Jeremy Lin will return to the New York Knicks

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Jeremy Lin will return to the New York Knicks

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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Jeremy Lin will be staying put, in New York and as the Knicks' starting point guard. Coach Mike Woodson repeated Wednesday that Lin will "absolutely" be back next season and will enter training camp as the starter at his position, even with the Knicks agreeing to a deal with veteran Jason Kidd. Lin has agreed to sign an offer sheet with the Houston Rockets for about 28 million over four years. The Knicks have said all along they planned to match any offer for their restricted free agent, and Woodson said the Knicks "never once" blinked at knowing they would have to pay that figure. The offer sheet still hasn't been signed and sent to the Knicks, who would then have three days to match, so Woodson said he couldn't comment much about it, but added that "Jeremy Lin has always been a big part of what we we're trying to do as we move forward with our franchise." Lin took to his Twitter page Wednesday to deny a report that he was unhappy with the Knicks for not signing him right away and forcing him to get another offer first. He earned the starting spot in February and emerged as a breakout star before his season was cut short by surgery to repair torn knee cartilage. Woodson said Lin would go into training camp as the starter because he doesn't believe players should lose their spots because of injury, and that he would benefit from playing with Kidd. "Jason's a veteran guy that brings leadership and I thought it would be a perfect fit for Jeremy Lin in terms of being able to tutor him as he grows as a point guard for our franchise, and Jason can still play and run a ballclub," Woodson said before the Knicks' summer league team practiced. "So that's important I think as we move forward." The deal that will pay Kidd about 3 million annually hasn't been completed, but the Knicks did get a couple finished Wednesday on the first day players could sign. They acquired center Marcus Camby from Houston in a sign-and trade deal and re-signed guard JR Smith. Steve Novak also has agreed to come back with a four-year, 15 million deal, but that also wasn't completed Wednesday. The Knicks signed forward James White from Europe, but Woodson said he wasn't sure if Landry Fields would be back. The starter at shooting guard most of the last two seasons has signed an offer sheet in Toronto worth about 20 million over three years. New York sent Toney Douglas, Josh Harrellson and Jerome Jordan and two second-round draft picks to the Rockets for Camby.

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Caps defenseman Matt Niskanen to be reevaluated Thursday

Caps defenseman Matt Niskanen to be reevaluated Thursday

Matt Niskanen suffered an upper-body injury in the first period Wednesday night and did not return. The team says the veteran defenseman will be reevaluated on Thursday morning.

“I don’t have a real good update,” Coach Barry Trotz said. “Obviously, he took that hit. For precautionary reasons we kept him out. He’s going to be reevaluated in the morning and we’ll make a decision and maybe an announcement on where he is. He took a big hit. He’s an important piece for us.”

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Niskanen was hit from behind by Bruins center Patrice Bergeron late in the first period of the Caps’ 4-3 overtime win. At first, the team said Niskanen was probable to return to the game. Then, prior to the start of the third period, he was ruled out.

It marked the second time in five games that Niskanen could not finish a game due to injury. In Toronto, he left after 40 minutes because of a lower body ailment.

Trotz said a decision to recall a player from Hershey could be made as soon as Thursday morning since the team is set to travel to Buffalo for a game against the Sabres on Friday night.

“We’ll see where we are in the morning because we are a capped [out] team,” Trotz said. “That will impact what we have to do going forward, or maybe it’s not impacted at all.”

Asked what he thought about Bergeron’s hit, Trotz declined to give his opinion.

“I don’t have an opinion on it,” he said. “It was a hard hit. [Niskanen] went face-first into the boards. I’m sure the league looks at all the hits, so we’ll see if they think it was a dirty hit or not.”

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Capitals find no joy in victory after giving up three-goal lead to Bruins

Capitals find no joy in victory after giving up three-goal lead to Bruins

The Capitals walked away with the overtime win over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday, but you wouldn't know it from the mood in the locker room following the game.

For a team that has found wins hard to come by of late, heading into Wednesday's game Washington had lost three of their last four, you would expect some measure of relief after taking two points in the standings.

But there was none of that.

"It's not good enough," Nicklas Backstrom said. "We wanted to be a better team, we want to play tight, we want to be able to shut teams down."

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After jumping out to a 3-0 lead over the Bruins, the Capitals took their foot off the gas, allowing Boston to tie the game and force overtime.

"We sat back," Justin Williams said. "Three-nothing lead isn't like it was 10 years ago. you still have to play the same way that got you the lead. We sat back and if you sit back five percent, ten percent, teams feel that and they put the pedal down."

The feeling of frustration and disappointment was evident following the game. It wasn't that the Caps had allowed Boston to erase a three-goal deficit, but the way they did it.

After taking a 3-0 lead at the 5:51 into the second period, the Capitals would not register another shot on goal until 12:28 had elapsed in the third period. That's a stretch of 26:27 without a single shot on goal.

Sloppy mistakes also cost the Caps, especially on Boston's second goal.

With the score 3-1, the game still felt very much in hand for Washington until Boston capitalized on an egregious turnover from Evgeny Kuznetsov.

David Pastrnak dispossessed Kuznetsov of the puck at the Bruins’ blue line with a poke check. Kuznetsov then nonchalantly turned to retrieve the puck, but Pastrnak out-hustled and outmuscled him for the breakaway goal. Suddenly Washington had lost control and Boston had seized the momentum.

The fact that Washington was still able to escape with two points was little consolation after the game.

"Results don't always show what happens," Braden Holtby said. "That's why you play 82, the averages even out over 82."

He was not referring to the three games the Caps had lost since Thanksgiving. He was referring to his own team and an effort that should not have been good enough to earn a win on Wednesday.

"Really we were lucky to get two points," Backstrom said. "I think that's on us."

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