Blog en Dale Weise still a key part of Bruins-Canadiens rivalry <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_50490" style="width: 410px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href=""><img class="size-full wp-image-50490" src="" alt="Dale Weise raises his game when he plays the Bruins . (Francois Laplante/Getty Images)" width="400" height="267" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Dale Weise raises his game whenever he plays the Bruins . (Francois Laplante/Getty Images)</p></div> <p>When the Bruins and Habs met for the first time this season last month, Dale Weise was a healthy scratch. After his performance against the B&#8217;€™s last week, the Canadiens probably won&#8217;€™t make that mistake again.</p> <p>Weise is very much an important part of the Bruins-Canadiens rivalry, and the pesky winger proved it again last Thursday with a Gordie Howe hat trick in a 5-1 victory over the Bruins.</p> <p>As the Canadiens return to Boston for the first time since <a class="r_lapi" href="">Milan Lucic</a> reportedly threatened him in the post-Game 7 handshake line, Weise is eager to provide more reminders as to why he&#8217;€™s joined P.K. Subban and <a class="r_lapi" href="">Max Pacioretty</a> as Canadiens players the Bruins and their fans love to hate.</p> <p>&#8220;That&#8217;€™s fine with me,&#8221; Weise said after Saturday&#8217;€™s morning skate. &#8220;I think any time I can take guys off their game, I&#8217;€™m doing my job. I don&#8217;€™t mind being the enemy.&#8221;</p> <p>Weise, who first popped up on the Bruins&#8217;€™ radar with the Canucks back in 2012 and was traded to the Habs last season before notching three points in Montreal&#8217;€™s series win over Boston, was scratched three times early on this season.</p> <p>Those days could be over thanks to a point-producing run that began against the B&#8217;s. Weise&#8217;s second-period goal against the Bruins last week, scored on a penalty shot vs. Niklas Svedberg, was his first goal of the season, but he scored two more the next game against the Flyers and has added another since.</p> <p>Weise now has five points (four goals, one assist) dating back to last Thursday&#8217;€™s game against the Bruin€™s. The 26-year-old is well on his way to surpassing his career-high of six goals set last regular season.</p> <p>&#8220;I think he&#8217;€™s a guy who competes hard and wants to do well, and at the end of the day he&#8217;€™s great teammate and a great guy,&#8221; P.K. Subban said. &#8220;You always want to see guys like that do well.</p> <p>&#8220;For him, he&#8217;€™s worked very hard for his opportunity to play. He&#8217;€™s been an integral part of our run last year in terms of where we went, and he&#8217;€™s definitely been a big part of our success this year. For a guy like him, he&#8217;€™s helped our team since he&#8217;€™s been here.&#8221;</p> <p>Weise, who scored the first goal of Montreal&#8217;s series-clinching Game 7 last spring, said he still considers the Garden to be a very difficult building in which to play. He is, however, confident when he does play in Boston given his past success against the B&#8217;s. The Canadiens feel they&#8217;re better off for it.</p> <p>&#8220;That&#8217;€™s the way to make a name for yourself,&#8221; Subban said. &#8220;For him, I don&#8217;€™t think it&#8217;€™s so much for him wanting to be in the lineup. I think he cares about his teammates and he wants to see the team do well and he wants to be a part of things. That being said, if you have the right attitude and the right drive, I&#8217;€™m not surprised at the success he&#8217;€™s had.&#8221;</p> Blog bruins Other Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:49:54 +0000 751161 at Curt Schilling’s son accidentally causes bomb squad to respond at Logan Airport <!--paging_filter--><p>It was an unusual Saturday morning for the Schilling family.</p> <p>While going through security at Logan Airport Saturday morning, <a class="r_lapi" href="">Curt Schilling</a>&#8216;s son said he left a &#8220;fake grenade&#8221; in his bag. Moments later TSA agents called the bomb squad, but after they arrived and realized the situation, order was restored.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Start your day with this. Going through airport security. Son says &#8220;DAD! I think I lefts fake grenade in my bag&#8221; Belt stops, 15m later&#8230;..</p> <p>&#8216;€” <a href="" class="r_lapi">Curt Schilling</a> (@gehrig38) <a href="">November 22, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <p><script src="//" async="" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p> Bomb squad arrives&#8230;</p> <p>&#8216;€” Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) <a href="">November 22, 2014</a> </p></blockquote> <p><script src="//" async="" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>But not until 15 TSA agents are on their walkie talkies. Police show up and everyone in line is shoed 50 yards away. Police, TSA could not..</p> <p>&#8216;€” Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) <a href="">November 22, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <p><script src="//" async="" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p> Have been cooler once they realized what was happening.