David Lee posted a double-double against Real Madrid over 21 minutes, contributing 13 points (5-12 FG, 3-4 FT), four assists, 11 rebounds, and a steal.
The veteran power forward built on his strong showing in the exhibition opener by collecting a double-double and particularly making his presence felt on the defensive glass, where he collected nine of his 11 rebounds. Lee has plenty of competition for both the starting power forward role and playing time overall, with Jared Sullinger and Jonas Jerebko also vying for minutes, making it a situation worth monitoring over the balance of the preseason. However, with coach Brad Stevens having publicly touted Lee as a focal point of the offense in 2015-16, he is expected to receive significant playing time under any scenario, making him a solid late-round target in drafts.
Bobby Farnham made it past the final cuts and is expected to be in the Opening Night roster Thursday against the Stars, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Farnham suffered an undisclosed injury early in camp, but it wasn't enough to keep him from missing the cut and the Opening Night roster. However, he won't be a top six forward for the Pittsburgh Penguins , and will likely have limited fantasy value.
Olli Maatta will skate with Ben Lovejoy at the start of Thursday's game in Dallas, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Maatta returned to the Pens' roster Thursday after a procedural salary-cap move sent him to the minors Tuesday. Maatta did not have a particularly strong training camp but he is loaded with both offensive and defensive ability. Pittsburgh is simply looking for the 21-year-old Finn to stay healthy and let his talent take over.
Victor Hedman (undisclosed) is expected to play Thursday night against the Flyers based on this projected lines/defensive-pairing list from Randy Miller of NJ.com.
Not surprisingly, Hedman is expected to be paired with Anton Stralman atop the defensive pecking order. Hedman has terrific vision, which helps him set up scores on a consistent basis. He notched 42 helpers in 2013-14, but that number decreased to 28 last season with injuries limiting him to 59 games.
Dan Haren said that he'll retire from baseball after the Chicago Cubs complete their postseason run, ESPN Chicago's Jesse Rogers reports.
Haren made the announcement in Sunday's regular-season finale, after he held the Brewers to one run on three hits over six innings en route to claiming his 11th victory of the season. The Cubs haven't officially set their roster for their NLDS matchup against St. Louis, but with manager Joe Maddon likely to deploy a four-man rotation, Haren figures to be the odd man out, and thus, left off the roster.
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