Report: Thornton, Campbell to play in charity game

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Report: Thornton, Campbell to play in charity game

Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell were among a handful of Bruins players still skating locally and attempting to keep in shape while waiting for a breakthrough in the NHL lockout. The two Bs fourth liners will get into a little game action soon, however, as both Thornton and Campbell have signed on to play in a Champs for Charity hockey game organized by Adam Burish, according to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Thornton was a member of the Chicago Blackhawks organization before breaking into the NHL as an enforcer with the Anaheim Ducks, and has always held a special fondness for the Windy City. So theres no surprise that Thornton would sign on for a charity hockey game that includes former Bruins defenseman Joe Corvo, Nicklas Backstrom, Daniel Carcillo and Jamal Myers according to CSNChicago.com Blackhawks Insider Tracey Myers.

The two teams will be coached by Chicago Cubs hurler Ryan Dempster and blonde bombshell Jenny McCarthy.

The former Blackhawks forward put together the idea for a charity hockey game in Chicago where he won a Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2010, and got most of the 2010 Blackhawks along with other players around the league to participate in the event. Notable players from around the league playing in the Oct. 26 charity game include Bobby Ryan, Ryan Suter and Jack Johnson. The game will take place on Oct. 26 at AllState Arena and the proceeds from the game will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana.

Thornton, Campbell, Johnny Boychuk, Daniel Paille and Milan Lucic are among the handful of Bs skaters still holding daily workout sessions at Boston rinks as players like Nathan Horton and Chris Kelly work out with groups in their respective homes of Florida and Ontario.

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Celtics-Raptors preview: DeRozan, Lowry a challenge for Bradley, C's

Celtics-Raptors preview: DeRozan, Lowry a challenge for Bradley, C's

BOSTON – Avery Bradley doesn’t mind being a standout, but this is probably not what he had in mind. 

Injuries have ravaged the Boston Celtics’ starting five to the point where only one player, Bradley, has been with the first unit in all 22 games this season. 

Just like Bradley was looked upon to step his game up in the absence of Isaiah Thomas (right groin) at Orlando on Wednesday, he will once again be challenged to lead Boston (13-9) to victory tonight when the Thomas-less Celtics face the Toronto Raptors. 

Bradley’s emergence as a two-way talent this season has overshadowed at times what has been another season of elite play defensively. 

And he’ll need to be on top of his defensive game tonight against a Raptors All-Star backcourt of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. 

Both Lowry and DeRozan present a different kind of challenge for Bradley who will spend time defending each of them at various points during the game. 

Lowry has good size, strength and deceptive quickness in addition to an under-rated perimeter game that will keep Bradley on his toes for sure. 

This season he's averaging 20.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and a career-high 7.6 assists while shooting 42.9 percent on 3's which is also a career mark. 

And DeRozan is having the kind of season that might get him a few league MVP votes. 

His 28.0 points per game ranks fifth in the NBA, but making his numbers even more impressive is that unlike most guards DeRozan doesn’t generate much offense from three-pointers.

DeRozan averages 1.8 three-point attempts per game which is the fewest attempts among any player ranked among the league’s top-25 scorers.

The 6-foot-7 All-Star is the master of the mid-range game which accounts for 31.5 percent of the points he scores. And when he’s not shooting the mid-range, he’s working a defender in one-on-one iso-situations. 

That helps explain why 76.4 percent of his two-point made field goals are unassisted. 

But here’s the thing about Bradley. 

As much as we give him props for what he does defensively, it’s his offense that has put him on the map as a potential All-Star this season. 

Bradley is averaging a career-high 17.9 points while shooting 47.2 percent from the field. He’s also averaging a career-high 7.8 rebounds per game in addition to shooting a career-high 40.7 percent on 3's.

But for Bradley, individual accolades are only going to come his way by the Celtics winning games; preferably against above-average teams like the Toronto Raptors.

And that would make both Bradley and the Celtics stand out this season.