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I’m sure that every Golden State Warriors fan held there breath last night when Kevin Durant went down about one minute into last nights game against the Washington Wizards. There was a loose ball situation early in the game. Wizards center Marcin Gortat ended up fouling Warriors center Zaza Pachulia on the play. Pachulia’s momentum took him into the back of Durant’s legs. Durant jumped away from Pachulia’s contact, hopping while holding his left leg. Durant actually tried to play the next two possesions befiore asking Warriors head coach Steve Kerr to calla timeout so he could come out of the game. After being looked at by trainers on the bench Durant headed to the locker room holding his leg and didn’t return to the game. Durant underwent an MRI after suffering what was being called a hyperextended left knee, but the results have yet to be released. In what has to be an odd coincidence. The last time Durant played in his hometown of Washington, while with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He suffered a hamstring injury that forced him to miss six games.

Durant took only one shot; which he missed, and left with zero points. By not scoring Durant’s streak of 562 regular season games (653 including the postseason) in which he scored at least 10 points came to an end.

In the wake of Durant’s injury the Warriors agreed to a deal with veteran swingman Matt Barnes. Barnes was released by the Sacramento Kings after they made there trade that sent DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans. Barnes spent two seasons in Golden State, from 2006 to 2008. Since Golden State will be adding Barnes it will be forced to abandon its plans to sign Jose Calderon on Thursday after Calderon clears waivers. It is being reported that the Warriors will sign Calderon to a rest of the season deal and then promptly waive him, ensuring Calderon earns the money he would have received in Golden State but also leaving a roster spot open to add Barnes.

Barnes had played in 54 games for the Kings starting 13 of them before being waived. He was averaging 7.6 points per game, 5.5 rebounds per game and 2.8 assists per game with Sacramento. For his career Barnes averages 8.2 points per game, 4.6 rebounds per game and 1.8 assists per game. Barnes is in his 14th NBA season including two tours with the Warriors and two with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Here’s the official report on Durant’s knee. Durant suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain, tibial bone bruise. He will be re-evaluated in four weeks, but is out indefinitely. It hasn’t been ruled out that he could return to the court before the end of the regular season.

It appears that a couple of other recently waived players have found new teams. Brandon Jennings who was released by the New York Knicks on Monday has verbally agreed to sign with the Washington Wizards. Jennings asked the Knicks to release him so he could join a contending team. Jennings played in 58 games for the Knicks starting 11 of them. He was averaging 8.6 points per game, 4.9 assists per game and 2.6 rebounds per game this season. On Monday the Cleveland Cavaliers added point guard Deron Williams after he was released by the Dallas Mavericks, Now it appears as though Andrew Bogot will also sign with the Cavaliers when he clears waivers on Wednesday. Bogot was a teammate of Williams with the Dallas Mavericks, but was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers at the trade deadline. Bogot agreed to a buyout with Philadelphia on Monday making him a free agent. The Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs and Boston Celtics where all interested in Bogot’s services, but he chose to sign with the Cavaliers. Bogot had played in just 26 games with the Mavericks due to injury. He started in 21 games for Dallas. Bogot was averaging 3.0 points per game, 8.3 rebounds per game, 1.9 assists per game and 1.0 blocks per game. Bogot won an NBA championship with Golden State in the 2014-15 season.

