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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 2965 articles so far, you can find them below.


Steven Adams Continues Solid Play In Game 2

Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams picked up nine boards and added 16 points in Tuesday's Game 2 loss to Portland, shooting 7-for-8 from the field. The 25-year-old Kiwi is off to a solid start to the series, but the team in general has looked really bad at times, so you could say that he... Read More

5 months ago

Russell Westbrook Just Misses Triple-Double In Game 2

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook was one rebound short of his 10th career postseason triple-double in Tuesday's loss to Portland, finishing with 14 points and 11 assists. His shooting was way off with him making just five of 20 shots from the field, missing five of six triples. OKC will need a big... Read More

5 months ago

Paul George Improves Shooting In Game 2

Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Paul George did much better in Game 2 against Portland compared to Game 1, shooting 55 percent from the field on his way to 27 points. Mind you, he still struggled from deep, going just 2-for-7 with the three-ball. George's line also included eight rebounds, three assists and one steal... Read More

5 months ago

Maurice Harkless Gets Close To Double-Double

Portland Trail Blazers forward Maurice Harkless bounced back well from a quiet Game 1 outing against OKC, producing a 14-point, nine-rebound effort in Tuesday's Game 2. He shot 6-for-9 from the field, including 1-for-2 from deep, while also recording one steal and one block. Harkless played 29 minutes, which trailed only team leaders Damian Lillard... Read More

5 months ago

Enes Kanter Goes Quiet In Game 2

Portland Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter played a huge role in the team's Game 1 success against OKC, but he failed to replicate the performance in Tuesday's Game 2, ending up with just six points and five rebounds in 20 minutes. Kanter had three fouls in the opening half, which worked against him, but still,... Read More

5 months ago


Damian Lillard Gets 29 Points In Game 2 Victory

Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard shot 10-for-21 from the field while racking up 29 points in Tuesday's 114-94 win over the Thunder. He was 4-for-8 from deep, had three steals for a second consecutive game and added six assists, four rebounds and two blocks to his line as well. Lillard has made it... Read More

5 months ago

C.J. McCollum Guides Blazers To 2-0 Series Lead

Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard C.J. McCollum scored a game-high 33 points in Tuesday's win over OKC, which put the team up 2-0 in the series. The 27-year-old guard has been superb in the first couple of games, averaging 28.5 points and shooting close to 43 percent from downtown. He went 12-for-22 from the field... Read More

5 months ago

Max Pacioretty Picks Up Four More Points

Vegas Golden Knights left wing Max Pacioretty put on a show in Game 4 against San Jose, recording four points in a 5-0 win. He had two goals -- one on a power play -- and two assists, notching the game-winner and leading the team with seven shots. Pacioretty has so far collected multiple points... Read More

5 months ago

Marc-Andre Fleury Earns 15th Playoff Shutout

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was unbeatable for the San Jose Sharks in Tuesday's Game 4, registering his 15th career playoff shutout with 28 saves. The Flower was extremely busy in the opening period, facing 18 shots, but things calmed down in the end as San Jose managed only two shots in the final... Read More

5 months ago

Vladimir Tarasenko Stays Hot On Power Play

St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko scored in a second consecutive game on Tuesday, giving the team a lead in Game 4 against Winnipeg. Having opened his account in the series with a power-play goal in Game 3, Tarasenko struck with the man advantage again at the start of the third with Alex Pietrangelo... Read More

5 months ago


Kyle Connor Scores In Overtime To Tie Series

Winnipeg Jets left wing Kyle Connor and the rest of the top line produced the goods in Tuesday's 2-1 overtime victory against St. Louis, which tied the first-round series between the two at 2-2. Connor netted the game-winner in overtime and recorded his second consecutive two-point night with an assist, Mark Scheifele had a goal... Read More

5 months ago

Kevon Looney Picks Up 19 Points Off The Bench

Golden State Warriors forward/center Kevon Looney scored a career-high 19 points in Monday's loss to the Clippers, shooting a perfect 6-for-6 from the field and 7-for-8 at the line. He also had five rebounds in 19 minutes off the bench. Looney is set to see more minutes in the series after DeMarcus Cousins (quadriceps) went... Read More

5 months ago

Draymond Green Misses Double-Double By One Assist

Golden State Warriors power forward Draymond Green was one assist shy of a double-double in Game 2 against the Clippers, finishing a 135-131 loss with 14 points and nine dimes. He had three rebounds, two steals, and two blocks as well, shooting 5-for-9 from the field and 1-for-3 from downtown. Green has improved his shooting... Read More

5 months ago

Kevin Durant Gets His Night Cut Short Again

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant scored 21 points in Monday's Game 2 against the Clippers, before fouling out in the final minutes of the game. After getting tossed in Game 1 following two technical fouls, KD racked up three straight offensive fouls down the stretch and had to watch from the sidelines how the... Read More

5 months ago

Stephen Curry Leads Warriors With 29 Points In Game 2

Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry scored a team-high 29 points on 8-for-18 shooting In Monday's disappointing Game 2 loss to the Clippers. Steve Kerr's team had a 31-point lead in the second half, but couldn't finish the job, losing the fourth quarter 41-23. Curry had five triples and added six assists and three... Read More

