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."

Griff Whalen practicing for Patriots, wearing No. 14

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Griff Whalen practicing for Patriots, wearing No. 14

FOXBORO -- The Patriots took to the practice field behind Gillette Stadium on Friday with all but one player. 

Wideout Danny Amendola was the only player not present at the session. Newly-acquired receiver Griff Whalen was present and wearing No. 14. 

Safety Jordan Richards was back on the practice field for the first time since suffering a knee injury against the Jets in Week 12. Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder), Elandon Roberts (hamstring), Eric Rowe (hamstring) and Matthew Slater (foot) were all limited in practice on Thursday, but were on the field Friday.

Friday, Dec. 9: John Scott calls it quits

Friday, Dec. 9: John Scott calls it quits

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading while digging the Spider-Man trailer that dropped last night. 

*John Scott has finally called it a day and announced his retirement, and apparently there’s a book of his memoirs also coming out too. I’m predicting it’s not headed for the New York Times best seller list. 

*Winter Olympics participation and the CBA negotiations for the NHL are starting to merge into giant issue.  

*Connor McDavid calls the Flyers' Brandon Manning classless for telling him on the ice that he purposefully tried to hurt him last season. Some players might also take issue with McDavid making public what another player said to him on the ice. That’s kind of a no-no for most hockey players and breaks an unwritten rule that McDavid might think he’s above given his star status. This whole thing isn’t a good look for anybody. 

*Kevin Stevens pleads guilty to federal drug charges in what’s become a pretty sad situation for the former NHL star. 

*New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is beginning to raise questions with his play, and his massive price tag. 

*Youngsters Zach Weresnki and Dylan Larkin took similar paths to the NHL, and are both considered part of the talented young generation full of hockey stars. 

*PHT writer Joey Alfieri has Carey Price taking a nutty on Kyle Palmieri after the player crashed into his crease last night. Price is being celebrated for sticking up for himself, but if another goalie did that to a Habs player at the Bell Centre, there would already be a warrant out for his arrest. Play it both ways, Montreal!  

*For something completely different: here’s the aforementioned new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer that looks pretty darn good.