Reggie Jackson’s 3s save the day after Pistons blow 27-point lead

The opening stretch of Thursday’s nationally televised game between the New York Knicks and Detroit Pistons looked like a particularly fitting start to a rather sleepy pre-Super Bowl slate for the league. The Pistons out-scored the visiting Knicks by 12 in each of the first two quarters to lead by as many as 27 in the second quarter and 50-36 at halftime, looking well on their way to a blowout win. Viewers could be forgiven for deciding to change the channel.

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If they did, though, then they missed the sort of exciting NBA finish that can arise from even the least enticing beginnings. Down 70-52 at the midway point of the third, the Knicks allowed just eight points over rest of the quarter to get the lead to 78-71 at the buzzer. They then slowly cut into the remaining margin in the fourth, eventually taking their first lead of the night at 97-95 on a Robin Lopez lay-in with 2:14 on the clock.

Detroit did not go quietly thanks to several big three-pointers. Anthony Tolliver made a late-clock triple on the next possession to retake the lead for the hosts, but that was just prelude to two game-icing shots from point guard Reggie Jackson. After a missed three by Carmelo Anthony, Jackson got started:

His two clutch three-pointers at the 1:21 and 0:38 marks sandwiched a Robin Lopez dunk to keep the Knicks at bay. Jackson and Stanley Johnson went 7-of-8 from the line to finish off the 111-105 win, which drew the Pistons into a virtual tie with the Indiana Pacers for the No. 7 spot in the East. Detroit is now up two games on the Charlotte Hornets in the race for the conference’s eighth playoff berth.

It will not go down as a great result for the Knicks, but their comeback was impressive and serves as another sign of their newfound status as a fun team with a seemingly bright future. It was perhaps most heartening to see it happen without Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis (a combined 24 points on 6-of-27 FG) scoring at a particularly impressive clip. Rather, the damage was done by Lopez (26 points on 11-of-14 FG and 16 rebounds), Arron Afflalo (24 points on 8-of-15 FG), and Langston Galloway (17 points on 7-of-9 FG). This fine move from Galloway to get an open three-pointer was especially fun:

They just didn’t have an answer for the full Pistons lineup early and Jackson’s big jumpers late. It wasn’t the best overall game for the Most Improved Player candidate, but his 3-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc was efficient and his 21 points were very meaningful to the win. It looks increasingly likely that Detroit can make the postseason in Stan Van Gundy’s second season, and the play of Jackson has been one of the biggest factors in that improvement. He and All-Star Andre Drummond form a solid core.

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Joel Quenneville goes ‘bananas’ over disallowed goal (Video)

Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for yelling at official Marc Joanette in the first period of his team’s 5-4 overtime win over the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday.

This came after a goal by Marian Hossa at the 15:40 mark was overturned by a coach’s challenge from the Arizona Coyotes. After a review it was deemed Hossa interfered with Coyotes goaltender Louis Domingue.


Here is the explanation from the NHL:

The Referee determined that Hossa interfered with Domingue before the puck crossed the goal line. According to Rule 78.7, “The standard for overturning the call in the event of a ‘GOAL’ call on the ice is that the Referee, after reviewing any and all available replays and consulting with the Toronto Video Room, determines that the goal should have been disallowed due to ‘Interference on the Goalkeeper,’ as described in Rules 69.1, 69.3 and 69.4.”

This led to Quenneville’s on-bench explosion at Joanette and his eventual penalty. After the game, Hossa said Quenneville went “bananas.”

Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson fired goal on the ensuing power play. Hossa scored Chicago’s first goal of the game near the beginning of the second period. Chicago captain Jonathan Toews scored the game winner in overtime.

s/t Eye on Hockey

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Binghamton Mets unveil very patriotic Independence Day jerseys

If at first you don’t succeed, try again.

That’s a very good mantra to live by in general, and it’s a good mantra to live by in the world of business and marketing.

With that said, credit the Binghamton Mets, a minor-league affiliate of the New York Mets, because they keep trying.

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After announcing ‘Netflix & Chill’ Night earlier this week — and perhaps not completely understanding its ramifications — they have come back strong with perhaps the most patriotic promotion in professional sports. http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/mets-minor-league-team-schedules–netflix—chill–night-212034208.html

Happy Independence Day, baseball fans.


