Bruins coach Claude Julien took a few minutes to reflect on the late Pat Burns, who died on Friday after a lengthy battle with cancer. The three-time Jack Adams award winner and Stanley Cup Champion in 2003 was 58.
Julien knew Burns while Julien was still playing in the AHL and Burns was coaching, but it wasn't until the two were both "in the same coaching fraternity" that they got to know one another best. Julien has coached for the Canadiens, Devils and Bruins, three teams Burns once led.
"The one thing everybody knows about Pat was he was sincere and direct and there was no beating around the bush with him, but the part that people didn’t always see was that away from all of that was that he was a really good guy," Julien said. "I know that I was fortunate enough to kind of follow his path. It certainly wasn’t done purposely, but I was fortunate enough to follow his path and maybe...
In just his second game back, Delonte West took a leadership role after a surprising 89-84 home-court loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, who were playing without injured superstar Kevin Durant.
"This team didn't even have to play with desperation to beat us tonight," West said of the Thunder. "That's one of our biggest concerns this year, being complacent, doing what we did tonight."
The Celtics fell behind by as many as 10 in the third quarter before making a late charge and drawing to within one, 85-84, on West's two free throws with 1:16 left in the fourth.
"It's not like we put up a fight," West said. "We just left it out on the table. Seemed like the whole game we were seaching for a challenge. It's not like we put up a fight. We just left it out on the table. Seemed like the whole game we were seaching for a challenge. It was almost like in the third...
Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo sustained a strained left hamstring with just over six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of Friday's 89-84 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder at TD Garden.
Just moments after picking up his fifth foul, Rondo fell to the floor and didn't get up immediately while holding his left leg. Trainer Ed Lacerte came onto the court and gave him treatment. Rondo stayed in the game following a 20-second timeout but eventually left a minute later for Delonte West while team trainers stretched out his left leg on the sideline.
Rondo, who was held to seven assists on the night, returned with 4:57 left but coach Doc Rivers took him out for good just 13 seconds later. "He just wasn't running right," Rivers explained afterward.
Rondo's status for Sunday's game in Toronto is unknown. "Just get treatment [Saturday] and we'll see," Rondo said afterward....
Russell Westbrook scored 31 points and hit two clutch free throws with 13.4 seconds remaining as the Oklahoma City Thunder - playing without an injured Kevin Durant - handed the Celtics their first home court loss this season, 89-84, Friday night at TD Garden. It was a sloppy ending as neither team converted a field goal in the last 9:20 of the fourth quarter.
With an injured ankle sidelining Durant, the Thunder not only managed to stay close, they took control in the second quarter, outrebounding the Celtics, 13-6, to take a 49-46 halftime lead.
Kevin Garnett took an elbow to the back of the head just 29 seconds into the game and was limited to just three minutes in the first quarter before recovering to lead the Celtics with 16 points. Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce each added 14 as the Celtics fell to 9-3 this season.
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The Red Sox purchased the contracts of catcher Luis Exposito, pitcher Stolmy Pimental, and infielder Oscar Tejada from Triple-A Pawtucket, adding all three to the 40-man roster. With the moves the the Sox' 40-man roster stands at 39, eliminating all three from being eligible for the Rule 5 Draft.
Two Red Sox minor leaguers who were not put on the 40-man roster and figure to draw interest in the Rule 5 Draft are pitchers Daniel Turpen (acquired in the trade that sent Ramon Ramirez to San Francisco) and Jason Rice. Rice had been acquired by the Red Sox in 2008 when they took him in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft.
Exposito hit .260 with 11 homers and 94 RBI in a career-high 125 games with Double-A Portland in 2011. The 23-year-old also caught 30 of 80 attempted base stealers for an Eastern League-best 37.5 percent caught stealing rate. He had been taken by the REd Sox in the 31st round of the 2005 June Amateur Draft...
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk and Peter King of SI.com join the show to talk about the latest news surrounding deflate gate.
Mike Westhoff joins the show to talk about deflate gate and the Pats innocence. Also what would have happened if he worked with Bill Belichick.
PHOENIX — After landing in Phoenix Monday afternoon, Patriots owner Robert Kraft took to the podium to make a passionate defense of Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the organization in response to Deflategate.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out of hardware, and give their Finals predictions
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
The Red Sox have taken over Foxwoods and Red Sox Manager John Farrell sat down with Mut and Bradford to talk about the roster and how the 2015 season is looking.
Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and 3B Pablo Sandoval sat down with Mut and Bradford. Joe Kelly had a few interesting proclamations. First he said that 95% of pitchers use some sort of grip enhancer, and then he said he was going to win the Cy Young. Pablo leaned over and promised 10 HR's, explaining to Joe that the trick is to set the bar low.
Mut and Rob are in on the Hot Stove Show this week and they're taking calls and talking about the Red Sox pitching as we are 5 weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.
Pierre McGuire talks about ways hockey players skirt the rules in the NHL and the development of Dougie Hamilton.
Pierre McGuire joins Lou, Christian and Tim to discuss the resurgent Bruins, the emergence of David Pastrnak, and former Boston College stand-out Johnny Gaudreau looking to trademark the name 'Johnny Hockey.'
We get our state of the B report from NESN's Jack Edwards, right in the midst of a 4 game winning streak and hot return for David Pastrnak.
Ben Volin sits in with the guys and breaks down deflategate and the future of Darrelle Revis.
Kirk wasn't taking any crap from Woody in North Reading.
Tony Kornheiser joins Dennis and Callahan in Arizona to discuss his comment comparing Bill Belichick to Whitey Bulger.
Four-time Super Bowl Champion Bill Romanowski joined the show to share his thoughts on the greatest QB he ever played with, and his Super Bowl experiences.
Chris Mortensen, ESPN, joined the show to talk about all the reports regarding "Deflategate." He thinks that people are making too big a deal out of it. He also hints that he's skeptic of Bill Belichick's attempt to blame science on the balls dropping in pressure.
The Rogue Ball Boy Theory picks up steam...then dies. Is the Rogue Ball Boy the fastest ball deflater ever or is he simply someone with a healthy prostate who probably doesn't even wash his hands. Also, Ted Wells says the investigation will take a while. And Robert Kraft demands an apology if the investigation finds no wrong-doing by the Pats.
We dive deep into some of the shadier things the Patriots have done over the years from a personnel standpoint.
Mike Florio and Peter King talk about some of the latest news surrounding deflate gate and whether the Pats knowingly did something wrong.
Mike Westhoff joins the show and explains other cheating scandals and if he thinks the Patriots are guilty of deflate gate.
A caller named Jumbo from California raises a question that hasn't been talked about too much, what happens if it's determined that the Patriots aren't found responsible for the deflation of the footballs?
Mut and Lenny continue talking and taking calls on deflategate, as well as hearing the sound from Kirk Minihane's appearance on the O'Reilly Factor.
Mut and Lenny are talking deflategate and what impact it could have on the Patriots organization.
Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.
Would you rather watch important games in the stadium or on TV? Also we discuss our worst experiences at stadiums.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out some hardware, and give their Finals predictions.
We get the national perspective on Deflategate and the Patriots-Seahawks Super Bowl with the playmaker, Hall of Famer Michael Irvin.More from this show
Ben Volin sits in with the guys and breaks down deflategate and the future of Darrelle Revis.More from this show
Former Panthers GM and current ESPN 730 radio host in Charlotte, Marty Hurney spoke, ambiguously, about a lot of "rumors" he's heard about the New England Patriots, dating back to 2001. He did admit he believes Bill Belichick's assertions during Saturday's press conference.More from this show