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About Taavi Pailk - RotoBaller

Sports nut since day 1 on the planet. Don't talk much, but write a lot. A firm believer that James Harden is the real MVP.

Taavi Pailk - RotoBaller has written 2935 articles so far, you can find them below.


Pekka Rinne Gets Lit Up Again On Saturday

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne, who was pulled in Game 4 against Dallas after allowing four first-period goals, didn't do much better in Game 5 either, allowing five goals on 26 shots in a 5-3 defeat on Saturday. It was a complete nightmare for the Finn in the second period when Dallas opened up a... Read More

3 days ago

Alexander Radulov, Jason Dickinson Score Twice In Game 5

Dallas Stars forwards Alexander Radulov and Jason Dickinson both scored twice in Saturday's 5-3 win over Nashville, which puts the team one win away from qualifying for the next round. The Preds took the lead with Rocco Grimaldi's third postseason goal, but Dickinson tied it up before the first break and Radulov took over in... Read More

3 days ago

Philipp Grubauer Allows Just One Goal In Game 5

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer remained rock-solid in Friday's Game 5 against Calgary, saving 28 of 29 shots in a series-clinching 5-1 win. The German played a big part in the team's first series win since 2008, giving up two or fewer goals in four straight contests to finish things off. He has a 4-1-0... Read More

3 days ago

Mikko Rantanen, Colin Wilson Put Avs Through To Next Round

Colorado Avalanche wingers Mikko Rantanen and Colin Wilson both scored twice and had an assist in Friday's 5-1 win over Calgary, which sent the Avs through to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2008. Gabriel Landeskog also scored, while Nathan MacKinnon and Tyson Barrie both had three assists. Rantanen, who... Read More

3 days ago

Auston Matthews Keeps Scoring In First-Round Series

Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews netted his fourth postseason goal of the year on Friday, helping the team beat Boston 2-1. Kasperi Kapanen, who registered an assist on Matthews' strike, scored the game-winner with his first goal of the playoffs, while David Krejci produced a consolation goal for the B's late on. Matthews, who... Read More

3 days ago


Alex Ovechkin Scores On Power Play In Thursday's Loss

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin scored his second playoff goal of the season -- a power-play marker -- on Thursday against Carolina, but it turned out to be only a consolation goal in a 2-1 defeat. Dmitry Orlov and Lars Eller bagged the assists on the play. The Capitals captain was limited to only... Read More

4 days ago

Petr Mrazek Stays Strong In Game 4

Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek bagged his second consecutive win on Thursday, helping the team beat Washington 2-1 in Game 4 of the first-round series. Coming off of a Game 3 shutout, Mrazek allowed only an Alex Ovechkin power-play goal to beat him, finishing with 30 saves and a .968 save percentage. Mrazek has yet... Read More

4 days ago

Teuvo Teravainen Ties Series With Caps

Carolina Hurricanes winger Teuvo Teravainen scored the game-winning goal in Thursday's 2-1 success over Washington, leading to a 2-2 tie in the series. Nino Niederreiter and Sebastian Aho picked up the assists on the play. Teravainen gained a lot of postseason experience with the Blackhawks, so it's no surprise to see him popping up in... Read More

4 days ago

Dustin Byfuglien Continues Postseason Success With An Assist

Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien made it six points in five games on Thursday, helping Kevin Hayes put the team up 2-0 in Game 5 against St. Louis. Big Buff now has five assists in the playoffs, trailing only San Jose's Erik Karlsson (seven) among defensemen. He's a plus-four in the series with 10 shots... Read More

4 days ago

Jaden Schwartz Caps Off Big Third-Period Comeback By Blues

St. Louis Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz finished a big third-period comeback in Game 5 against Winnipeg on Thursday, scoring the decisive 3-2 goal with 15 ticks remaining in regulation. The Blues were 2-0 down ahead of the final frame before things suddenly started to click. Ryan O'Reilly ended Connor Hellebuyck's bid for a shutout... Read More

4 days ago


Jonathan Marchessault, Reilly Smith Score For Vegas In Game 5

Vegas Golden Knights forwards Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith both struck on the power play in Thursday's 5-2 loss to San Jose with Colin Miller and William Karlsson assisting them on both occasions. The Sharks finally managed to contain Paul Stastny's line with Max Pacioretty and Mark Stone, so Vegas needed offense from elsewhere and... Read More

4 days ago

Martin Jones Looks Great In Elimination Game

San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones gave up only a pair of power-play goals in Thursday's 5-2 win over Vegas, finishing with 30 saves and a .938 save percentage. Jones has had a very difficult series so far, but his performance in Game 5 should be an encouraging sign for the Sharks ahead of Sunday's... Read More

4 days ago

Tomas Hertl Helps Sharks Survive With Two Goals

San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl ended a two-game point drought in the first-round series against Vegas with a pair of goals, helping the team survive for another day. He scored the team's first and fourth goal -- a power-play marker -- in an eventual 5-2 win. Barclay Goodrow tallied the game-winner, while Logan Couture... Read More

4 days ago

Jarrett Allen Provides 15 Points in Thursday's Loss

Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen finally had a chance to enjoy some success on Thursday against Philadelphia with Joel Embiid (knee) missing, scoring 15 points on 4-for-5 shooting with a 7-for-9 mark at the line. It's his best offensive output since getting 20 points against Atlanta on March 9. Allen also gobbled up six rebounds... Read More

4 days ago

D'Angelo Russell Gets 26 Points In 30 Minutes Thursday Night

Brooklyn Nets point guard D'Angelo Russell had his second 26-point game in the first-round series against Philly on Thursday, shooting 12-for-26 from the field. He had a tough time finding his range from deep, finishing only 2-for-9 from downtown. Russell also picked up four rebounds, three assists, and two steals in 30 minutes on the... Read More

