Mayo reflects on almost becoming a Celtic


Mayo reflects on almost becoming a Celtic

BOSTON O.J. Mayo doesn't give much thought to trade talks, so he has no idea exactly how close he was to becoming a Boston Celtic near the trading deadline last spring.

But this summer when he hit the free agent market, he says the C's were indeed one of the teams in the hunt for his services.

"There was definite interest in talking to them (this past summer) and seeing what we could work out," said Mayo, who instead signed a two-year deal with a player option for the second year, with the Dallas Mavericks this past summer.

Mayo isn't about to play the "what-if" game, but it's clear that the pace in which he wanted to make a decision this past summer and C's timeline for adding players, was not in synch.

"I don't think we moved as fast as they would like and they made some other signings," Mayo said. "It's all good."

As fate would have it, the C's desire to add a player quickly on the perimeter netted them Jason Terry whose departure from Dallas created a need for the Mavericks who later added Mayo.

Mayo has indeed benefited from a change of scenery and to an even greater extent, a more prominent role with the Mavericks.

He has emerged as one of the league's top scorers this season, averaging 20.8 points per game which ranks 10th in the league.

Mayo has been even more lethal from 3-point range where he's shooting a league-best 53 percent with many contested in large part because Dallas is playing without its franchise big man Dirk Nowitzki (right knee).

He is having the kind of season that makes it more likely he will opt out of the second year of his contract that currently pays him 4 million a year.

While Mayo says he has not given any thought to next summer when he could potentially be a free agent once again, he has given it enough thought to not rule out any team - even the Celtics.

"At the end of the day you want to be in the NBA and play for any city," Mayo said. "Obviously Boston has championships, great fan base that it has, history that it has, brings some extra excitement. At the end of the day, I'm blessed being in the NBA playing for any team."

Beyond the numbers: The dual threat of Avery Bradley


Beyond the numbers: The dual threat of Avery Bradley

BOSTON – Another year, another season in which Avery Bradley plans to showcase a new and improved skill that will benefit the Boston Celtics.
But with each improved skill, Bradley moves just that much closer to being an all-around, two-way talent that creates problems for teams at both ends of the floor.
We all know about Bradley’s defense, which was good enough to land him a spot on the NBA’s All-Defensive first team last season. He also gets props for steadily improving his game offensively in some area every summer, but defenses might have their hands full more than ever with Bradley.
According to NBA stats guru Dick Lipe, the 6-foot-2 Bradley was the only guard in the NBA last season to shoot better than 70 percent in the restricted area among players who took a minimum of 200 field goal attempts.
He is among a list that includes Los Angeles Clippers big men DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin; Miami’s Hassan Whiteside; current teammate and former Atlanta Hawk Al Horford; San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge; Golden State’s Kevin Durant and Atlanta big man Dwight Howard.
But if you’re thinking about keeping him away from that part of the floor, Bradley also made the 3-point shot a bigger part of his offensive game last season; as in, 40 percent of his shots came from beyond the 3-point line.

Having that kind of diversity makes him a difficult player to get a clear read on how to defend. And because of that, it may open things up even more so for his teammates.
Bradley can shoot from the perimeter; he can score close to the rim. His ball-handling skills have improved in the offseason to where it no longer looks as though it’s a major weakness.
And he defends at a level few players in the league can match.
Collectively it makes Bradley one of the many challenges awaiting teams whenever they face the Celtics, a player who is poised to showcase his diverse set of skills beginning tonight against the Brooklyn Nets. 

Wednesday's Patriots-Bills practice participation/injury report: Same names for Pats


Wednesday's Patriots-Bills practice participation/injury report: Same names for Pats

FOXBORO -- When Dion Lewis wasn't spotted at Wednesday's practice, we had to make it clear when we mentioned his absence: He had only, as far as we knew, missed the start of practice. Though unlikely, there's always the chance a player emerges from the locker room once practice has started and goes through the remaining periods of the workout. 

Now that we have the injury report for Wednesday, we know that wasn't the case for Lewis. He did not show up on the report as a limited participant, meaning he didn't participate at all. 

There were no surprises on Wednesday's injury report, with nine players listed as limited, including tight end Martellus Bennett (ankle), linebacker Jamie Collins (hip) and receiver Julian Edelman (foot).

For the Bills, running back LeSean McCoy (hamstring) did not participate. Bills coach Rex Ryan explained on Wednesday that McCoy aggravated his hamstring injury against the Dolphins on Sunday, but he did not rule him out for the Patriots game this coming weekend.

Wednesday's practice participation/injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Bills game:


TE Martellus Bennett (ankle)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Jamie Collins (hip)
WR Julian Edelman (foot)
DL Woodrow Hamilton (shoulder)
LB Shea McClellin (concussion)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (hamstring)
LB Elandon Roberts (ankle)
DL Vincent Valentine (back)


LB Lorenzo Alexander (non-injury related)
LB Zach Brown (illness)
DT Corbin Bryan (shoulder)
TE Charles Clay (knee)
TE Cordy Glenn (ankle)
WR Marquise Goodwin (concussion)
RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring)
LB Lerentee McCray (knee)
DT Adolphus Washington (illness)
S Aaron Williams (neck)

DT Marcell Dareus (hamstring)
RB Mike Gillislee (foot)
T Seantreal Henderson (back)
LB Jerry Hughes (hand)
G John Miller (shoulder)
WR Robert Woods (foot)