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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 3668 articles so far, you can find them below.

Gordon Hayward Gets Close To Double-Double

Boston Celtics small forward Gordon Hayward flirted with a double-double on Monday against Denver, scoring eight points and grabbing nine rebounds. He missed both of his three-point attempts but didn't shoot too badly overall, finishing 3-for-7 from the floor. Hayward has combined only 12 points since an 18-point effort on Nov. 1 against Milwaukee, so... Read More

1 year ago

Al Horford Scores Efficient 12 Points Against Nuggets

Boston Celtics forward/center Al Horford had his best shooting night of the season in Monday's 115-107 loss to Denver, nailing six of his nine shots to finish with 12 points. He added six assists, four rebounds, and one steal to his tally in 33 minutes. Horford rarely does anything spectacular, but he always gets his... Read More

1 year ago

Jayson Tatum Doesn't Shoot Well On Monday

Boston Celtics small forward Jayson Tatum managed to make only five of his 14 field goal attempts on Monday against the Nuggets, finishing with 15 points in 35 minutes. He was more useful defensively, recording his second consecutive game with multiple blocks and getting one steal. Tatum is the guy who's logging the most minutes... Read More

1 year ago

Jaylen Brown Bounces Back On Monday

Boston Celtics guard/forward Jaylen Brown, who made only 35.7 percent of his shots in Saturday's loss to Indiana, got going again on Monday against the Nuggets, shooting 7-for-14 on his way to finishing with 15 points. He also had four rebounds and one steal in the game with 29 minutes. Brown has been getting plenty... Read More

1 year ago

Kyrie Irving Continues Hot Start To The Month

Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving scored 31 points on 13-for-17 shooting in Monday's losing effort against Denver to continue his hot start to the month. He's averaging 25.7 points per game In November on 59.2 percent shooting, sinking treys with 56 percent. He was 4-for-6 from deep on Monday and polished off his fantasy... Read More

1 year ago

Trey Lyles Provides 13 Points In Monday's Win

Denver Nuggets power forward Trey Lyles was back in double figures on Monday against the Boston Celtics, scoring 13 points in 23 minutes off the bench. He did most of his damage from deep, finishing 3-for-7 with his three-ball. Lyles also picked up three rebounds and a season-high two blocks. He's been a solid bench... Read More

1 year ago

Gary Harris Has Quiet Night Against Boston

Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris played 37 minutes on Monday against Boston but didn't really do much, recording 13 points on 4-for-13 shooting with five rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Luckily for the team, they didn't need Harris' scoring this time, as Jamal Murray poured in a career-high 48 points. Harris will be expected... Read More

1 year ago

Paul Millsap Close To Double-Double On Monday

Denver Nuggets forward/center Paul Millsap had his third double-double of the season within reaching distance on Monday against Boston, finishing with 10 points and eight rebounds. He also ended a two-game streak without a block and dished out a pair of assists, shooting 3-for-9 from the field with one triple. Millsap is the defensive cornerstone... Read More

1 year ago

Nikola Jokic Teases Owners With Another Triple-Double

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic played only 27 minutes on Monday against Boston, but he still got close to a triple-double, picking up eight points, eight assists, and 10 rebounds. It was the second time in a row that he was close to a triple-double, but couldn't quite make it, as he didn't score enough... Read More

1 year ago

Jamal Murray Scores Career-High 48 Points

Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray looked like a man from another planet on Monday against Boston, getting a career-high 48 points in a 115-107 win. He shot 19-for-30 from the field, including 5-for-11 from downtown, with a perfect 5-for-5 free throw record. Murray logged a team-high 38 minutes and added five rebounds and four assists... Read More

1 year ago

Mark Stone Has Two Assists In Sunday's Loss

Ottawa Senators right wing Mark Stone provided two assists in Sunday's 4-3 overtime loss to Tampa, making it five points in the last three games for himself. He hasn't scored a goal since Oct. 20, but there's really nothing bad you can say about a guy, who has 13 points in 14 games and owns... Read More

1 year ago

Bobby Ryan Scores Fourth Goal Of The Season

Ottawa Senators right wing Bobby Ryan kept up his recent bizarre streak of scoring in every other game, netting his fourth one of the season in a 4-3 loss to Tampa on Sunday. He got the Sens off to a perfect start, opening the scoring inside the first five minutes on a power play. Both... Read More

1 year ago

Maxime Lajoie Ends Goal Drought With Power-Play Marker

Ottawa Senators defenseman Maxime Lajoie ended a seven-game goal drought on Sunday, scoring the team's second goal on a power play in a 4-3 overtime loss to Tampa. It's his fifth career goal and with 68 games still to go, he needs another five to match the Senators record for most in a season by... Read More

1 year ago

Craig Anderson Allows Four Goals In Sunday's Loss

Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson recorded his seventh loss of the season on Sunday after allowing four goals on 45 shots against the Lightning. He was solid for most of the night, but the wheels fell off for the Sens in the third period, when they got outshot 21-4 and the Bolts scored a dramatic... Read More

1 year ago

Louis Domingue Records Third Win Of The Year

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Louis Domingue made 22 saves on his way towards his third win of the season on Sunday, helping the team past Ottawa 4-3 in overtime. Domingue was beaten early on by a couple of power-play goals, but he recovered well and received some very good support from the team as well,... Read More