The National hockey League trade deadline is today at 3 p.m. Eastern time and there has been quite a it of player movement these last couple of days. Here’s some of the deals that have happened. The Montreal Canadiens picked up Center Steve Ott from the Detroit Red Wings for a 2018 6th round draft pick. The San Jose Sharks got Right Wing Jannik Hansen from the Vancouver Canucks for Left Wing Nicolay Goldobin and a 2017 conditional 4th round pick. The Edmonton Oilers got Center David Desharnais from the Canadiens for Defenseman Brandon Davidson. The Canadiens will play 20% of Desharnais remaining salary. The Chicago Blackhawks got Johnny Oduya from the Dallas Stars for Center Mark McNeill and a 2018 conditional 4th-round pick. Dallas will pay 50% of Oduya’s remaining salary. The Ottawa Senators got Left wing Viktor Stalberg from the Carolina Hurricanes for a 2017 3rd round pick and a 2018 2nd round pick. The New York Rangers picked up Defenseman Brendan Smith from the Red Wings for a 2017 3rd round pick and a 2018 2nd round pick. The Rangers also picked up Center Daniel Catenacci from the Buffalo Sabres for Defenseman Mat Bodie. The Washington Capitals picked up Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, and Goalie Pheonix Copley from the St. Louis Blues for Centers Brad Malone, Zach Sanford, a 2017 1st round pick and a 2019 conditional 2nd round pick. The Canadiens acquired Defenseman Jordie Benn from Dallas for Defenseman Greg Pateryn and a 2017 4th round pick. The Senators picked up Right Wing Alex Burrows from the Canucks for Center Jonathan Dahlen. The Toronto Maple Leafs picked up Center Brian Boyle from the Tampa Bay Lighting for Center Byron Froese and a 2017 2nd-round pick. The Arizona Coyotes got Teemu Pulkkiene from the Minnesota Wild for Future Considerations. The Wild also got Centers Martin Hanzel, Ryan White and a 2017 4th round pick from Arizona for Goalie Grayson Downing, a 2017 1st round pick, 2018 2nd round pick and a 2019 conditional pick. The Coyotes will pay 50% of Hanzel’s remaining salary. The Los Angeles Kings acquired Goalie Ben Bishop and a 2017 5th-round pick from Tampa Bay for Goalie Peter Budaj, Defenseman Erik Cernak, a 2017 7th-round pick and a 2017 conditional pick. Tampa Bay will pay 20% of Bishop’s remaining salary.

There are the deals that have been made so far. How many move trades do you think we’ll see before the 3 p.m. Eastern deadline?

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The NBA trade deadline was Thursday at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time and while there where some moves made none of the big name players that where rumored to be traded where. After all the talk and b.s. reporting that went on Carmelo Anthony is still with the New York Knicks. Jimmy Butler is still with the Chicago Bulls and Paul George is still with the Indiana Pacers. As it turned out the only superstar that ended up being traded was DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings swore up and down that they wouldn’t be dealing him.

Now the rumors on Anthony had cooled greatly as the deadline got closer; so it’s no surprise at all he’s still with the Knicks. There are very few places to even try and deal Anthony and with his no-trade clause he doesn’t have to accept any type of deal. Once there was no deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers there was talk about the Los Angeles Clippers and even some rumors of a deal with the Boston Celtics, but in the end none of those happened. Maybe if Kevin Love was healthy there would of been more movement on an Anthony deal. Now I guess we’ll have to listen to the rumors heading into the off season.

Now the Bulls made a deal sending Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Cameron Payne, Joffrey Lauvergne, Anthony Morrow and a 2018 2nd round pick, but Butler stayed put. While Butler’s name came up quite a bit the only team he was ever really linked to going with was the Boston Celtics. Maybe this is another deal that heats up when the draft pick the Celtics own that used to belong to the Brooklyn Nets has a draft spot associated with it.

Paul George’s name came up very late in the trade deadline rumors and George came out and said that he wouldn’t re-sign if he was traded; so you have to think that pretty much killed any deal involving him. At first the trade talk was that the Pacers would be looking to add pieces around George, but as the deadline approached the talk started to turn that the Pacers might look to deal George instead of acquire players to put around him. When was all was said and done Indiana did nothing at the deadline.

