Even though Marquis Daniels has started in the place of Paul Pierce (heel) while Pierce has been out, Daniels has clearly separated himself from the rest of the Celtics wing players. But that doesn't necessarily mean he'll be in the starting lineup if Pierce is unable to play in the Christmas Day opener at New York.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers likes having Daniels with that second unit, and may opt to instead start Sasha Pavlovic instead.
"Pavlovic's young, he's athletic. He's got some experience," said Danny Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations. "He started in an NBA Finals series. Sasha's a good, all-around player. He just has to prove it on a more consistent basis, and I believe he'll get opportunities to do that this season."
FOXBORO -- Though Dion Lewis is expected to practice this week, he was not on the field with teammates Wednesday.
Lewis was eligible to begin practicing last week but remained sidelined. On Wednesday morning, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported that the Patriots running back would be on the field this week. Once Lewis does begin practicing, the team will have three weeks to determine whether or not he is activated.
Newly acquired Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy was present for his first practice in New England about 24 hours after being dealt by the Lions. The 6-foot-3, 243-pounder was working out with Patriots off-the-ball linebackers (Dont'a Hightower, Jamie Collins, Elandon Roberts) to begin the session.
The Patriots have parted ways with practice-squad offensive lineman Chase Farris, it appears. His spot on the 10-man practice-squad unit has been taken by defensive lineman Anthony Johnson.
Tom Brady answers a question from Tom E. Curran on his ability to run for 1st downs on 3rd and 5.