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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.

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Corey Crawford Grabs His Fourth Win Of The Year

Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford improved his record for the season to 4-4-2 with a 33-save performance in a 4-1 win over Buffalo on Sunday. The Crow was beaten only by Jack Eichel late on. Crawford had just one win in five starts during October, but he's done a lot better this month, winning three... Read More

2 months ago

Kirby Dach Continues Impressive Form With Two-Goal Effort

Chicago Blackhawks center Kirby Dach extended his point streak to four games with a two-goal effort in Sunday's 4-1 win over Buffalo. He became the third 18-year-old in Blackhawks history to produce a multi-goal performance, joining Eddie Olczyk and Patrick Kane. Kane scored in a sixth consecutive game on Sunday, producing a power-play goal early... Read More

2 months ago

Trae Young Enjoys 31-Point Outing Against Lakers

Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young posted his sixth 30-point outing of the season on Sunday, finishing a 122-101 loss to the Lakers with 31 points on 11-for-22 shooting. He also had seven assists, three rebounds, and two steals in 39 minutes. Young has cooled down quite a bit since his spectacular start to the... Read More

2 months ago

Kyle Kuzma Notches 17 Points Off The Bench

Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma had a nice 17-point outing in 26 minutes off the bench against Atlanta on Sunday, shooting 6-for-14 from the field and recording five rebounds. He extended his streak with at least 40 percent shooting from deep to five games with a 3-for-6 record. Kuzma is slowly picking up speed... Read More

2 months ago

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Plays Well In Another Start

Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope produced 13 points in 21 minutes in his second consecutive start on Sunday. He missed only two of his eight shots -- both from downtown -- and his plus-12 rating was one of the best among Lakers starters. Caldwell-Pope has started recent games with Avery Bradley (leg) out... Read More

2 months ago


Anthony Davis Stays Quiet Against Atlanta

Los Angeles Lakers forward/center Anthony Davis had a quiet Sunday night against Atlanta, providing only 14 points in a 122-101 win. AD was a big force on defense with five blocks, but he simply couldn't get going offensively, committing four turnovers and shooting only 5-for-14 from the floor in 28 minutes of action. Davis had... Read More

2 months ago

LeBron James Bags Another Double-Double Sunday Night

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James maintained his double-double form on Sunday, finishing a 122-101 win over Atlanta with 33 points and 12 assists. He also picked up seven rebounds, one block, and one steal, while shooting 13-for-21 from the field and an impressive 6-for-10 from downtown. LeBron now has 11 double-doubles for the season... Read More

2 months ago

James Reimer Ends Losing Streak On Saturday

Carolina Hurricanes goaltender James Reimer pushed away 32 of 35 shots against Minnesota on Saturday in a 4-3 overtime win, ending a lengthy losing streak. Reimer hadn't tallied a single W since kicking off the year with back-to-back wins at the start of last month. The 31-year-old netminder now owns a 3-4-0 record for the... Read More

2 months ago

Zach Parise Notches Sixth Goal Of The Season

Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise registered a short-handed goal in Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to Carolina. He now has six goals for the season with half of them coming this month. The former 45-goal scorer had a shocking start to the season, but he's looked much better as of late, collecting six points in... Read More

2 months ago

Andrei Svechnikov Bags OT Winner Against Minnesota

Carolina Hurricanes right wing Andrei Svechnikov stretched the team's winning streak to three games on Saturday, scoring a 4-3 overtime winner against Minnesota. Dougie Hamilton collected his 22nd point of the season on the play with an assist. Carolina had only three forwards, who failed to register any points. Svechnikov is enjoying a breakout season... Read More

2 months ago


Josh Richardson Scores Season-High 28 Points

Philadelphia 76ers shooting guard Josh Richardson had a very good shooting night on Friday against OKC, going 10-for-15 from the field and recording a season-high 28 points in a 127-119 overtime loss. He was 3-for-6 from downtown and shot 5-for-6 at the line. Richardson had managed at least 20 points just once in the previous... Read More

2 months ago

Joel Embiid Posts Second 30-Point Game Of The Season

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid reached the 30-point mark for the second time this season, finishing Friday's loss to OKC with 31 points on 12-for-24 shooting. He had a superb 4-for-8 record from deep and added 12 rebounds to complete his sixth double-double of the year. The game went into overtime, so Embiid logged 38... Read More

2 months ago

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Notches 24 Points In Overtime Victory

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander produced another 20-plus point effort on Friday night, finishing a 127-119 overtime victory against Philly with 24 points. He played a team-high 40 minutes, shooting 9-for-19 from the field and 5-for-6 at the line while dishing out three assists and bagging a pair of steals. Gilgeous-Alexander is having a... Read More

2 months ago

Chris Paul Scores Season-High 27 Points In Friday's Win

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Chris Paul produced his best offensive performance of the season on Friday night, scoring 27 points on 7-for-13 shooting in a win over Philadelphia. CP3 was very busy at the line with a 12-for-12 record and he racked up a team-high eight rebounds and five assists while committing zero turnovers.... Read More

2 months ago

Danilo Gallinari Ends Slump With 28-Point Performance

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Danilo Gallinari scored a team-high 28 points on Friday in a 127-119 win over Philadelphia. Gallo had scored just 28 points in total in the previous two games before breaking out and leading the team to victory in overtime. He shot 7-for-11 from the field with three triples and produced a... Read More

