Bergeron ready to lead the way with consistency

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Bergeron ready to lead the way with consistency

It was a wholly different situation for Patrice Bergeron in Switzerland.
The Quebec native was near the Italian border playing for HC Lugano, and didnt speak the native tongue of the area. He also played right wing for the duration of his three-month stint in the Swiss League before playing a few games at his more familiar center spot during the Spengler Tournament in Davos.
Bergeron added another medal to his impressive trophy case by winning a Spengler Cup for Team Canada something to go with his Stanley Cup championship, Olympic gold medal, World Junior Championship gold medal, and World Championship Gold in a laundry list of accomplishments that simply blare out winner.
Now the 27-year-old alternate captain is simply happy to be back in Boston after posting 29 points (11 goals, 18 assists) in 21 games for Lugano while waiting out the 113-day NHL lockout.
I feel pretty good. I kept busy during the lockout. Obviously Ive got to get back used to the small ice, but its great to be back with the guys, said Bergeron. Im excited. You never know until you play your first game, but the tempo of the game was very fast. I also got to play in the Spengler Cup, and the competition in that was very high.
Im just looking forward to getting started now.
While Bergeron was playing more of an offensive role at the wing in Switzerland than his two-way responsibilities down the middle in Boston, the pivot isnt worried about jumping back into his defensive and faceoff duties. On Thursday he was skating with Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin during battle drills in tight areas around the net, and it looked like little time had passed for one of Bostons well-entrenched forward lines.
That speaks to the advantage Bergeron and the Bruins may have with so many players returning with great familiarity toward each other, and the same coaching staff preaching the exact same systems.
Consistency is going to be the main key to have success in a 48-game season, said Bergeron. You need to perform right away and keep it up throughout the whole time. Its going to be a grind, for sure, but its also going to be fun for the players and for the fans.
If consistency is needed for success during this abbreviated NHL season, the Bruins could do a lot worse than looking at steady No. 37 to lead the way.

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan didn't get a chance to answer one question in his postgame interview before being interrupted by Kyle Lowry, Jared Sullinger, and LeGarrette Blount.

Sullinger on Celtics: 'I watch from a distance, I support from a distance'

Sullinger on Celtics: 'I watch from a distance, I support from a distance'

BOSTON – The trip to the TD Garden is one that Jared Sullinger has made many times but never like this. 

The former Celtic was back in town with his new team, the Toronto Raptors who signed him to a one-year, $5.6 million deal after the Celtics rescinded their qualifying offer to him and thus made him an unrestricted free agent. 

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“I had a feeling it was going to go that way once they signed big Al (Horford), that they were going to let me go,” Sullinger said prior to Friday’s game.  “We were prepared for it. It is what it is. I’m happy these guys are doing well.”

And he hopes to say the same for himself sometime in the future after undergoing surgery to have a screw inserted in the fifth metatarsal of his left foot – the same foot he had season-ending surgery on during the 2014-2015 season with the Celtics. 

There’s no specific timetable as to when he’ll be back on the floor, and Sullinger is cool with that plan. 

“I don’t know. They’re hiding the protocol from me so I won’t rush; we’ll see,” said Sullinger who is still in a walking boot. 

The 6-foot-9 forward played well in the preseason and solidified himself as the team’s starting power forward. 

Now that he’s out with another injury, he’ll have to once again try and prove himself either later this season when he returns, or this summer when he becomes a free agent again.

For now, Sullinger is happy to be back in town, seeing lots of familiar faces, friends and ex-teammates that he says he still keeps in close contact with. 

“Some of these guys I considered like brothers to me,” Sullinger said. “IT (Isaiah Thomas), Jae Crowder to name a few. So I watch from a distance, I support from a distance. They’re playing well.”

In addition to his former teammates, the lines of communication remained open between him and Celtics head coach Brad Stevens as well. 

Stevens said the two exchanged text messages right before he had foot surgery, and afterwards. 

“Obviously, everyone here wishes a speedy recovery and hopefully he gets back on the court soon,” Stevens said. 

Sullinger has been an effective player during his time in the NBA, with career averages of 11.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. 

But this will be the third time in his five NBA seasons that he will miss a significant amount of time on the court due to an injury or recovering from an injury. 

Stevens acknowledged that he feels for Sullinger who once again has to go through rehabilitation in order to get back on the floor.

“I like Jared a lot,” Stevens said. “He’s a heck of a player, he’s a really smart guy. Got a lot of respect for him and it stinks that he’s got to go through that but he’ll come back strong I’m sure.”