Garnett: Seraphin 'clearly has worked on his game'


Garnett: Seraphin 'clearly has worked on his game'

BOSTON Kevin Seraphin is not exactly a name that comes to mind when you think of NBA big men who are tough covers.
But the Boston Celtics know all too well just how much the third-year big man has improved.
He is a central figure on a Washington Wizard bench that's averaging a league-best 54 points per game.
In his first game of the season on Saturday against the Celtics, Seraphin had 19 points and seven rebounds. He had missed the previous three weeks with a calf injury.
"He clearly has worked on his game," Boston's Kevin Garnett said after the game. "I was a bit shocked they were going to him."
Celtics coach Doc Rivers has also been impressed at the progress made by the 6-foot-9, 275-pound forward-center who was drafted by the Chicago Bulls with the No. 17 pick in the 2010 NBA draft and was traded to Washington a month later.
"A year ago, you could play him over the one shoulder," Rivers said. "Now he goes with both hands, both ways. He's improving quickly."
Seraphin knows that games like his performance on Saturday will only make teams like Boston -- and players like Garnett who was scored on quite often by Seraphin -- even more focused on limiting him.
Now, he will be ready, but I will be ready for him too, because hes a good player, Seraphin told the Washington Post regarding Garnett. I know that, I will probably get some trap and stuff like that, like double team. I know for sure, I score 19 points, Garnett wont let me score 19 points again. For me, thats a challenge, because I have to do it again. Now I just have to prepare myself to be ready for him like he will be ready for me.

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

BOSTON -- With three crushing losses in a row at a time when results are really all that matters, the Boston Bruins are reeling at the wrong time during the regular season. The B’s tried their best to win a game 0-0 with strong defense against a sleepy Chicago Blackhawks bunch on Friday night, but ultimately coughed up a Marian Hossa goal in the final minutes for a 1-0 regulation loss at TD Garden.

The defeat continued a swirl downward for the Black and Gold over the last week, and was a second straight shutout loss on home ice for the first time in almost 15 years. The losing stretch has also kicked up the chatter that Claude Julien is in trouble as head coach of the Bruins, and the hockey club’s underperformance up and down the lineup is ultimately going to cost the NHL’s longest tenured bench boss his job.

The Ottawa Senators have passed the Bruins in the Atlantic Division, and it’s only a matter of time before the Toronto Maple Leafs move by them as well with both Toronto and Ottawa holding six games in hand on Boston. Combine all of this with the B’s having missed the playoffs in each of the previous two seasons leading into this one, and it shouldn’t be at all surprising that Julien is squarely on the coaching hot seat.

The B’s bench boss was asked about his job security after the Chicago loss, and clearly didn’t appreciate the tough, but appropriate question.

“Well, I’m not into shock-journalism,” said Julien in a prideful tone. “So I’ll stay away from that question if you don’t mind.”

The Bruins posted their Saturday schedule shortly after Julien and the B’s players had addressed the media following the loss, and sure enough the embattled coach is scheduled to address the media post-practice as part of the regular practice day routine. So it doesn’t seem that a move with Julien is imminent this weekend despite another loss, but both the coach and the players know something is going to happen to shake things up with this team if they continue to struggle.

“Right now it’s a results based situation, so if you’re going to keep losing games then probably something’s going to happen,” said Torey Krug. “But right now we’re just pretty down emotionally after this game, so I don’t want to look at the big picture. I just [want to] focus on what’s going on in this room, and hopefully we can come back with a good effort the next game.”

A good effort might help Julien’s standing with the Bruins in the short term, but it’s impossible to imagine the B’s bench boss making it through the rest of the Bruins regular season given all of things working against him right now.