Corvo: Turris backed down from fight

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Corvo: Turris backed down from fight

Joe Corvo had plenty of angry, threatening words for Kyle Turris after the Sens forward launched off the ice to throw a flying elbow at the defensemans head Saturday night in Ottawa. The Bs defenseman was hoping Turris would man up and drop the gloves in honorable hockey fashion to atone his dangerous hit in the corner, but then backed away from those comments 24 hours later leading into Tuesday night's game.Then both Corvo and Turris both didn't exactly drape themselves in "Old Time Hockey" bravery when confronting each other again Tuesday night at TD Garden.

Corvo said he suffers from foot-in-mouth disease sometimes, and that was the case when approached about Turris actions during last weekends trip to Ottawa. Of course the veteran Boston defenseman was still upset about the dangerous hit, and Corvo went looking for No. 7, Turris, on the open ice at TD Garden.

Corvo told reporters following the game he had every intention of throwing down with Turris after the offensive forward had side-stepped the disciplinary process, but the youngster refused to answer the bell. Colin Greening approached Corvo on the first shift of the gameand passed along the message that Turris wasnt interested in a hockey fight on Tuesday night.

His teammates said he wasnt going to fight me, so thats it, said Corvo, who also added that the league didn't contact him pre-emptively about potentially going after Turris on Tuesday. I wasnt going to be the idiot chasing him around.

WhileBruins defenseman still appeared angry after Tuesday's game, Corvo wasnt exactly playing like an angry man against a new-sworn enemy during shifts when both players were on the ice. He never truly punished on Turris as the two engaged in a handfulof one-on-one battles over the 60-minute game, and Corvo never really lowered the boom on the young upstart despite several chances to do so in a clean, honest hockey way.

Instead it was up to Lucic to settle all scores and debts, and he did itwith a song in heart while rocking Turris world. The Bs power forward was called on a delayed penalty for slashing Erik Karlssons legs, so he decided to make it worth his while.Lucic made a B-linestraight toward Turris and knocked the finesse forward off his skates sending a message it wasn't cool to mess with his teammates. It sent a couple of messages: don't mess with the Bruins as long as Lucic is around and Corvo's bark seems to be much worse than his bite.

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Celtics surge at end of second quarter

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Celtics surge at end of second quarter

BOSTON –  For the second time in as many games, the Boston Celtics were hosting a team eager to get off a losing skid.

But a strong surge near the end of the second quarter gave the Celtics a 65-56 halftime lead over Portland which came into the night having lost four straight.

Boston opened with a 12-4 run capped off by a 3-pointer by Jae Crowder – his second within the game’s first couple minutes.

But the Blazers were being carried by C.J. McCollum, half of the most explosive backcourt in the NBA. His 12 first-quarter points were crucial to keeping the Blazers within 28-26 at the end of the quarter.

McCollum continued to out-perform everyone else on the floor, even Isaiah Thomas who had a quieter than usual first half.

But the 5-foot-9 Thomas continued to make all the plays needed to put the Celtics back on top courtesy of a 12-3 run that put them ahead 57-49 with 1:55 to play in the half.

From there, Boston was able to maintain control of the game.

Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the first half of Saturday’s game.

 

STARS

C.J. McCollum

While there’s still talk about whether Damian Lillard will be an All-Star this year, McCollum has played well enough to where he’s at least worthy of a mention in the All-Star conversation. He certainly carried Portland in the first half with 26 points on 8-for-12 shooting.

Isaiah Thomas

As usual, Thomas drew a considerable amount of attention from the opposing defense. And slowly but surely, he found cracks that he could exploit. At the half, he had 17 points, four assists and three rebounds, one of which was an offensive board that he put-back in for a lay-up.

 

STUDS

Jae Crowder

He put the Celtics on a good path from the outset, knocking down a couple 3’s in the first couple of minutes. He finished the half with 13 points on 5-for-7 shooting which included a trio of 3-pointers.

Meyers Leonard

He was 3-for-4 in the first half which included a pair of powerful dunks over Boston’s Jordan Mickey. At the half he had eight points and two rebounds.

 

DUDS

Damian Lillard

It was a rough half for the two-time All-Star, tallying just three points on 1-for-5 shooting. A big part of his problem? Foul trouble. He played just 10 minutes in the first half due in large part to having three personal fouls.