NBA All-Star winners and losers: LeBron James shines, Donovan Mitchell slams, Fergie . . . what?

Joel Embiid: He didn’t log many minutes in the Rising Stars Challenge or win the Skills Challenge, but Embiid proved he belonged in the All-Star Game. Embiid scored 19 points and was the only member of Team Stephen’s starting lineup with a positive plus/minus (whatever that’s worth in an All-Star Game).

Donovan Mitchell: The rookie put the rest of the league on notice with his performance in the Slam Dunk Contest. He brought out another basket for a high-flying, off-the-glass lob to himself, and it was clear after that he meant business.

You’ve got a real unique opportunity here and I’m sure you’ll take full advantage of it.But here are a few more observations the day after, while I wait to get home, crack that beverage, and fire up the DVR: What is it with Patriots Super Bowl opponents that refuse to run the ball when they’re a couple simple plays away from securing victory?Carden Carden was named the American Conference’s Offensive POY by the league’s coaches as a senior after completing 66 percent of his collegiate passes with 86 TD-to-INT ratio.The immediate plan for Capuano is to rest for a few days and receive treatment, and then re-evaluate from there.But, for once, the Nets are taking the road less traveled – ‘t let injuries, missed restricted free agent signings, and Embiid distract you from the prize: getting back to normalcy.That’s when he started playing for Roebuck, a Duluth grad who signed up to coach his ‘ teams.

Isaiah Thomas: When Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson met with the media to discuss the trading away of Clarkson and Nance, he repeatedly emphasized the flexibility that the deal brought to the team, and touted that flexibility as the chief reason for making the deal. That flexibility, Johnson said, could be used to bring in star players. He barely mentioned any benefit that might come from Thomas himself, who was an MVP candidate just a year ago. But for the purposes of this deal, Thomas’ only value to the Lakers was that he has an expiring contract and will be a free agent this summer.

Tyreke Evans: What a bummer. The Grizzlies went to Evans last week and told him that they were shutting him down in order to deal him to a contender. All week, Evans was connected to Boston, a team with a chance to go to the NBA Finals, and to his hometown Sixers. But neither would give up Wholesale Jerseys Usa a first-rounder for him, and the Grizzlies wound up empty-handed. So Evans will Wholesale NHL Jerseys play out the season in Memphis’ race toward the bottom, and he will hit free agency next summer.

He just continues to earn everybody’s respect within our program.

“It really kind of ignited us a bit,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said.

Stanley found Matt VandeBerg for a 39-yard TD reception to push the lead to 15 early in the fourth quarter, and Akrum Wadley put the game away on an 18-yard touchdown run with 8:49 left.

Wadley finished with 115 yards, surpassing the 100-yard mark for the third time this season, and he added a 2-yard TD reception.

Jeff George Jr. threw for 246 yards in his first start of the season — but he also threw three interceptions without finding the end zone.

“That’s never a good thing,”” said Illinois coach Lovie Smith about George’s turnovers. “He made a lot of good plays as much as anything.”

Crawford earned a 10-1 opening-night win against the Pittsburgh Penguins and a 5-1 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Anton Forsberg made 39 saves in his Blackhawks debut Monday against the Maple Leafs.

Patrick Kane (two goals, four assists), Ryan Hartman (one goal, five assists) and Brandon Saad (four goals, one assist) lead Chicago in scoring.

Puck management and discipline will be keys for the Blackhawks against the Canadiens, according to Chicago captain Jonathan Toews.

“We didn’t manage the puck well (against the Maple Leafs), didn’t Wholesale NHL Jerseys win the little battles,” said Toews, who scored his second goal Super Cheap Jerseys Fans of the season against Toronto. “We just put ourselves in positions where we were behind the eight-ball. We had to take some stick penalties. They’re pretty strict with the calls. We have to be a bit more careful and put ourselves in better defensive positions.”