The Buffalo Sabres have signed forward John Scott to a one-year

PORTLAND, Ore. . — Damian Lillard usually sticks to the rookie script, rarely showing much excitement. But when the Trail Blazers guard sank the game-winning 3-pointer against New Orleans last week, he celebrated by high-fiving a fan seated near the bench. “I have no idea who it was,” Lillard said, laughing. “He was the first guy that I saw.” Lillard, playing with a veterans poise and a rookies humility, is the early favourite for Rookie of the Year. “I think hes a wonderful player,” said San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. “His skills are obvious but I like his demeanour as much as I like his skills. He really plays within himself, hes not afraid of contact and he understands how to take advantage of situations.” Popovich knows. Lillard dropped 29 points on his Spurs last Thursday in a 98-90 Portland win. Then he hit the game-winning 3 with 0.3 seconds left in a 95-84 victory over the Hornets on Sunday night. Lillard was the sixth overall pick in the June draft out of Weber State, where he was a two-time Big Sky Conference player of the year. He averaged 24.5 points, five rebounds and four assists as a junior with the Wildcats before declaring early for the draft. From the start, Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey called him the teams “franchise point guard.” Lillard was the key component as Portland rebuilt around LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews after finishing 28-38 and out of the playoffs last season. “You can break his game down and quantify the shooting, the ball handling, the assist to turnover ratio, the pick-and-roll efficiency. What cant be quantified is his leadership ability and the gravitas he carries himself with as a young player,” Olshey said. The 6-foot-3 point guard excelled first in the NBAs Summer League, where he averaged 26.5 points and was the leagues co-MVP. In Portlands opener on Halloween night against the Los Angeles Lakers, Lillard had 23 points and 11 assists. He joined Isiah Thomas and Oscar Robinson as the only players with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in their NBA debuts. Lillard had at least 20 points in his first three games, matching Grant Hill for the NBA record set in 1994. He is averaging 18.8 points, best by far among the NBAs first-year players, along with 6.3 assists, 3.3 rebounds and a labour-intensive 38 minutes per game. He is the only Blazer to start in all 23 games and he had at least one 3-pointer in his first 20 pro games, tying an NBA record. Lillard was the leagues Rookie of the Month for November. “Its almost like he glides with the ball. He has a high basketball IQ,” Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “The thing you love about him more than anything else is he plays with a chip on his shoulder. Hes one of those underdogs who went to a small school who is out to prove to everybody hes an NBA player.” The Blazers last rookie sensation was Brandon Roy, who was the Rookie of the Year in 2007 after averaging 16.8 points, 4.0 assists. He was the third Trail Blazer to win the award, joining Geoff Petrie in 1971 and Sidney Wicks in 1972. Now Lillard is making his case. Portland has leaned on him of late while the Blazers ride out a wave of injuries. Batum has struggled with back pain. Matthews streak of 250 straight starts ended because of a hip injury. Most recently, Aldridge sprained his left ankle in the final minute of the victory over the Hornets. Matthews and Aldridge are uncertain for Thursday nights game against the Denver Nuggets. So the Blazers might have to turn to Lillard again. Lillard, for his part, just wants to keep it simple. “My main focus is to keep trying to help us win games,” he said. nike free run damen günstig .com, as well as a second annual gathering at a game in Toronto. “The goal of ExposNation is two-fold, to celebrate the history of the Montreal Expos franchise and to show the baseball world that the Montreal region can once again support a Major League Baseball franchise,” said Matthew Ross, founder of the site. nike free in weiss . Kim Smith of Mission, B.C., led the Canadian team in scoring with 10 points. The game marked Canadas final warmup prior to the FIBA World Olympic qualifying tournament, which begins later this month in Turkey.BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Sabres have signed forward John Scott to a one-year contract on the first day of the NHLs free agency period. Listed at 6-foot-8 and 270 pounds, the 29-year-old Scott split last season between Chicago and the New York Rangers. He finished with just one assist in 35 games. UUndrafted out of Michigan Tech, Scott broke into the NHL during the 2008-09 season with the Minnesota Wild. nike free 6.0. Overall, he has a goal and four assists, and 236 penalty minutes in 146 career games. General manager Darcy Regier said Scotts size and toughness will be valuable additions. ‘ ‘ ‘

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