Caron taking advantage of most recent promotion

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Caron taking advantage of most recent promotion

BUFFALO Jordan Caron didnt want to see it happen that way, but the 21-year-old Bruins winger had to look at Zach Hamills trip to Providence as a vote of confidence for him.

Caron had one of his better games this season when he jumped onto the third line with Benoit Pouliot and David Krejci on Sunday against the Washington Capitals, and will be in the lineup until Nathan Horton returns from a concussion. Caron was kept off the board against the Caps, but the former first round pick had a couple of quality chances close to the net in an encouraging performance.

Caron was strong on the puck, he was good along the walls and he used his 6-foot-3, 204-pound frame to good use in his sixth promotion from the AHL back to Bostons hockey club. Bruins coach Claude Julien has always had a fondness for Carons game, and thats only augmented by his performance on the ice.

With guys like Pouliot and Krejci it makes it even easier. Krejci is always looking for the pass and taking the shot when he has to. Its really easy to play with him, said Caron. Theyre players that see the ice so well. Its the same thing. I just want to play hard, play my game and keep things simple. If I do that then Ill be fine.Just getting some playing time down in Providence helped. I played in a lot of games down there. It was good.

If Caron can maintain that level of play hell serve the Bruins well as the break glass during emergency forward on the Bs roster, but thats the rub with every young forward play with an established group. Its difficult to maintain a high level of play with intermittent playing time, and thats something Hamill had trouble with at the end of his stint.

I thought he skated more with the puck and he obviously had a couple of good point blank chances, so he was getting more involved, said Claude Julien. Thats what we asked him to do when he went down to Providence. Hes kind of found that part of his game. With these guys that have come up now its about maintaining it. I liked his first game and hopefully he follows up on that.

With Horton still waiting for clearance to get back onto the practice ice with his teammates while battling back from a concussion, Caron will be looked upon to make an impact during yet another go-round with the Bs this season.

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Celtics-Hornets preview: Boston, Charlotte heading in opposite directions

Celtics-Hornets preview: Boston, Charlotte heading in opposite directions

BOSTON -- The last time Boston saw the Charlotte Hornets last month, both teams were streaking in the wrong direction with each coming in having lost three in a row.

Both come into tonight’s game streaking, although in two very different directions.

Boston (25-15) has won 12 of its last 15 games to firmly establish itself as the third-best team in the East behind Cleveland and Toronto. Meanwhile the Hornets (20-20) are on the cusp of falling below .500 for the first time this season after losing their last four games.

Still, Celtics coach Brad Stevens has seen enough of this Hornets team to know that a win tonight won’t come easily.

“This is a good team,” Stevens said. “We all know Charlotte. They don’t beat themselves. We’ve had to play really well against those guys. This is going to be a tough one, as we all know.”

Figuring out why these two teams are trending in opposite directions isn’t all that complicated.

For the Celtics, their success of late has hinged heavily on their ability to make 3-pointers. Meanwhile, Charlotte’s problems have had a lot to do with a tough slate of road games (all four of their recent losses were on the road) and their inability to make shots which has been an issue in some form for them all season regardless of the opponent.

Look at the last four games, all of which the Hornets lost while the Celtics won three of their four games in that span.

The Hornets rank 21st in scoring with a 101.5 points per game average while the Celtics average 110.8 points which ranks 8th in the league.

Charlotte ranks dead-last in the league the last four games when it comes to shooting the ball (40.5 percent), while Boston comes in 18th at 46.0 percent.

But it’s the 3-point shot and its impact on having an effective field goal percentage, that really separates these two.

Boston has averaged a league-best 15.3 made 3-pointers in the last four games while the Hornets and their 9.8 made 3’s ranks 20th.

And as far as its impact on eFG%, Boston comes in with the eighth-best eFG% in the league (54.8 percent) while the Hornets next-to-last in the NBA with an eFG% of .462.

So what does that mean tonight?

Boston will look to continue being fueled offensively by good ball movement and attacking the rim which in turn should result in lots of good looks from 3-point range which is clearly a strength of this team.

Charlotte will search for other sources of offense besides former UConn star Kemba Walker who is on the short list of candidates for a spot on this year’s Eastern Conference all-star roster.

As was the case in Charlotte’s 102-93 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, an off-night shooting for Walker (17 points, 7-for-23 shooting with three assists) left the Hornets extremely vulnerable to defeat. Similar struggles tonight will provide a similar ending for Charlotte which would allow both teams to continue streaking along … something the Celtics wouldn’t mind at all.