Bradley 'doubtful' vs. Pistons


Bradley 'doubtful' vs. Pistons

WALTHAM -- Celtics guard Avery Bradley will travel with the team to Detroit but is "doubtful" for Sunday's game against the Pistons, according to Doc Rivers.

Bradley suffered sore ribs during Wednesday's game against the New Orleans Hornets and did not play Friday against the Chicago Bulls.

"I think he's going to get another x-ray because he didn't improve," Rivers said before practice on Saturday. "I think he's there now getting an x-ray. They just want to make sure they're not cracked or something like that. I think the x-rays showed it wasn't, but maybe do a deeper one just to make sure."

A team official later announced those x-rays came back negative.

Bradley made his season debut on January 2 after rehabbing from double shoulder surgery. Eight games later, he was back on the sidelines.

While Rivers would prefer to have Bradley in the lineup, he understands injuries are part of the game for an athletes who competes so physically.

"He just plays hard and guys like that are going to get injured," said Rivers. "That's fine by me, it really is. I want him to play the way he plays. He'll probably get better at it as his career goes on, and have less and less. But (Anderson) Varejao gets hurt all the time, he plays hard. There's a group of guys. Delonte (West),  Kirk Hirnich is one of those guys. He's always in the scrum. But you can't do without those guys, either, and what they do is really important for your team so you would never tell them not to."

Bradley is averaging 8.1 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game. The Celtics went on a six-game winning streak during his first eight games back.

Steelers RB Williams tweets nonsensical video about Patriots fan, deflated football


Steelers RB Williams tweets nonsensical video about Patriots fan, deflated football

DeAngelo Williams is not a Patriots fan. The Steelers running back took a shot at Bill Belichick back in February, and in July, after Tom Brady accepted his four-game suspension for Deflategate, Williams said he was happy the Patriots were going to be running into issues to start this season. 

I am glad they got problems. I don't care,” Williams said at the time. “Everybody has their problems, and I am glad they have theirs.”

Williams' most recent dig at the Patriots is a confusing one. It's clear he had an idea. He probably even thought it was a funny idea. The execution, though, was . . . lacking. Instead of a production put on by a multi-millionaire, the video he tweeted on Saturday looked more like something written and shot by a couple of third graders then slapped up on YouTube. 

The timing of Williams' video is a little odd given that Williams is out for Sunday's game due to a knee injury. He also earned some very high praise from Belichick earlier this week so you'd think he might be willing to hold off on the gratuitous Deflategate crack.

"DeAngelo Williams, I mean he led the league in rushing the two weeks where he played earlier in the year when he had a lot of carries," Belichick said. "He’s had a tremendous career. Really one of the all-time great careers statistically. He’s been tremendous."

His filmmaking career, though? Not so much.

Sunday, Oct. 23: Hall fitting in with Devils


Sunday, Oct. 23: Hall fitting in with Devils

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while waiting to find out which Walking Dead character got brained by Lucille in last season’s cliffhanger. I’m going with Abraham.

*The SI roundtable talks about the future of Jacob Trouba, and where he’ll end up going when his current situation resolves itself.

*P.K. Subban is apparently getting very comfortable in Nashville, and enjoying life in a city with NFL football.

*Fun conversation between Yahoo’s Josh Cooper and Brad Marchand about a whole range of random topics.

*A cool father-son story where they became the goaltending tandem for the Ontario Reign through a series of dominoes falling after Jonathan Quick went down with injury for the Los Angeles Kings.

*Pro Hockey Talk has Taylor Hall serving as exactly what the New Jersey Devils have needed for the last couple of years.

*For something completely different: FOH (Friend of Haggs) Dan Shaughnessy says that the MLB playoffs couldn’t have played out any worse for the Boston Red Sox.