</p> <p>&#8216;€” Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) <a href="">November 22, 2014</a> </p></blockquote> <p><script src="//" async="" charset="utf-8"></script></p> Blog red sox Other Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:52:48 +0000 751051 at Maria Subban continues to root for Bruins and Canadiens <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_49996" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href=""><img class="size-full wp-image-49996" src="" alt="Malcolm Subban" width="150" height="215" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Malcolm Subban</p></div> <p>Maria Subban is one of a small number of people in the world who can claim to be a loyal fan of both the Bruins and the Canadiens. As long as her sons wear their respective team&#8217;€™s jerseys, she will not pick a side.</p> <p>In town with the Canadiens as part of a mothers&#8217;€™ trip, the matriarch of one of hockey&#8217;€™s most talented families said Saturday that she&#8217;€™s proud of what sons P.K. and Malcolm are doing with the Habs and Bruins, respectively.</p> <p>&#8220;I think it&#8217;€™s great,&#8221; Maria said. &#8220;I think both organizations are wonderful organizations.&#8221;</p> <p>The Bruins made Malcolm something of a surprise pick in 2012 when they chose the Belleville Bulls goaltender 25th overall. The pick turned heads not only because the Bruins appeared to be set at goalie long-term with <a class="r_lapi" href="">Tuukka Rask</a>, but because of his relation to the Montreal defenseman.</p> <p>P.K. is probably the <a class="r_lapi" href="">Derek Jeter</a> or Bernie Williams of the Bruins-Habs rivalry in that the boos he receives at TD Garden only thinly cover up Boston fans&#8217;€™ longing to see him in a Bruins sweater. With P.K. in the first year of an eight-year contract with the Habs, it&#8217;€™s safe to say Boston fans won&#8217;€™t be getting their wish, even if they&#8217;€™ll never admit to having it.</p> <p>Malcolm, on the other hand, could very well play in Boston one day. He&#8217;€™s currently in his second season in Providence, though he&#8217;€™s currently battling a lower-body injury.</p> <p>&#8220;I think he was really surprised, because of P.K. and Boston, but he&#8217;€™s happy and he loves it there,&#8221; Maria said. &#8220;He&#8217;€™s doing really well.&#8221;</p> <p>Through nine games, Malcolm is 4-3-1 with a .923 save percentage and 2.59 goals-against average. P.K. admitted that in addition to keeping in touch with Malcolm and Jordan (a 19-year-old fourth-round pick of the Canucks still playing in Belleville of the OHL), he&#8217;€™s eager to see how they&#8217;€™re performing as well.</p> <p>&#8220;I always know a little bit about each of them, what&#8217;€™s going on,&#8221; P.K. said. &#8220;Obviously to me, they&#8217;€™re my brothers. I don&#8217;€™t know how much I pay attention to the hockey side of thing [vs.] them actually being my brothers. They&#8217;€™re family, so obviously I always talk to them. My parents should be proud of not just all three boys, but all five kids, and my sisters as well.&#8221;</p> <p>The Bruins appear set at backup goaltender with Niklas Svedberg, but Malcolm could begin to knock on the <a class="r_lapi" href="">NHL</a>&#8216;€™s door in the coming years. That means that one day Maria will have her hands full when she makes her trips to the Garden.</p> <p>&#8220;I&#8217;€™ll root for both of them. You&#8217;€™ve got two kids; you&#8217;€™ve got to root for both of them,&#8221; she said. &#8220;You can&#8217;€™t pick or choose, otherwise I&#8217;€™m going to be a hated mom.&#8221;</p> Blog bruins Other Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:44:49 +0000 750926 at Bruins recall Matt Lindblad, send Zach Trotman to Providence <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_49974" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href=""><img class="size-full wp-image-49974" src="" alt="Matt Lindblad" width="150" height="235" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Matt Lindblad</p></div> <p>The Bruins recalled forward Matt Lindblad Saturday and returned defenseman Zach Trotman to Providence.</p> <p>Lindblad, who plays center and left wing, could be an injury replacement for either <a href="" class="r_lapi">David Krejci</a>, <a href="" class="r_lapi">Milan Lucic</a> or <a href="" class="r_lapi">Brad Marchand</a>. Krejci and Marchand both missed Friday&#8217;€™s game against the <a href="" class="r_lapi">Blue Jackets</a>, while Lucic was bloodied pretty badly after taking a punch to the face from Columbus defenseman Dalton Prout.</p> <p>Trotman being returned to Providence leaves the Bruins with just six healthy defenseman, indicating that Dougie Hamilton will be able to play Saturday.</p> <p>Hamilton did not play the last 9:24 of regulation Friday and missed all of overtime. <a href="" class="r_lapi">Claude Julien</a> had said Wednesday that the defenseman was under the weather.</p> <p>For more Bruins news, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> Blog bruins Other Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:24:13 +0000 750921 at P.K. Subban gets picture taken with Bobby Orr: ‘He truly is the best defenseman to ever play the game <!--paging_filter--><p>P.K. Subban is one of the most talented defensemen in the <a class="r_lapi" href="">NHL</a> and, at age 25, already has one Norris Trophy to his name. No accomplishment, however, will ever make him too cool to ask <a class="r_lapi" href="">Bobby Orr</a> for a picture when he gets the chance.</p> <p>With the Bruins great in the building Saturday morning to take in Montreal&#8217;€™s morning skate, Subban crossed paths with the Hall of Famer, asked for a photo and took to Instagram.