Jaylen Brown sat brooding in the visitors locker room as a Boston Celtics trainer patched a small gash near his right temple, the result of an uncalled foul — the NBA would later admit as much — during a critical juncture of Boston’s series-tying Game 4 loss Sunday to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Brown had turned in a career night, but it was what went into the official box score as a Khris Middleton block during the final minute that left Brown smarting. To make matters worse, now he had to go to a news conference, bandage on his head, and discuss it all.
Fresh from being docked $15,000 for public criticism of the officiating, Marcus Morris once again vented frustration about the rash of technical fouls that he has been given in recent weeks, including one in Boston’s Game 4 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Teams have to figure out what value that has. Allen’s win percentage is a little low for playing in a weak conference. Look at what Wentz did against low-level competition. He dominated. Allen did not. That could hurt him.
With the Oilers’ collective dud of a 2017-18 barely in the books, Lucic is already pledging to do better next year. Once projected to skate on a top line with Connor McDavid, the veteran winger fell well short of productive expectations, earning only 34 points (minus-12) through 82 games.
Centering a scoring line with Jordan Eberle, the 2015 first-rounder easily exceeded our fantasy-fueled hopes and dreams with 22 goals and 63 assists. Barzal’s better-than point-per-game numbers are too rich to ignore.
Karlsson scored six goals and 19 assists in 81 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets last year. In Vegas’ inaugural campaign, the 25-year-old steered his newly cobbled squad with 43 goals and 35 helpers. He also comfortably led the league with a plus-49. If that doesn’t qualify Karlsson as sleeper extraordinaire, I’m not sure what does.
His go-to postgame meal is a bologna sandwich. His practices aren’t overly technical. “The system he has is very basic,” Reaves says. “He trusts everybody to make their reads. He doesn’t focus as much on what the opponents are doing but wants guys to play their game.”