Good News For Celtics

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Good News For Celtics

After taking in the last practice of the season this afternoon in Waltham, the Celtics have the night off, before getting dirty with the Southwest-leading Spurs tomorrow at the Garden.

It's a huge game for the Celtics, as they'll try to pick up their sixth win in a row, and perhaps more importantly, their second straight against the NBA's elite. And with two days off since drubbing the Heat on Sunday, they should be ready to go. Ray Allen will be ready too, and should be in the starting line-up. Whether or not that's in the best interest of the Celtics remains to be seen, but either way, it will be nice to see Ray back on the court.

But that's not the only good news surrounding the Spurs arrival. That's because not only will the Celtics be rested, but the Spurs who've won seven straight and 10 of 11 games will be on the second leg of a back-to-back. They play the Cavs tonight in Cleveland.

In San Antonio's defense, they've been pretty solid on the tail end of back-to-backs. They're 9-5 on zero days rest that's a .642 winning percentage which is better than most teams can hope for after a week break. Still, it's a step down from the .750 clip they've won at with one or more days off, so the Celtics will take it.

Then again, knowing Gregg Poppovich he'll probably tell Tim Duncan and Tony Parker to stay at the hotel tonight and play Patrick Mills and Tiago Splitter 48 minutes a piece.

One thing working against the C's tomorrow? The Spurs are 12-1 on Wednesdays!

The Celtics? They're only 6-5.

I'd say more, but that stat's completely meaningless.

Anyway, that's all for now. The blog is dark tomorrow. See you all on Thursday

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Report: Patriots fill open roster spot with former Browns DL Hughes

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Report: Patriots fill open roster spot with former Browns DL Hughes

The Patriots opened a roster spot by waiving defensive tackle Anthony Johnson, but they won't be adding a quarterback to take his place. 

According to Field Yates of ESPN, the team has swapped one defensive tackle for another by adding former Browns big man John Hughes, a 6-foot-2, 320-pounder who played under former assistant to the Patriots coaching staff Mike Lombardi when Lombardi was Cleveland's general manager in 2013. 

Hughes was released last week after spending just over four years with the team that drafted him in the third round in 2012. He signed a four-year extension with the Browns last season that was worth $12.8 million. 

With the Patriots, Hughes figures to work in as part of the rotation on the interior of the defensive line along with Malcom Brown, Alan Branch and rookie third-round pick Vincent Valentine. Unlike Johnson, who was more of a penetrating pass-rusher, Hughes should factor in as more of a space-eating type. He has 5.5 career sacks in 53 games. 

Johnson is the latest in a long line of Browns who played under Lombardi to end up in New England. The two most notable Patriots who spent 2013 in Cleveland are defensive end Jabaal Sheard and running back Dion Lewis. Linebacker Barkevious Mingo, who arrived in New England in a trade this summer, was drafted by Lombardi's front office as the No. 6 overall pick in 2013.

Isaiah Thomas: 'I didn't think Boston would be this cool when I came'

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Isaiah Thomas: 'I didn't think Boston would be this cool when I came'

Mike Gorman and Brian Scalabrine sit-down with Celtics All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas to talk about the high expectations for the season, the addition of Al Horford, and getting married this offseason.

Also, Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely talk about Thomas, including his very team friendly deal will ever become an issue.

Look for new podcast versions of our media day interviews in the coming days, plus videos and other content as the Celtics get ready for the season.