WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Dennis Seidenberg watched Mark Stuart go through all kinds of trouble and scary worst case scenarios two years ago with an infection in his hand, so he didnt waste any time when he noticed redness and swelling around a six-inch gash on his left leg.
The infection appeared days after the skate blade of Tim Thomas had cut open the German defenseman in their victory over the Los Angeles Kings, and the Bruins medical staff immediately put him on IV antibiotics.
The infected cut has caused Seidenberg to miss at least one game against the Washington Capitals, but the blueliner said hes a strong possibility for at least one of the games against the New York teams this weekend. The Bruins face the Islanders on Saturday and the Rangers on Sunday, and Seidenberg said its a matter of when hes cleared by team doctors.
Theyre taking a look at it every day and when it looks good enough theyll let me play. I feel fine and this is precautionary, said Seidenberg, who will be on oral antibiotics for the next week to effectively knock out the infection. I told the doctors as soon as I saw the redness around the cut, so it seems like we caught it early.
With Adam McQuaid out for the weekend after suffering a cut over his eye and Seidenberg potentially out Saturday against the Islanders, it may provide an opportunity for both Joe Corvo and Mike Mottau to get a little playing time moving forward. But with Seidenbergs status day-to-day, it appears that hell be back in that top D pairing with Zdeno Chara sooner rather than later.
Seidenberg is day-to-day. Hes feeling good. Its not a matter of injury as much as its making sure the infection is taking care of properly, said Claude Julien. We need to be cautious so he doesnt take a step back. The doctors will keep checking it on a daily basis, and when they feel comfortable theyll give me the green flag to put him in.
WALTHAM -- You won’t find the Boston Celtics blaming anyone but themselves for Saturday’s 127-123 overtime loss to Portland.
But they certainly didn’t get any breaks down the stretch from the referees, who made a huge officiating mistake in the final seconds of regulation.
Following a Celtics miss in the game’s closing seconds, Blazers guard Damian Lillard wound up with the ball but was stripped almost immediately by Marcus Smart, who put the steal back in for a lay-up that would have given Boston a one-point lead with 10.8 seconds to play.
The ruling on the floor at the time was a foul against Smart. But officials later determined as part of their report on the final two minutes of the game, that the foul against Smart was an incorrect call.
“It just pisses you off, doesn’t it?” Crowder said. “It just pisses you off. I don’t like it.”
Crowder, like a number of players I have spoken to about this particular subject, is not a fan of the league releasing the information.
And his reasoning, like his NBA brethren, is simple.
There’s no recourse relative to that particular game if the officials in fact got a call wrong.
So for their purposes, the transparency that the league is seeking, while just, doesn’t do them a damn bit of good when it comes to what matters most to them. Which is wins and losses.
“It’s over now. It’s too late to confirm it now,” said Smart who told media following the loss that the steal was clean. “The game is over with. It is what it is; on to the next game now.”
Smart added that having the league confirm the call was wrong is frustrating.
“They come back and tell you they miss the call, but it’s over now,” Smart said. “We’re on to the next game. It’s like they shouldn’t even said it. But I understand it; they’re trying to take responsibility and show they made a bad call. We appreciate it but at that time as a player it’s frustrating. That possibly could have won us the game.”
But as Smart, coach Brad Stevens and other players asked about it mentioned, Boston made so many mistakes against the Blazers and played so uncharacteristically for long stretches that it would be unfair and just not right to pin the game’s outcome on one bad call late in the game.
“It happens,” said Stevens who added that he’s never read a two-minute report other than what he has seen published by the media. “There were plenty of things we could have done better.”
That blown call didn’t cost the Boston Celtics the game.
Their play did.
The Celtics turned the ball over 21 times that led to 34 points, both season highs.
They couldn’t contain C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard, two of the league’s most explosive guards who combined for 63 points on 20-for-42 shooting.
Boston allowed Myers Leonard to score a season-high 17 points.
Certainly the bad call against Smart was a factor.
But it would not have been an issue if the Celtics had done a better job of controlling the things they could have controlled, like defending shooters better, making smarter decisions when it came to passing the ball and maybe most significant, play with a higher, more consistent level of aggression around the rim.
WALTHAM -- The team flight to Washington for tomorrow night's game against the Wizards will be a little lighter than the Celtics would like.
Boston continues to be cautious with Avery Bradley and his right Achilles strain injury. Coach Brad Stevens confirmed that the 6-foot-2 guard won't travel and will sit out for the seventh time in the last eight games.
Stevens added he didn't anticipate Bradley returning to the court anytime this week, which means he's likely not to return until next week's game against Detroit on Jan. 30.
Bradley won’t be the only Celtic not making the trip for health-related reasons. Gerald Green and Demetrius Jackson are both not traveling due to sickness.
However, the Celtics did get a bit of good news on the health front. Jonas Jerebko and Tyler Zeller, both having missed games with sickness, will take the trip to D.C. with the rest of their teammates.