RALEIGH, N.C. Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins falling to the Hurricanes by a 4-2 score at the end of the first 60 minutes at the RBC Center.
1) Bruins just not bringing their A game tonight in Carolina. Its as simple as that.
2) Sixteen goals for Milan Lucic at the midpoint of the season. For a guy that people wrote off last years 30-goal season because of five empty-netters it appears hes proving himself as a legit 30-goal scorer in the league.
3) What did I tell you about the hits stat? Bruins were never in this game physically against the Hurricanes.
4) Two long point shots allowed by Tim Thomas in the third period is very unlike the Bs goaltender. Had two strong periods, but couldnt follow it up in the final 20 minutes where Boston is usually a good closer.
5) Not often you see the Bruins lose a third period, but they did tonight.
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Many people think Kevin Durant-to-the-Celtics is a pipe dream.
But Bobby Marks of The Vertical isn't one of them.
Appearing on CBS Sports Radio's Gio and Jones Show, Marks said Durant's decision on where to play next year will be based on "a lot of different things. Does he go the one-year route that a lot of us think might be in play to get his years of service up to 10 and then next year he can really cash out? Can you win a championship going forward? I think that eliminates more than a handful of teams here, and then there’s also that stability factor and just how challenging it’s going to be for them to fit him in (from) a cap standpoint.
"Most of these teams that he will meet with will have to really gut a little bit of their roster outside of Oklahoma City and Boston.”
“Boston is kind of a wild card here,” Marks said. “They’re in the East, so you don’t have to bang your head against San Antonio, Golden State, Portland, the Clippers. Yes, you would have the NBA champs in your back yard with Cleveland, but basically you would really just have them and Toronto.
"And Boston’s got a lot of ways to improve in the future (with all of of their draft picks). Durant could walk into the Celtics meeting room and say, ‘Hey, I want to play with Al Horford,’ and they’ll be able to create room to do so. That’s why I kind of put Boston up there along with Oklahoma City.”