Minnesota Wild rookie forward Luke Kunin is out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his left knee.
The Wild announced Monday that Kunin suffered the tear during Sunday’s 4-1 win at Detroit. He is expected to have surgery in the coming weeks and return to play in about seven months.
Adebayo won’t likely sustain those numbers as he gets more minutes against better competition — the likes of Rudy Gobert, Jordan Bell and Joel Embiid have defended far more shots at the rim than Adebayo to this point of the season — but it’s clear he has the tools to anchor a defense as a full-time center.
It helps that Adebayo has also held his own against several All-Star big men this season. He was directly involved in five of Dwight Howard’s season-high nine turnovers in their Dec. 1 matchup, and he helped limit Anthony Davis to 17 points on 5-for-11 shooting three weeks later (albeit in a game the Heat lost by 15 points).
Adebayo proved that he has the strength to keep up with those players in one-on-one situations, as well as the length and athleticism to make them uncomfortable around the basket.
The Bruins have scored 20 goals during their winning streak but clearly missed McAvoy, who went down on the first shift on Saturday night’s win over Montreal, on Tuesday.
Boston trails the Tampa Bay Lightning by six points for the Atlantic (and NHL) lead but has three games in hand and have three games remaining with Tampa Bay.
Blake Griffin and the Clippers agreed to a five-year, $173 million deal last summer, keeping the star forward in LA and allowing the team to stave off a rebuild. The Clippers’ presentation during the 2017 free agency period made it clear: Griffin should be a Clipper for life.
The Clippers held their free agent meeting with Griffin at Staples. They lowered the lights in the arena and raised his jersey to the rafters as a choir sang. The PA announcer said: “Tonight, we’re honoring a lifelong Clipper.”