Gasol, Bynum come up big for Lakers


Gasol, Bynum come up big for Lakers

BOSTON -- There is no question Kobe Bryant is the center of attention on the Los Angeles Lakers. But on Thursday night, it was their big men whose size was a difference-maker.

Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol combined for 41 of the Lakers' 88 points and 31 of their 40 rebounds. The Lakers outscored the Celtics 46-38 in the paint during their overtime win, including a 44-38 edge in regulation.

"We are just active, Gasol said of himself and Bynum. "They do a job on being really aggressive loading the strong side of the floor and obviously with Kobe creating so much attention, sometimes they took the bodies off us. And we just took advantage of that and tried to pursue the ball and get those loose balls and rebounds and put them back."

Not only were the Celtics dominated in the paint, they were also outscored 24-13 in second-chance points. The C's gave up 22 of those in regulation, nearly 10 more points than their opponent's season average.

"The rebounding, theyre big man," said Kevin Garnett. "Bynums coming into his own and its good to see a big guy like that whos kind of re-established the big man back in our league. He and Pau have a great chemistry. They work really well together. The second chance points hurt us, but we knew that coming into the game. We were trying to contain Kobe and our schemes and stuff, you leave those options open. So youre going to give something up."

The Celtics knew what Bynum and Gasol were capable of, and the pair delivered on it.

"We just kind of picked up our aggressiveness defensively, stepping out, everybody was moving their feet, everybody really wanted to win," said Byum. "We wanted one and we got it."

Brady on Thomas criticism: 'I love Earl . . . Wish him the best'

Brady on Thomas criticism: 'I love Earl . . . Wish him the best'

Tom Brady was getting hit from all sorts of different angles on Saturday night. Not only was he dealing with Texans pass-rushers Whitney Mercilus and Jadeveon Clowney, he was also catching social-media shrapnel from Earl Thomas and Ray Lewis. 

Thomas was adamant that Brady had an easy road every year because he played in the AFC East. Lewis, meanwhile, got on Brady for complaining to officials when he thought they should have called a penalty for roughing the passer. 

On Monday, joining WEEI's Kirk and Callahan program, Brady responded to both. 

"I don't think I've ever been one to, you know, say something negative about anybody," Brady said of Thomas, who missed the end of the season with a broken leg. "It's just not my personality. I love Earl. I think he's a hell of a player. I really wish him the best in his recovery."

When it came to Lewis' critique, Brady acknowledged he complained to the officials. And he noted that it might've worked. Soon after he threw a fit when a flag wasn't thrown, the Patriots did pick up 15 extra yards when Clowney was tagged with a roughing-the-passer call.

"We had a lot of battles with Ray on the field," Brady said. "And yeah, I would love to try to make sure the officials are paying close attention. If we can get one of those 15-yard penalties, those are important."

Brady on Brown Facebook video: Wouldn't go over well with Belichick

Brady on Brown Facebook video: Wouldn't go over well with Belichick

We know how Bill Belichick feels about social media. For years now he's been openly mocking the names of different platforms. 


How then would Belichick feel about one of his players streaming his postgame speech live to an online audience of thousands? Probably not great. 

"That's against our team policy," Tom Brady told WEEI's Kirk and Callahan Show on Monday morning. "I don't think that would go over well with our coach."

Brady was referencing the video posted to Facebook Live by Steelers wideout Antonio Brown late Sunday night. With over 20,000 fans watching, Brown streamed the postgame locker room prayer as well as Tomlin's speech. 

Tomlin called the Patriots a-holes, and he made note of the fact that because the Steelers-Chiefs game had been pushed to Sunday night the Patriots had a day-and-a-half more to rest and prepare than the Steelers did. Then when he spotted a player on his phone, Tomlin told his players to get off social media -- all while Brown continued to stream from behind a bank of lockers. 

"Every coach has a different style," said Brady, who recently began using an Instagram account. "Our coach, he's been in the league for 42 years and he's pretty old school. He's not into social media, and I think he lets everyone know that. I think our team has a policy. We don't show anything that should be private because he feels when we are inside our stadium, inside the walls, there has to be a degree of privacy that we have. What's done in the locker room should stay in the locker room."