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New York: Shooters gonna shoot

February 18, 2021
Source: Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP Photo
Source: Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP Photo

🏀Nets: After narrowly beating the Phoenix Suns 128–124 on Tuesday, the Nets face the LA Lakers tonight at 10 p.m. ET. It won’t be quite the powerhouse matchup we were hoping for — Kevin Durant will miss his third straight game due to a hamstring strain (sigh), and LA’s Anthony Davis is also out — but it should be entertaining nonetheless.

Knicks: The Orlando Magic snapped the Knicks’ three-game winning streak when they beat the orange and blue 107–89 last night. The bright side? Power forward Julius Randle, whose 25 points marked his fifth straight 20+-point game. Go off, sir.

🏒NHL: The two New York teams return to the ice tonight to face the two Pennsylvania teams: the Rangers vs. the Philadelphia Flyers, and the Islanders vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins. Pucks drop in both arenas at 7 p.m. ET — but if you can’t take another L this week, we recommend avoiding the Rangers game. 

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Dallas: The cold never bothered me anyway

February 18, 2021
Source: Tom Fox/Dallas Morning News
Source: Tom Fox/Dallas Morning News

🏒🏀Snow good: We hope you’re staying safe in this wild weather. Despite initial tone-deaf plans to play through the crisis, “Snownado” has postponed three consecutive Stars’ games and last night’s Mavericks’ game. We know there’ll be a warm welcome when both teams safely return to action. 

🏈Cowboys: Rumors are still swirling about quarterback Dak Prescott’s future with the team, but Prescott did give us some hope  when he reposted teammate Blake Jarwin’s Instagram post asking if Dak wanted to “run it back” with the caption: “That’s the only way I see it.” Us too!

  • And in non-Dak-related Cowboys news, former Texans star JJ Watt might be leaving Houston, but there’s a chance the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year stays in the great state of Texas. Fingers crossed.

⚾️Rangers: Pitchers and catchers reported to spring training yesterday, and a new face will be joining them: former Dodgers pitcher Josh Sborz. Though Sborz didn’t compete in the 2020 postseason, he was a solid reliever for the defending World Series champs. Let’s hope he brings that winning energy to Globe Life.

🏒Boston: The story of a hockey pioneer

February 18, 2021
Source: AP Photo
Source: AP Photo

🏒The story: A native of New Brunswick, Canada, O’Ree was playing his second season with the Quebec Aces of the Quebec Hockey League when the Bruins called him up to replace an injured player. O’Ree made his NHL debut on January 18th, 1958, 11 years after Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier.

  • After his historic debut, O’Ree bounced between minor hockey leagues for the next couple of years before being called up by the Bruins again during the 1960-61 season. O’Ree notched another milestone on January 1st, 1961, beating two defenders to net the first NHL goal scored by a Black player. 

💪O’Ree’s legacy: After retiring, O’Ree joined the league as the Director of Youth Development and an ambassador for NHL Diversity. Though his NHL debut was not met with much fanfare, his enduring impact is well-known and celebrated today, especially in a sport that continues to struggle with diversity.

  • The B’s originally planned to retire O’Ree’s number 22 in a ceremony at tonight’s game but will hold off until January 18th, 2022, when fans can pack the Garden to properly honor the hockey pioneer. Mark your calendar.
  • In the meantime, several NHL players will wear custom skates honoring O’Ree, which will then be auctioned to support Black Girl Hockey Club. A perfect tribute.
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D.C.: To all the teams we’ve loved before

February 11, 2021
Source: Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports
Source: Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports

🏈Washington Football Team (WFT): The WFT made a QB signing...it just wasn’t exactly the big splash we hoped for. Playoff legend Taylor Heinicke (pronounced HIGH-NUH-KEY) will stay in the District, signing a two-year deal yesterday. That said, we think he’ll still be a backup.

  • As for starters, with Alex Smith’s uncertain return, Kyle Allen not yet re-signed and injury concerns for both, WFT’s QB situation remains in flux. After losing out on the Matt Stafford sweepstakes last month, the team is still exploring their options.

🏀Wizards: The Wizards couldn’t defy gravity, falling to the Toronto Raptors 137–114 yesterday. Despite the loss, we’re choosing to find joy in the little things. 

  • Little things like, although he didn’t get to match up against his countryman, Rui Hachimura threw down a nice dunk. And rookie Deni Avdija impressed us with this sweet one-handed pass. The kids are alright.

🏒Capitals: If you were wondering when the Caps play next, well, they’re on a break. Three Caps’ games were postponed this week but they’re scheduled to return to the ice on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Penguins. On the bright side, no Caps appeared on the COVID-19 protocol list. Knock on wood.

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LA: We want tacos

February 11, 2021
Source: Meg Oliphant/Getty Images
Source: Meg Oliphant/Getty Images

🏀Clippers: Despite a slow start last night, the Clippers got back on track with a 119–112 victory over the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves. Kawhi Leonard and Lou Williams both scored season-highs to power the Clips. This is teamwork.

  • The Clips are slowly getting healthier. Patrick Beverley was back in the lineup after missing eight games with knee soreness and now we’re just waiting for Paul George to return. Fingers crossed.
  • Usually we’re not about giving love to the competition, but it was so good to see Karl-Anthony Towns return to the hardwood. He sadly lost several family members to COVID-19 and missed 13 games himself after testing positive for the virus. Sending our best, KAT.

Lakers: The Clips aren’t the only ones plagued by slow starts. The Lakers — still without Anthony Davis — escaped yesterday to notch back-to-back wins over the Oklahoma City Thunder. But going to overtime again? Our hearts can’t handle it. 

  • Zooming out: the Lakers and Clippers still sit second and third in the Western Conference standings, respectively. But coming behind the Utah Jazz? Not okay.

🏒Kings: Although the Kings lost in a shootout against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday, their sweet ’fits were a win. In honor of Black History Month, the Kings wore warm up jerseys emblazoned with the name of their scout, Blake Bolden. Bolden became the first Black female NHL scout and was the first Black NWHL player. An icon.