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He had not missed a game all season and entered Sunday tied for second in the league in scoring at 29.2 points per game. "Coach walked up to me (and said), `We need a triple-double out of you tonight," Beverley said of the conversation with Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni, who told him Harden was out. "I know I'm not even close to what James Harden is, but I just try to go out and try to lead these guys by example." Beverley, who added http://www.authenticravensjerseys.com/kamalei-correa-jersey-for-sale-c-18.html nine assists and eight rebounds, played despite a sore right ankle and scored 11 of his points in the third quarter. Lou Williams scored 16 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, and Troy Williams, called up from the D-League early Sunday, scored 18 of his career-high 21 points in the first half. Troy Williams, who last appeared in an NBA game on Dec. 16 with Memphis, shot 5 of 7 from 3-point range in the first 20 minutes. "He really played," D'Antoni said. "He's rangy and long. He made the most of it, that's for sure." Tyler Ulis finished with a career-high 34 points for the Suns, who were swept in a season series by the Rockets for the first time in franchise history. At 22-56, Phoenix has the West's worst record by a half-game below the Los Angeles Lakers. Ulis, a rookie, added nine rebounds and nine assists, and Devin Booker scored 27 for the Suns. "We can start back on a winning streak," Beverley said. "This was a must-win game, we're trying to solidify third (place in the Western Conference.) We wanted to come out here and set the tone and I think that we did that from the beginning." Back-to-back 3-pointers by Jared Dudley preceded a driving layup by Ulis to tie the score at 47 with 4:59 left in the second quarter, and Ulis hit a free throw after being fouled on the play to give the Suns a lead. Phoenix trailed by as many as 15 in the first quarter and 10 after 12 minutes. The Suns went on a 13-2 run that ended with Ulis' three-point play. 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Only after the Clippers inserted all of their starters in the fourth quarter did they finish off a 115-104 victory, the 800th of Doc Rivers' coaching career. "Our key is going to be in the last six minutes of the http://www.seahawksofficialsproshop.com/Kevin-Pierrelouis-Jersey game," Rivers said. "We're going to have to execute offensively. We're going to have to be a team that when we need a stop, we can get a stop. There's times that we can do that and then there's times I'm not sure we can." The Clippers have had little trouble stopping the Lakers, taking three of four in the season series. They've won 18 of 20 from their Staples Center co-tenant since the start of the 2012-13 season. Blake Griffin scored 36 points, Chris Paul added 29 and J.J. Redick had 19 for the Clippers, who moved within a game of the idle Jazz for the No. 4 playoff seed in the West. The Clippers have won three in a row and seven of nine. "The last few years have been the worst in the Lakers' history and that's not OK," rookie coach Luke Walton said before the game. Rookie David Nwaba scored 19 points and Brandon Ingram had 10 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter for the Lakers. They have lost 18 of 20 since the All-Star break. D'Angelo Russell, the team's leading scorer at 15.7 points, had two points on 1-of-9 shooting while missing six 3-point attempts. "They definitely came out with energy. They were hot and our defense wasn't clicking," Russell said. "I tried to stay effective despite my shots not falling." The Clippers' bench allowed the Lakers to hang around in the fourth when they trailed by 21 at the start. Tarik Black's dunk cut the Lakers' deficit to eight with 2:52 to play. But Griffin and Paul combined to score the Clippers' final seven points. The duo notched its third straight game with at least 26 points apiece. "It's not about the second unit, it is http://www.nygiantsofficialstore.com/jason-pierrepaul-jersey-for-sale-c-12.html about us as a team figuring it out," Paul said. "We still have time, not much time, but we have time to figure it out and we have to do it." The Clippers dominated the third, turning a five-point lead into a 21-point advantage. They opened on a 24-9 run, including 10 by Paul that extended their lead to 79-59. Griffin and Redick added back-to-back 3-pointers and Paul scored four in a row to send the Clippers into the fourth leading 93-72. Paul had 12 assists and made all 10 of his free throws, and DeAndre Jordan grabbed 12 rebounds. Griffin made a career-high four 3-pointers. The Clippers opened the game by scoring 17 straight points, making 7 of 9 field goals. The Lakers missed their first nine shots before going on an 18-2 run to close within one. With a mid-range jump shot 30 seconds into Saturday’s 115-104 victory over the Lakers, Blake Griffin became the first Clippers player to reach 10,000 points with the franchise. For an organization with a barren collection of history, the scoring milestone was representative of all Griffin has meant to the Clippers. Across the court were the Lakers, with 10 players in team history to score 10,000 points in the purple and gold. The Clippers win Saturday was the 800th http://www.nygiantsofficialstore.com/jay-bromley-jersey-for-sale-c-25.html of Rivers’ career, making him the 15th coach in league history to reach the mark. Rivers said he still has the game ball from his first victory, Nov. 3, 1999, against the Detroit Pistons. In those days, Rivers would “probably overreact to everything early on in my career and I’ve learned everything is a big deal but you don’t have to sweat it all.” If there’s one thing Rivers believes he has been good at as the coach of the Magic, Celtics and Clippers, it’s staying even throughout adversity. After his 36 points carried the Clippers on Saturday, Griffin would not say whether he hopes to stay with the Clippers. “That’s a lot of http://www.seahawksofficialsproshop.com/Luke-Willson-Jersey points,” Coach Doc Rivers said. “I know that and he’s still really young, which is amazing as well. Blake is an amazing player and yet he’s still going to get better which is what’s scary for everybody else.” “I’ve loved my time here, absolutely,” Griffin said. “But my main focus right now is the season. I said this before the season, I’m not doing the whole free agency talk. I’m not talking about any decision I can’t make right now. Like I said my main focus is getting this team right and moving forward and being right heading into the playoffs.” A former first overall pick, Griffin is the first Clippers player to deliver on the high expectations that greeted him when he arrived. He is the symbol of the franchise’s turnaround.
