BOSTON -- An irrational hysteria blew through the area on Monday as a large group of Bruins fans believed Wednesdays Game 7 between the Bruins and Capitals was going to start at 1 p.m.
Tweets to this humble hockey writer claimed that a Google search turned up a website where the game was scheduled at 1 p.m. Several also mentioned hearing an afternoon start time on the radio. One imaginative tweeter even reasoned that the Bruins playoff game was starting in the afternoon because NESN was jam-packed with Liverpool soccer and a regularly scheduled Red Sox game.
There was absolutely zero chance of a weekday matinee for an NHL playoff game, given the NBC Network's involvement, and on Monday night the league finally announced a 7:30 p.m. start time for Wednesday's Game 7.
The decision as to when the start the game was delayed until it was known whether the Blackhawks and Coyotes would also play a Game 7 on Wednesday night. Had that series gone to seven games, the Bruins and Caps would have started slightly earlier, probably at 7 p.m., in order to show the Chicago-Phoenix game immediately afterward.
But Phoenix' series-clinching victory Monday night means Boston and Washington will be the only Game 7 played on Wednesday.
The injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Steelers game:
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
WR Danny Amendola (ankle)
TE Martellus Bennett (knee)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder)
WR Chris Hogan (thigh)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee)
DL Jabaal Sheard (knee)
TE Ladarius Green (concussion/illness)
LB James Harrison (shoulder/triceps)
RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (concussion)
RB Le'Veon Bell (not injury related)
K Chris Boswell (illness)
LB Anthony Chickillo (ankle)
S Sean Davis (shoulder)
C B.J. Finney (illness)
WR Darrius Heyward-Bay (illness)
DE Ricardo Mathews (ankle)
QB Zach Mettenberger (illness)
S Michael Mitchell (not injury related)
QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related)
LB Vince Williams (shoulder)
WALTHAM, Mass. – The right Achilles’ strain that has kept Avery Bradley out of five of the Celtics’ past six games, will continue to keep the 6-foot-2 guard sidelined.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Bradley will not play Saturday against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Stevens added that no additional tests have been taken and the Achilles’ itself is structurally fine.
“He’s got a lot of soreness around it, and that’s one of those things you have to be ultra-careful with,” said Stevens, who later added that Bradley would not practice with the team today. “When he [Bradley] came back, he said he felt a lot better, and then he played and the next day he practiced. We didn’t do anything live but he did a lot of cutting and did not feel near as good. That’s why he didn’t play Wednesday.”
The absence of Bradley was clearly felt in a 117-106 loss to the New York Knicks on Wednesday, a game in which Knicks guard Derrick Rose – the man Bradley would have likely spent defending most of the game – scored 30 points.
This season, all-NBA first team defender is the Celtics’ No. 2 scorer at 17 points per game along with averaging a team-best 6.9 rebounds.
In addition, Bradley is shooting a career-best 40.9 percent from 3-point range, as well as dishing out 2.4 assists per game, which also represents a career-high for the 26-year-old.