The NHL owners and NHLPA continue to go back and forth with no end to the lockout in sight. Felger and Mazz break down the latest and explain where the lockout stands as we enter the weekend.
Most recently, it appeared the two sides were close on the major issues. The owners sent a proposal on three sets 'smaller' issues. These additional sets of issues included five-year max contracts (seven if you re-sign your own player), a 10-year CBA with an opt-out after eight years, and an even smaller category of minor compliance issues. The players countered with an offer of longer max-contracts and an eight-year CBA with an opt-out after six.
Felger explains what happened next: "When the owners didn't get the flat 'yes' they were looking for, on those three items, they walked away, left town, and now we're back to square one."
After numerous speed bumps, counter offers and accusations, Felger says he's still on the players side because they stayed at the negotiating table while the owners left town.
Dave Goucher says all of this shows that the owners are done negotiating. Goucher believes the owners were looking for a 'yes' or 'no' and that was all they were willing to offer. "The negotiating part is over."
The injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Steelers game:
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
WR Danny Amendola (ankle)
TE Martellus Bennett (knee)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder)
WR Chris Hogan (thigh)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee)
DL Jabaal Sheard (knee)
TE Ladarius Green (concussion/illness)
LB James Harrison (shoulder/triceps)
RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (concussion)
RB Le'Veon Bell (not injury related)
K Chris Boswell (illness)
LB Anthony Chickillo (ankle)
S Sean Davis (shoulder)
C B.J. Finney (illness)
WR Darrius Heyward-Bay (illness)
DE Ricardo Mathews (ankle)
QB Zach Mettenberger (illness)
S Michael Mitchell (not injury related)
QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related)
LB Vince Williams (shoulder)
WALTHAM, Mass. – The right Achilles’ strain that has kept Avery Bradley out of five of the Celtics’ past six games, will continue to keep the 6-foot-2 guard sidelined.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Bradley will not play Saturday against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Stevens added that no additional tests have been taken and the Achilles’ itself is structurally fine.
“He’s got a lot of soreness around it, and that’s one of those things you have to be ultra-careful with,” said Stevens, who later added that Bradley would not practice with the team today. “When he [Bradley] came back, he said he felt a lot better, and then he played and the next day he practiced. We didn’t do anything live but he did a lot of cutting and did not feel near as good. That’s why he didn’t play Wednesday.”
The absence of Bradley was clearly felt in a 117-106 loss to the New York Knicks on Wednesday, a game in which Knicks guard Derrick Rose – the man Bradley would have likely spent defending most of the game – scored 30 points.
This season, all-NBA first team defender is the Celtics’ No. 2 scorer at 17 points per game along with averaging a team-best 6.9 rebounds.
In addition, Bradley is shooting a career-best 40.9 percent from 3-point range, as well as dishing out 2.4 assists per game, which also represents a career-high for the 26-year-old.