Julien: Bergeron will play in Game 7

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Julien: Bergeron will play in Game 7

WILMINGTON, Mass Patrice Bergeron will be suiting up for the Bruins in Game 7 despite being banged up in the parlance of playoff hockey, but wouldnt say whether hell be taking any more or less than the one face-off he won on Sunday afternoon.

The former was revealed by Claude Julien following Tuesdays practice at Ristuccia Arena and the latter was revealed by No. 37 himself on his weekly radio spot with Gresh and Zo on 98.5 the Sports Hub.

Rich Peverley continued to center Bergerons line in practice, and it appears hell be taking the bulk of the pivot duty while playing with one of the best face-off men in the NHL when hes healthy. Jordan Caron skated in the right wing spot that should be held for Bergeron on Wednesday night, and that leaves the CaronShawn Thornton decision for the coach prior to their most important playoff game yet this spring.

The Bs coach was asked if he had any reservations or worries about his two-way center playing in the decisive game on Wednesday night against the Washington Capitals, and his answer was unwavering.

None at all, said Julien.

When the Bruins coach was pressed further on it later in his press conference, he appeared slightly agitated and forcefully stressed Bergeron would be playing in Game 7 against the Capitals without any ifs, ands or buts about his injury condition. After playing nearly 19 minutes of ice time and assisting on one of Bostons goals in their 4-3 overtime win, it seemed a foregone conclusion.

Now its a certainty.

Hes playing. He played last game and hes going to play the next game, said Julien, matter-of-factly. Hes playing next game. Hes not game-to-game. I dont know how much clearer I can get.

So there doesnt seem to be any doubt now after an education from the Bruins coach on Bergerons status.

Giardi: John Farrell has been ‘handcuffed’ by roster

Giardi: John Farrell has been ‘handcuffed’ by roster

Mike Giardi and Trenni Kusnierek debate whether or not John Farrell should be fired after a rough month of June.

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Thomas will be 'as real as possible' if part of Celtics meeting with Durant

Thomas will be 'as real as possible' if part of Celtics meeting with Durant

BOSTON – Isaiah Thomas and the Boston Celtics are longing for some fireworks this weekend, but we’re not talking about the Fourth of July variety.

The Celtics will make their pitch to Kevin Durant which is taking shape as the most important player pursuit by Boston ever.

Boston made the cut of six teams that Durant will limit his discussions to this weekend, with a decision expected prior to July 9 which is when he embarks on an overseas trip.

As of Thursday evening, Thomas wasn’t sure if he was going to be part of the group that meets with Durant.

“If they need me to do it, I’ll definitely do it,” said Thomas who added that he would be meeting with Danny Ainge later in the day. “We’ll see.”

If he does (as expected) partake in the official recruitment of Durant, Thomas already has an idea of how he’ll approach things.

“First off, I’m going to go buy some (Kevin Durant sneakers),” quipped Thomas. “If I do go to the meeting, I’ll be in … the whole outfit. I’m just gonna be as real as possible. As a basketball player and a basketball fan, he knows what Boston brings.”

On Thursday, Thomas was at Faneuil Hall in conjunction with Good Humor ice cream which began its East coast tour in Boston.

That relationship is yet another of the perks that comes with being a standout basketball player in Boston.

Thomas was a solid NBA player prior to coming to Boston.

But since his arrival in February of 2015, he has become a fan favorite whose play has been pivotal to Boston’s continued success which included them winning 48 games this past season – the most under third-year coach Brad Stevens – and Thomas being selected to his first all-star game.

As Thomas handed out free ice cream to kids and adults and a slew of Celtics fans, they all had a similar message for him – “Bring KD to Boston!”

Thomas wasn’t surprised.

“They (fans) want greatness, they want top players,” Thomas said. “They’ll do whatever they can to get them.”

And Thomas believes the same is true for Ainge and the entire Celtics franchise.

That’s in part by Thomas has a good feeling that Boston’s roster next fall will include at least one other all-star caliber player besides himself.

“I’m very confident,” Thomas said. “I’m not saying it’s going to be Kevin Durant. Who knows? But I’m confident he’ll get a guy that can help build on what we have going here.”

Report: Celtics likely to guarantee Amir Johnson’s $12M deal for next season

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Report: Celtics likely to guarantee Amir Johnson’s $12M deal for next season

The Celtics will likely guarantee the second year of Amir Johnson’s two-year, $24 million deal he signed last season, the Boston Globe reported.

Johnson, 29, a 6-9 forward, signed as a free agent last summer, averaged 7.3 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 79 regular season games for the Celtics and 8.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in the six-game, first-round playoff loss to the Atlanta Hawks.