Bradley: 'Ill be ready for tomorrow'

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Bradley: 'Ill be ready for tomorrow'

Speaking with Celtics coach Doc Rivers Saturday at the Cs training facility, Rivers said that Bradley didnt practice and would be doubtful for tomorrow but there was a but.

but he may play. I mean, hes so young so who knows. They just didnt want him doing anything. He just sprained his ankle, its not a severe sprain.

And clearly, its not severe enough for Bradley who insisted several times that he would, in fact, play tomorrow.

It feels better today, Bradley said. I rolled it a little bit, but Ill be fine for tomorrow.

After hearing Rivers prediction, Bradley smiled and said, Yeah, 100-percent Ill be out there tomorrow.

I just tweaked it a little bit, it swelled up, but Ill be ready for tomorrow.

With the swelling down and Bradley certain hell play, he looks forward to the matchup with some kid named Jeremy Lin you may have heard of him.

I know Jeremy is a good player, hes real crafty, Bradley said. Like I tell everybody, hes a good player. I already knew he could play; he just got his chance to make the most of it. Were just going to be prepared tomorrow and execute our game plan on how were going to hold him, how were going to defend him, and not only him but the other good players on their team.

Bradley did spend time on Lin the last time the Cs and Knicks played. The two entered the game with 2:38 to play in the first quarter. They played roughly seven minutes on each other Lins only playing time of the game. During that span, Bradley stole the ball once from Lin (leading to a layup) and blocked one of his shots. Lin missed three shots, and went to the line once (Sasha Pavlovic fouled him with under a second to play in the first quarter), and hit both free throws.

But thats been pretty much the extent of their on-court time, as it never happened before the pros.

No. We work out together in Vegas. Before the draft we worked out together, Bradley said. Were friends, were familiar with each others game.

Brown taking opportunities with Celtics as they come

Brown taking opportunities with Celtics as they come

BOSTON -- Compared to most high draft picks, Jaylen Brown doesn’t log a ton of minutes for the Boston Celtics.
 
Playing on an experienced team with legit hopes of making a deep playoff run, rookies seeing limited minutes is a given.
 
Knowing playing time will come in a limited supply, Brown understands all too well the importance of taking advantage of every opportunity he gets on the floor.
 
He did just that on Saturday in Boston’s 107-106 win over Philadelphia, and he hopes to do more of the same on Monday when the Celtics take on the Houston Rockets.
 
When you look at Brown’s stat line, nothing about it looks impressive. He played 15 minutes, scored two points with one rebound and one blocked shot.
 
But beyond the stats was the fact that he was on the floor for seven minutes in the fourth quarter in a close back-and-forth game on the road. Rookies on the floor in crunch time is not the norm in the NBA.
 
“It means a lot,” Brown told reporters after Saturday’s win. “I try to be as best I can be for my team; try to put my best foot forward every night out.”
 
And he did just that on Saturday.
 
In the fourth quarter with the Celtics leading 87-83, Brown blocked a Gerald Henderson shot that wound up in the hands of Jae Crowder. Moments later, Jonas Jerebko hit a 3-pointer that gave the Celtics their largest lead of the game, 90-83.
 
And just two minutes prior to the blocked shot, he was out in transition following an Isaiah Thomas steal and threw down a dunk that pushed Boston’s lead to 86-83 with 7:11 to play.
 
Brown acknowledged making the most of those opportunities bodes well for him and the franchise.
 
“It’s great for our team in general; not just for me,” Brown said. “Those plays helped us to pull the game out in the end. So I’m glad we got the win. I think we should have played a little better than we did.”
 
The continued pursuit of self-improvement is a hallmark of what Brown’s focus and desire are at this stage of his pro career. He has talked often about not wanting to be just one of the best in this draft class but also one of the best in the NBA overall.
 
But he’s also learned that to get there takes time and experience developing both physically and mentally. Part of that mental growth entails having the right approach to games.
 
“Usually you try to tell yourself not to mess up,” Brown said. “Now that I’m getting more comfortable, it’s just play basketball, bring energy, things like that; come out and do what you’re supposed to do. A lot of times you try to tell yourself to not mess up and it’s counteractive; just come out and play basketball and have fun.”
 
And by doing so the minutes will come.
 
“You can’t control that. I just have to control what I can control,” Brown said. “I trust coach (Brad Stevens); I trust my coaching staff. I have to come out and in the minutes I get, play my hand as best I can and take advantage of what I do get and impact this team as much as possible.”
 
This season, Brown is averaging 4.8 points, 2.0 rebounds while shooting 41.9 percent from the field.

Zolak: Bennett helps with Gronk loss, but Pats need to manage him

Zolak: Bennett helps with Gronk loss, but Pats need to manage him

Scott Zolak said on Pregame Live Sunday that the Patriots are better-suited to survive a season-ending injury to Rob Gronkowski than they were a season ago. 

Zolak said that given the health of Dion Lewis, Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and the signing of Chris Hogan, the offense has more stability at other positions to make up for the loss of Gronkowski, whose season is over due to back surgery. As for the tight end position, Zolak said he feels the Patriots traded for Martellus Bennett to protect themselves against scenarios like the one they currently face. 

“This offseason they [acquired] Martellus Bennett, I think for this very reason: to prepare for what really happens year after year, is some sort of issue comes up with Rob Gronkowski and you have to play without him,” Zolak said.

Bennett was questionable with an ankle injury for this week’s game, but is expected to play. Asked about the health of Bennett, Zolak said that he believes the tight end is good to play, but that his importance to the team with Gronkowski out means the Pats will need to be careful. 

“I think he’s healthy enough to get through about 30-35 snaps,” Zolak said. “They’ve got to balance him now moving forward.”