In his 15th season, Ginobili is averaging 7.7 points and 2.7 assists. It’s enough to make Popovich want him back for a 16th and to keep squeezing the bar of soap. “Manu is one of those all-time great competitors and he is going to continue to make plays that astound,” Popovich said. “He won’t make those plays as often as he used to, but I’m not surprised by anything just because his spirit is so huge.” Spurs coach http://www.authenticravensjerseys.com/elvis-dumervil-jersey-for-sale-c-10.html Gregg Popovich is hoping all the talk about this possibly being Manu Ginobili’s final season is just that – talk. Ginobili dished out four of his season-high eight assists in the fourth quarter, one of the factors in the Spurs overcoming a 21-point deficit late in the third quarter to clinch the Southwest Division title and at least the West’s No. 2 seed in the playoffs. “Him being able to come out here and just compete at a high level, give his all, you just look at somebody like that and it’s just an example for yourself,” said Spurs All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard, who scored 20 of his team-high 28 points against the Thunder in the second half. Ginobili finished with eight points, but it was his role as a facilitator on a night when slumping point guard Tony Parker notched just two assists that Jimmy Smith Authentic Jersey stood out. “I always look to facilitate,” Ginobili said. “In my last few years, I have become more of a facilitator then a finisher. Sometimes it happens more than others. Today, teammates made shots. I had the opportunity. I didn’t do anything different.” Ginobili’s biggest pass of the game didn’t go down as an assist. With under 30 seconds left and the Spurs trailing 95-94, he got the ball down low to Pau Gasol, who then shot it over to LaMarcus Aldridge for a dunk with 20.7 seconds left. The Spurs never trailed again. Ginobili said the play began with him looking to pass rather than shoot against the “very aggressive, athletic” Oklahoma City defense. “Sometimes when they are scrambling with the clock running down,” Ginobili said, “there are situations where two go to the ball and for me it is very hard to shoot against guys who are athletic, so I just waited one more second and I saw Pau kind of going back door to the rim.” That was a perfect situation for Ginobili, who says he Dee Milliner Authentic Jersey always looks to “throw into Pau” in the low post. “He’s skilled, he’s long, he’s an easy target,” Ginobili said. “He can make things happen.” Ginobili wasn’t the only member of the bench who came up big in the comeback. Gasol finished with 17 points, including 12 after halftime. Patty Mills scored six of his 10 points in the second half. “We brought energy, we brought aggressiveness,” Ginobili said. “I guess we were kind of hurt from the Golden State game (when the Spurs squandered a 22-point lead to lose 110-98 on Wednesday). But we bounced back. We did a good job, we brought what we are supposed to bring.” Parker hasn’t registered more than three assists since he had seven against Memphis on March 23. After averaging a season-best 5.7 helpers in February, Parker averaged 3.4 assists in March. “I’m very confident in Tony,” shooting guard Danny Green said. “Tony is a professional. He’s been doing it for 16 years. We know what he is capable of. Obviously, that switch as you get older, it’s harder to turn it on. But we know Tony can turn it on whenever we need him to. He will be locked in, he will be focused.” The Klaw came up huge down the stretch to give the San Antonio Spurs a shocking 100-95 comeback win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, helped by a huge block by LaMarcus Aldridge on Westbrook in the closing moments. The Spurs trailed by as many as 21 points http://www.authenticravensjerseys.com/jeremy-zuttah-jersey-for-sale-c-48.html midway through the third quarter before out-executing the Thunder with the game on the line. On the bright side, he is now just two triple-doubles shy of Oscar Robertson’s NBA record 41 triple-doubles in a season with seven games to play. But Friday night should have been more. This should have been the Thunder point guard’s MVP coronation — until Leonard prevented Westbrook from slamming the door on the whole discussion. Westbrook, meanwhile, struggled down the stretch. He did notch his 39th triple-double of the season with 32 points, 15 rebounds and 12 assists but finished just 8-for-22 from the field and had eight turnovers. He forced shots in the clutch, showing off all the worst parts of the