1 year ago

Ryan McDonagh Bags Three Assists In Bolts Win

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh registered his second three-point outing in the last four games on Sunday, picking up helpers on three of the team's four goals. The former Rangers captain has been killing it ever since getting more offensive responsibilities following Victor Hedman's (upper body) injury suffered on Oct. 26. The team has... Read More

1 year ago

Brayden Point Records Fourth Multi-Point Night

Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point recorded his fourth multi-point night of the season on Sunday, finishing a 4-3 win over Ottawa with a goal and an assist. He netted a dramatic game-tying goal on a power play late on in regulation before setting Yanni Gourde up for the game-winner in overtime. Point, who finished... Read More

1 year ago

Mathieu Joseph Scores First Career Goal

Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Mathieu Joseph scored his first career goal in his 14th NHL game on Sunday in a 4-3 win over Ottawa. He was the team's leading scorer in the preseason, so it was only a matter of time before he got things done in the regular season as well. The 21-year-old... Read More

1 year ago

Yanni Gourde Nets Game-Winner On Sunday

Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Yanni Gourde made it two goals in two games after signing a six-year contract extension on Friday, netting the 4-3 game-winner in overtime against the Senators on Sunday. He also stretched his streak with at least three shots on goal to five games, finishing with three this time. Gourde has... Read More

1 year ago

Josh Okogie Sees His Good Run End

Minnesota Timberwolves shooting guard Josh Okogie couldn't extend his run of games with double-digit points to four on Sunday, ending a 111-81 loss to Portland with only six points on 2-for-8 shooting. It's only the second time in the last seven games the rookie guard from Georgia Tech has failed to get 10-plus points, so... Read More

1 year ago

Tyus Jones Can't Get Going On Sunday

Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Tyus Jones made his second consecutive start on Sunday but failed to live up to expectations, finishing with four points and four assists in 27 minutes. Jones was a popular DFS pick over the weekend, but he didn't do anything to earn some extra burn, as he shot just 5-for-20 in... Read More

1 year ago

Taj Gibson Struggles From Field On Sunday

Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Taj Gibson had a miserable shooting night on Sunday against Portland, finishing only 3-for-10 from the field. He generally scores at a good rate, with his shooting percentage for the season sitting at 55 percent, but he didn't get any joy this time on his way to eight points. He did... Read More

1 year ago

Andrew Wiggins Struggles Versus Portland

Minnesota Timberwolves small forward Andrew Wiggins finished with a game-worst minus-29 rating on Sunday in a heavy 111-81 loss to Portland, scoring only 17 points on 6-for-16 shooting. He also had three steals in 31 minutes on the floor but didn't really do anything else. Wiggins has been scoring pretty well so far, even making... Read More

1 year ago

Karl-Anthony Towns Scores 23 Points Sunday Night

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns scored an efficient 23 points in Sunday's 111-81 blowout loss to the Blazers, shooting 7-for-13 from the floor and 7-for-8 from the line. He also finished 2-for-4 with the three-ball in 25 minutes. However, Towns had his double-double streak end on three games, as he finished with only five rebounds... Read More

1 year ago

Zach Collins Scores 11 Points In 18 Minutes

Portland Trail Blazers power forward Zach Collins had another good offensive outing off the bench on Sunday, scoring 11 points in 18 minutes against the Timberwolves. He shot 2-for-5 from the field and 6-for-6 from the line. Collins has carved out a nice role in the rotation this season, as he's averaging over 20 minutes... Read More

1 year ago

Meyers Leonards Notches Double-Double Off The Pine

Portland Trail Blazers forward/center Meyers Leonard had by far his best outing of the season on Sunday, recording a double-double off the bench with 15 points and 12 rebounds in 22 minutes. He didn't shoot particularly well, going only 3-for-7 from the line, but he earned eight free throws and made them all. Fantasy managers... Read More

1 year ago

C.J. McCollum Shoots Well On Sunday

Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard C.J. McCollum had no trouble scoring in Sunday's 111-81 win over Minnesota, hitting 7-for-14 from the field on his way to recording 16 points. It could've been another great scoring night from him after he got 30 points against the Lakers on Saturday, but the Wolves' offense disappeared after the... Read More

1 year ago

Jusuf Nurkic Leads Blazers In Scoring On Sunday

Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic enjoyed his outing against Karl-Anthony Towns and the Timberwolves on Sunday, scoring a team-high 19 points on 8-for-11 shooting in just 23 minutes. He also grabbed 12 rebounds to register his third double-double in the last four games. Nurkic had a quiet start to the season, but he's improved... Read More

1 year ago

Damian Lillard Coasts Through Blazers Win

Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard had a quiet night at the office on Sunday, scoring 18 points with five rebounds and five assists, but the team still picked up a comfortable 111-81 win against Minnesota. Lillard played only 28 minutes in the blowout victory, shooting 6-for-16 from the field and 5-for-6 from the... Read More

1 year ago

Jaylen Brown Looks Rusty In Return

Boston Celtics guard/forward Jaylen Brown (foot) was back in action on Saturday after missing one game, but he wasn't looking like himself, shooting a poor 5-for-14 from the field and an even uglier 1-for-5 from downtown. He added seven rebounds and two blocks to his stat line. Brown, who was pretty cold in the first... Read More

1 year ago

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