Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Bruins at Jets, 8 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Pelicans at Thunder, 8 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: VCU at UMass, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: St. Francis (Pa.) at Robert Morris, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UConn at Temple, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Florida State at Syracuse, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Eastern Kentucky at Morehead State, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Iowa at Indiana, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Oregon at California, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Illinois State at Evansville, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Radford at UNC Asheville, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Gonzaga at Portland, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Oregon State at Stanford, 11 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Clippers coach Doc Rivers could be forgiven if his mind wasn’t completely on Wednesday’s overtime loss to the Celtics at TD Garden.

That’s because the wife of Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams, Rivers’ longtime friend, died Wednesday night from injuries sustained the night before in a car crash.

Ingrid Williams, 44, was hit while driving just outside Oklahoma City by a car that crossed the center line. The other driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

Rivers has known the couple since before they were married, and his son Austin played for Williams for 2 1/2 seasons before being traded to the Clippers. Rivers was informed of Ingrid’s death after Wednesday’s game, and he fought back tears when speaking to the media.

“I’m heartbroken,” Rivers said. “Sometimes it doesn’t seem fair. There’s no better human being in the world than Monte and Ingrid. Sometimes you question everything, and this is one of those times.”

Condolences poured in for Williams from around the NBA.

Tweeted Pelicans star Anthony Davis: Completely devastated. Ingrid Williams was like a 2nd mother to me when I got to NOLA. My thoughts & prayers are with Monty & the family.

Nuggets coach Michael Malone let his emotions show when coaching his team to a win over the Pistons.

“I apologized to the team. The first half, I coached very angry,” Malone said. “I don’t know if you guys heard, Monty Williams, a good friend of mine, his wife was killed in an accident. … So I apologized to them because it’s taking my anger out on them, and they don’t deserve that.”

Terrell Owens was not selected for the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year, his first year of eligibility. He undoubtedly eventually will get in, but it won’t be because he campaigned for it. According to him, that’s behavior better left to Cris Carter.

Speaking on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike” show, Owens expressed his displeasure with Carter’s frequent criticism, dating back to when they both played. Owens referred to a 1998 playoff game in which Owens’ 49ers team eliminated Carter’s Vikings from the playoffs, after which Carter referred to Owens as “mediocre.”

“For somebody like that, for Cris Carter to come out and say something like that, I just felt like it was disrespectful,” Owens said. “And so now, you look at where I am statistically, I’ve surpassed him. And from what I heard, from a lot of guys, he begged his way into the Hall of Fame.”

Owens ranked second on the NFL’s all-time list with 15,934 yards. Carter, who joined the Hall in 2013, ranks 12th with 13,899.

Owens called the selection process “flawed,” adding, “I think something needs to be changed.”

— U.S. women’s soccer goalie Hope Solo became the most high-profile U.S. athlete to express concern about health conditions for the Rio Games, saying she is not comfortable heading to Brazil due to the outbreak of the Zika virus.

“All I can do is speak for myself. If the Olympics were today, I would not go,” Solo said after Wednesday’s 5-0 victory over Costa Rica in the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament. “Fortunately, the Olympics are six months away. So, I believe we have some time to get our doubts and questions answered.”

Added Solo: “We have a little bit of time to figure things out. Our team hasn’t said we’re not going unless this happens. Hopefully, there are some things that can be done.”

The Zika virus, transmitted by mosquitoes, is being blamed for a birth defect called microcephaly.

U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun sent a letter to potential Olympians on Wednesday addressing the issue.

“I know that the Zika virus outbreak in Brazil is of concern to many of you,” Blackmun wrote. “I want to emphasize that it is to us, as well, and that your well-being in Rio this summer is our highest priority.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 11, 1973, which 35-year-old rookie goalie recorded his first NHL shutout in the Bruins’ 2-0 victory over the visiting Kings?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Guys in the locker room we are sticking together, we’re fighting. We stick up for one another. Everyone gets along and it’s a great energy in the locker room.” Celtics forward Jae Crowder, after Wednesday’s 139-134 overtime victory over the Clippers

STAT OF THE DAY: 48-4 — The Warriors’ record, following Wednesday’s 112-104 victory over the Suns, giving Golden State the best record at the All-Star break in NBA history

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Kawhi Leonard hits a pull-up jumper with less than a second remaining to give the Spurs a win over the Magic.

Lakers rookie D’Angelo Russell hits the floor after taking a LeBron James pass to his nether region.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Ross Brooks

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Bobby “Boris” Pickett, who died in 2007, was born in Somerville on this day in 1938.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Trailing a big win by the Celtics over the Clippers, Paul Flannery of SB Nation calls in to talk everything Celtics.
The Red Sox celebrated Truck Day today, so Mut starts off the show talking about things to look for in Spring Training.

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Mikey, Mut and Arcand are talking about the Red Sox as it was Red Sox truck day and we are inside of a week for pitchers and catchers to report to spring training.

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Mikey, Mut, and Christian Arcand are talking about and taking calls on who their favorite athlete of all-time is.
Mikey and Mut are talking about ESPN's list of 100 best NBA players ever, and what they agree and disagree with on the list and how they would have put it together.

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Hockey talk dominates the day as we break down the drubbing the Bruins took from the Kings, and get your reactions.
Hockey talk dominates the day as we break down the drubbing the Bruins took from the Kings, and get your reactions.
We take a quick look at the Celtics options and possibilities to make a deadline move.

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