Julien: 'It doesn't matter what we think'


Julien: 'It doesn't matter what we think'

MONTREAL By and large, Claude Julien has given up weighing in with his opinions on borderline hits and hockey offenses that might garner the attention of Brendan Shanahan and his Department of Player Safety.

There were a handful of sketchy on-ice incidents that alternated between unnoticed and handled by the games overwhelmed referees at the Bell Centre on Wednesday night, but a pair gained traction in the hours following the contest.

A knee-on-knee collision between Hal Gill and Rich Peverley has sent the Bruins winger back to Boston to undergo testing and meetings with doctors to determine the extent of an injury that knocked him out in the third period. Despite lamenting the loss of Peverley while already one right winger short in Nathan Horton, the Bs coach didnt want to weigh in too strongly after reviewing the game video.

It doesnt matter. Whether I like it or dont like it I dont make the decisions, said Julien with a smile on his face. Were going to move forward with that. Im done commenting on that kind of stuff.

Julien did actually comment a little more substantively when asked about the Brad Marchand clipping penalty on Alexei Emelin and whether the Bruins expected any league reprimand for a player thats already been suspended five games for clipping Sami Salo. There were an entirely different set of circumstances on the Emelin hit, which Marchand seemed to target above the knee, and it was clearly a softer collision with the Montreal defenseman able to skate away from the impact.

Were at a stage where it doesnt matter what we think. Its what they look at and what they feel is the right thing, said Julien. You have to respect what theyre trying to do and move forward here.

My eyes saw Marchands butt hit the other guys butt. Clipping and a suspension is going after a guys knees. Thats the way I saw it and Im hoping the league sees it the same way.

While there's been no word about the league looking into the Gil kneeing hit, Brendan Shanahan addressed the Marchand clip Thursday afternoon in several tweets.

"Like all penalties on the ice, not all "clips" rise to the level of supplemental discipline," he tweeted. "This check by Marchand was delivered to the upper thighhip and not the knee area. We don't like it, but not SD."

Chicago Bulls sign former Boston Celtics guard R.J. Hunter


Chicago Bulls sign former Boston Celtics guard R.J. Hunter

Minutes before they opened their regular season Thursday against the Celtics, the Bulls announced the signing of shooting guard R.J. Hunter.

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Halftime stars, studs and duds: Chippy first half between Celtics-Bulls


Halftime stars, studs and duds: Chippy first half between Celtics-Bulls

Jimmy Butler and Jae Crowder are former teammates at Marquette. Isaiah Thomas and Rajon Rondo have tremendous respect for one another as competitors.

But in the heat of battle, friendships and respect can at times fall by the wayside which is exactly what happened in the first half between these two Eastern Conference foes.

After a chippy first half, the Bulls went into the half ahead 57-49.

The last couple of minutes in the second quarter were much closer than the halftime score would indicate.

Butler drained a 3-pointer just before the halftime buzzer sounded that nearly doubled Chicago’s halftime lead.

His shot brought a conclusion to a first half which included four technical being called on one play in which Crowder was whistled for an offensive foul.

On that play, Butler seemed to tie up Crowder’s legs with both players on the floor. Crowder then seemed to forcefully put the ball in Butler’s chest. That led to some back-and-forth smack talk between Thomas and Rondo.

All four players were whistled for technical fouls.

Chicago opened the game with an 8-2 run and led by as many as 15 points.

As the Celtics soon discovered, finding open spots on the floor against the Bulls was much, much tougher than it was 24 hours earlier against the Nets.

Chicago continued to play with control and led by double digits throughout the second quarter.

Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the first half of tonight’s Boston-Chicago game.



Dwyane Wade

The prodigal son looked good in his first game playing in front of lots of family and friends. He led all scorers with 14 points which included 3-for-4 from 3-point range.

Avery Bradley

The Celtics seemed to have found their stride in the second quarter with Bradley leading the charge. He led all Boston players with 12 points at the half.

Jimmy Butler

The face of the Bulls franchise got off to a slow start, but soon picked up his play at both ends of the floor in the second quarter. He had 11 points at the half along with grabbing five rebounds.



Taj Gibson

He was a problem for the Boston Celtics right from the start, providing the kind of low-post scoring the Bulls will be looking for in the second half. At the half, Gibson had eight points and six rebounds.

Rajon Rondo

The former Boston Celtic was doing what he has done well for most of his career – getting others involved. At the half Rondo had three points and a game-high six assists with four rebounds.

Isaiah Thomas

Boston needed him to be more of a scorer than a facilitator on Thursday, and Thomas was more than willing to oblige. He had 11 points on 5-for-7 shooting.



Celtics 3-point defense

The Bulls got one good look after another from 3-point range, with the Celtics showing few signs of making the necessary adjustments. The Bulls connected on 53.8 percent of their 3-pointers (7-for-13) in the first half.