Road about to get easier for Celtics

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Road about to get easier for Celtics

WASHINGTON The Boston Celtics begin the new year similar to how they began the new season - on the road.
And while that has usually been a good thing for the Celtics -- Boston has the second-highest number of road wins (76) and winning percentage (.618) in the Big Three era -- they come into tonight's game on a bit of a losing skid.
Not only are they winless (0-3) on the road this season, but they also lost their last four road games last season.
The combined seven straight road losses are the C's longest losing streak since dropping 12 in a row on the road in January-February 2007.
But road success should be easier to come by this month based on the opponent and the schedule.
Three of the five road games are against Washington (twice) and Cleveland, two of the league's worst teams. The other two opponents, Indiana and Orlando, are beatable, as well.
The only one that really hurts the Celtics schedule-wise, is the road game at Indiana on Jan. 14. Boston hosts Chicago the night before in what should be a tough game that'll be both mentally and physically draining for the C's.
For now, Boston's focus has to be on a Wizards team that despite its record (0-3), is capable of pulling off the upset.

Giardi: Garoppolo 'still in pain,' does not have full mobility in shoulder

Giardi: Garoppolo 'still in pain,' does not have full mobility in shoulder

The Patriots had both Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett on the field for Tuesday's practice.

While many are hopeful that Garoppolo will be ready to go on Sunday, it’s definitely not a given at this point.

According to CSN’s Mike Giardi, Garoppolo is “still in pain and does not yet have full mobility in his throwing shoulder”

Tom E. Curran had better news about Jacoby Brissett’s thumb. The rookie quarterback was in the Patriots locker room locker room Tuesday morning without splint, tape or cast on his thumb. 

When he asked Brissett if he's feeling "tip-top," he answered, "Oh yeah."