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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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Damian Lillard Goes Off For 34 Points

Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard scored a game-high 34 points in Sunday's 122-111 loss to Miami, shooting 11-for-22 from the field and 6-for-12 from downtown. He also had three steals, while playing a massive 42 minutes. Lillard was forced to work overtime after C.J. McCollum (illness) was ruled out of the contest. Dame... Read More

2 weeks ago

Derrick Jones Jr. Enjoys Rare Start

Miami Heat small forward Derrick Jones Jr. replaced Jimmy Butler (back) in the starting lineup for Sunday's clash with Portland, and he played well, racking up 19 points, six rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and one steal. He shot 8-for-17 from the field while logging a season-high 36 minutes. Jones Jr. is averaging 24 minutes... Read More

2 weeks ago

Bam Adebayo Fills Stat Sheet Sunday Night

Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo was full of energy on Sunday against the Blazers, finishing a 122-111 win with 20 points, eight rebounds, six assists, one steal, and one block. It was a struggle for him at the line with a 2-for-6 effort, but he missed only one shot from the field with 10 attempts.... Read More

2 weeks ago

Goran Dragic Notches Big Double-Double Off The Bench

Miami Heat point guard Goran Dragic had an excellent game against Portland on Sunday, recording 29 points, 13 assists, and three rebounds in 30 minutes off the bench. He went an outstanding 7-for-10 with the three-ball, which was a big bounce-back effort after he finished 0-for-4 in the previous game. Dragic might be coming off... Read More

2 weeks ago

Evander Kane Pots Hat Trick In Sunday's Loss

San Jose Sharks left wing Evander Kane scored his third career hat trick on Sunday against Washington, but his efforts weren't enough as the team took a 5-4 loss in overtime. Logan Couture had a goal and an assist for the Sharks, Timo Meier picked up two assists. Kane has been quiet offensively since the... Read More

2 weeks ago


Lars Eller Scores Game-Winner In Historic Game

Washington Capitals center Lars Eller scored in overtime to help the team beat San Jose 5-4 on home ice on Sunday. The visitors controlled most of the game, but the Caps came alive right at the death, overcoming a multi-goal deficit in the final minute of regulation to win for the first time in franchise... Read More

2 weeks ago

Alex Iafallo Takes Point Streak To Six Games

Los Angeles Kings forward Alex Iafallo scored his eighth goal of the season in Saturday's 4-1 loss to Nashville, extending his point streak to six games. He pulled off a power-play goal in the second period with Tyler Toffoli registering the lone assist. Iafallo is currently playing his best hockey of the season, having scored... Read More

2 weeks ago

Pekka Rinne Has Easy Day In The Office Against Kings

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne was beaten just once in Saturday's matchup with the Kings, which he finished with 23 saves and a .958 save percentage. The veteran netminder hadn't tasted victory in three outings following the holiday break, so this should boost his confidence a bit. Rinne now has a 14-8-3 record for the... Read More

2 weeks ago

Roman Josi Adds Two More Points To His Tally

Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi continued his excellent season with a two-point performance in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Kings. The Predators captain picked up his points with a pair of assists in the first period that had Rocco Grimaldi and Ryan Johansen scoring. Yakov Trenin and Craig Smith finished off the game in the... Read More

2 weeks ago

Nikola Jokic Gets Held In Check By Washington

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic failed to take advantage of a great matchup against Washington on Saturday, finishing a 128-114 loss with 14 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. He added one steal in 30 minutes of play, shooting 4-for-10 from the field. The Joker has been pretty quiet lately by his high standards, but... Read More

2 weeks ago


Jamal Murray Scores 39 Points In Saturday's Loss

Denver Nuggets point guard Jamal Murray produced a big 39-point performance in Saturday's surprise loss to Washington, shooting 13-for-19 from the field and 10-for-10 at the charity stripe. He sank three triples with seven attempts while adding four assists, two blocks, and one steal. The 22-year-old guard actually went scoreless in the first quarter, so... Read More

2 weeks ago

Anzejs Pasecniks Flirts With Double-Double Saturday Night

Washington Wizards center Anzejs Pasecniks was very close to his first career double-double on Saturday, finishing a win against Denver with 13 points and eight rebounds. The big Latvian ended up with a plus-26 rating in 22 minutes off the bench, shooting 6-for-8 from the field and producing one block at the other end of... Read More

2 weeks ago

Troy Brown Bags Big Double-Double Off The Bench

Washington Wizards guard/forward Troy Brown was in beast mode all over the court on Saturday against Denver, finishing a 128-114 win with 25 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. He added three assists and one steal in 36 minutes of action off the bench. Brown missed only two shots throughout the night, going 10-for-12 from the... Read More

2 weeks ago

Ish Smith Scores Career-High 32 Points

Washington Wizards point guard Ish Smith had a huge night against the Nuggets on Saturday, finishing a 128-114 win with a career-high 32 points. He shot 15-for-24 from the field in 34 minutes off the bench, adding eight assists, three rebounds, and three steals. Bradley Beal (leg) missed the game, which opened up a lot... Read More

2 weeks ago

Cedi Osman Scores Season-High 22 Points

Cleveland Cavaliers small forward Cedi Osman had his best offensive game of the year on Saturday against the Thunder, scoring a season-high 22 points on 7-for-13 shooting, including 5-for-9 from behind the arc. He also pulled down four rebounds in 35 minutes of action. Osman has struggled to make an impact offensively this season, but... Read More