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 658px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-version="4"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"></div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" href="" target="_top">.Always special to play at the #TDGarden especially when you see #bobbyorr the greatest Defenceman to play our game! #legend #whataleague @CanadiensMTL</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A photo posted by P.K. Subban (@subbanator) on <time style="font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;" datetime="2014-11-22T15:57:41+00:00">Nov 11, 2014 at 7:57am PST</time></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><script src="//" async="" defer="defer"></script></p> <p>Orr strolled through the media room shortly after the photo was posted. Asked whether he or Subban had requested the photo, Orr simply laughed. Subban put that mystery to rest quickly after Montreal&#8217;€™s morning skate.</p> <p>&#8220;Oh no, it was definitely me who asked for the picture. He&#8217;€™s the legend, right? I posted as soon as I got it on Instagram,&#8221; Subban told &#8220;It&#8217;€™s pretty special for me as a defenseman to be able to interact with someone as great as <a class="r_lapi" href="">Bobby Orr</a>. He really truly is the best defenseman to ever play the game. I&#8217;€™m very lucky to still be able to see him around and talk to him.&#8221;</p> <p>Added Subban: &#8220;It&#8217;€™s funny, I met him when I was 15 &#8212; that was 10 years ago &#8211;” and he looks exactly the same. He hasn&#8217;€™t changed at all. I don&#8217;€™t know what he&#8217;€™s doing, but he should keep doing it.&#8221;</p> Blog bruins Other Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:47:47 +0000 750816 at 10 things you have to know about Lions-Patriots <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_84208" style="width: 360px" class="wp-caption alignright"><img class="wp-image-84208" src="" alt="Tom Brady will lead the Patriots against the Lions on Sunday. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)" width="350" height="489" /><p class="wp-caption-text"><a class="r_lapi" href="">Tom Brady</a> will lead the Patriots against the Lions on Sunday. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)</p></div> <p>Here&#8217;s everything you need to know about Sunday&#8217;s contest between the Patriots and Lions:</p> <p><strong>Our three favorite matchups on the afternoon:</strong></p> <p><strong>1. <a class="r_lapi" href="">Ndamukong Suh</a> against the interior of the Patriots offensive line: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">As our scout indicated earlier in the week</a>, Suh is one of the toughest matchups in the league for an offensive line because he can be utilized in several spots up and down the defensive front, and is disruptive enough to work as a presence as a run stopper as well as getting after the passer. When he&#8217;s lined up as a defensive tackle, look for him to be a two-gap presence that guards <a class="r_lapi" href="">Dan Connolly</a> and Ryan Wendell and center Bryan Stork have to deal with. The key when it comes to slowing Suh is to maintain proper technique and footwork, and also get some help in the form of a back who could do whatever he can in hopes of trying to slow him down. The Detroit defensive front is far from a one-trick pony, as Suh is joined by top-notch defenders like defensive end Ziggy Ansah and linebacker DeAndre Levy. (The Patriots will catch a small break, as defensive tackle Nick Fairley is out because of a knee issue.) But his high motor, aggressive approach and phenomenal skill set means Suh will be priority one for the New England offensive line on Sunday afternoon.</p> <p><strong>2. The Detroit pass defense against <a class="r_lapi" href="">Shane Vereen</a>:</strong> The Lions do an excellent job of getting after the quarterback and shutting down passing lanes, so look for New England to get the ball out as fast as possible (also expect some play action and reverses to try and counter the hyperaggressive Detroit defensive front). One player who could have good success either out of the backfield or split wide is <a class="r_lapi" href="">Shane Vereen</a>, who is just one of six running backs with at least 70 carries and 35 catches at this point in the season. Look for the Patriots to try and get the quick Vereen involved in the passing game against the Lions, a team that is ranked 20th in DVOA against running backs in the passing game this season <a href="" target="_blank">per Football Outsiders</a>, having yielded an average of 7.4 receptions and 54.6 receiving yards per game against opposing running backs. Looking back at some of the Detroit film, both Arizona and Miami had good success getting the ball to receivers as fast as possible, slowing the Lions pass rush and getting guys like Suh on their heels. Regardless of whether or not Vereen is used out of the backfield in one-back sets (and is asked to slow down one of the Detroit rushers before he goes into his route) or is part of four- and five-receiver sets the Patriots should lean on out of the gate, his presence in this one will be very big,</p> <p><strong>3. <a class="r_lapi" href="">Calvin Johnson</a> and <a class="r_lapi" href="">Golden Tate</a> against Brandon Browner and <a class="r_lapi" href="">Darrelle Revis</a>:</strong> There are a few different schools of thought as to how the Patriots