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IMATRA, Finland -- Canada lost more than just its final preliminary-round game at the world under-18 hockey tournament Tuesday. Jack Eichel Jersey . Kirill Pilipenko scored in the shootout to earn Russia a 3-2 win over Canada, the defending champions first defeat at the event. But the Canadians also lost forward Brayden Point to an upper-body injury in the first period thats expected to sideline him for the reminder of the tournament. Russian Danil Vovchenko drove Point head-first into the boards at 7:23 of the first. Vovchenko received a five-minute major for checking from behind and a game misconduct on the play. "Thats a huge loss for our side," Canadian team coach Kevin Dineen said. "Hes a big part of so many facets of our game. "He plays on both of our special teams and centres the top line. Hes a big loss but thats the advantage, we have other people to fill roles." Point had an assist in Canadas four preliminary-round games but the five-nine, 160-pound Calgary native recorded 36 goals and 55 assists in 72 games this season with the WHLs Moose Jaw Warriors. Pilipenko scored on Russias first shot of the shootout against Canadian goalie Mason McDonald. But it was all the offence the Russians needed as Canadas Conner Bleackley, Jared McCann and Jake Virtanen all couldnt beat goalie Alexander Trushkov. Trushkov replaced Maxim Tretiak, the grandson of legendary Soviet goaltender Vladislav Tretiak, to start the shootout. "Thats tournament hockey," Dineen said. "Obviously were disappointed it ended like that but you take a breath, look at the big picture and say our team earned points in all four games and finished first in our side of the pool." Vladislav Kamenovs power-play goal with 35 remaining in regulation forced overtime. Mathew Barzal and Travis Konecny scored for Canada (3-0-0-1, 10 points), which still finished atop Group A despite the loss. The Canadians will resume tournament action Thursday in a quarter-final game against Switzerland. Ivan Nikolishin had the other goal for Russia (1-0-2-1, eight points), which needed a win in regulation over Canada to finish first in Group A. Konecny opened the scoring at 1:49 of the second period before Nikolishin replied just 27 seconds into the third. Barzal put Canada ahead 2-1 at 7:40 before Kamenov converted on the man advantage at 19:25. Dineen, who led the Canadian womens team to Olympic gold in Sochi, Russia, said he was pleased with his teams defensive play against Russia, especially with the man advantage. The Russians finished 1-for-5 on the power play. "I really give our guys credit . . . they came out and guys were blocking shots, making plays along the boards," Dineen said. "I give the Russians a lot of credit, they really did a good job with their possession game and created a lot of chances. "Obviously your goaltender has to be extremely large and Mason played a whale of a game for us." McDonald likely earned himself the start for the Canadians in the quarter-final game. He stopped 29 shots as Russia outshot Canada 31-25. "Mason McDonald was the player of the game," Dineen said. "I think its going to be pretty hard for us to pull away from him. "He played a heck of a game." Evander Kane Jersey . It was a loss. But it was also a learning experience. Deron Williams and Joe Johnson had 24 points each to lift Brooklyn to a 94-87 win over the Raptors, making their first playoff appearance since 08. "I thought we played a little bit as expected as it is our first playoff game," Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. Josh Gorges Jersey . The 7-foot-1 Hawes, who is in the final year of his contract, is averaging 13 points and 8.5 rebounds, both career highs, and shoots 40 per cent from 3-point range. The 25-year-old Hawes is in his seventh NBA season.Philadelphia, PA ( - The Golden State Warriors are the best team in the NBA for reasons passing the obvious. Bold moves and commitment have put the Warriors atop the standings in the NBA. They havent lost since the Hoover Administration and are the associations most lethal two-way threat. They rank third in scoring and sixth in opponents scoring. Doesnt take an analytics nerd to figure that yields a high margin of victory. The Warriors win by an average of 10.9 ppg. Thats also first. The Splash Brothers are headed to the All-Star game, deservedly so. Steph Curry is a statistical freak of nature. Hes sixth in scoring, fifth in assists, eighth in steals, third in free-throw shooting and first in 3- pointers made. Klay Thompson is 14th in scoring, eighth in 3-point shooting percentage and fourth in made 3-pointers. Even Curry has emerged into a legitimate NBA defender and Thompson was already considered an elite wing stopper. So, yes, the Splash Brothers are studs who carry this team offensively. The nickname is still