Pistons coach, and former Celtics assistant, Lawrence Frank isn't buying the notion that the C's are becoming one of the NBA's also-rans.
Not by a long shot.
"I think they're going to be there at the end," told Comcast SportsNet's Greg Dickerson in a one-on-one interview Sunday. "You have a group that -- because of injuries, limited practice time, some new pieces -- is not where they're going to be. But Doc Rivers is the master of understanding how to pace this group.
"Once they get Brandon Bass back after the All-Star break and they start getting a complete roster, they'll round into shape exactly the time they need to. I'd be very, very careful about writing them off . . .
"If the league is questioning, 'Oh, Boston may not be the same,' you have not only prideful guys but unbelievably competitive and professional guys that would like nothing better than to prove everyone else wrong. And they're very capable of doing it."
Tom Giles checks in from the AT&T Web Zone to read some of the reaction towards NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell via Twitter.
FOXBORO -- Leave it to Martellus Bennett, the children's book author, to make a cartoon reference when asked about the lingering effects of Deflategate.
Could hear the "Where's Roger?" chants that rang throughout Gillette Stadium on Sunday night, a reporter wondered? Bennett deflected at first.
"Who's Roger," he asked?
Then it was pointed out to him that the chants were directed to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who opted to attend the NFC title game in Atlanta -- his second trip to the Georgia Dome in as many weeks -- instead of the AFC title game between the Patriots and Steelers.
"Oh yeah," Bennett said, his memory apparently jogged. "Where is he? He's like Waldo right now. He didn't want to come here."
Tom Brady was asked about the chants as well. He had to have heard them, a reporter noted.
"I didn't hear that chant," Brady insisted. "I did hear them singing to Bon Jovi, though, that was pretty cool."
Awaiting the Patriots in Houston will be the Atlanta Falcons, obviously, but one side plot will be the potential for a face-to-face for Goodell and the Patriots.
In the past, Goodell has handed the Lombardi Trophy to the Super Bowl winner following the game -- a tradition one would expect would continue this year regardless of who wins. The commissioner has also awarded the game's MVP award to the honoree on the morning after the game. Following the Super Bowl two seasons ago, Brady and Goodell shared a stage as Brady accepted the MVP hardware.