Thunder guard Andre Roberson fell hard in the third quarter of Saturday’s game vs. the Pistons while going up for an alley-oop, and remained down on the court for several minutes until a stretcher was brought out.
ESPN’s Royce Young initially said Roberson had a “severe left leg injury” and those concerns turned out to be true. Before the game was even over, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski? reported, per a source, that Roberson had ruptured his patellar tendon. He also added, “There is still testing to do on Roberson to confirm full severity of leg injury.”
The Blue Jackets understandably looked sluggish at times after the long trip home, but they persevered against one of the top teams in the league. Artemi Panarin (12 points in the past nine games) scored 16 seconds into the game, Zach Werenski set a franchise record for defensemen with his 13th goal of the season and veteran defenseman Ian Cole, a trade deadline acquisition, added his first goal for the team.
“I think right now, when we’re not scoring that many goals, it’s nice when defensemen can contribute and try to help the team win,” Werenski said. “We’re in a tight playoff race. Every game matters, every point matters, and if I can contribute offensively, I’m going to try to do that.”
Casey, who is Toronto’s winningest coach, will lead Team LeBron at the NBA All-Star Game and will be opposed by Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni, who will lead Team Stephen. It will be Casey’s first time coaching the All-Star Game in nine seasons, marking the longest tenure in Raptors history.
Because of the NBA’s new unconferenced format, Casey will actually coach against two of his own players. Raptors stars DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry were both drafted to Team Stephen.
Held to fewer than three goals for the first time in their winning streak, the Predators leaned on defense and goalie Pekka Rinne until they found a way to beat Kari Lehtonen. New acquisition Ryan Hartman did it on a backhander early in the third period for his second game-winner in five contests with Nashville.
Rinne’s 26 saves gave him his seventh shutout of the season and upped his record to 36-9-4. His 2.29 GAA and .928 save percentage should plant him squarely in the middle of Vezina Trophy discussion.