C's to modify KG's minutes


C's to modify KG's minutes

TORONTO Kevin Garnett is still going to average around 30 or so minutes per game this season.But the way those minutes will come about, is expected to change.That will be among the changes Celtics coach Doc Rivers plans to tinker with during this shortened preseason schedule, which begins today against the Toronto Raptors.The purpose of modifying his minutes, Rivers said, is to allow him to be more effective in the fourth quarter."I thought last year Kevin, his fourth-quarter numbers were down," Rivers said.He added, "We're going to avoid the 10-minute in a row stretches and do more five and five and five, three times in a half. I don't know if that'll work, honestly. I'm 50-50 on whether it'll work."Here are some other notes and nuggets heading into today's preseason opener. Boston has a 19-5 preseason record since 2008, the second-best record in the NBA during that time. Only the Orlando Magic (21-1) have a better preseason record in that span.The Celtics are one of just three teams (the Los Angeles Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks are the others) with four players who appeared in games during the last NBA lockout-shortened season, 1999. Rivers continues to hold court in rarified air among Celtics coaches. Entering his eighth season with the C's, the only other coach since Red Auerbach stepped aside in 1966 to coach the Celtics for that many years consecutively, was Hall of Famer and Comcast SportsNet analyst Tommy Heinsohn. The Raptors have a new head coach in Dwyane Casey. His previous head coaching experience came during the 2006-2007 season in Minnesota. He coached 40 games that season with the Timberwolves, posting a 20-20 record. That team featured Garnett.

Rask status in question vs. Canadiens with ‘general soreness’


Rask status in question vs. Canadiens with ‘general soreness’

BRIGHTON, Mass. – Tuukka Rask has been outstanding through his first three games this season after stumbling out of the gate last year. The .947 save percentage and sub 2.00 GAA are all the more impressive for Rask when also accounting for a lower body issue that’s been nagging at him since the opening night win a little more than a week ago.

Rask stopped 28 of 29 shots against the New Jersey Devils Thursday night in a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils at TD Garden, but it was also clear on a couple of stops that he was feeling discomfort in his lower half as he extended into the full butterfly. 

That was confirmed by Rask following the win when he admitted he was dealing with “something” after the game, and by his absence from the practice ice at Warrior Ice Arena on Friday morning.

“Uh-huh. There’s always a little something-something,” said a smirking Rask, when asked if he’s playing through something physically.

Instead, Babson College goalie coach Mike Ronan was called into emergency duty, and took the practice ice along with Bruins backup netminder Anton Khudobin.

Claude Julien said following practice that Rask was dealing with the same “general soreness” that last week pushed him out of a scheduled start against the Toronto Maple Leafs, and it’s uncertain whether he will make the start against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.

“The general soreness he had last week is still there,” said Julien. “[The medical staff] will see tomorrow how he's doing.”

Rask also missed a Bruins practice with soreness last Friday in Toronto, and wasn’t able to play the next night in the loss to the Maple Leafs. Injuries aside, Rask has been brilliant against both New Jersey and Winnipeg and was solid over the final 40 minutes against the Blue Jackets in an opening night win to start the season.

“Tuukka was outstanding in Winnipeg and he was good again [vs. New Jersey],” said Julien. “So, there are no issues with Tuukka. I think he’s giving us the hockey and the goaltending that we are looking for.”

Well, maybe there is one slight “issue with Tuukka” if a nagging lower body issue starts keeping him out of Bruins games and practices on the regular.

Here are the line combos and D-pairings at Friday practice:









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Report: Celtics offering Young or Hunter for second-round pick


Report: Celtics offering Young or Hunter for second-round pick

The Celtics continue to offer James Young or R.J. Hunter for a second-round pick, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo’s The Vertical reports.

The Celtics need to be down to 15 players by 5 p.m. Monday. Young and Hunter are on the bubble to make the roster. For CSN Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely’s look at the candidates for the final roster spot, click here.