2 months ago


Mike Smith Returns To Winning Ways Against Colorado

Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mike Smith ended a brief two-game losing streak on Thursday, pushing away 31 of 33 shots in a 6-2 win over Colorado. Smith conceded the first goal in the second minute of the game, but he was very solid for the rest of the way to improve his record for the season... Read More

2 months ago

Andre Burakovsky Scores Two Goals In Thursday's Loss

Colorado Avalanche left wing Andre Burakovsky was responsible for both of the team's goals in Thursday's 6-2 loss to Edmonton. The former Capital scored less than 1:30 into the game with Nazem Kadri providing the lone assist, but Connor McDavid took over the game and grabbed all the headlines, even though Burakovsky also put in... Read More

2 months ago

Connor McDavid Records Career-High Six Points Thursday Night

Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid looked out of this world on Thursday night against Colorado, getting six points in a 6-2 win. The Oilers captain produced his second hat trick in three games and added three assists in his first career six-point game. Leon Draisaitl picked up five helpers, Oscar Klefbom had three assists and... Read More

2 months ago

Tyler Bertuzzi Scores Twice In Thursday's Loss

Detroit Red Wings left wing Tyler Bertuzzi produced his second multi-goal performance of the season in Thursday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Kings. Anthony Mantha tallied assists on both of the goals. Bertuzzi, who has eight goals and 20 points for the season, started the month slowly, but he's now picked up multiple points in... Read More

2 months ago

Anze Kopitar Shines With Three-Point Performance

Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar enjoyed his second consecutive multi-point night on Thursday, producing one goal and two assists in a 3-2 overtime win against Detroit. The Kings were trailing late in regulation before Kopitar and Matt Roy set Adrian Kempe up for the tying goal and Kopitar combined with Drew Doughty on Alex... Read More

2 months ago


Jabari Parker Scores Team-High 24 Points In Thursday's Loss

Atlanta Hawks forward Jabari Parker was the team's only starter with a positive plus/minus in Thursday's loss to Phoenix, scoring a team-high 24 points and picking up seven rebounds and three steals. He shot 8-for-15 from the field, including 2-for-4 from deep. Parker is currently on a nice run with four consecutive 20-plus point outings... Read More

2 months ago

Trae Young Stretches Double-Double Streak To Four Games

Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young recorded his fourth consecutive double-double on Thursday, finishing a 128-112 loss to Phoenix with 21 points and 13 assists. Young had a really good start to the game, tallying 17 points and six assists in the first half, but things fell apart for him and the team in the... Read More

2 months ago

Dario Saric Keeps Gaining Momentum

Phoenix Suns forward/center Dario Saric had an outstanding game with 23 points on Thursday against the Hawks, adding six rebounds along the way in a 128-112 win. He shot 9-for-12 from the field, including a very good 3-for-5 from downtown. Atlanta had no answer to Phoenix's bigs, as Frank Kaminsky picked up 19 points and... Read More

2 months ago

Devin Booker Scores 27 Points In Thursday's Win

Phoenix Suns shooting guard Devin Booker recorded his ninth consecutive game with 20-plus points on Thursday, finishing a 128-112 win over Atlanta with 27 points on 8-for-16 shooting. He was 8-for-8 at the line and a nice 3-for-7 from downtown while dishing out seven assists and grabbing one steal. It was another very good performance... Read More

2 months ago

Kelly Oubre Jr. Scores Season-High 30 Points Versus Hawks

Phoenix Suns small forward Kelly Oubre Jr. produced a season-high 30 points on Thursday on 10-for-18 shooting, helping the team defeat the Atlanta Hawks 128-112. Oubre Jr. had been horrible in the previous game against the Lakers earlier in the week, missing all attempts from the field and finishing with just one point, so he... Read More

2 months ago


Claude Giroux Strikes On A Power Play Wednesday Night

Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux scored the team's only goal in Wednesday's 2-1 shootout loss to Washington, netting on a power play in the third period. Jakub Voracek and Ivan Provorov provided the assists for the Flyers captain, who now has five goals and 13 points for the season. He has nine points in nine... Read More

2 months ago

Braden Holtby Picks Up His Fifth Consecutive Win

Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby extended his winning streak to five games on Wednesday, finishing a 2-1 shootout win over Philadelphia with 30 saves. He had a very slow start to the season, but an eighth win in nine starts has pushed Holtby's record to 9-1-3. His goals-against average at 3.06 still needs some improvement... Read More

2 months ago

John Carlson Notches 30th Point Of The Season

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson reached the 30-point mark on Wednesday, registering an assist in a 2-1 shootout win at Philadelphia. Nic Dowd also recorded a helper on Brendan Leipsic's second goal of the season. Carlson has been in incredible form ever since the season started, finishing pointless in only four of his 20 appearances.... Read More

2 months ago

Jean-Gabriel Pageau Scores First Career Hat Trick

Ottawa Senators center Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored his first regular-season hat trick on Wednesday in a 4-2 win against the Devils. Connor Brown had two assists and Mark Borowiecki also scored for the Sens, who notched their seventh victory of the season. Craig Anderson had 21 saves in his third W of the year. Pageau has... Read More

2 months ago

Isaiah Thomas Gets 18 Points, Seven Assists Wednesday Night

Washington Wizards point guard Isaiah Thomas enjoyed his return to the TD Garden on Wednesday, scoring 18 points and dishing out seven assists in a 140-133 loss. He shot 7-for-14 from the field, including a very good 3-for-6 from downtown. Thomas had managed just 21 points in total in the previous two games, so this... Read More

2 months ago


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