Scalabrine: The Celtics just can't take it to the next level'

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Scalabrine: The Celtics just can't take it to the next level'

The Celtics lost their fifth straight game Thursday night, falling to the New York Knicks 89-86.

Brian Scalabrine and Kyle Draper break it down.

Scal attributes the loss to bad spacing, hesitation on offense, and a crowded workplace.

But Kyle Draper notes that we're more than halfway through the season. Are the C's dealing with the same problems? Where do the excuses end?

"I think it has to do with maybe the personnel, and maybe this team just doesn't fit in with each other," Scalabrine said. "I think all these players are all tremendous basketball players, but it just doesn't seem like they have what it takes to get to that next level. We're talking about being a championship team. In Boston we're talking about raising banners. Maybe they just don't have that and maybe they have to make adjustments to the lineup."

Bruschi to serve as honorary captain for Patriots before AFC title game

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Bruschi to serve as honorary captain for Patriots before AFC title game

FOXBORO -- The Patriots will have a good-luck charm of sorts on their side before they take on the Steelers for the AFC Championship.

Former Patriots linebacker and three-time Super Bowl champ Tedi Bruschi will serve as an honorary captain Sunday, taking the field for the pre-game coin toss with Devin McCourty, Dont'a Hightower and Matthew Slater. Tom Brady is the team's fourth active captain, though, he rarely participates in the coin toss. 

"With an undefeated record in games that we have honored him, I can't think of a more perfect player to serve as honorary captain this Sunday," team chairman and CEO Robert Kraft said in a statement. "He was called the perfect Patriot by head coach Bill Belichick, and he has lived up to that nickname with an 8-0 record in games where he has been a part of the Patriots celebration."

Bruschi is 2-0 as an honorary captain in AFC Championship Games, taking part in the pre-game festivities in the conference title games in both 2012 and 2015. Bruschi was last at Gillette Stadium as an honorary captain back in Week 13, when the Patriots took on the Rams and celebrated the franchise's Super Bowl XXXVI victory back in 2002.