Is Moore ready to step in for Celtics?


Is Moore ready to step in for Celtics?

With Rajon Rondo suspended for tonight's game, and Ray Allen down for the count with his sore anklesomewhat terrifying OCD, Doc Rivers doesn't have very many options in the back court.

Avery Bradley and Mickael Pietrus will get the start, with Keyon Dooling getting some run at the point, Sasha Pavlovic playing a few minutes at the two-spot and Paul Pierce chipping in as a point forward of sorts. In other words, it won't be pretty.

However, there is one wild card: E'twaun Moore.

Last week, in light of Allen's injury and not realizing he'd be without Rondo, Rivers hinted that he'd be willing to go with Moore (who averaged only 8.7 minutes a night in the regular season) at some point in the playoffs. And he appeared confident that Moore would play well.

ETwaun, who no one talks about, hes going to play in the playoffs somewhere and help us in a game," Rivers said.

So maybe tonight will be that "somewhere" for this somewhat anonymous second-rounder to rise from the ashes and give Boston a lift. Or maybe he'll never take off his warm ups. Either way, it's times like this when you wish that Rivers was a little more lenient and open to using his younger players in the regular season.

Between injuries and the general craziness of the schedule, there were plenty of times when Rivers could have snuck in a few (or more) extra minutes for E'Twaun Moore, made him comfortable playing with this teammates, and more importantly, made those teammates more comfortable playing with him.

Instead, and as usual, the rookie road the bench. Moore played more than 20 minutes in a game only five times, and two of those were the second- and third-to-last games of the season, when no one else was out there. He played more than 10 minutes in a game only 13 times.

Tonight, he could be out there with everything on the line.

Let's hope he's ready.

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Butler imitates Brown with post-interception dance: 'Nothing personal'


Butler imitates Brown with post-interception dance: 'Nothing personal'

Malcolm Butler didn't mean any disrespect. After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. 


When the Patriots corner picked off a Landry Jones pass in the first quarter -- one that was intended for receiver Antonio Brown -- Butler stood up in the end zone, faced the Heinz Field crowd, stuck one arm in the air a and gyrated like someone had attached jumper cables to his facemask. 

He was doing his best to mimick one of Brown's well-known touchdown dances.

"Me and Brown had conversation before," Butler said, "and it was a joke to him once I showed him how I do it. Much love for that guy. Nothing personal."

For Butler, it was the highlight of what was a productive afternoon. The third-year corner was asked to shadow Brown for much of the day, and he allowed Brown to catch five of nine targets for 94 yards. He also broke up a pair of passes intended for Brown's teammates.

“Stopping Antonio Brown, that’s impossible," Butler said. "You can’t stop him. You can only slow him down. I just went out there and tried to compete today . . . Great players are going to make plays but you have to match their intensity.”
Even on the longest throw from backup quarterback Landry Jones to Brown, a 51-yarder, it appeared as though Butler played the coverage called correctly. 

Butler lined up across from Brown and trailed him underneath as Brown worked his jway from the left side of the field to the right. Butler was looking for some help over the top in that scenario, seemingly, but because Brown ran across the formation, it was hard for the back end of the defense to figure out who would be helping Butler. 

Belichick admitted as much after the game. 

"He was on [Brown] a lot the way we set it up," Belichick said. "Look, they've got great players. They're tough to cover. They hit us on a couple over routes, in cut where they kind of ran away from the coverage that we had. 

"The plays were well designed. Good scheme, good thorws and obviously good routes by Brown. They got us on a couple, but I thought we competed hard. We battled all the way. We battled on third down. We battled in the red area. They made some. We made some, but they're good. They have a lot of good players."

And Brown, in particular, is about as close as it gets to unstoppable in the NFL. Butler found that out in Week 1 of last year when he matched up with Brown in his first game as a starter, giving up nine catches for 133 yards to the All-Pro wideout. 

Though Sunday might not have been perfect for Butler, it was better than that day about 14 months ago. And at times, it was worth dancing about. 

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Seahawks, Cardinals miss OT FGs, tie 6-6


SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Seahawks, Cardinals miss OT FGs, tie 6-6

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Seattle's Stephen Hauschka and Arizona's Chandler Catanzaro missed short field goals that would have won the game in overtime and the Seahawks and Cardinals settled for a 6-6 tie Sunday night.

Hauschka's 27-yard field goal was wide left with seven seconds left after Catanzaro's 24-yarder bounced off the left upright.

The tie was the Cardinals' first since Dec. 7, 1986, a 10-10 draw at Philadelphia when the franchise was based in St. Louis. It was the first for the Seattle since entering the NFL in 1976.

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