4 days ago


Caris LeVert Runs Amok In Second Quarter Of Game 3

Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Caris Levert was an unstoppable scoring machine in the second quarter of Game 3 on Thursday against the Sixers, netting 19 points. He finished with 26 points overall, shooting 10-for-17 from the field and 3-for-6 from behind the arc. LeVert's line also included seven rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one... Read More

4 days ago

Greg Monroe Grabs 13 Boards As Starter

Philadelphia 76ers center Greg Monroe started Game 3 in the first-round series against Brooklyn with Joel Embiid (knee) sitting out, and he had a big performance on the glass, collecting 13 rebounds. He was close to a double-double as well, but his lackluster 4-for-13 shooting limited him to nine points. The Sixers didn't miss Embiid... Read More

4 days ago

Jimmy Butler Remains Quietly Effective On Thursday

Philadelphia 76ers guard/forward Jimmy Butler failed to make noise in Game 3 against Brooklyn again, but he had a quietly effective game, finishing with a plus-18 rating in 38 minutes on the court. He had 16 points on 6-for-13 shooting and handed out seven assists while snapping up two steals on the defensive end. Butler... Read More

4 days ago

J.J. Redick Sinks Five Treys In Game 3 Victory

Philadelphia 76ers shooting guard J.J. Redick found his range in Thursday's Game 3 against Brooklyn, going 5-for-9 from deep and shooting 7-for-17 overall on his way to 26 points. He had managed just 22 total points in the prior two games, so the Sixers will be happy to see that their sniper got his mojo... Read More

4 days ago

Ben Simmons Explodes For 31 Points Thursday Night

Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons spearheaded the team's offense in Thursday's Game 3 against the Nets, scoring a game-high 31 points on 11-for-13 shooting. He was busy at the line as well with a 9-for-11 mark while handing out nine assists and racking up four rebounds, three blocks and two steals. The series didn't... Read More

4 days ago


Tobias Harris Comes Up Huge For Sixers In Game 3

Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris crushed it against Brooklyn in Game 3, scoring 29 points and grabbing 16 rebounds -- both of which are new playoff highs for him. He shot 11-for-19 from the field and was unstoppable from three-point territory, sinking all six attempts. He also dished out three assists, while posting a game-high... Read More

4 days ago

Thon Maker Disappoints In Another Start

Detroit Pistons forward/center Thon Maker made another start on Wednesday with Blake Griffin (knee) remaining on the sidelines, but he still couldn't leave his mark on the series, missing all three attempts from deep and shooting just 2-for-9 from the field for four points in 21 minutes. He helped out defensively with two blocks and... Read More

5 days ago

Reggie Jackson Produces Great First Half In Game 2

Detroit Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson performed admirably in the first half of Game 2 against the Bucks on Wednesday, even putting the team up 59-58 ahead of the break with a layup, but he completely fell off the map in the second half. Jackson made only one field goal and had four points in... Read More

5 days ago

Luke Kennard Keeps The Threes Coming

Detroit Pistons shooting guard Luke Kennard, who had a team-high 21 points off the bench in Game 1 against the Bucks, was promoted to the starting unit for Wednesday's Game 2, and he didn't disappoint, leading the team in scoring again with 19 points. He went 4-for-6 from downtown and 6-for-13 overall from the field,... Read More

5 days ago

Andre Drummond Notches Fifth Straight Double-Double

Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond maintained his double-double form in Wednesday's Game 2 against Milwaukee, finishing a 120-99 loss with 18 points and 16 rebounds. Dating back to the regular season, Drummond now has five straight double-doubles to his name and 16 of them in his last 17 outings. Sadly for Detroit, Drummond's work in... Read More

5 days ago


Pat Connaughton Produces Big Performance Off The Bench

Milwaukee Bucks shooting guard Pat Connaughton logged a very productive 31 minutes off the bench in Wednesday's Game 2 victory over Detroit, finishing with 18 points, nine rebounds, four blocks, and three steals. He missed only two of his 10 shots from the field, going 2-for-3 from deep. Connaughton was also close to a double-double... Read More

5 days ago

Khris Middleton Turns It Up A Notch In Game 2

Milwaukee Bucks small forward Khris Middleton, who had only 14 points in Game 1 against Detroit, did a lot better in Wednesday's Game 2, finishing a 120-99 win with 24 points on 7-for-15 shooting from the field. He was 2-for-6 from downtown and a perfect 8-for-8 at the line. Middleton also ended up leading the... Read More

5 days ago

Eric Bledsoe Leads Bucks In Scoring Wednesday Night

Milwaukee Bucks point guard Eric Bledsoe had the hottest hand in Wednesday's Game 2 win over Detroit, finishing with a game-high 27 points on 11-for-19 shooting. He went 3-for-8 from downtown and also distributed the ball well, registering six assists in 28 minutes. Bledsoe's line also included four rebounds and three steals. Giannis Antetokounmpo and... Read More

5 days ago

Giannis Antetokounmpo Continues To Dominate Against Pistons

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was unguardable for the Detroit Pistons again in Wednesday's Game 2 of the first-round series, as he scored 26 points on 11-for-18 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds while recording four assists and two blocks. Scoring is coming super easy for Giannis in the series, and he's also feasting on the... Read More

5 days ago

Jerami Grant Stays Quiet On Tuesday Night

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jerami Grant has been a big letdown for the team in the first-round series against Portland so far, averaging only 6.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in 32.5 minutes. He was an awful 0-for-5 from downtown in Tuesday's Game 2, managed to make only one of his seven shots and... Read More

6 days ago


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