Russell Westbrook Experience. It looked like a repeat of Wednesday night, except with the Spurs being the lethargic group in the first half, and slowly mounting a second half comeback and proving that the only moments the lead matters are the final 37 seconds. Kawhi scored 20 of his 28 points in the second half to lead the Spurs to their 57th win, despite Russell Westbrook’s 39th triple double with 32 points, 15 rebounds, and 12 assists. The Spurs struggled in the first quarter, going 1-7 with 3 turnovers, leading to a 14-3 OKC lead halfway through first. Pop brought Manu, Gasol, and Mills in for some energy, but it didn’t help the Spurs’ shooting as they ended the first down 26-16 on 7-20 shooting. OKC had 18 rebounds to the Spurs’ 16 points, to really underline the visitor’s struggles. Tony was the only guy being aggressive for the Spurs in the first half, and he only had 6 at halftime. LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs’ two leading scorers combined to shoot 5-18, for 13 points between them at halftime. OKC outrebounded San Antonio 15-26 in the first half. The Spurs didn’t get their first fast break point till about 3 minutes left in the half. Manu hit a 3 with under 2 minutes left to bring the Spurs within 12, then Patty Mills hit another followed by a steal and slam for Kawhi. Patty had a hard foul on Russ so he wouldn’t get a shot off, and it worked, but then he hit all 3 freebies to give him 19, 7, and 7 at the half, well on his way to his 39th triple double. The Spurs went into the half down 54-41, and probably lucky that they were only down 13 after such a terrible first half...Kawhi led the Spurs with 8 in the first half, Victor Oladipo had 12 for the Thunder to back up Russ’ 19. Tony opened up the scoring for San Antonio in the second half with a flashback layup, remaining the most aggressive Spur at this point, even with only 8 points. It seemed that no matter what the Spurs did, the Thunder did more. OKC won in every category except turnovers (18-14), steals(8-7), and blocks (11-3). San Antonio missed 4-6 freebies in the middle of the third to accentuate the poor shooting night. Kawhi had a 3-point play to bring the good guys to within 14, then Russ missed a dunk, Pau hit 2 freebies, and Steven Adams had on offensive foul, then Manu found Pau underneath to bring the Spurs within 10 with 3:50 left in the third. Manu was a passing fool in the third, and found Kawhi underneath to shrink the lead to 6. Kawhi had 13 in the third and helped San Antonio to a 30 point quarter and end the third only down 76-71 thanks to a buzzer-beater fade-away 3 by Patty. Pau was also great in the quarter, ending it with 12 points. Russ ended the quarter on the bench, with 26, 14 boards, and 8 assists. The final period was more back and forth throughout, with a three by Kawhi and a layup by David Lee bringing the Spurs within 3. And then Russ had his 10th assist to give him his 39th triple double on the year, 2 away from tying the NBA record. The struggles from the stripe continued, as Manu missed out on completing the 3 point play, and the Spurs ended the night 17-27. Manu made an absolutely Manu/bananas pass across court while falling to Patty who hit the corner 3 to tie the game at 85. Pau hit a corner 3 to bring it within 1 before Russ went back to the line to regain the 3 point lead. After the 18th TO by OKC, LA was fouled and sent to the line to give the Spurs their first lead of the http://www.officialnikejetshop.com/dennis-byrd-jersey-for-sale-c-6.html night at 94-93 with 56.1 left. Steven Adams gave the Thunder the lead back on an uncontested dunk, the Aldridge returned the favor on the other end to make it 96-95 with 18.7 left. Aldridge blocked Russ and Kawhi came up with the ball and drove down to the other end and completed the 3-point play to seal the win for the Spurs, 100-95. Manu was the MVP of this game for the Spurs, ending with 8 points, 8 assists, and 100% of fans realizing how much we are going to miss him. “I don’t want him ever to retire,” Popovich said. “I want to squeeze every last ounce of juice I can. I’m going to use him like a bar of soap until there’s nothing left – for his family or anybody else in the world – just done. I am going to squeeze it until then.” Popovich made good on that promise Friday night in Oklahoma City, leaving the 39-year-old Ginobili on the court for the final eight minutes to help seal the Spurs’ dramatic 100-95 come-from-behind victory over Russell Westbrook and the Thunder.
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