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Pacers lose Stephenson, 76ers lose 2 players

Pacers lose Stephenson, 76ers lose 2 players

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Philadelphia 76rs will play Friday night at Indiana without leading scorer Jrue Holiday.

Coach Doug Collins is hoping it isn't much longer.

Holiday, who started the first 22 games this season and is averaging 18.4 points, has a sprained right foot, and Collins acknowledged he was holding him out so the injury doesn't get worse.

``We're erring on the side of caution,'' Collins said. ``I don't want him out there playing on one foot and getting back spasms of something because he's playing on one foot. ... I'm hoping it's going to be a few days is what I'm saying.''

The 76ers (12-10) aren't just losing a scorer. Holiday also leads the team in minutes and assists.

Without him, the 76ers will let Evan Turner play the point and start Dorell Wright for only the fifth time this season.

Collins knows his team is facing a major challenge by playing one of the NBA's top scoring defenses without its best player.

``We've got to be able to get into our offense,'' he said. ``I expect the Pacers to pressure us tonight. We've lost our best penetrator, who re3ally creates a lot of shots. So with Jrue out, we're going to find some ways to manufacture points.''

Philadelphia also will play without guard Royal Ivey, who has a strained right groin, and Collins acknowledged that center Kwame Brown still needs to lose some weight to reach his potential.

The good news for the 76ers is that the Pacers (11-11) also will be short-handed.

Starting guard Lance Stephenson is out with a right ankle injury. He's been averaging 7.3 points and 3.1 rebounds this season and will be replaced by Gerald Green.

Pacers coach Frank Vogel said it's possible Stephenson could return Saturday when the Pacers play at Detroit.

``What they told me was that he can't go today,'' Vogel said, referring to the team doctors. ``But he's got a body that heals pretty quickly.''

Indiana's top player, Danny Granger, still hasn't played this season because of patellar tendinitis in his left knee.

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3 things to watch when the .500 Nationals head to Colorado

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3 things to watch when the .500 Nationals head to Colorado

The Nationals face the Rockies at Coors Field for the first half of this work week. Here are three things to watch for:

  1. Can the Nationals stay above .500? Stephen Strasburg’s impressive start along with Ryan Zimmerman’s two homers and two RBI kept Washington from being swept by the lowly Marlins.

  2. Who will produce with Anthony Rendon out? While the Nats 3B was sidelined with an elbow injury after being hit by a pitch in Saturday’s outing against the Marlins, Howie Kendrick started in his place. Kendrick went 1-for-3 vs Miami with one RBI and one strikeout. In terms of replacing Rendon’s hitting prowess, Victor Robles has started a streak of his own. The youngster is hot on a seven game hit streak, including a bunt over the infield Sunday.

  3. Will the Nationals ever sure up their end game? Yesterday’s ninth inning was on the brink of disaster. Kyle Barraclough allowed back-to-back walks, then Sean Doolittle loaded the bases. Luckily for the Nats, crisis averted.

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NHL Playoffs 2019 Roundup: Blues eliminate Jets, Stars and Capitals pull ahead 3-2

NHL Playoffs 2019 Roundup: Blues eliminate Jets, Stars and Capitals pull ahead 3-2

Friday saw the Toronto Maple Leafs pull ahead 3-2 and the Colorado Avalanche eliminate the favored Calgary Flames. Saturday provided another elimination game and two teams pulled ahead 3-2 in their series.

Here are the results from Saturday.

St. Louis Blues eliminate Winnipeg Jets with 3-2 win

The Blues return to the second round of the playoffs after they were eliminated in the first round last season.

The Blues rally started 23 seconds into the game, when Jaden Schwartz put home a Brayden Schenn rebound.

Schwartz followed with two more goals, completing the hat trick. It's the second natural hat trick in a playoff series clinching game since Geoff Courtnall in 1992.

The Blues await the winner of the Nashville-Dallas series.

Dallas Stars pull ahead of Nashville Predators in 5-3 victory

The Stars were able to steal one from the Predators at Bridgestone Arena thanks to Jason Dickinson and Alexander Radulov's two goal performances.

Tyler Seguin added a goal of his own to pull the Stars ahead 4-2 at the end of the second period, and Ben Bishop recorded 30 saves.

The Stars have a chance to close the series at home Monday night.

Washington Capitals take upperhand on Carolina Hurricanes with 6-0 shutout

After dropping Game 4 in Carolina 2-1, the Caps exploded for six goals against the Hurricanes in a 6-0 win.

Nicklas Backstrom scored the opening two goals. He leads the Capitals in playoff goals with five and had a four point night.

The Caps also got production from their bottom six with Brett Connolly's goal and Nic Dowd's converted penalty shot. It's the first penalty shot a Caps player has successfully made in the playoffs.

Braden Holtby's shutout gave him seven in the playoffs, surpassing Olaf Kolzig's six for the franchise lead. The Caps have a chance to win the series in Carolina Monday night.

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