Now there where a couple of trades made at the deadline just not that blockbuster that was talked about. The Philadelphia 76ers decided to finally deal one of there big men as Nerlens Noel was traded to the Dallas Mavericks for Andrew Bogut, Justin Anderson and a protected 1st round pick. It’s been reported that the 76ers will buy Bogut out; so he’ll be a free agent. The Mavericks also waived Deron Williams. Remember on Valentine’s Day the Toronto Raptors acquired Serge Ibaka from the Orlando Magic for Terrence Ross and a 2017 1st round pick. Well at the trade deadline the Raptors acquired P.J. Tucker from the Phoenix Suns for Jared Sullinger and a 2nd round draft pick in 2017 and 2018. While Tucker isn’t a big time scorer he is a very good defender who could be used to match up in a playoff series with LeBron James if those teams met. In the end the big winners at the trade deadline may end up being the Cavaliers. While the Cavaliers didn’t make a trade at the deadline the reports are that they’ll sign Bogut and Williams as free agents. James complained weeks ago that the Cavaliers needed another playmaker at the point guard position and while he’s not the player he use to be Williams would definitely fit that roll. By adding Bogut they’d be getting a solid big man to come off the bench with championship series experience. How did your favorite team do at the trade deadline?

With the NBA trade deadline past it’s time for the NHL to head towards there trade deadline. The NHL trade deadline is this Monday February 29th. There where a couple of moves made yesterday as teams look towards the deadline.

The Anaheim Ducks acquired Patrick Eaves from the Dallas Stars for a conditional 2nd round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. Eaves is 32 years old and was tied for the Stars lead with 21 goals, including 11 on the power play, which ranked fourth in the NHL. His 37 points in 59 games are an NHL career high. Eaves can become an unrestricted free agent after this season.

The other deal saw the Chicago Blackhawks send a 3rd round pick in the 2017 NHL draft to the Detroit Red Wings for Tomas Jurco. Jurco turned 24 in December and had no points and two penalty minutes in 16 games with the Red Wings this season. He had 39 points (15 goals, 24 assists) in 159 NHL games over four seasons with Detroit, including eight goals in 36 games during the  2013-14 season. Jurco has been described as a “project”, but the Blackhawks are hoping that a change of scenery helps Jurco like it did Richard Panik after they picked him up at the trade deadline last season.

Just like with the NBA there will be some big names that will come up in trade rumors. Brian Boyle of the Tampa bay Lighting, Shane Doan of the Arizona Coyotes and New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak are some of the names out there. It also appears that the St. Louis Blues would be willing to move defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk as a rent a type player. Shattenkirk’s names recently came up as a possible trade candidate after he turned down a long term deal from St. Louis. Who knows if we’ll see any of these players dealt, but by Monday we’ll have the answer.

On the ice Friday night the Washington Capitals picked up there 13th straight home win by beating the Edmonton Oilers 2-1. Tom Wilson and Justin Williams scored the goals for Washington and Braden Holtby made 30 saves in goal as the Capitals tied their record for consecutive home wins. Washington is headed out for two games on the road; so they won’t be able to break their record for consecutive home wins until March 2nd when they host the New Jersey Devils.

