Barbosa to miss game vs. Warriors


Barbosa to miss game vs. Warriors

SAN FRANCISCO The Leandro Barbosa reunion will have to wait at least one more game.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Barbosa was expected to arrive in town today, but it won't be in time for him to suit up for tonight's game against Golden State.

Barbosa has missed the last three games for the C's while attending to a personal matter.

The plan now is to have him available for the C's final West coast game at Sacramento on Sunday.

"We tried to get him for (tonight's game), but he won't make it," Rivers said.

His return can not come soon enough for a Celtics team that could use a spark right now. They come into tonight's game having lost five of their last seven which includes a 106-77 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday.

That setback has the C's (14-14) now on the verge of slipping below .500 for the first time since Nov. 9.

Making matters worst is that they're playing a Golden State team that has emerged as one of the unexpected powers out West this season.

They come in with a 20-10 record, have a pair of up-and-coming players delivering on an all-star level (David Lee and Stephon Curry) and have been extremely tough to beat in their building.

"They're really good," Rivers said. "They play big and small. They're extremely deep."

The C's will be a bit deeper on Sunday at Sacramento when, if as expected, Barbosa becomes available to play.

Boston certainly could have used him against Golden State, a team that Barbosa has averaged 14.2 points against throughout his NBA career.

"We'll go with what we have," said C's guard Jason Terry. "Of course you want all your guys to be able to play, but hey, we have to make due with what we have and just keep grinding, keep trying to find ways to win games because in the end, that's really what all this is about; figuring out how to win games."

Blount, Edelman, Gronkowski each fined $9,115 for actions in Bengals game


Blount, Edelman, Gronkowski each fined $9,115 for actions in Bengals game

Patriots LeGarrette Blount, Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski were each fined $9,115 by the NFL for their actions in the game against the Cincinnati Bengals, won by New England 35-17 on Sunday in Foxboro.

The fines were first reported by ESPN’s Mike Reiss. 

Earlier this week, Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was fined $75,000 by the NFL for stomping on Blount after Blount’s touchdown late in the game. Gronkowski was given a 15-yard taunting penalty for his altercation with Burfict earlier in the game. 

Blount's fine was for unnecessary roughness and Edelman's was a result of a facemask penalty. 

Burfict was not fined for what appeared to be an intentional dive at the legs of Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett earlier in the game. 

Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick was earlier fined $9,115 by the league for his unnecessary roughness against the Patriots.