Blakely: Celtics likely to shuffle lineup


Blakely: Celtics likely to shuffle lineup

HOUSTON Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers made a couple changes Friday night by inserting Courtney Lee back in the starting lineup and extending his rotation.

If you take his comments following Boston's 101-89 loss to Houston to heart, you can expect more changes to come soon.

There was plenty of blame pie to pass around after Friday's loss, but Rivers seemed intent on taking a big slice for himself.

"I have to do a better job of preparing the team," he said. "I have to do a better job of playing the right guys. Everybody shouldn't play every night, the way we're playing."

On Friday, Rivers added Leandro Barbosa back to what was a 10-man rotation. It is unclear if Rivers will drop Barbosa from the regular playing unit tonight against San Antonio, or potentially sit someone else who has played consistent minutes.

One position that might see a switch tonight is the backup center position that's currently being manned by Chris Wilcox.

Rivers may consider having Jason Collins back in the rotation in place of Wilcox who was among the Celtics players out of position at times on defensive rotations Friday night.

Earlier this year when Rivers was playing Collins instead of Wilcox, he said that the two would go back and forth throughout the season in terms of serving as Garnett's primary backup.

As for Lee starting, Rivers will likely stick with Lee as a starter and Jason Terry coming off the bench.

Despite all the problems Boston had against the Rockets, the play of Lee and Terry didn't stand out as far as being major factors in the team's loss. Lee had eight points to go with three rebounds and two steals.

Terry came off the bench for 12 points on four 3s, to go along with three steals and a rebound.

PFT: Belichick can still diagram his dad’s Navy plays from 1959

PFT: Belichick can still diagram his dad’s Navy plays from 1959

CBS interviewed Patriots coach Bill Belichick and 1960 Heisman winner Joe Bellino from Navy as part of its Army-Navy Game coverage Saturday.

Belichick's father, Steve, was an assistant coach at Navy when Bellino played there, and little Bill, then 7, took it all in. So much so, that 57 years later, Belichick can still diagram the 27 F Trap play that his dad used to drew up in the 1959 season for Bellino.

More from NBC Sports' Pro Football Talk here.


Saturday, Dec. 10: Vegas, scoring on NHL governors' minds

Saturday, Dec. 10: Vegas, scoring on NHL governors' minds

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while doing some early Christmas shopping ahead of the late rush. 

*Mike Zeisberger sits down with a quartet of NHL governors and discusses a number of hot topics including the Vegas franchise and scoring around the league. 

*Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos has been removed from the NHL Board of Governor’s Executive Committee amid rumors that the Canes might be a prime candidate for relocation. 

*Pierre McGuire weighs in on Connor McDavid’s war of words on the ice and Carey Price losing his mind in the crease against the New Jersey Devils. To that end, Wayne Gretzky liked seeing McDavid get a little combative at such a young age. 

*The New York Islanders signed Cal Clutterbuck to a five year contract extension, and some are skeptical it will turn out well for the Isles.

*David Pastrnak is a premier scoring threat in the league, and Scott Cullen has some details behind that. I will say this: his stock falling in the draft had less to do with his size or heaviness, and more to do with him being concussed for a long stretch of time during the year leading up to the draft. 

*The Florida Panthers are really struggling to stay positive with a 1-5-0 record since the ownership group and management decided to fire Gerard Gallant. 

*For something completely different: Baywatch stars then and now.