BOSTON -- Keyon Dooling made his return on Sunday after missing the previous nine games due to a right hip pointer injury.
With eight minutes and 36 seconds on the court, the veteran guard was happy to be back.
I felt good, he said following the Boston Celtics 95-91 win over the Chicago Bulls. It was a good start. I have to work my way back into the rotation so hopefully I can earn my minutes.
Dooling was 0-for-2 from the field with a pair of rebounds. He said that he felt great after the game and will continue with his treatment routine to stay healthy.
He suffered the hip pointer injury during the Celtics January 26 win over the Orlando Magic. It was his first game back from a sore right knee injury which had kept him sidelined for seven games prior to that.
Ill probably have to continue to treat it the whole year, he said of his hip. Im not the only one. Theres a lot of guys banged up, so Im not going to complain. Im out there, Im happy to be out there.
For Dooling, the best part of the game was simply being able to play with the Celtics.
Just being able to go to battle with my teammates, he said. Theres a lot of guys we have ailing and so Im one of the wounded soldiers right now thats going out there trying to perform.
Dooling has appeared in 11 games this season, averaging 6.0 points, 1.1 assists, and shooting 44.4 percent from the field.
BOSTON – The Bruins are clearly getting the kinks out a couple of games into the preseason.
The B’s defense struggled all night, and allowed 39 shots on net and five goals in a 5-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings at TD Garden. The loss provides plenty of video material for the Boston coaching staff to look at over the next few days.
The Bruins actually started off well in the opening half of the first period, but then the bottom fell out when they couldn’t cash in on a power play chance. That led to a Ryan Spooner face-off penalty and then the Wings scoring on the power play to get things going. The Winged Wheels then scored on a Drew Miller-to-Steve Ott connection 19 seconds later to double Detroit’s lead, and really showed some collapse for the Bruins group on the ice Wednesday night.
Impressive youngster Austin Czarnik scored in the second period after a nice feed from Ryan Spooner crashing to the net, but that was the lone highlight for the Black and Gold against a Detroit team that was ready to go. Luke Glendening scored on a play right in front of the net in the second period as well, and Anthony Mantha made it a 4-0 lead for Detroit until Czarnik cracked the score sheet with his first goal of the preseason.
Drew Miller added a goal in the third period when Linus Arnesson vacated the front of the net to leave it wide open for the NHL veteran, and that was a pretty symbolic play for a Bruins group that never got a defensive foothold all evening.
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