Pierce on Garnett: 'I tell him all the time he should shoot more 3s'

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Pierce on Garnett: 'I tell him all the time he should shoot more 3s'

BOSTON When you beat a team by 36 points, chances are pretty good that there will be a few out-of-the-ordinary scoring moments.

Near the end of the second quarter in Boston's 100-64 win over Toronto, Kevin Garnett had the ball with just a few ticks on the clock.

So he did what seemingly came natural -- he raised up for a 3-pointer and knocked it down, the kind of shot that we seldom see Garnett take, let alone make.

It was just his fifth made 3-pointer -- out of 30 attempts -- since joining the Celtics in 2007.

That means Garnett has connected on just 16.7 percent of his 3s with the Celtics.

He had a higher 3-point percentage in Minnesota, but not that much higher.

In his 12 seasons with the Timberwolves, Garnett shot 28.8 percent on 3s.

So as you can imagine, Doc Rivers isn't quite ready to see Garnett launching 3s like Ray Allen or Paul Pierce.

When asked about Garnett's 3-point shooting and how he may look to shoot more in the future, Rivers quipped, "it's the worst thing that could have happened."

It's not that unusual for Garnett to pull up for 3s in practice -- and actually make them.

And if you look at his 16-plus seasons in the NBA, Garnett took a decent number of 3s every year while in Minnesota.

"I tell him all the time he should shoot more 3s," said Paul Pierce. "I see him take 3s all the time in practice and he knocks them down consistently. He shoots a lot of his long range two-pointers are almost near the (three-point line) so it's only one step back. He has that kind of range."

Rask stops 35 shots in Bruins' 2-1 win over Sabres

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Rask stops 35 shots in Bruins' 2-1 win over Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Tuukka Rask made 35 saves to help the Bruins hold off the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Saturday

David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron scored to give Boston a 2-0 lead and the Bruins improved to 3-0-1 in their past four.

Evander Kane scored his first goal of the season for Buffalo. Robin Lehner returned after missing one game with a hip injury and made 32 saves.

The Sabres combined for nine goals in their previous two wins but the NHL's lowest-scoring team reverted to form from the first 21 games, when star center Jack Eichel was out of the lineup with a high-ankle sprain.

Krejci got the Bruins on the scoreboard with 5:50 left in the first when he deflected Brandon Carlo's slap shot from the point off the right post and into the net.

The Sabres appeared to tie the game late in the second period but replays determined Brian Gionta kicked the puck into the net.

Bergeron made it 2-0 at 7:10 of the second at 7:44 of the third when he knocked on the rebound of his own missed shot. Bergeron initially hit the puck with his forearm on the left edge of the crease and skated around the net to chase down the puck and slip a backhand past Lehner.

The Sabres answered two minutes later, scoring on Rask for the first time in 109:12 this season. Sam Reinhart's feed off the rear wall set up Kane for a wrist shot from the slot that bounced in off Krejci. Reinhart has five points in his last four games.

NOTES: Bruins F Matt Beleskey was escorted to the dressing room in the final minute of the first period with a lower-body injury and did not return. ... Sabres D Josh Gorges did not play after injuring his foot blocking a shot in Thursday's win over the New York Rangers. With Dmitry Kulikov (lower back) and Zach Bogosian (MCL sprain) also out, the Sabres were down three of their top four defenseman and recalled 19-year-old Brendan Guhle from the minors to make his NHL debut. Guhle hustled back to thwart a breakaway by Krejci late in the third period. ... F Anton Blidh became the seventh Bruin to make his NHL debut this season after being recalled from the minors on Friday. ... The Bruins scratched F Jimmy Hayes. D Zdeno Chara, the Bruins' captain, missed his sixth straight game with a lower-body injury. ... Rask got a shutout in Boston's 4-0 win over Buffalo on Nov. 7.

UP NEXT

Bruins: Host Florida on Monday.

Sabres: At Washington on Monday.

 

© 2016 by STATS and The Associated Press.

Gronkowski put on IR, officially ending his season

Gronkowski put on IR, officially ending his season

The Patriots have placed Rob Gronkowski on injured reserve, officially ending the injured tight end's season. 

The Patriots have added running back D.J. Foster to the 53-man roster. 

Gronkowski underwent surgery on his back Friday in Los Angeles. There was some hope he might be able to return if the Patriots reached the Super Bowl, but this move ends that.

More to come...