Magic’s Arron Afflalo suspended two games for fighting

Magic guard Arron Afflalo has been suspended for two games without pay for throwing a haymaker at Minnesota’s Nemanja Bjelica, the NBA announced Thursday.

Afflalo and Bjelica were both ejected with 7:28 remaining in the second quarter of the Magic’s 108-102 victory over the Timberwolves Tuesday.

Carter Hutton opened the season as Jake Allen’s backup but has started 25 games for the Blues and leads the NHL in goals-against average (2.02). Photo by Claus Andersen/Gety Images
St. Louis Blues goalie Carter Hutton leads the league in goals-against average and save percentage, and will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Ben Arledge: The Islanders’ Jaroslav Halak is a free agent after this season, and Thomas Greiss isn’t getting the job done for New York. The Isles have a pair of big goalie prospects, Ilya Sorokin and Linus Soderstrom, but it’s unlikely either is ready to take the reins next season. With that in mind, signing Hutton to a one- or two-year deal makes sense. GM Garth Snow could see what Hutton can do with the lead role while giving the kids some time to develop and make their way overseas.

A Walker trade would certainly be met with some backlash, as he has been Charlotte’s one steady performer the past few seasons and become a fan favorite. Walker is second on the all-time list in franchise history for points, assists and 3-point field goals. This move would signal a full rebuild, and that could have consequences for a team that already struggles to draw fans to the Spectrum Center.

Despite Walker’s best efforts in averaging 21.7 points and 5.8 assists per game this season, the Hornets find themselves on the outside of the playoff picture. Charlotte is 18-25 overall, 4.5 games behind the Sixers for the last postseason spot in the East. The Hornets did just get head coach Steve Clifford back on the bench after Clifford was out dealing with severe headaches, but it appears his return isn’t enough to give management hope for a playoff run.

Frontcourt: Andre Drummond, Pistons. The Pistons’ collapse in the standings could cost him, but Drummond is still averaging 14.3 points, 15.0 rebounds and a career-high 3.9 assists, while making 62.9 percent from the free-throw line.

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