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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.


Damian Lillard Drops 30 Points In Game 1

Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard scored a game-high 30 points in Sunday's win over OKC, exploding in the fourth for 14 points. He shot below 43 percent from the field but made up for it with a few very deep treys while shooting 5-for-11 overall from downtown. Lillard also had four rebounds, four... Read More

5 months ago

Sam Bennett Produces Two Assists In Losing Effort

Calgary Flames center Sam Bennett collected two assists -- one on a power play -- in Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to Colorado, helping Sean Monahan and Rasmus Andersson to score. The fourth pick of the 2014 NHL Draft now has three points -- all assists -- in the first two games of the series. Bennett... Read More

5 months ago

Nathan MacKinnon Scores In OT To Tie Series

Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon scored in overtime Saturday night against Calgary in a 3-2 win to tie the first-round series at 1-1. The Avs were in serious danger of falling down 2-0, but J.T. Compher scored inside the final three minutes of regulation to send the game to overtime. Matt Nieto got the scoring... Read More

5 months ago

Petr Mrazek Fails To Deliver in Game 1

Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek kicked off his postseason campaign with a very poor performance, managing only 14 saves in a 4-2 loss to Washington in Game 1. The series started horribly for him, as he allowed a soft opening goal to Nicklas Backstrom with less than 10 minutes played, and he had already given... Read More

5 months ago

Andrei Svechnikov Carries Carolina In Game 1

Carolina Hurricanes right wing Andrei Svechnikov made sure that the team wouldn't go down without a fight in Game 1 against Washington on Thursday, scoring both of the team's goals in an eventual 4-2 loss. The 19-year-old rookie is the youngest player to score two-plus goals in a playoff game since 1997. Lucas Wallmark picked... Read More

5 months ago


Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson Star In Game 1

Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom and defenseman John Carlson provided the main offensive thrust in Thursday's 4-2 win against the Carolina Hurricanes, combining for five points. Backstrom netted two goals -- one on a power play -- with three shots and Carlson skated away with three assists. He played a part on both of Backstrom's... Read More

5 months ago

Tuukka Rask Lacks Goal Support In Game 1

Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask failed to get off to a winning start in the playoffs on Thursday with the team losing 4-1 on home ice to Toronto. Rask played a decent game and had 29 saves, but the Bruins could muster only one power-play goal and the luck was on Toronto's side as well,... Read More

5 months ago

Mitchell Marner Scores Twice In Game 1 Victory

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitchell Marner scored two goals -- including a penalty shot -- in Thursday's Game 1 victory over the Bruins. John Tavares had a goal and an assist, while William Nylander found the net as well in a 4-1 result. Marner had five shots in total and finished the game with a... Read More

5 months ago

Jeremy Lamb Provides 22 Points In Wednesday's Loss

Charlotte Hornets shooting guard Jeremy Lamb ended the season on a high note, scoring 22 points on 6-for-12 shooting in Wednesday's loss to Orlando. He was 4-for-7 from downtown and missed a double-double by just two rebounds. Lamb, who's set to become an unrestricted free agent, managed to average a career-high 15.3 points this season,... Read More

5 months ago

Kemba Walker Ends Season With 43-Point Performance

Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker saved one more big performance for the regular season finale against Orlando, but he gets another long offseason after the team failed to make their way into the playoffs. Walker had 43 points on 16-for-25 shooting in a 122-114 loss, sinking four of nine triples. He added five assists,... Read More

5 months ago


Evan Fournier Cools Off Wednesday Night

Orlando Magic guard/forward Evan Fournier cooled off on Wednesday against Charlotte, shooting only 40 percent from the field and missing all five attempts from deep, ending up with 14 points after getting 20-plus points in three of the previous four outings this month. The Frenchman took a step back this season after averaging a career-high... Read More

5 months ago

D.J. Augustin Scores Well In Regular Season Finale

Orlando Magic point guard D.J. Augustin did some very efficient scoring in Wednesday's win over Charlotte, finishing with 18 points on 7-for-13 shooting. He nailed exactly half of his six triples and left the playmaking duties to others this time, notching only one assist. Michael Carter-Williams led the Magic in dimes with seven. Like Terrence... Read More

5 months ago

Aaron Gordon Generates 27 Points In Wednesday's Win

Orlando Magic power forward Aaron Gordon had a very good shooting night on Wednesday against the Hornets, going 11-for-18 from the field and finishing with 27 points. He made one triple with three attempts, also collecting seven rebounds and three assists in 33 minutes on the floor. Gordon hadn't scored 20 points since last month,... Read More

5 months ago

Terrence Ross Explodes For 35 Points

Orlando Magic shooting guard Terrence Ross was on fire in the regular season finale against Charlotte, producing a season-high 35 points in 30 minutes off the bench, shooting 12-for-19 from the field and 6-for-10 from downtown. He had a perfect record at the line with five attempts, adding six rebounds, two assists and one steal... Read More

5 months ago

Mark Stone's Two Goals Not Enough For Vegas In Game 1

Vegas Golden Knights right wing Mark Stone got his postseason campaign off to a great start Wednesday night with a two-goal effort, but it didn't lead to victory against the San Jose Sharks, who took Game 1 with a 5-2 result. Marc-Andre Fleury gave up four goals for a third straight start, finishing with 28... Read More

