Can Williams help the Celtics?

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Can Williams help the Celtics?

I'm willing to bet that Sean Williams gets a little run tonight when the Celtics tip off in Atlanta, if for no other reason than because the C's don't have anyone else.

Paul Pierce. Kevin Garnett. Rajon Rondo. Ray Allen. Mickael Pietrus.

They're all staying in Boston. So, unless Doc Rivers feels like dusting off his old sneakers and a vintage pair of short-shorts, he's going to have to play everyone.

But here's the question: Can Williams help Boston in the playoffs?

Obviously, my instincts say no. First of all, because regardless of any raw skills that he may possess, there's a reason he was available. There's a reason he didn't last with the Nets, or with Fujian Xunxing in China, or with Mets de Guaynabo in Puerto Rico, or with Maccabi Haifa in Israel, or with the Mavericks. He can't get out of his own way.

Throw in the fact that Doc is already pretty set with his playoff rotation, and has never really been known to roll the dice with an inexperienced player unless he absolutely has to, and it's fair assume that Sean Williams' playoff contributions will be few and far between.

But I'll say this: With a guy like Williams, you always have to wonder. After all, it's never been a matter of talent. It's all in his head. And sometimes in situations like that, all it takes is finding the perfect situation. And considering the foundation and leadership that's in place with the Celtics you never know.

Hey, look at Gerald Green down in Jersey, finally figuring it out, FINALLY finding a place in this league. Sure it's a lot easier working your way into the Nets rotation than surging Celtics, but there's certainly some opportunity for Williams here in Boston. The Celtics front court is no deeper than your average kiddie pool. And Danny Ainge obviously thinks that Williams still has something to offer. Otherwise, why bring him on? Certainly not for his presence in the locker room.

So, will this be the time that opportunity knocks, and Williams actually answers the door?

Let's hope so.

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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.