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Vegas on Wednesday

in Fragen vor der Anschaffung 27.08.2018 10:38
von liny195 | 150 Beiträge

NEW ORLEANS — Now that Stephen Curry is back to waving his magical right wrist and pointing three fingers to the rafters Roquan Smith Color Rush Jersey , the Golden State Warriors are heavy favorites to dispatch the New Orleans Pelicans after winning the first two games of their seven-game Western Conference semifinal series in Oakland.

But the Pelicans, who have won 12 of their last 17 games at home, are taking a glass-half-full approach coming off a closer-than-expected 121-116 loss on Tuesday night as the teams meet Friday night in Game 3 at the Smoothie King Center.

There is some reason for the Pelicans’ optimism of stealing a game. After being crushed 123-101 in the series opener — a game in which forward Anthony Davis and guard Jrue Holiday combined for just 32 points — New Orleans hung tough in Game 2 and trailed by only a point midway through the fourth quarter.

The Pelicans are buoyed by the curious stat line emerging from the Game 2 loss: Even though New Orleans outscored Golden State 66-38 in the paint, the Pelicans could not get to the free-throw line. In the first two games, Golden State has a 59-20 edge in free-throw attempts.

In Game 2, Davis and Holiday never attempted a free throw — the first time that had happened since they began playing with each other five seasons ago.

“I just go out there and play,” said Davis, who scored 25 points in Game 2, about his failure to get to the line. “It’s on the refs to make calls. They said I didn’t get fouled Harold Landry Color Rush Jersey , so maybe I have to go in there a little stronger and force them to call them.”

Veteran point guard Rajon Rondo expressed the frustration his teammates are feeling about the foul-shooting imbalance.

“Both of those guys (Davis and Holiday) shot the ball a combined 48 times,” Rondo said. “I think we were attacking, but that’s not an excuse. We got the shots we wanted. Our guys were aggressive, and things will turn, hopefully for Game 3.”

Playing his first game in more than five weeks since suffering a Grade 2 MCL sprain in his left knee, Curry came off the bench in Game 2 and scored 28 points in just 27 minutes. Golden State coach Steve Kerr said Curry would definitely start Game 3.

“Oh yeah, yeah, yeah,” Kerr said. “You don’t keep a guy like that on the bench for long. His knee is fine. That’s the good news. The bad news is that he hasn’t played in (five) weeks. So any sort of minutes restriction was only based on his conditioning. There was no-holds-bar in terms of his knee.”

The Pelicans are hoping they will be energized by a home crowd that helped them sweep through Games 3 and 4 of a first-round series against the Portland Trail Blazers. New Orleans has posted an 8-2 record at home since March 18.

Coincidental to the Pelicans’ improvement at home has been the switch they made in the last month — going to the Smoothie King Center for game-day shoot-arounds instead of doing their preps at their training facility in Metairie.

“Practicing where you play Olivier Rodrigue Oilers Jersey , there is something to that,” Holiday said. “Being able to get a feel for the arena, the depth (perception) with the bleachers and the stands compared to our practice facility.”

Curry, a two-time NBA MVP, was a plus-27 in Game 2 while on the court for the Warriors, and no teammate was better than plus-7.

“He was Steph — he didn’t take long to warm up, that’s for sure,” Kerr said.

But Kerr said the Warriors are expecting a battle in Game 3.

“We played well enough to win (on Thursday night), but we’re going to have to play better in New Orleans Anthony Miller Jersey Elite ,” Kerr said.

A record performance from rookie Clayton Keller helped the Arizona Coyotes knock off one of the NHL’s top teams.

Keller set the Coyotes’ rookie goal mark with an empty-net score in Arizona’s 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night. Keller’s goal was his 23rd, surpassing Peter Mueller’s total in the 2007-08 season. Keller also became the 22nd Coyote to reach 60 points in a season, and Arizona improved to 17-12-6 since January.

”I think we’re trying to treat every game like a playoff game and we kind of get up for that,” Keller said. ”We just want to come out and finish the year strong and hopefully bring something home for next year.”

The Coyotes got two goals from defensemen as Trevor Murphy and Jacob Chychrun each scored to help Arizona. Brendan Perlini also scored for the Coyotes, and Antti Raanta had 19 saves

Chychrun scored the winner on the power play at 17:22 of the second period as Arizona, which blew a two-goal lead on Saturday against Florida, held Tampa Bay to just 20 shots on goal.

”I was kind of hard on them in practice in the other day and they responded,” Arizona coach Rick Tocchet said. ”I liked the way we played tonight.”

The Lightning played without captain Steven Stamkos, who missed the game with an undisclosed lower-body injury and is considered day-to-day.

Nikita Kucherov scored on the power play with 5:23 left for his 38th goal. Louis Domingue made 31 saves facing the team he started the season with as Tampa Bay has lost consecutive games for the second time in 10 days.

Since scoring seven goals against the New York Islanders on Thursday Bengals Preston Brown Jersey , the Lightning have two goals in two games.

”We can play better in the offensive zone than we have,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. ”We just have to get a little bit confidence factor of guys being able to make plays the way they can and execute the way they can. I think that’s one thing we were lacking tonight, our execution was just a little off and obviously the guys were getting a little frustrated.”

Tampa Bay has been in first place in the Eastern Conference since Oct. 19 but is just two points ahead of the Boston Bruins, who have played two fewer games.

”We were definitely not as sharp offensively as we have been,” Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman said. ”A big game for us trying to fight off Boston behind us and that’s not what we wanted.”

After a scoreless first period, Murphy fired a slap shot from the outside of the left circle that hit off the inside back post at 10:45 for his first career goal. Chychrun’s goal, on an open look from the slot with Domingue prone on the ice, made it 2-0.

Arizona increased the lead to 3-0 when Perlini was in the slot for a quick one-timer off a feed from Dylan Strome. The goal was originally waived off for goaltender interference but overturned on a challenge.

NOTES: Keller extended his scoring streak to nine games. … Tampa Bay RW Adam Erne left the game in the first period with a lower-body injury and did not return. … Lightning D Slater Koekkoek was in the lineup for the first time since March 8. He was a healthy scratch in 11 of the previous 12 games. . Domingue had his personal four-game winning streak end.

UP NEXT

Lightning: At Boston on Thursday night.

Coyotes: At Vegas on Wednesday night.



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