When the Celtics left for Toronto on Thursday to begin a stretch of three games in three cities in three nights, guard Ray Allen was not with them. Allen was held back in Boston with a sore right ankle and the team said on its Twitter feed that he is day-to-day.
Allen missed six games with the ankle injury before returning on April 4 for a game against the Spurs. Allen moved to the bench for their next game against the Bulls and aw action in five games before missing Wednesday's contest with the Hawks.
After playing the Raptors on Friday, the Celtics will play New Jersey on Saturday and Charlotte on Sunday with another road game in New York on Tuesday.
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Bruins coach Claude Julien would only say he "hopes" defenseman Johnny Boychuk will be in the lineup Thursday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Capitals.
Based on this week, it would appear that Boychuk should be ready to return after missing the last two games of the regular season with a sprained knee. He participated in Thursday's morning skate, marking the fourth straight day he's been on the ice with the team. In practices and line drills, Boychuk has played on the second pairing with Andrew Ference.
Julien would not reveal the healthy scratch among forwards, but it should be either Jordan Caron or Daniel Paille, as the two have shared the left wing on the fourth line this week in practice.
Adam McQuaid (upper-body) and Tuukka Rask (abdomen/groin) will not dress. Anton Khudobin will serve as the team's backup to Tim Thomas.
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Doc Rivers made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show on Thursday, the morning after the Celtics knocked off the Hawks in overtime to improve to 34-24 on the season and into a tie with Atlanta and Orlando for the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference. Given that it was the fourth game in five nights for the Celtics -- with a win in Miami on Tuesday night -- and the Hawks hadn't played since Saturday a win seemed a difficult task on Wednesday.
"I thought it was the best win we had all year," Rivers said. "Atlanta had been sitting there waiting for us for a few days, and so I was really concerned. Last night, to me, was every bit as important as the night before. I thought it was more important in a lot of ways."
The Celtics lead the 76ers by three games in the Atlantic Division with eight games to go but also now trail the Pacers by just two games for the third overall seed in the Eastern Conference....
Running back Brandon Jacobs won a Super Bowl with the Giants two months ago, but now that he's signed with the 49ers, he's not showing a lot of respect for his former teammates. During an interview on San Francisco radio station KNBR, Jacobs said the New York offensive line deserved more criticism for his lack of production last season.
"We had issues. When I was with the Giants, we had issues down the line," he said. "Of course, I took the blame for those [because I was] holding the ball. But ultimately, at the end of the day, it is my fault because I do have the ball and that's what people see. But there's a lot more than that going on."
As for why he decided to leave New York for San Francisco, Jacobs said: "At the end of the day we go out and play this game for it being football, what we all love playing. But after you've been in the business a certain amount of time, and know that they've turned it into...
After watching his team commit 12 turnovers in the first half and 23 over four quarters and overtime, Doc Rivers was just happy to get away with an 88-86 win over the Hawks Wednesday night at TD Garden. Adding to the ugliness were the disqualifications of Kevin Garnett and Greg Steimsma in overtime, as both big men fouled out while Paul Pierce was called for an offensive foul with 5.3 seconds remaining in overtime, sending the Garden crowd into a near riot.
“I gotta [say] that was the worst game we’ve ever won," said Rivers, who watched as Rajon Rondo recorded his 19th career triple-double, and sixth this season. "And you thought I’d say something else…I mean, we didn’t play well. I mean, we just kept hanging in there. You could see the fatigue and it’s amazing how things backfire. You rest Kevin and you get a good break and then all of a sudden he has to go in overtime. Rondo was sensational; didn...
Christian and Chris talk about overrated Pats players this season and in the past and then get into the QB issue on the team. They talk about all three guys, what they bring to the table and if they can keep their head above water without the best QB in the league for 4 weeks. Then...Karlos Williams was released by the Bills - should the Pats consider adding the overweight second year running back? Christian also brings up Dante Scarnecchia and gets Price's opinion on if this one man can truly improve a shaky offensive line.
Christian Arcand is in for Tanguay for NFL Sunday with Chris Price. The guys talk about the victory over the Bears, Jimmy G's progress and their expectations for the Pats defense this season. Arcand thinks that there are more holes on the D than some fans realize.
We check in with Bill Belichick after the first Preseason game for our weekly "Patriots Monday" discussion.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Joe and Tim are joined by US Olympic Medalist and captain of the US Women's Gymnastics team Aly Raisman, as she was at Fenway to throw out the first pitch before the game.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1
David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
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.
The 8am hour Friday podcast with Kirk Minihane joined by Butch and Bradford. The guys start with the posted show host job description for Dino's replacement, then get back into the Brady preseason playing time discussion.
Kirk, Butch and Bradfo discuss a new NFL committee that has been formed with Goodell and Kraft, and whether Pats fans should have a problem with it.
Butch, Kirk, and Bradfo debate whether or not they believe the Red Sox will make the playoffs by seasons end
"Angry Lou" goes off yesterday's loss to Tampa Bay, in the process breaking the record for a human talking without taking a breath.
Tom Brady will play in tonight's Preseason game vs. the Panthers. Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss the decision to play Brady.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian take a look at the Pats' O-Line, and the Tight End Position; focusing on A.J. Derby vs. Clay Harbor.
We discuss the role Mingo will play for the Patriots defense.
We discuss the ridiculous assignment of the selfishness label to Tom Brady this week (based on...?) and where it might be coming from.
In honor of tonight's game we look back at four moments where the Patriots and Panthers cross paths.
Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.
Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.
The heart of draft season is upon us and as Jim and Pete gear up for their own big draft this weekend, this week’s podcast is filled with tips on Draft Strategy and how work your plan. Jim and Pete walk through the draft from the Elite players at the top, through the middle of the draft where you build your core, through the high upside targets at the back that can help steal you a league victory. Stars to sleepers and how to position yourself to get them are the topic of the day. Good luck with your drafts!
We are joined by David Amoyal or ESPNFC.com and GianlucaDiMarzio.com to talk about the transfer window closing and what may happen in the finals days of the summer.
Kirk & Callahan with Mut discuss the Patriots QB situation heading into preseason Game 3, and Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy's morning take on the team which mirrors Kirk's.More from this show