In helping Melbourne United almost defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday, American point guard Casper Ware also reminded the NBA fraternity that his skills have not diminished since he was last in the league.
In the second of the National Basketball League’s games against NBA opposition, Ware took the game right up to the Thunder, and their superstar point guard Russell Westbrook, finishing with an impressive 20 points (6-19 from the field, including 6-13 from three-point range), six rebounds and three assists.
“It opened some eyes around the world that the NBL is a great league,” Ware told ESPN after the game. “We got some good players over there and everybody is gonna take notice now.”
Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are averaging well over a point per game against the Capitals. Crosby has 20 goals and 40 assists in 41 games, while Malkin has 16 and 35 in 51 games.
Penguins goalie Matt Murray missed last season’s playoff series due to injury, and the since-departed Marc-Andre Fleury pitched the 2-0 Game 7 shutout that sent Pittsburgh to the conference finals. Murray is 2-2 with a 4.43 goals-against average vs. the Capitals.
Washington’s Braden Holtby is 7-7-2 (2.77 GAA) with Cheap NFL Jerseys China two shutouts against the Penguins.
The Capitals again will be without forward Tom Wilson, who is Cheap Authentic NFL Jerseys serving a four-game suspension for boarding St. Louis Blues forward Sammy Blais.