Links for Breakfast

Links for Breakfast

As we get ready for a late-night series with the A's in the city by the City by the Bay, we thought we'd start the morning with a look around the 'Nets.

  • Meech gets us started as only he can with some thought-provoking questions, such as how Ryan Howard got the nickname Big Brown in the locker room, and what's so Magic about So Taguchi? [The Fightins]
  • In one helluva response to being suspended by DNL, Bill Conlin shows us again why he's still the man. [Conlin]
  • The Phils have been struggling over the past week plus. The Mets have been struggling most of the season, including last night, when Felix Hernandez jacked a grand slam off of Johan Santana. King Felix became the first AL pitcher in like a million years to hit a grand slam. Fortunately for Santana, who had allowed two hits in the inning, David Wright's error with two outs negated the runs from being earned. We're still counting them, but Wright says he'll take the blame. [USS Mariner via WoW] [MetsBlog]
  • If you're into the the whole blogging scene thing, chances are by now you've heard about the LA Times report that we're all playing nicer now that more people are reading our dribble. We hadn't really paid much attention to the trend, but we won't argue that it hasn't happened in some places, particularly since the Times directly quotes some Big players in the field. Anyway, we're wide-eyed at the bloody-yet-good-intentioned(?) backlash. With Will Leitch on his way from Deadspin to New York Mag, we can only hope for more blaze-of-glory posts as the week unfolds. Haven't seen Will go off like this in a while, maybe ever. Was McIntyre deserving of that kind of ire though? [Deadspin] Update: Annnnd.. Touché. [Dave Lozo] There's no shortage of opinion on this topic, ranging from who's right and who's wrong, but we're also hearing a lot of "who cares?"
  • Stephen Starr is buying the Broad Street Diner [D-Mac]
  • The inevitable finally happened—Larry Mendte got axed by CBS for reading Alycia Lane's e-mail. Look at you sitting there passing judgment. Like you wouldn't have searched for the Eisen shots... Can't wait to see which member of the Philly media makes the news next. [Dan Gross]
  • Astute reader and Villanovan Carl P. asks, "What’s up with Melrose? Has he not wanted to coach until now, or is this the first offer he’s gotten in a decade?" We honestly have no idea here, but we'll turn it over to Wyshynski. Note to John Stevens: Check Melrose's players' stick blades for legality. He loves that. [Puck Daddy]

That oughtta get you through your coffee and the merciless first hour of daily employ.

Best of NBA: Dwyane Wade hits dagger 3-pointer in Bulls debut

Best of NBA: Dwyane Wade hits dagger 3-pointer in Bulls debut

CHICAGO -- Dwyane Wade scored 22 points in a triumphant Chicago debut, Jimmy Butler had 24 and the Bulls won their season opener, beating the Boston Celtics 105-99 on Thursday night.

Wade nailed a 3 from the corner in the final minute to make it a five-point game. Taj Gibson added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and the new-look Bulls got off to a winning start after missing the playoffs last season for the first time since 2008.

Isaiah Thomas led Boston with 25 points. Avery Bradley had 16, and Jae Crowder 14 points, but the Celtics came up short after opening with a win over Brooklyn the previous night.

The Bulls remade their roster in the offseason, jettisoning one hometown superstar and welcoming another when they traded Derrick Rose to New York and signed Wade to a two-year deal worth about $47 million in a move that stunned Miami.

The three-time NBA champion and 12-time All-Star is off to a good start with the Bulls after 13 seasons with the Heat.

Wade hit 4 of 6 3-pointers in this game after making just seven all of last season (see full recap).

New-look Hawks roll past Wizards
ATLANTA -- Dwight Howard dominated the boards in his Atlanta debut, Paul Millsap scored 28 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. ignited the new-look Hawks to a 114-99 victory over the Washington Wizards in their season opener Thursday night.

Howard grabbed 19 rebounds to go along with 11 points, just what the Hawks expected from their new center, and it certainly wasn't unusual for three-time All-Star Millsap to lead the way in scoring.

But Hardaway's performance was totally unexpected given the way he struggled in his first season with the Hawks, when he was largely confined to the bench and even forced to spend time in the D-League.

He scored 21 points, matching his high in an Atlanta uniform, and broke open a close game with back-to-back 3-pointers in the fourth. The Hawks, who led only 81-80 heading to the final period, outscored the Wizards 33-19 over the final 12 minutes (see full recap).

Best of NHL: Canadiens rally past Lightning for 6th straight win

Best of NHL: Canadiens rally past Lightning for 6th straight win

MONTREAL -- Max Pacioretty scored the tiebreaking goal in Montreal's three-goal third period as the Canadiens beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 Thursday night for their sixth straight win.

Alex Galchenyuk and Torrey Mitchell also scored to help Montreal improve to 7-0-1. Carey Price made 29 saves to win for the fourth time in four starts this season.

Alex Killorn scored the lone goal for the Lightning, who lost against an Eastern-Conference opponent for the first time this season. Ben Bishop stopped 23 shots.

With the scored tied 1-1, Pacioretty got the go-ahead goal at 10:23 by beating Bishop glove-side. Blown coverage by the Lightning left the Canadiens' captain all alone on the edge of the face-off circle, and Bishop couldn't see the shot with Andrew Shaw posted firmly in front of goal.

Montreal remains the only NHL team still undefeated in regulation (see full recap).

Crosby's late goal gives Penguins win over Islanders
PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby scored the tiebreaking goal late in the third period to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.

Patric Hornqvist, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel also scored -- each getting his third of the season -- to help the Penguins win for the third time in four games and improve to 5-0-1 at home.

Crosby, playing for the second straight game after missing the first six with a concussion, scored with 2:25 left as he caught a pass from Scott Wilson at the top of the crease and quickly turned to his forehand to put the puck behind Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak.

Kessel added a power-play goal to cap the scoring 32 seconds later.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 35 shots while starting for the eighth straight game.

Travis Hamonic and Shane Prince scored for the Islanders, and Halak finished with 31 saves (see full recap).

Streaking Red Wings win marathon shootout vs. Blues
ST. LOUIS -- Henrik Zetterberg scored in the eighth round of a shootout to give the Detroit Red Wings a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.

Zetterberg's goal gave the Red Wings a six-game winning streak.

In the shootout, St. Louis' first shooter, Alexander Steen, scored but then Vladimir Tarasenko, Kevin Shattenkirk, David Perron, Nail Yakupoc, Robby Fabbri, Patrick Burgland and Dmitrjij Jaskin all came up short.

Gustav Nyquist scored on Detroit's second attempt but Frans Nielsen, Dylan Larkin, Andreas Athanasiou, Tomas Tatar, Riley Sheehan and Darren Helm all missed.

St. Louis had the better chances in overtime. Center Jaden Schwartz missed a wide-open net early in the extra session. Jori Lehtera was stopped on a breakaway midway through the period by Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek (see full recap).