In this insane world of COVID-19, Esports is now non-fiction. Adjusting to the times, here are notes of interest surrounding professional sports in the United States.
While MLB adjusts to multiple teams administering quarantine guidelines, seven-inning doubleheaders, unequal amount of games, changes to extra-innings, and other rules, the NBA and NHL both resume this week minus seven and eight teams, respectively.
Five games on Saturday pushed the total to 13 since the restart on Thursday. COVID NBA produces dominant displays of offense, as point totals continue to soar.
|NBA Per Game Totals|
|3PT FG Pct.||0.357||0.358|
While the rest of the league benefits, the Lakers 35.4 shooting percentage in their 109-92 loss to Toronto equaled their lowest since 2016.
T.J. Warren scored a career-high 53 for Indiana, matching an NBA season-high 20 field goals as the Pacers 127-121 victory moved them one-game ahead of Philadelphia for 5th in the East.
|Indiana Pacers History||Opponent||Pts||Result|
|11/28/1992||Reggie Miller||Hornets||57||W, 134-122|
|1/4/2005||Jermaine O’Neal||Bucks||55||W, 116-99|
|8/1/2020||T.J. Warren>>||76ers||53||W, 127-121|
|11/11/1980||Billy Knight||Spurs||52||W, 119-117|
|>>Career-high (previous was 40)|
|Most FG Made, Single-Game|
|2019-20 NBA Season|
|8/1/2020||T.J. Warren, IND>>||PHI||20||53>>||W, 127-121|
|12/11/2019||James Harden, HOU||@CLE||20||55||W, 116-110|
|12/8/2019||Anthony Davis, LAL||MIN||20||50||W, 142-125|
|Seven Players with 19|
|>> Career-High (Previous was 40)|
n the West, New Orleans fell to 0-2 in the restart, falling 126-103 to the Clippers. Zion Williamson did not factor again, producing seven points in 14 minutes.
|Totals, last two games|
A pair of 12 seeds won Game 1, as Chicago (11 points fewer than Edmonton) and Montreal (15 fewer than Pittsburgh) took 1-0 series leads. In his first playoff game, rookie Dominik Kubalik set an NHL postseason record, registering five points (2 goals, three assists) in Chicago’s 6-4 victory.
|Most Points, NHL History|
|Rookies, First Career Playoff Game|
|8/1/2020||Dominik Kubalik, CHI||Oilers||5||W, 6-4|
|4/7/1982||Daryl Evans, LAK||Oilers||4||W, 10-8|
|24 Players with 3|
In the East, Jeff Petry scored his first career postseason goal (19th game) with 6:03 remaining in the first OT, as Montreal defeated Pittsburgh, 3-2. The game featured two penalty shots, as each team blew chances to put the game away. Game 2 is on Monday.
|Overtime Postseason Penalty Shots|
|8/1/2020||Jonathan Drouin, MTL||Penguins||Miss||W, 3-2 (0T)|
|4/22/2016||Aleksander Barkov, FLA||Islanders||Miss||L, 2-1 (2 OT)|
|4/23/1998||Aleksey Morozov, PIT||Canadiens||Miss||L, 3-2 (OT)|
|4/24/1996||Joe Juneau, WSH||Penguins||Miss||L, 3-2 (4 OT)|
The New York Islanders won two of their final 13 games (2-7-4) before COVID-19 but entered Toronto winners of four straight against first-round opponent Florida. The Panthers scoring troubles against the Islanders continued, scoring one goal for the third consecutive game. The Islanders, outscoring Florida 7-3 in their last three wins, can take a 2-0 series lead on Tuesday.
In the East’s 6-11 matchup, the Rangers fell 3-2 to Carolina. New York was 0-7 on the power play in the loss.