2 weeks ago


Collin Sexton, Darius Garland Combine For 50 Points

Cleveland Cavaliers guards Collin Sexton and Darius Garland put together a big night against OKC on Saturday, combining for 50 points on 51 percent shooting. Sexton scored a game-high 30 points on 12-for-22 shooting and Garland added 20 points on 6-for-13 shooting. He also had a team-high seven assists and picked up one steal, Sexton... Read More

2 weeks ago

Danilo Gallinari Sinks Five Treys On Saturday

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Danilo Gallinari dropped five three-point bombs on the Cavs on Saturday, finishing a 121-106 win with 19 points. His overall shooting form was off with a 6-for-21 performance, but he didn't have a single turnover and added five rebounds with three assists on his way to finishing with a plus-12 rating.... Read More

2 weeks ago

Steven Adams Crashes Boards Hard Versus Cleveland

Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams had a big rebounding night against Cleveland on Saturday, finishing a 121-106 win with 16 board. He added 10 points on 2-for-7 shooting for his 13th double-double of the season. 10 of them have come since the start of last month. Adams also had four assists, one steal and... Read More

2 weeks ago

Dennis Schroder Scores Team-High 22 Points

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Dennis Schroder played a very good 31 minutes off the bench in Saturday's win over Cleveland, finishing with a team-high 22 points on 9-for-15 shooting. He was 2-for-3 from downtown and added three assists with two rebounds and one steal. Schroder struggled at the start of the season, but he... Read More

2 weeks ago

Zach Werenski Strikes Twice In Saturday's Loss

Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski took care of both of the team's goals in Saturday's 3-2 loss to San Jose. He had five shots in total in the game with two hits and a plus-two rating. Werenski seems to have found his mojo in front of the goal, as he finished off 2019 with... Read More

2 weeks ago


Aaron Dell Continues Good Form With 21-Save Effort

San Jose Sharks goaltender Aaron Dell won his second consecutive start on Saturday, stopping 21 of 23 shots in a 3-2 win over Columbus. The team has struggled all season, but Dell has now managed to put together a three-game point streak, which has helped him take his record for the season up to 6-6-2.... Read More

2 weeks ago

Kevin Labanc Nets Game-Winner On Saturday

San Jose Sharks right wing Kevin Labanc scored the game-winning goal on Saturday against Columbus, taking his tally for the year up to nine. Barclay Goodrow and Evander Kane also found the net in a 3-2 win. Lebanc earned himself a one-year extension with a 56-point year last summer, but he's currently on pace for... Read More

2 weeks ago

David Pastrnak Scores On Power Play Against Oilers

Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak produced the team's only goal in Saturday's 4-1 loss to Edmonton, starting the scoring with a power-play marker early in the game. Brad Marchand and Torey Krug bagged the assists on the play. The Bruins have been cold in recent weeks, but Pastrnak has kept producing, and he now... Read More

2 weeks ago

Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl Finish Off The Bruins

Edmonton Oilers forwards Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl both scored in Saturday's 4-1 win over Boston. Gaetan Haas and Darnell Nurse were also on target for the Oilers, who took a 2-1 lead to the final third before McDavid and Draisaitl wrapped up the win. The German also registered an assist in the game. The... Read More

2 weeks ago

Andrei Svechnikov Hands Out Two Assists Friday Night

Carolina Hurricanes right wing Andrei Svechnikov finished Friday's 4-3 loss to Washington with two assists, taking his tally for the season up to 40 points. Ron Francis is the only teenager in franchise history to reach 40 points in a season faster than Svechnikov did. He's yet to miss a game this season and this... Read More

2 weeks ago


Ilya Samsonov Achieves Rare Feat In Friday's Victory

Washington Capitals goaltender Ilya Samsonov saved 38 of 41 shots in Friday's 4-3 road win over Carolina, becoming only the second goalie in league history to produce a win in all of his first eight career road starts. Brent Johnson is the only other guy to do it, and he even went 11-0-0 on the... Read More

2 weeks ago

Elfrid Payton Plays Well Despite Late Arrival

New York Knicks point guard Elfrid Payton put together a good 15-6-5 line in Friday's loss to Phoenix despite arriving in town only a couple of hours before tip-off after his wife gave birth to a daughter. His struggles from the line continued with a 3-for-8 performance, but the former Sun shot a good 6-for-10... Read More

2 weeks ago

Marcus Morris Leads Team With 25 Points Friday Night

New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris finished Friday's matchup against the Suns with a team-high 25 points. The veteran forward always seems to perform well against his former side and he had no issues doing it again, shooting 8-for-17 from the field and a really nice 4-for-8 from three-point land. Sadly, he couldn't produce much... Read More

2 weeks ago

Deandre Ayton Cruises Towards Double-Double

Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton played a season-high 37 minutes in Friday's win over the Knicks, finishing the game with a solid 15-point, 13-rebound double-double, adding five assists and one block. He shot 5-for-11 from the field and 5-for-6 at the charity stripe. Ayton has double-digit rebounds in every game since his return from suspension,... Read More

2 weeks ago

Kelly Oubre Jr. Scores 29 Points With Five Triples

Phoenix Suns small forward Kelly Oubre Jr. demonstrated some godly three-point shooting in Friday's win over the Knicks, going 5-for-7 from deep on his way to tallying 29 points. He finished 11-for-16 overall from the field and added five rebounds and three steals. Oubre Jr. has now shot 50 percent or better from downtown in... Read More

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