5 months ago


Joe Pavelski Gets Things Started For Sharks With Bizarre Goal

San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski opened the scoring in the team's first-round matchup against Vegas on Wednesday, bizarrely doing it with his jaw. Brent Burns hit Pavelski in the face with a shot on a power play with 5:18 left in the opening frame, and the puck went in for Pavelski's 45th career playoff... Read More

5 months ago

Jemerrio Jones Fills Stat Sheet On His Birthday

Los Angeles Lakers forward Jemerrio Jones was all over the court in Tuesday's 104-101 loss to Portland, notching 11 points, 15 rebounds, three assists, two steals, and two blocks, playing a whopping 46 minutes. He shot 5-for-13 from the field, including 1-for-2 from downtown. Jones, who celebrated his 24th birthday on Tuesday, averaged 9.4 points... Read More

5 months ago

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Scores 32 Points Again

Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope recorded his second consecutive game with 32 points on Tuesday, nailing five triples and shooting 11-for-31 overall from the field. He also had eight assists and five rebounds. Caldwell-Pope ended the season strong, but it was a disappointing year overall by him, as he averaged only 11.4 points,... Read More

5 months ago

C.J. McCollum Logs 29 Minutes On Tuesday

Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard C.J. McCollum played 29 minutes in his second game back from injury in Tuesday's win over the Lakers, scoring 11 points on 5-for-13 shooting. He went a horrible 1-for-6 from deep but still ended up with a game-high plus-17 rating. Backup guard Seth Curry logged 27 minutes off the bench... Read More

5 months ago

Damian Lillard Settles For 20 Points Against Lakers

Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard shot a lackluster 37.5 percent from the field on Tuesday and had to settle for 20 points in a win against the Lakers. He was 3-for-10 from deep and 6-for-16 overall from the field, adding eight assists, four rebounds, three steals and one block. Dame gets a quick... Read More

5 months ago


Enes Kanter Records Big Double-Double In Tuesday's Win

Portland Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter dominated the paint against the Lakers on Tuesday, finishing a 104-101 win with 22 points and 18 rebounds. He shot 8-for-13 from the field and even made his 10th three-pointer of the season. Kanter now has five double-doubles in his last six games, picking up some great momentum ahead... Read More

5 months ago

Maurice Harkless Scores Season-High 26 Points Versus Lakers

Portland Trail Blazers small forward Maurice Harkless had a big game against the Lakers on Tuesday, scoring a season-high 26 points and wrapping things up with a game-winning triple. He added eight rebounds and matched his career high with four blocks, shooting 9-for-14 from the field and 7-for-8 at the line. Harkless and the Blazers... Read More

5 months ago

Clint Capela Picks Up 45th Double-Double Of The Season

Houston Rockets center Clint Capela had 18 points and 10 rebounds for his 45th double-double of the season in Tuesday's loss to Oklahoma City, shooting 8-for-10 from the field and 2-for-4 at the line. He also recorded three blocks and three assists. Capela enjoyed his outings against OKC throughout the season, averaging 17 points and... Read More

5 months ago

Chris Paul Has Great Night At The Office

Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul had one of his best games of the season on Tuesday, scoring 24 points on 9-for-15 shooting while adding eight rebounds and six assists in a loss to the Thunder. He was particularly hot from downtown, finishing with a 5-for-9 record. CP3 has averaged less than 28 minutes per... Read More

5 months ago

James Harden Delivers 39 Points In Regular Season Finale

Houston Rockets guard James Harden wrapped up his historic regular season with a 39-point performance against OKC on Tuesday. It was a game of two halves for the reigning MVP, as he had 26 points in the first half -- including 14 in the first quarter -- before cooling down and even missing a key... Read More

5 months ago


Terrance Ferguson Continues With Good Shooting Form

Oklahoma City Thunder shooting guard Terrance Ferguson is known for his defense, but the team has gotten to enjoy his offensive outbursts this month as well. He has shot 64 percent from the field and 50 percent from downtown, averaging 11 points. The second-year guard nailed six of his 10 shots -- including three of... Read More

5 months ago

Russell Westbrook Strolls Towards 33rd Triple-Double

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook had another game with a triple-double on Tuesday, finishing a 112-111 win over Houston with 29 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. He now has 33 triple-doubles for the season and four in the last five games. Westbrook also had an above-average shooting night, going 4-for-10 from three-point... Read More

5 months ago

Paul George Wins It For OKC Versus Houston

Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Paul George was the hero of the night at the Chesapeake Energy Arena Tuesday night, hitting a game-winning triple in a 112-111 success over the Rockets. It wasn't a particularly good shooting night by George, with his efficiency being below 40 percent and him nailing only four of 14 attempts... Read More

5 months ago

Lou Williams Struggles As Starter Against Warriors

Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams made his first start of the season on Sunday, but it wasn't a pleasant experience as he managed only 13 points on 4-for-14 shooting in a blowout loss to the Warriors. He did add five rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks to his line, but he also... Read More

5 months ago

Landry Shamet Leads Clippers In Scoring Sunday Night

Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard Landry Shamet scored a team-high 17 points in Sunday's 131-104 loss to Golden State, shooting 5-for-8 from the field, including a godly 5-for-6 from downtown. The 22-year-old rookie also had four assists, three rebounds and a block in 31 minutes on the court. Shamet has blown hot and cold during... Read More

5 months ago


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