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If you’ve listened to the Sports Time Radio podcast or caught some of the blogs here you know I’m not a fan of All-Star games. I do however enjoy some of the events that the NBA has during its All-Star weekend. Last night (Friday) they had two games that I didn’t have a lot of interest in. The Celebrity game kicks off the weekend followed by the Rising Stars Challenge. This year they had the World vs. USA with the World winning 122-112. Andrew Wiggins of the Minnesota Timberwolves playing for the World team was the MVP of the game scoring 22 for the World team. There are four events held today (Saturday) starting with the Shooting Challenge. Then it’s the Skills Challenge followed by the 3-point Shooting Contest and ending with the Slam Dunk Contest. The Shooting Challenge features four teams of three players. The teams are; Team Bosh with Captain Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat, Dominique Wilkins is the team Legend and Swim Cash of the New York Liberty is their WNBA player. Team Curry; with Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry as the team captain, his father Dell Curry is their Legend and Sue Bird of the Seattle Storm is their WNBA player. Team Westbrook captained by Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder with Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway as their Legend and Tamika Catchings of the Indiana Fever as their WNBA player. Team Milsap is captained by Paul Milsap of the Atlanta Hawks. Milsap is replacing the injured Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans. Milsap’s teammates are Legend Scottie Pippen and W.N.B.A. player  Elena Delle Donne of the Chicago Sky. I’ll take Team Curry to win this event. The Skills Challenge features eight NBA players who compete in a bracket-style tournament for the first time. The format calls for two players to compete simultaneously on an identical course with the fastest finisher reaching the next round.  The players will be tested in an obstacle-course competition that tests dribbling, passing, agility and shooting skills. Trey Burke of the Utah Jazz is back to defend last year title and he is joined by Brandon Knight of the Milwaukee Bucks, Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors. Isiah Thomas of the Phoenix Suns, Jeff Teague of the Atlanta Hawks and his teammate Dennis Schroder who is replacing Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls. Elfrid Payton of the Orlando Magic is taking the place of Michael Carter-Williams of the Philadelphia 76ers and Patrick Beverly of the Houston Rockets is taking the place of Washington Wizards guard John Wall. I’ll take Teague to win this competition. A lot of experts think that this will be the best 3-point shooting challenge ever. The eight guys in the 3-point shooting Contest are defending champion  Marco Belinelli of the San Antonio Spurs, James Harden of the Houston Rockets, Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Kyle Korver of the Atlanta Hawks, Wesley Matthews of the Portland Trailblazers, J.J. Reddick of the Los Angeles Clippers and teammates Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors. It seems like most experts think that one of the Golden State players either Thompson or Curry will win this contest, but I’m taking Wesley Matthews to win. The Dunk Contest has lost most of its luster from when it was a must see event, but this season they are returning to their classic format. That means it will be a two-round event in which the four participants can perform any dunk they choose without time limits. The players will have a maximum of three attempts to complete each dunk in both the first round and the final round. Five judges will score every dunk on a scale of 6 to 10, resulting in a high score of 50 and a low score of 30. The four players in the Dunk Contest are Mason Plumlee of the Brooklyn Nets, Victor Oladipo of the Orlando Magic, Zach LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks. I’m taking LaVine to win the Dunk Contest. To me these events at least feature players skills while the All-Star game itself is just players watching other players score. Will you watch?

The first interview on the podcast last night had Scott Andes from to talk Los Angeles Dodgers baseball we followed that interview with Billy Brost from FriarsonBase,com for some San Diego Padres talk. On the field the Dodgers and Padres are rivals and both play in the NL West. While the Dodgers have had the better of this rivalry for years now the Padres have made a ton of moves this off-season to try to close that gap. There are questions on both sides as teams get ready for spring training to start. The Dodgers will be brand new up the middle with Yasmani Grandal catching, Howie Kendrick at 2nd base, Jimmy Rollins at shortstop and rookie Joc Pederson in centerfield. The Padres will have a new starting outfield with Matt Kemp in rightfield, Will Myers in centerfield and Justin Upton in leftfield as well as Derek Norris catching. Both teams still have some questions though. While Kenley Jansen is a solid major league closer posting 44 saves in 49 chances. The question is who gets the ball to him? Is the biggest question I think the Dodgers have to address. In San Diego the Padres have to decide if Yonder Alonso is the right player at 1st base? The Padres also have a glut of outfielders with  Cameron MaybinCarlos Quentin and Will Venable on the 40 man roster. Are the Padres done dealing? With the addition of James Shields the extra outfielders and Philadelphia Phillies General manager Ruben Amaro Jr’s interest in Andrew Cashner could Cole Hamles be on the radar. One of the best things was listening to Scott and Billy’s take on each others team.

The NHL trade deadline is March 2nd; so which players may be switching teams. Will the Ottawa Senators trade Chris Neil? Will the New York Rangers try to deal J.T. Miller and clear some salary cap space? Will the  New Jersey Devils trade Jaromir Jagr? Since the Carolina Hurricanes haven’t been able to reach extensions with forwards Jiri Tlusty and Jay McClement, will they be dealt before the trade deadline? There’s a couple of names that might move before March 2nd for you. Which Stanley Cup contenders need to add what to win it all? We should get some of these answers soon.

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