Archives for November 6, 2017
PGA TOUR: OHL Classic at Mayakoba at El Camaleon Golf Club in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, Thursday through Sunday.
TV: Thursday, November 9th through Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. EST on the Golf Channel.
LAST YEAR: Pat Perez, playing on a major medical extension, regained his PGA Tour card when he claimed his second career victory on the circuit by posting a 4-under-par 67 to beat Gary Woodland by two strokes. Perez, who was playing his third event since returning from left shoulder surgery at the age of 40 earlier in the year, took the lead when he shot 62 in the third round. He solidified his control with five birdies in the first eight holes in the final round en route to earning his first victory since the 2009 Bob Hope Classic. Perez, playing the best golf of his career, captured the CIMB Classic in Malaysia three weeks ago and also tied for fifth in the CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges in South Korea in his last start.
Where: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin
GREEN BAY – The Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions are attempting to address issues with their respective offenses heading into Monday night’s clash at Lambeau Field. The Packers have seen their high-octane offense take a significant hit with the loss of two-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers (broken collarbone), while the Lions’ issues deal with their inability to consistently convert in the red zone.
Brett Hundley answered a three-interception performance in relief of an injured Rodgers by completing just 12-of-25 passes for 87 yards and an interception in his first career start – a 26-17 loss to New Orleans on Oct. 22. The Packers had their bye the following week, with coach Mike McCarthy and Rodgers working with Hundley in a bid to address some issues with the team’s 243.5-yard total offense in the near-two games since Rodgers was injured – 66.5 below their season average. Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford threw for 423 yards in last Sunday’s 20-15 loss to Pittsburgh, but his team went 0-for-5 in the red zone and fell to 28th in the league in that situation as it settled for five field goals by Matt Prater. “Just not executing enough,” Stafford told reporters. “Whether it’s me making a better throw or a guy making a catch or assignments in the run game – whatever it is, we’ve just got to execute better.”
TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Lions -2.5. O/U: 43.5
ABOUT THE LIONS (3-4): Golden Tate didn’t let an ailing shoulder slow him down as he recorded seven receptions for the second straight game last Sunday, while Marvin Jones Jr. made six catches for the third consecutive contest, amassing 128 yards in the process. While the passing game traditionally has clicked under Stafford, Detroit’s ground attack has been running in place as it has been 59 contests since the team had a 100-yard rusher (Reggie Bush versus Green Bay in 2013). Stafford actually has averaged a team-best 5.2 yards per carry this season while Ameer Abdullah leads in attempts (101) and yards (369) for the Lions, who rank 28th in rushing yards per game (82.1) and yards per attempt (3.48).
ABOUT THE PACKERS (4-3): Hundley admitted a comfort level working with Rodgers as he prepares for his second career start. “Me and Aaron talk a lot,” Hundley told reporters on Thursday. “Even when he was playing, we still talked a lot. It’s the same – now it’s a different type of talk. He’s telling me stuff, and it’s good for me. Aaron’s always been a brother to me. Whenever you have people like that around, you always feel better.” Jordy Nelson is tied for second in the NFL with six receiving touchdowns, but the stud wideout was limited to just one catch for 13 yards against the Saints while Randall Cobb has reeled in just five passes for 43 yards over the last two games.
1. Detroit’s 10 interceptions and 16 overall takeaways rank third-best in the league.
2. Green Bay CB Damarious Randall has recorded an interception in three straight games.
3. Lions Pro Bowl G T.J. Lang, who spent eight seasons with the Packers, is making his first trip to Lambeau Field since signing a three-year, $28.5 million contract in March.
Where: Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
ATLANTA – One night after ending their eight-game losing streak, the Atlanta Hawks will attempt to halt the visiting Boston Celtics’ string of eight straight wins when the teams meet on Monday. The Celtics pulled away from Orlando and posted a 104-88 victory on Sunday to extend the streak, which is their longest since a nine-gamer in 2010-11.
Opponents are averaging only 90.3 points during the surge, and only three have been within single digits at the final horn. The Hawks will be playing just their fourth home game and make their return to Philips Arena after picking up a 117-115 win at Cleveland on Sunday. Dennis Schroder led seven players in double figures with a season high-tying 28 points as Atlanta won for the first time since its season opener at Dallas on Oct. 18. “To get a win in Cleveland is not easy to do,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer told reporters. “They had a chance down the stretch where they got back in it, but I’m happy for our guys. It’s a good win.”
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN Boston, FSN Southeast (Atlanta)
ABOUT THE CELTICS (8-2): Jaylen Brown led six players in double figures against Orlando with 18 points while Al Horford posted the team’s lone double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Horford also made all three of his 3-point attempts and has hit 7-of-7 over the last two games while averaging 17 points and nine boards. The 31-year-old, who spent his first nine seasons with the Hawks, averaged 6.7 points on 32 percent shooting in three games (two losses) against Atlanta last season.