are going to defend what has become a pretty impressive receiving duo, but when in doubt, <a href="" target="_blank">we&#8217;ll fall back on our report from this NFC scout</a> that said that while the Patriots will mix and match their coverage in hopes of confusing quarterback <a class="r_lapi" href="">Matthew Stafford</a>, it wouldn&#8217;t be a surprise to see Revis on Tate and Browner on Johnson. Tate has emerged as Detroit&#8217;s No. 1 threat in the receiving game with a team-high 68 catches (on 95 targets) for 950 yards and three touchdowns, and with the understanding that Revis usually draws the tougher assignment, that would certainly seem to make sense. That&#8217;s no disrespect to Johnson, who has struggled with ankle and elbow injuries over the last month-plus, but still has 34 catches on 64 targets for 520 yards and three touchdowns. It&#8217;s just that right now, Tate is your No. 1 concern in the passing game. Then, there&#8217;s the idea that the bigger Johnson (6-foot-5, 236 pounds) is a better matchup for the equally sizable Browner (6-foot-4, 221 pounds), particularly when it comes to jump ball situations in the red zone. Browner doesn&#8217;t have the best wheels, but his physical nature and veteran savvy could be a good matchup against Johnson, who is no longer the burner he once was.</p> <p><strong>4. Under the radar opponent who Patriots&#8217; fans need to know:</strong> Fauria is a well-known name around Foxboro, but former New England tight end (and ace midday WEEI guy) Christian is usually the one folks are talking about. This weekend, it&#8217;s going to be Joe Fauria, Christian&#8217;s nephew and the talented young tight end for the Lions. A 6-foot-7, 259-pounder out of UCLA, Fauria had seven touchdowns last season, and remains a sneaky red-zone threat for Stafford in the Detroit passing game. Fauria has struggled with injury this season (he hurt his ankle <em>chasing after a puppy</em> and sat out six games) but is expected to be in the lineup Sunday against the Patriots. In addition, you can&#8217;t sleep on rookie Eric Ebron &#8212; while he&#8217;s had his own injury issues (hamstring), when he&#8217;s been healthy, he&#8217;s been a nice addition to the Detroit offense with 10 catches for 103 yards and one touchdown in six games. Coming off back-to-back games against the likes of Julius Thomas and Coby Fleener, it&#8217;s not an elite-level matchup, but it&#8217;s a positional grouping that can burn you if neglected.</p> <p><strong>5. By the numbers (tie) &#8212; 3:</strong> Only three teams in the last 20 regular-season games have topped 100 rushing yards in a game against the Lions. Detroit has allowed one team to reach the 100-yard mark on the ground this season, as the Jets finished with 132 rushing yards in a 24-17 loss to Detroit on Sept. 28.</p> <p><strong>3:</strong> The Patriots have scored at least 40 points in three straight games &#8212; tied for the longest streak in franchise history. Just three teams in NFL history have scored 40-plus points in four consecutive contests: 1960 Chargers, 2000 Rams and 2004 Colts.</p> <p><span id="more-84207"></span></p> <p><strong>6. Quote of note:</strong> &#8220;Foxboro&#8217;s a weird place. You go up there and you&#8217;re in a hotel and then you got to drive through like back woods to get there and then all of a sudden a stadium appears like it seems like in people&#8217;s backyard and it&#8217;s like, just a weird place out there. And they love it. They play great there. I&#8217;ve never won there. I&#8217;ve played there three or four times, I&#8217;ve never won there. It&#8217;s tough to win there. &#8230; I just know you&#8217;re going through like the back woods, and you&#8217;re just like, &#8216;Oh my God, what am I going to?&#8217; And then all of a sudden it&#8217;s like you see like a little trailer park or something like that, and then all of a sudden you see the stadium, you&#8217;re like &#8216;Whoa, right in the backyard?&#8217; &#8230; It&#8217;s weird out there. It&#8217;s weird out there, I can&#8217;t even lie.&#8221; &#8212; <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Detroit defensive back Glover Quin speaking with the Detroit Free-Press about playing in Foxboro</em></a></p> <p><strong>7. Patriots fans should be worried about&#8230; </strong> the Lions finding some way to run the football. Detroit really doesn&#8217;t run the football &#8212; the Lions&#8217; ground game is led by Joique Bell (122 carries, 422 yards, three TDs) and <a class="r_lapi" href="">Reggie Bush</a> (53 carries, 191 yards, 1 TD). The Lions have topped 100 rushing yards as a team just twice in the last 11 regular-season games, dating back to last year. This season, they&#8217;re tied for 30th in the league in yards per game (79.8) and yards per carry (3.2). It remains highly unlikely, but if Detroit figures out some way to pick up consistent yards on the ground, it will certainly change the complexion of the game.</p> <p><strong>8. Lions fans should be worried about&#8230; </strong> the Patriots getting after Stafford consistently. The Detroit offensive line has struggled with pass protection over the course of the season, and as a result, it&#8217;s no surprise Stafford is one of the most sacked quarterbacks in the league with 31 through 10 games. (He&#8217;s on pace to be sacked 50 times.) Even though the Patriots won&#8217;t have Chandler Jones, there&#8217;s the very real likelihood that New England will be able to find a soft spot in the Lions offensive line and exploit it, whether it&#8217;s through the use of a situational rusher like Akeem Ayers or deciding to bring an extra rusher. Regardless, this appears to be a winnable matchup for the Patriots, and if they arable to harass Stafford to a point where he starts to throw some bad balls (something he&#8217;s done on occasion this year with nine picks), it will certainly go a long way toward winning the ball game on Sunday.