Through three quarters, the 2016-17 NBA season opener between the Atlanta Hawks and Washington Wizards was a nip-and-tuck battle, a knock-down drag-out affair featuring 14 ties, 17 lead changes and plenty of dueling runs that left just one point separating the two clubs entering the fourth and final frame. Over a seven-minute span, though, the Hawks hit the gas and left the Wizards in the dust, offering hope for continued success despite major changes in the starting lineup. After a jumper by new Wizards big man Jason Smith gave Washington an 82-81 lead with 11:18 to go in regulation, the Hawks utterly dismantled Washington, ripping off a 24-4 run that turned a hard-fought contest into a laugher.
Cam Talbot had another strong game for the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night by stopping 34 of the 35 Washington Capitals shots he faced in a 4-1 win, improving his season save percentage to a robust .927. Along with backstopping the Oilers to their sixth win in seven games to open the season, the team’s best start since a guy by the name of Wayne Gretzky played for them, he was also involved in some rough stuff in the second period when he went old school on Capitals forward T.J. Oshie for charging into his crease and cross-checking him. Talbot’s response (as seen in the video above) was an attempt to feed Oshie his blocker pad. The end result of that exchange was Oshie getting a two-minute
Greg Oden last played professional basketball in China in 2015. It’s been 869 days since the last time Greg Oden saw action during an NBA game. The Indianapolis Star’s Dana Hunsinger Benbow recently caught up with Oden, the former Indiana Mr. Basketball and 7-foot phenom once touted as the sport’s