Pierce, Garnett, Allen out vs. Bobcats

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Pierce, Garnett, Allen out vs. Bobcats

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Well it looks like fans will see what the Celtics look like without the Big Three -- for one night at least.

Boston will not have Ray Allen, Paul Pierce or Kevin Garnett in uniform for tonight's game against the Charlotte Bobcats.

Allen was ruled out a couple days ago because of recurring swelling in his right ankle.

As for Pierce, the Celtics have been contemplating how to get him some rest between now and the playoffs. Having him sit out of tonight's game made the most sense considering he suffered a left big toe injury near the end of Saturday night's win at New Jersey.

Garnett, arguably the most consistent player for the C's this season, is the key to Boston's dreams of a deep postseason run. Of all the Celtics, getting him some much-needed rest is vital heading into the playoffs.

Fridays' Patriots-Ravens practice report: Richards returns to the field

Fridays' Patriots-Ravens practice report: Richards returns to the field

Friday's practice participation/injury report for Monday night's Patriots-Ravens game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
WR Danny Amendola (ankle)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
TE Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder)
DB Jordan Richards (knee)
LB Elandon Roberts (hamstring)
DB Eric Rowe (hamstring)
WR/SpT Matthew Slater (foot)

BALTIMORE RAVENS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
TE Crockett Gilmore (thigh)
LB Terrell Suggs (not injury related)
RB Lorenzo Taliaferro (thigh)
C Jeremy Zuttah (not injury related)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
G Alex Lewis (ankle)

FULL PARTICIPATION
G Marshal Yanda (shoulder)

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis. 

Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time. 

The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.

Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball.