Doughty vows not to take another 'baby' tantrum on ice

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Doughty vows not to take another 'baby' tantrum on ice

NEWARK Drew Doughty knows hes got a little bit of a history when it comes to being a hothead.

So the Los Angeles Kings do-it-all defenseman was a little sheepish recounting his antics during the third period and overtime of Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals in Phoenix.

Doughty yelled, screamed and slammed his stick down to the ice tomahawk-style in a 27-second tirade during overtime after he was whistled for an interference call by Kevin Pollock. Things ended well for Doughty and the Kings as Los Angeles were able to kill off the penalty and capture the 4-3 OT victory to advance to the Cup Finals.

But hes also received an earful from his teammates since the series ended in their favor.

Theyve chided him by calling him a baby after he flipped out on the refs in both the third period and overtime of the elimination game, and Doughty said there will be no repeat performance of Going Postal on the Ice.

They were calling me a baby and making fun of me in that sense, said Doughty. They told me not to do it again because I was lucky I didnt get a 10-minute misconduct. Then I would have been just sitting in the box for a long time. That would have been a bad thing.

The guys were all making fun of me and whatnot. I regret doing it and not being able to control myself. I need to find those refs and apologize to them. Thats for sure. I didnt have a chance to after the game. When I see them again I definitely will.

So dont expect stick swings of fury during the Cup Finals if hes headed toward the box during a pivotal stretch against the New Jersey Devils. The Kings need a player thats put up 10 points and a plus-10 in 14 playoff games while soaking up 25 minutes of ice time per game, so theres no room for tantrums on the way to the penalty box.

Thats something I had somewhat of a reputation for earlier on in my career, and its something Ive worked hard to eliminate from my game. This whole playoff run, I think that was the first time I had really lost it on the refs, said Doughty. All that tension was building up and it finally bubbled over.

The 22-year-old got it all out of his system while dispatching the Phoenix Coyotes, and now the stick is back to shooting rather than swinging.

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Rose looking like his old self

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Rose looking like his old self

BOSTON – The New York Knicks have been in a massive funk of late, something the Boston Celtics had to know which, not surprisingly, would result in them playing with a heightened level of desperation.

That desperation left the Celtics a bit exasperated at the half which ended with a 10-2 run by New York that put them ahead 63-54 at the half.

After falling behind by as many as nine points in the second quarter, the Celtics rallied to within a single point (53-52) following a basket by Isaiah Thomas.

The second quarter was all-New York afterwards.

It was just a one-possession game (Boston led 34-31) for the Celtics going into the second quarter, which was exactly where Boston didn’t want to be against a Knicks team whose bench ranks among the NBA’s highest-scoring second units recently. In their last three games, the Knicks’ bench has averaged 43.0 points per game which according to hoopsstats.com, ranks sixth in the NBA during that span.

At the half, they had 33 points compared to just 12 for Boston’s backups.

Boston fell behind early 9-5, but the Celtics rallied following a time-out with a 15-4 run capped off by a 3-pointer from Isaiah Thomas.

The Celtics’ lead peaked at nine points on separate occasions in the first, but the Knicks closed out the first with a 12-6 spurt that cut Boston’s lead to 34-31 at the end of the first.

Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the first half.

 

STARS

Derrick Rose

The former league MVP looked like his old self tonight instead of just old. He led the Knicks with 14 points on 7-for-11 shooting.

Isaiah Thomas

The Knicks had great success inside the paint against all the Celtics minus Thomas who did much of his dirty work offensively on drives to the basket. At the half he had 19 points on 8-for-10 shooting.

 

STUDS

Willy Hernangomez

Boston had problems rebounding the ball, and Hernangomez was the main reason why. At the half he had 10 points and six rebounds, three of which were offensive boards.

Jae Crowder

Dealing with Carmelo Anthony is enough to keep Crowder busy tonight. But he’s doing that at a high level in addition to providing a nice punch offensively with 14 points.

Mindaugas Kuzminskas

You may not know his name, but his game was pretty impressive in the first half. At the half, he had nine points.

 

DUDS

Al Horford

We’ve seen him air-ball a 3-pointer, miss a lay-up and strguggle to get any shots to go down tonight. At the half, he had three points while missing nine of his 10 shot attempts.

Avery Bradley (Achilles) will not play vs. Knicks

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Avery Bradley (Achilles) will not play vs. Knicks

BOSTON – Both New York and Boston will take to the floor tonight minus a starter courtesy of a sore Achilles injury.

For Celtics guard Avery Bradley, tonight will be the fifth time in the last six games that his right Achilles injury will keep him sidelined.

Meanwhile, New York’s Kristaps Porzingis will miss his fourth straight game with a sore left Achilles injury.

The 7-foot-3 Porzingis averages 19.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.

Porzingis’ absence tonight was established well before tip-off.

“I’d say I’m 90 percent ready; still not there yet,” Porzingis told reporters prior to the game. “But I’m getting closer … hopefully the next game or after the next game.”

As far as Bradley is concerned, he was a last-minute matter.

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens was asked about his roster earlier tonight, and indicated Tyler Zeller (sinus) and James Young (ankle) would be on the inactive list tonight with injuries.

Without Bradley, the Celtics are expected to start Marcus Smart who has filled in as the team’s starter previously when the 6-foot-2 Bradley was unavailable.

 Bradley is the Celtics' second-leading scorer with 17.7 points per game this season, along with a team-high 6.9 rebounds per game and 2.4 assists.