5 months ago


Landry Shamet Gets Going In Game 2

Los Angeles Clippers guard Landry Shamet, who clearly allowed the nerves to get to him in his first career playoff game, did much better in Game 2 of the first-round series against Golden State, finishing Monday's 135-131 win with a game-high plus-15 rating, scoring 12 points in 32 minutes and doing all of his shooting... Read More

5 months ago

Danilo Gallinari Stays Hot From Downtown

Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari had another good shooting night from downtown in Monday's Game 2 victory over the Warriors, finishing 8-for-17 from the field and 3-for-6 from deep. He tallied six assists, three rebounds, and two steals as well. Dating back to the regular season, the Italian has now shot at least 50... Read More

5 months ago

Montrezl Harrell Continues His Great Start To Playoffs

Los Angeles Clippers power forward Montrezl Harrell was hot again against the Warriors in Game 2 on Monday, recording a double-double off the bench with 25 points and 10 rebounds. He had a perfect night from the field, going 9-for-9, and missed just twice at the line with a 7-for-9 mark. Harrel is coming off... Read More

5 months ago

Lou Williams Scores Game-High 36 Points In Huge Comeback

Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams notched a game-high 36 points in Monday's Game 2 against Golden State, which ended with his team scoring 85 second-half points to produce a historic comeback in an eventual 135-131 win. Williams played 33 minutes off the bench and shot 13-for-22 from the field while handing out 11 assists.... Read More

5 months ago

Tyler Seguin Generates 11 Shots In Game 3

Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin had a very busy night at the office on Monday against Nashville, scoring the team's second goal in a 3-2 loss and finishing with 11 shots. Mats Zuccarello also scored for the Stars. Alexander Radulov, who had an assist on Seguin's goal, registered eight shots on goal. Amazingly, Seguin didn't... Read More

5 months ago


Pekka Rinne Ties Tony Esposito With 45th Playoff Win

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne saved 40 of 42 shots on Monday, helping the team beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 in Game 3 of the first-round series. With his 45th career playoff win, Rinne tied Tony Esposito for 24th place on the NHL's all-time list. Filip Forsberg, Mikael Granlund and Rocco Grimaldi scored the goals... Read More

5 months ago

Ondrej Palat Nets Only Bolts Goal In Game 3

Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat was the team's lone scorer in Sunday's Game 3 loss to Columbus, which sent the Presidents' Trophy winner to the brink of disaster. Playing without Nikita Kucherov (suspension) and Victor Hedman (undisclosed), Tampa generated only three shots on goal in the opening frame and looked completely lost before... Read More

5 months ago

Sergei Bobrovsky Remains In Top Form

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky produced another superb performance in Game 3 against Tampa Bay, finishing a 3-1 win with 30 saves and a .968 save percentage. He has now allowed just two goals in the last seven periods of play in the series. Bob has been notoriously bad in the postseason throughout his... Read More

5 months ago

Cam Atkinson Collects Two Points In Game 3 Victory

Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Cam Atkinson picked up two points in Sunday's 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning, finishing off the scoring with an empty-netter and assisting Matt Duchene on his second goal of the series. Oliver Bjorkstrand registered the game-winner on a power play. Atkinson was a 40-goal scorer during the regular... Read More

5 months ago

Dennis Schroder Logs 36 Minutes In Game 1

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Dennis Schroder picked up 36 minutes of action in Sunday's Game 1 loss to Portland, scoring 11 points on 5-for-17 shooting. It could've been a much better night if Schroder hadn't struggled from deep, going 0-for-7. The speedy German also recorded five rebounds, three assists, and one steal. Schroder is... Read More

5 months ago


Steven Adams Scores Well In Sunday's Loss

Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams struggled to contain his old buddy Enes Kanter in Sunday's Game 1 loss to Portland, but he did some good scoring himself as well, shooting 8-for-14 from the field on his way to 17 points. Adams was a monster on the offensive glass, grabbing six rebounds, but he ended... Read More

5 months ago

Paul George Shoots Horribly In Game 1

Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Paul George piled up 26 points in Game 1 against Portland on Sunday, but he did it with some very inefficient shooting. With his shoulder injury still bothering him, PG13 went 5-for-14 from downtown and 8-for-24 overall from the field, adding 10 rebounds and four steals to his tally before... Read More

5 months ago

Russell Westbrook Starts Postseason Play With Triple-Double

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook maintained his triple-double form in Sunday's playoff opener against Portland, finishing a 104-99 loss with 24 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds. He was 0-for-4 from deep but shot a decent 8-for-17 overall from the field, and even maintained a 100 percent record at the line with eight... Read More

5 months ago

Enes Kanter Gets Close To 20-20 Game On Sunday

Portland Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter started his postseason campaign with a dominant performance on Sunday against the Thunder, scoring 20 points on 8-for-15 shooting and grabbing 18 rebounds. He was also surprisingly good on the defensive end, swatting away two shots and registering one steal while finishing with a game-high plus-15 rating. Kanter has... Read More

5 months ago

C.J. McCollum Finds His Rhythm In Playoff Opener

Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard C.J. McCollum returned to form in Game 1 against OKC on Sunday, scoring 24 points and adding six rebounds and three assists. He shot 9-for-24 from the field, including 3-for-7 from three-point range. McCollum hurt his knee at a really bad time and he looked like a shadow of his... Read More

5 months ago


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