</p> <p><strong>9. One more thing:</strong> The Lions have made some really impressive gains over the course of the 2014 season, but at this point in their development, this is a game where they appear to be in a little over their collective heads. This game reminds me of a phrase from former Patriots running back Antowain Smith, who once remarked about a big contest that it&#8217;s the sort of game where you have to put your big-boy pants on. The Patriots won&#8217;t score as much as they have over the last three weeks &#8212; that Detroit defense is one of the better groups New England will face all season &#8212; but in the end, the Patriots have more than enough talent and leadership on both sides of the ball to come out of this game with a victory.</p> <p><strong>10. Prediction:</strong><br /> <iframe width="615" height="315" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Blog patriots Other Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:02:21 +0000 749811 at 5 Things We Learned From Celtics’ Loss to Grizzlies <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_69936" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignright"><img class="size-medium wp-image-69936" src="" alt="Rajon Rondo had one of the worst games of his career on Friday. (Getty Images)" width="300" height="166" /><p class="wp-caption-text"><a href="" class="r_lapi">Rajon Rondo</a> had one of the worst games of his career on Friday. (Getty Images)</p></div> <p><a href="" class="r_lapi">Celtics</a> coach <a href="" class="r_lapi">Brad Stevens</a> recently suggested that he is responsible for improving his team&#8217;s defense. But on Friday, there was little evidence of progress by either Stevens or his team.</p> <p>A sometimes-lethargic Celtics team was manhandled in Memphis by the <a href="" class="r_lapi">Grizzlies</a>. The C&#8217;s, who entered the contest having permitted the third most points per game in the NBA (107.5,  behind only the 3-7 <a href="" class="r_lapi">Timberwolves</a> and 3-9 Lakers) once again permitted an opponent to score at an alarming rate. The Celtics lost, 117-100, with Memphis shooting 52.7 percent for the night. The defenseless Celtics fell to 4-7 on the season, with the kind of defensive night that screams lottery.</p> <p>Four other takeaways:</p> <p><strong>RAJON RONDO HAD ONE OF THE WORST GAMES OF HIS CAREER</strong></p> <p>Rondo&#8217;s far-reaching skills were nowhere to be found. In 28 minutes, he scored four points with five boards and four assists, just the 15th time in his career and the second since 2008-09 that he&#8217;s had no more than five of any of those categories in a game where he played at least 24 minutes. The four assists matched his fewest in a game since he had a three-assist night on Nov. 28, 2012. <span id="more-70075"></span></p> <p><strong>THE CELTICS CAN BE OVERWHELMED INSIDE</strong></p> <p>Marc Gasol scored 32 with eight boards, while <a href="" class="r_lapi">Zach Randolph</a> had 16 points and 16 rebounds in just 27 minutes. A Celtics team that had been effective on the glass instead was pushed around, getting outrebounded by the <a href="" class="r_lapi">Grizzlies</a>, 50-38.</p> <p><strong><a href="" class="r_lapi">AVERY BRADLEY</a> IS NOT A BALL DISTRIBUTOR</strong></p> <p>The Celtics, of course, are an offense built around point-guard distribution, particularly when Rondo is on the court, but at times when Rondo wasn&#8217;t in the game, the team looked to others to generate movement and passing. When Avery Bradley was charged with that task, however, the results were poor, as Bradley endured his third game without an assist this season. He is averaging 1.1 assists per game. Entering the night, he was one of just six guards in the NBA to play at least 10 games this year while averaging less than 1.5 assists per game.</p> <p><strong>KELLY OLYNYK CAN MAKE IT RAIN</strong></p> <p>The 7-footer went 3-for-5 from behind the arc and scored 18, stretching the floor in a way that allowed the Celtics offense to be successful while he was on the floor. Olynyk had a +2 plus/minus; the rest of the Celtics starters were no better than -14. Olynyk is averaging 12.9 points per night while shooting 56.7 percent from the floor, including 46.7 percent from distance. His 3-point field goal percentage could put him in historic company. Just one 7-footer has ever shot 45 percent or better from long range &#8212; Zydrunas Ilgauskus, who made 47.8 percent of his shots behind the arc in 2009-10.</p> Blog celtics Other Sat, 22 Nov 2014 03:37:17 +0000 749506 at 5 things we learned as Alexander Khokhlachev played the shootout hero for Bruins <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_49970" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href=""><img class="size-full wp-image-49970" src="" alt="Alexander Khokhachev" width="150" height="227" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Alexander Khokhachev</p></div> <p>The Bruins were in danger of extending their road woes, but they came out of a shaky performance in Columbus with two points thanks to an injury replacement.