Allen (illness) probable vs. Knicks

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Allen (illness) probable vs. Knicks

The Celtics didnt seem to skip a beat without Ray Allen Friday night, as they cruised to a 107-94 victory over the Nets.

Allen missed the game due to a virus, but according to Celtics coach Doc Rivers during Saturdays practice, Allen is probable for Sunday, although he didnt practice with the team.

I just had him in the balcony. We wanted to keep his diseased self away from us, Rivers joked.

But seriously though, if Allen was contagious, its important for the Cs to make sure he doesnt unintentionally spread his sickness to other members of the team especially this year.

It is a concern this year, it really is, Rivers said. This is something that the league has instructed us to do if a guy gets sick. Avery Johnson and I were talking, if you missed three or four days, or a week, you could miss five games. You literally could miss five games. And so if one guy gets sick and it gets three or four guys sick, youre on a five or six game losing streak in a week. So all that stuffs important this year.

So instead of getting his team sick, Rivers joked that he instructed Allen to hang out in the Knicks locker room.

They think hes no longer contagious, but we sent him in the Knicks locker room today and had him use all their towels. So all the towels theyre using in practice today will be Ray-induced.

Yep, it was that kind of mood for Rivers today and after the last three games, can you blame him? Rivers did have one more parting shot on the irony that Ray Allen of all people is sick once again.

Thats the one thing I told Ray. I said, From now on Im going to drink alcohol and eat meat. Because you do all the good things and you get sick, so what the hell Im having a burger.

Hogan 'feeling good' as he recovers from thigh injury

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Hogan 'feeling good' as he recovers from thigh injury

FOXBORO -- Patriots wideout Chris Hogan indicated after Saturday's divisional round win over the Texans that he'd be OK, and he doubled down on that stance when meeting with reporters Tuesday. 

The veteran receiver, whose first season with the Patriots has brought his first career postseason experience, injured his thigh against Houston. He left in the third quarter and did not return. 

"Feeling good," Hogan said. "Just had a little minor setback in the game. I'm working back every single day and feeling better every day."

Hogan had an awkward collision with Texans defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney at the end of the first half on a play at the goal line. To that point, he had reeled in four passes for 95 yards as the team's primary deep threat. With Hogan out, Brady relied upon Julian Edelman and Michael Floyd as wideouts.

Hogan explained that he was expecting to practice this week.

"I'm just gonna go day by day," he said. "Come in here tomorrow. Everything's been feeling better day by day. I'm looking forward to getting out there and practicing this week."

Strahan picks Steelers to upset Patriots in AFC Championship

Strahan picks Steelers to upset Patriots in AFC Championship

Michael Strahan saw the Patriots lose a Super Bowl first-hand, but he doesn’t think they’ll lose Super Bowl LI. That’s because he doesn’t think they’ll be participants. 

Appearing on The Tonight Show, the former Giants defensive end and current Person Who is Frequently on Television said that he expects the Steelers to upset the Patriots in Sunday’s AFC Championship.

“I think in the AFC, I think Pittsburgh might pull the upset this year,” Strahan said. 

When Jimmy Fallon objected, Strahan said Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers’ pass rush would be enough to beat the Pats if New England plays the way it did in the divisional round. 
 
“If you watched the Houston Texans, they had a shot; they just turned the ball over,” he said. “And the Houston Texans offense is in no way, shape or form near what Pittsburgh has. They don’t have the quarterback that [Pittsburgh has]. Defensively, Houston had the really good defense, but Pittsburgh [puts] the good pressure on the quarterback. And from my Super Bowl experience, Tom Brady does not like pressure. I’m just saying I feel like if there’s anybody who’s going to pull an upset, it will be them.” 

As for any rooting interest, Strahan said that he hopes the Falcons win the Super Bowl, citing Matt Ryan being overdue for a title and Julio Jones having a Brady-like quality of putting team goals before his own legacy.