Blazers show lack of fight in loss to Celtics


Blazers show lack of fight in loss to Celtics

BOSTON And you thought the Boston Celtics had problems?

Friday night's 104-86 win over Portland was a game that, truthfully, was never really that close.

The ease in which the Celtics scored, forced turnovers, did anything and everything they wanted, said more about the fight - or lack of it, rather - in the Blazers.

When you hear what the players and head coach Nate McMillan said following the beating, it's clear that his team has major, major issues.

For most of the night, the Blazers looked and played like a team that had already checked out on the season, and quit on their coach.

McMillan talked about how his team took an "unprofessional approach" to the game, and added that they "can play harder than that."

"We pretty much allowed that team to jump on us and I don't think we responded," he said.

And the sad part?

Both players and McMillan admit that this has been a recurring problem this season.

"This is not the first time this year this has happened," said Portland's Nicolas Batum.

Friday's loss was Portland's fifth in their last six games. Of those five losses, four have been by double figures.

Batum added, "that's been like two or three times this year that we did this we got to react, show some pride, and win some games."

And now, a season that began with such promise despite the usual assortment of crushing injuries that have unfortunately come to define these modern day Trail Blazers, is beginning to crumble before our eyes.

"We can't point fingers at coaches, management whoever it may be," said Joel Przybilla. "We got to look ourselves in the mirror and realize that we are the ones that aren't doing the job out there. That's what it comes down to."

Blazers guard Jamal Crawford added, "we gotta play with a sense of urgency. This trip is going to make or break our season as far as going to the playoffs. I'm just being honest about it; we have to go out there and do it with a sense of urgency."

Pregame Number: Perimeter pain for the Bulls


Pregame Number: Perimeter pain for the Bulls

Tonight’s pregame number is 133. That’s the total number of made 3-point field goals made last season by the players starting for the Bulls tonight. Whatever the Bulls reasons for signing Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade were this offseason, floor spacing was not one of them.

Wade’s career mark of 28.4 percent from distance is the third-worst percentage among active players with 600+ career attempts, while Rondo’s 28.9 career 3-pt FG% is seventh worst. And, for what it’s worth, the new-look Bulls shot 31.8 percent from beyond the arc (21st in the NBA) this preseason, while hitting 7.7 3-pointers per game. 

Despite allowing 15 3’s last night vs the Nets, perimeter defense should once again be a strength for the Celtics. Last season, the Celtics were fourth in the NBA with an opponent 3-pt FG% of 33.6. They were 38-15 when holding opponents to eight or fewer 3’s. 

With the NBA continuing to trend towards more 3-point shooting, it will be interesting to see how Fred Hoiberg’s offense looks this season, and especially tonight vs the Celtics.

Thursday's Patriots-Bills practice participation/report: More of the same


Thursday's Patriots-Bills practice participation/report: More of the same

Thursday's practice participation/injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Bills game:


TE Martellus Bennett (ankle)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Jamie Collins (hip)
WR Julian Edelman (foot)
DL Woodrow Hamilton (shoulder)
LB Shea McClellin (concussion)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (hamstring)
LB Elandon Roberts (ankle)
DL Vincent Valentine (back)


LB Zach Brown (illness)
TE Cordy Glenn (ankle)
WR Marquise Goodwin (concussion)
G Richie Incognito (illness)
RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring)
S Aaron Williams (neck)

DT Corbin Bryan (shoulder)
TE Charles Clay (knee)
DT Marcell Dareus (hamstring)
RB Mike Gillislee (foot)
LB Jerry Hughes (hand)
LB Lerentee McCray (knee)
G John Miller (shoulder)
WR Robert Woods (foot)

T Seantreal Henderson (back)

LB Lorenzo Alexander (non-injury related)
DT Adolphus Washington (illness)