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MORE: NHL playoff scores, TV schedule, live updates Receiving a pinpoint pass from teammate Mark Scheifele, Wheeler made no mistake from point-blank range, one-timing the puck over Blues goalie Jordan Binnington’s left shoulder.Wheeler went 13 games (12 regular-season, one playoff) without scoring, an uncharacteristic dry spell for a player who has reached the 20-goal plateau in six consecutive seasons (seven total). Unfortunately for the Jets, Wheeler’s return to goal-scoring form wasn’t enough to overcome a Blues team that took a 2-0 first-round series lead with the victory. Blake Wheeler avoided a monthlong goal drought by a single day.The Jets’ captain hadn’t scored since March 14, but on Friday night Wheeler finally got himself back on the scoresheet with Winnipeg’s opening goal in a 4-3 Game 2 loss to the St. Louis Blues. It was also Wheeler’s first point of the playoffs; the 32-year-old had no goals or assists in 17:03 of ice time in Game 1, a 2-1 St. Louis victory on Wednesday.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. >> On any given night, Devin Dismang checks an online folder to see hours of footage he’ll have to comb through — sent by JaVale McGee.Inevitably this is a grind. For the next few hours, he’ll watch a lot of raw material: JaVale waking up, JaVale eating, JaVale getting time at the training table, JaVale working out, JaVale wandering around the Coronado Springs Resort. But there’s moments, even to him, that interrupt the tedious process.McGee sent him a clip of lunch a week and a half ago, filming himself: “Sometimes, it’s whatever makes a turd, but today, the mac and cheese hittin’ — I’m not gonna lie to you.”As he does whenever he comes across these JaVale-isms, Dismang took a short break to howl with laughter at his computer. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs It’s a passion project of McGee and Dismang, who met when both worked for the Golden State Warriors. After Dismang left the team last year, he and McGee reconnected. Dismang did some short social media edits of McGee’s before the hiatus, with splices influenced by video games and movies — a tone that decidedly agrees with McGee, an avid gamer.A part-time music producer under the moniker “Pierre”, McGee has long wanted to dip into film somehow. Dismang has helped him realize some of these goals. McGee has torn around Orlando, a Sony camera at his hip. Dismang has put in the hours from his home in Chicago trying to whittle these dispatches into digestible narratives. One part doesn’t work without the other, McGee said.“I feel like we both have the same creative mindset,” he siad. “Devin has the mindset of an editor and filmmaker. And I have the mindset of just getting the content. So I feel like our brains put together really make for a good tandem.”It almost didn’t happen. McGee said he was packing up the electronics which he uses for his gaming streams on Twitch when he asked Dismang if he should bring cameras that have mostly sat on the shelf. Dismang persuaded him to give it a shot.So one of the reported “10 bags” McGee brought had cameras inside. He started recording everything, and he really hasn’t stopped. After a recent practice, McGee conducted a press conference over Zoom with a camera nestled in his lap, attempting to give his first-person perspective of the experience.“It’s been great because for years I’ve told JaVale, ;You need to do this,’” Dismang said. “You’re a funny guy. People respect you for your career. Especially now that you’re in the bubble, there’s no way for me to tell an athlete’s story safely. So making athletes their own content creators is the next logical step.”Every edit gets a final seal of approval from McGee. He makes notes to Dismang (who has added Quinn Cook and Troy Daniels as clients recently) for added graphics or switching elements up. McGee said a lot of the film in the final product are events that he might have forgotten about because he films so many volumes to begin with.The duo is also careful about potentially sensitive footage to other players on the team — for example if someone is caught using a product that’s a competitor of their paying sponsor; or as McGee puts it: “they hit me after, like, ‘Yo, make sure you don’t show me eating chicken in that video, because I’m a vegan’ type stuff.”A story about video in the bubble is incomplete without acknowledging Philadelphia rookie Matisse Thybulle, whose slick edits and dry sense of humor have made him a social media darling. McGee’s views are higher, but he insists there’s no rivalry — he’s as interested in following along as anyone else. Dismang called Thybulle’s feed “fascinating.”Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years But only McGee’s offers intimate moments on a team with James and Davis in the league’s biggest market. A recent video includes film of a halfcourt shooting contest that McGee filmed on a GoPro. In the already exclusive world of the Lakers, being embedded in the bubble feels like something even less accessible — unless you’re watching along.“There’s just a lot of things that we do that are normal to us that other people think is the most astonishing thing in the world, and I’m starting to realize things like that,” McGee said. “I’m just trying to get everything that’s going on down here in the bubble.” Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“Even when he’s off, he’s on,” Dismang said in a recent interview. “His logic, the way he speaks, the way he carries himself — it’s really, really funny, and a lot of people don’t get to see that.”Until now, that is: McGee is one of the players gaining social media traction at the NBA restart at the Disney Campus thank to his video logs (“vlogs”) that attempt to capture the weirdness of life inside the bubble. The last two weeks of videos have averaged about 1.5 million views, gaining cult interest for insight into one of the league’s most unusual characters.Each episode on Youtube lasts about 15 minutes, which are set up in a day-in-the-life format. Segments have included scrimmages, interview bombs, reviews of the much-discussed bubble dining (McGee is vegan), and any number of JaVale-isms. It also has cameos of superstar teammates LeBron James and Anthony Davis, with more featured on-camera roles from teammates like Danny Green, Quinn Cook and Jared Dudley — all of whom have taken to the project well.Frank Vogel joked during a recent press conference that he wouldn’t want the camera turned on him — but even he’s willingly appeared on the vlog before a scrimmage, joking that he would trade players between teams to stack the odds.“Everybody’s been showing great love,” McGee said. “I feel like I’m a respectful shooter, though. I can peep people’s vibe if they in the mood to be videotaped.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error