Rondo speaks for Pierce, Pavlovic


Rondo speaks for Pierce, Pavlovic

BOSTON -- In an unusual turn of events, Rajon Rondo volunteered to answer questions for his teammates following the Boston Celtics 104-86 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

First he started with Pavlovic, whom he told to go home while he addressed the media on his behalf. The one condition: Rondo was not answering questions about Rondo (he would do that later on).

Pavlovic scored 10 points (4-8 FG, 1-3 3PG) in 22 minutes and gave the Celtics a quick spark off the bench in the second quarter.

Sashas always ready to play, said Rondo. He doesnt get a lot of attention like a lot of his teammates, but hes always ready to play.

Rondo added, Hes professional. Hes not a rookie. Hes not a second or third-year player. Hes been in the league for a long time. He may not play in every game, but when his names called, hes going to be ready.

So who would win in a game of one-on-one between Rondo and Pavlovic?

It depends, said Rondo. Sasha has the size but Rondo has the speed, so you take your pick. It depends on how many dribbles you get.

Rondo later re-appeared during Pierces postgame interview and stepped into the media huddle in place of the Celtics captain.

Pierce tied Ray Allen and LaMarcus Aldridge for leading scorer with 22 points (7-13 FG, 2-5 3PG, 6-7 FT) in his 1,000th career game.

I think he was extra motivated (following Wednesdays loss to the Philadelphia 76ers), said Rondo. He came out and set the tone. I think the starters did a great job of setting the tone as well. So it was a great team effort. We pretty much did it throughout the entire game except for when they went zone in the fourth quarter, but other than that we bounced back pretty well I would say.

And the reason for Rondos sudden desire to play the role of spokesman tonight?

He doesnt (want to), Rondo said. He just wants to get his guys to get home and pack.

The Celtics leave Saturday morning for an eight-game road trip.

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


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.


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...