“I think everyone in here knows that was embarrassing for two periods,” Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello said. “They smacked us around and we didn’t win one battle, we didn’t win a puck battle in front of the net. We weren’t first on the pucks. It’s not acceptable for the team that we are supposed to be. I think everyone in here knows that.”
The Thunder overcame a 20-point first-half deficit, the second consecutive game that the Grizzlies have squandered a big lead in a losing effort. Memphis led by 17 against Toronto on Friday night before losing to the Raptors.
“It was the extra kind of urgency,” said Thunder center Steven Adams, who along with Carmelo Anthony led Oklahoma City with 21 points and nine rebounds each. “We tried to speed up the game as well with tempo. We were just playing too slow, allowing them to get into their defense. The change of tempo was good.”
The Seahawks, now 8-4, are in wild-card position, but their schedule has a high degree of difficulty over the next three weeks. They opened as 3-point underdogs for next week’s game at Jacksonville, they host the Rams the week after that, and while a game at Dallas in Week 16 may not sound daunting at this point, we remind you that’s when Ezekiel Elliott is slated to return. The Eagles’ season ends at home vs. the Cardinals, but they can’t afford to step on too many land mines before that potential Week 17 walkover.
“The courage that he showed in coming out while still working on the field is as much of an accomplishment as his many World Series and postseason assignments,” he added.
Scott acknowledged his decision to retire might have been more difficult if his circumstances were different — say, he was 40 and hadn’t worked the World Series.
Now, he walks away with his health intact. And if there were any doubts, he keeps the video of that last violent concussion on his cellphone.