</p> <p>Alexander Khokhlachev, filling in for the injured <a class="r_lapi" href="">David Krejci</a>, netted the only goal of  a seven-round shootout to give the Bruins a 4-3 win over the <a class="r_lapi" href="">Blue Jackets</a> (<a href="">box</a>). The Bruins overcame a 2-0 deficit with three third-period goals to take a 3-2 lead on <a class="r_lapi" href="">Daniel Paille</a>&#8216;€™s first goal of the season, but Jack Johnson responded to tie the game at three apiece.</p> <p>Boston can only hope Friday&#8217;s win can set them up for further road success in the coming weeks. The Bruins have three straight games at home against some tough opponents (the Canadiens Saturday and the <a class="r_lapi" href="">Penguins</a> Monday before wrapping up the homestand against the Jets), but after that they&#8217;€™ll embark upon a very challenging four-game West Coast road trip. With any luck, they&#8217;€™ll be healthier then.</p> <p>Here are four other things we learned Friday night:</p> <p><strong><a class="r_lapi" href="">DAVID KREJCI</a> IS NOT YET IN THE CLEAR</strong></p> <p>Krejci missed yet another game Friday, his 10th of the season. The first-line center has battled lower-body issues all season and has not played in consecutive games since Oct. 28 and 30.</p> <p>Earlier this week, Adam McQuaid explained what it&#8217;€™s like to go through a situation like Krejci&#8217;€™s. McQuaid was in and out of the lineup last season with lower-body injuries that eventually cost him his season after 30 games.</p> <p>&#8220;It&#8217;€™€™s hard,&#8221; McQuaid said. &#8220;If you&#8217;€™€™re feeling good, you&#8217;€™€™re going to go. If you&#8217;€™€™re feeling good, you&#8217;€™€™re not going to take extra time if you don&#8217;€™€™t feel like you need it. Hopefully when he&#8217;€™€™s back, he&#8217;€™€™s back and back to stay.&#8221;</p> <p>With Krejci and <a class="r_lapi" href="">Brad Marchand</a> out of the lineup, Boston forward lines were as follows:</p> <p>Fraser &#8211; Bergeron &#8211; Smith<br /> Kelly -“ Soderberg -“ Eriksson<br /> Lucic -“ Khokhlachev€ -“ Griffith<br /> Paille -“ Campbell &#8211; Gagne <span id="more-51146"></span></p> <p><strong>MATT BARTKOWSKI STARTING TO GET THE POINT</strong></p> <p>We&#8217;€™ve written enough about Bartkowski&#8217;€™s early-season struggles, but his play since being scratched for seven straight games has been much, much steadier.</p> <p>Bartkowski took a pair of penalties Friday night, but he also had a pair of assists, most notably on the game-tying goal in the third period. The 26-year-old took a feed from <a class="r_lapi" href="">Patrice Bergeron</a> and fired a shot towards the net that Matt Fraser redirected pass Sergei Bobrovsky to make it 2-2.</p> <p>Bartkowski also had an assist Tuesday, giving him three assists over the last two games. He has yet to score a goal in the <a class="r_lapi" href="">NHL</a>.</p> <p><strong>NIKLAS SVEDBERG MAY BE REMEDYING HIS STRUGGLES</strong></p> <p>When Svedberg allowed two goals in the first 1:38 of Friday&#8217;€™s game, it appeared his recent troubles (he allowed five goals on the road against the Habs last Thursday) might be snowballing.</p> <p>Boston&#8217;€™s backup would stay the course and eventually straighten things out. Svedberg came up big minutes into the third period with three straight saves on a <a class="r_lapi" href="">Blue Jackets</a>, stopping a Nick Foligno bid and denying second-and-third chance opportunities from Columbus. He also robbed Jack Skille with a glove save with under 10 minutes to play and did not allow a goal in the shootout.</p> <p>Given that Svedberg was given Friday night&#8217;s game, it appears <a class="r_lapi" href="">Tuukka Rask</a> will face the Canadiens Saturday.</p> <p><strong><a class="r_lapi" href="">DENNIS SEIDENBERG</a> IS STILL GOOD FROM LONG-DISTANCE</strong></p> <p>Seidenberg is no stranger to scoring from center ice, most notably on his fake dump-in on then-Lightning goalie Mike Smith in December of 2010.</p> <p>The veteran defenseman scored his latest long-range goal to get the Bruins on the board early in the third period Friday night, but there wasn&#8217;€™t any trickery needed. Seidenberg simply gained the red line, fired a slap shot straight on net and beat Sergei Bobrovsky to make it 2-1.</p> <p>The goal was Seidenberg&#8217;€™s third of the season. His career-high is seven, which he netted in the 2010-11 season.</p> Blog bruins Other Sat, 22 Nov 2014 02:54:51 +0000 749496 at David Krejci misses Friday’s game vs. Blue Jackets <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="" class="r_lapi">David Krejci</a> was back out of the Bruins&#8217;€™ lineup Friday night as the B&#8217;€™s faced the <a href="" class="r_lapi">Blue Jackets</a> in Columbus.</p> <p>Krejci, who has been in and out of the lineup this season due to lower-body injuries, has now missed 10 games this season. He missed the first three of the season, played nine, missed two, returned for one, missed four more and then played Tuesday against the Blues before coming back out of the lineup Friday.</p> <p>It is unknown whether Krejci&#8217;€™s absence Friday was related to previous injuries. Alexander Khokhlachev centered <a href="" class="r_lapi">Milan Lucic</a> and Seth Griffith in his place.</p> <p>For more Bruins news, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> Blog bruins Other Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:19:04 +0000 749141 at LeGarrette Blount aiming to please Bill Belichick because ‘Bill is a straight-forward shooter’ <!