WALTHAM -- The Celtics went through their third practice this week, and while the losses to Dallas and Indiana are still fresh in their mind, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he had a better feeling after watching the tape from the Mavericks game.
"We’re getting closer. I was more encouraged than discouraged," Rivers said. "The rebounding problem we have to fix. But a lot of the other things, defensively we were really good until we gambled. We lost 12 big points on gambles and nine were down the stretch."
Asked if he still thought the Celtics were an elite team, Rivers said, "We have to find that out but I think we are. Obviously we’re 4-5 right now. Our record says we’re not. We say we are. I’m just going to warn you, it’s nine games. Don’t jump off the bridge yet. We haven’t beaten anyone really yet and we have to do that if we’re going to be an elite team."
According to the Nicaraguan newspaper El Nuevo Diario, right-handed pitcher Vicente Padilla is slated to meet with the Red Sox Thursday. The 34-year-old has been playing in the Nicaraguan winter league, where he had been reportedly been topping out 95-96 mph with his fastball.
Padilla pitched in nine games for the Dodgers in 2011 (all in relief), briefly taking over the team's closers role, before succumbing to neck problems in June. The previous season he started 16 games for the Dodgers, compiling a 6-5 mark with a 4.07 ERA.
Padilla has told Nicaraguan news outlets throughout the offseason that his hope is to vie for a spot in a team's rotation. Those pitchers currently in the mix for the Red Sox' fifth starter spot are Alfredo Aceves, Aaron Cook, Carlos Silva, Felix Doubront and Andrew Miller.
The NHL announced Thursday that Bruins Tyler Seguin and Zdeno Chara will join teammate Tim Thomas in Ottawa for the All-Star Game on Jan. 29.
Seguin leads the Bruins with 17 goals and 38 points this season and has a league-best plus-33 rating. Chara has seven goals and 18 assists for 25 points.
One notable absence of the players selected is Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron, who has still yet to play in an All-Star Game. Bergeron has 11 goals and 25 assists this season for 36 points.
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While there has been talk out of Vancouver about the Bruins having dirty players, members of the Canadiens said Thursday that their rivals play the game right.
"No. They play a certain way and I think that's why they're successful," Max Pacioretty said when asked if he finds the B's to be dirty. "To some extent, I wish we played a little more like them. Maybe not as much as they do, but they're definitely an intimidating team to play against. They have so many guys who can step up -- I'm not talking about fighting -- I'm talking about physical. You watch the games recently in the NHL, and there's not many pretty plays happening. They're all tough, grinding goals, and a big body presence. I think that's why they're successful this year."
P.K. Subban said he has not seen former world junior teammate Brad Marchand's hit on Sami Salo, but that he does not consider Marchand or the Bruins to be dirty.
FOXBORO -- In their final full practice before their AFC Divisional Playoff on Saturday night, the Patriots had everyone back in attendance inside the Dana Farber Field House on Thursday afternoon. The team worked out inside a chilly field house in sweats and shells for a second straight day after practicing in full pads on Tuesday.
Defensive lineman Kyle Love missed practice on Wednesday for what was listed as a non-injury related matter. He returned Thursday. Love has been the only Patriots player to miss any practice time this week as they prepare for Tim Tebow and the Broncos Saturday night at Gillette.
The Patriots will conduct their usual walkthrough on Friday before taking the field on Saturday, looking for their first postseason win since the 2007 AFC Championship over the Chargers in Jan. 2008 at Gillette Stadium.
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Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts after he had another multi-hit game as the Red Sox beat the Colorado Rockies 8-3.
Christian recaps the Red Sox 5-2 victory over Cleveland.
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox DH, who almost hit for the cycle in the win over the Indians at Fenway.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Ken Laird and Paul Chartier are officially the new producers of the Dennis and Callahan Show as Lucy Burdge bails out of the race, perhaps due to money concerns.
The guys discuss the hot debates in the three-man NESN booth during Tuesday night's Red Sox game.
After hanging up on D&C on Tuesday when accused of carrying water for the Worcester District Attorney, Worcester morning radio host Jim Polito talks with glee on his radio show about his interaction with Dennis and Callahan
Comedian Jim Bruer says he was on vacation in Mexico and talked to Jastremski about deflategate.
The guys talk about NESN's experiment with a three person booth on Red Sox Telecast. They also talk about who they think should be in the booth with Dave O'Brien
DJ Bean talks to the guys about the Bruin's signing of Kevan Miller, and the state of the Bruins off-season.
Stephen A Smith thinks so, but what does his own fan-base think?
We discuss the infamous nut kick and why NBA players have been so whiny this post-season.
We discuss what it means for the B's
In the latest It Is What It Is podcast, Chris Price talks with former Patriots backup quarterback Jim Miller about Tom Brady and his mindset as he continues to battle Deflategate. Miller offers up his own thoughts on Brady’s play and what sets him apart from other signal-callers of his generation. Miller also breaks down New England’s offseason to this point on the calendar, and offers his thoughts on which team might be poised to challenge the Patriots in the AFC East.
This week we talk about top golfers dropping out of the Olympic games.
In the latest It Is What It Is podcast, Chris Price talks with Comcast’s Phil Perry about the latest Deflategate news, what’s next for Tom Brady and what chance he might have when it comes to playing in the opener. The two also take a look at some guys on the roster bubble and which rookies have the best chance of having an impact in 2016 and beyond.
Kirk rants about Gerry being Corporate Callahan and commands Paul to shut Gerry's mic off.More from this show
Brady lawyer, Ted Olson, speaks about the latest Deflategate news on GMA and Gerry reads Larry King's latest Kings Things.More from this show