It’s Monday morning, which means back to work for most of us. But before you take your seat behind the desk, here are the top stories you need to know from the last 24 hours of sports, with today’s Morning Huddle:
The Knicks Finally Win
The sweet smell of relief is in the air for the Knicks, at least for now. The struggling team finally broke their losing streak with a big win over the San Antonio Spurs at home. The Knicks have not only lost 20 of their last 27 games, they are also caught up in one of the most headline catching, and bizarre, stories of the year – Charles Oakley being escorted out of a game and arrested.
But for now, at least, that story is behind them, and the players and fans can celebrate a big win over one of the top teams in the league. The Knicks limited the Spurs to 36% from the field while shooting 50% themselves. Tony Parker finished the game without any points and only four assists for the Spurs, but Kawhi Leonard put up 36 points with nine rebounds. For the Knicks, Carmelo Anthony and DRose put up 25 and 18 points, respectively.
— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) February 12, 2017
Let’s hope for the Knicks’ sake that “together” lasts for more than this one game.
“Blitz for Six”
New England Patriots fans may still be celebrating their Super Bowl victory, but the team is already looking ahead to their next championship. According to ESPN, the team filed to trademark the phrase “blitz for six,” just two days after they won ring number five. The phrase will reportedly be used on merchandise such as t-shirts and hats.
But that’s not the only phrase the team is looking to trademark. They want the rights to a commonly used phrase that head coach Bill Belichick chanted at the crowd during the Boston parade: “No Days Off.”
New England already has the rights to phrases such as “We are all Patriots.”
Plumlee to Denver
According to reports by Yahoo! Sports, the Portland Trailblazers are trading Mason Plumlee and a 2018 second round draft pick to the Denver Nuggets for Jusuf Nurkic and first round pick for this year’s draft.
Plumlee, who is known for being a passing big man, has averaged 11.1 PPG this season (higher than his career average), 8 rebounds and 4 assists. He will be a free-agent this summer. The Bosnian Nurkic, who will head to Portland, has averaged 8 PPG and 5.8 rebounds.
The NBA trade deadline is looming, so make sure you stay tuned and don’t miss any big moves or deals.