--paging_filter--><p><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --></p> <div style="display:none"> </div> <p><!--<br /> By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C<br /> found at<br /> --></p> <p><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src=""></script></p> <p><object id="myExperience3903791966001" class="BrightcoveExperience"><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><param name="width" value="600" /><param name="height" value="360" /><param name="playerID" value="986278206001" /><param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAAFqWQUE~,yUWCxg2gZmYrOpGTQhafYN_BmnRJav2Z" /><param name="isVid" value="true" /><param name="isUI" value="true" /><param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /><param name="@videoPlayer" value="3903791966001" /></object></p> <p><!--<br /> This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon<br /> as the line is read by the browser. 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Whatever I have to do, I&#8217;m going to do it to be productive.&#8221;</p> <p>The 6-foot, 247-pound Blount will team with 230-pound Jonas Gray in the Patriots&#8217; backfield, giving the team some depth if they choose to stick with a power game as the weather turns colder. </p> <p>Blount didn&#8217;t want to talk about why he landed in New England because he clearly didn&#8217;t feel the same about <a href="" class="r_lapi">Mike Tomlin</a> and the Steelers, who didn&#8217;t give him a single carry in Monday&#8217;s 27-24 win over the Titans. He left before the end of the game, prompting several Steelers to say good riddance to a disgruntled teammate. </p> <p>Blount said Friday that he was surprised by his release but not scared because he believes his 27-year-old body still has plenty of football left to give. </p> <p>&#8220;It wasn&#8217;t scary at all. I feel like I&#8217;m talented enough to land on any team,&#8221; Blount said. &#8220;[But] I wasn&#8217;t expecting it, You know, I don&#8217;t really want to talk about it. But just the fact it opened up another opportunity for me to get back here ended up being a good thing for me.</p> <p>&#8220;I&#8217;m going to stay ready. I&#8217;m in good shape. Whenever they call me to carry the ball, I&#8217;m going to go out there and do whatever I can do to make them comfortable with their decision to bring me back.&#8221;</p> <p>Blount, who signed a two-year deal with the Patriots Thursday, turned down a Patriots&#8217; offer believed to be significantly less than the two-years, $3.85 million offered by the Steelers in late March. Blount said Friday he had no regrets with signing with Pittsburgh. </p> <p>&#8220;At the time I was comfortable with my decision,&#8221; Blount said. </p> Blog patriots Other Fri, 21 Nov 2014 23:12:03 +0000 749031 at Chandler Jones (hip), Cameron Fleming (ankle) ruled out for Sunday vs. Lions <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_79110" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><img src="" alt="Cameron Fleming" width="150" height="206" class="size-full wp-image-79110" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Cameron Fleming</p></div> <p>FOXBORO &#8212; Chandler Jones will miss his fourth straight game with a hip injury while Cameron Fleming&#8217;s ankle injury suffered Sunday night against the Colts will keep him out of this weekend&#8217;s game against the Lions. </p> <p>The two players were the only ones ruled out Friday after being two of the four players who missed practice. The team worked out in the cold for a second straight day in preparation for the game at <a href="" class="r_lapi">Gillette Stadium</a>. Also missing Friday was Dominique Easley. He missed practice for a second straight game with a knee issue but is officially questionable for Sunday. </p> <p>Jonas Gray appeared on the report but only because <a href="" target="_blank">he missed practice after showing up late at Gillette Stadium</a> on Friday morning. He was sent home but was expected to return later in the day to apologize for oversleeping. </p> <p>Fleming is also listed with a finger issue. But the finger, which is said to be still an issue, is likely not what&#8217;s keeping him from playing Sunday. Fleming was spotted with a big walking boot on his foot as he made his way through the locker room on Thursday. </p> <p>Meanwhile, Jones hasn&#8217;t practiced since suffering the hip injury in Week 7. Both Fleming and Jones missed the entire week. </p> <p>For the Lions, defensive lineman Nick Fairley once again did not practice and was ruled out with a knee injury. Offensive lineman Nick Warford was also officially ruled out, also suffering from a knee injury. <a href="" class="r_lapi">Reggie Bush</a> (ankle) is officially questionable after being limited all week in practice. </p> <p>Here is Friday&#8217;s complete Patriots practice report:</p> <p><strong>Did not practice</strong></p> <p>OL Cameron Fleming (finger/ankle) OUT<br /> DE Chandler Jones (hip) OUT<br /> DL Dominique Easley (knee) QUESTIONABLE<br /> RB Jonas Gray (not injury related) </p> <p><strong>Limited participation</strong></p> <p>OL Marcus Cannon (hip) QUESTIONABLE<br /> S Nate Ebner (finger) QUESTIONABLE<br /> WR <a class="r_lapi" href="">Julian Edelman</a> (thigh) PROBABLE</p> <p><strong>Full participation</strong></p> <p>QB <a class="r_lapi" href="">Tom Brady</a> (ankle) PROBABLE</p> Blog patriots Other Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:26:04 +0000 748921 at Source: Jon Lester to meet with at least 2 more teams next week <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_87941" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href=""><img class="size-full wp-image-87941" src="" alt="Jon Lester" width="150" height="215" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text"><a class="r_lapi" href="">Jon Lester</a></p></div> <p>After meeting with the <a class="r_lapi" href="">Red Sox</a>, Cubs and Braves this week, <a href="" class="r_lapi">Jon Lester</a> is scheduled to meet with at least two more teams next week, according to a source.