ABOUT THE HAWKS (2-8): All five starters scored at least 14 points in Sunday’s win and Atlanta continued to get solid production out of rookie forward John Collins. The Wake Forest product recorded 12 points, 13 rebounds and two blocked shots in only 24 minutes against the Cavaliers while finishing with a team-high rating of plus-15. Schroder is averaging 22 points in five games since returning from an ankle injury, making 10-of-19 3-pointers after going 1-of-9 from beyond the arc in his first three contests.
1. The Celtics have outrebounded their opponent six straight times.
2. Hawks G Malcolm Delaney (ankle), F Ersan Ilyasova (knee), C Miles Plumlee (quadriceps) and F DeAndre’ Bembry (wrist) all missed Sunday’s game.
3. Atlanta C Dewayne Dedmon is averaging 12 points in 22.5 minutes while making 11-of-15 shots over his last two games.
Where: Amway Center, Orlando
ORLANDO — A lot of teams in the NBA talk about winning with defense. The Boston Celtics actually are doing it. The Celtics won their eighth consecutive game Sunday night with another impressive defensive performance, smothering the Orlando Magic 104-88 at the Amway Center. The Celtics (8-2) have built the best record in the NBA by allowing the fewest points in the league (93.2 per game).
“It’s been the story for us in the first two weeks,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “We’ve been pretty consistent defensively. Offensively, we’ve got a ways to go.”
Second-year guard Jaylen Brown led Boston’s well-balanced attack with 18 points. Al Horford had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics. Jayson Tatum scored 13 points, and Marcus Morris, in his first start of the season after returning from a knee injury, had 12 points and seven boards. Kyrie Irving and reserve Marcus Smart each scored 11. Irving added five assists.
“Defensively, we did a great job again tonight,” Horford said. “That’s what carried us to the win. Offensively, we’re still trying to figure things out a little bit.”
Aaron Gordon led the Magic (6-4) with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Jonathon Simmons had 14 points for Orlando, and Nikola Vucevic contributed 13 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.
The Magic came into the game shooting an NBA-best 42.1 percent from 3-point range, but they hit only 6 of 29 (20.7 percent) Sunday. They shot just 36.3 percent (33 of 91) from the field.
“The key defensively is we make them do (offensively) what we want them to do,” Smart said. “We’re in a good place right now with that.”
The Celtics grabbed the lead late in the first quarter and never lost it, turning back each Magic charge with a stepped-up defensive effort. The Magic closed within four points in the third quarter but never got closer than six at the beginning of the fourth.
“Credit the Boston defense,” Magic coach Frank Vogel said. “They take you out of your first stuff, your first look, and you have to be patient against that. We didn’t exercise great shot selection or patience.”
Evan Fournier, the Magic’s leading scorer this season, made only 2 of 14 shots for six points. Starting forward Terrance Ross hit only 2 of 12 shots for nine points.
The Magic have played the last two games without point guards Elfrid Payton (hamstring) and backup D.J. Augustin. They started Shelvin Mack in Friday’s loss to Chicago and used Simmons at that spot Sunday. Mack had eight points and three assists as a reserve.
“That disrupts the rhythm big time. He (Simmons) is not a point guard,” Fournier said. “It’s tough. He (Simmons) is not used to being there.”
The Celtics built an 87-71 lead by opening the fourth quarter with a 10-2 run, sparked by a quick six from Morris around the basket. The Magic never seriously challenged again.
The Celtics, who have been inconsistent on offense this season with a rebuilt roster, shot 43.8 percent (39 of 89). They outrebounded the Magic 54-45. The Celtics also had 10 steals.
The Celtics led 77-69 going into the fourth quarter after Brown carried them with 11 points in the third.
Simmons completed two 3-point plays in the third quarter, helping the Magic to close within four points. But that was as close as they came in the second half.
The Celtics led 49-38 at intermission despite shooting just 41 percent from the field. They dominated early by disrupting the Magic, who hit just 15 of 46 shots (32.6 percent) in the first half.
Irving missed all four of his 3-point attempts in the first two quarters but still led the Celtics early with 10 points. He scored only one point in the second half.
Gordon had 10 first-half points for the Magic, including eight in the last four minutes of the second quarter. The Celtics led by as many as 13 points in the first half.
NOTES: Celtics F Marcus Morris, who missed the first eight games with a sore left knee, played a key role in reserve Friday night in his season debut before starting Sunday. As a precaution, he is not expected to play Monday in Atlanta. … F Jonathon Simmons also got his first start as the Magic went without a true point guard. Elfrid Payton, who was expected to be the starter this season, missed his eighth consecutive game with a lingering sore hamstring. He is expected to be back in the lineup Wednesday against the Knicks. The Magic started PG Shelvin Mack on Friday, but he did not play well and so Simmons replaced him. … The Celtics became the first team in NBA history to win eight consecutive games after opening the season with two consecutive losses.