First of all, it doesn’t get any better than double fireworks. Well, unless you can somehow triple them.

But the real winner here: the jerseys.

Those are as patriotic as you’ll find, from the red, white and blue color scheme, to the stars and stripes logo, to yes, the sleeves. Though not confirmed, it would appear that’s a portion of the Declaration of Independence. If so, that’s a pretty creative touch. Not only would they be colorful, they would be educational as well. 

[Related: Mets to wear 1986 throwbacks several times in 2016]

And yes, I say that knowing some people will feel like they went over-the-top with the patriotism. But hey, you can’t satisfy everybody anyway. As long as they satisfy enough to fill the ballpark, it’s a job well done. 

Speaking along those lines too, as is usually the case with these specialized jerseys, the team will be holding an auction after the game. Hopefully it’s a good turn out and a fruitful endeavor for whichever lucky charity ultimately receives the proceeds. 

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NHL Three Stars: Monahan’s exciting 4 point night; Sabres 3 goal third sink Habs

No. 1 Star: Sean Monahan, Calgary Flames

Monahan earned the first four point night of his career against the Carolina Hurricanes. The forward had 1 goal and 3 assists in the Flames 4-1 win over Carolina. Monahan and the Flames didn’t need much help, the ‘Canes did damage to themselves.

No. 2 Star: Robin Lehner, Buffalo Sabres

 The netminder earned his second win of the season in the Sabres comeback 4-2 victory against the sinking Montreal Canadiens. Of his 33 saves, 14 of them came in the third period as the Habs furiously tried to keep the Sabres from scoring. (Spoiler: They couldn’t.)

No. 3 Star: Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning

In a relatively boring game between the “rivals” (per NBCSN), Kucherov assisted on Tyler Johnson’s go-ahead goal and the scored final goal for the Lighting in their 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

Honorable Mention: Buffalo scored 3 goals in the third period, overcoming a 2-1 deficit against Montreal. There was one bright moment for the Habs. Watch Alex Galchenyuk score a beautiful goal:

… Lightning went 2-for-3 on the power play against Detroit … Jiri Hudler and Johnny Gaudreau on a line with Monahan had 2-points each.

Did You Know? Ben Bishop picked up win No. 100 as a member of the Lightning after his team beat the Red Wings Wednesday night.

Dishonorable Mention: The Habs are sinking, terribly quickly. Before they went ahead 2-1, the team looked like they were ready to self-destruct. They got the lead then lost it. Are the vultures circling? … T.J. Brodie took a shot above the knee towards the end of the second period. He attempted to give it a go, but went to the locker room before the end of the period. Brodie did not return. Referees working in Calgary are going down left and right. Mike Leggo took a puck to the face – on accident – and left the game:

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Connor McDavid scores goal of year candidate, 3 points in return

The Edmonton Oilers have some ground to make up in the standings. Connor McDavid has some ground to make up in the Calder Trophy race.

In his return to the Oilers on Tuesday night after a broken clavicle, McDavid managed to make up both.

McDavid scored a goal-of-the-year candidate in the second period and assisted on two other goals in the Oilers’ 5-1 rout of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The rookie split the Blue Jackets’ defense during an end-to-end rush. Justin Falk tried to take the puck away from McDavid, but whiffed. Jack Johnson appeared to be escorting him to the crease like a proper gentleman. McDavid shredded them, and then scored a nifty goal to give the Oilers a 2-1 lead.

Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid (97) skates during the warm up before taking on the Columbus Blue Jackets in an NHL hockey game in Edmonton, Alberta, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

He missed 37 games due to a broken left clavicle, an injury he sustained against the Philadelphia Flyers on Nov. 3. But he didn’t look like he missed a beat in his return to the lineup.

From the Edmonton Sun, McDavid said:

“No matter how many bike rides you do or bag skates you have after practice, it never really replicates what you feel in a game,” he said. “Getting your wind back and your timing down, all of that is going to come back over time.”

“You can’t really think about that, you have no idea what the year might have been, what could have happened,” he said. “It’s tough, missing that amount of time in your rookie year, but I still have a bunch of time left to do some stuff here.”

It’s scary to think about what he could accomplish in that time. And a bit of a bummer to think what he could have accomplished were he not injured. 

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