WALTHAM -- The Celtics will likely debut Mickael Pietrus on Wednesday against Dallas after the recently-acquired swingman took part in his second practice on Tuesday.
"He looked great," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "He had a sensational day, one of our best players today. Unless I hear differently, I do [expect him to play.]"
There is an immediate need for Pietrus because Marquis Daniels has missed the last two days with the flu and Rivers isn't expecting him to be ready for the Mavericks game. Pietrus was going to play regardless, but it's likely he'll take Daniels' minutes behind Paul Pierce at small forward on Wednesday and could see some time at the other wing position, as well.
Pietrus was acquired just before the start of the season after he was waived by Phoenix. He's a career 36 percent 3-point shooter, but is coming off minor knee surgery.
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FOXBORO - Vince Wilfork met with the assembled media at Gillette Stadium on Tuesday and was asked about the challenges of defending Tim Tebow. The Denver quarterback completed just 11-of-22 passes for 194 yards in the 41-23 loss to the Patriots on December 18, but did manage to rush for 93 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
"He's just a tough, tough guy to prepare for," Wilfork said. "You can speak all day about how tough he is, how elusive he is, but it really doesn't matter until you face him. … He's a big dude, a strong guy. He's probably one of the biggest, one of the toughest, one of the strongest guys that I've faced. … He's a special guy."
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FOXBORO -- New coaching assistant Josh McDaniels attended his first practice on Tuesday and Sebastian Vollmer and Logan Mankins returned from injury as the Patriots held their first padded practice in over a month on the lower grass fields outside Gillette Stadium.
Vollmer missed the final five games of the season with an injured right foot while Mankins suffered a left knee injury in the Christmas Eve win over the Dolphins at Gillette. Both were back in pads on Tuesday as the team began on-the-field prep work for Tim Tebow and the Broncos in the AFC Divisional Playoff this Saturday night at Gillette.
The team practiced in pads for the first time since Dec. 7 while Bill O'Brien and McDaniels were both on the field with head coach Bill Belichick. It was the first practice since O'Brien accepted the job as Penn State head coach in 2012 and the first since McDaniels was hired away from St. Louis last week, joining the Patriots staff...
Bruins forward Brad Marchand spoke to the media following Tuesday's morning skate, making his first public comments since being suspended five games by the league for his low-bridge hit on Canucks defenseman Sami Salo.
"I'm obviously a little disappointed," Marchand said of Brendan Shanahan's ruling. "I wasn't expecting as many games as I got, but that was the decision and now I just have to move on."
Marchand had asked Shanahan for clarification on the legality of such hits prior to the season so as to be sure that he would not commit the infraction.
"I'm a smaller guy, I play low to the ice. That's the way I've protected myself in the past and I just felt it was better to be safe than sorry," Marchand said of his preseason inquiry. "I brought it up to him and when I walked away from the conversation he told me to protect myself was OK in that situation. When that situation arises I felt I was...
Following LSU's 21-0 loss to Alabama in Monday night's national championship game, LSU coach Les Miles faced some questions about why he didn't yank ineffective quarterback Jordan Jefferson and put in Jarrett Lee. One such question that led off the postgame press conference was more of an attack, and it came from former Saints quarterback Bobby Hebert, who, to make things even more interesting, has a son, T-Bob Hebert, who is an offensive lineman for LSU.
Check out Tuesday's Morning Mashup to see video of Hebert, a New Orleans sports radio host known for his emotional outbursts, criticizing Miles' game plan.
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.
Who is to blame for the Red Sox 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays? Danny points the finger.
Tim talks with Red Sox manager John Farrell before the Red Sox game against the Blue Jays. John talks about Clay Buchholz move to the bullpen and adjustments he expects him to have to make going from the starter to the bullpen.
Mut recaps the Sox 8-2 loss to the Rockies.
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.
Lucy's parting shot after not taking the job is to attack Dino for how he treats producers.
Bernie Sanders wants to debate Trump.
Yaz was on hand at Fenway last night to honor the '86 team and Wade Boggs' number retirement.
Laroy Streat keeps setting fire to the airways and talks people singing his Freestyle Fridays to him when they see him on the street! Catch our guy every friday via final drive! He's must listen radio!
We end the week with the best in sound Laroy Streat continues to set fire to the airways with his music.
The guys talk Red Sox pitching and the problems that could arise with Buchholz struggles.
Jerry is joined by Graig Murphy to talk stand up comedy. Until Graig pretty much hijacks the podcast to tell his side of the "Big Show Unfiltered" story.
Ben and Russ preview the Champions League Final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Who we want to win, who we think will win, and why. We also talk about our wishes for the USMNT.
The Dennis and Callahan malcontent is joined by former WEEI personality Pete Sheppard to talk about his past involvement with the station and his current gig in New Hampshire. You'll be glad to hear Pete hasn't changed one bit.