Belichick praises Welker's dependability, durability

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Belichick praises Welker's dependability, durability

FOXBORO --Wes Welker had only three receptions on Monday night against the Houston Texans, leaving him five receptions away from his fifth 100-catch season, which would be an NFL record.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick took the time during Friday's press conference to discuss what that potential milestone means.

"That's a lot of catches for a lot of years," said Belichick. "To be able to go out there and do it week after week, against all different coverages and all different match ups that you see, and all that, it's a real credit to Wes' ability, but also his toughness and his durability. He's taken a lot of hits out there.

"Our slot receivers, historically, Troy Brown and Wes, have always caught a lot of balls . . . Welker even returns kicks for us sometimes. And he blocks. He's a tough kid. He's in there on a lot of plays. It's not all catches. He's in the blocking and running game. He had a big block on Ridley's touchdown run last week."

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Halftime stars, studs and duds: Raptors missing Lowry in first half

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Raptors missing Lowry in first half

TORONTO -- Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the first half which ended with the Boston Celtics ahead 55-45 over the Toronto Raptors.

STARS

DeMar DeRozan

Playing without Kyle Lowry (right wrist), DeRozan made the most of what, not surprisingly, were a few more shot attempts. He led all scorers with 19 first-half points on 7-for-13 shooting.

Isaiah Thomas

The strong play by Thomas prior to the All-Star break, hasn't gone anywhere. He led the Celtics with 11 points in the first half on 3-for-7 shooting along with four assists.

 

STUDS

Jonas Valanciunas

Boston had problems throughout the first half keeping him off the boards as he tallied five points and a game-high six rebounds.

Jaylen Brown

The rookie showed a heightened level of maturity at both ends of the floor, scoring 10 points on 4-for-6 shooting.

 

DUDS

Corey Joseph

We all know he's not Kyle Lowry, but he has to do a better job of filling in for the All-Star than what we saw in the first half if the Raptors are to have any shot at rallying tonight. He was scoreless in 17 minutes, missing all three of his shots from the field.