Doc: 'We know (Dooling's) capable'

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Doc: 'We know (Dooling's) capable'

MILWAUKEE Boston Celtics guard Keyon Dooling is about as familiar a Celtic as there is on this roster with Milwaukee's Bradley Center.

Dooling was traded to Boston from Milwaukee during the offseason, after having spent the entire 2010-2011 season with the Bucks.

That familiarity certainly paid off for the C's on Thursday, with Dooling's contributions helping Boston pull away for a 100-91 win over the Bucks.

Dooling, who is averaging a career-low 3.6 points per game this season, had eight points on Thursday which included a perfect 4-for-4 from the field.

"Keyon, knocking down shots, that's what we're going to need," said Paul Pierce. "Especially with playoffs right around the corner, it's going to have to come from everybody."

The C's have been extremely patient with Dooling, who has struggled on the floor with his play, and off the floor with injuries.

Of the players currently in the Celtics' rotation -- Dooling is part of that rotation -- he has missed more games (16) with a sore right knee (nine games) and a right hip pointer (seven games).

He has essentially missed half the season because of injuries. And when you throw in the shortened preseason with minimal time for training camp, it's not all that shocking that the 31-year-old has struggled.

Along with a career-low scoring average this year, Dooling is also shooting a career-low from the field (37.6 percent) and from 3-point range (28.8 percent).

So a 4-for-4 shooting night was, well, kind of a big deal.

"He needed that," said C's coach Doc Rivers. "We needed that from him. We know he's capable."

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Patriots issue training camp weather advisory for Friday, July 29

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Patriots issue training camp weather advisory for Friday, July 29

You might want to change plans if you were hoping to attend Patriots training camp on Friday morning. The team says there's a chance practice will be moved indoors and closed to the public because of potential thunderstorms.

"The forecast for Friday, July 29 is calling for rain, heavy at times, with a chance of thunderstorms," the release said. "While the team plans on practicing as scheduled from 9:15-11:30 a.m. on the training camp practice fields behind Gillette Stadium, we would like to warn any fans planning to attend that thunderstorms could force the team to practice inside their Empower Field House at a moment’s notice."

If there are updates or changes made to the schedule, they'll be posted on Patriots.com/trainingcamp and on the training camp information line at 508-549-0001.