</p> <p>After Lester&#8217;s meeting with the <a href="" class="r_lapi">Red Sox</a>, a source said the Red Sox have made it clear that there will be a <a href="" target="_blank">&#8220;willingness to negotiate.&#8221;</a> Lester&#8217;s agent, Seth Levinson, said in an email to that the Red Sox <a href="" target="_blank">&#8220;extended great respect&#8221;</a> to Lester.</p> Blog red sox Other Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:11:29 +0000 748906 at Rob Gronkowski fined $8,268 for block on Sergio Brown <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_79023" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><img class="size-full wp-image-79023" src="" alt="Rob Gronkowski" width="150" height="204" /><p class="wp-caption-text"><a class="r_lapi" href="">Rob Gronkowski</a></p></div> <p><a class="r_lapi" href="">Rob Gronkowski</a> received a 15-yard, unnecessary roughness penalty for his <a href="">block of Colts safety Sergio Brown out of bounds</a> after Jonas Gray&#8217;s fourth touchdown Sunday night.</p> <p>That wasn&#8217;t his only penalty coming from the play.</p> <p>Gronkowski was fined $8,268 by the NFL on Friday for unnecessary roughness after the whistle.</p> <p>&#8220;He was just yappin&#8217; at me the whole time,&#8221; Gronkowski told NBCSN after the Patriots beat the Colts, 42-20. &#8220;So I took him and threw him out of the club.&#8221;</p> <p>Gronkowski and the Patriots will host the Lions Sunday at <a class="r_lapi" href="">Gillette Stadium</a>.</p> <p>For more Patriots news, check out <a href=""></a>.</p> Blog patriots Other Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:09:05 +0000 748796 at Video: ‘4th & Goal’ breaks down Lions and Patriots <!--paging_filter--><p>;s Chris Price previews the Week 12 matchup between the Patriots and Lions. Find out the keys to the game as well as Chris&#8217; prediction.</p> <p><iframe width="615" height="315" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Blog patriots Other Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:29:26 +0000 748686 at Reports: Jonas Gray missed practice after oversleeping <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_82617" style="width: 385px" class="wp-caption alignright"><img class="wp-image-82617 size-full" src="" alt="Jonas Gray (right) was running late Friday. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)" width="375" height="249" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Jonas Gray (right) was running late Friday. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)</p></div> <p>FOXBORO &#8212; Jonas Gray spoiled his perfect week in the NFL on Friday.</p> <p>According to Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal, the running back who rushed for 201 yards and four touchdowns on Sunday showed up late to work Friday morning at <a class="r_lapi" href="">Gillette Stadium</a>, and as a result was absent at practice.</p> <p>Daniels reported the running back was expected to return to a <a class="r_lapi" href="">Gillette Stadium</a> later in the day, but missed the team&#8217;s early afternoon practice because he was late to the facility. He was not on the team&#8217;s injury report all week and indications remain that he is not injured.</p> <p>The irony of the situation was made even greater when the Hall at Patriot Place announced Friday <a href="" target="_blank">a special tribute in their museum to Gray&#8217;s record-breaking performance</a> last Sunday. Gray&#8217;s performance also earned him many national accolades this week, including a spot on the cover of Sports Illustrated.</p> <p>Gray is not the first Patriots player to show up late this season. <a class="r_lapi" href="">Darrelle Revis</a> missed a practice in October before the team&#8217;s game against Chicago because he was tardy.</p> <p>Mike Reiss of reports that Gray set his alarm on his phone and the phone died overnight, causing him to oversleep.</p> <p>Gray was one of four players missing from practice Friday, along with Dominique Easley (knee), Cameron Fleming (ankle/finger) and Chandler Jones (hip).</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Jonas Gray misses practice due to tardiness <a href=""></a></p> <p>&#8216;€” Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) <a href="">November 21, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <p><script src="//" async="" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p> One person explained the situation this way to me: Alarm set on phone, phone battery dies overnight, alarm doesn&#8217;t go off at scheduled time.</p> <p>&#8216;€” Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) <a href="">November 21, 2014</a> </p></blockquote> <p><script src="//" async="" charset="utf-8"></script></p> Blog patriots Other Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:18:33 +0000 748576 at