Heat hurt their playoff chances...Cavs Drew future remains uncertain...Avila injured
TORONTO (AP) — The Miami Heat have put a dent in their fading playoff hopes. Pascal Siakam had 23 points and 10 rebounds, Kawhi Leonard scored 22 points and the Toronto Raptors beat Miami 117-109 in overtime. The Heat host Philadelphia on Tuesday and close the season at Brooklyn on Wednesday. However, Miami could be eliminated before those games if Orlando wins at Boston and Brooklyn wins at Indiana later Sunday.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers coach Larry Drew said he has not spoken with the club’s front office about his future with the team. Drew, who became Cleveland’s coach when Tyronn Lue was fired in October after six games, said before Sunday’s game against San Antonio that the sides decided to wait until the season ends before discussing what’s next. Cleveland hosts Charlotte in its season finale on Tuesday.
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona placed catcher Alex Avila on the injured list with a strained left quadriceps, an injury sustained while circling the bases on a home run. Avila was hurt when he homered off Boston infielder Eduardo Nunez, who was on the mound during the eighth inning of the Diamondbacks’ 15-8 victory Friday. Avila is hitting .333 with two homers and five RBIs in six games. Arizona, which opened the season with three catchers, recalled infielder/outfielder Tim LoCastro from Reno of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings said Sunday that Willie Desjardins is not a candidate to become the next head coach after serving in an interim role for most of the season. Desjardins said after Saturday’s 5-2 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights that he was going to enjoy the win and worry about his coaching future in the coming weeks. The Kings were 27-34-8 under Desjardins, who was hired on Nov. 4 as the interim coach after John Stevens was fired 13 games into the season.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby’s spectacular all-around play during his team’s run to a 13th straight playoff berth has thrust him into the conversation for the Selke Trophy. The award is given annually to the NHL’s top defensive forward. Coach Mike Sullivan says Crosby has always been one of the best defensive players in the league but it has often been overshadowed by his offensive ability. The Penguins face the New York Islanders in the first round of the playoffs.