From Comcast SportsNetNEW YORK (AP) -- President Barack Obama sees the presidential contest as a clutch moment in his favorite sport -- the fourth quarter of a taut basketball game.Fundraising with the help of current and former National Basketball Association stars, Obama told a small group of donors gathered Wednesday night at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center that the current campaign is like the final minutes of a basketball contest with his team up by a few points."But the other side is coming strong," Obama said. "And they play a little dirty. We've got a few folks on our team in foul trouble. We have a couple of injuries. And I believe they have one last run in them."Obama raised 3 million with the help of the players, who included former Chicago Bulls player Michael Jordan and former New York Knicks Walt Frazier and Bill Bradley. NBA Commissioner David Stern also was there.Invoking Jordan's competitive nature, Obama concluded, "If you have seven minutes to go and you have a little bit of a lead, that's when you put them away."The players were part a daylong fundraiser. Earlier, former and current players participated in a 250-per-person autograph session and in a skills camp priced at 5,000 for two people."It is very rare that I come to an event where I'm like the fifth or sixth most interesting person," Obama joked at the Lincoln Center dinner.Later, Obama changed out of his dark suit to shoot baskets with some of the players out of sight of the press. Obama, an avid basketball fan and a player, made a splash during his 2008 campaign by sinking a 3-point shot while visiting troops in Kuwait. His most recent star-studded game, also played in private, featured actors George Clooney and Tobey Maguire.
On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Commuter Connections, Wizards Insider J. Michael goes 1-on-1 with forward Kelly Oubre, Jr. Oubre has emerged this season as a valuable weapon off the bench and lately he has helped them win some big games.
J. Michael talks with Oubre about developing as a young player, his favorite parts of playing defense and why he's not scared to guard the other team's best player. Oubre also discusses what he's working on right now to continue getting better.
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The Caps will look to make it two wins in as many nights as they face the second leg of a back-to-back on Wednesday against the Colorado Avalanche. Here are three bold predictions for the game.
1. Alex Ovechkin will remain the team’s goal scoring leader
Ovechkin currently leads the team with 33, one more than T.J. Oshie. He will maintain that lead Wednesday by scoring just as many or more than Oshie. Ovechkin has scored in five straight games against the Avalanche, but since I called for him to score in my predictions for Tuesday, I wanted to do something a little different.
2. Dmitry Orlov will take a penalty
Orlov took his first penalty in 11 games on Tuesday. He will take another on Wednesday because the Avalanche are going to come after him. Colorado has had to watch that beautiful hip check Orlov delivered to Matt Duchene all season long and Duchene was not happy about it at the time. Yes, that was all the way back in October, but head coach Jared Bednar needs something to motivate his team to keep them playing down the stretch. They will go after Orlov, he will respond and it will result in Orlov spending some time in the box.
3. Nicklas Backstrom will have a multipoint night
Backstrom quietly has 11 points in his last five games. While everyone is watching Ovechkin and Oshie, Backstrom just keeps producing. Against the worst team in the NHL, a team that has allowed 30 goals in their past six games, Backstrom will clean up.
1. Washington will not trail after the first period – Correct
2. Alex Ovechkin will score – Correct three times over
3. Braden Holtby will limit Minnesota to two goals or less – Wrong
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