Bradley's start comes in front of friends and family

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Bradley's start comes in front of friends and family

DALLAS Avery Bradley isn't new to this.

Rajon Rondo will be out for the next two games serving a two-game suspension for throwing the ball at official Sean Wright in Boston's loss on Sunday in Detroit.

When Rondo's out, Bradley's in.

But tonight's game will be different.

This will be the first time Bradley will start in front of most of his family and friends who made the short trek from Arlington, Texas.

"It's always good to play in front of your friends and family," Bradley told CSNNE.com. "I'm going to take it like any other game and just come out and play hard."

Effort has not been an issue for Bradley, easily the Celtic's best on-the-ball defender.

That defensive presence has been instrumental in his eight starts for the C's, who sport a nice 6-2 record with him in the starting lineup.

Although the Celtics have proven they can win with Bradley filling in for Rondo on a temporary basis, he still has plenty of room to grow.

"Avery, he's still working on his jump-shot," said Celtics guard Ray Allen. "He can still knock it down, but athletically, he does change the dynamics of our defense."

And for a team that prides itself on being a defensive-minded bunch, that's what you want.

"I just want to do whatever the team needs me to do, for us to win," said Bradley, who was in the middle of reviewing the scouting report on the Mavericks. "Of course it would be nice to play well in front of family. But for me, I just want to win. Whether I play good or bad, as long as we get the win, I'm good."

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

BOSTON -- With three crushing losses in a row at a time when results are really all that matters, the Boston Bruins are reeling at the wrong time during the regular season. The B’s tried their best to win a game 0-0 with strong defense against a sleepy Chicago Blackhawks bunch on Friday night, but ultimately coughed up a Marian Hossa goal in the final minutes for a 1-0 regulation loss at TD Garden.

The defeat continued a swirl downward for the Black and Gold over the last week, and was a second straight shutout loss on home ice for the first time in almost 15 years. The losing stretch has also kicked up the chatter that Claude Julien is in trouble as head coach of the Bruins, and the hockey club’s underperformance up and down the lineup is ultimately going to cost the NHL’s longest tenured bench boss his job.

The Ottawa Senators have passed the Bruins in the Atlantic Division, and it’s only a matter of time before the Toronto Maple Leafs move by them as well with both Toronto and Ottawa holding six games in hand on Boston. Combine all of this with the B’s having missed the playoffs in each of the previous two seasons leading into this one, and it shouldn’t be at all surprising that Julien is squarely on the coaching hot seat.

The B’s bench boss was asked about his job security after the Chicago loss, and clearly didn’t appreciate the tough, but appropriate question.

“Well, I’m not into shock-journalism,” said Julien in a prideful tone. “So I’ll stay away from that question if you don’t mind.”

The Bruins posted their Saturday schedule shortly after Julien and the B’s players had addressed the media following the loss, and sure enough the embattled coach is scheduled to address the media post-practice as part of the regular practice day routine. So it doesn’t seem that a move with Julien is imminent this weekend despite another loss, but both the coach and the players know something is going to happen to shake things up with this team if they continue to struggle.

“Right now it’s a results based situation, so if you’re going to keep losing games then probably something’s going to happen,” said Torey Krug. “But right now we’re just pretty down emotionally after this game, so I don’t want to look at the big picture. I just [want to] focus on what’s going on in this room, and hopefully we can come back with a good effort the next game.”

A good effort might help Julien’s standing with the Bruins in the short term, but it’s impossible to imagine the B’s bench boss making it through the rest of the Bruins regular season given all of things working against him right now.