The Newsroom looks over at the American sports this week and gives you a wrap of what happened in the NFL, NBA and NHL.
Exum marks his spot
Australian NBA rookie Dante Exum will be under the media’s watchful scope every time he sets foot on an NBA court this season, but so far he is performing well. In just his third NBA game, Exum helped lead his team, the Utah Jazz, to their first win of the season, scoring 10 points, dishing out three assists and only missing one shot the entire game. In his fifth game, Exum played a career-high 24 minutes of the court and spent most of the game being guarded by four-time MVP LeBron James.
MVP Adrian Peterson set to miss the season
Former NFL MVP Adrian Peterson (pictured above) hasn’t stepped foot on an NFL field since week 1 back in early September, and it looks like we might not see him on the field at all this season. Peterson was placed on the NFL commissioner’s exempt list, basically meaning he has been on paid leave after he was charged with assaulting a minor. Peterson accepted an early-plea agreement this week and pleaded to a no contest on one count of misdemeanour reckless assault which allows him to miss jail time. With Peterson having already spent eight weeks on the sidelines, the NFL looks set to suspend him for another six games, thus putting an end to his disastrous 2014 season.
Crosby already in mid-season form
Pittsburgh Penguins star and reigning NHL MVP Sidney Crosby has already started this NHL season on a roll. Crosby leads the league with 19 points in 11 games this season, he is second in assists and has scored a point in nine of the 11 games he has played this season. More importantly, Crosby hasn’t had any injury scares yet which is good considering he spent 18 months on the sideline between 2010-2011 suffering from post-concussion symptoms.
The Cavaliers might be in trouble
After forming the great Big 3 this off season, the Cleveland Cavaliers were expected to quickly demolish the NBA competition on their way to winning the NBA finals next June, but things haven’t really gone as planned. The Cavs lost yesterday on a last-second buzzer beater, against the previous 1-4 Utah Jazz, and fell to a 1-3 record on the season. The Cavs has a field goal percentage of 40.6 per cent which ranks second to last in the NBA this season and, even with three All Stars on their starting lineup, they also average a league low 16 assists per-game. Experts predicted the Cavs would take a few games to start jelling together, but their performances so far this season have been mediocre at best. – Lachlan Brunton
Top photo from Joe Bielawa’s Flickr photostream.