Morning Skate: Thursday, November 29

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Morning Skate: Thursday, November 29

Nick Cotsonika of Yahoo! Sports comes to the rescue with a plan for federal mediators to help solve the NHL lockout. Its all nicely and neatly laid out as the mythic middle ground.

Joe Corvo says its like 2004 all over again with the feelings the players are having about the current lockout. Thats not what anybody is looking for as the work stoppage slowly rolls toward December. The Bruins are just

Michael Russo has the sad story of NHL goaltender Josh Harding being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and his determination to overcome adversity.
 

The NHL might be nearing a deal, but the Detroit News makes the argument that it wont be a lasting one. The potential 48-game season to start in January is something Ive heard as well, but it doesnt seem like even that is anywhere close to happening as the NHL and NHLPA continue to disagree with each other.

Claude Giroux is not concussed. That is the good news and CSNPhilly.com writer Tim Panaccio has the inside scoop on it.
 

Dave Stubbs has the first of a two-part interview with Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban as he tries to remain busy during the NHL lockout. Subban has become a lighting rod for boos from Bruins fans because of the MontrealBoston rivalry, but its really difficult not to like the kid away from the ice.

Chris Johnston with an update on collective bargaining talks after the first day of separate federal mediation hearings with both sides.

For something completely different: Boston Magazine sits down for a Q&A with Boston Globe football writer Greg Bedard as he breaks down his weekly process of evaluating Patriots games. Its really interesting stuff.

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Celtics-Sixers preview: Road has been kind to C's lately

Celtics-Sixers preview: Road has been kind to C's lately

BOSTON – For most teams in the NBA, road games are a necessary evil. 
 
Not for the Celtics. At least, not lately.
 
The Green Team hits the road for its next three games, and that has been a good thing – a real good thing – lately. 
 
Boston (11-8) has won its last four road games, the kind of success that breeds a heightened level of confidence heading into this current trip which begins tonight at Philadelphia. 
 
And it only helps that they hit the road coming off a 97-92 win over Sacramento on Friday. 
 
“We have to carry that momentum with us,” said Boston’s Jae Crowder. “You know how...anytime in this league, the momentum, you have to stay with it. We’ve been having success away from home. It was big for us to get this win (over the Kings) to start the road trip off.”
 
A big part of Friday’s victory was the play of Al Horford who finished with 26 points, eight rebounds, and six blocked shots. The points and rebounds for Horford were both season-highs.
 
Horford’s breakout performance came on the heels of a 121-114 loss to Detroit, a game in which Boston’s $113 million man (Horford) only took five shots.
 
“Coach [Brad Stevens] didn’t say anything about going to him just specifically,” said Boston’s Isaiah Thomas. “We just found him and made the right play and when he got it he was very aggressive.” 
 
Part of Horford’s success was that he was in more of an attacking mentality. But he also benefited from a Kings defense that didn’t double-team him nearly as much as the Pistons did. 
 
“I got a lot of early looks in the game and like I said [following the Pistons loss] I think the Pistons did a good job defending and doubling and forcing me to pass the ball. [Friday night] I had more opportunities to be aggressive.”
 
Facing a Sixers team that ranks among the NBA’s worst in several defensive categories, Horford and the rest of his Celtics teammates should have ample opportunities to make plays offensively. 
 
And in doing so, they will be able to add on to what has been an already impressive stretch of play this season away from home.
 
“I think it will be good,” Horford said. “[Tonight] it’s a Philly team that plays hard and we just want to keep building on [Friday night’s win over Sacramento] and just try to be better.”