stupid, but the point is they are All-NBA caliber guys. Their importance is paramount to be clear. It is not singular to the Warriors obscene success to this point. Steve Kerr came into the Warriors coaching job as the trendy name this offseason. He brushed aside the courtship of one of his mentors, Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks, to take the Golden State gig. Hes a west-coast guy and the rosters werent comparable, so it made sense. It wasnt the easiest transition in the history of business transactions. Former coach Mark Jackson resuscitated this franchise, but was shown the door because of some friction with ownership. Jacksons players were fiercely loyal to their former coach, but now, it looks like Kerr has been their uncle for eternity. The group plays beautiful team basketball and Kerr made perhaps the biggest, boldest decision he could make from the beginning. He reinserted Harrison Barnes into the starting lineup in favor of Andre Iguodala. Barnes started as a rookie two seasons ago, then went to the bench when Iguodala was signed in the summer of 2013. Getting maximum output from Barnes has been crucial to the Warriors success. Building him back into the productive player he was as a rookie was a tough task for Kerr. I think he needed to play this year, Kerr said after Thursdays victory over the New Orleans Pelicans. Last year was a tough year for him. He needed to play and let loose. Hes taken advantage of the minutes. Draymond Green is a similar story. He played quite a bit in the last playoffs under Jackson, but now, hes becoming vital. And their presence has given Golden States biggest asset to date - their ability to switch on defense. With the exception of Andrew Bogut, every player in the starting five, and much of the bench, can switch any pick-and-roll on the floor. Thats the strength of our defense really, along with Bogs protecting the rim, the versatility on the wings, the ability to switch and get out on 3- point shooters, Kerr said. Bogut is undervalued, but Kerrs decision to tweak that starting lineup has been genius. It was a brash decision. Iguodala signed a four-year, $48 million contract in 2013, meaning, a man making a shade over $12 million was demoted for a third-year guy who lost his spot a season prior and a second-round pick in Green. Its brilliance is how its enhanced the second unit. Iguodala isnt the explosive player he once was, but can still get the oppositions shirt. Shaun Livingston was signed in the offseason after a career redefining season with Brooklyn in 2013-14. Marreese Speights averages 12.4 ppg in 15.8 minutes per game. We have enough scoring coming off the bench, but the fact we can continue to defend even with our starteers off the floor, thats a really big factor for us, said Kerr. Derek Roy Sabres Jersey. And the bench should get enhanced shortly. David Lee has played all of seven minutes for the Warriors this season, but is expected back shortly from a hamstring injury. Kerr should be committed if he tinkers with that first unit, so where does Lee fit in? We are talking about a two-time All-Star who averaged 18.2 ppg and 9.3 rebounds a night for Golden State last season. We need him. Well find ways to play, noted Kerr. It may mean a few less minutes for Harrison and Draymond. We have great chemistry and guys are playing for each other. When David comes back, and things change rotation- wise, guys are going to accept it. And that demonstrates another beautiful aspect of this Warriors team. This is a cohesive group that doesnt let ego get in the way of a good thing. Sounds simple and obvious enough, but in 2014, how often does that really happen? Theres nothing better in the NBA than being on a team like this where you have good guys and youre winning, Kerr said. For veterans like Iguodala and Lee to be willing to sacrifice for the betterment of the group is too uncommon. Barnes and Green are better players right now and better fits in Kerrs schemes, which are predicated on versatility. And good on Kerr for going with whats best. Iguodala and Lee make a combined $27 million and were integral to the development and success of Golden State. It would be easy to play favorites to the veterans, especially in your first gig and especially considering the potentially fragile nature of the group after what transpired with Jackson. But Kerr put his horses on display and its working. It also doesnt hurt that Kerr has gone younger during this process. We talk about the development of [a franchise] is when your young players develop, said TNTs Reggie Miller. Harrison Barnes, Draymond Green, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson have gotten better each year. Thats why the Warriors franchise is in good hands moving forward. Its in great hands now. 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